On Monday, June 10th I had the pleasure of attending a wine dinner (the first of many to come) at The Standard, 779 E. 185th St. The restaurant was packed with customers attending the wine dinner as well as the regular dinner crowd, but the efficient staff kept everything running smoothly.
One of the perks of our job running NEOFOODIES is we get heads up on any new restaurants or when a restaurant comes under new ownership. When that happens, we feel it’s our duty to check them out for our readers. This review comes from 2 diﬀerent perspectives, 1) As owner & Administrator of NEOFOODIES & 2) As an artist who works on Waterloo. The latter is just as important as the former because Waterloo is lined up & down the street with a thriving arts & culture scene all looking for where to eat.
I was informed that one of my favorite restaurants, The Standard was sold & under a new owner & chef. His name is Said Ouaddaadaa, originally from Casablanca, Morocco & formally from Bodega & Club Isabella. I had heard great things about Bodega & they were on my list of places yet to try so I was optimistic. His partner in this new venture is Michael J. Kav & he is the new GM & co-proprietor.
Thank you to Matt Quinn and Chris Hammer for taking a neighborhood beer joint and turning it into a beautiful restaurant called The Standard. You will be missed from E. 185th St. but we will keep in touch with you at Paragon.
Pacers has been through a lot of changes. If you haven't stopped it in a while you need to give them a try. If you are a regular you know why.
The bar has had many names. Most recently it was called Gostilna. Before that it was Shirley's and the Brickhouse. The new name for this location is Ludwig's. And it is a very special place.
We always celebrate Pam's birthday on June 23. We just do. It's the beginning of summer. It's her birthday. We love her. We need to get together. I'm not sure why, but we always get together for Pam’s birthday. A month ago while swimming at the Euclid Y, we started discussing what to do this year. That means, who wants to clean their house and prepare for 5 to 20 people? That’s enough to make you think twice.
I stopped in to visit Bob the manager at Great Scott last week and had a very delicious lunch. The friendly hostess sat us immediately in the well lit and inviting dining room. Our server Melanie was just perfect. The timing of our hot and delicious soup, followed by our lunch was just right. My friend had the Cobb salad which had a generous portion of crisp real bacon, and delicious dressing. I ordered the grilled cheese which was served piping hot, with a generous portion of French fries and a delicious pickle.
On a hot summer night would you sit at a cool local restaurant and have breakfast for dinner?
Maria's restaurant has moved to a new location just a few doors down. You may now enter through the rear of the building, and place your car in the very convenient large lot. They have the same great hours, 6 AM to 3 PM seven days a week. The new spacious location boasts eight large flatscreen TVs, four of them tuned to the popular Keno channel.
La Festa di San Giuseppe
La Tavola di San Giuseppe is a table adorned with a paramount display of mouthwatering trays of biscotti, flowers, candles, breads and fruits done by Sicilian in fulfillment of a promise made to St Joseph for his assistance in a time of family or personal crises.
In 1960 my mother promised Saint Joseph that she would do the "altar or la Tavola" for the rest of her life if St Joseph would spare my brother's life.
Santo, my brother, was only three weeks old when he was rushed to the hospital with pneumonia. Santo was pronounced dead when my parents first arrived with him at the hospital, only to make an amazing recovery after a very worrisome and painful journey.
So my mother made her promise St Joseph by Santo's hospital bedside. And this my friends we have done! It began in 1961 in Italy and then has continued here in America after we migrated in 1966!
L'Altaro do San Giuseppe is a celebration that is enjoyed by my family & friends each and every year on and or around March 19th!
Be sure to stop in at Josh's Family Meats, 20068 Lake Shore Blvd for all your beef, pork, chicken, and sausages. Josh is known for his high quality, excellent prices , and the best bacon anywhere. Tell Josh the Observer sent you.
Looking for a new restaurant for Sunday brunch? Paradise Island Saloon at 830 Babbitt Rd. in Euclid is now serving an amazing Sunday brunch from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. The Bloody Mary’s are award winning and the brunch entrees taste as good as any fine dining establishment for a fraction of the price. Paradise’s kitchen is open daily from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 a.m. with a varied menu that includes famous dry rubbed wings, Cuban, tacos, and burgers. They have live music on the weekends and offer complimentary valet parking. Stop in for the food and stay for the entertainment! Check out their website at http://www.paradiseislandsaloon.com.
Mama Catena Ristorante re-enacted the classic scene from the movie "Big Night" a Stanley Tucci's cinematic masterpiece.
The 'Big Night" is a story about two immigrant brothers from Abruzzi, Italy.
On the New Jersey Shore in the 1950s, the immigrant brothers owned and operated a restaurant. The one brother, Primo played by Tony Shalhoub, is a brilliant, perfectionist chef who chafes under their few customers' expectations of "Americanized" Italian food. Their uncle's offer for them to return to Rome to help with his restaurant is growing in appeal to Primo. The younger brother, Secondo played by Stanly Tucci, is the restaurant manager, a man enamored with the possibilities presented by their new endeavor and life in America. Despite Secondo's efforts and Primo's magnificent food, their restaurant was suffering financially.
Secondo's struggles as a businessman renders him unable to commit to his girlfriend Phyllis (Minnie Driver), and it didn't help matters any as he was having an affair with Gabriella (Isabella Rossellini), the wife of a competitor whose restaurant is located right across the street from the two brothers and whose restaurant was doing really well! Gabriella's husband's (Ian Holm) "Pascal's", restaurant was very successful despite (or perhaps due to) the mediocre, uninspired food served there. Desperate to keep his restaurant afloat, Secondo asks Pascal for a loan. Instead, Pascal, persuades Secondo, to invite the very popular Italian-American singer Louis Prima to dine at the restaurant, persuading Secondo that the celebrity jazz singer's patronage will revitalize the brothers' business.
My family and I have proudly served authentic Italian Cuisine to the Euclid community for the last 26 years. Per la Famiglia Catena (for the Catena Family) our Ristorante is a celebration of life, family and friends! Food is a celebration which should be shared and enjoyed by all. It is with this in mind and in our hearts, that we prepare each and every meal that is served from our cucina (kitchen).
Our unique “Pasta your Way” menu gives you many choices and options. You can create your own pasta dish by choosing your pasta, your sauce and your favorite toppings. Want to impress your friends, bring them to our Ristorante and ask about “Piatto Orbo”. This is where the chef prepares a five course dinner just for you and your guests and you have no idea what will be served to you next. It's fun, exciting, mysterious and delicious!
I could tell that good customer service is paramount at Mitchell's; the employees seem happy to work there, and deliver a welcoming, positive energy, that makes you want to go back often.
What's most impressive is that over $20,000 was donated to charity from events given by Mitchell’s.
The programming is diverse, and the location is perfect for Euclid residents who like to go out for a good time,in an adult atmosphere, but want to stay close to home. Since discovering Mitchell's, I have gone to several events and happenings that include: live jazz night, happy hour, concerts, ladies’ night, a Valentine’s Day event, a beauty & style workshop, and paint & wine parties.
For concerts, the venue is quite intimate, so most seats are good ones. Previous concerts include: Tank, Marsha Ambrosius, Norman Brown, Eric Benet, Mesa, Kim Waters, Lalah Hathaway, and Brian Simpson.
There is always something fun happening at Mitchell’s: Browns Tailgate Parties Every Sunday at 9:00 a.m., NFL Sundays - FREE Food and Drink Specials, Ladies’ Night – Thursday at 7:00 p.m., Live Jazz – Every Friday at 9:00 p.m.
So far, from their full menu, I have enjoyed the fried mushrooms, wings, and the catfish, and orange roughy dinners.
Amenities I think are worth mentioning: Party & VIP Room Rentals, Full Security Staff, Two Levels of Entertainment, Two Bars, Restrooms on Both Floors and Free Valet Parking
Mitchell’s Restaurant and Ultra Lounge
24900 Euclid Avenue
Euclid, Ohio 44117
Thursday through Sunday
4:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
For party room rental: 216-323-1608
Mocha Anyone? I know... not exactly something you'd expect me to be asking, yet it’s something you'd hear at The Lake Shore Coffee House, Euclid's oldest Coffee House. The 21 year old establishment has been doing it right... and Greg Lawrence, the proprietor keeps on improving!
I stopped in last month and had a bowl of the "BEST" Chili in Cleveland! Not just my assessment! No Sirree! Jason, the Food Guy at the Cleveland Scene concurred. Greg Lawrence serves up a few varieties of "Whitey's Chili". Ya gotta try it!
The Cabin Restaurant, located at 28810 Lakeshore Blvd., Willowick has been a legacy and an icon in this area since 1933. It was at that time, Andy Anderson, an unemployed tile setter saw this old cabin deep in the woods off Lake Shore and fell in love with it.
After much elbow-grease, determination, and a vision to preserve this old hunting lodge, Andy began welcoming guests and serving dinners and beers.
This tradition still holds true today.
Owners, Barbara and Marty Belich, and their staff see to it that the hospitality that was extended over 80 years ago, still exists today. Leading the pack is their energetic manager, Terri Sellers.
“We are honored that “The Cabin” is considered a gathering place by many of our neighbors. We offer a unique dining experience and fine, casual dining,” states Sellers. She adds, “Guests love holding their special occasion events here, such as bridal and baby showers and holiday parties. As the weather permits, we have access to a lovely patio and we host special events, such as wine and beer tastings. Weekends are especially bustling when area musicians and other entertainment take the stage.”
Sellers works diligently to partner and welcome members of the business community, as well. This past month, The Cabin collected back-to-school supplies for the students of Ss. Robert & William Catholic School.
Currently, they are partnering with the chef and students of The Euclid Culinary Bistro as a part of their education. Chef Dan Esquivez, who oversees the Bistro program, also acts as head chef of The Cabin. Esquivez has been cooking for 25 years and felt it was time to give back to the students. “This opportunity has given the youth of the community real world experience, along with receiving school credits. Many of them hope to further their culinary education at the college level,” he states.
The Cabin is gearing up for their weekly clambakes and fall menu where they always use only the freshest ingredients.
CEBARS TAVERN: Where good friends have been meeting for 33 years.
In this day of instant communications, everyone is consumed with putting things in tidy, convenient, google-friendly boxes. What label do you put on CEBARS TAVERN? CEBARS is at times a restaurant. Tues., Wed & Friday, we’re serving wings, burgers and a year-round fish fry prepared by a real-life Slovenian! On select weekends, the place turns out clambakes, Cajun food, pork chop dinners and tailgate food, influenced by that week’s Cleveland Browns opponent.
CEBARS is also a Sports Bar, featuring multiple flat screens and the area’s largest projection screen. If there’s a big sporting event, then you need to get here early to get a seat! Unfortunately there hasn’t been too many of those featuring Cleveland teams, lately! CEBARS is a live-music nightclub where you can hear many of the area’s best bands. All types of music including polka, rock, blues, country and even ghetto metal, have graced the accoustically-friendly room on 185th Street. The Sunday Night, open-mic jam session has been happening for over 12 years and affords people the opportunity to enjoy musicians from all over the city as they hone their craft. CEBARS transforms into a party center for multiple fund raisers, birthdays, reunions, anniversaries, showers, etc. One lucky couple tied the knot at the bar, while another couple decided that since they spent so much time at the bar, why not renew their wedding vows there. The space is free to rent and many accommodations can be made to make your event cost-effective.
One of Euclid’s newest eateries is Southern Fusion at 26598 Lake Shore Boulevard.The menu features a delightful blend of southern family cooking, nouvelle cuisine and a chef’s attention to detail. The décor is pleasant featuring both table and booth seating with an expansive front window that fills the service area with natural light.
My wife and I recently stopped in for a sit down dinner, though carry out is also available. I tried the barbecued ribs and chicken special which were both tender and mouth-watering with a sweet and spicy glaze. As a side, I had the fried sweet potatoes which were pan fried, a healthier alternative to standard French fries. Margaret’s dinner was the blackened catfish. Her comment was that it was well-spiced but not overpowering. She also had the southwest vegetable medley which was a crisp mix of zucchini, summer squash, broccoli and peppers with a distinctive blend of southwestern seasonings. Southern Fusion provides a distinctive chef-prepared menu at home-style prices. Try it and you will include this new neighborhood institution on your list of regular stops.
Hospitality is also a signature feature provided by a helpful wait staff and owners Ed and Murial Riggings. Stop in for lunch or dinner and you won’t be disappointed.
You’re invited to explore the world through global cuisine with Chef Robin Blair.
Dinners are offered the fourth Friday of every month. Located in Shore’s Euclid Culinary Bistro, dinners include fun, interactive cooking demonstration, culturally themed cook books provided by Euclid Library, cultural presentation and delicious meals.
March 23rd: A Culinary Journey to India
Culinary Bistro located on Shore’s lower level.
$10 a person or $25 for a family. Call Shore to register! 216.289.8578
291 East 222nd Street Euclid, OH. 44123 www.ShoreCulturalCentre.com
Steve’s Grill, a new restaurant on the corner of Lakeshore Boulevard and East 266th Street in Euclid, has opened with rave reviews. Fabulous Black Angus burgers, mouth-watering baby back ribs, roasted turkey sandwich and his signature “Monster” grouper fish sandwich are just some of the menu items that are certain to keep customers coming back again and again.
Steve Barker, who grew up in the Grovewood neighborhood, has a family that loves to cook and entertain. At a young age, Steve was at his father’s side learning the secrets to excellent barbecuing while his mother taught him the art of cooking and baking. Steve is thrilled to open his new business in the community he grew up in and offer the excellent food he loves to make.
Steve’s Grill is open seven days a week, Sunday through Thursday from 10:30 a.m. until 11 p.m.; Steve’s Grill is open until 2 a.m. on Friday and Saturday.
The "Golden Lunch Bunch," a group of seniors who originally got acquainted at the Euclid YMCA, have scheduled two more get-togthers. On Thursday, April 7, they will sample the menu offerings at Gus's Diner on East 185th Street, beginning at 11:30 a.m. And on May 5th, they will meet at Andoloro's Ristorante on Lake Shore Blvd. in Willowick.
I have been visiting Kulinars restaurant, located at 823 East 222 Street, for many years. The new ownership took over in February 2005, and they've been cooking ever since.
There are daily specials, ethnic specialties such as wiener schnitzel, roast pork, fried chicken and also good old fashioned spaghetti. The servings are huge and as tasty as my mother used to make. The price is right too.
Going to a local establishment and being greeted by your name is not the norm. Today’s fast food service and quick take outs have made personalization rare, that is until you become a Perkins regular and find a new method of old fashioned service. For those who’ve not been there, Perkins is located at 22780 Shore Center Drive in Downtown Euclid.
Adding to the comfort food is the ambiance created by owner and servers who know your name and your favorite choice from the menu; personal service for customers is an added treat.
How would you like to rent a restaurant?
College students typically hold down all sorts of summer jobs to earn money to help pay expenses once they return to campus. In Mike Emser’s case, that has meant hawking hot dogs from a cart parked near the Euclid Public Library.
Mike, who will be returning to The Ohio State University on Sept. 20 to begin his sophomore year, can thank his father, Jim Emser, for lining up his summer stint. Jim established a relationship with Cleveland Classic Dogs & Catering, an entrepreneurial business that operates two carts in Euclid, in order to make sure that his son would have a summer job. From time to time, Jim has worked alongside Mike during busy parts of the day to ensure that customers would be well served.
Cheesecake. Rich, luscious and indulgent! A favorite for my family is my mother-in-law's cheesecake. For us, the good news is that she taught me to make it almost as well. Now it’s my turn to teach you.
I love stuffed cabbage so much that last year I had my first “Great Stuffed Cabbage Roll Off” party. Many friends came to my house with their favorite recipes already prepared and we ate them all! So, when I heard that Gostilna at Knezak at 768 E. 200th Street had good cabbage rolls, I hurried there to try them out.
The kids came over at two last Saturday afternoon. They were looking hungry from a workout and I am always hungry. I suggested going out to eat and they jumped at the offer. Where can you take two starving twenty-somethings and not pay an arm and a leg? The Kebab House in Downtown Euclid, on Lakeshore Blvd., that's where. I had been there before and wanted the kids to try it too.