For more than 20 years, the friendly staff at Bo Loong has sated a diverse range of appetites with authentic Chinese fare. Culinary pioneers in the art of dim sum during lunch hours (10 a.m. to 3 p.m.), servers consistently cart out trays bedecked with new portions of food, opening the palate to a wide variety of flavors, textures, and regional styles of cooking from China. Commence taste transmigration with steamed dumplings such as the har gow ($2.50), its shrimp swathed in a light rice wrapper, or the sue my, which melds pork, shrimp, and mushroom ($2.50). The nor my guy ($3.50) harbors a treasure trove of sticky rice, pork, sausage, duck, and egg wrapped carefully inside a lotus leaf, whereas pastry dim sum such as the gin doin ($1.75) stuffs a fried sesame ball with red-bean paste. Dinner hours (past 3 p.m.) showcase a vast edible archive of China's finest cuisine classics, including roast pork lo mein ($7.95), vegetable egg foo young ($5.95), and Szechwan pork ($8.45).
The recipient of Cleveland Magazine's 2008 Silver Spoon Award for Best Chinese, Hunan Solon’s multiple menus chronicle an eclectic array of traditional Chinese and pan-Asian cuisine. A vast lunch selection pits the Sino-centric Hunan chicken combo platter ($7) against the Southeast Asian pad thai ($6) in a gustatory battle of poultry/noodle supremacy.
In addition to a sensory-stimulating spread of Asian and American buffet fare, Royal Buffet & Grill offers a full menu of Chinese classics. At the hibachi grill, an accommodating chef slices and dices dishes to your liking, whether square, saucer, or obtuse-isosceles shaped. Adults pay $6.95 for the lunch buffet, $10.95 for dinner, and $5.50 to $7.99 for standalone entrees. Children under 3 eat for free and wicked witches trapped under houses can eat leftovers if they behave.
Mashiso Asian Grill's cooks preside over sizzling pans to custom craft wraps, rolls, bowls, and salads on an assembly line equipped with sauces and dressings concocted in house. Patrons start by selecting a bed of noodles or white, fried, or brown rice to form a cushy base for meat and veggies or to refill a chariot's airbags. Grill jockeys then crown bowls and stuff wraps with seared toppings such as fresh veggies ($6), or mashi chicken or pork ($6.50) slathered in piquant chili-pepper sauce. Kalbi beef ($7) launches fireworks shows across tender strips of steak with sparkling jets of garlic, sesame, and ginger. Each personalized plate pairs with a side of asian slaw or grilled bok choy, and yakis ($4 for five) crowd deep-fried wontons with ground chicken, spinach, and carrot shreds intricately carved into jack-in-the-box clowns.
In the 1930s, a glimpse inside the brick building at 2350 Cleveland Road might have revealed Al Capone and his associates sipping coffee in the midst of a tense conversation. These days, though, the atmosphere inside Red Gables Mesquite Grill is relaxed and intimate, with white tablecloths and the scent of a mesquite fire drifting through the air. Over that fire, chef Jamie Pribanic grills Certified Black Angus steaks that he claims are the finest in the world. The Plain Dealer writer Debbi Snook stopped by to taste them herself, and came away impressed: “The medium-cooked rib-eye instantly became one of my all-time favorites”, she wrote. “Hearty structure but tender chew, pepper-rubbed, vaguely charred and whispering of cowboy terrain.”
The seafood at this grill is no afterthought. Diners can slurp oysters flown in fresh from Cape Cod, dip steamed Alaskan King Crab legs into drawn butter, or slice into the crimson flesh of wild Chinook salmon. Pours of wine or beer and a slew of house-made desserts complete the dining experience.