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Bridget McGinty




Tastebuds is Closed Permanently

When I find the words to properly express how terrible this is, how horrible I feel and how much I will miss everyone that made Tastebuds so unique and special, I will let you know. Until then, thank you for giving me the opportunity to cook, serve and employ the amazing people of Cleveland for nearly two decades. I have been so blessed with the most loving customers, loyal employees and supportive family, friends, food and equipment vendors and servicers. It has been a dream come true and while Tastebuds will no longer be a restaurant, I am confident some part of it will live on, I just have to figure out how.

Thanks for The Memories!

Bridget K. McGinty

Welcome to Tastebuds

If it takes a village to raise a child, it takes a family, friends, neighborhood businesses, mentors, the community, city officials, and great media coverage to build a restaurant. This has been our experience at Tastebuds, an independently owned, family operated lunch restaurant bordering Chinatown, downtown, and in close proximity to Cuyahoga Community College and Cleveland State University. Tastebuds opened in May of 2001 and serves fresh flavorful food that’s healthy and reasonably priced.

Lunches are prepared from hand selected fruits and vegetables, ensuring the highest quality. We understand that time and money are tight during the lunch hour for most of our clientele so we run a modern cafeteria style of service. Step up to the counter and choose from a wide variety of gourmet salads and sandwiches or choose from the daily offerings of homemade soups, hot entree specials, and pizza served by the slice. Treat yourself to fresh seasonal fruit, yogurt, or soft baked jumbo cookies for dessert. Whether you’re vegetarian, dieting, or craving made from scratch comfort foods, there is something for everyone at Tastebuds.

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Happy Customers

From Yelp

I stopped by for lunch today and was pleasantly surprised. I got the Wednesday meatloaf special and it was amazing. The meatloaf was juicy and seasoned well and the garlic mashed potatoes it came with were also excellent. The waiting line went super fast and there was plenty of seating even during the busy lunch time. The building had a nice atmosphere with bright colors and paintings. Also parking and clean bathrooms are a plus.
Erika W.
I love this place, quick and easy with no fuss, the food is fantastic, my favorite is the Greek chicken pasta with pine nuts and feta, to die for! LOVE the hot chicken sandwich, it is truly wonderful with the homemade mayo spread that comes with it. EVERYONE is so nice and treat you great when you go in!
Vickie Z.
Anyways, the food was fresh; the portion was generous; and I was pleasantly impressed. The interior is spacious and there were plenty of seats, despite a bustling lunch crowd of people dining in or placing/picking up pre-ordered take away orders. It's quite a cheery atmosphere, with brightly coloured walls adorned with local art.
Ben S.
Love this place! Definitely Cleveland's best kept secret. You wouldn't even know this wonderful restaurant was there by the looks of the outside of the building. My boyfriend was the one who got me hooked to this place. I have gotten the lemon pepper chicken and the salmon and both are to die for. I have honestly never had anything bad at this restaurant. The girls who work there are charming, as well!
Emily C.
I admit it...I have a bit of a love affair with the Greek pasta. I'm there 1-2 times a week to get it. The pine nuts, the olives, the feta...I love it all. It's a little pricey for lunch at $10 but I'm stuffed after eating it if I'm able to finish it at all. It's a cute place and the line always moves quickly. There's a parking lot next door or a number of people choose to park on the street. They also have their space available for rent for private parties!
Megan T.
I go on a quest to find good lunch most Fridays. Tracked down this place without too much trouble, its in a big nondescript brick building on E.30th right before St. Clair. Look for the signs in the window and on the door. I'd heard about the rush so I came a bit before lunchtime and there was no line. The staff is super friendly and courteous, answered all my questions with a smile! I ordered the Greek pasta salad with Feta, pine nuts and grilled chicken. Really, really good, the chicken was moist and the feta added a nice bite to the veggies, and the pine nuts a delicious nutty crunch! Looking forward to checking out the rest of the menu (pizza, hot sandwiches, salads, etc.) Will definitely be coming back!
Oscar L.
Hidden gem! Too bad they are only open for lunch on weekdays only. Their signature Greek pasta is divine and grilled Portobello sandwich is great for veggie lovers. Plus the atmosphere is colorful especially for those gloomy fall and winter days. It's cafeteris style so it's super quick. So if you can steal some time away from work ot wherever, check this out!
Diana L.
Excellent food!! Super clean and best of all fast and efficient service. I stop here for lunch when I can and its always great. I like the portobello mushroom sandwich the best with a side salad . Plenty filling and healthier than anything I eat. Definitely try it if you haven't.
Mike B.
When I say EVERYTHING here is GOOD, I mean it. The atmosphere, the service and especially the food. While I am a creature of habit and usually just go with the broiled salmon and herb green beans, I've bought everything else for the other half to try. We have yet to be disappointed. The almond crusted tilapia is a must try.
Audra H.
I used to work around the corner from this restaurant. I went there so much I became friends with all the girls that worked there. When I was pregnant I ate their baked sweet potato at least twice a week. Seriously amazing! If you want a tasty, healthy and inexpensive lunch, this is the spot. I miss their lemon chicken and their salmon. I have yet to have better salmon anywhere. I really need to get out there again. I think I'm going through withdrawals. Their salads and wraps are amazing too. Their menu isn't huge but I love that. They are good at what they do. I recommend this place to everyone!!!! Place an order for pick up for work or pop in before noon to miss the long line. I always went at 11:30am and it was perfect! Definitely check this place out! It's not to be missed!
Jessica O.

There is something for everyone at Tastebuds

whether you're vegetarian, dieting, or craving made from scratch comfort foods

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