Cleveland Restaurant Gets 'Restaurant Impossible' Treatment, Hopes to Cease Being Awful (Updated)


Update: The two-day makeover is complete, the Food Network camera crews have wrapped filming, Robert Irvine is now off screaming in another zip code, and the new Mad Cactus is open for business, this time hoping not to suck so much. The "Restaurant: Impossible" episode will air on November 2. In the meantime, what did folks think of the Mad Cactus version 2.0? Strongsville Patch reports the new (daring!) menu "offers seven appetizers and 11 entrees, including a few Tex-Mex meals — soft tacos, quesadillas — and some more standard fare, like seared flank steak, spiced ribeye, grilled mahi mahi and a mesquite grilled chicken sandwich," but that the sacred, fan-favorite chicken wings that were a staple of the Mexican restaurant's offerings are now gone. As are the other approximately 173 superfluous non-Mexican items that the Cactus once served.

"There's no way the wings aren't on the menu," one man said in the report. Shortly after, someone informed him of the literally hundreds and hundreds of other places to get chicken wings in Cleveland, and he seemed to calm down.


The Mad Cactus in Strongsville is, um, how do we put this nicely ... a restaurant that serves food of vaguely Mexican flavor and texture. That's being nice. Yelp and Urban Spoon reviews aren't so kind: "Great Mexican NOT!!" "THIS IS THE WORST FOOD EVER, MEXICANS OUGHT TO REVOLT." "I ate here once and it was one of the worst meals I've ever had. We now refer to it as the Sad Cactus."

Well, you get the point.

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Vince Grzegorek

Vince Grzegorek has been with Scene since 2007 and editor-in-chief since 2012. He previously worked at Discount Drug Mart and Texas Roadhouse.
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