As cultural food gurus we always feel the need to find the newest, hottest places around. There’s something in us that yearns to try all of the latest and greatest dishes. I know for me there is a sense of adventure in trying something I’ve never had before or going somewhere I’ve never been. I love meeting new people and seeing new ideas. While being on the cutting edge of the food nation can be invigorating and exciting, I think there is a certain warm, fuzzy feeling you get from going to those spots that seem to render hometown hospitality. If you’ve lived in the Mahoning Valley for any amount of time, I’m sure you already have your favorite pizza spot or Italian restaurant. If there is one thing we do right around here it’s Italian cuisine. I will also say that there seems to be a growing group of long-standing restaurants that seem to think they don’t have to try as hard to gain customer loyalty. Whether its new generational ownership or just a general lackluster mentality for the business, no restaurant has the right to slip on quality of food or customer service. With that being said, we’d like to take you through a short tour of long-time local favorites that always bring a euphoric elation. These are go-to spots for us when we can’t make up our minds on where to eat. They’re our default places. They are places that have been open for generations, and being a Mahoning Valley native, they are places that began feeding my curiosity for cuisine.
In our view there are a few distinctive tiers when it comes to sandwich artistry. In a world of Subways and Jimmy Johns (definitely on the lower tier), Gordy’s Sandveeches stand among the pinnacle of local sandwich craftsmanship. This is truly one of our favorite spots to go when looking for a cure to our hunger. It is situated in the Creekside Plaza on 224. As you walk through the door you immediately get the feeling of a big city deli paired with a warm, comfy vibe. Your eyes travel around the room to an exposed brick hearth and stately black and white photographs of the proprietor’s family. Whether this is your first visit or your fiftieth, you are always greeted with a smile. The staff at Gordy’s always ushers you in and makes you feel like family. If you get the pleasure Gordy herself will usually be working the floor as well, being amazing per usual. She’ll walk around asking everyone how their food was, making sure it was no less than perfect. Continue reading “Gordy’s Sandveech Market”