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Comment Archives: stories: Dining: Dining Lead

Re: “A Tradition in the Making: Tim Bando Brings Maturity, Value and Something for Everyone to Chagrin Falls with Grove Hill

The servers had no clue, served the wine after our first course. We had to ask for bread...even after we ordered mussles. The menu is somewhat limited if you ask me. On the other hand, the food was very very good. The back of the house really needs to straighten out the front of the house before I go back..

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Posted by Pat Swerling Moore on 08/27/2014 at 2:57 PM

Re: “A Tradition in the Making: Tim Bando Brings Maturity, Value and Something for Everyone to Chagrin Falls with Grove Hill

Doug, you are pretty right on. Service: We had a server who admitted she had never heard of a brined pork chop.... as though it was something new ("he brines it... Never heard of that....") Food: I also noted the UN-chopped chopped salad /, as you did. (good salad but time for a new name, Tim...it is not chopped unless the lettuce is chopped too..). We also had cold pasta... (as "didn't heat it up" cold, not "Sat took long before serving" cold... And frankly temp was off on all 3 hot dishes we got...) And though I can't put my finger on the dish I remember one that was a "please charge me more but give me more" kind of thing. not a complaint about price of item, but more of a needs to be more but I will pay for it kind of thing.


Rumor around town is that old timers who probably pay $14 for a mediocre (but loved) burger at Ricks Cafe - which is not shy about charging high prices for ok food,- are angry this place doesn't have those legacy dishes at cheap prices... "Too expensive" in a town of well off folks..


(I live up Main St...)

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Posted by nottratt on 08/27/2014 at 1:08 PM

Re: “A Tradition in the Making: Tim Bando Brings Maturity, Value and Something for Everyone to Chagrin Falls with Grove Hill

Food was average, pricey, service slow (they need a much better wait staff) dark not a friendly atmosphere. They said they spent $600K on renovations??? they kept all the old tables and booths, not impressed. By the way, most of the CF folks I talked to don't rate it very high either.

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Posted by madmacrcm on 08/27/2014 at 11:14 AM

Re: “Time Traveler

The odd sized tables are so authentic Poland... Most could not survive real life in Polska. Seven Roses is one of the last true authentic Polish eateries in Ohio.

Posted by Joe Becker on 08/21/2014 at 5:53 PM

Re: “Time Traveler

The schnitzel is Lubelski style. Egg coated. Southeast Poland. Like chili here, pork cutlet has regional variations.

Posted by Joe Becker on 08/21/2014 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Downtown Import: Portland's Urban Steakhouse Fits Nicely into Cleveland's Dining Boom

I want to work there and bring a true Spanish twist to it from Guatemala!

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Posted by Rennso Vinely on 08/07/2014 at 12:08 AM

Re: “Downtown Import: Portland's Urban Steakhouse Fits Nicely into Cleveland's Dining Boom

Now if I could only afford to eat there.....

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Posted by Squid on 08/06/2014 at 8:12 PM

Re: “10 Years Later: The Legacy of Brian Polcyn

The world is finally ready to pay $20 for (3) domino-sized pieces of cheese! thank you Standard, Urban Farmer, Crop, etc... It's so exciting; I can't even decide which restaurant had the best presentation!

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Posted by Jef on 08/01/2014 at 8:35 AM

Re: “From Jamaica, with Love: Ocho Rios Dishes up Authentic, Mouth-Watering Jamaican in South Collinwood

Food was very tasty. Curried goat over rice/beans was delicious. The oxtails were super tender. I would like a little more heat. I understand this is a new operation and I am sure as time goes on the interior will improve. But it doesn't detract from the great food. Will go again for sure.

Posted by Fran Idom on 07/23/2014 at 3:41 PM

Re: “This Isn't Your Parents' Chinese Restaurant: Han Chinese Gives a Modern Touch to the Asian Staples

Anyone know of a Chinese restaurant in Asiatown that has a patio?

Posted by Steven Gordnoshnka on 07/23/2014 at 9:23 AM

Re: “This Isn't Your Parents' Chinese Restaurant: Han Chinese Gives a Modern Touch to the Asian Staples

Open kitchen? There was no open kitchen there. They could use a carpet change from the old stained one. Food was decent but no different really from some of the other Chinese restaurants in the area

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Posted by Andrew Ziebro on 07/20/2014 at 4:47 PM
Posted by Robert El-Prezidente on 07/06/2014 at 2:26 PM

Re: “Beyond the Egg: Two New All-Day Breakfast Joints Rise and Shine in Cleveland

Scene: it would be fantastic if you would get in the habit of providing an address and even a telephone number in your reviews, which are otherwise rich in detail like prices and the history of previous tenants. The interwebs are not always kind in coughing up this information in the case of new restaurants.

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Posted by Jim Raden on 07/06/2014 at 12:35 PM

Re: “A Better Plate: Dan Barber Wants to Change the Way We Eat

great article Doug farm to table and bodies the best of good nutrition sustainability and local business it's the trifecta To save us from the plutocrats.

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Posted by LrsProctor on 07/02/2014 at 2:27 PM

Re: “As Good As it Gets: In a Land Bereft of Quality Barbecue, Oak and Embers is a Blessing

I have been there a couple times and the quality is excellent. My burnt ends were good so it may have been a timing thing? I live right up the street from here and every time I drive by the place is packed.

Posted by dan on 07/02/2014 at 9:16 AM

Re: “From Jamaica, with Love: Ocho Rios Dishes up Authentic, Mouth-Watering Jamaican in South Collinwood

Wasn't very tasty. The oxtails had much more bone than meat, everything lacked flavor, and the place is in a very sketchy area. Won't be going back, not worth it.

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Posted by LolaMarie on 06/27/2014 at 10:36 AM

Re: “From Jamaica, with Love: Ocho Rios Dishes up Authentic, Mouth-Watering Jamaican in South Collinwood

Thank you for the interesting review! I (and perhaps others as well) would like to know if this restaurant features any vegetarian dishes.

Posted by dbadagna on 06/26/2014 at 12:06 AM

Re: “From Jamaica, with Love: Ocho Rios Dishes up Authentic, Mouth-Watering Jamaican in South Collinwood

Can't wait to go there! Great article Doug and congrats to Brian from Ochoa Rios!

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Posted by pmalley on 06/25/2014 at 10:59 PM

Re: “Picking up the Torch: The Red Lantern Version 2.0 Will Keep You Coming Back to West Park

As someone who is in the demographic of people they are looking to attract at the Red Lantern I would have to pass on it. Was in there once and that was enough. The food is mediocre at best, and the prices are insane for what you get. The space itself has a lot of potential but they really need to add some charachter to it. Instead of trying to be like Tremont or Ohio city maybe they should try to be more like the extremely successful Melt? Trendy bars and restaurants do not last and the novelty wears off fast. There are so many other places in the area that have good food and will not leave you hungry afterwards. As it is now, you have to walk over to Gyro World afterwards to get full. Just take your money over to the other places nearby like Thai Elephant. MMMMM I think I will get that after work today.

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Posted by Greg Afanador on 06/24/2014 at 11:07 AM

Re: “Picking up the Torch: The Red Lantern Version 2.0 Will Keep You Coming Back to West Park

"So this place has "food that calls to mind that found in far hipper neighborhoods"...gee, Doug, thanks for the snark. Why didn't you just call the corner "Little Dublin" or "The Green Mile" and be done with it?"

This. Precisely this. I love my neighborhood, and it has much more to offer than chain restaurants, thanks. Cuisine du Cambodge? Der Braumeister? Thai Elephant? Phat Daddy's Kitchen? No, guess it's just too easy to knock on our "uncoolness" because we have a nice stretch of Irish bars along with the other businesses on one of Cleveland's busiest traffic corridors.

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Posted by Shannon Okey on 06/23/2014 at 5:43 PM

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