I have to say for as many times as I have been to Eton I have never set foot in Paladar, had zero idea of what was going on inside! A few friends were in town for the holidays and selected it for its central location, and what a great pick. The night was bone-chilling, but we warmed up nicely with a wide array of beverages (oddly none of us had rum!), and started off with a fantastic (traditional) guacamole and queso findido made without meat. Loved the basket of chips that came with the appetizers, not just your standard basket of nacho chips, but they kick it up a notch with taro and plantain chips. Our server was beyond fantastic. She was super attentive without being pushy, and was quick to identify any special dietary needs. She was also very helpful in pointing out what dishes could be made and taste good minus the meat for the veggie in the group. I do believe her name was Alethea and I'd go back to Paladar for her service alone. She either really loves her job and people, or she deserves an Academy Award! We ran the gamut on entrees and every plate was thoroughly cleaned. My tiny tuna tacos were really a delight, great flavor, and uniquely served on taro shells rather than the standard corn or flour shells. After the plates were cleared and we were contemplating dessert, a plate of churros show up with chocolate and marshmallow sauce on the side. I think Alethea wanted to sweeten us up because I didn't not eat my side of cauliflower that I ordered. Honestly, it looked charred to death, and was not particularly tasty (chili spiced was advertised on the menu). The churros were loaded with cinnamon which pleased three out of four of us at the table, and Alethea must have heard the comments as we were digging into the churros and out of no where comes a bowl of mango sorbet. If this is how the restaurant runs and trains its staff, then well done! If it was our waitress making calls on her own, and wowing her guests on her own, double well done! The room was a little loud, but not horrible, we could talk among ourselves without issue, and lighting was also dimmed for the evening, but still light enough to see what we were doing. I'm looking forward to another trip back soon. If you are holed up in a nearby hotel, worth the trip down Chagrin for a meal at Paladar.
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