First night in Cleveland, we wanted to go eat an exotic dinner at a Vietnamese/Cambodian place. When we arrived downtown it started raining hard. We ducked in the Bier Market to stay dry, asked to see a menu while we waited. Bridey smiled and welcomed us in and made us feel at home.
We saw italian specialties written in a way that convinced us the chef was authentic. We decided to eat there.
Best decision ever.
I challenged our waiter Andrew to bring me a beer with bitter/strong/sour obnoxiously dark flavor (my favorite) and he just smiled, said he could do that. He didn't tell me what he had in mind, I didn't ask. He brought a beer that exceeded my expectations and was perfect.
His knowledge of the beer and wine selection was superior.
He then described the menu and how the meats were cured and cooked as if he had created the technique himself. His overall knowledge was just awesome.
We had a cheese plate to start with which had pickled veggie selection and 4 crafted dried meats and matching cheeses, each explained and described in detail. Perfect wine pairing.
Our entrees' were Italian in origin with an artisan Ohio farmer's twist that magnified the flavors.
The floor manager Will spent quality time explaining without overstaying during our meal.
As we paid (a reasonable price) the chef, Adam, showed up and politely asked if we had a good meal. (Who does that anymore?) While we talked he asked if we would like to see their methods of preparation and techniques. (Who does that?) He took his own personal time (he was off the clock) to show us the secrets of their success in cooking such unique and flavorful dishes.
We were treated so well from the front door by Bridey, to the table with both drink and food by Andrew & Will, to the basement by Adam.
We are so glad it rained and we sought refuge here and got an even more exotic meal than we planned along with the royal treatment by the staff.
We WILL come back next time we're in Cleveland.
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