Sunday, August 26, 2018

Fun Playing With Ice Ice Daisy!

Daisy's Ice Cream was a 40 year legend on Fleet Avenue in Cleveland's Slavic Village. After being shuttered since 2015 when Ray and Daisy Pudelski decided to retire, it has now been acquired and rejuvenated by Cleveland Chef and BBQ Maven Walter Hyde. The simple walk up restaurant features it's namesake ice cream, but with Chef Walter's unique spins. In addition, Daisy's offers a few savories to allow for a full meal experience if you desire. A row of picnic tables allow for al fresco on premise dining. 

We've visited Daisy's twice since it reopened. First was early July 2018. Walter says the presentations have been tweaked since then, but the goodies are substantively the same.

Pierogi Split: Apple and Blueberry Cheesecake Pierogi, Ice Cream, Toppings
Don't be discouraged by how melted-looking this is. Walter has re-invented the presentation and serving vessel to keep the cold things colder longer. It was so delicious notwithstanding the melt - creamy, hot and pierogi-ish while cool, sweet and refreshing, with two types of dessert pierogi for us to share. Caramel and chocolate sauces, whipped cream and ice cream bathed the locally made sweet pierogi with deliciousness. This was plenty for the two of us! But Walter wasn't finished with us yet. 

Pierogi Taco
A "Pierogi Bun" is stuffed with Polish Sausage, Sauteed Cabbage, and Bacon and topped with  Horseradish Sauce.  Probably the most unique "taco" in Cleveland, this item tastes as good as it looks!

We visited again after first enjoying the neighboring Saucisson's Porco Pop Up Brunch. Walter insisted on treating us to his latest creation:

Watermelon Sundae
Built upon a hunk of real watermelon with the center carved out, this Watermelon Sundae had it all: Ice Cream, Caramel, Chocolate Bits, Captain Crunch, A Touch of Nut, Whipped Cream and Cherries on Top! Again, one plate fed two.

Walter has promised to keep up the creativity (we expect no less from him) as the seasons change and ingredients and tastes morph with the climate. He may even stay open for the winter, though he's still working on the logistics for that.

I can't recommend a more tasty Saturday afternoon than a bite and shopping at Saucisson and then dessert (perhaps preceded by one of Walter's special savories) just down the street. Those savories include nachos, burgers, hotdogs, sausage, pulled pork and shredded chicken, and chili, in addition to a selection of pierogies. Ice cream is available as soft serve or scooped, with a full variety of toppings and mix-ins ("Razzles"), sundaes, floats, malts, shakes and slushies, and dessert pierogies. 

Lots of fun playing with food at Daisy's! 

5614 Fleet Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio
(216) 727-1935
Open 7 Days 11am-8pm

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