While we still have a way to go until Fish Fry season (the most wonderful time of the year in Parma), we have a beautiful fall clambaking month in front of us. And Parma offers some nice choices.
So what’s with the clambakes anyway?
New England Native American tribes actually cooked clams and lobster in pits of sand for thousands of years. The pilgrims eventually picked up this delicious process.
While other areas like Boston and New York have clambakes in late summer, Northeast Ohio is considered the fall clambake capital of the country. But who wants to eat steamy clams in the heat of summer? Some attribute our clambake frenzy to Cleveland’s roots as part of the Connecticut Western Reserve, thinking New England’s taste for clams just followed. Clevelanders have follow the tradition of hosting clam bakes at least as far back as the mid-1800s.
But however the tradition started, all agree it’s about getting together to eat and have a good time with family and friends. So here are some local options we found. If you know of others, please share and we’ll add them!
Stancato’s October 5, 12, 19 & 26
Stancato’s is kicking off clambake season by offering a buffet on Saturdays. The buffet includes clam broth, chicken, mussels, potatoes, sausage and peppers, corn, linguine and clam sauce, clam chowder and lobster bisque. You also get a dozen clams for a total of $29.99.
Uncle Joe’s Bar & Grill October 12
This Parma Heights bar is offering bakes with chicken or steak and include New England Clam Chowder, sweet potato, corn, coleslaw, roll & butter. Come into the bar to pick up your tickets.
Sloppy Bob’s Oct 19
Sloppy Bob’s on State Rd. is having its first annual clambake which includes options for steak, chicken and crab. All dinners include salad, roll, corn on the cob, clam broth & New England Clam Chowder.
Gen’s 176 Bar & Grille October 19
This Broadview bar is offering a clambake that comes with a variety of options including chicken, steak and ribs and free appetizers! You must come to the bar to purchase tickets in advance.
American Legion Post 703 November 2
The American Legion on York Rd. is hosting a bake for those with busy October schedules. Doors open at 5:00 pm and dinner at 5:30 pm (or when the clams open). For $35 you get 1/2 baked chicken, 2 dozen middle neck clams, a yam, sweet corn, clam broth, New England clam chowder, mussels, dinner roll and a dessert. Additional clams are $7 per dozen. There will be music, raffles and a cash bar. Tickets are available in the canteen by Oct. 26.
Did we miss any? Share in a comment below!
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