Bites Nearby: Corky and Lenny's
Where people meet to eat
If the aroma of corned beef, liverwurst, pickles, dill, and soups is overwhelmed by the customers talking and orders being placed, then you’re at Corky and Lenny's. No, you haven’t been transported to New York, or even your grandmother's kitchen — you’re in a strip mall on Chagrin Boulevard near T.J. Maxx and Whole Foods.
If you’re 55 years or younger and an East-side Cleveland resident, chances are you have been going to Corky and Lenny’s your whole life, but if not, here's what you've been missing.
Deep-fried pickles, stuffed kishka, knishes with gravy, kippered salmon and mish-mash soup are all good places to start.
Salads and wraps are classics, but the real adventure is in the overstuffed sandwiches: 12 designated by number and seven given names.
The No. 1 is hot corned beef and sliced turkey and No. 6 is hot corned beef and chopped liver. More meats, cheeses and toppings are added as the numbers increase. The named sandwiches like The Sammy Kay, the Clevelander, Eastsider and Beachwood can make your head swim with even more choices.
The Reubens have their own well-deserved menu area, and vary by size and different ingredients, but all are gargantuan and swimming with flavor.
House favorites are all standbys like mac’ n cheese, borscht, blintzes or latkas. Platters and entrees all combine larger portions of favorites and add selections like steaks, seafood and sausage.
Desserts should be ordered first or taken to go, but if you have any room for the cookies, cheesecake or other pastries then you haven’t really experienced the overstuffed sandwiches.