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Best Immigrant Restaurants in Wooster

The 4 best immigrant-run restaurants in Wooster

Emily Morgan of The Daily Record is reporting this week that an “impromptu gathering” is being planned to take place on Friday, July 12th on the square downtown. Here’s the link to her article

If, like Emily, you don’t know what impromptu means but you would like to use it in a sentence, here is the definition .  And if you’re not as gullible as she is, then this post is for you.  

Apparently her article is meant to publicize the scheduled meeting where innocent passersby will be scolded about people from Central and South America being detained for illegally crossing our border, or something.  We’re already thoroughly sick of it, and it’s only Tuesday.  

This site is about local fun, not politics, so here’s the fun and local part.  Below is a list of our four favorite Wooster restaurants that are run by immigrants.  Treat yourself by going to one of these places on Friday night and avoid the calculated, scheduled, and rehearsed political event that they’re planning downtown.  

The list is definitive and 100% accurate, as ever, but we love to hear your thoughts. Please use the comment section below to tell us what you think.  And don’t hold back.  

#4 Osaka Asian Restaurant

The folks who run this place in the Wayne Town Plaza originate from somewhere in the far east.  We’re not sure from where exactly because when we called to ask they couldn’t understand us and we gave up.  They do a great hibachi grill dinner service and it’s always a fun experience.  Both “Osaka” and “hibachi” are Japanese terms but we don’t think they want to be known for just one style of Asian cuisine.  We always order Lo mein, which is Chinese for “really great noodles,” Emily.  Look it  up.  330-601-1113

#3 El Campesino

These people originate from Mexico, we think. We can’t be sure because they’ve been in Wooster so long that we can’t imagine the dining scene here without them. We always order an entree called “Mexican Tacos” here because it sounded comically redundant the first time we saw it on the menu and it turned out to be more than twice as good as their standard tacos.  330-345-6263

#2 El Tapatio

We don’t go here as often as we should, because we’re in the El Camp’s camp.  But we have been here and it’s good.  It’s just laid out differently than the other Mexican place and so is the menu.  This forces you to hunt for a little while to find the number to order essentially the same thing you always order at El Campesino, so they quickly replenish your nachos and salsa while you read, which is nice.  330-601-1100

#1 Coccia House

The founders of this pizza institution came to Wooster many years ago, from parts unknown.  We don’t feel right calling to ask them for exact details because yesterday a bunch of loons over-reacted to us omitting Coccia House from our list of best pizza places in Wooster, and they poured out so much invective on the internet about the matter that we didn’t know how we could begin to explain it all to them.

Anyway, wherever these people came from they assimilated quickly into our local culture, learned to speak our language and have become respected members of our community. You can’t even tell if they speak with an accent or not.  Through it all, though, they’ve managed to maintain some of their native customs and they can be both off-putting and endearing at the same time.  Mostly endearing.

These are the little touches they add to the experience which over time have come to define the Coccia House experience, not just to amplify it. 

Things like telling people that their pizza will be ready in 40 minutes and bringing it out after 90 minutes have elapsed.  And telling tall tales about second-rate 1980s era entertainers who special-order Coccia House pizzas sent to them all around the globe.  All the time.  

This is a fun place. You should go, but you don’t have to go there hungry.  You will definitely be hungry by the time your pizza arrives. 330-262-7136

15 Responses

  1. When the Osaka chef starts tossing shrimp, I usually catch it on the first try. My wife has trouble with the trajectory since she is blind in her right eye, God bless her, but she tries. The chef usually goes through 3 shrimp and two zucchini before she catches one.

    1. Thanks for the response, Quatto. Not sure what you mean by “grade A butthurt” but I’ll assume you enjoyed the article. Thank you for reading it.

  2. Your bigotry regarding people who are seeking asylum in the United States is outstanding: It clearly distinguishes you. Why such vitriol? You have nothing to fear and much to give to those who are in need. Please consider Christian charity rather than ridicule.

    1. Hi Nancy. Your comment convinces us that you’ve read some things in our posts that aren’t actually there and you’ve reached some truly unwarranted conclusions from them. We ridicule reporters when they’re being silly (which is often) and when they are allowing themselves to be used for political purposes (which is almost all the time). If you find someone on our site ridiculing immigrants, though, be sure to copy the link and let us know right away. Thank you for reading. We appreciate it.

  3. What is the point of this article? And your comments about the origins of the individuals associated with each restaurant is both ignorant and inaccurate and based on assumptions regarding their backgrounds mostly founded on their looks or use of language. This is far from fun.

    1. We refer to the style of humor you are reading here as “satire”. It is our favorite kind. Thank you for reading, and for your comment. We know everyone who reads us is busy, and we appreciate the time you give us.

  4. Actually if you read the menu at Coccia’s you would know exactly where they come from and when they came here.

    1. What’s it say? I myself was raised in Pennsylvania and migrated to Ohio many years ago. It was hard, but with hard work and perseverance I was able to get to Wooster and I’m very glad for it. This is a nice town and I’m happy to help show it off to visitors.

      1. You are the ones who said you couldn’t figure it out. Just telling you to read the menu and all your questions will be answered.

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15 Responses

  1. When the Osaka chef starts tossing shrimp, I usually catch it on the first try. My wife has trouble with the trajectory since she is blind in her right eye, God bless her, but she tries. The chef usually goes through 3 shrimp and two zucchini before she catches one.

    1. Thanks for the response, Quatto. Not sure what you mean by “grade A butthurt” but I’ll assume you enjoyed the article. Thank you for reading it.

  2. Your bigotry regarding people who are seeking asylum in the United States is outstanding: It clearly distinguishes you. Why such vitriol? You have nothing to fear and much to give to those who are in need. Please consider Christian charity rather than ridicule.

    1. Hi Nancy. Your comment convinces us that you’ve read some things in our posts that aren’t actually there and you’ve reached some truly unwarranted conclusions from them. We ridicule reporters when they’re being silly (which is often) and when they are allowing themselves to be used for political purposes (which is almost all the time). If you find someone on our site ridiculing immigrants, though, be sure to copy the link and let us know right away. Thank you for reading. We appreciate it.

  3. What is the point of this article? And your comments about the origins of the individuals associated with each restaurant is both ignorant and inaccurate and based on assumptions regarding their backgrounds mostly founded on their looks or use of language. This is far from fun.

    1. We refer to the style of humor you are reading here as “satire”. It is our favorite kind. Thank you for reading, and for your comment. We know everyone who reads us is busy, and we appreciate the time you give us.

  4. Actually if you read the menu at Coccia’s you would know exactly where they come from and when they came here.

    1. What’s it say? I myself was raised in Pennsylvania and migrated to Ohio many years ago. It was hard, but with hard work and perseverance I was able to get to Wooster and I’m very glad for it. This is a nice town and I’m happy to help show it off to visitors.

      1. You are the ones who said you couldn’t figure it out. Just telling you to read the menu and all your questions will be answered.

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