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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/19 20:34:20 (permalink)
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It was seven. Six plain Castles and one cheese Castle.


I stand corrected!

Oh, for Pete's sake. Don't stand. Sit down and relax. It's Saturday. And when you relax, maybe you'll fall asleep. And then you can dream about White Castles.

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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/19 20:40:05 (permalink)
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It was seven. Six plain Castles and one cheese Castle.


I stand corrected!

Oh, for Pete's sake. Don't stand. Sit down and relax. It's Saturday. And when you relax, maybe you'll fall asleep. And then you can dream about White Castles.

No, that would be a White Castle nightmare.  Better to dream of Crabills!!!!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/19 20:53:49 (permalink)
I won't argue with that.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/19 22:52:40 (permalink)
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It was seven. Six plain Castles and one cheese Castle.


I stand corrected!

Oh, for Pete's sake. Don't stand. Sit down and relax. It's Saturday. And when you relax, maybe you'll fall asleep. And then you can dream about White Castles.

I wonder if they would be willing to open a Crabill's California?
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/19 22:59:05 (permalink)
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I won't argue with that.

 
That's a first!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/19 23:06:03 (permalink)
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I won't argue with that.


That's a first!

Well, you win some and you lose some.

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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 10:43:14 (permalink)
Michael Hoffman:  It was great meeting you too in Cincinnati.  I can always count on your posts to be clever and sometimes downright hilarious.  Remember when you wrote "culinarily curious Bangladeshi"?  I am still laughing at that one!  Hopefully we run into one another at a future Roadfood get together.
 
WanderingJew:  I am glad I got to finally meet a Roadfood legend.  Looking forward to reading your trip reports.  If you are ever in the Chicago area, please let me know.  I will score us Cubs or Sox tickets (I would prefer Sox).  Maybe I will see you in Providence over the summer.
 
BuffetBuster:  The root beer was completely flat by the time I got it home Sunday morning yet it still tasted wonderful.  However, I am kicking myself for not drinking it fresh on the spot in a frosted mug.  If it was good four days later, I can just imagine how it would taste fresh...  This does give me another reason to visit Indianapolis again this year   The first reason being St. Elmo Steak House (BuddyRoadhouse's description of the place made me add it to my must-visit list).
 
As for the lemon meringue pie at Nick's, it was not made at the restaurant.  When I inquired about that, the employee told me they get their pies from a local bakery.   
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 10:48:50 (permalink)
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I expect we will run into each other. And yes, I do remember the curious Bangladeshi. 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 12:03:43 (permalink)
Thursday April 10th:
 
I met up with ChiTownDiner at his hotel at 7:00 am on this day.  I was super excited since we had a full day of eating planned in Southwest Ohio guided by the Almighty Spreadsheet   We hit the highway heading toward downtown Cincinnati for our first breakfast stop of the day: Hathaway's Coffee Shop.
 

Cincy 13 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
Good morning Cincinnati!  We thought the heavy traffic was just the early morning rush of folks heading to work, but as we got closer we saw two badly damaged vehicles in the distance blocking all but one lane on the right.  This was a fresh crash because the authorities had not yet arrived.  Since we were in the left lane, you would think we would have trouble getting all the way over to the right to pass the accident scene. 
 
Oh no!  Not at all.  CTD, being the professional stunt driver that he is, quickly cut off a pair of drivers and we drove past the damaged vehicles.  As bad as the accident looked, we saw both drivers sitting in their cars waiting for the police to arrive.  I am assuming neither one was seriously injured.
 
When we finally made it into downtown, we realized that Hathaway's was located in one of the tall buildings. 
 

Cincy 14 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
Finding a parking spot was a nightware, so after about ten minutes of driving around looking for one CTD made the executive decision to skip Hathaway's and head North toward our second breakfast stop.  I agreed with this because we couldn't afford to waste time considering our full schedule. 
 
Our second breakfast stop was located in the nice town of Lebanon, Ohio.
 

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While driving here, CTD and I discussed what each one of us ate the previous day.  I really enjoyed hearing about his visit to Zaharakos.  I am sorry you lost a good portion of your photos from there.
 
The Breakfast Club is located on Main Street in Lebanon.
 

Cincy 16 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
I ordered the three cheese omelet.
 

Cincy 17 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
CTD went with the cinnamon raisin pancakes.
 

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When we were looking at the specials of the day, we noticed the seven spice homemade sausage, so we ordered a side of that as well. 
 

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What can I say about this meal?  Wow!  Just wow!  This was one of the best meals I had on the entire trip.  The omelet was cooked perfectly and was topped with fresh cheese.  Maybe the best one I've ever had the pleasure of eating.  CTD's pancakes also shined.  Fluffy the way I like my pancakes with a great taste.  They must have used a fine batter. 
 
Surprisingly, we agreed that the seven spice sausage was superior to the omelet and the pancakes.  I am so glad we found it in the specials section.  Now I knew this restaurant would be good if CTD put in on the spreadsheet, but I had no idea it would be this delicious. 
 
Overall, I am giving this place an A for the food, service (our waitress was great), and atmosphere (the place was crowded yet not noisy).  I would give it an A+ except two places later in the day were slightly better believe it or not. 
 
Much more to come.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 13:04:00 (permalink)
Lebanon is a beautiful little town. I used to go there fairly regularly for antiquing, staying at the wonderful Golden Lamb hotel, but I have too much stuff now, plus most of the really good shops have closed. We would generally have dinner at the Golden Lamb restaurant, but once a Skyline Chili opened there, we almost always went there.
 
ChiBears15

Thursday April 10th:
 


Our second breakfast stop was located in the nice town of Lebanon, Ohio.


Cincy 15 by dnowak15, on Flickr

While driving here, CTD and I discussed what each one of us ate the previous day.  I really enjoyed hearing about his visit to Zaharakos.  I am sorry you lost a good portion of your photos from there.

The Breakfast Club is located on Main Street in Lebanon.


Cincy 16 by dnowak15, on Flickr

I ordered the three cheese omelet.


Cincy 17 by dnowak15, on Flickr

CTD went with the cinnamon raisin pancakes.


Cincy 19 by dnowak15, on Flickr

When we were looking at the specials of the day, we noticed the seven spice homemade sausage, so we ordered a side of that as well. 


Cincy 18 by dnowak15, on Flickr

What can I say about this meal?  Wow!  Just wow!  This was one of the best meals I had on the entire trip.  The omelet was cooked perfectly and was topped with fresh cheese.  Maybe the best one I've ever had the pleasure of eating.  CTD's pancakes also shined.  Fluffy the way I like my pancakes with a great taste.  They must have used a fine batter. 

Surprisingly, we agreed that the seven spice sausage was superior to the omelet and the pancakes.  I am so glad we found it in the specials section.  Now I knew this restaurant would be good if CTD put in on the spreadsheet, but I had no idea it would be this delicious. 

Overall, I am giving this place an A for the food, service (our waitress was great), and atmosphere (the place was crowded yet not noisy).  I would give it an A+ except two places later in the day were slightly better believe it or not. 

Much more to come.


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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 13:23:58 (permalink)
You're right. That omelet is done perfectly -- not the slightest bit of color.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 13:27:51 (permalink)
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Long live the spreadsheet!!!
 
The Breakfast Club in Lebanon is a sister location of a restaurant the Sterns once reviewed in Dayton.  Cousin Johnny and I made it to the Dayton one only once and absolutely loved our breakfast, especially the excellent potato pancakes.  Unfortunately, they closed down a few years ago.
 
Good stuff Danny, keep it up! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 13:51:47 (permalink)
boy Danny, I wish we'd joined you for that breakfast. What kind of spices were in the seven-spice sausage?
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 14:04:48 (permalink)
I'm glad to hear The Breakfast Club is still doing well.  I last ate there a few years back and the food was excellent then, too.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 18:26:35 (permalink)
Now There's a question for the next late night RF trivia quiz...
 
How many Spices in the Breakfast Club's 7-Spice Sausage ?
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 19:06:57 (permalink)
Thank you CajunKing for initiating and planning this wonderful gathering!!!  I had a great time, as did my sister who happens to live in Blue Ash.  It was great seeing so many iconic roadfooder's and it was wonderful meeting up and coming ones!!!  I'm enjoying everyone's posts and I am a bit embarrassed by my lack of skills to post pictures.  The food was great . . . the people and conversations were even better!  I am looking forward to future gatherings!
 
I know there are many Graeter's fans but I actually liked the ice cream at Aglamesis Bros better.   But, I ordered different flavors at each place so it wasn't a very scientific comparison!  Pleasant Ridge was my favorite food stop.  I'm guessing I would have said Camp Washington had it been their original structure.  I'm all about ambiance!
 
Thank you to BuddyRoadhouse for the barbecue sauce.  Linda and I each received a different flavor so another taste comparison is in order.
 
And thank you PieDiva for starting us off on the right foot.  I'm a follower of dessert first!
 
And finally, thank you for the Chili Crawl Band bracelet.  A nice touch!
 
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 19:08:10 (permalink)
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Now There's a question for the next late night RF trivia quiz...
How many Spices in the Breakfast Club's 7-Spice Sausage ?


Bonus Points: Can you name all of them?
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 19:45:06 (permalink)
Thursday April 10th:
Danny and I headed out early as he indicated and the drive AFTER leaving downtown Cinci was opposite the flow of traffic, smooth and new territory for the both of us.
The Breakfast Club is at the north end of town right on Main Street and that's exactly the vibe conveyed.  Folks coming and going and everybody saying hi to each other.

This was a really good food stop and the cinnamon pancakes were smellable at 10 paces! 

The raisins were both in the batter as well as on top of the pancakes, and the cinnamon was intoxicating!  I had planned on finishing half of a short stack but ended up ordering a full stack...and between us, we finished 'em!
While I am not sure of the exact 7 herbs in the home-made sausage, sage was the dominant flavor and we were both hooked!  We were treated like family by a staff that was just so naturally friendly.  I am in at a solid B+ for the food, service, ambiance and friendly atmosphere!
After breakfast, out next stop was scheduled to open at 10:00am giving us about 20 minutes to kill.  Driving into town we noticed a train parked just a short walk to our next stop so we took the 2 block walk down Main Street. 

There was a 6 car train plus locomotive and caboose parked on two sides of a cross street.  Looks like they hook 'em up for tourist trips on special occasions.

Found this old gas station just across the street from the old terminal which is now home to the Garden Club!
Our next stop opened for the day at 10am and was the locally famous Golden Turtle Chocolate Factory...and yes, dark chocolate orange peel is my favorite!

 

Inside views...

Well, this is a small weakness in my armor and after $39 exchanged hands, we left with a small shopping bag of many chocolate treats...I am such a sucker for chocolate samples.  These candies lived up to reputation and score an A- for the fantastic flavor.  In the interest of science, I taste tested half a dozen varieties!
After The Golden Turtle, we walked back to the car via Main Street and had a chance to take a peek at our Sunday brunch location...

The Golden Lamb Inn.  We're just starting our day...
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 19:50:29 (permalink)
Davidsanders - We enjoyed Lebanon and while we only visited for a short while, we did drive and walk around and got a really good feel to the town!  Our brunch at the Golden Lamb comes up on Sunday!
post edited by ChiTownDiner - 2014/04/20 21:20:29
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 19:57:50 (permalink)
Ed, lleechef and Michael - I would love Schmidt's...those plates look fantastic!  I had a three sausage sampler last night with a veal brat, thuringer and a knockwurst! 
post edited by ChiTownDiner - 2014/04/20 21:15:06
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 21:34:52 (permalink)
ChiBears15 ...This does give me another reason to visit Indianapolis again this year   The first reason being St. Elmo Steak House (BuddyRoadhouse's description of the place made me add it to my must-visit list)
Wait 'til you read about our Indianapolis Breaded Pork Tenderloin stop on the way home from Cincinnati.  Then you'll have two reasons to go there.
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 22:38:51 (permalink)
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Ed, lleechef and Michael - I would love Schmidt's...those plates look fantastic!  I had a three sausage sampler last night with a veal brat, thuringer and a knockwurst! 

You have to come to Columbus for a Bahama Mama.  And the potato pancakes.....and the fresh applesauce.........and the ohm-pa-pa roving band.......and on and on! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/20 23:14:52 (permalink)
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Ed, lleechef and Michael - I would love Schmidt's...those plates look fantastic!  I had a three sausage sampler last night with a veal brat, thuringer and a knockwurst! 

 
CTD----it was an awesome way to start my visit. They scored with Schmidt's!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/21 08:21:27 (permalink)
Thursday April 10th cont.:
After returning to our car in Lebanon, we continued driving north to the town of Centerville and the 24 donut shop named Bill's.  As we were driving, we found many of our early stops and several more coming to be relatively in a straight line.  While there was some degree of planning in this, we also pictured Jane and Michael driving along this same route many years ago and discovering some of these gems in their unique, small towns!
As I live in Chicago, many times 24 hour establishments are a little rough around the edges.  Not so with Bill's Donut Shop.  They are situated in a well kept, smallish strip mall and the inside is much larger than expected with a large amount of seating and at least one large side room for additional seating.

There are several display cases all completely filled with beautiful donuts and many more choices on the back wall. 

We picked up a dozen and my favorite was the Sour Cream...it was great!  So many of us have no alternative but a Dunkin Donuts and they have really shrunk in size over the years.  This takes you back to a real sized donut and they all were bursting with the selected flavors.  Bill's comes in at a strong A-!  Next up...the Hamburger Wagon!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/21 09:06:37 (permalink)
My memory of the one and only visit to Bill's is being surprised how big it was and the young girls who waited on me being astonished I had never been there before.  Bill's is definitely a great stop!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/21 10:12:28 (permalink)
Thursday April 10th cont.:
Next up and after a short drive to Miamisburg, the Hamburger Wagon.

Set outdoors near a main intersection, folks line up early for their sacks of little burgers.  There is even a "holding" area for cars to temporarily park while the drivers get in line...everybody waits in line!

The menu is short and sweet...single or double, self serve out of the bottled water cooler or soda cooler and self serve potato chips...but we were here for the burgers...with "No stinkin cheese or sloppy sauces!"

It's a 2 man operation with the back fellow wok frying the burgers to a crazy crispness.  He is also the slicer guy for onions and continuously slices onions on the mandolin between burger flips.  The other fellow preps the buns with a criss cross of sliced dill pickle, raw onion rings and a heavy handed sprinkle of salt & pepper.

The buns are a really fluffy slider sized bun and here's a look at the double.  I got one of each and the double is really needed to balancer the bun and condiments as these are pretty small as evidence by the sacks people were leaving with.
The crispness provides a good chew and while not on my favorite burger list, the uniqueness of this type of operation nets a B.  Not many of these around! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/21 12:37:39 (permalink)
CTD-
It seems I am a bigger fan of Hamburger Wagon than you.  I love those sausagy little burgers!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/21 12:49:25 (permalink)
I am so enjoying this post. I love Hamburger Wagon' motto. Catchy.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/21 13:02:57 (permalink)
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CTD-
It seems I am a bigger fan of Hamburger Wagon than you.  I love those sausagy little burgers!

 
Mine were cooked all the way thru to crunch...like a potato chip.  It removed most of the sausagy flavor leaving just crisp behind!

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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/21 13:17:48 (permalink)
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That's too bad.  Mine weren't like that at all.
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