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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/07/11 12:51:43 (permalink)
Has anyone ever eaten at Stevie Z's or the Village Family Restaurant in Waynesville?
 
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/07/11 15:19:37 (permalink)
Stevie Z's is pretty competent BBQ. Although, and this is a problem I have had with many putative BBQ places around here, the strong (or even subtle) smoke flavor just wasn't that abundant in the pulled pork that I was served on the day that I tried it. He has very limited sides, too, and the scalloped or cheesy potatoes that he had the day I was there were not that good. I'd probably ask specifically for "moar" bark if I went back.
 
There is no place inside to eat.
 
Village Restaurant is a pretty typical small town diner type place. Vegetable sides are usually canned veggies (for some reason, farm belt diners always serve canned stuff and farm area restaurants are allergic to fresh vegetables.) Fried chicken was good but took almost an hour to come out during a slow time of the day. The jalapeno burger is hotter than HELL - I had to pick the peppers off my burger.  Friendly service and moderate prices. It's fine.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/07/12 01:16:25 (permalink)
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Has anyone ever eaten at Stevie Z's or the Village Family Restaurant in Waynesville?

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I've eaten at Village Family Restaurant, but I have yet to try Stevie Z's.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/07/19 23:16:04 (permalink)
The building housing Mio's in Lebanon is up for sale:
 
http://www2.comey.com/dis...=1315637&mls=cincy
 
Currently used for franchise pizza chain which will be relocating upon sale of property.

 
We drove by a few days ago in the early evening. A delivery car was pulling into the lot but there seemed to be no dine-in customers - either the dining room is closed or customers are being scared off by the sale signs.
 
TJ Jackson mentioned Mio's in the Cincinnati-specific thread as one of his favorite pizza places. This particular location has always been terrible. (Exceptionally bad service, even for Lebanon.)
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/07/20 08:02:03 (permalink)
I've eaten at the Lebanon Mio's several times as part of a larger group and I can remember having to nurse a beer longer than usual.  It always seemed kind of empty on the Thursday nights I was there, which struck me as a little odd.
 
Fortunately there's a Donatos out by Kroger.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/07/20 15:54:41 (permalink)
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TJ Jackson mentioned Mio's in the Cincinnati-specific thread as one of his favorite pizza places. This particular location has always been terrible. (Exceptionally bad service, even for Lebanon.)

The ones in my part of town - Mt Washington and 8 Mile locations - have always been good, at least for me; but I've heard too many reports of spotty food not to concede that the chain has some issues with consistency
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/07/21 01:18:55 (permalink)
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TJ Jackson mentioned Mio's in the Cincinnati-specific thread as one of his favorite pizza places. This particular location has always been terrible. (Exceptionally bad service, even for Lebanon.)

 
I've eaten there a couple of times.  My only complaint is that they had the TV tuned in to "Entertainment Tonight" on CBS.
 
I'll have to try some of the other locations for a comparison.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/07/21 17:43:10 (permalink)
I'll second TJ's assessment for the Mio's on the east si-ede of Cincinnati. Anderson Twp. and Mount Washington have always been good to me.
 
That's a shame it's not consistent.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/09/15 08:06:14 (permalink)
The wife and I finally tried SmoQ last night, and here's our reaction in a nutshell:
 
The Good:  My side dish of mashed potatoes with bacon and onion milk gravy; the wife's side of bacon and cheese grits; the waffle portion of my order of chicken and waffles; the complimentary basket of butterscotch corn muffins; our server, Alisa, who was genuinely friendly and helpful (and received a very generous tip indeed).
 
The Meh: The chicken portion of my order of chicken and waffles (overcooked chicken breast that the breading refused to stay attached to when one so much as waved a fork in its general direction; in other words, when you cut into it, the thing just became a dry, crumbly mess); my wife's side of succotash; the house salad that I ordered with an apparently homemade but very "it-just-got-squeezed-out-of-a-bottle" tasting barbecue ranch dressing.
 
The Bad:  The curly-haired douchenozzle manager with a highly pronounced 'tude who "greeted" us (in only the very loosest interpretation possible of that term) when we walked in the restaurant; the hushpuppies, which were dense and flavorless (unless you consider "greasy" to be a flavor); my wife's brisket, which was as arid as the Mojave.
 
The Obscene:  The fried ribs appetizer.  After barely gagging down one of these monstrosities, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to stomach so much as one bite of my entrée (<--this statement is NOT hyperbole).  Think dense on top of heavy on top of leaden, all of it enrobed in a coma-inducing, super-sweet glaze, dipped in an unremarkable batter, and deep-fat-fried to within an inch of its life. 
 
Well.  At least I can say that I finally tried it.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/09/15 13:00:16 (permalink)
^ Sounds quite overhyped and poorly thought out. I'll skip.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/09/15 19:52:53 (permalink)
My wife and I have eaten at the Mio's in Mariemont for 25 years. We had our first date there at 13 years old (yes, 13!). We've never had a bad experience at that Mio's. We consistently get good delivery from the Hyde Park Mio's, but there's little in the way of seating there. Other than that, we've never tried another. Our hearts are stuck on the one in Mariemont :) 
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/09/16 17:38:13 (permalink)
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The wife and I finally tried SmoQ last night, and here's our reaction in a nutshell:

The Good:  My side dish of mashed potatoes with bacon and onion milk gravy; the wife's side of bacon and cheese grits; the waffle portion of my order of chicken and waffles; the complimentary basket of butterscotch corn muffins; our server, Alisa, who was genuinely friendly and helpful (and received a very generous tip indeed).

The Meh: The chicken portion of my order of chicken and waffles (overcooked chicken breast that the breading refused to stay attached to when one so much as waved a fork in its general direction; in other words, when you cut into it, the thing just became a dry, crumbly mess); my wife's side of succotash; the house salad that I ordered with an apparently homemade but very "it-just-got-squeezed-out-of-a-bottle" tasting barbecue ranch dressing.

The Bad:  The curly-haired douchenozzle manager with a highly pronounced 'tude who "greeted" us (in only the very loosest interpretation possible of that term) when we walked in the restaurant; the hushpuppies, which were dense and flavorless (unless you consider "greasy" to be a flavor); my wife's brisket, which was as arid as the Mojave.

The Obscene:  The fried ribs appetizer.  After barely gagging down one of these monstrosities, I was worried that I wouldn't be able to stomach so much as one bite of my entrée (<--this statement is NOT hyperbole).  Think dense on top of heavy on top of leaden, all of it enrobed in a coma-inducing, super-sweet glaze, dipped in an unremarkable batter, and deep-fat-fried to within an inch of its life. 

Well.  At least I can say that I finally tried it.

Hehe, the fried ribs are my favorite thing on the menu, but I guess they're not for everyone.
 
Our servers have always been very good. Never had the manager problem before but you're not the first person I've heard mention something like that.
 
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/09/25 13:00:55 (permalink)
We lost our dear friend Frank late last week  - he and I comprised the original Lunchbunch duo.  His health had been on the decline for years and he finally succumbed.  I do not know if the Lunchbunch will continue, at this juncture, but it was great fun while it lasted.  RIP Frank.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/09/26 03:03:31 (permalink)
Really sorry to hear that.
 
The Lunchbunch concept is pretty cool, so I hope you guys do continue.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/11/05 23:37:56 (permalink)
Sited while on the road today (11/5): Stevie Z's BBQ in Waynesville had a "For Rent" sign in the window.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/11/06 08:30:54 (permalink)
Given the size of the building I thought maybe they were moving to a larger place but I haven't found anything online about that, and that's something that definitely gets mentioned.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2012/12/31 14:17:34 (permalink)
Bonk

Really sorry to hear that.

The Lunchbunch concept is pretty cool, so I hope you guys do continue.
We will be saddling up and heading back to Troni's this week - they are now closed on Tuesdays.

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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2013/01/01 15:47:46 (permalink)
NYPN,
Could you post an update on their hours/days after your visit?
TIA,
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2013/01/01 16:25:27 (permalink)
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NYPN,
Could you post an update on their hours/days after your visit?
TIA,
Bill
Sure thing.

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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) Troni's Pizza........ 2013/01/13 14:02:02 (permalink)
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NYPN,
Could you post an update on their hours/days after your visit?
TIA,
Bill
I had misinformation - their hours have not changed nor have their days they are open - they are closed still only on Sunday and Monday thru Thursday they are open 11 am -10 pm and on Friday and Saturday 11 am - 11 pm - we had deep dish pizza, lasagna and a Philly steak sub and all were excellent as usual.

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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2013/01/13 18:45:09 (permalink)
brittneal

Its nice to see reports from SWOhio that isnt mostly all about pizza joints
Pizza is life.

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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) Troni's Pizza........ 2013/01/19 09:34:02 (permalink)

I had misinformation - their hours have not changed nor have their days they are open - they are closed still only on Sunday and Monday thru Thursday they are open 11 am -10 pm and on Friday and Saturday 11 am - 11 pm - we had deep dish pizza, lasagna and a Philly steak sub and all were excellent as usual.

Thanks for the update. We haven't been there in a while...hmmm, maybe tonight...
They have spoiled me on pizza, now that I know how really good pizza should taste.

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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) Troni's Pizza........ 2013/01/23 14:36:06 (permalink)
Stacey's/Duff's Buffet in Wilmington reopened just before Christmas as Buck-A-Roos, under the same ownership/management as previously, as a cafeteria style restaurant, with basically the same types of food and reduced amount of desserts, and no salad bar, with most offerings priced at one dollar an item.  There are a couple of write-ups from the local newspaper:
http://www.wccchamber.com/ribbon-cutting-at-buck-a-roos/
http://wnewsj.com/main.asp?SectionID=49&SubSectionID=156&ArticleID=203758
 
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) Troni's Pizza........ 2013/03/05 00:40:04 (permalink)
Has anyone tried LeDoux's Restaurant and Bar in Troy (north of Dayton in Miami County) at 118 W. Main Street (OH 41)?  Linky http://www.ledouxsrestaurant.com/
 
I remember former WING FM 102.9 (used to play classic rock) had a DJ named Don LeDoux who hailed from Louisiana (always yelling "AaaaaaayEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!"), and I'm pretty sure it's the same guy because the place specializes in Cajun food; there's a certificate honoring Don in the hallway!  I went there Monday and had some Meat Jambalaya which I thought was pretty good!
 
One note:  The restaurant closes between 2:00 and 4:30 between the lunch and dinner times of the day.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2013/03/07 01:51:43 (permalink)
Its nice to see reports from SWOhio that isnt mostly all about pizza joints
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 







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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) Troni's Pizza 2013/03/07 11:52:03 (permalink)
Most pizza joints in SW OHIO are not worth talking about.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) Troni's Pizza........ 2013/03/07 11:54:42 (permalink)
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Has anyone tried LeDoux's Restaurant and Bar in Troy (north of Dayton in Miami County) at 118 W. Main Street (OH 41)?  Linky http://www.ledouxsrestaurant.com/

I remember former WING FM 102.9 (used to play classic rock) had a DJ named Don LeDoux who hailed from Louisiana (always yelling "AaaaaaayEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!"), and I'm pretty sure it's the same guy because the place specializes in Cajun food; there's a certificate honoring Don in the hallway!  I went there Monday and had some Meat Jambalaya which I thought was pretty good!

One note:  The restaurant closes between 2:00 and 4:30 between the lunch and dinner times of the day.
.......this sounds like my kind of place...little too far though for even me..I will stick with New Orleans to Go in Blue Ash..

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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2013/04/12 18:07:00 (permalink)
Our IGA in Georgetown closed down recently but the Sav-A-Lot Supermarket across the street remains open.  I used to get the greatest Italian tomato sauces (bottled) in the IGA dollar aisle - it is still available at any other IGA.
 
The Sav-A-Lot just started stocking Poore Brothers Kettle potato chips in 3  flavors, original, jalapeno and BBQ in 5 oz packages for an introductory price of $1.19 - this brand used to be sold at Meijer's but they stopped selling the brand a while back - you cannot even get Poore Brothers chips at Jungle Jim's, as far as I am aware.  Up until Sav-A-Lot started selling them just recently the only was to get them was via mail order from Poore Brothers HQ in AZ.
 
The kettle chips sold by Poore Brothers are the best I have ever tasted - I recommend them heartily.  Here is the Wiki writeup on them and Poore's wbsite links:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poore_Brothers
http://www.inventurefoods.com/our-brands/poore-brothers
 
On another subject Still Smokin' BBQ wagon at the intersection of  Route 32 and Eastwood Rd (Williamstown next to the Mt Orab border) is now back open for the season.
 
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2013/04/12 18:12:14 (permalink)
Still Smokin' BBQ on Route 32  at the intersection of Eastwood Rd has just opened for the season once again.
 
Poore Brothers kettle style potato chips are now available at all Sav-A-Lot stores in SW Ohio - these are my favorite kettle chips - they are offering 5 oz bags of original, bbq and and jalapeno flavors for $1.19 - I just found this out when I walked in their Georgetown OH store a short while ago.
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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2013/04/12 18:13:40 (permalink)
Still Smokin' BBQ on Route 32  at the intersection of Eastwood Rd has just opened for the season once again.
 
Poore Brothers kettle style potato chips are now available at all Sav-A-Lot stores in SW Ohio - these are my favorite kettle chips - they are offering 5 oz bags of original, bbq and and jalapeno flavors for $1.19 - I just found this out when I walked in their Georgetown OH store a short while ago.
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