Foodie Road Trips

Did someone say “road trip?” Fasten your seatbelt and get ready to ride along with us as we visit a few foodie destinations within three hours of Cleveland.

Make Food Not War In Pittsburgh

The Conflict Kitchen serves ethnic fare from countries currently in conflict with the United States. This takeout restaurant has a rotating menu that changes provenance every six months or so. The cuisines of Afghanistan, North Korea, Venezuela, and, most recently, Palestine have been featured. This summer you can stop in for a taste of Cuba. 221 Schenley Dr., Pittsburgh, PA, 412.802.8417,

Sip Mate In Detroit’s Mexicantown

Café con Leche serves beverages with a decidedly Latin flavor. The cubano is made with a thick layer of sweet cream floating over a strong shot of espresso or try mate, an Argentine tea served in a traditional hollowed-out gourd with bombilla (a straw designed just for this drink). While in the neighborhood, be sure to stop at the Mexicantown Bakery for some fruit-filled empanadas or churros. 4200 W. Vernor Hwy., Detroit, MI, 313.554.1744,

Order Up A Slice In The Heart Of Little Switzerland

Sugarcreek, Ohio, located in the heart of Amish country, is known for Swiss-style architecture, an annual Swiss Festival and, of course, cheese. So while pizza might not be the fi rst thing that comes to mind around here, it is the ideal beneficiary to all the fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Get a classic pie at Park Street Pizza, along with innovative combinations and seasonal specialties. 215 Dover Rd. NW, Sugarcreek, OH, 330.852.2993,

Wing It In Buffalo

One night 51 years ago, Anchor Bar co-owner Teressa Bellissimo fried up chicken wings, normally reserved for soup stock, doused them with hot sauce and fed them to her son’s hungry drinking buddies as a midnight snack. Since then, her Buffalo-style chicken wings have become the snack of choice at bars across the United States and Canada. Celebrate National Chicken Wing Day on July 29 with a pilgrimage to Buffalo. 1047 Main St., Buff alo, NY, 716.88 3.1134,

Sink Your Teeth into Sushi in Sandusky

Amazing food offerings are popping up all over Sandusky these days. For a meat-and-potatoes town, there are some surprising standouts, including the Small City Taphouse. Their 44 craft beers on tap might draw you in, but you’ll be blown away by the Asian-inspired menu and a sushi bar tended by Reza “Razor” Mawardy, a master lured to Sandusky by restaurateur, Kha Bui. 202 Columbus Ave, Sandusky, OH, 419.502.0099,