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10 Arts by Eric Ripert's Chef de Cuisine - Jennifer Carroll (@ChefJenCarroll)

Our sentiments exactly.

Though after the Judges Table, I do feel that you may be having a heart to heart with Chef Ripert.

Le Bernadin Executive Chef Eric Ripert (@ericripert)

One down and two more of our picks left: C’mon Chef Dale Levitski and Chef Richard Blaise!

Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…

So we took our entire staff out to the Taste of Tremont on Sunday July 18, 2010.  

8th annual Taste of Tremont


For those that have never been, this area of Cleveland is stock full to the gills of great restaurants and bars and once a year, they put on a regional favorite called “The Taste of Tremont” which features outdoor street dining/walking amongst numerous of the shops and establishments in the neighborhood. Quaint and cosy, this is a pretty mixed neighborhood of restaurants and homes right next to each other. How cool is that?!?!??!  

Of course, before going this year, we posted about our most memorable food from last year: Nacho chips from Fahrenheit.  

This year, we all opted to drink and eat more than last year.  

To help give you an understanding of when we say “hilarious people” , we found Papa Smurf wandering the crowds this year.  

Papa Smurf hasn't changed. Is that Smurfette?


As usual, the place was packed when we arrived and only got busier as the day progressed.  

Our first stop, surprise surprise surprise, is at Fahrenheit for the Nacho Chips. Fahrenheit crews were already busy and working hard. Didn’t see Chef Rocco, but I was sure he was around.  

Get your Nacho Chips here!


Again, here’s one of our perennial favorites, Nacho Chips from Fahrenheit. I’ll let you soak in the tomatos, green onions, bacon, three different cheeses blanketing the homemade chips. Deep breath and pinch yourself. It’s that good. 

Nacho Chips from Fahrenheit


I think I just drooled on this laptop.  

Also note: we gave the secret word out morning of – so if you happened to see us, the secret word would get you our favorite Nacho Chips for free!  

Also had their Philly Cheesesteak too, but since our food expedition to Philly (to see Top Chef Jennifer Carroll), we are now spoiled on the real deal authentic stuff – Gino’s.  

Philly Cheesesteak from Fahrenheit


As we stuffed our faces with nachos, we walked on down to Lincoln Park Bistro for their lamb sliders. Last year, we had a TON of these…and this year was no different. Delicious and tasty, these juicy little sliders were perfect.  

More sauce-cha-cha-cha


We only wish we had more sauce.  

They also offered up home-made chips with sauce. So, if you claim home-made chips, they should be thicker cut. Wafer thin should be served to wafer thin people. This is Cleveland. We’re on the street. THICK CUT~! Again, don’t be so cheap with the sauce.  

I've had more sauce from a ketchup packet...


After what we thought was a @Seanski82 sighting (sorry), we moved on to TyFun for their Pad Thai and Chicken stir fry.  

Their decent Pad Thai hit the spot thanks to the fried tofu. This batch seemed to be heavily sauced and too little noodles, but hey–they are serving thousands of people. Besides, it went well with our second mojito of the day.  

TyFun Veggie Pad Thai


Also note: Cleveland Foodie Michelle (@ClevelandFoodie) has a great Pad Thai discussion going on her Facebook page now. Note: I agree, at this time, Bangkok Thai Cuisine in Lyndhurst has the best Pad Thai.  

Chicken stir fry was good, but a bit heavy on the sauce. Also a little heat is always a good thing.  

Chicken stir fry


TyFun-I wish I had three bowls of rice separately to eat this. The miniscule amount of rice mixed in drowned amongst the veggies and chicken is not cool.  

We wandered over to what we heard was a mojito bar…and a live band. The band wasn’t that good nor did the outside bar have any ice. C’mon people…If you have a bar, have a bar back that shuttle ice. It is embarrassing to serve drinks without ice.  

Music and iceless drinks


So into Lago we went where they DID have ice.  

Passing by a 90-year-old man who was outfitted in a bold Ken Lanci Shirt – obviously paid to stand at attention by the door. Poor guy / not cool Lanci.  

Our first and second round of mojitos went down very well, but getting a third round was impossible. The wait staff tooled around like a bunch of lost puppies and despite our three times asking, they could not produce a mojito to save their lives.  

Lago mojitos


Additionally, now would be a good time to talk about attire while serving: We don’t know who approved this “summer wear” from Lago, but this kind of “outfit” is terrible for a server.  

Sleeveless waiter = bad stuff


Don’t care how hot it is / Don’t care how big the gun show is (or in this case – isn’t) / Don’t care if your Uncle owns the joint or not…The GM should NOT have allowed this to walk out to the floor…ever. Just the thought of his armpit hairs falling into entrees or sweat droplets in people’s food is enough for us not to go to Lago ever. Yo Macho Man Randy Savage! 1987 called and said to buy some sleeves.  

Macho Man Randy Savage is a server at Lago


After our three futile attempt to get the wait staff to fill our third and fourth orders of drinks, we opted to do more traveling around.  

We decided a pit stop for more beverages was in order, and we bellied up to the bar at 806 Martini & Wine Bar. Oddly, almost our entire staff checked in and got their “housewife” badges there. Don’t know what the hell that is, but sounds cool. The bartender was clearly under stress and feigned our mass order of mojitos. Good day for tips, but tough day to work – we understand.  

After getting another round of mojitos, we opted to retire to the back patio where we spied famous Cleveland celebrity Alexa (@clevelandaplum). As usual, I did the double take and it was quickly confirmed with my entire line staff – as they all follow her on Twitter. In fact, they also sport her shirt too.  

Her own shirt


Prior to this, I have been the only one to meet here IRL and the rest of our line cooks and staff all wanted to say hi.  

Celebrity @Clevelandsaplum


I “waved them off ghost rider” as I noticed Alexa in a sweet-handholding-across-the-table embrace with a guy – her love tractor beam firmly attached to his his puppy dog eyes. Bern chicka bern bern… 

puppy dog eyes


Besides, since we were right next to her, I was sure she was staring at my but for a good 30 minutes. BTW-our line agrees that @clevelandsaplum is way cuter IRL.  

So we continued to drink.  

After Mojito #9, we opted to do more exploring…and at the end of the road, we found our new food like for the Taste of Tremont.  

Thanks to the folks at the Tremont Taphouse, we were introduced to their pork sliders. Delicious! These smaller sliders were filled with great pork and a great very coarse chopped coleslaw. All with a light dab more of sauce on it. Out-freakin-standing. Bourdain would love this stuff.  

Pork Sliders from Tremont Taphouse


Accompanying our pork sliders, was the intro to an expensive root beer. Here we thought Abita only made real beer. Folks I suggest you buy some. This is really good stuff.  

Abita root beer - Mmmmmmmm


Since we were drenched in sweat, we opted to pass on the Mac & Cheese from Lola/Lolita. Sorry Iron Chef Michael Symon (@mdsymon), just way too hot to sweat out straight savory cheese. Plus they sold out early too.  

We made our way to Grumpy’s booth and were instantly drawn to the sign that said chorizo nachos.  

Grumpy's fo some chorizo!


Chorizo nachos were awesome. Great meat, awesome salsa, pretty much the perfect street food. AND – nothing says sexy like a chick squirting melty cheese on your nachos. HAWT!  

Chick squirting fake cheese - I can't even stand up now


As the day wore on, we found the place was packed with young and old, fat and skinny, singles on the prowl and families alike – all just roaming around having a great time.  

Church steps = Taste of Tremont Dining Room


We found that it seemed to get busier as the day went on…and of course the heat was borderline schweaty balls. Nod to the SNL Alec Baldwin.  

Schweaty Balls


Surprising that the emergency services folks didn’t put up misting fans or something as the heat could have taken out alot of people – young and old combined.  

TyFun hard at work


Great amount of thanks to all those behind the scenes crews working hard to produce great food for everyone. As you can see, the those on the line were sweating it out and working hard. Thanks folks for making this event a success.  

Line Chefs working the magic


On the next lap, we retired back to 806 again for 3-4 more rounds of mojitos and called it a day since it was pretty fuzzy at this point and the monsoon was about to hit.  



Folks-if you haven’t been to the Taste of Tremont, GO! It is a good thing to support your local area businesses and restaurants. Plus you could meet us for some free nachos. #humuhumunukunukuapua’a. 

Additionally, other Cleveland food fanatics were there too! @beautyfoodie @bitebuff @AMP150Cleveland @KaseyCrabtree @michellev @roomservice216 – just to name a few.  

So plan to go in 2011. We’ll see you there. 

QuarryLaneFarms under construction


On another unrelated note: QuarryLaneFarms will be closed for major construction/ renovations from 07/20 thru 07/25. And thanks for your patience.  

Amidst the dust and debris – Reporting live from QuarryLaneFarms…  

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