Just a couple of things about the previous posts to start off... CajunKing
- we can’t thank you enough for taking the time to eat with us! Your encyclopedic knowledge of the city’s history added a tremendous amount to our appreciation of Cincinnati, and now we know the best way to eat 5-way chili: oyster crackers on the bottom to soak up the chili juice! We’ll be thinking of you during your chili weekend in May and wishing we could be there. Green Papaya
- I stated that the Thai stuffed chicken wings were some of the
best appetizers I’ve ever had. Didn’t want you all to think that I just aimlessly throw around superlatives...
I was particularly amazed at the seamless crust—how did they get the stuffing in there? Our server, who was herself amazed that an American would notice, said that they bore a hole in each wing and inject it with the stuffing mixture. I’d’ve never guessed that in a million years! CajunKing
told us that there are some mighty fine Thai places in the area, and Green Papaya
is definitely one of them. Saturday’s breakfast
I’ve come to the realization that we could eat anywhere
in this grand country of ours and meet a fellow RFer. Upon hearing that we’d be checking out Miami University in Oxford, OH, Poverty Pete
contacted us and said that he had a friend who lived in Oxford who’d be happy to show us around town. This friend was none other than Lynn Metcalf, who had dined with Pete
, the Bowens
, et al. on a previous RF outing. She insisted that we start with breakfast at her favorite spot, and who were we to argue? We met her at the Millville Restaurant
in Millville, halfway between Cincy and Oxford. The place was fairly crowded with locals, and Lynn waved us to her booth by the window. As we sat down, I noticed the conflagration of condiments that took up almost a quarter of the table:
I took this as a good RF omen and immediately found goetta on the menu. This is a regional specialty made of ground pork, oats, and spices and is known as “Cincinnati caviar” because of its near-exclusivity to the Cincinnati/N. Kentucky area. This huge plank was fried until crispy brown, and its crunchy crust complemented its creamy insides—texturally, a cross between scrapple and livermush:
On Sunday, we drove by Glier’s over the river in Covington, KY, the world’s #1 producer of goetta. They carry goetta dogs, goetta burgers, and goetta pizza—all sound delicious! We’ll be investigating this further on our next visit. Lynn assured us the biscuits & gravy were scrumptious:
The gravy was thick and chock full of sausage chunks that overshadowed the biscuits. However, the biscuits reached their true potential when we added a spoonful of homemade preserves from our table. Amy liked the peach one best, but I preferred the strawberry jam (l. to r.: apricot, peach, strawberry):
This was a wonderful breakfast, and I must also add that no one paid us any attention when we were snapping photos. The food’s so good that maybe these folks are used to shutterbugs! Afterwards, Lynn rode with us and gave us a thorough tour of Miami U. and the town of Oxford. She was an absolute delight to hang out with, and we hope to see her again on our next visit. Special thanks to Poverty Pete
for sharing Lynn with us!
Chris Millville Restaurant
1198 Millville Ross Rd.
Hamilton, OH 45013
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