Crocker Park is the one-stop place to discover great food, music and fun events this summer.
Free “Music in the Park” performances are offered every Friday and Saturday night. Scheduled entertainment includes Qwik Sil-ver playing classic rock and blues on Friday, and Time Machine offering music from the 1960s to today on Saturday.
The seventh annual fine arts fair takes place throughout the park from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on Sunday.
While at Crocker Park, take advantage of the happy hour specials. The new Bar Louie is packing the house, offering half-off appetizers from 4 to 7 p.m., Monday through Friday. Small plates include pan-seared pork pot stickers with Szechwan sauce, chicken nachos, tempura-battered shrimp and bacon cheeseburger sliders. Fried calamari is served with cocktail sauce or with Buffalo sauce and bleu cheese dressing. All salsas, sauces and dips are house- made daily. During a recent visit, we sampled a shrimp quesadilla served with pico de gallo and guacamole ($10.50) and a bowl of the New Orleans chicken gumbo ($5), while listening to acoustic guitar entertainment in the lounge. Phone 440-788-7540.
Brio Tuscan Grille at Crocker Park offers its $3.95 Tasters Menu from 3 to 7 p.m. and from 9 p.m. to closing weeknights in the bar. Offerings include beef carpaccio, Tuscan lettuce wraps with Bolognese sauce and sweet peppers, sausage and pepperoni or Margherita flatbreads, and a Brio burger topped with provolone cheese and served with homemade chips. Call 440-250-8630 for details.
Hyde Park Restaurant at Crocker Park features small plates starting at $5 in the bar area from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. and after 9 p.m. Featured dishes might include fried calamari drizzled with Thai chili sauce, blackened scallops, fresh oysters on the half shell and Angus sirloin sliders with Tillamook cheddar cheese. Phone 440-892-4933.
Dine on the lovely patio at the Winking Lizard and enjoy one of the restaurant’s new summer specials. Start your meal with an appetizer of nacho bites. Corn tortillas are stuffed with Southwest-seasoned steak and Monterey Jack and cheddar cheeses, then fried and served with lime- cilantro dipping sauce. Chilled Chinese noodle salad is tossed with spicy marinated chicken breast, Oriental vegetables and Asian ginger slaw. A twist on the classic Italian panzanella salad is made with tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, kalamata olives, artichokes, cucumbers, sliced red onion, fresh basil, garlic croutons and balsamic dressing.
Sandwiches include a Cuban burger of ground pork seasoned with Caribbean spices, topped with sliced ham, salami, Swiss cheese and dill pickles, served on grilled brioche bread with a side of Creole mustard. The pesto chicken sandwich is breaded chicken with melted Muenster, roasted tomatoes and pesto on tomato-basil foccacia. Another new sandwich is Carolina pulled pork served with a tangy mustard sauce.
The Winking Lizard is at 32045 Detroit Road in Avon. Phone 440-937-7612.