Dazed: Trying the Best Wings in Cleveland

This is the tale of trying one of the top wing places in Cleveland… a really long wait for food and getting my butt grabbed by a toddler.

Toward the end of voting, Brad and I decided to go try out one of the front runners for NEO’s Best Wings, a dive bar called Good Olde Daze, near us in Parma. *Spoiler Alert* they ended up winning NEO’s People’s Choice for Best Wings for 2015.

We went on wing night, it wasn’t an incredible deal on wings, but it also wasn’t bad, 50 cents per wing in quantities for six with a drink purchase required… and oh yes, cash only. (They do have an onsite ATM). Brad and I went on a cold Thursday night and found no parking spaces, so we parked across the street and braved the ice to make it to the door. A door which we weren’t positive was the right one, but we found ourselves inside the small, but crowded place. When I say crowded, I mean there were people at every table, but the line of arcade games and pool table that occupied 50% of the dining area were not being used.

Right next to the door

We crossed the “game” area of the bar and tried to look for seats, the only server working confirmed that there were only two of us and seated us at the end of a table where a family was sitting. We ended up sitting by the other door, which lead to the parking lot and apparently the outdoor smoking area, because every time someone left or entered, we were blasted with cold air and cigarette smoke, several patrons were taking  frequent smoke breaks.

Our server was nice, not the best service we’ve ever had, but she was serving the whole dining area and it looked like the bar as well. There were maybe two seats open at the bar and not together. Continue reading

Our New Spot

I ran across an article on my Twitter feed about a new place close to home called Brewco {This Article} located in Parma. Since we usually go to another suburb for dining out and we like local brews, I filed Brewco in the to-visit part of my brain.

In the middle of a stressful week last week, I had no desire to cook and wanted to just have a break so I went back to the to-visit list and looked Brewco up on Facebook. Come to find out it was burger night so Brad and I headed over there after work with a couple of our friends. We weren’t exactly sure what to expect from a bar that’s next-door neighbors with Dollar General, but the moment we walked in we were pleasantly surprised.

The brick interior and multiple dining areas felt open. Our party of four was seated at a booth, but most of the other patrons were at the enormous bar.  There was an Ohio map at each booth and if memory serves correctly, the breweries for their local brews are marked. The local brews were reasonably priced and we all tried something new, even though they had “familiar” beers available as well. Most of the items on the menu sounded good, but since it was burger night and all four of us ordered burgers. Continue reading