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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 14:39:59 (permalink)
A few of us initially went to Bonomini Bakery. I ordered a couple of small items which we all shared when we walked across the street to Queen City Cookies to join the rest of the crew.  I honestly don't remember what they were and I did not get any photos. They paled in comparison to the Schnecken at Queen City Cookies . The cranberry orange was my favorite.
 
By the time we got to Schneiders, I had physically "checked out" I couldn't keep up with the big boys (or "Big Boy") for that matter and didn't order anything. I think I had bitten into one opera cream and threw half of it out. Had I not, I think I would have had a Mr Creosote episode from Monty Python's the meaning of life...

  I was dropped off in downtown Cincinnati after Schneiders. I didn' t go fishing like the rest of the boys did.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 15:12:09 (permalink)
I cannot say that I have, BB, but a lot of folks who grew up in the Dayton/Bellvue KY area seem to love it
 
I dont think there is even a single other vendor offerring that item anywhere in greater Cincinnati.  There may be, but I dont know of one
 
WJ - but its waaafffffer thin
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 16:01:32 (permalink)
We'd separated from the group to go to Bonomini Bakery, since we hadn't made it there before Queen City Cookies. This meant that we did not realize that the itinerary had changed, so we followed ChiTownDiner's spreadsheet to Price Hill Chili. (We'd been Travelin-Manned once on a previous trip to Price Hill Chili, so we were glad this stop was on the itinerary.)
 
Price Hill Chili is interesting because it seems to have no front door. The side facing the street was so uninviting that we went around to the side facing the parking lot - but that side was almost as uninviting, with just a ramp leading to a small dark door.
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We were hitting our wall ourselves, so we just shared a coney. All I tasted was the cheese.
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post edited by Ralph Melton - 2014/04/29 16:02:59
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 16:03:18 (permalink)
Mr. Roadhouse - curtain call!  You're on...
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 16:31:01 (permalink)
Ralph Melton

We'd separated from the group to go to Bonomini Bakery, since we hadn't made it there before Queen City Cookies. This meant that we did not realize that the itinerary had changed, so we followed ChiTownDiner's spreadsheet to Price Hill Chili. (We'd been Travelin-Manned once on a previous trip to Price Hill Chili, so we were glad this stop was on the itinerary.)

Price Hill Chili is interesting because it seems to have no front door. The side facing the street was so uninviting that we went around to the side facing the parking lot - but that side was almost as uninviting, with just a ramp leading to a small dark door.
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We were hitting our wall ourselves, so we just shared a coney. All I tasted was the cheese.
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I have to say, my biggest disappointment was the coneys overall. At every place I had one, they seemed like a really cheap, Der Wienerschnitzel type dog, completely undistinguished, soft and tasteless. As Ralph mentioned, at some places we only tasted the cheese. I'm not sure that was such a bad thing. 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 19:05:59 (permalink)
Ed,
That's been my biggest gripe with the Coney Dog from the very first one I ever tried.  Doesn't matter if it was in Detroit, Cincinnati, or any other outlying parts, the dog in the Hot Dog has never been very impressive.
 
The best Coney I ever had was at a small 24-hour diner in suburban Detroit.  It was across the parking lot from my cheap motel, easy walking distance from my room when I got a late night hunger pang.  The main difference between theirs and all the others I've had: They griddled the dog, creating a nicely charred skin with a very appetizing snap.
 
I can't remember the name of the place, or it's exact location, but I do remember recommending it to wanderingjew for one of his trips.  With just the basic information (now long forgotten) of the suburb's name and (maybe) the main intersection, wj managed to locate the joint and check it out.
 
IIRC, it might not have been the best Coney on his trip, but I'm pretty sure he found it acceptable.  Perhaps Dale has better recall of the specifics.
 
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P.S. CTD--I appreciate the wind up, but don't wait for me to initiate a post on Alabama Fish Bar.  This crowd is much more appreciative of some good photos than they are of my long-winded dissertations.  Get started without me and I'll catch up when I've got a day off on Thursday.
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 19:14:04 (permalink)
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Ed,

The best Coney I ever had was at a small 24-hour diner in suburban Detroit.  It was across the parking lot from my cheap motel, easy walking distance from my room when I got a late night hunger pang.  The main difference between theirs and all the others I've had: They griddled the dog, creating a nicely charred skin with a very appetizing snap.

I can't remember the name of the place, or it's exact location, but I do remember recommending it to wanderingjew for one of his trips.  With just the basic information (now long forgotten) of the suburb's name and (maybe) the main intersection, wj managed to locate the joint and check it out.

IIRC, it might not have been the best Coney on his trip, but I'm pretty sure he found it acceptable.  Perhaps Dale has better recall of the specifics.





 
Yes I do, but you're going to have read through my coney smack down to find out
http://www.roadfood.com/F...08-finale-m438236.aspx
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/04/29 19:27:27
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 19:47:43 (permalink)
A visit to Schneider's....

...is like stepping back in time!  Here's the outside sign...
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 19:52:06 (permalink)
While I let the the rest of the crew go "hook, line and sinker"  I managed to get a good half a mile walk in to the ballpark.  Slowly I managed to get some of my appetite back and noticed a Graeters Ice Cream shop.....  I walked in and got the "less indulgent" (read lower sugar) mint chocolate chip ice cream...
 
IMG_4159 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Cream and decadent, I thought it was just as good as the original Since  I'm someone who needs to get used to "lower sugar" and low carb, I won't be the one to complain.
 
I arrived at Great American Ballpark. 
 
IMG_4163 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
This was my first visit since they originally opened in 2003. Which was also my first trip report. Back then, the ballpark appeared "unfinished" lots of construction surrounding the ballpark and not much else. What a difference 11 years has made. The area surrounding the ballpark is full of restaurants, clubs, etc. 
 
IMG_4168 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
I spent some time walking around the ballpark 
 
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IMG_4170 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
and taking in the atmosphere.
 
IMG_4171 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
and it appears Big Boy is following me wherever I go
 
I did get a Skyline coney before I sat down
 
IMG_4173 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
Unfortunately it was very bland. 
 
IMG_4174 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
I went to my seat, and  CNW, Mike S and  his granddaughter, Ava were already there... 
I had never met CNW before and it was quite the coincident finding out that CNW and Mike S both work for the same agency.
 
The Reds were hosting the Rays this evening...yes...another interleague game..
 
 
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It was quite the sleeper of a game, with the Rays scoring two early on... 
 
I did manage to get a photo or two of Mr Red
 
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and who I can only assume is Ms Red
 
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Somehow or another, the Reds bats woke up in the bottom of the 9th. They scored one run and with two outs and based loaded it looked like they were going to tie the game....No such luck.....The Reds lost 2-1 
 
After the game, Mike S took us to Camp Washington Chili.  Since I knew there would be lots of chili the following day, I opted for a couple of coneys..
 
IMG_4188 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
These coneys were and head and shoulders above the Skyline Coney at the ballpark. I can actually taste the flavor of the chili.....
 
I think I probably nodded off on the way back to our hotel...I was tired...
That's the way my day ended...
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/04/29 21:45:56
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 20:05:49 (permalink)
Friday, April 11th (continued):
After all the snacking we had been doing throughout the day, it was getting a little tight inside the transportation vehicle, so enroute to our next stop, the autodoor function engaged on a turn and Wandering Jew slipped out.
 
With a noticeably lighter load, we accelerated to our next stop, The Alabama Fish Bar.  As this was Buddy Roadhouse find, I am hoping when his schedule permits in mid-July or so, he'll chime in with some narrative.  We met up in the now empty parking lot of the Findlay Market.  They has closed at 6pm leaving an entire lot to us!  Buddy Roadhouse and ChiBears15 took the orders and headed down about a block to The Alabama Fish Bar.  I'll let them describe the ordering process as I remained back....resting! 
 

Buddy came equipped as all of the Contingent Trunk Dining parties paid off, and he had a buffet table set-up in seconds! 

Here's a look at our fish selections as well as some sauted onions and peppers. This was some delicious fried fish. 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 20:14:05 (permalink)
OMG I love that Buddy Roadhouse had a table!!!  Oh the stories it could tell . . . it clearly has quite a few miles on it!!!  So sorry I missed the pregame action on Friday.  Looks like fun!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 20:18:53 (permalink)
And not just any table...this one has 4 PVC leg extenders which meant we did not have to bend over the extra 6 inches and exert ourselves.  It also allowed Buddy to do a pretty nifty flip up of the table with the leg extenders, and yes, we should have had a video! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 22:08:32 (permalink)
The idea of making a stop at Alabama Fish Bar appealed to me for two reasons.  First, having some seafood, even if it was fried was a nice change of pace from all of the other food we were eating on this trip.  Secondly, I have learned over the years that if Buddy Roadhouse recommends a place, it is going to be really good.  And Alabama Fish Bar was the sleeper pick of the weekend.
 
It was very nice of Buddy and ChiBears15 to volunteer to bring back the food for all of us and having the table gave the feast a picnic-like feel.  This was fun!  The three available fish were cod, whiting and perch and I certainly can't tell which is which by sight. 


But, they all had thin golden coat, with a wonderful clean flavor with minimum grease.  These would rank right up there with the very best fried fish we have in Pittsburgh, which isn't an easy thing for me to admit.  There were a nice peppers and onions mixture,

plus tartar sauce, but this fish needed absolutely nothing.
 
While he had his trunk open, Buddy generously handed out bottles of his excellent sauce

to everyone present, which was greatly appreciated.
 
 
Alabama Fish Bar is a place that fully deserves to have their own review on Roadfood.
post edited by buffetbuster - 2014/04/29 22:33:34
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 22:23:54 (permalink)
Just looking at the numbers, this thread may well end up being the biggest trip report in Roadfood history.   I am really enjoying the collaborative effort by everybody! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 22:25:20 (permalink)
MAN O' Man that was some of THE BEST fish....as a beef lover...this was the best fish I'd had in forever.  The onions and peppers while unusual were OUTSTANDING on the fish.  Of course our picnic atmosphere in a closed parking area of a questionable part of town may have enhanced the flavors...or it could've been the company.  Only thing missing were some adult beverages with salted rims.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 22:36:45 (permalink)
Big_g, glad you enjoyed Alabama Fish Bar.  As I've said before, the amount of danger you find yourself in when dining "ala trunk" is directly proportionate to the deliciousness of the food.  In other words, a meal always tastes better when you think it might be your last.
 
Stick with me and I'll take you to the worst parts of town and the best grub to be found there.
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 07:08:03 (permalink)
Buddy - I am still in awe with the table extenders and the flip trick!  Perhaps we'll see it again this weekend!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 11:54:38 (permalink)
Now I am really sorry we didn't get to Alabama Fish Bar........after reading that it ranks up there with places in Pittsburgh!  Well, I'll get my "fix" next week as we head to the Burgh for three days. 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 12:47:01 (permalink)
Well show me the way to the Alabama Fish Bar
Oh don't ask why, oh don't ask why
 
Show me the way 
To the Alabama Fish Bar 
Oh, don't ask why 
Oh, don't ask why 

For if we don't find 
The Alabama Fish Bar 
I tell you we must die 
I tell you we must die 
I tell you, I tell you 
I tell you we must die 

Oh, moon of Alabama 
We now must say goodbye 
We need fried perch and whiting 
And must have fish, oh, you know why 
 
With apologies to Kurt Weill and Jim Morrison......Lleechef, I wish we had gone too. Next time!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 13:21:05 (permalink)
You don't know how close the line "...we must die" actually comes! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 13:52:02 (permalink)
No danger, no deliciousness.
 
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P.S. CTD, are you heading up to Sheboygan?  If you'll be there, I'll bring the table, even if we don't need it.  I'll entertain you in the parking lot in between stops.
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 13:53:53 (permalink)
Right now..pretty good shot I'll make the first 3-5 stops...just printed out all the relevant info...I see you won this battle of the spreadsheets...11am...humph, I've usually had 5-10 stops in by then! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 13:58:13 (permalink)
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The onions and peppers while unusual were OUTSTANDING on the fish

It is somewhat common for peppers and onions to be served with fried fish around Cincinnati.  You wont always see it, but fairly often.
 
Did it seem unusual that they were available at all, or were they cooked/seasoned in a manner that seemed unusual?
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 14:59:16 (permalink)
I'll let Big_g answer for himself, but as far as I've experienced, this is a local Cincinnati practice.  I've never seen sauteed peppers and onions served with fried fish anywhere else.
 
TJ, your phrasing above leads me to believe that Alabama Fish Bar is just one of several fried fish outlets in your town.  Are there others worth investigating on future trips or have we been to the best, never mind the rest?
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 15:21:44 (permalink)
BR, I am not big into fried fish so I'm the wrong person to answer which is best.  Hopefully one of the other Cincy-area readers will chime in on this.  My comments above were more about me trying to find out what made this seem peculiar to big_g
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 15:57:51 (permalink)
TO me...it was just that it was served with the sauted onions and peppers.  They did not have any distinctive seasonings or spices. 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 16:18:20 (permalink)
Just another quirky Cincy thing.......... like their "chili".
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 16:41:04 (permalink)
our chili is served without quote marks
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 17:15:03 (permalink)
TJ Jackson

Big_g
The onions and peppers while unusual were OUTSTANDING on the fish

It is somewhat common for peppers and onions to be served with fried fish around Cincinnati.  You wont always see it, but fairly often.

Did it seem unusual that they were available at all, or were they cooked/seasoned in a manner that seemed unusual?

TJ  the first time this Texas boy had seen a semi fajita spread set out with fish...and I liked it BIG TIME!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 17:39:28 (permalink)
TJ Jackson

our chili is served without quote marks

It's served without chili, too.

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