Went there Thursday before the Browns game and had a great experience - I would in fact recommend CT to anyone in the area. It was a new concept that probably needed some hard lessons to work all the kinks out, I have to assume, because my service and food was excellent.
This is a dutiful advertising piece for a place trying to survive despite near universal condemnation. You'll get better service at a crematorium.
Update to earlier post: Went there at lunchtime...before noon...not too crowded. Got a table in the shade and right on the water, despite the art fair mess. Charging people a fee of ten bucks each to enter the art fair may or may not be helping their business...hard to tell. But that's their problem, not mine. There were plenty of asses in the seats. It's a nice waterside place.
Service was fine...tacos are excellent but teensy...more like sliders, but they do tell you that in advance now. The bowls...or what they call "bols"...are big and very good-sized and for six bucks they are adequate in size. Only complaint was the size of the tea glasses...you will probably need more than one. I guess they want you to drink...that's where the moolah is.
The place was filling up and getting crowded after our lunch, but maybe Doug picked the wrong weekend...was it the grand opening when the Cavs beat Toronto to make the Finals? Probably a mistake on his part.
True, I wouldn't care to be there at dinnertime or late in the evening,, but lunch on the river (on a fine late summer day) made a nice birthday present.
My wife was right and Doug was only partially so.
And for once in my life, I had nothing to bitch about!
Chuckles the Clown
My wife is taking me out for a birthday dinner this weekend...told me it's in the Flats East Bank area...she's gonna "surprise me" by going somewhere I haven't yet been...
Christ on a cracker, I hope to hell it's not Coastal Taco, or I will probably get a surprise I neither like nor want.
Chuckles the Clown
If a manager doesn't address a legitimate complaints by diners regarding the taste of the food or the service, the restaurant doesn't deserve your business. They do nothing when you complain and their management and cooks (notice I didn't say chefs because they aren't) don't even know what good food tastes like. Hire some decent help to match your expensive décor or you will be closing like crop. The restaurants at FEB will need to validate parking in the winter or they will all close.
Went once never again... 9 bucks for a shot glass sized margarita...
The main issue with coastal is consistency. You can go one day and have a great experience, great drinks, and great food, but go the next day and everything tastes different. Also, they are extremely pricey for small portions and at most times mediocre food. Why spend $3 per a taco for a small taco that tastes different every time I order it, when I can go to someplace like El carnicero with similar menu and larger portions for less money. I do frequent coastal, and the atmosphere is great but it's very disappointing to take friends and not be able to promise a great experience.
They also need a longer happy hour.
We went there a few weeks after it opened. Our server knew nothing and had to be told more than once that our bill was wrong (she charged us full price for happy hour drinks and then questioned us when we pointed out they were supposed to be a different price, which means she was charging every other table in her station full price instead of happy hour price). Considering the fact that there seemed to be more employees milling around than customers when we were there, we were surprised at how long it took to initially be acknowledged by our server (we finally had to stop a different server to ask for glasses of water), have her return with our drink order (at least 15 minutes), receive our food (wrong food was brought to us twice) and finally receive a corrected bill. When the food arrived, we were disappointingly surprised at the size of the portions. Don't go in there expecting to make a meal on 2-3 tacos. The tortillas are slightly larger than a slice of lemon. Happy Hour special when we were there was five for $5, and you need all five and then some if you're not planning to eat dinner after you leave. And if you're there for dinner when it's not happy hour and you're paying $3 or more per taco, expect a fairly steep bill for not much food. The guacamole was served in a very small ramekin and was, if I remember, $6 or $7. it really was a single serving, and it was just plain, old guacamole. The whole thing was an overpriced letdown. We left hungry and annoyed. We thought about calling or writing the owners, but we figured it wouldn't be open long enough to get a response.
The biggest complaint I hear about is simply the process. Apparently you can't split tabs and they make you open a tab as soon as you arrive, and then all the food arrives on one tray as stated. Sounds like they should make a few adjustments to have success. I am still going to wait... perhaps by end of the summer they will have things figured out.
I had a fantastic experience there the weekend before the RNC. Great food, great service and you can't beat the atmosphere. Sounds like they are headed in the right direction.
What may start as a neat change of pace for some diners will quickly become a go-to location.
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I totally agree with the above post. I do not think they are related since I have met the owners of La Brasa and am a witness of them not having an family in the United States. Instead they were a humble family that came strictly to the Ohio to continue their family chicken business that they own in other states. Due to this they have they have their secret family chicken recipe.
I strongly believe that Luis, the owner of the Steven's Chicken, tried to use the La Brasa's old existence as advertisement for his own restaurant which is unjustifiable. This is not right!! And the media should verify facts before posting lies. One thing I agree on is that Steven's Chicken will never be like La Brasa. La Brasa will for ever be in Cleveland's Heart, Soul, and Memory, representing the Central American Community.
I do not believe he is related to the owners of the old Authentic La Brasa Restaurant. Especially since I am very close to them and I happen to know the truth. Also I know the true recipe to the chicken which is not a consistency of soy sauce and sugar. La Brasa had their own unique recipe unshared and a secret to the world. But Steven's Chicken has also made up their own recipe for the chicken but I know it tastes way different than the original. NEVER THE SAME. This new little restaurant located in a terrible neighborhood that has tried to imitate La Brasa's Authentic food but will never be the same as La Brasa's which was also a unique humble and small family restaurant.
Growing up in Canton, I remember as a child it being a BIG DEAL when we had company for my dad to drive to Barberton and pick up chicken and hot sauce from Belgrade Gardens. Food just tasted better back then! The chicken was chickeny-er and the hot sauce, which now I know is not exactly sauce, was delicious. I occasionally make fried chicken the Southern way soaking it in peppered buttermilk, rolling in seasoned flour, dunking it in an egg wash then rolling it again in Panko bread crumbs to fry in very hot peanut oil. It's good and I always buy organic, free-range whole chicken cut into pieces which drives my mom crazy because it is so expensive. Such is our world where food is mass produced and all the flavor is gone. But I remember the 50's & 60's being the Baby Boomer that I am. Nostalgic article and now I am going to make the hot sauce next time and fry my chicken in lard to see if I can stir up a memory. ;<)
Sounds awesome! Nice to see a man with a mission and a good plan.
Don't forget ABC THE TAVERN, which opened its east location (uptown) before any of the mentioned other great places arrived.
Delegates, I'm sure by some lapse of memory, they left off the granddaddy of neighborhood joints, ABC the TAVERN on West 25. You will have a great time and make great new friends. PS across the street from the casino downtown is Cleveland's hidden "hideaway" gem, The Ontario. Pint and a shot; $3.25.
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Chickenrones? In my neighbrhood those are known as grivenes. I made duck grivenes once, which my late and witty mom dubbed "quacklings."
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