and the winners are…

I just received one of those dumb forwards: what is your favorite color, Coke or Pepsi, yadda, yadda, yadda. I’m not a fan of forwards or filling out stupid questionnaires about things that friends/family members should have general knowlegde of after knowing me for 31 years. But, it did get me thinking about my favorite things in town and therefore did serve some purpose as my latest entry:

•Pizza: mama santa’s or mama joe’s. (both mamas know good pizza)
•Coffee shops: Starbucks in Chagrin Falls (Sunday morning tradition with James)
•Breakfast place: Lucky’s in Tremont
•Grocer: Heinen’s and Miles Market for everyday; Whole Foods and West Side Market for other
•Wine bar: Market Street
•Place to eat outside: Flying Fig and Lopez
•Mexican/Latin Fusion: Momocho and La Tortilla Feliz
•Local spot: American Tavern
•Sushi: Pacific East (and it’s coming to Eaton)
•Thai: Lemon Grass (Mint is a close second)
•Indian: Café Tandor (Saffron Patch for lunch)
•Chinese: Hunan on Coventry
•Cheap(er) eats: South Side
•Italian: Battuto (but nothing beats my gram’s sauce and meatballs)
•Place to be seen: Lola
•Dessert: chocolate croissant at Presti’s
•Splurge: Chez Francois
•Wine shop: Miles Market and Cuff’s in Chagrin Falls
•Places I miss: Lawson’s (best dip), Frisco Rose (my gram always took me there), Hough Bakery and Silver Grill


  1. Neil
    Posted June 13, 2007 at 10:28 am | Permalink

    Hey — this is a great blog, and I’m glad that somebody else is espousing the great food that’s in Cleveland. I noticed for your Indian favorite you put down Cafe Tandoor, which is also one of my favorites — but have you been to Jaipur Junction down in North Royalton (maybe Parma Heights)? It’s a complete hole-in-the-wall in a strip mall, but the food is ridiculously delicious — they serve a combination of the regular stuff you would find in most restaurants plus the street food you would find in most cities in India (having been there I can tell you that the street food is the best part). If you go, make sure to order a bunch of the appetizers like chaat, samosas, pakoras, dhai vada, etc.

  2. michelle v
    Posted June 13, 2007 at 1:43 pm | Permalink

    I’m glad you like it – thanks! I haven’t been there but I definitely check it out. Thanks for the suggestion and keep them coming!

  3. Billy Idol for President
    Posted June 13, 2007 at 3:11 pm | Permalink

    Let’s talk here!..Not a mentioned of any of the fine wineries that are located EAST of Solon Heights. Shame, shame , shame…For a day of sunshine, music, fun food and fine wine check out Debonné Vineyards in far, far away Madison, Ohio. I highly recommend the new release “CAB / CAB”. Not a mention of La Tortilla Feliz and great time had by all last June?

    PS – I hope you are not going to divulge that green mint shop recipe.

  4. Q
    Posted August 7, 2007 at 6:04 pm | Permalink

    I’m so glad you like Lemongrass! I worked there years ago, and I love their food!