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Comment Archives: stories: Dining: Dining Lead

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

Re: “DIY Pantry Planning: A Well-Stocked Kitchen Doesn't Happen by Accident

Outstanding article. Nice tip on evoo

Posted by Hassan Samad on 06/21/2014 at 9:36 AM

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

Some people in West Park like things as they are...oops...make that were. The "dark, dated, drop-ceiling" atmosphere, for one. Real comfort food in an old-school setting...with generous portions for human beings...not cats. The "foodie" meals in all the new yupscale joints around the city and suburbs are way overpriced and would barely fill a kitty's food dish.

And what's with this "sexy" atmosphere that the new owners seem to feel a need for? Did they really say that? Hope their culinary skills are better than their wordsmithing skills..."sexy" is not what most folks look for in an eatery...oops...BISTRO...GASTROPUB...whatever the hell the new word of the week is.

I go to a restaurant...food and drink place...whatever...to fill my stomach...not to blow my load. Sexy (what a stupid adjective for an eatery) is the last thing on my mind when I'm hungry and looking for a good meal...er...food experience...er...pub grub (Cheezus).

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?

Some of us here like the peace and quiet of this hood, thank you very much. It is what it is...it also is what hipper, trendy, overcrowded Ohio City and Tremont are not. And we like it that way.

Sports bars and chains have brought in people and money to Lorain Ave....even if they're the youngsters who grew up here. Did you ever bother to come out here 10-15 years ago? I doubt it. You had nothing here but the Gene's and the Red Lantern I. And a couple of bars--the Public House and Smedley's...and they were dives. That whole stretch was a blighted desert of empty storefronts back then. It's not that way anymore.

So there's nothing wrong with what's here. Thanks for the condescending sneers, Doug.

They gutted a classic Cleveland bar/restaurant (albeit one in a strip mall) and put up yet another hipster joint with high prices and mediocre food...and took away one of the best fish fries in town and replaced it with a pricey "fish dinner"...thanks for nothing guys.

If this is such an unhip neighborhood, how do you expect to survive? West Park is not going to gentrify any time soon. But the Red Lantern II will be long gone by then. I give it a year or two. At most.

p.s. The bar where the cops beat that guy up is long gone...it's under new ownership and has a new name...and has had it for a LONG time.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 06/17/2014 at 11:34 PM

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

just because he was black with a white women

Posted by jodkey on 06/15/2014 at 9:31 AM

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

isn't that where that locked the bar door and cops beat the heck out of someone

Posted by jodkey on 06/15/2014 at 9:29 AM

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

Well maybe it's overun with Irish sports bars, but how do you know they're Catholic, and why even make such an absurd statement? Are you required to be Catholic to gain entrance to these bars? The fact that there has long been a large Irish Catholic percentage of residents in West Park is fact. But being one myself and an over thirty year residident of the neighborhood, I can plainly state that no bar in West Park has ever required being either Irish or Catholic a requirement for serving or welcoming one into their establishments. The Irish themed bars are just that, they were opened using that concept with the intent of attracting the large Irish population into their establishments. Many current and former neighborhood residents of Irish descent do in fact frequent these bars and shockingly to no one, they know each other as many grew up, live in, and attended school and the Catholic churches in the neighborhood. But there are also plenty of other nationalities and religious affiliations well represented as they also grew up in the neighborhood and attended school and church in the neighborhood they lived in, just like any metropolitan area in the World. I was born at Fairview Hospital, not a Catholic hospital by the way, lived over forty years of my life in the neighborhood, and surprisingly never saw a single bar attend Catholic church on a Sunday, so I guess they must be Protestant?

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Posted by West park Dude on 06/13/2014 at 6:05 AM

Re: “A Tale of Two Tacos: Two New Mexican Joints Join the Cleveland Food Scene

Camino's needs improvement. Their tacos? Decent, but lacking the "it" factor to bring me back. Their chorizo queso dip? I'm fairly certain it's the same recipe my Romanian grandmother uses: microwaved Velveeta cheese with Hormel canned chili.

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Posted by ElCamino on 06/12/2014 at 9:39 AM

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

I am a West Park resident and have been to the new Red Lantern 4 times so far. It's far superior to the throwback circa greasy walled 1980s dump it was in a previous life. The service and every meal has been great. The buffalo chicken sandwich is fantastic. The rosemary fries are definately worth the calories, and the fish tacos (despite what the article says) are delicious. Just don't expect the deep-fried-heart-attack-in-a-tortilla shell that you'd get most other places. If I recall correctly, the menu does say they are on the healthier side. I've also had the artichoke dip, which is fantastic. I can't speak to the mussels or calamari. I love the modern atmosphere as well. I think it it a perfect additition in a neighborhood overrun with Irish Catholic Sports bars. They're nice, too, it's just great to have something a little more upscale with a menu that will most likely change every now and again. Keep up the great work. Lester Welling

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Posted by Lester Welling on 06/11/2014 at 9:57 PM

Re: “Bucking the Trends: Pastas & Pastry Aims for Classic and Timeless While Embracing Cleveland Restaurants of Years Past

Ron---have soooo missed you and the wonderful food at Snickers and Crazy Mac's. Since moving to Arizona have never found anything to compare. Can't wait to try out the new Pastas and Pastries when we come back to Ohio for a visit!!

Posted by Suz Slivers-Guentzler on 06/11/2014 at 3:57 PM

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