When we first set foot in Cloud Red yesterday, I quickly took in the home-like atmosphere that permeated this restaurant. The wooden seats, low lighting and brick plastered against the walls gives such a cozy feel, and families to a group of adults reliving their college glory days (an extremely loud group) were taking in Cloud Red on this Friday evening. That said, I did not care for the televisions that now were inside the restaurant, and it seemed a little out of place, as this place doesn't exactly scream sports bar. I honestly cannot remember if these televisions were there the last time I went, but it was not aesthetically pleasing to me this time around. I did like how this restaurant's environment does not lend itself to any particular age group or demographic, but instead is a place where everyone can enjoy, especially vegetarians and vegans, leading to what we ate.
We opted for wine on this night, and to my dismay, there was no moscato available. I chose a sauvignon blanc while Corin decided to get a red wine. We also found out that patrons can grab their own water vases and mason jars. While I did complain about the lack of service the last time I came here, I think I preferred not having a host or waitress/waiter and instead, self-service. We ordered our drinks and food all at the bar, and even paid for it at that moment. As such, we did not have to feel rushed as we ate or continued talking a little after our meal was over. This kind of unique payment method is fine when it is not super crowded, but could be a major issue and pain point for those who want instant service once they walk into a restaurant.
Overall, Cloud Red did good on its food, environment and even service this time. Our food came out quick, was still hot and fresh and the whole seat yourself and order at the bar was not that annoying. Maybe I practiced some patience or maybe my perspective on this restaurant changed as I ate with Corin and discussed this restaurant's oddities. Nonetheless, this Shorewood staple has existed since 2016, and it will be a staple in this town for a very long time.