Archive for February, 2008

I’m happy to report that a new Vietnamese restaurant has moved in less than 10 minutes from my house!  Maybe you have read about my disappointing experience with the other Vietnamese restaurant down the street, Tay Do.  After that fiasco, I was sad that there were no Vietnamese options near me that I would actually eat at. 

#1 Pho has opened a new location at 7778 West 130th Street in Middleburg Heights (440-888-2150).  I have already been there twice, once for takeout and once for dinner in the restaurant.  Both experiences have been delicious with very friendly service.  Between me and my husband, we have already tried almost all of their Bun (Rice Vermicelli) options.  The vegetables were very fresh, the meat was perfectly seasoned and the crispy spring rolls were crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.  In fact, I think the quality is even better than that served at the other #1 Pho location on Superior Ave. and East 31st, near Chinatown.  The spring rolls were also very tasty.  We tried a dessert of fried bananas with honey, which were good, but not great.  Probably not the best place for dessert.

The new location in Middleburg Heights used to be a sushi restaurant.  #1 Pho did not do too much to update the decor.  The new location does not feature the trendy decor of its counterpart on Superior Ave., but it is clean with simple decorations you would expect to see at an Asian restaurant. 

I spoke with the manager, who is one of the siblings of the family that owns #1 Pho.  He was very friendly and hooked me up with a cup of tea and some candy while I waited for my takeout.  He told me that they are also opening a high end Vietnamese restaurant on East 4th downtown. 

So, if you are in the mood for some Vietnamese, give #1 Pho in Middleburg Heights a try.


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Hot Dog DinerI treated my brother and his friend to a celebration lunch at the Hot Dog Diner this past weekend.  The reason for celebration is a whole other story, but we were totally celebrating the awesome comfort food at the Hot Dog Diner located at 4407 Brookpark Road in Parma.  The decor is simple Cleveland memorabilia on bright mustard yellow walls.  It’s a happy place with friendly and fast service.

My brother got the Fry Daddy Burger and Tyler’s Cheezy Fries Dog.  This would be the two items on the menu that come with cheese-covered french fries on top of your sandwich.  He said that it was one of the best burgers he has ever had the pleasure to eat.  He loved how it tasted homemade and the texture of a hand packed patty.  In fact, he had half of the burger in his stomach before I could even get my camera out for a picture. 

My brother’s friend ordered two Wagon Train Dogs, topped with chili, sour cream and onions.  He enjoyed every bite.  I devoured a Windy City Wiener, Snappy style with mustard, onion, tomatoes, pickle spear, cucumber and celery salt.  We shared a large chili cheese fries.  There was not a drop of chili left on any of our paper hot dog holders!

The buns are soft, the hot dogs have a little crunch to the skin and the toppings are so tasty and fresh.  What a treat of yumminess with a side of fat and cholesterol.  It was worth every bite:-)

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