Will DOUGLAS please do a bit of research before pretending to know what the Filipino food situation is in Cleveland? Nipa Hut not only has a Saturday buffet, it has daily restaurant service -- a Filipino style dining room with a large selection that diners can order from a walk-up a counter. Really, this Is at least the second time that Douglas has written about Filipino food in Northeast Ohio and neglected to mention this popular restaurant component of a popular Filipino grocery store.
The nipa hut has a great Filipino buffet.
Nipa Hut in Parma Heights is a Filipino/Asian grocery store that offers a sit-down buffet of Filipino food on Saturdays from 11am - 3pm. 6775 W 130th St. Cleveland, OH 44130
Spot on Doug. My recent experience was disappointing at best. I don't know about you, but I think that in a crowded market like Tremont, restaurants should look for whitespace rather than just trying to replicate what everyone else is doing. A place like that, with a great wine list and cozy atmosphere, should look to compliment what's working--not eliminate it. As evidence by Barrios packed house every night, I think delicious food at an affordable price point would be a much better match. Tapas, for example, is a whitespace that matches with Press's strengths. As Tremont residents, my friends and I are hungry for more places that we can enjoy regularly, rather than the special occasion visits to our amazing gourmet spots. I applaud Press for trying, but maybe another "3.0" version, capitalizing in their current strengths, would score them higher than a 1.4.
Unfortunately Americano had closed before I made it there, glad to see that V is back and with a new venture. Looking forward to a visit to Citizen Pie!
This is the most honest article I have read on this subject. I have owned a local pizza shop in Ohio since 1996(with a 4 yr hiatus in the middle). Even with the best staff I have ever had, my food is better, my shop is cleaner, and my customers' overall experience is better when I am in the shop the majority of it's hours. I tried to open a second shop in 1999 with a manager and it was a disaster.
Food service can be a difficult business...your people can make or break you. But at the end of the day, no one cares about your business like you do. As you grow, you need to rely on procedures more to accomplish what needs to be done. This can be effective, but can also strip the business of the love and care that once made it great. I am constantly debating with myself on the idea of expansion. We need more revenue, but changing the business too much from where it is now may make it a place I hate going to, and it just might sabotage it all in the end. It can be an intensely personal decision for an owner/operator who has put thousands of hours into one place. Not too many people these days can say they have put that much effort into one singular thing. The reticence of an owner can often be misunderstood by the public as something that it is not, like a fear of change, or stubbornness. It is a tough call and I hope it all works out for the best for Melt and Matt Fish as well as the others mentioned in this piece.
Does anyone actually need this?
All this talk about debt and the logistics is making me more depressed than that time I devoured an amazing Melt sandwich in one sitting.
I try to visit when I'm in town and never noticed a decline in service at any location (Lakewood, Mentor and Cleve Hts) throughout the past couple of years. So far, I think Melt is doing a good job keeping up with this balancing act. I still check the monthly special when I come home even when there's no time to go there. I just want to know.
Tommy's rox my sox
You are definitely correct that since melt is now built for mass production that the quality and service has gone down. It is sad. It was fun while it lasted.
I usually go to koko bakery for my bubble tea fix and their bakery is super fresh!
I've never heard of bubble tea until now. But, I love tapioca. So, I am going to go out to try some tomorrow.
I get mine from Charm Thai. Reading about Doug's first experience with the tapioca made me laugh out loud. Same!
Wasn't impressed, personally. Roxu is better, and better priced. Neither are great sushi places, but Roxu's non-sushi menu is much better.
What about the Dicknose Brewery & Eats project that is going on in the old Heemy Building on Dennison, that project has been going on for what feels like a decade.
Don't forget Moorehouse in downtown willoughby opened this week. Looking forward to trying them out!!
Moorehouse in downtown willoughby just opened this week. Opened by a local family.
And what about Birdtown Brewery in Lakewood?
Any updates on On The Rise's restaurant?
Whats going on with the space that used to be Legalis, Porcellis, and Lincoln Park Bistro? Can someone get the sense to make that place a small grocery store with already? Tremont's bodega's really fall short.
August 24-30, 2016
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