Paradise in Euclid
Perhaps, Euclid is too far north to attract major franchise restaurants. And, maybe that’s a good thing. We seem to give the space and opportunity to would-be restaurateurs to build their dreams. A great example of this is the Paradise Restaurant and Pub at 830 Babbitt Road, just north of the freeway. Euclid residents and owners Srini and Babu Madala have totally renovated their building to put in a wonderful place to meet friends and share a meal or a drink.
The Paradise opened almost a year ago with Chef Bob Ryan planning the menu and running the kitchen. He has managed many restaurants over the past years and takes pride in everything from making appetizers from scratch to the fancy desserts which can be seen in the refrigerated display case that beckon me every time I enter the restaurant. Chef Bob says that he is most proud of his seafood entrees. But I think the whole menu is worth trying. His eclectic choice of dining entrees goes from old world schnitzel and other meat dishes to Indian-influenced chicken masala and a number of other chicken courses. If that doesn’t tempt you, there are pasta and seafood dishes as well.
I have been to Paradise many times for different reasons. I meet girlfriends there for lunch. Since I am always on a diet, I usually have a steak salad. It comes with a house made chimi churry salad dressing that bursts with the fresh flavors of lime and cilantro. My girlfriends always like their choices too. I’m just stuck on that chimi churry dressing.
When my family met there for drinks and appetizers, we were so happy with all of our selections that we made a meal out of sharing. We enjoyed the wings, house made spinach artichoke dip and the calamari. My husband liked the PEI Mussels so much we had to reorder them. The chicken quesadilla rounded out our evening. All four of us had plenty to eat and sample. It was a fun way to spend quality time together catching up and enjoying our meal.
It is easy to see that friends like to meet at this restaurant. Groups of people seem to keep coming. Sometimes my friends from the Euclid YMCA go there to celebrate a birthday. We meet at Paradise in the evening and have a few drinks, some wings and other items from the menu. In the evening, the pub life is friendly but not so loud that you can not carry on a conversation. I also hear that they have a Sunday Brunch Buffet on Sundays starting at 9 am. I haven’t tried it yet. But I will!
The Paradise Restaurant is a welcome addition to the Euclid Scene. We have needed a place to meet family and friends that has a relaxed atmosphere and good food, an extensive list of micro brews and cocktails. This Paradise fills the bill.
Paradise is open Mon. – Sat. 11a.m. to 2:30 a.m, Sun. 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Food is served until midnight on daily and until 11 p.m. on Sundays. Call (216) 812- 8897 for take out orders. Their menu is online at www.goparadisetoday.com.Publisher's Note: I have been to the Sunday brunch twice. It was fantastic! DO NOT tell too many people! I am worried they will raise the price. - John Copic