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Re: “LBM is Carving Out a Niche in Birdtown With Dynamite Cocktails and a Sharp Menu

FYI, LBM stands for " little brown mushrooms " in the mycology world.

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Posted by Mycophile on 08/31/2018 at 8:24 PM

Re: “Bell & Flower Isn't Much of an Upgrade Over the Tired Restaurant it Replaced

A "tired" restaurant (biased headline) or an establishment becoming a "dinosaur" (personal bias of the writer) is all in the eye of the beholder. There are old-school places like Gene's in West Park and Sokolowski's in Tremont that have not changed in 25 years...one has to wonder if Doug has ever bothered to visit them. Probably not...they are not yuppie foodie places...the kind where "ordinary" Clevelanders have been chowing down for decades.

Doug has always been uneven and unpredictable in his reviews. He will give rave reviews about a down-to-earth, old-school place like George's Kitchen, and heap long-winded praise for the "upgrading" of the Red Lantern, where his foodie pals from hipster hoods turned a West Park institution into just another upscale, overpriced disaster area. Go figure. Doug prefers the new and the shiny to the tried and the true.

If it ain't broke, but it's old...it needs fixing. Better yet, gut the joint and replace it with tiny portions and lousy service and double the menu prices. He loves to see places close, get spiffed up, fail, and close again. Rinse and repeat. Keeps him busy and hopping all over town. It's his job, dammit! it's what he does!

I don't go to most of the places Doug writes about, so it's all mostly moot anyway.
But I do read his reviews, and have for many years, because of the snark he serves up
I love snark! Nothing like a nice, hot dish of grilled snark!

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Posted by I seafood and I eat it on 08/25/2018 at 3:53 PM

Re: “Bell & Flower Isn't Much of an Upgrade Over the Tired Restaurant it Replaced

I happened to be there and sitting at the bar that very night. I witnessed the fly being turned to goo - it was Na Na ass-ty! Didnt even wash his hands afterwards- just wiped on a rag. That alone is enough for me to bail, but just imagine a good critic going to review the food and leaving without even getting dinner!!!??? Really? Who among us would take their family to dinner - come home hungry - no dinner - then rave about the place... Im darn surprised there were so many nice things said. My review would have been one sentence.... I went, I didnt eat, saw fly guts....I left. The END.

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Posted by dan cohn on 08/24/2018 at 4:32 PM

Re: “Bell & Flower Isn't Much of an Upgrade Over the Tired Restaurant it Replaced

another trattner hit piece. Keep them coming. There's a reservation waiting for you in a place that's really really hot.

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Posted by franky on 08/24/2018 at 12:31 AM

Re: “Bell & Flower Isn't Much of an Upgrade Over the Tired Restaurant it Replaced

a bit of a rant, to be fair, but perhaps I just think people who comment on articles should comment on the article -- not get all up in the personal business of the writer. All that "I see you on IG" stuff is super-creepy. and saying zack bruell, doug katz, dante, symon, etc., are on the list because they're 'buds' is just dumb.

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Posted by cle foodie on 08/23/2018 at 6:32 PM

Re: “Bell & Flower Isn't Much of an Upgrade Over the Tired Restaurant it Replaced

hey doug, how long have you been commenting under the name "cle foodie" ?

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Posted by windy022 on 08/23/2018 at 5:12 PM

Re: “Bell & Flower Isn't Much of an Upgrade Over the Tired Restaurant it Replaced

@foodie8707 @CLESpree Seems a bit silly to attack the credibility and partiality of someone in the food industry because they spend time with other people in the food industry... Isn't that, like, his job?
Not only is his "bestish friend"(?) not featured in the "30 essential Cleveland restaurants" article you mentioned (he doesn't cover the guy at all actually) -- but implying that all the talented chefs on that list are only there because they're "buddies" with Doug is completely ludicrous -- and an insult to their talent. Most of these folks are widely acknowledged as Cleveland's top chefs, and have been for some time.

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Posted by cle foodie on 08/23/2018 at 4:46 PM

Re: “Bell & Flower Isn't Much of an Upgrade Over the Tired Restaurant it Replaced

My family has been going to Rick's for years -- and while my dad might argue that their ribs were "epic," (out of habit perhaps, moreso than fact) his first visit to Bell & Flower was definitely a disappointment. The items that aim to continue/replicate Ricks' tradition (ribs) were actually a downgrade from the old, while the new items failed to add interest or a compelling reason to return. And for the naysayers out there, Doug's job is to be a food critic, so to report his actual POV on restaurants is not being 'harsh,' it's doing his job. And he's far more forgiving than most of the food critics out there, if you ever read the nationals.

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Posted by Localish Delish on 08/23/2018 at 12:12 PM

Re: “Bell & Flower Isn't Much of an Upgrade Over the Tired Restaurant it Replaced

I agree the place is pretty bland but not bad and bit without an identity. Oh, but popular.
The review and headkine far harsher than they should be, especially with some tasty bites in the mix. And "no microwaves" right, Doug.

I also agree that when your Instagram is full of pics with bestish friend Sam McNulty - you wonder a bit how impartial one is.

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Posted by CLESpree on 08/22/2018 at 1:53 PM

Re: “Bell & Flower Isn't Much of an Upgrade Over the Tired Restaurant it Replaced

Pretty entertaining to read.

6 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by sja7044 on 08/22/2018 at 8:55 AM

Re: “Bell & Flower Isn't Much of an Upgrade Over the Tired Restaurant it Replaced

translation: doug isn't buddies with the owner and this restaurant didn't hook him up when he was in there.

I have spent many nights in many of the restaurants on doug's recent "30 essential Cleveland restaurants" list. all of the bad things mentioned above happen in those places regularly. but why are they on a "best of" list, while this restaurant is being dragged through the mud? why do some places get a pass ("maybe things will improve after they have been open for a while"), whereas this restaurant is written off completely?

the answer: it all boils down to this writer's relationship with the restaurant operators. he has literally zero credibility.

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Posted by foodie8707 on 08/22/2018 at 8:50 AM

Re: “Plenty of Reasons to Come Back to Tapatias Taqueria

Tied neck and neck with La Plaza for the best tacos on the west side!

Posted by CameraPersonMBC on 08/15/2018 at 10:11 AM

Re: “The Pompadour in Fairport Harbor Delivers Tapas Worth the Drive

John, thank you so much for your enthusiastic comment! We are appreciative of all of our patrons but have a special appreciation for those like you who have taken the journey with us to where we are today! Stick with us, as the evolution is far from over!

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Posted by Lianne Mantione on 08/05/2018 at 1:51 PM

Re: “The Pompadour in Fairport Harbor Delivers Tapas Worth the Drive

As one who has tried to keep this place a "secret" for only myself and friends (LOL!), seems that the word has gotten out and that is a good thing. We stumbled upon this place by accident a few months after it opened. Since we do live in Mentor, it wasn't that much of a journey to seek out a local eatery. AND were we blown away! All the above descriptions in the article were spot on, but the article really doesn't do justice to the quality of the dishes served. Anything, and I mean ANYTHING on the menu is worthy of being served on E4th Street and we get it in little old Fairport Harbor. As I often do on my Yelp! reviews, all the West Siders SHOULD make a trek out East and find out for yourself about this hidden gem in Fairport Harbor, Lake County!!

PS: When we first visited we requested the patio. But the patio was also a smoking area which really disturbed my wife. On my review I mentioned this as a huge drawback. Within three days, got a reply back from Lianne thanking me for the comment and apologizing for it as well. Then in another week or two I was contacted to be told that the patio was now non-smoking and was asked to come back! (Never in my mind did I think I was NOT going to come back) So it does show the owners Rusty and Lianne are really in tuned with their patrons! Again, spoil my secret and get out there!

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Posted by John Barkan on 08/03/2018 at 10:00 AM

Re: “Introducing the New Ohio City Galley Chefs

If you have been to Smallman Galley in Pittsburgh, you already know that this will be AMAZING.

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Posted by Darrell Long on 07/20/2018 at 4:07 PM

Re: “Introducing the New Ohio City Galley Chefs

more glowing reviews of places that aren't even open yet, all owned by trattner's chef buddies. really professional journalism

10 likes, 17 dislikes
Posted by cletown on 07/18/2018 at 10:44 AM

Re: “Steel Reel Keeps the Cleveland Film-Production Community Well Fed

Fascinating article.

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Posted by emilie123 on 07/13/2018 at 9:41 AM

Re: “Larder is a Traditional Jewish Deli With a Twist

........they must spread the schmaltz.......................to west of the big River......

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Posted by Pawel on 06/28/2018 at 7:18 PM

Re: “Larder is a Traditional Jewish Deli With a Twist

Always, these open on the west side. Given the large Jewish community on the east side (like, oh, say, Cleveland Heights or Beachwood), I wonder how come these delils don't open over here...

3 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Tim Evanson on 06/28/2018 at 9:30 AM

Re: “The Production Facility and Bakery Behind Aladdin's 40 Restaurants

Always good food and fresh.
Great job congratulations Fady/Sally & Fares.

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Posted by Samir Diwan on 05/13/2018 at 9:42 PM

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