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