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Comment Archives: stories: Dining

Re: “Good Spirits

Wasn't particularly please with the flavor of the vodka plus way overpriced.

Posted by Eddie B on 01/13/2014 at 11:47 AM

Re: “A Race to the Bottom Shelf: Look Past the Screw Cap and Enjoy These Exceptional Bargain Bourbons

Fighting Cock (not making that up) is excellent but tough to find ... As noted before, you can't beat Wild Turkey 101.

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Alex Grace on 01/13/2014 at 6:53 AM
Posted by bhallohio on 01/13/2014 at 2:30 AM

Re: “Q & A: Diane Sikorski, aka the Pie Lady

this is sort of elitist gourmet luxuries for the well-heeled, like expensive organic food, that most people can't afford. $25.00 for fruit pie?? when you can get just as good for half the price at Marie Callender or Bakers Square. What next, Neiman-Marcus Xmas shopping.

0 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by fedman on 01/12/2014 at 7:45 PM

Re: “My Perfect Meal, My Favorite Neighborhood: A Tasting Menu of Our Favorite Bites in Cleveland’s Best Dining Districts

You need to add Cork and Cleaver in Broadview Hts., FABULOUS FOOD!!

1 like, 0 dislikes
Posted by Ivi A. Barcelona on 01/12/2014 at 6:30 PM

Re: “My Perfect Meal, My Favorite Neighborhood: A Tasting Menu of Our Favorite Bites in Cleveland’s Best Dining Districts

You should add Umami Asian Kitchen to your Chagrin Falls list--consistently fine seafood, expertly and creatively prepared, as well as other interesting choices.

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by foodie on 01/12/2014 at 3:57 PM

Re: “My Perfect Meal, My Favorite Neighborhood: A Tasting Menu of Our Favorite Bites in Cleveland’s Best Dining Districts

Not including the best pesto and most artisan food in Little Italy is INSANE..... easily La Dolce Vita is TOPS.

1 like, 1 dislike
Posted by Knowing Italian on 01/12/2014 at 3:45 PM

Re: “What Could Have Been: Joey's Bistro in Cleveland Heights Rests on Reputation

A foodie/chef.....are you that chubby chef guy who is a self proclaimed chef but couldn't cut it in the food industry (after bashing so many local restaurants). So now peddles internet services?

7 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Revengeissweet on 01/12/2014 at 11:48 AM

Re: “What Could Have Been: Joey's Bistro in Cleveland Heights Rests on Reputation

Wow, the fact that the family chimed in to come to defense instead of accept the reviews and take what paying customers and critics have to say to heart. You tried to make this about you and your family.. thats not what paying customers care about. We want good food, good service and humble owners that can accept criticism.

I was at the Chagrin location 2 times and that was plenty for me.. Im a foodie/ chef and I do not have patience for sub par food. I agree this sounds like an upcoming episode of Kitchen Nightmares. Avoid the show and take this review to heart and step up your game or your Lee rd. investment will have a short lifespan.

17 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by Mr. Food on 01/12/2014 at 11:20 AM

Re: “What Could Have Been: Joey's Bistro in Cleveland Heights Rests on Reputation

Don't sweat the bad review. Unless your last name is Symon, Kuhn, Bruell or Sawyer...Tratner won't like it. His self proclaimed pallet is a joke, and he has no restaurant experience. He gave our establishment a bad review six years ago and just we opened our third restaurant last year. Restaurant reviewers who have never owned, yet worked in a restaurant are the industries worst problem.

9 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by Realtruth on 01/12/2014 at 11:09 AM

Re: “What Could Have Been: Joey's Bistro in Cleveland Heights Rests on Reputation

I have actually been to the Joey's on Lee. I think the reviewer nailed it. The bread was supposed to be luscious garlic knots but instead were practically croutons from re heating. The server was new and willing to admit it. he came to take our order and told us about the specials only after we asked if there were any. I ordered the veal parm. The veal was nicely prepared but the side of pasta - ugh. the lumpy chunky bland marinara.

I was excited to have a reasonably priced Italian spot on Lee but this will not fit the bill. I won't be going back.

19 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Heights resident on 01/11/2014 at 10:53 PM

Re: “What Could Have Been: Joey's Bistro in Cleveland Heights Rests on Reputation

Michelle, is it really AMAZING????! Time to purchase a thesaurus, dear.

4 likes, 8 dislikes
Posted by dangerouslisa on 01/11/2014 at 4:18 PM

Re: “What Could Have Been: Joey's Bistro in Cleveland Heights Rests on Reputation

I must affirm BigRed EO and chagrinfallsdefiance. It was an unfortunate fact that the Chagrin Falls Joey's was sub-par. Not that the family was not kind. They were nice. But again as it has been stated above, nice people do not equate a good restaurant experience. You need to up your game; times have changed and just mediocre isn't cutting it any longer.

15 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by betty on 01/11/2014 at 4:10 PM

Re: “What Could Have Been: Joey's Bistro in Cleveland Heights Rests on Reputation

This sounds like an episode of Kitchen Nightmares waiting to happen. A family in denial - refusing to acknowledge any possible restaurant problem.

27 likes, 3 dislikes
Posted by BrianWilson on 01/11/2014 at 2:42 PM

Re: “15 People You'll Meet in a Craft Cocktail Bar in Cleveland

How many of you remember the 1950's bars in Play House Sq ? The Terrace Room bar the Playhouse Sq bar. + the ones in the other hotels. It was allways jacket & ties for the guys,
Those were the GOOD OLD DAYS !!!!!!!!!!!!

6 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Russ on 01/11/2014 at 2:13 PM

Re: “What Could Have Been: Joey's Bistro in Cleveland Heights Rests on Reputation

I agree with chagrnfallsdefiance above - loved the garlic knots the couple of times I went to Joey's here in Chagrin, but after that - everything was dripping in so much oil it was ridiculous. The one time I ordered a pizza, I had to ask for extra napkins to soak up all the oil swimming on top of it. I've been to good Italian restaurants. I've been to good Italian restaurants IN ITALY and let me tell you, Joey's is NOT a good Italian restaurant. I'm sure the family that runs this restaurant is nice, as all their friends are attesting to here. But that doesn't mean the reviewer was wrong.

Perhaps Joey's needs to PAY ATTENTION to all of their reviews and truly do something about it?

22 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by BigRedEO on 01/11/2014 at 1:45 PM

Re: “What Could Have Been: Joey's Bistro in Cleveland Heights Rests on Reputation

Never been to the restaurant on Lee Road, but went to the old one in Chagrin Falls and then Joey's in Solon. Mostly we found the food ok, nothing to special and you could get the same results at home. What really disappointed me though was the absolute terrible service we received in the Solon restaurant. You wait a long time for everything - from food to drinks. And the excuse is that they are so busy with take-out orders. THAT is just ridiculous. Do they really mean that they let in-house customers wait for an hour for a salad and produce the take-out food?

14 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Andrea Vogeler on 01/11/2014 at 1:22 PM

Re: “What Could Have Been: Joey's Bistro in Cleveland Heights Rests on Reputation

Leonettis... I don't know you... But I live on Main Street in Chagrin Falls and sure knew your former restaurant. Reviews of it are still available online - and, sorry to say, they were similar to the Trattner one above. Your restaurant was a tired joke in Chagrin, to many of the locals, at least. Visitors - they didn't know better. Being local, independent - putting "heart and soul" into the joint -and serving red sauce - do not a good restaurant make. You have to serve food that patrons consider good - flawlessly - and run the place well.. THAT is a good restaurant. It's unfortunate you stubbornly don't choose to listen to comments and make positive changes to overcome the negatives. This is offensive to customers... You want to stay in business, don't you? (Why is your parking lot in Solon so empty... Is that restaurant still open or did word get out?)

The current occupant of your old Chagrin space, Flip Side, is trendy, tasty and doing land office business... I suggest you listen to the comments/reviews above... Visit a place like Flip Side and see how successful, crowd-pleasing operators are doing it... And then come back to Chagrin (weren't you supposed to be opening in the God-awful chalet eyesore on Orange Street last Fall???) and give it another go - with a 2014, not 1974, mentality... People want so much more from a restaurant these days...

Also your "best top chef on this side of Cleveland" comment is fricking laughable.. I think Mr. Trattner - who has co-written cookbooks with "best top chef" Michael Symon - and who has spent years reviewing restaurants/writing about food - come up with a stack of better chefs "on this side of Cleveland..." Wouldn't be hard...

Wish you well - but your defiant comments should be embarrassing to you...

58 likes, 5 dislikes
Posted by chagrnfallsdefiance on 01/11/2014 at 1:44 AM

Re: “A Rye by Any Other Name: Some Whiskey Brands Are Trying to Sell You a Mash Bill of Goods

Ryan,

I just read your piece with a great deal of interest, since Templeton rye has become a favorite of my wife and I over the last several years. Previous to the summer of 2013, we ordered Templeton over the Internet, since it was impossible to obtain in Nebraska. In the final half of 2013, Costco began to offer the spirit in bulk. At the same time, the rumor started that Templeton had sold itself to a large distiller and the product had changed for the worse in its taste and quality. Proof of this was supposed to be the disappearance of the batch information on the label. Are you saying that Templeton has been purchasing its rye distillate from MGPI all along and the rumors of a change in ownership and downgrade in quality is just another urban myth?

Posted by Robert Ward on 01/10/2014 at 1:03 PM

Re: “What Could Have Been: Joey's Bistro in Cleveland Heights Rests on Reputation

Thanks for the honest review. I agree on just about every point. Went there with friends and most of our meals were "meh" and the service left a lot to be desired. I think the restaurant has great potential, and I would suggest the family members who are "sadly disappointed" in the review be "sadly disappointed" that someone had a disappointing dining experience and do something about it. I hope they listen to the constructive criticism and make some changes, otherwise they won't last long in an area with so many options. (And they won't last long if an Italian restaurant with better red sauce opens up, which is likely since they've shown there's a willing market for it.)

39 likes, 4 dislikes
Posted by sandy on 01/10/2014 at 12:47 PM

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