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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/24 21:31:25 (permalink)
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"!!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 02:25:14 (permalink)
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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! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 07:41:23 (permalink)
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!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:01:02 (permalink)
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-!
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:01:52 (permalink)
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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
 
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Thanks for the compliment.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:05:04 (permalink)
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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
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:14:15 (permalink)
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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! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:25:39 (permalink)
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-!
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:29:23 (permalink)
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
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:38:53 (permalink)
I find it hard to swallow that the remaining 48 states are regionally inappropriate! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:42:54 (permalink)
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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"
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:44:31 (permalink)
I'll stop drinking coffee immediately!  I beg forgiveness for the all cups consumed throughout the world over the last century! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:46:12 (permalink)
WJ:  Would you include Hawaii.  Kona coffee is certainly regionally appropriate.
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 08:51:05 (permalink)
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WJ:  Would you include Hawaii.  Kona coffee is certainly regionally appropriate.

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Thank you Paul!!!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 09:01:02 (permalink)
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!    
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 09:07:09 (permalink)
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.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 09:17:50 (permalink)
Of course I do...and we're meeting in Chicago for coffee! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 11:45:52 (permalink)
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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.
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 11:48:58 (permalink)
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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.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 12:42:37 (permalink)
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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!!! 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 13:21:49 (permalink)
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!       
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 13:34:51 (permalink)
Man, I wish that we had made it to Eckerlin meats. That sounds like such a wonderful visit.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 13:37:13 (permalink)
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.
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 13:41:49 (permalink)
I'm gonna squeal!
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 13:43:15 (permalink)
Michael-
Is that a pun after all the pork we just ate?
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 13:50:12 (permalink)
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
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 13:58:43 (permalink)
WJ-
You mean like this?

 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 14:01:02 (permalink)
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WJ-
You mean like this?



 
Yeah, but the angle and expression on your face in my photo is priceless
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 14:02:00 (permalink)
Great pics BB and also some mighty fine pics of CTD.  I love his enthusiasm with the food.
 
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Re:All Roads Lead To Cincinnati 2014/04/25 14:03:20 (permalink)
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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.
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