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Re: “Astoria Market and Cafe Delivers an Unmatched Dining and Shopping Experience

So happy this place is open. A great option within walking distance to us!

Posted by Shady Machine on 01/19/2017 at 10:03 AM

Re: “Astoria Market and Cafe Delivers an Unmatched Dining and Shopping Experience

went there last night, food was very good, staff was great, wine choices were very nice. Good place!

Posted by downtown on 01/18/2017 at 6:31 PM

Re: “Astoria Market and Cafe Delivers an Unmatched Dining and Shopping Experience

This is a great new addition to Cleveland's dining scene. The restaurant is bright and open. The menu is diversely Mediterranean. The prices are reasonable and everyone, from the owners to the restaurant staff and counter staff are very knowledgeable and friendly. Don't let the temporary work affecting traffic on Detroit Avenue stop you from trying Astoria.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by jak42586 on 01/18/2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Barabicu and Ribsticks Take Different Approaches to Barbeque

A competition-BBQ friend of mine explained that the sous-vide technique is great for cooking low and slow, but not particularly great for BBQ. The reason is that once the meat's internal temperature reaches 122F [50C], the smoke will not penetrate the meat proteins anymore. Smoking your meats once their internal temp exceeds that point yields diminishing rates of return, i.e. you're wasting your precious smoking wood and it doesn't impart any more flavor to the meat

5 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by franky on 01/14/2017 at 7:03 PM

Re: “Barabicu and Ribsticks Take Different Approaches to Barbeque

Your write up seems to be lacking some sort of opinion on your experience. Intentional???

Posted by Cleveland in Cleveland on 01/13/2017 at 2:32 PM

Re: “Barabicu and Ribsticks Take Different Approaches to Barbeque

Made my first stop at Barabicu last week. Really awesome barbecue. What a welcome addition to Parma's business community. I wish them all the best.

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by George Mount on 01/13/2017 at 2:20 PM

Re: “Barabicu and Ribsticks Take Different Approaches to Barbeque

It sounds like the owner of Ribsticks got suckered into buying one of those hideously expensive European meat water baths. We've had steaks cooked that way, and they were pretty awful. Whatever is done to try to make it taste like a piece of freshly-cooked meat after it's removed from the water, emphatically does not work.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by browns19fan on 01/13/2017 at 1:04 PM

Re: “How No-showing Your Dinner Reservation Has a Ripple Effect on Small Restaurants

Related: Broussard's is awesome.

Posted by Abe Froman on 01/13/2017 at 8:51 AM

Re: “Barabicu and Ribsticks Take Different Approaches to Barbeque

Ribsticks sure doesn't sound like my kind of place. I'll take my 'cue low and slow over smoke any day rather than cooked in plastic and water!

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Vince on 01/11/2017 at 12:50 PM

Re: “Jo Jo Carloni's Italian Restaurant Serves Up Red-sauce Comfort in Olmsted Falls, and Will Soon Do the Same in Ohio City

There is meat in the Wedding soup just not the traditional round meatballs

2 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Diane on 01/05/2017 at 9:11 AM

Re: “Jo Jo Carloni's Italian Restaurant Serves Up Red-sauce Comfort in Olmsted Falls, and Will Soon Do the Same in Ohio City

We have eaten at Jo Jo's multiple times and have never been disappointed. John and Jennifer always treat everyone like family and the food is always good and reasonably priced.

5 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bert on 01/04/2017 at 8:04 PM

Re: “Jo Jo Carloni's Italian Restaurant Serves Up Red-sauce Comfort in Olmsted Falls, and Will Soon Do the Same in Ohio City

No meatballs in the wedding soup?? Deal breaker for me. Already cutting corners.. not a good sign.

4 likes, 13 dislikes
Posted by Frank on 01/04/2017 at 1:44 PM

Re: “Jo Jo Carloni's Italian Restaurant Serves Up Red-sauce Comfort in Olmsted Falls, and Will Soon Do the Same in Ohio City

Sounds really good, although it's strange to have to choose between bread, soup, or salad.

4 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by gwanner on 01/04/2017 at 7:51 AM

Re: “Jo Jo Carloni's Italian Restaurant Serves Up Red-sauce Comfort in Olmsted Falls, and Will Soon Do the Same in Ohio City

We love JoJos, John and his family. This was a hidden gem but we couldn't keep it a secret and are so happy the rest of Cleveland will soon find out that this will be their new favorite restaurant!
Congratulations John!
Ed and Kelly McAuley

10 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by KellyMcA on 01/04/2017 at 7:37 AM

Re: “How No-showing Your Dinner Reservation Has a Ripple Effect on Small Restaurants

And are no shows more or less of a problem when diners are using an online service like OpenTable? I realize the cost of the service to a restaurant, but when I have to cancel a reservation, it can be done in seconds on OpenTable - without the (relative) "shame" or hassle of calling the restaurant = I am guaranteed to cancel if I can't make it vs just letting it go if I had to call. (For what it's worth, I won't even make reservations if I have to call these days - places like Momocho - who feel they don't need OT due to cost and demand, though they forget things like the benefits stated above, which could pay them back on the no-show side of the equation...)

Posted by CLESpree on 01/02/2017 at 10:48 AM

Re: “How No-showing Your Dinner Reservation Has a Ripple Effect on Small Restaurants

With airlines, you pay in advance.

with concerts, same thing.

Hotel reservations, you book your reservation with a credit card

French Laundry and Per Se have done this, but they're in rarefied air. If a C,LE restaurant can get a Michelin star, they can nad will require you to pay in advance.

2 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by franky on 12/31/2016 at 11:40 PM

Re: “How No-showing Your Dinner Reservation Has a Ripple Effect on Small Restaurants

Nope!

What needs to happen is you give a reservation a ten minute buffer to show up. For example, if a guest has a 6:30 reservation, they have until 6:40 to arrive and secure the table. If they do not show, the reservation is voided and the table is opened to anyone, including walk-ins. And the policy needs to be clearly explained to all guests.

This way, it allows for a maximum of table turnover and a minimum of idle space in the venue. More restaurants need to adopt such a policy and people making reservations need to honor their arrival time. Business is business. This allows smaller restaurants a chance to maximize their space for the greatest number of guests.

15 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by buckeyehoppy on 12/31/2016 at 12:17 PM

Re: “How No-showing Your Dinner Reservation Has a Ripple Effect on Small Restaurants

I bank on 200 no shows per year at NeXT

Its part of the trade some people are just caught up in there own worlds to care about ours

1 like, 2 dislikes
Posted by Michael Blackie on 12/30/2016 at 10:59 PM

Re: “How No-showing Your Dinner Reservation Has a Ripple Effect on Small Restaurants

Even a confirmed reservation can be a no-show. Last night at Broussard's (New Orleans) a 9-top did just that.

2 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Argol on 12/30/2016 at 3:24 PM

Re: “How No-showing Your Dinner Reservation Has a Ripple Effect on Small Restaurants

I disagree with the not taking credit cards notion.
Most people readily give their number feelings no more secure that their reservation is guaranteed.,
especially with larger parties.
It's a business.

15 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Gautreau's-New Orleans on 12/29/2016 at 12:10 PM

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