TREND: Collaborations with other Northeast Ohio chefs and breweries. “I’m trying to utilize my space here on the East Side to showcase new ideas and new opportunities,” Zappola says. That might be “working with a brewery or other chefs to bring in people from the West Side to experience East Side restaurants
TOOLS: In-house vertical Chinese smoker. “I inherited this magic box, and we smoke brisket, turkey and lox,” says Zappola, who took over the space that was previously a BBQ joint to open his modern take on a Jewish deli. “It’s like we throw some things in there and we set a timer and we check it every so often. It’s just so consistent and so flavored and seasoned at this point that everything turns out great.”
DISH TO TRY: The Lincoln Park is the most popular sandwich on the menu. Served on a Challah egg roll, the starring ingredient is chicken schnitzel (thin pounded chicken breast that is then fried), a sweet pickle salad and a hot sauce aioli.
13892 Cedar Road, University Heights, 216-471-8175, loxstockandbrisket.com