Corned Beef and Flan? Lelolai serves it right


When it comes to ethnic eats, this town really is a melting pot. And with its combo of Middle Eastern, Mexican, Cambodian, Italian, and Puerto Rican restaurants, the small section of Ohio City, around the West Side Market, just might be the ladle that stirs the pot. Doubt it? Consider today’s St. Paddy’s Day special at Puerto Rican bakery and café, Lelolai: Is it roast pork? No. Octopus? No. Chorizo? No. It’s a corned beef sandwich. ... “Our customers love it,” coos owner Alma Alfonzo. “Surprisingly enough, it’s really taken off!” Well, no wonder. Made with Swiss, mustard, and layers of warm corned beef -- on dense slabs of freshly baked pan criollo of course – it’s a steal at $5.99. Complete your meal with a wedge of the bakery’s fabulous flan or tropical fruit cheesecake, and cuppa Puerto Rican joe, and that’s our idea of a diverse diet. St. Patrick Day hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lelolai Bakery and Café is at 1889 W. 25th St., 216-771-9956. Visit to view the full menu. --- Elaine T. Cicora Read Elaine Cicora's restaurant reviews, food news, and comprehensive dining guide on the restaurant page at


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