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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/10/23 20:05:47 (permalink)
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On another positive note tomorrow is the last day of vacation for Troni's Pizza in Kettering!!!!!!!!!!!!


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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/10/24 22:33:01 (permalink)
Our lunchbunch ate at this place a while back.  It has a Mexican grocery connected to it in back and you park on Monmouth or behind the place (the old Sylvia's Mexican Restaurant is just across from the parking lot in back).

I wanted to post this review I ran across as it gives  you a good idea of what this real authentic Mexican restaurant has to offer:



 http://www.thefoodhussy.com/2009/05/la-mexicana-newports-hidden-treasure.html
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/10/25 11:21:03 (permalink)
I ran across this piece about New York City pizza this morning and thought some here might enjoy it:

http://www.concretethoughts.com/?p=417

[It begins thusly..]
Thursday, March 19th, 2009

New York City Pizza: The Real Thing


By Ryan Holladay

My first six months in New York I ate very little besides pizza.
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/10/25 13:47:52 (permalink)
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I ran across this piece about New York City pizza this morning and thought some here might enjoy it:

http://www.concretethoughts.com/?p=417

[It begins thusly..]
Thursday, March 19th, 2009

New York City Pizza: The Real Thing

By Ryan Holladay

My first six months in New York I ate very little besides pizza.


A Great Article. The sad but true thing is that most Ohioians have never nor will they ever eat and enjoy great pizza. A LaRosa's, Cassanos, Little Caesars, Papa John's etc etc etc would not last an hour in New York. He states in the article quote:
 
America has been hoodwinked into believing that the abundance of often perverse and unfortunate derivative dishes that share the same name should be accepted as legitimate alternatives.
 
I could not have said it better myself....Russ
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/10/25 14:39:14 (permalink)
I'll give him credit for not saying it was the New York City water.   But other than that it is just another (but well written) NY snobbery piece. I'm speaking for the rest of the country, not necessarily southwest Ohio.
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/10/25 15:55:37 (permalink)
The writer doesn't explain why the pizza is so much better. Someone used to (as his wife puts it) Chicago pizza "casseroles" has no idea what he is going on about. No description of textures, aromas or flavors.
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/10/25 19:27:35 (permalink)
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it is just another (but well written) NY snobbery piece.

Agreed.

Then again, there is a lot of that in this particular thread, so it's perfectly topical despite the thread's name

post edited by TJ Jackson - 2009/10/25 20:09:20
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/10/25 20:27:17 (permalink)
It just shows how limited the Ohio pallate is when it comes to Pizza just in the responses. The two best would be Dewey's and Troni's which on there best day would rank a 7 out of 10. Keep eating your Marions and Ron's thinking it is quality. Kind of like comparing Ice Milk or Frozen Yogurt to Graeter's....Russ 
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/10/25 21:33:42 (permalink)
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It just shows how limited the Ohio pallate is when it comes to Pizza just in the responses. The two best would be Dewey's and Troni's which on there best day would rank a 7 out of 10. Keep eating your Marions and Ron's thinking it is quality. Kind of like comparing Ice Milk or Frozen Yogurt to Graeter's....Russ 



Yeah but its kind of that way around the country for just about any food. When I moved down here I had a rule...no cheese steaks in Maryland and no crab cakes in Philadelphia. And I'm sure you could make those rules about anywhere around this country.  But people still eat a lot of cheese steak subs down here in the Baltimore area, and that now includes me. Are they as good as Philly, not close. But in the ten years since I've been down here they're getting a lot closer. The rolls have gotten better, the meat has gotten better and most importantly the people who make them have more of a handle on what they should be like. 

For a while it was probably inconceivable to think of good BBQ anywhere but the south or the Kansas area. But slowly the quality of BBQ  is rising up in unlikely places...like New York City. 

So yeah, out in Ohio they are limited to the Pizza they have and its not as good as Connecticut, New York or Philly pizza. Will it ever get that good as the best? Maybe not but give it time it will surely be an awful lot better than it is now. 

BTW...God bless Graeters. You can get ice cream almost anywhere but the stuff they make in those copper pots...oh my its good. 
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/10/25 23:56:19 (permalink)
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It just shows how limited the Ohio pallate is when it comes to Pizza just in the responses. The two best would be Dewey's and Troni's which on there best day would rank a 7 out of 10. Keep eating your Marions and Ron's thinking it is quality. Kind of like comparing Ice Milk or Frozen Yogurt to Graeter's....Russ 



Yeah but its kind of that way around the country for just about any food. When I moved down here I had a rule...no cheese steaks in Maryland and no crab cakes in Philadelphia. And I'm sure you could make those rules about anywhere around this country.  But people still eat a lot of cheese steak subs down here in the Baltimore area, and that now includes me. Are they as good as Philly, not close. But in the ten years since I've been down here they're getting a lot closer. The rolls have gotten better, the meat has gotten better and most importantly the people who make them have more of a handle on what they should be like. 

For a while it was probably inconceivable to think of good BBQ anywhere but the south or the Kansas area. But slowly the quality of BBQ  is rising up in unlikely places...like New York City. 

So yeah, out in Ohio they are limited to the Pizza they have and its not as good as Connecticut, New York or Philly pizza. Will it ever get that good as the best? Maybe not but give it time it will surely be an awful lot better than it is now. 

BTW...God bless Graeters. You can get ice cream almost anywhere but the stuff they make in those copper pots...oh my its good. 
The Cinci area has had three pizzerias with pizza the quality of NY pizzas but sadly they came and went some time ago.  Dewey's now is as close as you get to the NY style and taste.  Troni's in Kettering does it a bit better than Dewey's.


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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/10/26 09:30:20 (permalink)
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Are they as good as Philly, not close. But in the ten years since I've been down here they're getting a lot closer. The rolls have gotten better, the meat has gotten better and most importantly the people who make them have more of a handle on what they should be like.  

  

   

 
I have eaten Philly Cheese Steaks all over the country and none match the real thing. Do you think they are getting better or have your taste buds been deprived of the real thing so long you are forgeting? Outside of Philly you can't even find one made with Cheese Whiz. The further east you go in this country the better the bread...Russ
 
I wont even get into Bagels...
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/10/27 08:03:09 (permalink)
Russ JacksonOutside of Philly you can't even find one made with Cheese Whiz.


It is not without its detractors, but Balboa's in Cincinnati (two locations, downtown and O'Bryonville) makes them "Wiz wit", and even gets their rolls from Philadelphia. I personally love the place; my wife does not.

Russ JacksonI wont even get into Bagels...



No argument there.
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/03 17:11:21 (permalink)
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Are they as good as Philly, not close. But in the ten years since I've been down here they're getting a lot closer. The rolls have gotten better, the meat has gotten better and most importantly the people who make them have more of a handle on what they should be like.  

  

   

 
I have eaten Philly Cheese Steaks all over the country and none match the real thing. Do you think they are getting better or have your taste buds been deprived of the real thing so long you are forgeting? Outside of Philly you can't even find one made with Cheese Whiz. The further east you go in this country the better the bread...Russ
 
I wont even get into Bagels...

Russ

You can find great NYC type bagels and bialys here:


http://maps.google.com/maps/place?hl=en&safe=off&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=marx+bagels+blue+ash&fb=1&gl=us&hq=marx+bagels&hnear=blue+ash&cid=17990671846884447971


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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/03 17:23:09 (permalink)
Country Inn on State Route 68 in Mt Orab (my favorite in the Brown County area for fried chicken and soups) is building a new location  off St Rt 32 just before the St Rt 68 exit coming out of Eastgate.  They expect to be open either by December or January 2010 and the old location will close at that time.

They have the foundation done and the frame is up already.  They will be opposite the new Mercy Emergency Medical Center:
http://www.ehealthconnection.com/regions/mercy_cincinnati/Facilities_Services_MtOrabMedicalCenter.asp

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Re:Southwest Ohio and Environs (Open Chat) 2009/11/03 17:26:41 (permalink)
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Here is a photo of the storefront, and the owner Alex Mercado is on the left and the mural artist is to the right:



The expected opening day is the middle of August.

Here are some of the beautiful murals in the restaurant:

Click to view full size:





The address is 137 N Point Drive, Mt Orab. Coming east on State Route 32,  you exit onto State Route 68, turn left and go over the 32 overpass and turn left at the first light  and left again immediately and they are  behind Skyline Chili  in a strip shopping center.

I spoke to the owner today and he said all is ready for the opening but they are waiting on their furniture to come in from Mexico.  My guess is the opening should be around the beginning of next month. 
I learned today they will open on November 14th.


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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/04 10:01:25 (permalink)
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Country Inn on State Route 68 in Mt Orab (my favorite in the Brown County area for fried chicken and soups) is building a new location  off St Rt 32 just before the St Rt 68 exit coming out of Eastgate.  They expect to be open either by December or January 2010 and the old location will close at that time.

They have the foundation done and the frame is up already.  They will be opposite the new Mercy Emergency Medical Center:
http://www.ehealthconnection.com/regions/mercy_cincinnati/Facilities_Services_MtOrabMedicalCenter.asp
These are some collages of the Country Inn taken during visits there over the years:







We  have been enjoying their food since 2002.




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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/04 10:10:42 (permalink)
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Are they as good as Philly, not close. But in the ten years since I've been down here they're getting a lot closer. The rolls have gotten better, the meat has gotten better and most importantly the people who make them have more of a handle on what they should be like.  

 

  


I have eaten Philly Cheese Steaks all over the country and none match the real thing. Do you think they are getting better or have your taste buds been deprived of the real thing so long you are forgeting? Outside of Philly you can't even find one made with Cheese Whiz. The further east you go in this country the better the bread...Russ

I wont even get into Bagels...

Russ

You can find great NYC type bagels and bialys here:


http://maps.google.com/maps/place?hl=en&safe=off&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=marx+bagels+blue+ash&fb=1&gl=us&hq=marx+bagels&hnear=blue+ash&cid=17990671846884447971


I will be down there this weekend and give it a try. I have moved to Upper Arlington in Columbus so I am currently exploring this area. Do you like Salt Bagles with yellow mustard? If you have not tried it I suggest you do. Scrape off about 1/2 the salt and apply Plochmans Yellow. It is a Detroit thing...Russ
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/04 10:19:11 (permalink)
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Are they as good as Philly, not close. But in the ten years since I've been down here they're getting a lot closer. The rolls have gotten better, the meat has gotten better and most importantly the people who make them have more of a handle on what they should be like.  

 

  


I have eaten Philly Cheese Steaks all over the country and none match the real thing. Do you think they are getting better or have your taste buds been deprived of the real thing so long you are forgeting? Outside of Philly you can't even find one made with Cheese Whiz. The further east you go in this country the better the bread...Russ

I wont even get into Bagels...

Russ

You can find great NYC type bagels and bialys here:


http://maps.google.com/maps/place?hl=en&safe=off&um=1&ie=UTF-8&q=marx+bagels+blue+ash&fb=1&gl=us&hq=marx+bagels&hnear=blue+ash&cid=17990671846884447971


I will be down there this weekend and give it a try. I have moved to Upper Arlington in Columbus so I am currently exploring this area. Do you like Salt Bagles with yellow mustard? If you have not tried it I suggest you do. Scrape off about 1/2 the salt and apply Plochmans Yellow. It is a Detroit thing...Russ

My friend who is from Paris TN but worked in Detroit for a while craves their salt bagels!

My wife and I both love their raisin bagels and I absolutely am nuts about their bialys but all of their bagels are exceptional and just like you find in NYC.

They freeze well (freeze them the day you buy them if they will not be eaten right away) but don't leave them in there too long as they will dry out and lose some of their flavor - but I have defrosted some I had forgotten after a year and they still taste pretty good.

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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/07 12:47:35 (permalink)
Our lunchbunch was at Stacey's Buffet in Wilmington this past Thursday.  Some comments etc. follow shortly.  A great lunch for $20 for the 3 of us!

It has been a while since I could say that.
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/07 12:51:43 (permalink)
You mean, $6.67 apiece, roughly?
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/07 12:54:50 (permalink)
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You mean, $6.67 apiece, roughly?

Yes which includes our senior citizen discounts.

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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/07 18:22:57 (permalink)
Here is a photobucket slide show of Stacey's Buffet:

http://s417.photobucket.com/albums/pp260/radians2009/Staceys%20Buffet%20Wilmington%20OH/?albumview=slideshow

I did not get pix of the salad bar or dessert bar or the soups etc on the main table.

That day they had chili with beans heavy on cumin and vegetable soup.

The food was very good and I was amazed they had fried green tomatoes. 

I never got to the desserts or salad bar but my companions did and enjoyed them immensely.

I concentrated on the kielbasi, fried green tomatoes, fried and bbq chicken, chili etc.

They always seem to have a good fresh spread of food and we always enjoy their buffets.

Here is their website, which gives some more details of their offerings:

http://www.staceysbuffet.com/

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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/07 19:47:31 (permalink)
I am amazed that anyone would bother about photos of a damned buffet. I didn't look, but can't help wondering whether there were any pictures of people picking their noses and then reaching for food.
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/07 20:24:50 (permalink)
Always nice to hear from you, mi amigo.
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/08 00:03:02 (permalink)
PizzaNut, start a blog. Your reviews are always interesting.
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/08 01:10:18 (permalink)
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Here is their website, which gives some more details of their offerings:

http://www.staceysbuffet.com/


Hmm, the website for Stacey's Buffet very limited.

I ate there in Wilmington once more than four years ago, and I thought it was less than I was expecting.  I think they had a location in Springfield as well.
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/08 09:25:46 (permalink)
For the price I think they are a real bargain in this day and age.

They had a location in Fairfield up until a few years ago, which is now  a Mexican restaurant, and it is one of several good Hispanic places to eat almost in a row heading up towards Jungle Jim's.
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/08 22:26:21 (permalink)
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PizzaNut, start a blog. Your reviews are always interesting.
I appreciate that but I really don't think I am the type to do that." />

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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/09 16:25:47 (permalink)
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donw9876

PizzaNut, start a blog. Your reviews are always interesting.
I appreciate that but I really don't think I am the type to do that." />


It would be quite easy. Just create a Blogger ID and shovel the stuff you post here into individual blog postings.

Well, it was just a thought. "A New York Pizza Fanatic's Guide to Southwest Ohio Dining."
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Re: Southwest Ohio and Environs 2009/11/09 18:42:23 (permalink)
I might make more enemies than friends!
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