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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/14 14:48:45 (permalink)
Yup like most pizzerias in Ohio unfortunately, and elsewhere. 

A large can of mushrooms is evident in a prior photo I took of their pizza prep area.  To the left of the five guys in the photo. 

But they taste good on the pizza - I have always been in love with mushrooms of any kind,  even on pizza!  But I generally refrain from toppings on my pies.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/14 15:00:31 (permalink)
I have many times thought about putting a Pizza Oven in my garage and do delivery only in my own neighbor hood and surrounding area. I don't know why people arnt already doing it. Send out about 10 of 15 free pizza coupons and in less than a month your phone would ring off the hook if you made a quality real New York Pie. Hire a young guy and a Scooter you could load them on and deliver from 5pm to 9pm....Russ
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/14 15:25:36 (permalink)
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I have many times thought about putting a Pizza Oven in my garage and do delivery only in my own neighbor hood and surrounding area. I don't know why people arnt already doing it. Send out about 10 of 15 free pizza coupons and in less than a month your phone would ring off the hook if you made a quality real New York Pie. Hire a young guy and a Scooter you could load them on and deliver from 5pm to 9pm....Russ

I once dreamed of opening my own pizzeria in Alabama as the pickings were mighty slim, when it came to finding anything vaguely resembling NY pizza pie there.  But it was never to be!

I am afraid most natives of Ohio have no idea what we are talking about, Russ, and could care less about eating the kinds of pizza we keep talking about.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/14 15:52:56 (permalink)
If you don't think Ohioans care then why is Dewey's and Tronis always packed with customers?...Russ
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/14 15:58:36 (permalink)
I am not too sure they are always packed with customers any more so than any other pizzeria - look at the success of LaRosas and all the major national chains - all things being equal Domino's should have failed in their first year because of their awful pizza pies - but there are millions of pizza lovers who just settle for what some of us consider awful  pizza.  It has everything to do with what you grew up with food-wise.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/14 16:12:57 (permalink)
I grew up in So Cal and hate Domino's. How do you essplain that?
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/14 16:21:47 (permalink)
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I grew up in So Cal and hate Domino's. How do you essplain that?


I spent 15 years in San Diego and that town is at a loss for a good pizza place as well. It may be different now but I doubt it. Hey you have Roberto's, Rubio's and In-N-Out. Sycuan used to have great oriental food. Do they still?...Russ
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/14 16:21:48 (permalink)
When it comes to someone's taste in pizza I pretty well have given up trying to understand.  I dine regularly with several wonderful friends but they are so far from me in their food tastes, including pizza, that it is amazing that we get along so well.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/14 16:53:10 (permalink)
I have a place in San Clemente (that's in South Orange County) that comes very close to the pizza I've enjoyed at Totonno's and DiFara's. It's family-owned by a family from Brooklyn with the last name of Genovese. It's called Sonny's Pizza & Pasta. I don't know if it would meet the approval of NYPizzaNut, but since he doesn't like mustard on burgers, there's no hope for him. I kid, I kid.

I don't do Rubios's, as there are many one-offs and small, family owned chains that do it better.

As for In & Out, I've been to the local one only once in the years I've lived here. Farmer Boys, Carl's Jr and Baker's get my burger biz.

I prefer Jilberto's over Roberto's, but Miguel's Jr is better than both of them.

EDIT: Also Jack in the Box.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/14 18:58:11 (permalink)
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I have friends who live in the Middletown area who keep recommending Stefano's.  I've never tried it myself, but I am curious.  Has anyone on these forums ever tried it?  How are their pizzas and calzones?  How does their other food taste?  Thanks.

http://www.stefanositaliancafe.net/index.htm

I did not recall this restaurant at first glance, but after some checking with my lunch mates I realized we had paid this place a visit a little over two years ago:




I do recall now their pizza being pretty awful and the waitress had to check with someone on the other side of the restaurant each time we asked a question about the food offerings on the menu but nothing much else stands out in my memory bank.

I stand corrected - the cannoli was excellent! (just found this photo): 









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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/15 11:21:39 (permalink)
My Photos Photo Gallery - Photo 1 of 31 by troni’s - MySpace Photos

For anyone with some interest this is a gallery of 31 photographs of various foods etc. at Troni's Pizza and Restaurant  in Kettering...
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/17 11:46:40 (permalink)
Has anyone ever tried the Hitching Post before?  http://www.cincinnatibite...ing-post&biteID=27

The review makes it sound half decent, especially the omelets. 
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/20 13:06:07 (permalink)
I had lunch there with our group several years back - the fried chicken was very good.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/20 15:00:58 (permalink)
I also recall they were packed!!
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/21 19:07:50 (permalink)
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Has anyone ever tried the Hitching Post before?  http://www.cincinnatibites.com/reviews.php?item=hitching-post&biteID=27

The review makes it sound half decent, especially the omelets. 

I like it. I have eaten there several times. I always get an omelet with the potato pancakes & kettle kakes. Delish!!
 
It is VERY busy on the weekends.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/22 14:04:56 (permalink)
Our lunchbunch was here yesterday:

http://www.tiksthaiexpress.com/

http://www.tiksthaiexpress.com/About%20Us.htm

We had been to Yummy's and Ban Thai also and I think this effort is her best yet!

A  photo essay follows soon.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/22 14:15:15 (permalink)
Thai 9 in Dayton. If you have not been there it is a must. Especially if you like Pad Thai or Sushi. My favorite Oriental food in Dayton or Cincy...Russ
http://www.thai9restaurant.com/Main.html
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/22 14:30:18 (permalink)
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Thai 9 in Dayton. If you have not been there it is a must. Especially if you like Pad Thai or Sushi. My favorite Oriental food in Dayton or Cincy...Russ
http://www.thai9restaurant.com/Main.html

I will pass this along to our Dayton area member - I know I have heard of this place but for whatever reason we have never been there - do you remember if it is fully handicap accessible?

My problem with pad thai is that I do not like it sweet and every Thai restaurant I have been to makes it too sweet,  as well as spicy, but the sweet taste ruins it for me.

The only place I can get  Pad Thai that pleases my palate is:

http://www.dragoncitykitchen.com/default.aspx

They make it spicy and flavorful and do not short change you on either portions or ingredients or taste!!!!!!!!!

They also make fantastic Singapore Mai Fun.

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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/22 21:28:16 (permalink)
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Our lunchbunch was here yesterday:

http://www.tiksthaiexpress.com/

http://www.tiksthaiexpress.com/About%20Us.htm

We had been to Yummy's and Ban Thai also and I think this effort is her best yet!

A  photo essay follows soon.


Below is a slideshow of photos taken yesterday at Tik's along with comments:

http://s417.photobucket.com/albums/pp260/radians2009/Tiks%20Thai%20Express%20Fairborn%20Ohio/?albumview=slideshow

Individual photographs from the slideshow may be found here and can be enlarged by clicking the photos:

http://s417.photobucket.com/albums/pp260/radians2009/Tiks%20Thai%20Express%20Fairborn%20Ohio/

We enjoyed Tik's very much and they were very accomodating and solicitous of our needs.  The food was tasty and well prepared.

I really enjoyed the Tom Yum soup and potstickers and entrees and desserts.

They permitted us to play Scrabble at a back table after our meal (which makes life much easier for our handicapped member who uses a motorized scooter in that he does not have to go back and forth into his vehicle to a nearby library with all the stress that entails.)  Tik said they were real quiet after lunch hours until dinner hour and it was no problem.  We played two games and observed a constant flow of customers while there after lunch hours (they were packed during lunchtime).  They have been there a year and seem to be doing quite well. Prices do not change from lunch to dinner.

Our only complaint was that it was cold inside even sitting next to an auxiliary heater as the place has no real walls to the outside - just huge windows which do not do much good to keep the inside warm.  So we kept our jackets on most of the time and vowed when we return to do it in warmer weather.



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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/23 13:01:29 (permalink)
After Tik's I stopped on the way home to pick up a take-out pizza at Troni's Pizza and Restaurant in Kettering, believe it or not!

I took some photos too:


Here is my large cheese pie just before it enters the oven:



Here it is well-done and just out of the oven after being cut in eight pieces and ready to go home with me:



Here are some slices just out of the home oven, on day two:


Troni's  one day old left overs -  two with portabello mushrooms, green peppers, onions, a little olive oil and dry basil and oregano - One with just olive oil, basil and oregano



Troni's two day old left overs with anchovies, olive oil and dry basil and oregano and garlic - Extremely delicious heated on a pizza stone at 500 degrees for four minutes
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/23 14:31:37 (permalink)
Today I tried a new (to me) restaurant, Carr's Corner Restaurant in Xenia.  I had a chili dog basket.  The chili dog was small like the kind Skyline Chili sells, but the chili sauce is different with kidney beans.  The fries were big like Wendy's used to have, albeit crunchier.  I hope to go back someday, possibly at dinner time to have their fried chicken (it's only sold under the heading "Dinners").

You can find it at 434 Cincinnati Avenue (US 42) south of downtown (after that little jog to the southwest).  The restaurant has its own website at carrscornerrestaurant.com
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/23 21:00:25 (permalink)
I'll have to give them another try. The wife and I ate there twice about 10 years ago with less than stellar results. The name (Carr's) is different, maybe it's under new management, or at least a new cook. I hope it has changed, there is nothing else in our town to brag about, food-wise.
Thank goodness, Troni's is only 12 miles away!
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/23 21:14:15 (permalink)
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I'll have to give them another try. The wife and I ate there twice about 10 years ago with less than stellar results. The name (Carr's) is different, maybe it's under new management, or at least a new cook. I hope it has changed, there is nothing else in our town to brag about, food-wise.


Well, Xenia does have Tudor's Biscuit World at 810 W. Second Street at S. Allison Avenue.  All the others in Ohio are in cities within spitting distance of West Virginia.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/23 21:23:39 (permalink)
Tudor's - been there, done that, no thanks, won't go back. Mediocre (at best) biscuits, and the worst 'sausage gravy' I have ever tasted.
Somebody must like them, they are still in business :o)
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/23 22:19:07 (permalink)
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a take-out pizza at Troni's

Hey, I have never heard of this place, are they any good?
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/23 23:16:40 (permalink)
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NYPIzzaNut
a take-out pizza at Troni's

Hey, I have never heard of this place, are they any good?


Such class. 
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/24 16:06:00 (permalink)
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NYPIzzaNut
a take-out pizza at Troni's

Hey, I have never heard of this place, are they any good?


Now that you have had pizza in NY and environs how do you feel it compares to pizza available to us in Southwest Ohio?
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/24 16:30:06 (permalink)
We are considering going to this place:

Chef C Gourmet

(513) 745-0666
Blue Ash
4924 Hunt Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45242

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/32/360629/restaurant/Blue-Ash/Chef-C-Gourmet-Cincinnati


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Does anyone here know anything about this restaurant?
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/24 16:47:30 (permalink)
It used to be the Baltic Restaurant back when we were last there in April of 2005 and is right near the Blue Ash Library.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2010/01/26 11:13:51 (permalink)
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Our lunchbunch was here yesterday:

http://www.tiksthaiexpress.com/

http://www.tiksthaiexpress.com/About%20Us.htm

We had been to Yummy's and Ban Thai also and I think this effort is her best yet!

A  photo essay follows soon.


Below is a slideshow of photos taken yesterday at Tik's along with comments:

http://s417.photobucket.com/albums/pp260/radians2009/Tiks%20Thai%20Express%20Fairborn%20Ohio/?albumview=slideshow

Individual photographs from the slideshow may be found here and can be enlarged by clicking the photos:

http://s417.photobucket.com/albums/pp260/radians2009/Tiks%20Thai%20Express%20Fairborn%20Ohio/

We enjoyed Tik's very much and they were very accomodating and solicitous of our needs.  The food was tasty and well prepared.

I really enjoyed the Tom Yum soup and potstickers and entrees and desserts.

They permitted us to play Scrabble at a back table after our meal (which makes life much easier for our handicapped member who uses a motorized scooter in that he does not have to go back and forth into his vehicle to a nearby library with all the stress that entails.)  Tik said they were real quiet after lunch hours until dinner hour and it was no problem.  We played two games and observed a constant flow of customers while there after lunch hours (they were packed during lunchtime).  They have been there a year and seem to be doing quite well. Prices do not change from lunch to dinner.

Our only complaint was that it was cold inside even sitting next to an auxiliary heater as the place has no real walls to the outside - just huge windows which do not do much good to keep the inside warm.  So we kept our jackets on most of the time and vowed when we return to do it in warmer weather.
Here is a collage of all of the food we ordered and consumed at Tik's Thai Express:




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