Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Bites in the Heights Pt II

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Since I really didn't feel like making the last Bites in Heights post 14 miles long, I decided to just break the thing up into two parts. I find that three is about the limit before people start to say, "You know, I'm getting tired reading this stuff, damn. How many is he going to cram in here?" So here's the smaller portion of the two part post that I think might be more interesting than the previous one.

Anybody here ever heard of a place called Melt Bar & Grilled? Oh, you have?

Did you hear they have a new location on the east side? You know that, too?

Then I don't have to tell you about the wait? Or how Guy Fieri drove the final nail in coffin?

Well, this isn't a review about all that stuff. Quite frankly, I've decided to game the system...sort of. You see, I haven't actually eaten at the east side location since it opened. I have, however, waited in line for carry-out.

For me the sandwiches are just way too much food to eat - even for dinner. I actually like the soups and vegetarian sides that Matt Fish and his staff put together. Melt does a fantastic job of providing daily updates of their specials on Facebook. They've been doing some fantastic glazes with snow peas. The servings are enough for two people.

Some have completely written off Melt, but I feel the specials are worth ordering to go (just call ahead a half hour before you plan to pick it up).

Melt Bar & Grilled
13463 Cedar Rd
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
(216) 965-0988

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If you read this blog with any regularity, you know that I'm always looking for decent hot dog places. The Dog House over in Coventry puts out as good a Chicago dog as I've had here in Cleveland. Cooked on the flat top, these dogs are the best I've had on the east side. There's also an Italian beef sandwich that is served here that I've heard good things about, but haven't tried. I will say I'm not a fan of the fries.

The Dog House
2767 Euclid Heights Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
(216) 321-0717

The Dog House on Urbanspoon

I've been making regular stops at Mama Joyce's while out for lunch. The specials they offer are extremely reasonable. The fried chicken is a favorite of mine. Mama Joyce's does a lot of fried chicken and fish, but unlike Angie's, they do a very good job of ventilating their kitchen.

I will note that this is more a carry out place. I talked to Jeff their cook and he had was doing ribs on Sundays for a period of time. I've included a scan of the cards with the menu. If you're in the neighborhood you've got to give this little place try.

Mama Joyce's Soul Food Cafe
2238 Lee Road
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
(216) 371-3100

Mama Joyce's Soul Food Cafe on Urbanspoon


  1. I've had the greens, coleslaw, and fries. Of the three I'd say the greens are good. The other two are run-of-the-mill. I have yet to get the other sides on the menu because they're either out of them or didn't have one that particular day. I've actually bought the side at Melt and picked the chicken up at MJ's.


  3. Hey Anonymous, that's all well and good.....BUT WHY ARE YOU YELLING AT ME!!??!!??!!??

  4. I have had the pleasure of eating at Mama Joyce's and enjoyed every bit of it, it's truly a preference thing. No complaints here! However, I did order a cake back on February...have yet to get it... I'm just saying!