They consider vegetables and hummus an entree?
I'm confused as to how this place will survive. Why would I go here over other places with well defined menus? They needed to have the pizza over, because of a "silent investor". What gives a "silent investor" the decision to add items to the menu. If he was smart, and wanting to make money, he would let the chef's decide what is best. This proves there is an over saturation of restaurants in Cleveland.
Sounds like good food and lots of it, but if his motto is "Simple things done well," why have bad coffee? Really good coffee and coffee makers are available to anyone and everyone these days, so there's no excuse for weak or bad coffee...none. It's a huge pet peeve when a place that claims to be a breakfast and lunch joint has bad/weak coffee. Invest an extra penny a cup and use good coffee!!!
We had Mexicana bowls last week and loved them! Everything was fresh, flavorful and plentiful. The price was even reasonable and finally located within walking distance! Thank you for stepping outside the box. My family and I are committed to supporting Flame and telling others. Best wishes.
Hard to believe this all started with a laptop and a cheap microphone. This show and Greg Rempe could easily find a spot on AM,FM, Sirrius or TV
Great to see BBQ Central getting some hometown love. Really nice.
And he makes the BEST pulled pork EVER
The best bbq podcast on the planet! Thanks for bringing it strong each week, Greg, and glad you Clevelanders are finally getting some decent restaurant bbq.
way too many other GREAT places to get tacos in cleveland like Bomba and Barrio to waste money on tiny, mediocre ones at Coastal. Space is great, but in my opinion food and drink don't warrant a return visit.
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.
September 21-27, 2016
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