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Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 12:38:26
Dutch Loaf. I hadn't thought of Dutch Loaf in years. It was a favorite of mine when I was a kid.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 12:39:33
Perhaps we were separated at birth like Arnold and Danny...
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 13:00:16
And I never thought I'd get to see you again Danny.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 13:10:24
Best line of the week...
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 14:22:02
Today's the first day of the week. Hmmmm.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 14:29:44
Michael Hoffman

Today's the first day of the week. Hmmmm.


Now you're making it look easy! 
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/27 16:51:23
ChiTownDiner 

Friday, April 11th (continued):


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!

 
 
That someone is the guy you forgot who went in the back of shop with you and Buddy
 
IMG_4142 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
ChiTownDiner 
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....


 
While CTD was having his senior moment...(Thankfully I'm not nearly at that age yet!) 
 
I did manage to snap some photos of the hot dogs..
 
IMG_4139 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
I also got in some meat cutting action 
 
IMG_4136 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
as well as a nice head cheese shot
 
IMG_4145 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
 
Avril-Bleh was also another interesting and informative roadfood experience for all
 
IMG_4143 by ohso37, on Flickr
RKB
Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/28 12:20:18
WJ, that looks more like goetta than head cheese. Just sayin'..
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/28 12:29:51
Frankly, I wouldn't know one from the other. But that's what the folks at Avril-Bleh   told us
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/28 12:48:34
WJ - you're right about the senior moment!  Sorry 'bout that!  Couple of comments, the striped casing on the dogs actually is removed prior to distribution via a device described as a rocket launcher that strips off the casings and shoots out the dog so it is ready for packing.
Also, I think that is goetta as it was right next to a huge rough cut pile of head cheese and a huge mixing bowl of head cheese.
And thanks for the Dutch Loaf shot! 
mlm
Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/28 13:12:13
CTD,  a hot dog being shot out of a rocket launcher is a fascinating mental picture. I have visions of them catching it with a baseball glove!
If I remember you properly, weren't you the one who used to take your son on field/food trips to Chicago? If so, how is your boy these days? If not, who might I be remembering? 
As always, enjoy your contributions.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/28 15:43:16
mlm - I had also wanted to the "launcher" but they were not at that stage in the production!  Thanks for remembering as I have taken my boys on several "trips."  They both love Roadfooding when they are around!
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/28 17:32:43
Throwing in a few extra photos from Terry's Turf Club.
 
The only photo I have of the menu is the for the sandwiches,

which includes the burgers.  For a place that is best known for one thing, they really have a wide ranging menu and there is no doubt that there are some other really good things yet to be discovered.  Cousin Johnny and I split a burger,

with the Nueske bacon and our personable waiter suggested pairing it with mozzarella cheese.  The creaminess of the cheese, along with the crispy bacon really worked well together, as he recommended.  I am also a big fan of these golden brown French fries.  Other highlights were the fore mentioned filet mignon chili and Ralph's deep fried corn on the cob.

 
I have heard and read that the staff and owner can be a little gruff, but with the place not being busy (which has to be a rarity), we found them down right hospitable.  Terry seemed to get a kick out of my returning every few moments to get photos of the burgers on the grill


and we started chatting from there.  It didn't take long until he was sending over free samples for us, including excellent tomato soup, his own bbq sauce and he even started slicing off some wasabi

for big_g to taste.  We were treated great here.
 
The interior is spectacular! 

All the lighting is from the neon signs and it gives the place an unusual imtimate glow.  It does make taking food photos problematic, though.  They also have two

of these ancient green coolers.
 
Having been to Avril-Bleh (I love saying that name), sitting out and enjoying a food respite seemed like the wise path.  That was until Ralph brought out a nicely grilled mett

covered in sauerkraut.  It is impossible for this German to say no to that!  
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/28 17:48:28
ChiTownDiner

WJ - you're right about the senior moment!  Sorry 'bout that!  

 
That's ok, next time we'll just have to make sure you take your Geritol before you head out the door.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/28 17:54:04
wanderingjew

ChiTownDiner

WJ - you're right about the senior moment!  Sorry 'bout that!  


That's ok, next time we'll just have to make sure you take your Geritol before you head out the door.

 
Will do...I like what the Ex-lax has done for you! 

ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/28 17:54:17
wanderingjew

ChiTownDiner

WJ - you're right about the senior moment!  Sorry 'bout that!  


That's ok, next time we'll just have to make sure you take your Geritol before you head out the door.

 
Will do...I like what the Ex-lax has done for you! 

wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/28 18:19:56
ChiTownDiner

wanderingjew

ChiTownDiner

WJ - you're right about the senior moment!  Sorry 'bout that!  


That's ok, next time we'll just have to make sure you take your Geritol before you head out the door.


Will do...I like what the Ex-lax has done for you! 

 
I'm glad you had extra!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/28 19:03:19
I think it's time to turn our attention to schnecken...
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/28 22:40:45
I grew up with Dutch Loaf. And Schnecken. And Mettwurst, etc.
I believe that TJ Jackson's "Where to Eat in Cincinnati" forum became so big, because, just maybe, we have good food in Cincinnati.
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/28 22:42:14
I cannot wait for the actual "Cincinnati Chili Tour"!!!
 
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 02:41:08
Wait...there was chili that weekend?  Where was I?
 
Buddy
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 06:28:46
One of the least known Cincinnati area foods is schnecken, which is something along the lines of a sticky bun or a sweet roll.  On a previous trip to Cincy, we tried to find them at Busken Bakery, only to be told they sell them exclusively during the holidays.  So, I was excited to find a new place had opened up, Queen City Cookies, that had them available year round.  This became the next stop for our burgeoning group.
 
Expecting this to look like the typical bakery (like the Bonomini Bakery across the street), we were surprised to see Queen City Cookies 

was located in a big beautiful house.  The next surprise was that the schnecken wasn't sitting behind the glass of a bakery case, but was already baked and boxed for easy travel.  

The young lady who was working on this day was wonderful and happily volunteered to warm up the schneckens for us,

along with providing us with plenty of plates, silverware and glasses of water.  I am going to leave the details for my buddy ChiTownDiner, but we sampled five different flavors of schnecken, including bacon,

apricot,

original,

pumpkin and cranberry orange.
 
I hope those flavors are correct.  If not, someone will set me straight.
 
Anyway, we had a marvelous time sampling all of the gooey deliciousness that schneckens bring and this was a really nice relaxing break in otherwise had been a hectic day.  Some people enjoyed their schneckens so much, they even bought some to take with them.

post edited by buffetbuster - 2014/04/29 06:31:23
leethebard
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 07:12:15
They look absolutely delicious!!!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 07:41:48
Great photos buffetbuster, and while I am not absolutely positive, this building (to me) resembled a church rectory as the Queen City Cookies had bought out the surrounding properties also and was actually baking in one of the back buildings.
 
When we first walked in to the otherwise empty store , the young lady had perhaps 3 schnecken virgins before her.  As she told us the story, and they are shaped like snails, with layers of buttery goodness and cinnamon in each turn, our group got bigger and bigger.  It was fast becoming a virgin schnecken convention! 
 
She was so sweet and volunteered to warm them all up, got us the biggest table in what was the old dining room (hoping some one has these shots) and then set the table with china and silverware!
 
By the time the last schnecken came out of the microwave, our group numbered around 10 and the convention got underway!  I loved every flavor especially the bacon and apricot!  They were sweet, chewy, gooey, and so flavorful!  That's why several folks took some home.  Our server told us they had quite a mail order business also so if you want schnecken....check them out online at www.queencitycookies.com .  As described, they are buttery bliss! 
 
To be noted, they are currently open only 2 days per week, Friday and Saturday.  Our server implied they may be closing the retail store to fully concentrate on mail order and wholesale to the surrounding area.  Better get your schnecken while you can still get 'em hot!  The Schnecken-o-meter comes in at an A for food and ambiance! 
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 07:44:54
Some of our group also hit up the Bonomini Bakery right across the street and I am hoping ChiBears15, Wandering Jew, Big G and Ralph will add photos of the schnecken and Bonomini Bakery.
 
Buddy Roadhouse - please step up to the on-deck circle...it's almost time to go fishing!
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 10:50:38
ChiTownDiner

Some of our group also hit up the Bonomini Bakery right across the street and I am hoping ChiBears15, Wandering Jew, Big G and Ralph will add photos of the schnecken and Bonomini Bakery.

Buddy Roadhouse - please step up to the on-deck circle...it's almost time to go fishing!

Bonomini Bakery is one of my favorite bakeries in the tri-state area -their paczkis are the best I have ever had.
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 14:09:06
I was particularly interested in Avril-Bleh because of the name - with a name like that, you know that it's thriving for reasons other than the mainstream appeal of the name.
 
Ordering the mett was a bit complicated; it turned out that I had to order the sausage in the Avril-Bleh meat shop and have them carry it over to the Avril-Bleh deli next door to get it grilled. The meat shop counterman said that normally he has a cart outside preparing metts, but he hadn't brought it out that day because of predictions of rain. (Though we had not a cloud in the sky.)
 
I also got some hot pickles at Avril-Bleh; they were pretty darn hot, too hot for me to comfortably finish.
Hot Pickles at Avril-Bleh by Ralph Melton, on Flickr
 
I loved the schnecken and the whole Queen City Cookies experience. The schnecken were a new thing for me, and they were buttery, gooey, and delicious. And Simone was incredibly enthusiastic and happy to talk with us about our food explorations. Queen City Cookies was the high point of the trip for me. (ChiTownDiner, you're right that it was a former church rectory.)
by Ralph Melton, on Flickr
by Ralph Melton, on Flickr
Schnecken by Ralph Melton, on Flickr
Bacon Schnecken by Ralph Melton, on Flickr
by Ralph Melton, on Flickr
 
The cookies that BuddyRoadhouse brought from Bonomini to Queen City Cookies:
Bonomini Cookies by Ralph Melton, on Flickr
 
We went over to Bonomini Bakery after Queen City Cookies. It may just be that we were coming from such a great experience at Queen City, but we didn't see any baked goods calling to us, and we found the service fairly uncordial. We asked about paczki and were told curtly that they had none. Lori bought an Easter egg cake, but didn't get around to eating it for a day or two, so we can't judge it at its best.
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 14:17:02
By now, we were all schneckened out and proceeded to our next destination, Schneider's Sweet Shop

Located just across the river in Bellevue, KY, they have been in business since 1939.  They last appeared in one of the Stern's books in the 1999 Eat Your Way Across the U.S.A. and are most famous for their specialty opera creams.
 
With Easter fast approaching, most of the store was decorated for the holiday.  It was tempting to buy a four foot tall chocolate bunny, but I settled for a box of the opera creams. 

They are smallish and are indeed light and creamy.  The young lady who waited on me was happy to pack a box of half milk chocolate and half dark chocolate.
 
A few people got ice cream, but most of your group bought some kind of candy.  While what they sell here is very good, people were starting to get weary and you could see it on their faces.  Personally, I was ready for a nap.  This was not one of the more popular stops.
 
If memory serves me, Schneider's doesn't make their opera creams during the warmer months, as the humidity causes havoc with it.  Before making a special trip, please call ahead to make sure. 
post edited by buffetbuster - 2014/04/29 14:23:37
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 14:29:48
Schneider's specialty is a half iceball half ice cream on a cone or in a cup
 
I am not sure what they call it
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 14:32:11
TJ-
I tried that before and didn't really care for it.  Have you had it?
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 14:39:59
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.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 15:12:09
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
Ralph Melton
Double Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 16:01:32
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.
by Ralph Melton, on Flickr
 
We were hitting our wall ourselves, so we just shared a coney. All I tasted was the cheese.
by Ralph Melton, on Flickr
post edited by Ralph Melton - 2014/04/29 16:02:59
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 16:03:18
Mr. Roadhouse - curtain call!  You're on...
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 16:31:01
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.
by Ralph Melton, on Flickr

We were hitting our wall ourselves, so we just shared a coney. All I tasted was the cheese.
by Ralph Melton, on Flickr

 
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. 
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 19:05:59
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.
 
Buddy
 
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.
 
B.
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 19:14:04
BuddyRoadhouse

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
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 19:47:43
A visit to Schneider's....

...is like stepping back in time!  Here's the outside sign...
wanderingjew
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 19:52:06
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 
 
IMG_4169 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
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..
 
 
IMG_4179 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
IMG_4180 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
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
 
IMG_4176 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
and who I can only assume is Ms Red
 
IMG_4177 by ohso37, on Flickr
 
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
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 20:05:49
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. 
karilyn
Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 20:14:05
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!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 20:18:53
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! 
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 22:08:32
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
buffetbuster
Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 22:23:54
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! 
Big_g
Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 22:25:20
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.
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/29 22:36:45
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.
 
Buddy
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 07:08:03
Buddy - I am still in awe with the table extenders and the flip trick!  Perhaps we'll see it again this weekend!
post edited by ChiTownDiner - 2014/04/30 07:10:06
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 11:54:38
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. 
EdSails
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 12:47:01
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!
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 13:21:05
You don't know how close the line "...we must die" actually comes! 
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 13:52:02
No danger, no deliciousness.
 
Buddy
 
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.
 
B.
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 13:53:53
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! 
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 13:58:13
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?
BuddyRoadhouse
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 14:59:16
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?
 
Buddy
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 15:21:44
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
ChiTownDiner
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 15:57:51
TO me...it was just that it was served with the sauted onions and peppers.  They did not have any distinctive seasonings or spices. 
lleechef
Sirloin
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 16:18:20
Just another quirky Cincy thing.......... like their "chili".
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 16:41:04
our chili is served without quote marks
Big_g
Cheeseburger
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 17:15:03
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!
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/30 17:39:28
TJ Jackson

our chili is served without quote marks

It's served without chili, too.

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