I have been a bad, bad blogger. I’ve broken the rules by failing to post with regularity and let my friends and followers down. All the usual excuses apply- holiday craziness, too busy,too tired, too whatever, hey I have a life, and dog ate my homework- but who cares. Bloggers are supposed to blog. Often. And consistently. I didn’t. And I’m sorry.
But I’m back, vowing to try harder and do better. To kick things off for 2011 I’ve decided to do a round-up (as the media often does at this time of year) of the Cleveland Ethnic Eats listings we lost, the new spots that have opened, and a few old restaurants and markets that have relocated to new homes.
CLOSED: Tom’s Seafood; Hana Asian Food, Antalya Red Square; Baricelli Cheese Company; Buetner’s Bakery; Maria’s; Gertrude Bakery; Rachel’s Caribbean; Chefs Choice Meats; Chandler and Rudd; Aoeshi Cafe; Mint Cafe (reopening under new management…maybe new name, but same Coventry Road corner)
MOVED: Athens Food and Pastries is now at 5120 Pearl Road; Lancer Steakhouse has moved across the street from the original location to 7804 Carnegie Avenue; and Angie’s Soul Food Cafe is at 3859 Superior in the former Town Fryer. After a hiatus Niko’s, the Greek restaurant in Lakewood is back in business at 15625 Detroit Road. Asia Food Market on St. Clair is gone but the same family opened an even bigger supermarket in Asia Town Center, 3820 Superior Avenue
OPENED: New Ethnic Restaurants (in no particular order)
Istanbul Turkish Grill, 2505 Professor, Tremont, 216298-4450
Dervish Mediterranean and Turkish Grill, 35840 Chester Road, Avon, 440-937-0733
Mia Bella, 12200 Mayfield Road in Little Italy, 216-795-2355
Mulino Pastry, 25092 Center Ridge Road, Westlake, 440-835-2555
Banana Blossom Thai Cuisine, 2800 Clinton Avenue, Cleveland, 216-696-5529
Indian Flame Restaurant, 11623 Euclid Avenue, University Circle, 216-791-5555
Park to Shop Asia Market, 1580 E. 30th Street, Cleveland, 216-781-3388
Middle East Grill, 20126 Chagrin Blvd, Shaker Heights, 216-752-7500
Maha’s Cafe (a sit down version of the felafel stand at the West Side Market), 3323 W. 25th Street, 216-741-9810
Frank’s Falafel House, 1823 W. 65th, Cleveland, 216-631-3300
Le Oui Oui Crepe Cafe and Luchita’s Express, both in a sort of Food Court at 11309 Euclid Avenue, University Circle
Taqueria La Loma and Supermarket, 421 Darrow Road, Akron, 330-784-9300
Cilantro Thai and Sushi Restaurant, 326 S. Main Street, Akron, 330-434-2876
Annotate and update your print edition. Let me know what I’ve missed. And if you’ve visited any of the new places name here, I’d love to get your opinion. In fact, I’ll mail a free copy of Cleveland Ethnic Eats to the first person that posts a write up describing their meal or their shopping trip to any one of these newly opened ethinc eats destinations. My way of saying thanks for sticking with me.