Peking Gourmet Closes; What's a Vegetarian Chinese Food Addict To Do?


1 comment
It’s unfair. Evil, even. The moment I discover an amazing new Cleveland spot, I’m belatedly, casually, told that – oh by the way -- we’re closing in two months. The torture! Such is the case with Peking Gourmet, an addictive, amazing Chinese restaurant located in the basement of a Cedar Road strip mall, across from Whole Foods in South Euclid. Developers are planning on tearing the entire strip mall down in two months, and the shop's owners can’t afford the new rent. This is one hurts -- especially for non-meat eaters like me. Whereas most Chinese menus have only four or five vegetarian options, Peking Gourmet has an entire six-page menu dedicated solely to vegetarians. They even give it a nice name: “Zen vegetarian cuisine.” (A separate menu is available for carnivores). Their hot and sour soup is tangy with meaty bites of tofu and spongy shitake mushrooms, their Zen “chicken” is crunchy and doused in a sweet, tangy orange peel sauce. Their vegan dark chocolate cheesecake is creamy and cold and chocolate-y and tastes like it has about, oh 5000, calories – though it actuality it contains only 180. My heart aches at this imminent loss. -- Rebecca Meiser


We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Cleveland Scene. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Cleveland Scene, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Support Local Journalism.
Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club

Local journalism is information. Information is power. And we believe everyone deserves access to accurate independent coverage of their community and state. Our readers helped us continue this coverage in 2020, and we are so grateful for the support.

Help us keep this coverage going in 2021. Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing membership pledge, your support goes to local-based reporting from our small but mighty team.

Join the Cleveland Scene Press Club for as little as $5 a month.