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Head­ing south along Olde 8 Road, you’ll dis­cover some of the tasti­est East­ern Euro­pean fare any­where— start­ing with one of Ohio’s great Pol­ish gems, Babushka’s Kitchen (babushkafoods.com) in North­field Cen­ter. Among the spe­cial­ties: roast pork mixed with grilled onions, sauer­kraut, and gravy, sand­wiched be­tween potato pan­cakes and crowned with a dol­lop of sour cream. Far­ther south, at Akron’s West Point Mar­ket (west point­mar­ket.com), you can en­joy a meal in the café area or load up your bas­ket with ex­otic im­ports (like Ineeka Tea grown in the Hi­malayas) or the store’s fa­mous Killer Brown­ies (Peanut But­ter Kra­zies are one col­or­fully named op­tion). Chicken din­ner served with hot (read: spicy) rice is a main­stay at restaurants in nearby Bar­ber­ton, an Akron sub­urb. Fried in lard, Bar­ber­ton Chicken, said to be in­vented about 80 years ago at Bel­grade Gar­dens (330745-0113), is dis­tin­guished by the sa­vory fla­vor of its chewy, red­gold coat­ing. Bar­ber­ton is also home to Al’s Cor­ner Restau­rant (330-475-7978), which serves homey Hun­gar­ian lunches such as chicken pa­prikash and dumplings for un­der $10—but only on week­days. Travel down In­ter­state 77 to Can­ton, home of the Pro Foot­ball Hall of Fame, for a visit to Tag­garts (tag­gart­sice­cream .com), a circa-1920s sweet shop that makes ridicu­lously thick shakes. Head east along In­ter­state 70 to Wheel­ing, W. Va., to find one of the best fried fish sand­wiches around, at Cole­man’s Fish Mar­ket (304-232-8510). Bite into it and the crunch can be heard across the ta­ble!

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