Recap: Gazette ‘meh’ on Ritz, Indy likes Cleats

Restaurant reviews from the Gazette and Indy are out, the latter coincidentally written by me, my last review for the weekly paper.

Gazette critic Robin Intemann took a look at the Ritz Grill, which she sums up with: “Nothing was wrong, but neither did anything make me say, ‘I can’t wait to return.'” Some highlights:

• ” … it took a while to be acknowledged. … Once seated, though, we had our server’s full attention.”

• “The menu is heavy on sandwiches and burgers.”

• “The friendly staff helps make the dining experience enjoyable even if the food lags behind.”

I wrote about the expansion of Cleats Bar & Grill, a Rockrimmon staple that recently opened a second location on Powers Boulevard. Some highlights:

• “The new Cleats has over 30 televisions, including two technologically rich, 140-inch high-definition projector screens …”

• “Cleats already makes its own tomato sauce, as well as its ranch, salsa and queso, among other items.”

• “Find a good list of some 25 bottles and 20 taps … There certainly seems to be a higher level of bar food available, though there’s enough generic filler remaining …”

4 thoughts on “Recap: Gazette ‘meh’ on Ritz, Indy likes Cleats

  • September 3, 2015 at 9:10 am
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    I’m going to have to try Cleat’s on Rockrimmon again soon, since it’s just a mile or so from my work. Do you have any idea if they’ve moved away from the pre-cooked burger patties they were using last year? Read Paul’s comments on my post to see what I’m talking about. http://thedivereview.com/adequate-pub-grub/

    • September 3, 2015 at 10:16 am
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      Hey Richard, thanks for commenting! I actually have no idea, though Paul told me the Rockrimmon location received a similar upgrade. Not sure if it extended to the kitchen, and there was definitely some generic frozen stuff at the Powers location. (Also, nice work on the Dive Review. I’ve found several tips there from my Indy days.)

  • September 3, 2015 at 1:21 pm
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    I have tried Cleats on Barnes and Tutt and I liked it. The food we tried was good for a bar. They have trivia on a couple of the TV’s and plenty of sports playing on the other screens. Bartender was excellent. I never had to wait long for a refill. They had a band playing that sounded really good (playing the oldies from my generation). If I get too loaded, it is a fairly short walk home. We need more bars in this area of town.

    • September 3, 2015 at 1:38 pm
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      Thanks for weighing-in, Mark.

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