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mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/24 21:31:25
Michael,
For the same reason they can call a piece pf Beef "Choice" or "Prime" or whatever..."Angus" or "Kobe" no matter if it meets the legal qualifications for the descriptive term or not, until someone takes legal action to stop that 'mis-use'.
Kinda like calling me "Trim" and you "cute"!!  It can be done, but it ain't "ethical"!!
Foodbme
Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 02:25:14
Michael Hoffman
That's how to cook one. To make one you take a porterhouse and cut from the top of the T through the bone, leaving a (half)bone-in strip., which is usually boned for service. It seems the bone-in filet has become the steak du jour.

I guess Restaurateurs have figured out that if you turn the filet on a good sized Porterhouse into a bone-in Filet and then take the Steak part and turn it into a bone-in or boneless Strip Steak, they can make more $$$ on them separately than as a whole Porterhouse! Cleaver! 
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 07:41:23
BTW - we had the same server at Henry's as in Ed's picture...and she clearly was more comfortable with 4 slices of pie as opposed to eleven slices of pie!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:01:02
Friday, April 11th:
A new day dawned and we were up early and departing the hotel by 6:30am...people to see, places to go, food to try!  All of the above.  Our first stop was breakfast at Sugar n' Spice....

...which is an early morning locals breakfast spot with several whimsical touches...

The inside features a large counter area and our party of five bellied right on up...

This gentleman seated directly across from us quickly integrated into our group along with several more regulars and most of the staff!  Apologies on the lack of clarity...

A nice touch is that all kids get to reach into a laundry basket and take home a duck.  We all got one and for some reason, I got two!
I will allow my fellow travelers to post food pictures as the remainder of mine were lost on this segment. My grade is a B-!
 
post edited by ChiTownDiner - 2014/04/25 08:26:14
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:01:52
Danny
 
Ironically I  was better with flash photos when I first purchased the camera than I am now. I keep it on low flash, but I think I'm pointing the camera too close, previously I would point the camera far enough away and then bring it closer in with photo shopping... Another thing which I never tried is that in order to avoid using flash, bring a mini flashlight and point it in directly at the object. I may try that one day
 
mikeam
 
Thanks for the compliment.
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/04/25 08:17:48
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:05:04
ChiTownDiner

Friday, April 11th:

A nice touch is that all kids get to reach into a laundry basket and take home a duck.  We all got one and for some reason, I got two!
I will allow my fellow travelers to post food pictures as the remainder of mine were lost on this segment.


 
Don't you now have 36 ducks thanks to Big Boy?

I'll post photos when I can, I'll try to post some tonight, but more than likely it won't happen until Sunday
 
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:14:15
wanderingjew

ChiTownDiner

Friday, April 11th:

A nice touch is that all kids get to reach into a laundry basket and take home a duck.  We all got one and for some reason, I got two!
I will allow my fellow travelers to post food pictures as the remainder of mine were lost on this segment.



Don't you now have 36 ducks thanks to Big Boy?

I'll post photos when I can, I'll try to post some tonight, but more than likely it won't happen until Sunday



Privacy laws prohibit me from offering comment...but my feed bills are soaring! 
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:25:39
Friday, April 11th (continued):
After loading up at Sugar n' Spice...we (Wandering Jew and I) decided a good coffee stop was in order, so....

...we took the 10 minute ride to a local coffee house, the Coffee Emporium!  Set on the edge of a very nice residential neighborhood, Coffee Emporium offered great coffee, friendly service, a nice selection of to go baked goods to accompany your coffee selection and nice outside area that was thoughtfully landscaped to allow for relaxation and maximum coffee enjoyment!
A really nice stop...grades in at an A-!
 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:29:23
Coffee Emporium was clearly my favorite coffee house of the trip (that includes stops in Pittsburgh, Columbus and Buffalo)
 
BTW Chi Town Diner has convinced me I should start taking photos of coffee houses when I travel (or at least the signage) as one of my "rules" I only did so in the Pacific NW due to it being "regionally appropriate"
 
edit....
Incidentally one thing I didn't know about Coffee Emporium until after I left is that they do offer an upstairs inside seating area, as the main level is relegated to ordering/take out only
post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/04/25 08:41:32
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:38:53
I find it hard to swallow that the remaining 48 states are regionally inappropriate! 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:42:54
ChiTownDiner

I find it hard to swallow that the remaining 48 states are regionally inappropriate! 


Not necessarily, it's more like 46 1/2 states. I'd throw Idaho and Northern California into the mix of "regional appropriateness"
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:44:31
I'll stop drinking coffee immediately!  I beg forgiveness for the all cups consumed throughout the world over the last century! 
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:46:12
WJ:  Would you include Hawaii.  Kona coffee is certainly regionally appropriate.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:51:05
Sundancer7

WJ:  Would you include Hawaii.  Kona coffee is certainly regionally appropriate.

Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN

 
Thank you Paul!!!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 09:01:02
Like ChiTownDiner showed, that sign/display

outside of Sugar 'n Spice Restaurant is an all-time great.  From what the waitress told us, it was not originally built for the restaurant, as it was on display elsewhere.  But when it went up for sale, the owner of Sugar 'n Spice bought it and set it in front of his restaurant.
 
My buddy who lives in West Chester brought me here for breakfast about 15 years ago and both the exterior and interior have really been spiffed up.  I loved the large breakfast themed murals


they had on the wall, which along with the bright color schemes, make the place much more lively.  All the seating is at hard plastic booths or at a large J-shaped counter.  With us having a party of five, we grabbed counter seats, which gave us a better view of the entire restaurant and allowed us to interact with the friendly staff and the locals.
 
For breakfast, I tried what the menu called the wispy thin pancakes,

choosing to add blueberries.  Truthfully, they didn't have much flavor and I wouldn't order them again.  Sitting next to me was wanderingjew, who ordered much more wisely.  His sweet potato waffle

was the single best thing I ate sampled here.  We also split two side meats, the hometown favorite goetta

and the crispy smoked sausage,

both of which we enjoyed.
 
I did get a couple of photos of other's food, like Danny's breakfast sandwich

and Cousin Johnny's corned beef and swiss omelet,

but only tried one bite of the fluffy omelet.  And ChiTownDiner was too far away, so I have no idea what he ate.
 
With the seating order being me, WJChiBears15, Cousin Johnny and CTD, I didn't get to hear much of the conversation that was going on.  At one point, a big red bowl with children's toys is passed over to me with no explanation.  So, I did what I would normally do, took a photo

and set it aside.  I didn't find out later that I was supposed to take a toy from it, although I have no idea what I would have done with it anyway.  So, was this for anyone on their first visit here?  I'm still not sure.
 
And let's face it, whatever end has CTD in it, will be the lively end.  He started chatting with the locals

who were obviously regulars and enjoyed the back and forth banter.  We told them about being in town for a big food eating weekend, which obviously piqued their curiousity and they had plenty of questions.  While we were eating our breakfast, the man in the yellow shirt walked in and he was quite the talker and bull....er.  He had a comment or a funny line about everything and he is undoubtedly used to being the center of attention.  Anyway, CTD can be quite the talker himself and it was hilarious listening to him have fun with the guy in a good natured way.  At one point, when we were getting ready to leave, they asked us where we were going next and we answered a coffee shop for wanderingjew.  This puzzled them since Sugar 'n Spice obviously serves coffee, but WJ wanted the real good stuff.  CTD proclaimed loudly, "Hey, if it's hot and black, that's good enough for me!", to which our waitress replied, "I'm hot and I'm black."   Yeah, we really enjoyed this place.  The food was certainly not great, but I would absolutely return.
 
Next up, we went to the Dale's coffee shop, I think in the upscale Hyde Park neighborhood.  Others went in, but I sat at an outside table and saw that big_g wrote in the Roadfood forums that he tried to catch up with us at Sugar 'n Spice.  I shot him a quick message with my phone number and he said he would catch up with us at our next stop.  Which was perfect timing, since at our next stop, we had an all-time great Roadfood experience!    
post edited by buffetbuster - 2014/04/25 09:26:05
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 09:07:09
Everyone city has it's own Chi Town Diner and clearly the guy in the yellow shirt was the Chi Town Diner of Cincinnati.
 
I wonder if CTD still has his business card?
 
Sugar and Spice was a worthy stop.  I've had  Goetta once before, probably around 15 years ago. It's similar to scrapple (made with those "interesting" parts of the pig)  but has a more "nutty, oaty" flavor.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 09:17:50
Of course I do...and we're meeting in Chicago for coffee! 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 11:45:52
mayor al

Michael,
For the same reason they can call a piece pf Beef "Choice" or "Prime" or whatever..."Angus" or "Kobe" no matter if it meets the legal qualifications for the descriptive term or not, until someone takes legal action to stop that 'mis-use'.
Kinda like calling me "Trim" and you "cute"!!  It can be done, but it ain't "ethical"!!

Oh, I'm not cute, Mr. Mayor. Handsome? Of course.
 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 11:48:58
ChiTownDiner

BTW - we had the same server at Henry's as in Ed's picture...and she clearly was more comfortable with 4 slices of pie as opposed to eleven slices of pie!

She said she was still trying to recover from the experience. She told us she  now has a deep fear of flash bulbs. When we were there a couple of days ago we told her picture was on the internet an she said she'd already heard about it.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 12:42:37
Michael Hoffman

ChiTownDiner

BTW - we had the same server at Henry's as in Ed's picture...and she clearly was more comfortable with 4 slices of pie as opposed to eleven slices of pie!

She said she was still trying to recover from the experience. She told us she  now has a deep fear of flash bulbs. When we were there a couple of days ago we told her picture was on the internet an she said she'd already heard about it.

  Gotta love it!!! 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 13:21:49
Our next destination was Findlay Market, 

which has all kinds of food vendors inside the main building and in shops surrounding it.  We met up with big_g, so our merry band of misfits was now up to six.  The main reason for us coming here was to visit Eckerlin Meats,


which is reviewed on Roadfood.  My girlfriend and I were here two years ago and they fried up a real nice goetta sandwich for us.
 
The store still seemed to be in opening mode, with several employees moving around setting things up.  We started chatting with them while trying to decide what we wanted to order and when we told them we were a group of out-of-towners on a Cincy eating weekend, we had some new best friends.  I told them we had all met in the forums of the Roadfood website and the owner Bob Williams acted like he didn't know about the Roadfood or the review.  I quickly found it on my phone and gave it to him to read.  By his reaction and his showing other employees, he was clearly pleased.  Bob started telling us about the 160 year history of the store and with his son Josh now working there, they are on their sixth generation!  Good for them and I love hearing stories like this.  Here is Bob and Josh

posing with the infamous ChiTownDiner spreadsheet.  Long like the spreadsheet!!! 
 
Instead of us ordering, Bob

decided to take charge and told us he was going to grill up a nice sampling of their sausages for us.  But, it wasn't going to completely free.  He was going to put us to work.  He asked for a volunteer to come around to the other side to help with the goetta.  ChiTownDiner was so excited, I thought for a moment he was actually going to climb over the five foot counter.  Luckily, he showed some discretion and walked around.  Here he is

stirring the goetta.
 
They sent out some goetta

to sample and this was unbelievably good!  Even though it had spent some time on the grill, it was only slightly crispy.  But, it was unmistakably fresh and Bob was telling us about how they only use the highest quality of ingredients in it.  Having just shared a slice of goetta at breakfast, WJ and I were struck by just how much better this was.  So much so, it was almost like two completely different types of meat.  My advice:  if you want to try goetta once in your life, go to Eckerlin Meats and have them grill you up some.  This is as good as it gets!  It was no surprise to find out that Eckerlin provides the goetta to several restaurants in the Cincy area.
 
They then asked for another volunteer to learn how to make some sausages.  Nobody jumped at the opportunity at first, so I asked big_g if we wanted to go.  He said sure and soon he was back there learning the art of sausage making. 

Not sure exactly what kind of sausage that is.  Hopefully, he will post and tell us more about his time on the other side of the counter.  It looked like fun and he then showed off

his handiwork.
 
By now the sausages were all grilled, bunned and cut in half. 

They also set out some quality mustard for us.  Shown is some combination of metts (a local Cincy pork hot dog), bratwurst and creation of their own, the Who-Dey.  For those who aren't football fans, "Who-Dey" is part of a cheer for the local Cincinnati Bengals football team.  Risking losing my Pittsburgh Steelers season tickets, I grabbed one of the Who-Deys. 

Big porcine flavor, nice spices, it was wonderful.  According to their website, they use fresh ground pork, BBQ seasoning, garlic (which you could definitely taste), fresh bell peppers, red onion, plus Colby, Swiss, American and Provolone cheeses.  Very busy, but it all really comes together.  Here is the Who-Day receiving the ChiTownDiner seal of approval!

 
As good as that was, the bratwurst,

was even better.  It actually tasted buttery and would be something any Wisconsinite would be proud of.  I never did get to try any other the mett, but it also was getting rave reviews from the group.  I remember Danny especially talking about how good it was for quite a while later.  Eckerlin Meats is clearly one of the reasons Cincinnati earned the nickname Porkopolis! 
 
Not only did they comp us all of this great food, Bob also told us to grab drinks out the cooler.  They really went all out for us, which was greatly appreciated!  Between the hospitality and the high quality of these meats, this is a stop that I will always remember and goes on my short list of best Roadfood experiences ever.
 
Before we left, thanking them over and over, CTD did a classy thing.  He gave Bob some cash and told him to pass it on and to feed a homeless person with it.  Mr. Williams told us he does this frequently and the money would feed quite a few people.  Nice gesture!       
post edited by buffetbuster - 2014/04/25 13:44:23
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 13:34:51
Man, I wish that we had made it to Eckerlin meats. That sounds like such a wonderful visit.
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 13:37:13
What a wonderful stop, I'm sorry we missed it but we only had 1 day in Cincy and we tried to fit in as much as we could.  Next time! 
bb, I won't say a word to the Steelers management that you ate a Who-Dey.  I think your tickets are safe.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 13:41:49
I'm gonna squeal!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 13:43:15
Michael-
Is that a pun after all the pork we just ate?
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 13:50:12
Eckerlin Meat was a true Roadfood experience.
You all know I'm the first to grab the opportunity to enjoy a regional experience and besides the  goetta being outstanding, it was my first opportunity to enjoy a Mett.

Bob is certainly in line for Roadfood professional of the year in my top 10 list.

buffetbuster, stay tuned, there will be some photos of you heading your way sometime this evening
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 13:58:43
WJ-
You mean like this?

 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 14:01:02
buffetbuster

WJ-
You mean like this?



 
Yeah, but the angle and expression on your face in my photo is priceless
Sundancer7
Fire Safety Admin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 14:02:00
Great pics BB and also some mighty fine pics of CTD.  I love his enthusiasm with the food.
 
Paul E. Smith
Knoxville, TN
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 14:03:20
buffetbuster

Michael-
Is that a pun after all the pork we just ate?

Uh, uh. That was about my phone call to Steelers headquarters letting them know about you and the Who Dey.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 14:05:36
Ah, it was that bone that did BB in.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 15:48:53
Michael Hoffman

Ah, it was that bone that did BB in.

That was all that was left from his bone in filet at Pine Club...and it was bit embarrassing that he carried it around for days just to gnaw on! 
 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 16:13:14
ChiTownDiner

Michael Hoffman

Ah, it was that bone that did BB in.

That was all that was left from his bone in filet at Pine Club...and it was bit embarrassing that he carried it around for days just to gnaw on! 


Yeah, you can't take him anywhere.

lleechef
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 16:13:54
No wonder he got sick. 
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 16:31:51
lleechef

No wonder he got sick. 


He got sick cause we took the bone away...to much drooling in the car!
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 17:47:32

 
Going back to the rubber  duckies at Sugar and Spice, I chose cyclops duck
 
I guess you can say I've always had a weakness for the "Under Duck"
 

 
Just look at the expression in this man's eyes. You truly do not want to get between him and his gnawbone
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 17:52:40
Wish I could say I'm embarrassed by the photo, but I've done worse.....
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 19:07:23
buffetbuster

Wish I could say I'm embarrassed by the photo, but I've done worse.....

Really?  I hope you calm down before we meet in May.  Now I'm scared.  " />

soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 19:48:36
I used to work with the woman who did the murals at Sugar and Spice. She is extremely talented. She did the artwork at Jungle Jims in Eastgate as well.
 
I am loving this trip report. I love looking at my city through Roadfooder's eyes. I look forward to checking it out every day!!!
 
Thanks to everyone for posting!!
 
Big_g
Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 20:27:24
BB..no clue as to the type of sausage we were stuffing, but it sure smelled good.
I'm going to mail order one of their sausage packs with some extra who dey...can't wait to get it on the smoker
WJ and CTD nailed this as a GREAT stop...160 years of family tradition...luv it.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 21:08:02
Onward march to Terry's Turf Club
 

 
We made sure we arrived when they opened because the crowds can get big here. 
However it appears that due to Lent (and it being a friday at the same time) there wasn't  a wait at all....however
 
We encountered some interesting folks who greeted us here
 

 
 

 



 
 
And of course my favorite, Apple Annie
 

 
Terry's is famous for their burgers and I looked forward to sinking my teeth into one..
 

 
 
As we sat down inside, each table has a basket of peanuts to enjoy...
 

 
I sat down with Chi Town Diner, and Buddy and Ms Roadhouse and we shared some appetizers to pique the palate... including
 

 
Haloumi (some strange cheese)  with tomato and a balsamic dressing
 

 
A mozzarella roll with prosciutto
 

 
deviled egg with chilled shrimp
 
 
 
and my favorite....avocado with chorizo....
 
However I was waiting for our piece de resistance....
 


 
You have the option of choosing various accoutrements for your burger...of course some will include an up charge...
Our this is a Gouda Burger with grilled onions, bacon and topped with a burgundy wine, mushrooms and truffle sauce. What was great was that the plethora of toppings did not detract from the flavor of the burger...and what a fine burger it was
 


I'm not sure how others felt, but Terry's Turf Club was my second favorite stop of the trip...
 


post edited by wanderingjew - 2014/04/26 09:56:29
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 22:10:10
OMG.........a side of the road place what looks like a hash-house has a burger with Burgundy sauce and truffles??????? That is truly a work of art!...but those appe-teasers looked yummy too
mlm
Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 22:47:55
Oh, my God, WJ and BB, I laughed so hard at that 'bone' picture it hurt! Gee, whiz, you guys are just too classic. The look in his eyes is terrifying!" />" />
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/26 01:18:07
buffetbuster

Wish I could say I'm embarrassed by the photo, but I've done worse.....

 
Really?

Davydd
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/26 08:49:31
Enjoying this thread. Sorry I missed it but I was enjoying much warmer weather for a change.
 
It looks as if our schedule will tread over this territory extensively in the month of May. We will be going to Cleveland, Cincinnati, southern Indiana, Kentucky and Indianapolis (twice) of course. We now have a pretty tight schedule to maintain of two RV rallies, my annual high school reunion, two Indy Car races, relative visits, friends visits, at least one bourbon tour and some more Kentucky genealogy tracing (I hope). Also, I'd like to complete our Lincoln tour of his boyhood home now that we have been to his Kentucky birthplace, Springfield, IL and Washington DC. I don't recall going there when I lived in Indiana. Maybe, just maybe, I'll get some breaded pork tenderloin sandwich pursuing in. Oh hell yes I will.
 
Our last visit to our friends in Cincinnati (Montgomery) a few years ago led us to the Montgomery Inn (their choice). Any other recommendations in that general area assuming they would suggest to go out to dinner close by?
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/26 09:12:01
Friday, April 11th (continued):
From a purely food standpoint, Eckerlin Meats was my second favorite stop of the trip after the Pine Club.  The goetta was so fresh and moist, totally different than most of our other stops. 
 
The onions and spices blend together to create an aroma in back as I was stirring that was intoxicating.  The goetta is mixed together and slow cooked with timers set to make sure it is thoroughly mixed every 15 minutes.  After its 4-5 hour slow cook time, it is placed in pans similar to brownie pans but bigger.  Chilled overnight, the goetta becomes firm.  After removal from the pan, each square of goetta is cut into rectangular blocks. We watched Josh cut the previous days blocks and prepare a box with 12 blocks that weighed in around 28 pounds. 
 
This order is one of two per week for the same upscale restaurant in Cincinnati that has been purchasing Eckerlin's goetta wholesale for years.  Bob indicated that they ship goetta all over the country, although it mainly for Cincinnati natives.  I believe (memory) they make 500 lbs. of goetta per week.  From the rectangular loaves, it is thin sliced and pan fried or griddled as in the previous and upcoming pictures.
 
At first, the goetta and all the fun discussions over shadowed the sausages....and then we/it got real!  As Bob and Josh put up those sausages on the counter, the entire store took on an encased meat perfume!  All of the sudden, talking stopped, all of the butchers just stared and time stood still.  With no practice needed, there was an eruption of OMG's as the flavors of the 5-6 different sausages passed our taste buds!  With beaming smiles behind the counter and pride in their craft, each butcher suggested his favorite sausage, condiments and toppings...it had truly become a Roadfood Sausage Fest!!!  The store was up for grabs and customers wandering in must have thought they were on a different planet! 
 
I believe tee shirts with - "I Survived the Roadfood Sausage Fest" are in order!  Eckerlin Meats comes in at a strong A, and with the family fun, an A+!!! 
 
Needing a little break, we walked back the entire 100 yards to the Findlay Market and walked the main aisle front to back and side to side.  Beautifully displayed meats, seafood from all over the world, veggies, baked goods, fruits...you name it food-wise, it was there.  Not sure there were any purchases and if there were, they would have been the smaller variety.  With plenty of outside seating and close in parking (a fact we would use to our advantage later), this would have been a perfect spot for 5-10 folks to set-up an outdoor buffet and create a mega taste and share!  Our problem was we were on a tight time schedule and had already had consumed a lot more than expected at Eckerlin Meats
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/26 09:53:51
 Friday, April 11th (continued):
Typically, The Spreadsheet allows for audibles, changes, extensions and you name it!  But this was an exception to the rule. We had all been warned by our Commander-in-Chief (buffetbuster) that Terry's Turf Club can get down right crowded and is relatively small...a dangerous combination for our merry and expanding band of Roadfooders
 
Opening at 11:00am, we set our schedule up for a 10:45am arrival.  FIRM!  As the driver and in a previous life, an 18 year aviator, I take pride in schedules....and we arrived at 10:44am!  As we parked and began our wandering about, we were quickly joined by Ralph and Lori Melton and the Roadhouses.  Our group was up to 10!  Maybe more?
 
As you have seen Wandering Jew's photos, you can see there is a lot going on outside and the 15 minutes was well spent checking out all of the wild and crazy collections of signage!

Here's Buddy Roadhouse in the foreground making sure he has cash (it's only cash) and Big G standing guard so no one cuts our line! 

With 5 minutes to go...here's Cousin Johnny, buffetbuster, Mrs. Roadhouse and Big G...all inching towards the door.

Our hosts, with the gentleman on the left still in disbelief over something?!?!?!?  Perhaps he was having an Animal House flashback...what(?), no Dean Wormer to keep order!  You can also see that our plan worked perfectly as we were first in and as Wandering Jew already pointed out, it was a slower day with the Lenten restrictions. 

Here's a peak ay my burger cooked to a perfect medium rare.  I added tomato, grilled onions, Brie cheese and Foghorn Leghorn which as the menu states is a clever blend of garlic, sundried tomatoes, sage, thyme, apricot, shallot, onion, pear, balsamic vinegar and perhaps a kitchen sink or two!  It's a thick sauce and provided lots of flavor.  I also added on a four cheese dipping sauce for the pretty good fries.

I am not sure who's burger this was, but it has a great shot of the texture and consistency of the Foghorn Leghorn sauce.  Let's see who claims it...

With my camera problems, this was the only shot I got of the menu....hoping there are a few more because this is NOT your standard burger and fries menu.  Just check out the add-ons...
We had so much fun and the staff (except for the guy covering his eyes) enjoyed our visit.  The inside is as eclectic as the outside and once again, I am hoping we'll get a few more pictures.
 
This was my 3rd favorite food stop of the weekend behind Pine Club and Eckerlin Meats.  I grade Terry's Turf Club in at a B+ and up it to an A- for atmosphere.  I have to confess - Chicago has some really good burger competition which resulted in the B+!  As if we haven't had enough meat...it's off to another butcher...
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/26 11:31:55
ChiTownDiner

 
the staff (except for the guy covering his eyes) enjoyed our visit

That's Terry, the owner
Root-Beer Man
Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/26 19:58:46
Glad you folks got to stop in at Terry's. I am a firm believer that they may well make the best burger in the midwest, if not the US. I have yet to find a better one. The mango curry sauce for them is a winner. And the fact that they actually know how to cook a burger right every time....winnah!
ChiBears15
Hamburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/26 20:17:13
This is shaping up to be one the best threads on Roadfood in recent memory.  Thank you all for posting your photos and comments. 
 
Here are some more pics from our visit to Eckerlin Meats and Terry's Turf Club.
 

Cincy 46 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 

Cincy 47 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
The Roadfood champ riding the Champ outside Eckerlin Meats.  One woman sarcastically asked WJ, "Don't you weigh more than 50 lbs.?" 
 

Cincy 48 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
A shot of the Over-The-Rhine neighborhood in Cincinnati; location of Findlay market and Eckerlin Meats.
 

Cincy 49 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
This was an awesome burger that I ended up splitting with Gary (big_g) and it was his genius idea to add avocado to it.  As good as the burger was, I thought the real star at this restaurant was the filet mignon chili. 
 

Cincy 50 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
This stuff was delicious!  I can not remember who at our table decided to order it, but big props to you.
 

Cincy 51 by dnowak15, on Flickr
 
Ralph, buffetbuster, and Cousin Johnny at Terry's Turf Club. 
 
Both of these eateries hit the ball out of the park.  We were treated like family at Eckerlin Meats and the sausage and goetta we sampled was perfect.  This was a Roadfood experience that I will always remember.  An overall grade of an A for Eckerlin.  Terry's gets an A- from me for the decor and food. 
 
Much more to come.
FriedClamFanatic
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/26 23:58:46
WJ in a Yankees shirt?????????  Fortunately he was not home at the time or the lobsters of Narragansett Bay would be dining gourmet!
mayor al
Fire Safety Admin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 08:20:19
ChiTownDiner

Michael Hoffman

ChiTownDiner

BTW - we had the same server at Henry's as in Ed's picture...and she clearly was more comfortable with 4 slices of pie as opposed to eleven slices of pie!

She said she was still trying to recover from the experience. She told us she  now has a deep fear of flash bulbs. When we were there a couple of days ago we told her picture was on the internet an she said she'd already heard about it.

Gotta love it!!! 

 
When we do our ride up to Columbus/Centerburg later this Spring, we are going to detour to be sure to visit Henry's... not so much for the Pie, although we will try some... But more so to expand the legend of the "spreading fame of the waitress so well known nationwide in roadfood circles via her internet media campaign..."
joerogo
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 09:07:41
WJ's pictures are legendary.  This one rates right up there with the sombrero! 
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 09:53:36
Danny - we had no peanuts...now I see why...buffetbuster grabbed ours and had two!
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 11:40:52
al
Let us know when you head this way.......we'll meet you at Henry's!  And if you're on really good behavior Brandi will let you take her picture!!!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 12:10:01
Brandi does have a 6 slice or less limit on pie slices in her picture...she does not want her beauty overshadowed!
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 12:21:42
ChiTownDiner

Brandi does have a 6 slice or less limit on pie slices in her picture...she does not want her beauty overshadowed!

Which would explain why she would not pose for you guys with your dozen pieces of pie! " />
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 12:27:20
ChiBears15
I thought the real star at this restaurant was the filet mignon chili. 


This stuff was delicious!  I can not remember who at our table decided to order it, but big props to you.

This may be considered blasphemous by some locals, but I have had the burger at Terry's a few times and have never really enjoyed it.  That said, after I saw the filet mignon chili on DDD, I have been meaning to get over there to try that. 
 
He also sometimes has some very high end spanish hams there.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 12:29:11
You won't like it. It's nothing like Greek meat sauce.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 12:30:56
Friday, April 11th (continued):
With Sausage Fest and Terry's Turf Club safely in the rear view mirror, it was time for another butcher shop and next up was the rolls off your tongue Avril-Bleh & Sons Meat Market.  In actuality, Avril-Bleh (keep saying it) is two stores in one, a full service butcher shop next door to their restaurant. 
 
The restaurant has a full counter menu and then you're called up to pick-up your foods.  If you choose to have a grilled sausage, it's walked over from next door by one of the butchers!  How cool is that! 
 
We spent 30 minutes or so visiting and trying a little of this and little of that...nothing to heavy as we had consumed quite a bit at our previous stops.  Two things of note...on a personal level, I spied Dutch Loaf in the display window.  This was my childhood favorite and I asked if they had relish?  The butcher looked at me with a weird look and replied "yes, why?" and I asked him if they made sandwiches? So I bellied up and ordered Dutch Loaf on white with American Cheese, tomato and relish.  I was rewarded with a solid 1 pounder that by request was cut in fours.  I took the sandwich outside to the two sidewalk tables where the group has assembled and many us got a chance to try my old favorite!  Hoping someone had a photo or two!
 
Going back inside, there were only three of us left in the store, Buddy Roadhouse, myself and I am forgetting the 3rd Roadfooder.)  One of the butchers came up to us and introduced himself as a member of the Bleh family and asked if we wanted a back room tour?  Are you kidding, does a bear s*** in the woods?  We were on it in a heartbeat and he took us through the butchering area.  On this day, they were custom making hot dogs for an upscale Cincinnati restaurant...literally hundreds of them.  We saw the blend in the huge mixing bowl, the hot dogs being stuffed by the machine and finally, the smoker where hundreds were finishing.  Afterwards, the skins are removed via some type of "rocket launcher" and they are boxed for delivery.
He was so nice and answered a lot of our questions.  Again, hoping some folks have pictures of these....
 
We had so much fun with the pronunciation of this name that it soon became our battle cry for the remainder of the weekend.  Picture General buffetbuster, carrying the Roadfood Standard flag, leading us into battle with cries of Avril-Bleh & Sons!  Maybe you had to be there...
 
Next up...is there a Schnecken in the house? 
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