2013 northeast Ohio clambake guide: Attend or host your own clambakes

It's official. Fall is here. The autumn season brings many things to the table including football, cozy sweaters, bonfires, pumpkin-flavored food and drinks and -- in northeast Ohio -- clambakes.

Whether you decide to host one at home or leave the cooking to the professionals, we've gathered a list of area clambakes around northeast Ohio.

Leave it up to professionals

Where: Bruno's Ristorante & Catering ; 2644 W. 41 st St., Cleveland
When: 4-10 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 28
Details: One dozen clams, oven-roasted  chicken, corn on the cob, sweet potato, pasta with clam sauce, salad, dessert and non-alcoholic beverages
Cost: $30 per person

Where: B-Side Liquor Lounge & Arcade ; 2785 Euclid Heights Blvd.
When: 1-9 p.m. (dinner at 3 p.m.) Sunday, Sept. 29
Details: Presented by Brennan's Catering; One dozen clams, baked chicken, potatoes, salad, rolls and one cocktail/beer.
Cost: $25

Where: West Side Irish American Club – Pavilion ; 8559 Jennings Rd., Omsted Township
When: 6-10 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 5
Details: One dozen steamed clams, half an oven-roasted chicken, sweet corn on the cob, sweet potato, cole slaw, roll and butter, unlimited soda, beer and wine.
Charity: Fundraiser for Secondhand Mutts. The organization is raising money to cover the cost of surgery to restore the sight for a special dog named Ruby, who was recently adopted by her foster mother. Ruby will make a special appearance at 7 p.m. at the clambake.
Cost: $45 single ticket includes dinner and unlimited beer, wine and soda; Couples: $80; Unlimited drink: $20; Additional clams: $10; Purchase tickets here .

Where: American Legion Post 118, 921 N. Lake St., Amherst
When: 4-7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 5; Ticket cut off Oct. 1
Details: One dozen clams, chicken, sweet potato, corn, roll and butter
Cost: $22 per person; Extra dozen clams: $7; Tickets on sale at Legion Canteen, 921 N. Lake St. to members and their guests.

Where: First Congregational Church of Twinsburg – UCC; 9050 Church St., Twinsburg
When: 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19; Orders due Sunday, Oct. 13
Details: Clams or shrimp, chicken, potatoes and corn. Piano recital held in sanctuary following clambake. Dessert to be served after recital.
Cost: $25 per person

Where: Pickle Bills
When: Daily until the end of October
Details: All bakes are served with a cup of broth, one dozen middle neck clams, cup of clam chowder, corn on the cob, sweet potato, melon and famous fried dough and cinnamon honey butter.
Cost: Oven-roasted half chicken: $24.95; One pound whole Maine lobster: $37.95; 1/2-pound slow roasted prime rib au jus: $35.95; Crab leg bake: $34.95

Where: Blue Canyon Kitchen and Tavern ; 8960 Wilcox Dr., Twinsburg
When: 4-7 p.m.; Every Sunday in September and October
Details: All-you-can-eat black garlic clam chowder, field green salad, corn spoon bread, corn on the cob, whipped potatoes, BC roasted chicken and mini s'mores. Price also includes one dozen steamed middle neck clams with melted butter and clam broth.
Cost: Adults: $26.95 per person; Childen (8-12): $13.95; (3-7): $7.95 (2 and younger): Free *Prices for children do not include clams. Additional clam orders: $9 per dozen. Upgrade dinner to 6-ounce tenderloin: $10

Where: Welshfield Inn ; 14001 Main Market Rd., Burton
When: 6 p.m. Oct. 5, Oct. 12, Oct. 19, Oct. 26 and Nov. 2
Details: All-you-can-eat Prince Edward Island mussels, all-you-can-eat clam chowder, one dozen middleneck clams, mashed sweet potatoes, creamy cole slaw, sweet corn, pumpkin roll with warm pecan sauce and complimentary non-alcoholic beverage. Choice of half chicken, New York strip steak or whole Maine lobster.

Where: Sussex Seafood & Grille, 29280 Euclid Ave., Wickliffe
When: 3-9 p.m. every Sunday in October
Details: Cup of New England clam chowder, one dozen middle neck clams, homemade dinner rolls, sweet potato, corn on the cob, choice of entree and a dessert. Chicken bake $25, strip steak bake $35, and Sussex's famous fish bake $26

Hosting your own DIY event

Where: Euclid Fish Company ; 7839 Enterprise Dr., Mentor
Details: Chef Comellas original clambake includes one dozen middleneck clams, plump half chicken, sweet potato, local sweet corn, cole slaw and roll and butter, plasticware, paperware and returnable steamer with complete directions.
Cost: $17.95 per dinner

Where: Lobster Brothers ; 26055 Detroit Rd., Cantebury Square, Westlake
Details: DIY basic to fully-prepared options that range from $16.50 to $20.99 per person. All options include a seasoned half chicken, one dozen Rhode Island littleneck clams, sweet corn, sweet potato, cole slaw, dinner roll, butter for clams and steamer, paper products and utensils. A la carte items can be added.

Where: Farm House Foods Inc. ; 9000

Woodland Ave., Cleveland; 20524 Southgate Park Blvd., Maple Heights
Details: Basic clam bake includes one dozen middle neck clams, half a fresh chicken, ear of sweet corn, sweet potato, coleslaw, roll and butter, butter for clams and disposable paper goods (plates, clam bowls, butter cups, cups for broth or chowder, utensils and napkins)
Cost: $15.95 per person. Add a half-pound of snow crab for $21.95; Half pound of king crab for $27.95 or a lobster tail for $30.95.

Where: Hocevar's Maple Heights Catering ; 17330 Broadway Ave., Maple Heights
Details: One dozen middle neck clams, half chicken, corn on the cob, sweet potato, creamy cole slaw, dinner rolls and butter, disposable tableware, steam rental and cooking instructions
Cost: $15.95 per bake; Extra clams: $6.25 per dozen

Want your clambake included in our list? Email me at janet.lueken@wews.com .

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