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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Asian Town Center Scores Two New Eateries

Posted By on Wed, Jan 19, 2011 at 3:32 PM

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Cleveland's Asiatown neighborhood continues to attract new businesses, with the latest being two new Asian eateries slated to open in the Asian Town Center (3820 Superior Ave.). This is in addition to Saigon Grille, which is opening soon just east of Number One Pho.

While Crust and Crumbs fans will be sad to learn that that popular (former) restaurant will not be opening at the mall as planned, news of two replacements should ease the blow.

Going into the space originally set aside for Crust and Crumbs is Miga Korean BBQ. Owner Albert describes the restaurant as a "more contemporary" version of Seoul Hot Pot. Six tables will feature table-top grills for diners to prepare bulgogi and kalbi. The marinated meats are grilled and tucked into lettuce leaves for eating.

Also on the menu will be shabu-shabu, where thinly sliced meats are cooked in simmering broth.

Look for Miga, which the owner says translates to "beautiful taste," to open in March.

Pho 99 should be ready to go in two short weeks, hopes owner Vinh Nguyen. Located on the ground floor of Asian Town Center, the 40-seat Vietnamese restaurant will specialize in pho, naturally, but also rice and noodle dishes.

Nguyen says that he has been perfecting his parent's pho recipe, which they themselves perfected at Pho Batu, a now-defunct Vietnamese restaurant that was on Dennison. He will offer various styles of the beef noodle soup, including a less common spicy variety. Pho will be sold in two sizes: large and jumbo, which "is huge," says Nguyen. Prices will be around $7 and $9.

Pho 99, named for the owner's lucky number, will also offer bubble tea, espresso, and Vietnamese coffee.

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