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Comment Archives: stories: Best of Cleveland: Food & Drink

Re: “Food & Drink

As long as Scene is pimping these stupid ass former features on their Twitter page, I'd like to mention that THEY wrote about how crappy Ohio City Burrito is.

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Posted by mikeh on 09/18/2013 at 8:54 PM

Re: “Food & Drink

Sweetie Fry

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Posted by clevelandpoet on 09/15/2013 at 9:17 PM

Re: “Best Chinese Buffet

no sushi fucks that

Posted by Jessie James Klinesmith on 07/23/2013 at 10:20 AM

Re: “Food & Drink

Sushi Rock...really?! Pacific East in Coventry is more authentic, fresher, tastier, and cheaper. Is it a techno night club with neon lights and chic girls, no. Does it have the best sushi in Cleveland...try it and you tell me.

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Posted by andy21 on 07/02/2013 at 10:56 PM

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Chef Geoff Gus of Market in Rocky River, is a young, up & coming chef!

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Posted by bocce69 on 07/01/2013 at 11:28 PM

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This list is bullshit. Five guys fries over Bar Cento fries? Get the fuck outta here!

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Posted by Craig Booth on 06/30/2013 at 3:24 PM

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It's a real honor to be part of this local industry. Symon was definitely my inspiration because he proved you could be and stay a real clevelander and get the love.

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Posted by aglazen on 04/22/2013 at 9:11 AM

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Posted by SANDY on 04/14/2013 at 3:08 PM

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OOps. I didn't mean to dislike your comment, Adam Hall. Sorry about that.

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Posted by Aubrey Evans on 04/12/2013 at 6:42 PM

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Happy Dog happy Dog
Yum yum yum...

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Posted by cbrbart on 04/11/2013 at 4:13 PM

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I love it when my favorites make the list, especially places that I've been going to forever.

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Posted by AdamHall on 04/11/2013 at 12:29 PM

Re: “Best Food for World Peace

...On March 14 and March 29, 2003, Ben & Jerry’s co-founder Jerry Greenfield, Oberlin College class of ‘73, executed two $20,000 promissory notes to Phil B. Davis, Phil the Fire’s flamboyant proprietor, at prime plus 200 basis points, collateralized by an equity stake in Phil the Fire. Mr. Davis, a former deodorant salesman, failed to make a single payment on the bargain-rate loans. On October 31, 2003, the well-heeled ice cream czar and the wannabe waffle king consummated a Halloween wing-and-a-prayer loan consolidation through a $100,000 line of credit issued by Shore Bank. Mr. Davis subsequently defaulted on every facet of the original loans.

According to Cuyahoga County Court records, Phil the Fire’s tax returns, prepared by leading public accounting firm SS & G, show a loss of nearly $50,000 in 2002. In an amended July 19, 2004, brief attached to the extensive litigation spawned by Phil the Fire’s demise, Phil B. Davis declares on line #93, "Defendant never claimed that the operations of Phil the Fire on Shaker Square had yielded a profit after its first year of operations." The Ohio Department of Taxation affixed eight liens totaling $69,555.63 to Phil the Fire’s Shaker Square carcass. The Ohio Bureau of Workers Compensation weighed in with unpaid claims of $7,265.37.

Mr. Davis’ Shaker Square operation inherited the retail storefront formerly occupied by Hungarian strudel purveyor Lucy’s Sweet Surrender, a 49-year Buckeye neighborhood fixture employing a bevy of elderly, veteran strudel kneaders. On assuming the balance of Lucy’s ten-year lease, Mr. Davis seized $75,000 in specialized bakery equipment belonging to Lucy’s proprietor Michael Feigenbaum. Lucy’s never fully recovered and, according to Mr. Feigenbaum’s Hotel Bruce web posting, is "living on fumes."

On Sunday, March 26, 2006, the Cleveland Plain Dealer ran a front-page expose detailing the implosion of both the Shaker Square and downtown Phil the Fire and Waterhouse Restaurants, established with the financial backing of fugitive Atlanta hedge fund manager Kirk Wright. I, not any member of this body [Oberlin City Council], was the original source for that story.

Wanted on state and federal mail and securities fraud warrants for allegedly absconding with $185 million in investor assets, Wright targeted novice minority investors, particularly professional athletes with significant discretionary income. Equipped, according to the New York Post, with "a materialistic streak that would make Madonna blush," Wright’s illicitly acquired auto collection included a Bentley, a Jaguar, an Aston Martin, a BMW and a Lamborghini. A March 9, 2006, Wall Street Journal article reported Mr. Wright’s financial seductions occurred in "suites he rented at Atlanta Falcon football games." Since February 2002, SCA’s financial patron, Home Depot co-founder Arthur Blank, has owned the Atlanta Falcons. According to Phil B. Davis’ Cuyahoga County court filings, Davis "met twice with Wright in Plaintiff’s Atlanta office."

In a short, tumultuous five-month life-span, Phil the Fire’s illiquid downtown Cleveland gravy train racked up well in excess of a million dollars in unpaid debts and forfeitures — including over $15,000 in Ohio workers compensation liens — was on a C.O.D. basis with vendors and, according to Phil Davis’ July 28, 2004, court filings, had a chronic negative cash flow. Channel 19 reporter Scott Taylor ran an investigative piece broadcast March 14, 2004, on Phil the Fire Gateway’s imminent meltdown. On March 23, 2004, the IRS slapped a $226,259 tax lien on Phil the Fire for failure to pay federal withholding taxes. On April 15, 2004, Phil the Fire employees picketed outside the swank downtown eatery to protest their untendered paychecks. Although Phil Davis’ initial capital contribution to the Gateway Phil the Fire restaurant was a nominal $100, as set forth in the operating agreement, Mr. Davis retained a 60% ownership stake. On March 31, 2004, as the downtown Phil the Fire hemorrhaged cash and the chickens came home to roost, Mr. Davis borrowed $20,000, via a promissory note, from Phil the Fire’s talented chef, Alexander Daniels. Despite receiving $50,000 from Mr. Wright on April 26, 2004, in an impetuous, global out-of-court settlement, Mr. Davis defaulted on the bulk ($15,000) of Mr. Daniels’ unsecured loan and a contracted $11,000 culinary consultant’s fee...

Posted by Mark Chesler on 07/25/2011 at 12:01 PM

Re: “Best of Cleveland 2011: Food & Drink

@Magy - Thank you! I just moved here and all I hear about is Tandoor. I tried it and I hated it - it tasted like they're skimping on buying spices...fantastic way to run an Indian restaurant. I can't claim to be an expert but I worked at an Indian restaurant and Tondoor doesn't even come close. I tried Indian Flame and I thought it was great - but I definitely lean toward North Indian - and I'll try your recommendations, too.

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Posted by ferrellda on 05/26/2011 at 10:05 AM

Re: “Best Bet Along the Beaten Trail

My family and I had the absolute worst service ever experienced in a restaurant at Fishers Cafe & Pub this evening. As we walked in the door, someone from the kitchen was screaming and cussing, which should have been our first clue to go elsewhere. We waited almost 2 hours for our food, and then only half our party was served. What was brought out wasn't exactly what was ordered, and most of it was cold.When I asked for a manager, the bartender said he was in the kitchen cooking. Instead, she came out to our table, with our waitress who presented us with our bill and two of us hadn't even received our food yet! I refused to pay the bill and we all left with no apologies from the manager. We had eaten there before and enjoyed the food. After this evening, I will never go back.

Posted by frsmrdel on 05/14/2011 at 12:34 PM

Re: “Best of Cleveland 2011: Food & Drink

I totally disagree with Cafe Tandoor being the best Indian Restaurant in Cleveland. I am an Indian and I know what Indian food is.... I rate it as the worst Indian food i have had in Cleveland. Try Taj India Palace opposite Richmond Mall or Saffron Patch (2 locations) or Jaipur Junction in Parma

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Posted by Magy on 05/13/2011 at 12:23 PM

Re: “Best of Cleveland 2011: Food & Drink

Superior Pho is good, but I'd recommend all Clevelanders check out Tay Do in Parma. The pho is better and the Vietnamese Crepes are the best. Superior is good if you don't have the time, want to try the sandwiches, or are in a hurry (Tay Do takes awhile), but the quality of Tay Do is worth the trip.

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Posted by TheUMX on 04/02/2011 at 2:49 PM

Re: “Best of Cleveland 2011: Food & Drink

If the Cleveland food scene had been so eclectic, varied & of such high quality "back in the day", I might never have moved (NY for 30 yrs & Az. for the past eight) - I'm still rooting for the Cleveland sports teams & I'm proud to mhve been born, raised & education in C-town.

Posted by bocce69 on 03/30/2011 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Best Reason to Drink on a Sunday Night

RR brewing company?? Yeah right - a suburban bar that caters to the "locals"??? I have never seen any flavor in this joint. The same scene you will find in any Westlake, Avon Lake, Bay Village or Rocky River bar. This bar is nothing special. Typical west side bar with no culture.

Posted by Half Man on 12/28/2010 at 11:04 PM

Re: “Best Chinese Food You Won't Recognize

This is the best Chinese we've had since we moved her from California. It is fresh, delicious, and very authentic. We vacillate between wanting to share how good this restaurant is and keeping it to ourselves so it doesn't get too crowded. We only tell friends we deem worthy. Selfish, maybe, but once we hit the door we just want to eat!

Posted by Makkay on 10/22/2010 at 7:25 PM

Re: “Best Bar You Can Only Go to One Day a Week

Collision Bend, one of Cleveland's best kept secrets! So love and miss Millie and Tom and cannot wait to visit when back in Cleveland on a Friday night!!

Posted by SLGraham on 10/18/2010 at 10:37 AM

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