Last thursday , on a tip, we trekked to Snow rd, in Parma near the Cleveland-Hopkins airport in search of Vietnamese food and found the little gem called Tay-do. It is billed as Vietnamese-Chinese in the phonebook, but we thought it best to stick with the Vietnamese. We shared Pho Tai, one the many Pho and Hue soups listed, and I could have been satisfied there. But we continued with wonderfully fresh and crunchy Goi cuon, stir fried chicken with lemongrass, Bo Luc Lac which was served with a great, simple dipping sauce of salt, black pepper and fresh lemon juice, and a Bun dish with three pork preparations and shrimp. This was for two of us. Everything was addictively tasty and the check for all this winderful food was $28.00. I was surprised to find Tay-do has been opened for almost 3 years and I've never heard of it 'til recently. One thing, though. The place REEKS of disinfectent, but my husband took that as a good sign, said at least they clean in there. Nothing will stand between him and good pho!
On the disappointing side, we went to El Merendero Frday, newly opened at Cedar Center in the old Harvey's location.This locale must be cursed; nothing has lasted since the original Harvey's, and I'm afraid this trend will continue based on our dinner. I hate to slam a new place, but this was really mediocre from the first bite of chips and taste-free salsa.Our group was fighting for the salt shaker the entire meal which ended with jello-y flan. The middle was too bland to remember.So sorry, so promising.