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

I've always enjoyed Aladdin's. My only critique is they need to bring back the garlic soup they had for a year or two. It's been about 15 years since they had it, and my wife still talks about how good it was.

Posted by q1232 on 11/15/2018 at 2:28 PM

Re: “Lobster and Pho's Diverse Offerings Fill Some Voids in Independence's Dining Scene

This was an excellent review of this restaurant. My sentiments exactly. Very eloquently said!

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Posted by meattheva1@yahoo.com on 11/11/2018 at 5:04 AM

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

Love all the food at Aladdin's Eatery and I usually get the V-Nine soup, the Veggies appetizer with falafal, baba and hummus to share, and the Aladdin's Favorite combo (yes I share some) with a Fatoosh Salad with chicken to take home for later. I always thought that I hated turnips until I unknowingly ate their pickled turnips. Now I can't get enough and the kids love them too.

The article states that the owners would periodically have to go to Detroit, Chicago, etc. to buy supplies when they first opened in 1994. Why not just go over to Aladdin's Bakery which has been around since the early 1970's and I've been going there since the late 70's or early 80's. They supply other retailers and I would think Alladin's Bakery would have loved to build a working relationship and trade ideas. Good business for everyone and it helps build product and cultural awareness.

Posted by Owen Bartlett on 11/03/2018 at 1:28 PM

Re: “Ninja City Settles Into New Gordon Square Home After Four Years in University Circle

I won't go to restaurant that doesn't know it's strength. Soul food, Mexican, Chinese, Vietnamese... What cuisine do you do well? Stick with that.

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Posted by fedman on 10/31/2018 at 4:54 PM

Re: “Polpetta Takes Meatballs on a Clever and Wholly Satisfying Culinary Journey

so katie, if there was market for their alleged "chef genius", why have they closed? Why do I have to be corporate chooser to object to over-priced concept?

Posted by fedman on 10/31/2018 at 4:51 PM

Re: “Ninja City Settles Into New Gordon Square Home After Four Years in University Circle

so what exactly is he trying to offer? soul food, Mexican, Vietnamese, Chinese Restaurants should specialize in their expertise, not do all things for all.

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Posted by fedman on 10/31/2018 at 4:43 PM

Re: “Ninja City Settles Into New Gordon Square Home After Four Years in University Circle

They had to leave University Circle and start over. Their business tanked after those racist messages the owner sent to that Yelp reviewer.

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Posted by fooledbyasmile on 10/31/2018 at 1:52 PM

Re: “Ninja City Settles Into New Gordon Square Home After Four Years in University Circle

Been there 4 times and have tried lots of things. Papaya salad was really fresh tasting, but no heat and my least favorite being served in the area...the Pho was really good and the etouffee was really delicious. I'll go back and will bring friends.

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Posted by Bakedchaser on 10/31/2018 at 1:09 PM

Re: “Ninja City Settles Into New Gordon Square Home After Four Years in University Circle

Do you not write a truthful article because the owner of the magazine is an investor or you are worried that Bac will send you racist, unhinged messages? Who cares about his restaurant if he is an awful human?

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Posted by stopshittypeople1234 on 10/31/2018 at 12:31 PM

Re: “Brandon Chrostowski's Putting Finishing Touches on Edwins Butcher Shop

where exactly is the butcher shop located?

Posted by Doris on 10/26/2018 at 10:13 AM

Re: “Brandon Chrostowski's Putting Finishing Touches on Edwins Butcher Shop

Right Place, Right Time !
New Simon's Supermarket @ Buckeye Plaza, and small Dave's @ Shaker Square, just don't have competitive prices.

4 likes, 0 dislikes
Posted by Bloomdog on 10/24/2018 at 8:19 AM

Re: “Polpetta Takes Meatballs on a Clever and Wholly Satisfying Culinary Journey

Went because of this glowing review. All in all food was pretty tasty for these low carbers - for whom this is tailor made food.. Creamy parmesan spinach meatball dip Doug noted was alone worth the trip.. Really great. Chicken meatballs (with tzatiki and huge serving of tasty hummus) were very good - and veal/pork meatballs with pomodoro and (low carb) zucchini noodles = fine enough. Kitchen needs to watch temp on meatballs.... Good fruity iced tea. Decent beer choices. $13 cocktail - nearly as much as entrees - was great but perhaps a bit strong in $$$ for a strip mall next to a CVS. Great service from our female server. despite quite a bit of effort however this is still nothing more than a second rate strip mall space that's been 10 other things over the years I'm sure. The bathroom looks nothing like the rest of the restaurant and needs to be redone. The decor is barely passable with all due respect to the place. surroundings do mean something. I liked it but for $80 including tip I wouldn't drive across town from the East side again to do this more than occasionally if that. But it was good and I would recommend it for a visit but for my 80 bucks there are many other choices.

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Posted by CLESpree on 10/16/2018 at 11:16 PM

Re: “Polpetta Takes Meatballs on a Clever and Wholly Satisfying Culinary Journey

Sampled the wares while at porcos.it was good then.Will be going there soon. Glad to see a new shop open up.

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Posted by Sean Larsen on 10/12/2018 at 7:49 PM

Re: “Polpetta Takes Meatballs on a Clever and Wholly Satisfying Culinary Journey

We have been there for dinner twice. It was fantastic! Make sure you save room for dessert, they are delicious. Great service,, great atmosphere.

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Posted by Denise Ann on 10/12/2018 at 7:39 AM

Re: “Polpetta Takes Meatballs on a Clever and Wholly Satisfying Culinary Journey

Go back to Olive Garden FEDMAN and contribute to Corporate America instead of Chef Driven cuisine.

23 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Katie on 10/11/2018 at 11:04 AM

Re: “Polpetta Takes Meatballs on a Clever and Wholly Satisfying Culinary Journey

$14 for spaghetti and meatballs? There's a reason all their previous ventures end up dying.

2 likes, 23 dislikes
Posted by fedman on 10/10/2018 at 1:55 PM

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!

9 likes, 2 dislikes
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.

4 likes, 1 dislike
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.

13 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by franky on 08/24/2018 at 12:31 AM

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