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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 18:43:51 (permalink)
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You don't know how close the line "...we must die" actually comes! 

never that close....I had two friends in my back pockets ....as a just incase.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 19:26:43 (permalink)
Thanks for covering our backs!  I thought it felt serene!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 19:46:29 (permalink)
Ok, enough Jibber-jabbing. Who is taking the lead for chili day?
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 20:14:27 (permalink)
We got one more stop to make, a little early morning pie...and then it's...coffee time!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 21:32:11 (permalink)
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TJ Jackson

our chili is served without quote marks

It's served without chili, too.


LOL!    This line made my night.  So simple yet so powerful.  Haha
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 23:02:05 (permalink)
Hey Danny, I get myself in trouble. You don't have to help.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 23:28:36 (permalink)
Friday, April 11th (continued):
 
Here are some more photos from Queen City Cookies, Schneider's, and the Alabama Fish Bar.
 

Cincy 56 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
It looks like Queen City delivers their schnecken in this nicely decorated truck.
 

Cincy 57 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
Lime sorbet ice cream from Schneider's Sweet Shop.  This was good stuff.
 

Cincy 58 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
Opera Creams from Schneider's.  Cliff bought this entire box to take home. 
 

Cincy 59 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
I think we all enjoyed our meal from the Alabama Fish Bar.  The food was good, but the actual eating experience was amazing.  A big thanks to Jeff (BuddyRoadhouse) for finding this hidden gem of a restaurant and paying for most of the meal.  
 

Cincy 60 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
The Roadfood crew walking to our "dining area."  I will be honest.  I would be nervous going to this restaurant by myself considering its location in a rough part of Cincinnati (Over-The-Rhine neighborhood).  I am glad Jeff, Susan, Ralph, Laurie, and Gary were there with me. 
 

Cincy 61 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 

Cincy 62 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
As you can see, we held our own picnic in a parking lot   The food by itself at the Alabama Fish Bar gets a B+ grade, but if you include the the dining area and the company then you have yourself an A.  One other thing.  The ordering process here is also a sight to witness.  Seeing how the inside of the eatery is very small, the ordering area is crowded and loud.  You place your order on the left side and you pick it up on the right where you ask for various condiments.  Without Jeff helping me, I might have had trouble
 
From here, we traveled to Sharonville to The Root Beer Stand.
 

Cincy 63 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 

Cincy 64 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
I only had two glasses of root beer here because I was preserving my appetite for our Graeter's visit.  I know others ordered food so please post your pics.  The root beer was good; however, both Gary (Big_G) and I agreed that it was a bit on the flat side.  B grade for The Root Beer Stand. 
 
Our last stop for the night was Graeter's Ice Cream. 
 

Cincy 65 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
 
Cincy 66 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
I ordered a few scoops of the black raspberry chip since this was one of their most popular flavors.  Ladies and gentlemen, THIS is legit ice cream.  The servers here were friendly and the place was spotless.  A grade of an A- for Graeter's.  This was a memorable day for me. 
 
Much more to come...  Chili Crawl time!
 
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/01 03:27:17 (permalink)
Danny, now I'm upset I didn't try that black raspberry chip too. It looks delish!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/01 07:34:31 (permalink)
Back for my second time in 3 days to the Root Beer Stand, I went with the traditional Cincinnati...

...coney, with the works!  With a heavy emphasis on cheese - is that really a bad thing? - I, like others do feel the dog is relegated to a bit part roll in the entire production.  It did hit the spot and along with a glass of not bad root beer, this place provides quite a people watching opportunity as it's counter seating only and the steady stream of patrons makes for 2-3 deep crowd at times.  Many lively conversations ensued with the folks at the counter and standing directly behind...very fun!
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/01 10:11:02 (permalink)
ChiBears15

 

Has Ralph spotted a business opportunity?
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/01 10:31:05 (permalink)
Frankly, the Root Beer Stand was not good.  The root beer was flat and the pork bbq sandwich,

with the soft meat and too sweet sauce, was something you would expect to be served in a high school cafeteria.
 
Still, this is a very attractive restaurant. 

And the service here,

from the teenage staff has always been excellent.
 
I really like this photo,

which shows ChiTownDiner on full alert.  You know how the Sterns have written about Roadfood Radar?  CTD has something called ESP (Extra Schnecken Perception), which allows him to sense when there is a bakery, candy store or some other Roadfood type restaurant near by.  As you can see in the photo, CTD has just picked up on the vibes of a Graeter's Ice Cream a mere ten minute drive away!  Meanwhile, in the background, Johnny just keeps on eating!
 
Since pints are so readily available back home now, you would think that a visit to Graeter's would be less special.  But, with ice cream this good, it is always a real treat.  Here is my cup

with a scoop of black raspberry chip and a scoop of toffee chip, covered with hot fudge.
 
After this, we thankfully called it a day.     
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/01 10:35:44 (permalink)
ChiBears15, thanks for posting the interior shot of the box of opera creams candy.  Somehow, I failed to get that picture.  All of your photos are really good!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/01 10:54:27 (permalink)
Note the back-up boxes of food in the trunk - just in case we run out!  At one point, there were 7 boxes of candy, cookies, donuts, you name it except schnecken...those disappeared! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/01 10:59:11 (permalink)
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That is indeed a classic photo of you!!!  I'm impressed with your ESP abilities!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/01 13:42:20 (permalink)
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It's served without chili, too.

nah, chili is by definition served when one orders chili
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/01 13:58:35 (permalink)
I'm glad that the evening festivities carried on in my absence. I was under the impression that since I wasn't there, everyone would just schlep  around in a foggy haze,  bewildered and confused wondering how they would carry on without me.
 
Great photos, especially you, Danny.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/01 14:49:09 (permalink)
Nark, Nark, Nark, Dale Glad they were able to suck it up and carry on...
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/05 08:47:23 (permalink)
So who is going to step up and get us rolling on the chili tour?
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/05 09:12:44 (permalink)
Cajun King has been out of touch so I will begin it tonight! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/05 09:39:08 (permalink)
Excellent!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/05 14:26:19 (permalink)
Saturday, April 11 - The Chili Crawl
Up early and ready to roll, we thought we could squeeze a quick stop in before the Chili Crawl started.  Wandering Jew, ChiBears15 and myself headed out to Servatti's Pastry Shop and Deli, approximately 10 minutes from our hotel. 

Here's a look at the half dozen we grabbed and after tasting them all, they were a solid choice.
 
After this quick run, we were back to the hotel lobby where our group was starting to assemble.  It was pretty cool to see over 20 Roadfooders converging on a single location but our excitement was temporarily slowed as we found both buffetbuster and Cousin Johnny were under the weather.  Fortunately, they were able to re-group and join us in Northern Kentucky! 
 
As Jim, Bobbie and Martin arrived, I spied pie out of the corner of my eye.  Bobbie had made a delicious Sour Cream Pie complete with home made marshmallows.  We feasted on pie and pastry before beginning our very serious task! 
 
Dale and Danny, hoping you guys have photos of the inside/outside Servatti's, Bobbie's pies and the coffee stop. Mine were all lost. 
 
Get ready...here we go...for chili! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/05 14:44:13 (permalink)
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Saturday, April 11 - The Chili Crawl
Up early and ready to roll, we thought we could squeeze a quick stop in before the Chili Crawl started.  Wandering Jew, ChiBears15 and myself headed out to Servatti's Pastry Shop and Deli, approximately 10 minutes from our hotel. 

Here's a look at the half dozen we grabbed and after tasting them all, they were a solid choice.

After this quick run, we were back to the hotel lobby where our group was starting to assemble.  It was pretty cool to see over 20 Roadfooders converging on a single location but our excitement was temporarily slowed as we found both buffetbuster and Cousin Johnny were under the weather.  Fortunately, they were able to re-group and join us in Northern Kentucky! 

As Jim, Bobbie and Martin arrived, I spied pie out of the corner of my eye.  Bobbie had made a delicious Sour Cream Pie complete with home made marshmallows.  We feasted on pie and pastry before beginning our very serious task! 

Dale and Danny, hoping you guys have photos of the inside/outside Servatti's, Bobbie's pies and the coffee stop. Mine were all lost. 

Get ready...here we go...for chili! 

 
Wait till I get home- I work, you know! 

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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/05 14:50:48 (permalink)
Which is why I sacrificed my 7.5 minutes break just so it would be started by the time you got home! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/05 14:54:57 (permalink)
And I thank you for that!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/05 19:24:09 (permalink)
Back at the hotel as we were digging into those pastries from Servatti's  and socializing with some of the folks who had come into town after the festivities on friday, we had an extra special treat when Pie Dive arrived with as couple of home made freshly baked pies.
 
I did manage to snap a photo of one- I  believe this was raspberry sour cream? please correct me if I'm wrong..
 
IMG_4191 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
I don't remember what the other pie was as I didn't get a photo of it..
 
Just one block away from our first chili stop, was The  Coffee Exhange
for a respectable cuppa joe. Although I thought the coffee emporium was better, it certainly did the trick. Unfortunately, no photos.... 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/05 20:17:05 (permalink)
Pie Diva did indeed show up with spectacular pies!  I dropped the ball because it was supposed to be a "pie throwdown" and I showed up empty-handed.  Well, I showed up with MH and EdSails.  After hitting many RF places on Friday we got home very late.....too late to bake. 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/05 21:58:59 (permalink)
"Well, I showed up with MH and EdSails."
 
That's more than a handfull!!!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/05 23:40:42 (permalink)
ChiTownDiner

"Well, I showed up with MH and EdSails."

That's more than a handfull!!!


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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/06 00:07:16 (permalink)
lleechef
Pie Diva did indeed show up with spectacular pies!  I dropped the ball because it was supposed to be a "pie throwdown" and I showed up empty-handed.  Well, I showed up with MH and EdSails.  After hitting many RF places on Friday we got home very late.....too late to bake. 

Well, that IS enough to make you Pie-Eyed!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/05/06 07:12:31 (permalink)
Saturday, April 11 (Continued):
 
After a little pastry, pie and coffee, it was time for the main event. 

First up, Pleasant Ridge Chili.

A small unassuming place, Pleasant Ridge has stood the test of time!  (Sorry about the thumb)

Most chili parlors have some extensive hours, these are certainly more bank-like!

Inside, there's a cozy feel to the place made more so by our group of 21!  We did fill it up!

As it was breakfast time, we started with some goetta!  Not as good as Eckerlin's, but still a local treat!

A couple of coney's....

A two-way, just spaghetti and chili with no beans.

And my favorite, a double decker, ham & swiss on the bottom and bacon and tomato on the top floor.  This was served as requested on white toast and I thought this to be one of the best sandwiches of the trip. 
 
Cajun King had us nicely paced out and next up was a trip to the super market....but not just any super market - World Famous Jungle Jim's is up next. 
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