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Comment Archives: stories: Dining: Dining Lead

Re: “Abo's Grill is Flying Under the Radar, and It Shouldn't

Have really wanted to like this place. Service is awful on a few separate occasions. Waited forever for our dinners to get served. Every time we walk in they say they are short staffed...? Warning-turn around & leave! Food ok-not great. Pizza's just mediocre. Won't be back.

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Posted by Rosario on 12/10/2017 at 10:40 PM

Re: “Abo's Grill is Flying Under the Radar, and It Shouldn't

Perfect example of why chefs suck today. Cheese on chicken piccata? Anything in the refrigerator tossed into the sauce?

Im tired of people who never ate in a restaurant in their life becoming chefs. You may peddle this shit to the milleniels, but not to the rest of us.

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Posted by Yuk on 12/10/2017 at 2:21 PM

Re: “Abo's Grill is Flying Under the Radar, and It Shouldn't

Say what? Ate there recently for the first time and had an awful experience. First, even though there were only a few tables with diners, it took forever to get served and then forever to get our food. My husband had chicken picatta with a slice of cheese melted on top (???) I had gnoccchi the consistency of a hockey pucks. It was served with a sauce that had broccoli in it (???)! Even though the owner was walking around, he never approached our table to ask if everything was okay. I say skip this place, although I doubt if it will be there much longer.

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Posted by Paul Siebert on 12/09/2017 at 4:17 PM

Re: “Godfather of Cleveland Dining: The 50-year Legacy of Carl Quagliata

Congratulations on the recognition!

Posted by Brenda on 12/08/2017 at 12:12 AM

Re: “Godfather of Cleveland Dining: The 50-year Legacy of Carl Quagliata

A passionate man of integrity. Carl Quagliata has been the best employer of all the restaurants in which I have worked in my restaurant life of over 40 years. Thank you Carl. You are a true gentleman and a man to be respected. Others should take notes from Carls integrity and wisdom.

Posted by Brenda on 12/08/2017 at 12:10 AM

Re: “A New Home, and a Newly Expanded Menu, for Taste of Kerala

"As a fan of the cuisine, I had eaten at every other place in town, from the pricy Northern Indian staples of the east side to the economical South Indian joints on the west side..."

Yet you've hardly ever reviewed any Indians or Indo-Pakistanis. Why is that? How do you think individual dishes in this one compare, for instance, to the same at Six Flavors? Or the Everest Restaurant? Or Saffron Patch?

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Posted by Couperin on 12/03/2017 at 4:34 PM

Re: “Sit Back and Make a Delicious Mess at Seafood Shake in Cleveland Heights

Mess is the word.

Posted by aglazen on 11/15/2017 at 11:38 AM

Re: “Marble Room's Service Has a Long Way to Go to Catch Up to Its Stunning Setting and Menu

I had a great experience from start to finish.

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Posted by Drgoodtimes1 on 11/11/2017 at 6:22 PM

Re: “Marble Room's Service Has a Long Way to Go to Catch Up to Its Stunning Setting and Menu

Mr. Trattner failed to mention that this 1920s venue was, at one time, the largest bank lobby ever built on the planet. Apparently, management ignores this fact as well. Otherwise, the service would be as opulent and as dazzling as the space itself. Obviously, it isn't.

I'm just a poor Joe Schmo who cannot afford dinner there, but lunch on my 25th anniversary might have been in the cards next month. Not anymore.

Chuckles the Clown

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Posted by Chuckles the Clown on 11/05/2017 at 7:26 PM

Re: “Marble Room's Service Has a Long Way to Go to Catch Up to Its Stunning Setting and Menu

As someone with alot of restaurant server experience, fine dining etc I will tell you the fish rots from the head down. And I know through the grapevine that the staff is treated poorly by management there. Happy employees treated with respect will result in happy guests. In EVERY business period!

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Posted by Wine and cheese on 11/04/2017 at 5:13 PM

Re: “Marble Room's Service Has a Long Way to Go to Catch Up to Its Stunning Setting and Menu

Some notes about random dishes, but nothing about the flavors, technique, or artistry of the kitchen.
Other than an egotistical note about a Rioja wine (a Grand Reserve for $65? Incredible buy that merits more information), nothing about the quality of the wine menu. And so much focus on service based on just one visit? A restaurant such as this, with a major investment in downtown Cleveland, merits a serious review, not just a lazy review based on a single visit by someone with limited knowledge of the subject. Oh why can we not have a better food culture in Cleveland?

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Posted by The Hedonist on 11/03/2017 at 4:44 PM

Re: “Marble Room's Service Has a Long Way to Go to Catch Up to Its Stunning Setting and Menu

What is MOST disturbing to me is the turnaround once they knew who you were. I can only assume that were I to dine there, the service would never get any better because face it, I'm a nobody except to family and friends. It's a real shame because there are hundreds of chains out there where any one of us can be treated as such, and if I had a choice between a $60 and a $600 tab to endure that, guess which I'd choose. Your job as food critic warranted you sticking around for the full experience, but had it been me I would have been out at the 40 minute mark.

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Posted by Deb Malisheski on 11/03/2017 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Marble Room's Service Has a Long Way to Go to Catch Up to Its Stunning Setting and Menu

Beautiful review.
I do question why you chose to eat in a mausoleum. Seems disrespectful.

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Posted by Khamdoon on 11/02/2017 at 9:18 PM

Re: “Marble Room's Service Has a Long Way to Go to Catch Up to Its Stunning Setting and Menu

Bravo DT. Another great review. You always seem to know when to be critical and when to cheerlead!

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Posted by Amy Viny on 11/02/2017 at 10:08 AM

Re: “Marble Room's Service Has a Long Way to Go to Catch Up to Its Stunning Setting and Menu

I now have 2cd thoughts about taking my wife there for her birthday. If you can't get great service at those prices and in fact are dealt atrocious service, we'll just go to a museum to see a beautiful setting.

12 likes, 6 dislikes
Posted by Angelo Lauria on 11/02/2017 at 8:35 AM

Re: “Marble Room's Service Has a Long Way to Go to Catch Up to Its Stunning Setting and Menu

How are you paid to be are writer? Do you even proofread? I would like to take your review seriously but you seem to be extremely pretentious.

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Posted by Terry on 11/02/2017 at 12:15 AM

Re: “Marble Room's Service Has a Long Way to Go to Catch Up to Its Stunning Setting and Menu

Glad we went elsewhere for our anniversary dinner. If you plan to drop big bucks, you expect a certain level of service. Most people who work for tips get this. I wonder if they hired their staff from Barrio?

15 likes, 7 dislikes
Posted by z on 11/01/2017 at 6:21 PM

Re: “Marble Room's Service Has a Long Way to Go to Catch Up to Its Stunning Setting and Menu

Why do restaurants skimp on training servers???? I will never understand that.

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Posted by Squid on 11/01/2017 at 5:06 PM

Re: “Marble Room's Service Has a Long Way to Go to Catch Up to Its Stunning Setting and Menu

Yeah I have ask....what does that mean?

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Posted by Marilou Suszko on 11/01/2017 at 4:38 PM

Re: “Marble Room's Service Has a Long Way to Go to Catch Up to Its Stunning Setting and Menu

"...The awkward flourish ended with a slice of Hudson Valley duck breast ($36) lodged between my ass and the chair, to be discovered an hour or so later as we departed."

How does THAT happen?

31 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by dogboner on 11/01/2017 at 1:28 PM

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