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La Loma Supermarket

March 4, 2012

I’m sorry Interesting Akron has been out of commission over the past few months. My wife and I had a baby in October and it has been a little difficult for me to get out of the house lately. My goal is to return to the regularly scheduled biweekly updates. This entry may be a little sparse, but I hope to punch it up a little more in the future.

Thanks for reading!

La Loma Supermarket
421 Darrow Rd.
(330) 784-9300
La Loma’s Facebook page

Akron has a few tiny Mexican and South American shops, but La Loma is the only one that is dubbed a “supermarket.” They have large bins full of fresh fruits and vegetables, prepackaged snacks and candies, a full bakery, deli, meats, and more. Special items, such as a Tres Leches cake can be ordered a few days in advance. The entire store is very colorful and filled with fluffy piñatas and religious iconography. Adjacent to the market is Taqueria La Loma, which serves hot foods out of a truck trailer. You can read more about the Taqueria on the blog Exploring Food My Way.


Devitis Italian Market & Deli

March 13, 2011

Devitis Italian Market & Deli
560 East Tallmadge Avenue
Akron, OH 44310-2443
(330) 535-2626

For more than fifty years Devitis Italian Deli & Market has served the Akron Italian community and those Italian at heart. Many of the prepackaged items can be found in other shops, but it’s the homemade sauces, soups, sausages, lasagna, and more that have kept the family business going for four generations. The shop is open seven days a week and has hot and cold meals available starting at lunch.

I usually provide a little history in my posts, but the Devitis’ Web site has a pretty detailed narrative. If I had to pick my favorite lasagna in Akron it would be a tough choice between Devitis and Papa Joe’s. Not only is the food delectable, but the atmosphere is very 1950s and always festive.

The Peanut Shoppe

January 1, 2011

The Peanut Shoppe
203 South Main Street

There are very few retail stores on Main Street in downtown Akron, but The Peanut Shoppe has been a mainstay since it opened in the 1930s. Owner Margie Klien has been the manager since her father Jack Ashbrook retired in 1998 and she continues to maintain the same nostalgic appeal that has kept it open for so long. The store originally operated on the west side of Main right next to the Civic Theater until 2006 when it moved across the street. Luckily the little shoppe hasn’t lost any of its charm. The walls are covered with photos of Akron athletes, including several decades of the Soap Box Derby. Visitors can have their pick of dozens of nuts and candies and even have natural peanut, almond, and cashew butter made to order. Peanuts are still processed in the original roasters that were purchased when the shoppe opened as a Planters Peanut Store more than seventy years ago.

Snackin’ on the Cuyahoga Falls Strip

May 21, 2010

2164 Front St.; Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Metropolis Popcorn
2164 Front St.
Cuyahoga Falls, OH 44221

Closed Tue-Wed
Mon and Thurs 4 p.m.-8 p.m.
Fri 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
Sat Noon-6 p.m.

While you’re exploring the Silver Eagle on the Cuyahoga Falls Riverfront District (See previous post and those that will follow) you might want to stop at Metropolis Popcorn for a tasty snack. The small storefront boasts fifty flavors of premium handmade gourmet popcorn with flavors that hold such noble names as Anonymous Addiction, Super 3 Cheese, Big League Grape, Chicago Style, Fluffer Nutter, and more.

They’re tasty, trust me.

Fish-Shaped Ice Cream Sandwiches

January 15, 2010

Hana Asian Market
1390 N. Portage Path
Akron, OH 44313

Mon-Sat 10 a.m.-8 p.m.
Sun 1 p.m.-6 p.m.

The Hana Asian Market, located in Merriman Valley, has what you might expect to find at a specialty food shop: tea, soup, noodles, etc. Dig just a little deeper and you’ll find some really fun imported food and merchandise.

My favorite items are in the frozen food section. Check out the fish-shaped red bean ice cream sandwich pictured above. They come individually wrapped in cute little packages. Search around the fridge a little more and you’ll find green tea ice cream, frozen squid, and snails.

The aisles of dry goods won’t disappoint either. Barbeque-style Cheeto-eque puffs, a wide variety of candy with cute glassy-eyed bears on the wrappers, and Kewpie mayo are just the beginning. The one item that stood out to me the most was a can of silkworm pupa in “sauce.” It didn’t look as bad as I would have imagined.

The Hanna also has food to go, including sushi and sashimi,  as well as free tea. There’s a lot to see here, so reserve a little extra browsing time. Let me know what catches your eye.

Shea butter? I’m listening . . .

November 23, 2009

North Hill African Market

North Hill African Market
212 E Cuyahoga Falls Ave
(330) 374-1168
Akron, OH 44310

Looking for something other than Mexican, Italian or traditional steaks for dinner? The North Hill African Market isn’t exactly mind-blowing, but it has some really cool stuff. Hold your nose, it can be a little stinky depending on the merchandise and weather.

The last time I stopped in there was a HUGE shea nut an employee was scooping for butter. Interesting spices, sodas, veggies, and other sundries.

Sorry for the late and short post as well as the poor photo. I’m ready for bed.

Petra Mediterranean Foods

December 15, 2008

Petra Mediterranean Foods
57 Midway Plaza
(330) 633-3830

Petra Mediterranean Foods

I like Acme, but if you’re really interested in trying something new, do yourself a favor and check out Petra Foods. I drove past Midway Plaza for years and admired the large sixties-style “M” sign in the parking lot, but I never patronized any of the shops until recently. Midway Plaza Petra has a wide variety of Middle Eastern meats, spices, candy, juices, and numerous non-food objects from around the world including kitchen appliances, books, an interesting telephone, and more.

Their extensive stock of hookahs lining the walls really caught my eye. Each one is different from the next, which makes it difficult to choose if you’re in the market for a group smoking device (which I am). Prices range from the tiny $30 model into the hundreds for more ornate party-style versions. I wonder if this where Jabba the Hutt picked his up. Don’t forget to sniff their selection of imported spiced and flavored tobaccos. I prefer Jasmine, mostly because I like saying the name.

This family-run business is friendly to new customers. Expect to be approached and offered help.

IA Bonus:
When you’re done shopping for goat shanks take a look around the shopping center. Midway Plaza is also home to a clean and well-stocked Goodwill. I’m a big thrift store junky, and while I have my favorite locations, I think this one might be in my top ten. I almost purchased a quadraphonic sound system here, but the only record I have in that format is Quadrophenia. Hmmm. Maybe it would be worth it.

Also, there’s an old furniture store that looks all but abandoned. The couches, beds, and recliners are still on the floor with price tags but are covered with debris due to the caved-in ceiling. It looks almost . . . post-apocalyptic.

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