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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/06 12:43:15 (permalink)
Restaurant Impossible is coming to Mason to re-do Aponte's:
 
http://masonbuzz.com/2013...sible-coming-to-mason/
 
I don't get it. The place is full every time we've tried to go there.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/06 21:06:03 (permalink)
I agree. I would never have guessed that they are "troubled" based on the few times we've been (although we don't have cause to be up that way much anymore). The place could definitely use some updating and rearranging inside (the side entrance/lobby thing is especially awkward), but I agree with most of the comments that the pizza is fine as is. We have never had a bad pie there.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/06 22:40:59 (permalink)
Usually "Chef" Irvine corrects both front of house and back of house problems. I got a vibe from the couple of times we poked our heads in the place that getting service there would be a pain in the butt, and you see some negative comments on social media about the service.
 
Anyway, they're going to get $20K+ worth of remodeling out of the deal ($10K material budget plus a conscripted army of construction people so I figure the usual RI remodeling job is worth $20K+ in market value) - plus craploads of publicity - so it's a win-win for Aponte's. I'm guessing they told the RI staff a sob story and it's really not that bad. Usually the typical RI target restaurant is a ghost town and has horrible, sometimes unsanitary food before any makeover. Aponte's really doesn't fit the usual profile.
 
But who knows until we see the episode.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/07 11:37:29 (permalink)
I have tried their pizza - I thought highly of their cheese and sauce but the crust did not rate near as highly as Dewey's IMHO.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/07 16:33:46 (permalink)
At least RI isn't going to Troni's.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/12 03:49:26 (permalink)
We did 50 West in Mariemont on Sunday. Our experience after a slow start was definitely positive.
 
We walked in and it looked like there was a hostess area set up, but no hostess nor nearby waiters/waitresses. After about two minutes we seated ourselves. After about five more minutes someone came over to take our order, and after explaining what happened, we weren't offered any kind of apology.
 
We knew the menu was tapas style, so we ordered the turkey wings, the stuffed poblano and the C.A.B. (White cheddar, bacon and cole slaw sliders).
 
The food was all excellent and surprisingly filling. They were $8 each, and we shared all three. The stuffed poblano had a chicken-chorizo filling that was delightful. The turkey wings were huge, well cooked and served in sort of a buffalo sauce and the CABs were really good as well, although I normally don't like cole slaw. You get three for $8.
 
I thoroughly enjoyed the beer, as I knew I would. I certainly wasn't turned off by it, but tapas-style food normally is for an upscale crowd. Beer drinkers -- even high-end beer drinkers -- are typically more into bar food. Wings, fried stuff, etc.
 
Sorry I hit the wrong button...no issue with this post.  AL
  
 
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/15 23:05:44 (permalink)
Very bad news tonight. The owner of Cosmic Pizza in Hartwell was shot to death while opening his pizza parlor during a robbery attempt. I did not get to try his pizza, although I intended to get there. Very sad.
 
  http://www.wlwt.com/news/local-news/cincinnati/man-fatally-shot-at-pizza-parlor-in-hartwell/-/13549970/20586212/-/10qdykiz/-/index.html
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/16 12:50:49 (permalink)
Horrible news. Thanks to TJ's recommendation/insistence, I picked up pizza from his place several times, and he was always a pleasure to talk to. He obviously took a lot of pride in his product, always explaining how to properly reheat it so that it would taste its best once I got it home.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/16 18:13:08 (permalink)
He was very very dedicated to his craft and produced a wonderful pizza.  He has just finally gotten the upstairs room ready so more folks could eat in, and he always felt his pizza was bet if eaten right out of the oven.  I would usually get it to go to save on tax and dine ala trunk in the drug store parking lot across the street
 
Before Cosmic, I would not have believed it was possible for a great pizza to come off a conveyor belt system

He also had one of the best selection of bottled soft drinks in town - Birch Beer from new england, blueberry soda from Maine, various root beers
 
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2013/06/16 18:15:08
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/17 13:44:53 (permalink)
He did have a great selection of bottle soft drinks and TJ you are right about his dedication to his craft.  he knew how to tweek his recipe to make it the best possible and it was extremely good pizza.
 
He will be missed, and his pizza will be too.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/18 11:48:53 (permalink)
A second A Tavola Pizza location opening in Madeira
 
http://cincinnati.com/blo...ii-opening-in-madeira/
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/18 20:49:16 (permalink)
Polly compiled a list of top BBQ joints...
 
http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=AB&Dato=20130618&Kategori=ENT09&Lopenr=306180055&Ref=PH/Polly-Campbell-s-top-barbecue-joints
 
She does lose some credibility for listing City BBQ, which isn't native to Cincinnati.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/18 20:53:05 (permalink)
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A second A Tavola Pizza location opening in Madeira

http://cincinnati.com/blo...ii-opening-in-madeira/

 
The picture with the burnt crust is a turn off for me, but Madeira's definitely a lot closer so I'll have to give it a shot when it opens.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/19 10:57:25 (permalink)
Burned - or just charred?
 
http://slice.seriouseats....charred-or-burned.html
 
I'm a fan of some char on A Tavola's style of pizza (neopolitan), which is typically made in wood or coal burning ovens which are almost always considerably hotter than most other styles are made in  
 
I think A Tavola and Pizzelli are the only neopolitan pizzerias in Cincinnati, although an argument can be made for some others like M and Incline and etc
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/19 13:49:49 (permalink)
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Polly compiled a list of top BBQ joints...

http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/gallery?Avis=AB&Dato=20130618&Kategori=ENT09&Lopenr=306180055&Ref=PH/Polly-Campbell-s-top-barbecue-joints

She does lose some credibility for listing City BBQ, which isn't native to Cincinnati.

 
And she loses all credibility by listing Montgomery Inn.  I mean, that's like naming LaRosa's one of Cincy's ten best pizzas:  There are certainly people (*cough*withabsolutelyNOtastewhatsoever*cough*) who think it is, but they're all dead wrong, and to do so as a professional food writer just smacks of wanting to earn easy brownie points from the clueless local rubes.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/19 18:20:10 (permalink)
Polly Campbell's opinions are definitely subjective. She "pleases the masses", more than reviewing good food. I'm not sure if it is her fault, or the Enquirer (cannot piss off any advertisers). And, almost all restaurant owners/employees know who Polly Campbell is. Getting a realistic review is kind of hard, when the restaurant puts on its best face when she walks through the door.
My friends and I have a running joke (if that is the right wording), that if Polly doesn't like it, we should go. We will most definitely like it. And, if she likes it, its doors will probably be closed in six months.
Sorry Polly. (I know she reads Roadfood, and this particular thread).
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/19 19:10:37 (permalink)
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Burned - or just charred?

 
Neither.

Any kind of blackening on bread is unappealing to me. Then again, I'm the guy who sets the toaster on '4' out of '10' so I don't even get much browning.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/21 10:38:45 (permalink)
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http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/cosmic-pizza-shooting-suspect-john-deloney-arrested-by-indianapolis-in-death-of-richard-evans

 
Sounds like Deters is going to try to throw the book at him, which is good news.
 
On a separate unfortunate note, Honey in Northside has closed. Not entirely unexpected since they have been trying to sell the building (and restaurant?) for some time, but it still stinks to lose one of the best Sunday brunches in the city.
 
http://cincinnati.com/blo...y-in-northside-closed/
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/21 12:57:19 (permalink)
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soozycue520
http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/cosmic-pizza-shooting-suspect-john-deloney-arrested-by-indianapolis-in-death-of-richard-evans


Sounds like Deters is going to try to throw the book at him, which is good news.



Good. That sub-human piece of trash should never, ever enjoy another day of freedom.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/21 13:14:18 (permalink)
My brother recently had to go the Cincinnati airport area for business and stayed in the nearby Holiday Inn.  Tired, he just ate in the hotel restaurant, where he was thilled to find a Hot Brown on the menu.  He said it was slightly on the salty side, but the (what he thought was) white cheddar cheese sauce was excellent. 
 
I certainly wouldn't go looking for a Hot Brown while in the Cincy area, but it makes sense that they serve one in a hotel/restaurant in Kentucky.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/21 13:57:50 (permalink)
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http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/cosmic-pizza-shooting-suspect-john-deloney-arrested-by-indianapolis-in-death-of-richard-evans

Just got a pie from there last week. Good stuff.
 
Tis' sad and I'd love the place to go on but I doubt that will happen. 
 

 
And she loses all credibility by listing Montgomery Inn.  I mean, that's like naming LaRosa's one of Cincy's ten best pizzas:  There are certainly people (*cough*withabsolutelyNOtastewhatsoever*cough*) who think it is, but they're all dead wrong, and to do so as a professional food writer just smacks of wanting to earn easy brownie points from the clueless local rubes.

 
And I have a long standing client that lives in Paris (France, NOT KY) that loves Montgomery Inn and will swing through on business tr5ips and summer jaunts just to eat it.
 
It's not smoked BBQ. Never claims to be. Just like LaRosa's pizza doesn't claim to be NY style pizza.
 
Hate all ya want. 
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Still more lovers locally than bitchers.
 
 
BTW, next ya gonna tell me Cincinnati Chili ain't real chili.
 
Go on.
 
i wanna know more.
 
:)
 
 
 
 
post edited by jjjrfoodie - 2013/06/21 14:04:55
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/21 15:16:30 (permalink)
don't hate on the haters, jjr - they don't know no better :-)
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/21 15:28:48 (permalink)
When I'm in Ohio next month I'm going to have to pick up some Montgomery Inn sauce to see if it's really as good as a lot of people say.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/21 23:02:30 (permalink)
For the record, I only ripped on her listing City BBQ because it wasn't local, but I don't think it's bad.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/22 20:38:51 (permalink)
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When I'm in Ohio next month I'm going to have to pick up some Montgomery Inn sauce to see if it's really as good as a lot of people say.

 
Stick to roadhouse bbq sauces they are much better!
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/22 20:42:44 (permalink)
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When I'm in Ohio next month I'm going to have to pick up some Montgomery Inn sauce to see if it's really as good as a lot of people say.

Well, it'll give you something to complain about. Try their ribs, too. Unless, of course, you prefer barbeque.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/22 20:46:15 (permalink)
jjjrfoodie







BTW, next ya gonna tell me Cincinnati Chili ain't real chili.


i wanna know more.

:)





If you truly believe Cincinnati chili is chili then you really need to know more. Cincinnati chili is good stuff, and I enjoy it often on a four-way with onions and on coneys, but it's really nothing more than Greek-style meat sauce.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/23 16:41:39 (permalink)
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If you truly believe Cincinnati chili is chili then you really need to know more. Cincinnati chili is good stuff, and I enjoy it often on a four-way with onions and on coneys, but it's really nothing more than Greek-style meat sauce.


I don't have a problem with it being classified as chili. It meets most of the criteria except for the tomatoes.
 
Now "vegetarian chili" is definitely not chili. Chili is short for chili con carne, so it definitely compromises the definition of it if you take the meat out of the equation.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/23 17:12:17 (permalink)
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Michael Hoffman
If you truly believe Cincinnati chili is chili then you really need to know more. Cincinnati chili is good stuff, and I enjoy it often on a four-way with onions and on coneys, but it's really nothing more than Greek-style meat sauce.


I don't have a problem with it being classified as chili. It meets most of the criteria except for the tomatoes.

Now "vegetarian chili" is definitely not chili. Chili is short for chili con carne, so it definitely compromises the definition of it if you take the meat out of the equation.

But it has no chiles. And by the way, chili without meat is still chili. It's just not chili con carne.

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