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Zipping back into Cleveland Heights for a quick bite, we stopped by one of our favorite restie Lemon Grass.Gotta love the mix of people who dine here. College kids sitting next to college professors, suits enjoying dinner next to t-shirt and shorts, etc…
Started with a quick order of Stam Rolls which were perfectly G-B-D (Golden-Brown-Delicious).
Stam Rolls – $5.95
Although the 6 rolls were thin, we found them to be delicious! Delicious with a light drizzle of the sweet chili sauce.
Insides were perfectly cooked and texturally awesome.
Easy order rolls again #crunchamuncha
Our typical order of Pad Thai sounded like an easy winner.
Pad Thai: the most famous thai noodle dish rice noodles stir fried with chicken, shrimp, egg, ground peanuts bean sprouts, scallions and thai spices – $9.75
A bit heavy on the egg this time, but still delicious as always.
Wish they had more bean sprouts and green onions-thus providing more crunch and temperature differences. Fresh crisp and hot and spicy.
Easy order again too.
Since we’re heavy on the starches, we opted to try some fried rice (my death row meal).
House Fried Rice: Shrimp, chicken green peas, baby corn, red peppers, onion and tomatoes served with a cucumber and a wedge of lime – $11.50
I wasn’t quite sure about the cucumbers or the lime.
To me, the only “sour” taste that should reside in fried rice should come from fish sauce (if you even use it).
The char siu, green onions, etc…seemed to be cut by a blind guy.
Or maybe they just seem to like really rough chopping stuff.
Seemed like there should be more volume for $11.50 right? After all, it is the “house” version.
Well, maybe the chef lives in an expensive house.
We also ordered the special of the night, which was described as Drunken chicken noodles w/ vegetables – $10.95.
Don’t remember how much this was, but to us, it seemed like a pretty typical chow fun dish w/ veggies.
After finishing this dish, I wasn’t drunk either.
Though, I guess kinda Thai w/ the addition of basil.
Overall, pretty typical busy night here at Lemon Grass.
Crowd swelled during the classic 6p dinner hour and then subsided post dinner hour during our weeknight visit.
Service was standard and our waters got filled regularly.
Overall, a great restie to dine on a weeknight in Cleveland Heights.
Also stopping off at Big Fun before AND after dinner is awesome too.
Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…
We’ve been to XYZ the Tavern a bunch of times…and everyone there raves about their food.
So we decided to munchamuncha at XYZ the Tavern (@XYZtheTavern) located in the Gordon Square/Detroit Shoreway neioghborhood in Cleveland.
Located at 6419 Detroit Ave in Cleveland….this is the sister ship tavern of the Cleveland famous ABC Tavern at 1872 W 25th St in Cleveland.
A few interesting tidbits about the menu – the guy planning out this menu must be having a threesome with a Japanese chick and an Italian chick…cause they are serving Country Fried Chicken & Waffles and Soba noodles and Gnocchi du jour!?!!?! WTH? Put those three together and it sounds like the start of a great prono!
Well, let me rephrase that for all those Food Network drones…
Alan’s got one tavern in Cleveland…and decides he wants another one.
But he doesn’t want to drive too far.
So he grabs his two buddies – Chef Kelly and Chef Reichart…Drinks alot of Mountain Dew…
And comes up with a menu with good scratch cooking…with some “higher priced chunks of beef”…
This…is XYZ Tavern.
Heh heh heh.
Country Fried Chicken & Waffles: with savory gravy and/or real Ohio maple syrup - $10
Basically this is gigantic chicken tenders lanced with quartered waffles.
Sweet, salty, savory….the only thing we wanted was spicy. Bring on the Siracha!
For your decision whether to get gravy or waffles? Get both.
XYZ the Tavern Reuben -
Oh yes we opted this guy with extra order of gravy.
Fries came out extra oily and lukewarm.
Additionally, the fries were droopy. Not cool.
Corned beef was well marbled but could have used more time in. Comparatively, we like Corky & Lenny’s, Jacks, Slyman’s, and Lucky’s better.
But in the heat of the moment, this sandwich would do since the near west side seems to have a lack of corned beef places in my drunken stupor.
Oh yeah, we decided to go big and dip our reuben IN the gravy.
Now the best part of our visit? Hands down – the staff. (how often do we get to say that?!?!?!)
Three sips of water, and different wait staff was Johnny on the spot to fill our glasses.
Needing another napkin, the waitress from another table rushed one to us w/in 30 seconds.
Half way done with my Stella, a different waiter slid in and asked if I wanted another.
And then another staff member brought us our beers! Halleuja!
This cohesive team of wait staff are incredible!
Yes, the staff members/bar tenders at XYZ the Tavern will have us coming back again and again and again…
Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms….