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Chipotle
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Don Pablos
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Empress Taytu
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Flaming Ice Cube
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Mary Yoders
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Qdoba
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The Jade Tree
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Tommy's
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Weia Teia
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Chipotle [LINK]
I Rate It: *****

Them's some good burritos. And vegetarians get free guacamole. Bonus. I have tried all 4 salsas, and my personal favorites are the fresh tomato (mild) and the roasted chili-corn (medium). The tomatillo-red chili was very hot, so much so that it distracted me from enjoying the burrito. The tomatillo-green is alright, but I just prefer the texture of the roasted chili-corn for a medium salsa.




Don Pablos [LINK]
I Rate It: ****-

Don Pablos presents itself as a Mexican restaurant perhaps a little more authentic than Chi-Chi's. The design of the interior reflected a Mexican eatery, and the server immediately brought out two bowls of fresh and hot tortilla chips and two bowls of salsa for the four of us. These were promptly refilled as we quickly emptied them. I ordered the combination meal, which gives you Mexican rice, two entree items, and a side. For the items I chose a soft taco with beans in lieu of meat, and a spinach & poblano enchilada with sour cream sauce. The soft taco was nothing special, but the spinach and poblano enchilada had a very good taste, and spiciness of the pepper was countered well by the sour cream sauce. As my side I chose the sweet corn cake, which was as advertised, and provided a nice contrast to the spicy salsa and other foods. Overall, it was a nice dining experience. The server was willing to make substitutions when possible (and knew when it wasn't possible) for vegetarian tastes.




Empress Taytu [LINK]
I Rate It: **---

Empress Taytu is situated on St. Clair in Cleveland, near E55th. There is fenced parking beside the restaurant. This Ethiopian restaurant offers an ethnically decorated interior, and the opportunity to dine at traditional Ethiopian basket tables with low chairs (regular tables are available for the less adventurous). We went on a Thursday evening, and the restaurant wasn't busy at all. While the environment was intriguing, the food was less so. Meals are served on a cold thin spongy bread, which also serves as the utensils. The meals themselves are stew-like. I ordered a kind of cabbage-carrot-potato stew, with collard greens as a side. Heather had a split yellow lentil entree. Both left something to be desired in taste, but especially Heather's meal. The monotony of the portions may have been their downfall. We dined with my sister and her husband, who ordered beef and lamb entrees respectively. Apparently the beef was much like taco meat, and they claim the lamb was fairly good. Perhaps there's more of an appeal for the meatitarians. The meals and check were fairly slow to come, possibly the speed of another culture. Although it was an interesting experience, I have given Empress Taytu only 2 stars due to the boring entrees, and the $8.50 charged for them.




Flaming Ice Cube [LINK]
I Rate It: ****-

The Flaming Ice Cube is a vegan restaurant on Public Square in Cleveland. We went for a late lunch after attending an event at the Cleveland Convocation Center (about a 10 minute walk). Staff was friendly, but service was very slow at first. They later apologized for the slow service and gave us a free dessert, so I'll call it even. I had the Hula Burger, which was great. There are no fries here, but the black bean salsa they served as a side was also good. Heather had Italian Panini and paid a little extra to have black bean chili as her side. She enjoyed both of them. Overall, the food was hearty and filling. We split a pumpkin cupcake with cream-cheese-like frosting for dessert, and got a bag of vegan marshmallows to go. I'd definitely go back if we were in the area again, and I'd recommend that anyone (vegans, vegetarians, omnivores, and carnivores) give it a try.




Mary Yoders
I Rate It: *****

This large Amish restaurant has a kickin' breakfast buffet. Fruit and baked goods abound (as well as meat, if that's your game) and everything tastes wonderful.




Qdoba [LINK]
I Rate It: *****

Another line-style mexican restaurant, Qdoba offers an expanded line as compared to Chipotle, with Taco Salads, Nachos, and Quesadillas in addition to the Burritos. We have been frequenting the one by our house since its opening, and although I had my doubts at first (stinginess with the salsa, inconsistent results), they seem to have ironed out the problems, and have proved to be a worthy competitor to Chippy. Also, they regularly have coupons in the weekly flyers, and their Q-card offers rewards for purchases. Vegetarians get free gaucamole here, too.




The Jade Tree [LINK]
I Rate It: ***--

The Jade Tree, on Mentor Ave. in Mentor, OH, had been recommended and reviewed well, so we decided to go with some family members on Heather's birthday. The service seemed a little unfriendly, and the vegetarian options were very limited (I think there were two choices). I had the Spicy Szechuan Vegetables, which were good, but not much different from any other Chinese restaurant I've had them at. Heather had the Vegetable Lo Mein, which she didn't like very much. The others at our table seemed to like their (non-vegetarian) entrees, especially the Walnut Chicken. Prices were decent for sit-down. If there were more vegetarian options, my rating would probably be a four or higher...




Tommy's [LINK]
I Rate It: *****

Tommy's was voted as having the best milkshakes in Cleveland by Scene magazine. I had a cookies & cream malt, which was good, but heavy on the malt (so overly sweet) and not the best I've had. However, as a vegetarian, the food menu was awesome. I've never had so many choices when ordering at a restaurant! There were so many vegetarian and vegan options that it took about 15 minutes just to decide what I wanted! I ended up getting the Taco Salad with TVP (Textured Vegetable Protein) which was very good. Heather had a falafel meal, and enjoyed it. I would definitely recommend Tommy's, and definitely plan on going back.
11/08/2008: This time I had the Veggie Burger, and wasn't a big fan. It tasted very bland, but very fried and oily. The fixing were good, though. Heather had the Seitan Sub, which she liked, and the bite I had was good, too.




Weia Teia
I Rate It: **---

This Oberlin retaurant has fancy food, but poor service. There was only one waitress, also acting as the hostess and busboy. Billed as a fusion restaurant, the menu isn't tiny, but far from extensive. It's presented on an unweildly wooden board, which is impossible to read at one of the smaller tables. Oh, and speaking of tables, you'll have a hard time finding one for more than 4 people. We had to split up our group of 6 into two booths. The food was presented well, and tasted fine. Unfortunately, and strangely for the ultra-liberal town of Oberlin, there were no vegetarian entrees, so Heather and I each had a salad and an appetizer. The salads were very good, but the appetizers were rather small, and strangley flavored. Perhaps a non-vegetarian in a small group arriving during a better-staffed day may enjoy a great meal experience. For me, it was just okay.




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