On a residential tree lined street in the traditionally Polish neighborhood of Tremont, Prosperity Social Club resides in an original 1938 barroom. Warm chestnut walls are covered in vintage beer memorabilia, a kitschy game room features a retro bowling machine and old school board games; everything from the mustard yellow and burnt orange chairs to the floral curtains evoke the time of a bygone era. Kelli Graibus, the manager and our welcoming and sociable host offers us delicious libations in the form of Sangria and Rust Belt Shandy's (Miller High Life, ginger simple, orange juice), before showcasing favorites from their tavern menu. This food, is some of Cleveland's best.
We start out with Loaded Potato Perogies ($10.95) - these guys are pan fried, topped with cheddar cheese and bacon, then baked and served with frizzled onions and a ridiculous bacon aioli. Featuring the cities hashtag and a smokey, grilled Kielbaski the #ThisIsCLE Kishka Sausage Sandwich ($8.95) is done up with bacon-sauerkraut, Stadium Mustard hollandaise, frizzled onions and served on an Orlando Baking company baguette. Shrimp and Grits ($13.95) are divine - cheesy and homemade with toothsome sautéed shrimp, smoked Andouille sausage, peppers and onions. Their Outta The Park Pork Loin ($14.95) is encrusted with brown sugar and more of that classic Polish Stadium Mustard hollandaise, wrapped in Bacon, and cooked to a perfect juicy tenderness, served over sauteed spinach and caramelized onion mashed potatoes.
After lunch, (doors open at 4pm - they opened early for us) we retreat to the back patio - a retro-oasis perfect for soaking up the late afternoon sunshine and nursing our pork induced food comas. This quintessential Cleveland haunt is a true blue collar watering hole steeped in nostalgia, one of my favorite places we visited.
Prosperity Social Club
1109 Starkweather Avenue