Adam Sockel is a lifelong Northeast Ohioan having grown up in Lorain, attended John Carroll and worked in the area since graduating. Adam manages the social media for OverDrive, a local technology company that is the world’s leading provider of digital content for libraries and schools. When Adam isn’t working you’ll likely find him with his wife and their two dogs Holden and Remy, in the kitchen cooking something up from scratch or going on a long run.
Adam’s passions range from his endless optimism for Cleveland sports, his borderline obsession of Dr. Seuss and Jim Henson, tattoos, theatre productions, discovering good books, nights at home watching movies with his wife and the pups and waffles. He is a wearer of fine hats. It’s his dream to open a pub with a scratch kitchen and craft beer and whiskey. It will serve great brunch.
He has a Muppet created in his likeness. His name is Melvin.
My ten Favorite things in Northeast, Ohio
I have long had a love of good food.
Kiedrowski’s Bakery (Amherst) – I grew up two miles from the best bakery in America. Kiedrowski’s has long been known for its Dog bone cookies, Packzi and fresh baked breads and treats but the number reason you’ll always find people leaving the bakery with a smile is the Snoogle. Snoogles are long sweat-cream filled pastries that are, quite simply, the best donut you will ever eat.
Playhouse Square (Theatre District) – Cleveland has the 2nd largest theatre district in the country, just behind NYC. This treasure of the arts provides Broadway quality talent and shows year round. A night at Playhouse is wonderful whether you’ve gone 100 times or if it’s your first experience.
Prosperity Social Club (Tremont) – Walking into this Tremont haunt feels like you’re walking into a grandparents basement. The wood panel walls, the potbelly fire place and old timey beer décor lay the nostalgia on pretty thick. But it’s the food, with its mix of old country and new that keeps us going back. Grab some pierogi or pork empanadas and enjoy the rat pack on the jukebox.
Kofie Cafe – (Ohio City) My wife and I love spending afternoon’s at the West Side Market and we always start the trip and this little coffee shopped across the street from the Great Lakes Brewing Company. They have different flavored coffees daily and will make you any latte you can imagine.
Gourmand’s Deli (Valley View) – This little treasure that offers breakfast and lunch on weekdays would be amazing if they only provided their great sandwiches, salads and soups. What makes it special is the rare wines, beers and house made coffee flavors that owner Greg offers up every day. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone in for a sandwich and walked out with a pound of coffee, bottle of wine and a six pack of beer I’ve never heard of.
Old Angle (Ohio City) during soccer matches – W. 25th street has numerous wonderful restaurants, pubs and bars but my favorite is the Old Angle, especially on Saturday and Sunday mornings. While this might not be the time you’d expect to head to a bar they are a “soccer pub” that opens early for English Premier League matches. It’s not unusual to find supports of opposing clubs wearing jerseys and scarves while sharing a potluck of food and cheering on their teams. If you’ve ever had any interest in seeing why soccer is so great, this is the perfect environment to discover it.
Cleveland Metroparks – One of the great treasures of Northeast, Ohio is our Metroparks. Whether you’re taking your dogs on a nature hike, kayaking, running on the tow path or just enjoying an afternoon with family the Metroparks are one of my favorite places to spend time.
Miller’s Apple Hill (South Amherst) I could write 10,000 words on why I love fall in Northeast, Ohio but one of the biggest reasons would be Apple Hill. For as long as I can remember our family has come here each fall to pick apples, run around the pumpkin patch, stock up on apple butter, cider and fritters and enjoy their hay maze. There’s something beautiful about spending an autumn afternoon in an apple orchard and this has always been my favorite one.
Tartine Bistro (Rocky River) – Tartine Bistro is a simple little restaurant where you can open faced sandwiches, delicious cheese plates, flatbreads and outstanding house wine. You might not find it on a “best of” list but the cozy environment has provided our group of friends with some of our most cherished memories.
Edison’s Pub (Tremont) – Northeast Ohio is home to some of the best local pizzeria’s you’ll ever come across. Edison’s Pizza Kitchen stands above them all. We’ve driven from Parma, Lakewood and Rocky River just to get their pizza but you can also enjoy their great pub atmosphere while you wait. I don’t know what to tell you except that this is simply the best pizza I’ve ever eaten.