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Need restaurant advice

Unread postby FUDU » Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:12 am

Taking some friends out for dinner for the holidays, most likely on a Saturday night in the next 3 weeks, need some advice on a good choice.

Must be either downtown or west of the city (no further west than say Westlake or Rocky River)

Probably 5-8 people going in total.

Looking for a a place with good food that is moderately priced, that will also accommodate the group eating together. A bar isn't necessary (b/c we may go out afterward) but could be nice depending on the specifics. Trying to avoid strict formal dress codes as well.

Hoping to keep it around or under $30-40 a person since I am planning on footing the bill.

IIRC there is a place downtown that is nice, popular and has great food in a sort of a buffet style in which you can eat all you want but they bring everything to you? They carve the meat right off the bone at the table etc...?

Cleveland Grille is one I am thinking about but I cannot find any info on how costly they are, they menu page is not up.

All suggestions are appreciated.
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Re: Need restaurant advice

Unread postby pup » Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:14 am

Dude. Brasa. $35 (without drinking). AYCE.


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Re: Need restaurant advice

Unread postby swerb » Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:27 am

Brasa is fantastic. Took all the writers there a couple years back and have been back a couple times since.

$35 a head. An all you can eat "salad bar" that has salad, fruits, fresh cold seafood, and about 18 other things. A feast in itself worthy of a $20-$25 price tag.

Then they bring out like 10-12 different kinds of meats on skewers, and slice whatever meats you want right on your plate. Bacon wrapped tenderloins, pork, veal, chicken, all the different red meat cuts.

Good for a big group.

Also, I like John Q's downtown in Public Square. More casual, much less pricy than Mortons, XO, Hyde Park, or any of the other elite downtown steakhouses. You'll pay $18-$35 for a steak dinner, depending on the cut. No $12 baked potatoes and $15 ceasar salad sides. A lot of really cool Cleveland memorabilia on the walls, just a nice atmosphere and feel in there. Great place to eat steak and drink beer with friends or clients.
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Re: Need restaurant advice

Unread postby pup » Mon Dec 01, 2008 11:42 am

Swerb wrote:Brasa is fantastic. Took all the writers there a couple years back and have been back a couple times since.

$35 a head. An all you can eat "salad bar" that has salad, fruits, fresh cold seafood, and about 18 other things. A feast in itself worthy of a $20-$25 price tag.

Then they bring out like 10-12 different kinds of meats on skewers, and slice whatever meats you want right on your plate. Bacon wrapped tenderloins, pork, veal, chicken, all the different red meat cuts.

Good for a big group.

Also, I like John Q's downtown in Public Square. More casual, much less pricy than Mortons, XO, Hyde Park, or any of the other elite downtown steakhouses. You'll pay $18-$35 for a steak dinner, depending on the cut. No $12 baked potatoes and $15 ceasar salad sides. A lot of really cool Cleveland memorabilia on the walls, just a nice atmosphere and feel in there. Great place to eat steak and drink beer with friends or clients.


Another favorite of mine. Can't go wrong with either of these 2 places.
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Re: Need restaurant advice

Unread postby FUDU » Mon Dec 01, 2008 12:27 pm

Well that was quick and easy.

Barring any problems getting in (reservations needed?) at Brasa I think that will be the first choice.

That must be the place I had heard about.

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Re: Need restaurant advice

Unread postby pup » Mon Dec 01, 2008 5:06 pm

I would recommend calling for a Saturday night with a large group.
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Re: Need restaurant advice

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Re: Need restaurant advice

Unread postby FUDU » Sun Dec 28, 2008 1:45 pm

Went to Brasa Friday night, cannot believe I could drink afterward, nor can I believe I ate meat the next day.

Unreal.
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Re: Need restaurant advice

Unread postby OldDawg » Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:25 am

I know its a little eastward...
And I know its been over 20 years since I've been there...
But is Pickle Bills in the Painesville area still a great all-you-can-eat stop??
I used to get all-you-can-eat Prime Rib and put a hurt on them.
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Re: Need restaurant advice

Unread postby peeker643 » Tue Dec 30, 2008 12:28 am

OldDawg wrote:I know its a little eastward...
And I know its been over 20 years since I've been there...
But is Pickle Bills in the Painesville area still a great all-you-can-eat stop??
I used to get all-you-can-eat Prime Rib and put a hurt on them.


It's still there (and it's a trip west for me) in all of its all-you-can-eat glory. But it'll cost you substantially more now to put a hurt on them.

$33 for prime rib and $38 for king crab legs.

http://www.picklebills.com/pdfs/CurrentMenu.pdf
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Re: Need restaurant advice

Unread postby Stu » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:25 am

Peeker643 wrote:
OldDawg wrote:I know its a little eastward...
And I know its been over 20 years since I've been there...
But is Pickle Bills in the Painesville area still a great all-you-can-eat stop??
I used to get all-you-can-eat Prime Rib and put a hurt on them.


It's still there (and it's a trip west for me) in all of its all-you-can-eat glory. But it'll cost you substantially more now to put a hurt on them.

$33 for prime rib and $38 for king crab legs.

http://www.picklebills.com/pdfs/CurrentMenu.pdf



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Re: Need restaurant advice

Unread postby swerb » Sat Jan 03, 2009 10:49 am

Had one of the 3-4 best meals of my life on NY Eve night.

"Red", the steakhouse in Beachwood right there at the corner of Chagrin and Richmond, attached to "Moxie" ... a very fine restaurant in its own right.

Steaks are between $25-$40, other menu items are a la carte and are between $5-$12.

Worth every GD penny though. Meal was amazing. Steaks melted in your mouth. Our table of six shared six different sides, all of which were super as well. Granny Smith apple cheesecake for dessert. Great wine list.
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