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nihon_no_cook's picture

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Yep, bought the house, and had limited time to explore new taste sensations in the Cleveland area. Can recommend one new one, Lemon Grass, a Thai place on the east side (near the intersection of Cedar&Lee). Excellent food and service, with the ability to make all selections as wussy or wild as you want. Was only my second introduction to Thai food, and I loved it both times . . . we'll definitely be heading back there next year.

Keep it in mind if you happen to be in need of a pick-me-up after a disastrous Browns game . . .

Carole's picture

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Nihon, glad you liked Lemon Grass. You were about 5 minutes away from us. Are you moving into the Heights area? If so, welcome. For a really delightful dining experience, try Wards Inn in Moreland Hills. Also Moxie's in Beachwood on Richmond Road. Both good places. And my favorite is Nighttown where my hubby and I met and have been going for years. Good solid food and a great jazz place.

nihon_no_cook's picture

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Sorry, Carole, but we're westsiders at heart . . . bought a house in Avon, which is a nice balance between the boonies and civilization. I mean, where else can you live surrounded by shrubbery farms and buy your produce from a roadside stand on the way home from work, but only be 5 minutes away from the grocery and Sears hardware, and 10 minutes away from Walmart and a nice big mall? Well, the farms are here, at least until they knock 'em down to build more developments like ours ; )

Funny you should mention Nighttown . . . have your read the Cleveland-based detective series written by Les Roberts? He's big on factual references to real Cleveland places (almost annoyingly so . . . do we really need to know exactly which amazingly wonderful restaurant he goes to every night???), one of which is Nighttown. Since he mixes real with fictional restaurants (and sometimes changes their names) I wasn't sure it was real - now I'll have to give it a try. I recommend the books, too, if you enjoy detective fiction (or reading about Cleveland's east side).

Carole's picture

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That's OK Nihon, I'll forgive you. I know you'll be glad to be back. Yes, I have read Les Roberts. In fact, he lives in the Heights. Nighttown has been owned by the same man for 25 years; he also owns Raintree in Chagrin Falls. The food is consistently good and service is great. BTW, have a good teaching buddy living in Avon. She has two school-age children and loves it there. Good luck in your move.

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Hey Nihon, I can go to Shaker Square Market and buy produce. I am five minutes away from a Wal-Mart, a Home Depot, and I have shrubbery surrounding my house. I guess I do not agree that just because I live on the East Side, I am living in civilization. There has always been this argument that if if you are a west-sider, you live in an entirely different world and if you are an East-sider you are some kind of a snob. BTW, there are many new restaurants downtown, such as Blue Point Grille, Harry Corvairs, Mallorica(Spanish,Porguguese), Johnny's Downtown,
and Parker Bosley's restaurant Parker's on the near West side.

nihon_no_cook's picture

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I don't know that I would count Mallorica (or however it's spelled . . . I thought there was a J in there somewhere) as a "new" restaurant . . . I remember eating there (and loving it) back in 1997 before we moved. Less than a decade old, so maybe "newish", but not "spanking new."

Still anxious to have an excuse to go to the Blue Point Grille . . . and the Cajun place I read about a while ago . . . can't remember the name just now.

I do envy the east-sider's proximity to really good food . . . Avon is sort of a wasteland of chain restaurants and places that look rather like biker bars, at least it looked that way when we were poking around for a few days before we bought the house. Oh, well - half an hour on I-90 and we'll be smack in the middle of the downtown restaurants.

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i Majorca.

Carole's picture

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Sorry guys, they spell the name of their restaurant "Mallorca", probably a play on words. As far as Cajun, "Fat Fish Blue" has some Cajun dishes on its menu, not sure if this is the one you were thinking of. Johnny's Bar at 41 and Fulton has great Italian dishes. It used to be just a neighborhood bar and has really gone upscale. Don't let the neighborhood bother you. If you feel like dropping a bundle, try Baricell Inn in Little Italy, also a small bed and breakfast. Close to us and our favorite Indian restaurant, Cafe Tandoor on S. Taylor Rd in the Heights, Piccolo Mondo on W. 6th, Salmon Dave's in Rocky River, close to you, and Napa Valley Grille at Beachwood Place. Welcome to Cleveland.

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Ditto, nihon. Welcome to Cleveland, and the west-side! Bay Village here. I've only lived here for 2 years, but I love it, and my husband is a native. I don't intend to ever move again. Mallorca is still a fantastic restuarant - my favorite. They have the best service. Has anyone been to the Flying Fig yet? It's either in Tremont or Ohio City. Also, there's a new restuarant in Westlake on Sperry Road - the Big Fish. Got a great review from Mr. Long of the Plain Dealer. I, too, am dying to try Blue Point. But no matter what, my favorite "food" place in Cleveland is The West Side Market - the woman who runs Pierogi Palace should be sainted!