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Favorite Diet Sodas?

My favorite is plain old Diet Coke. I've been drinking it ever since it came out circa 1985. I do occasionally enjoy other flavors of Diet Coke or Diet Dr. Pepper. I don't care for Diet Pepsi, but will drink it if there is nothing else available, such as in a restaurant that carries only Pepsi products.

I have lived in several countries (France, Turkey, and Benin in Africa) and the Diet Coke available there does not taste the same as the Diet Coke in the U.S. They must use a different artificial sweetener. I much prefer the American kind. In fact, in Turkey I started drinking Pepsi Max after a fellow American tipped me off that it tasted more like American Diet Coke than did the Turkish Diet Coke! I found he was right!

I hope my last soft drink on earth is a nice cold can of good old American Diet Coke...

Jul 21, 2009
pak1789 in General Topics

Greer/Greenville - Soccer lunch -

Also on Woodruff Road is a pizza buffet place called Stevi B's. It's similar to Cici's. It is in a shopping plaza in between freestanding Walmart and Kohl's. There is also a Dollar Tree, Staples, and Family Christian Bookstore in the same plaza.


On Pelham Road near I-85 is a brand new place called American Pie Factory. They serve pizza and wings. I haven't been there yet, but it sounds like a good place to take a team. Their website says:

"According to Joe Mahaffey, president of American Pie Factory of Greenville LLC, the restaurant's concept stems from a favorite pastime -- going out for pizza after Little League ball games. Mahaffey said the idea is to create a restaurant with a family-friendly environment that caters to today's sports teams like the restaurants of childhood days."

Here's their site:


There's a menu with prices posted, and it looks like it would definitely be pricier than Stevi B's or GattiTown, but perhaps you could still keep it to about $10 per person.

Hope this helps.


May 02, 2009
pak1789 in General South Archive

Fountain sodas vs. canned - which do you prefer

I am a Diet Cokehead and my choice would be, in order of favorite to least favorite:

plastic bottle

However, certain fountains are so well mixed that I would rate them better than canned. McDonald's is consistently good. However, I never eat at McD's - but on a road trip I may go to their drive thru for just a Diet Coke.


Nov 22, 2008
pak1789 in General Topics

Special occasion family restaurant in Cleveland/East Side?

Here is Trattoria's website:


And they do indeed have a room for parties.


Special occasion family restaurant in Cleveland/East Side?

My parents are extremely unadventurous and they love Trattoria on Mayfield Road in Little Italy. I'm not sure if they have a private room, but they might.


Indian Restaurant in Cleveland

I was born in Cleveland and although I haven't lived there since 1997, I still visit my family there regularly. My best friend lives there too and we both love Indian food, so when I am in town we indulge.

Our favorite restaurant is Jaipur Junction on Sprague Road at the corner of York Road. It's in North Royalton, near the Parma border. It's a small place that does a lot of takeout, but they do have tables. They serve on disposable dishes even for dine-in. Many Indian people eat there. The place isn't the cleanest, though - their bathroom is sometimes downright filthy. But the food is so good it keeps us coming back.

We've been to Udupi in Parma Heights a couple of times too but just don't like the food there as much. It's not bad, but we like Jaipur better.

We have also been to a place in North Olmstead a few times. It's on Brookpark Extension. I don't recall the name - it has changed so many times.

Another great place that unfortunately no longer exists was the Clay Oven in Fairview Park.

A couple of places that other people rave about but didn't impress us are Saffron Patch and Cafe Tandoor, both on the East side. I believe Cafe Tandoor has a location in Westlake now but I have not tried it.

Someone else mentioned a place on Wilson Mills Road - I believe it's called Maharaja. I went there once years ago and thought it was okay.

If you are willing to drive out of the Cleveland area, the Raj Mahal in Cuyahoga Falls is also good.

Hope this helps.


Best Desserts in a Chain

I love Olive Garden's Black Tie Mousse Cake. They also used to have a Chocolate Lasagna.

May 29, 2008
pak1789 in Chains

Brixx Pizza - Charlotte NC

There is also a Brixx in Greenville, South Carolina.

Apr 20, 2008
pak1789 in General South Archive

Dinner in Cleveland OH

Johnny Mango in Ohio City is a fun place. It's small and gets crowded, though.

Check out their website at http://www.jmango.com/

Hope this helps.


Marco's Pizza??

I like Marco's Pizza and look forward to getting it whenever I visit my parents in Ohio. They have thick, thin, and regular crusts. I like that you can get "crust toppers" upon request. They have garlic butter, parmesan cheese, and roma seasonings as crust toppers, I believe. But sometimes they forget to put them on even when I ask. I also love their Cheezybread.

Mar 15, 2008
pak1789 in Chains

Atlanta downtown dining recs

My brother and I will be in Atlanta for one night next week, staying at the Marriott downtown, which is right near the Westin.

I did a search here of Atlanta downtown and read through everything, but many of the places people have recommended are steak or seafood, and we are both vegetarians.

The hotel's website mentions that Azio Downtown is nearby. I did not see this restaurant listed in Chowhound posts. I looked at their website and they have a few veggie basics. Has anyone ever been there? Is there a dress code?

If anyone has any recs for places nearby that are veggie-friendly, please respond.

Thanks for your help!


Jan 30, 2008
pak1789 in General South Archive

I Didn't Order That Insect

Last summer I took one of my high school students to Olive Garden for lunch. She ordered lasagna and I had cappellini pomodoro. About halfway through her meal she discovered part of an insect in her lasagna. It was hard to tell what it was - perhaps an ant. I wonder if she had eaten the other part!

The waiter, who was at a nearby table, noticed the horrified look on her face and came over and asked what was wrong. I explained to him and showed him her plate. He apologized and took it, and shortly thereafter the manager came out and apologized and asked her if she wanted another meal. She said no, and then the manager suggested dessert. At first she said no to that too, but I encouraged her to choose a dessert, and she finally did.

They did comp her lasagna and the dessert was free too. I paid for my cappellini pomodoro and our two soft drinks. I tipped at least 20% on what would have been the total amount of the bill with both our meals, although I don't recall if I added the dessert in my calculations, since we wouldn't have ordered that normally.

I think overall the waiter and manager handled things well - offering another meal, then a dessert, and comping her lasagna. However, I do think it would have been gracious of them to just comp the whole bill. There were just two of us, after all, and it's not as though I had ordered an expensive dish - the cappellini pomodoro is about the cheapest thing on their menu. We hadn't had appetizers and drank only soft drinks. So the bill with my meal and the two soft drinks and tax was probably around $12 or $13. It was have been a nice gesture if they had just comped everything.


Jan 30, 2008
pak1789 in Features

favorite thing to eat from panera?

I like their garden vegetable soup. It's so much better than the vegetable soup at their competitor Atlanta Bread Company. Maybe it's the little pasta balls in Panera's that make the difference!

However, I don't like Panera's vegetarian black bean soup. It's rather blah.

They also had a wonderful vegetarian soup in the past that I just loved even more than the garden vegetable. I don't recall the exact name, but it was something like roasted lentil with garlic, or maybe it was curried lentil. Then they took it off the menu - I guess it was only temporary. :-(

I also like the Tomato and Basil Crispani, but not all locations have them.


Jan 15, 2008
pak1789 in Chains

Falafel In Columbia, SC area

I lived in the Columbia area for five years and don't recall ever having falafel there. Of course, I lived northwest of town - first in the Harbison area, then way out in Chapin. I got my falafel fixes whenever I went home to visit my parents in Cleveland, Ohio. My best friend and I always hit Cleveland's ethnic restaurants. Plenty of places to get falafel there.

Greenville is now my home (although I'm actually out of the country until the summer) and if you ever want to drive up there, there are a couple of good places for falafel there. There is Juju's Mediterranean Bistro on Woodruff Road, and Pita House on South Pleasantburg. Juju's has some odd hours though, so call first.

I also don't think either place serves a falafel sandwich, rather a platter. But you could wrap the falafel in the pita, along with tomatoes, tahini, etc., and make your own sandwich.

1631 Woodruff Rd, Greenville, SC 29607
Phone: (864) 213-9884

Pita House
495 S Pleasantburg Dr # B, Greenville, SC 29607
Phone: (864) 271-9895


Jan 15, 2008
pak1789 in General South Archive

Just moved to Cleveland...where are the good eats?

By the way, I should mention that Danny Boy's is very small and often very crowded. Try to go during an off-peak time if you don't want to wait. Like a late-lunch-early dinner around 4:00 or so. I went with my parents this past summer when I was in town. (I no longer live in Cleveland but visit the folks at least twice a year.) It was a weeknight, a Wednesday or Thursday maybe, around 6:00, and we had to wait at least 15-20 minutes for a table. They also do take-out. Years ago (1995-1997) I lived in the apartment complex right behind them and used to walk across the parking lot to get pizza to take home.

Clevelanders East AND West: Fave Ethinic place?

I like Empress Taytu Ethiopian Restaurant east of downtown on St.Clair. Great food and ambiance.

I also like Jaipur Junction in North Royalton. Delicious Indian food, although the ambiance is lacking. The last time I was there it was really dirty, too.

Just moved to Cleveland...where are the good eats?

I would recommend Danny Boy's on Lake Road in Rocky River. They have great pizza and also have other dishes including pasta, wings, calzones, salads, and subs.


"Great" Restaurant Names

There's a restaurant in Greenville, South Carolina called "Never on Sunday."

Jan 04, 2008
pak1789 in Not About Food

"Great" Restaurant Names

If you are ever in Chapin, South Carolina, you must go to Fat Buddy's. It's a dive, but they have great homemade potato chips.

Jan 04, 2008
pak1789 in Not About Food

Greenville SC family recs, por favor?

I don't know if it's too late for your trip, but here are a few local suggestions that are very close to your hotel.

Since this other family likes pizza, you could try Bertolo's, which some say is Greenville's best pizza. From the Courtyard hotel, turn right on the Parkway, then turn right on Pelham Road. Bertolo's is in the same shopping plaza as the Bi-Lo supermarket just down the road. The place doesn't look like much, but they do serve some good pizza.

The Acropolis is in the Earth Fare shopping plaza, which is opposite the Bi-Lo plaza. Good Greek and Italian food. They have mini pizzas for the less adventurous eaters. I believe they serve alcoholic beverages too.

Stax' is another Greenville institution. They serve breakfast all day but serve other dishes too. Their menu is quite extensive and there is truly something for everyone. It's located off of Pelham Road, nestled among chain restaurants such as Macaroni Grill, Joe's Crab Shack, and On the Border. The entrance to this "restaurant row" is just before the Earth Fare plaza.

And of course, you can get some healthful takeout options at the Earth Fare, and there are even tables if you want to eat inside.

Hope this helps.

Nov 18, 2007
pak1789 in General South Archive