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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/10 01:45:21 (permalink)
Anyone tried this place?
 
http://www.buttshackgrill.com/
 
I guess it used to be in New Baltimore but outgrew the location there.
  
 
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/10 10:58:03 (permalink)
I didn't know where New Baltimore was, so I goggled it, and also learned that "New Haven" is right near by
 
Now that I know New Haven is so near by, I will be heading their for a fresh clam apizza later tonight! 
 
W O O T
 
(I have not been to the Butt Shack, but it sounds like I should try to get there soon, despite fairly high prices)
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/10 11:05:00 (permalink)
If the Butt Shack needs an advertising jingle I suggest contacting the B-52s...
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/10 12:18:22 (permalink)
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/10 17:52:56 (permalink)
I was in Cincy a couple of weeks ago...quick trip to see Mom and visit the eye Dr.(trip report: Niemerg's, Effingham, IL;Skyline, Batesville, IN; Riley's, Sharonville, OH; Frisch's, Norwood, OH; Gold Star Chili, Harrison, OH. all good, of course) and saw a Quatman's Cafe in Blue Ash (I think).  Is this a 2nd location or did the original one close?
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/10 18:05:34 (permalink)
Quatman's original location is in Norwood, just a few north-ish blocks from where I now work, and it is still going strong
 
Quatman's second location is in Mason: http://quatmancafe.com/mason/
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/17 21:38:13 (permalink)
WCPO says St. Louis' Pi Pizzeria is coming to downtown later this year.
 
http://www.wcpo.com/lifestyle/food/st-louis-favorite-pi-pizzeria-coming-to-cincinnati-later-this-year
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/18 01:22:04 (permalink)
Here's a (maybe) sort of out-of-left-field query that's kind of interesting (to me), nonetheless:  Which Cincy-based eating establishment do you feel has good-to-great-to-excellent food, but what keeps you from making return trips is the questionable (read:  outright lousy/inattentive/downright RUDE) service?  I'll name two that I've experienced personally (in no particular order of either food-ish excellence *or* abysmal level of service):  Marx Hot Bagels in Blue Ash (seriously, the "Bagel Man" is not a service personage to be emulated), and Terry's Turf Club (I'd read - right on these boards - of questionable-at-times service, from the top down at TTC; then I watched, rapt, the Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives episode (hosted by multiple-lines-of-blow-in-human-form Guy Fieri) featuring TTC and Terry, himself, on camera, and I found him to be nearly blow-for-blow in the douchebaggery arena with Mr. Fieri (although approaching said douchebaggery from a wholly different perspective);  and then I actually decided to go and sample some of Massah Terry's eats 'n' overtures o' hospitality, and when I did?  Well, let's say that the burgers, tasty (and - GOOD GOD - overpriced) as they are, did little to make up for the open surliness that I experienced from purt' near everybody who called themselves a Terry's Turf Club employee that day.
 
So.  I throw it out to you:  Which Tri-State establishments have pretty gol'durn decent damn food, but at the same time, indifferent-to-flat-out, "what-the-EFF-are-you-doing-here-taking-up-my-app-purchasing-and-playing-time" horrid service?
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/18 02:03:17 (permalink)
The one that comes to the forefront of my mind is Boston Butz, but they closed, and I'd bet my last cent it was because of bad service. I documented our experience there two years ago about 30 or so pages back, but it was the worst service I've ever received in my life. And it was always painfully slow there, I think from incompetence rather than apathy. And that's a shame because their food was excellent and the prices were very reasonable.
 
Most of the times when I have a service issue it's at a chain, and if I'm there I guess I deserve it, right?
 
I've been to Terry's at least four times and I've never had any of the problems you mention with service. We don't go there more because of the wait, the cramped quarters, the prices -- not bitching about them but it's not a once-a-week stop at $12 a burger -- and also we moved further east last year and it's just not convenient to get there for us.
 
We only talked to Terry once, it was during a late lunch, and he seemed fine. He talks kind of quietly so it was hard to understand him from where we were sitting. That was about three years ago.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/18 11:03:37 (permalink)
Rascals in Blue Ash has excellent food but really sh!tty service and the high prices make it even more of a treat
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/23 10:48:21 (permalink)
I don't know if anyone had expressed any affection for this place, but Demetrios IV (http://www.urbanspoon.com...etrios-IV-Cincinnati), a diner on the border of Madisonville and Mariemont, closed at the end of March.  I had never been there, but stopped by last night (too late) with the intention to try it out
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/23 15:57:18 (permalink)
TJ, Demitrios IV was a good restaurant of the "Greek diner" style that you can find elsewhere in Cincinnati.  My wife and I ate there at times when we found ourselves on the East side.  It had some interesting history, some told in the name.  The three previous Demitrios locations were also popular neighborhood places.  The one I was most familiar with was Demitrios II which was near the Hollywood theater in College Hill for many years.  I believe someone continued at that location under the name "Mitrios" for a time, but I don't know if that is still there.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/24 21:21:19 (permalink)
Eli's -- the group of sports bars, not the BBQ place -- is adding another location in Crestview Hills.
 
A place with the intriguing name Arabuckle Mountain Fried Pies looks like it will open soon next to Jungle Jim's Eastgate. Looks like they're a coffee shop as well.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/25 09:57:00 (permalink)
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Eli's -- the group of sports bars, not the BBQ place -- is adding another location in Crestview Hills.

A place with the intriguing name Arabuckle Mountain Fried Pies looks like it will open soon next to Jungle Jim's Eastgate. Looks like they're a coffee shop as well.


I've been curious about Arbuckle. I love fried pies. Or as my mother's people would say, "Frahd pahs."
 
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/25 16:55:21 (permalink)
I've never heard of a fried pie. I assume it's deep fried somehow?
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/25 17:03:30 (permalink)
So ****tybeat mentioned Ali Baba's, which I'd never heard of before, and since it's on the east side...sort of...and I had a taste for a gyro I thought I'd give it a try.
 
I like my gyros with just tzatziki sauce, so I ordered one of those and a six-piece falafel to go.
 
I think I've only had falafel once so I'm in no way an authority on it, but I thought they were excellent. I started nibbling on them in the car and I finished them at home (they gave me a side of tzataiki to dip it in). Almost like a hush puppy in texture but much more flavorful.
 
Then I got home and had the gyro. I was very pleased. It's about as good as Chicago Gyros, which is my favorite in the city (and no, I haven't ventured over the much-acclaimed Sebastian's). They do a great job with the pita, getting just a touch of oil on it and frying it so has just a little crispiness to it. The meat was outstanding, and they give you quite a bit, and the sauce was excellent. The sauce had little chunks of dill in it and had a hint of garlic, just like CG's. 
 
It was $10.49 for all I got and I was stuffed. It's on Red Bank Road about a mile south of I-71.
 
Highly recommended.
 
http://alibabagrille.com/
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/25 18:25:00 (permalink)
There are two really great things about Ali Babas that differentiate them from most other gyro joints about town
 
First, while many gyro joints have gyro meat on a spit, Ali Baba's also has a chicken schwarma spit, and I have to say I've not had a better schwarma elsewhere
 
Second, they have a lot more options in regards to what they can and will put on your gyro (or scharma, or falafel, etc) that most other greek places around town
 
Most places have tomato, onion, and tzaziki - thats it.  Maybe cucumbers too in some cases.
 
Ali Baba has feta, roasted red peppers, eggplant, olives, and many other toppings and if I understand things correctly these are all FREE to add to your pita sandwich. 
 
I second your recommendation
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/28 11:20:35 (permalink)
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I've never heard of a fried pie. I assume it's deep fried somehow?


Yes indeed. An envelope of pastry wrapped around a filling and deep-fried or skillet-fried. Lovely.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/30 20:25:20 (permalink)
El Nopal, a new Mexican restaurant is going in the location of the old Frisch's/Mexican restaurant that was on 42 at the end of Industrial Road in Florence.  I believe that its a part of a chain of Mexican restaurants from the Louisville area.
 
http://www.elnopalmex.com/
 
There's also a sushi restaurant going in on the other side of 42 in the old Dunkin' Donuts location.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/01 19:49:55 (permalink)
Speaking of Florence, I've been going to the Friendly Market on Mount Zion Rd. a lot the past few months. It's still fairly small but they've said they're going to add merchants this summer. Plus they're starting to do produce outside since we're well into spring now.
 
Plus the butcher sells bacon burger patties for $4.59 a pound. Great on the grill.
 
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/01 22:08:10 (permalink)
The original owners of Dusmesh (I hadn't realized they sold it, although that might explain why the Dal Makhani recipe changed...) have opened Swad, a new Indian restaurant at 1810 W. Galbraith Road in North College Hill (formerly Van Zandt's). Urbanspoon has images of both the restaurant and the menu. As far as ambiance goes, it appears to be one of the nicest Indian places in town, which probably explains why prices are a bit on the higher side. This is just minutes from my office, and I plan on going for lunch tomorrow.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/04 14:51:38 (permalink)
Didn't see it mentioned on their website, but the sign outside of the Steinhaus Restaurant in Erlanger says that they are "closed pending relocation".  This comes just two weeks after their parking lot was packed Easter Sunday for brunch.
 
http://www.steinhausrestaurant.com/
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/04 16:04:53 (permalink)
As a follow-up on Swad, if you are/were a fan of Dusmesh, you will be a fan of Swad. They recognized me as soon as I walked in the door, and I hit the buffet after we caught up a bit on the sale, new location, etc.
 
I never had the opportunity to do the lunch buffet at Dusmesh under any ownership since I was/am never in the vicinity during lunch hours, but Swad's is stocked with a nice selection of vegetable appetizers (mostly fried), at least a dozen entrees (the usual, plus an egg dish I don't recall ever seeing on any local Indian menu), a couple of bread choices, a few chutneys, and fruit and yogurt for dessert. Everything seemed fresh (and hot, where necessary), and well worth the $7.99. This will probably become a weekly lunch stop for me as it's only five minutes from my office, even closer than most of the (chain) lunch options along Colerain Ave.
 
We also tried Hang Over Easy in a revitalized part of Corryville for brunch today, on Charlton between Jefferson and Short Vine. They apparently serve breakfast all day, have an impressive number and selection of beers on tap, and are open until 2:30 A.M. every morning. It's pretty trendy (and most of the chairs and stools are a bit too cheap/casual), and the names of several menu items are as suggestive as the name of the restaurant itself, but we were mostly impressed with just about everything we ordered.
 
Their coffee is excellent, one of the best cups I have ever had around here, and includes unlimited refills. We were also given to-go cups, although I'm not sure if that is a normal offering, or if it's because our check was a bit delayed in arriving because of how busy they were (service was otherwise great). My (homemade) biscuits and gravy were very good and very large, although not as piping hot as I would have liked. My wife also very much enjoyed her "skillet", which was made up of eggs, chorizo, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and a few other ingredients I'm forgetting, but was only able to finish about half of it. Our toddler also largely devoured his breakfast sandwich (scrambled eggs, American cheese, and a sausage patty on an English muffin), but didn't touch the home fries, which were pretty underwhelming. I was also disappointed with the bacon fat fries, which were nowhere near as flavorful as I was expecting.
 
I can't see us ever going there for dinner (and the non-breakfast menu seemed a bit sparse, mostly sandwiches), but I suspect it will quickly become one of our go-to spots for brunch, especially with the losses of both Honey and Take the Cake.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/06 11:11:53 (permalink)
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TJ, Demitrios IV was a good restaurant of the "Greek diner" style that you can find elsewhere in Cincinnati.  My wife and I ate there at times when we found ourselves on the East side.  It had some interesting history, some told in the name.  The three previous Demitrios locations were also popular neighborhood places.  The one I was most familiar with was Demitrios II which was near the Hollywood theater in College Hill for many years.  I believe someone continued at that location under the name "Mitrios" for a time, but I don't know if that is still there.

 
I noticed yesterday that there is a Demitrios V that was just opening up in Golf Manor.  It is in the little shopping strip next to the UDF at the corner of Losantiville Ave and Wiehe Rd.  I didn't notice if it was open yet, but they did paint a huge sign on the side of the building advertising for it.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/06 11:52:57 (permalink)
What a week for comebacks! First Ghaz, now Euched!
 
welcome back you two!
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/06 12:21:02 (permalink)
There is a new Korean / Sushi restaurant that just opened up about a week or so ago in Oakley called Stone Bowl.  It is located where Nick's Chops & Chasers used to be at 3355 Madison Road.  I haven't been there yet, and their website http://www.stonebowloakley.com/home/ looks like it was copy/pasted from some foreign place in New York or something...but people on Facebook have said that the food is good.  They also said that it is just the owner and his wife running it for now so the service is very slow.  I figure I will give them about a month or so and give it a try.  I love Korean food and have to check out each new restaurant in town when they open.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/19 13:21:22 (permalink)
Roney's (formerly Roy Rogers) is closing tomorrow according to Channel 12.
 
http://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/roneys-restaurant-close-tuesday-11869.shtml
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/19 16:56:56 (permalink)
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Roney's (formerly Roy Rogers) is closing tomorrow

Truly horrible news for Cincinnati
 
I realize the chain haters will wave the flag rather than shed tears, but this is a truly great little locally owned place serving inexpensive and unique (to our area) food of (in my opinion) very good quality.
 
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/19 18:56:15 (permalink)
That is sad.  The last remnant of a chain that had an excellent menu,  but poor management.  Roney's kept most of the old RR menu alive...the signature Double-R-bar burger, the excellent fish sandwich, etc. but became "unchained."  I think Frisch's was the building's owner for a long time, but I don't know if that is still true.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/20 05:08:31 (permalink)
Hey there. Long time viewer, finally got the urge to register and post. Considering I love food, it's only logical. 
 
Sucks to hear about Roney's. Hopelfully they get a new location up and running soon. 
 
Also: Drove by the Anderson Bar & Grill the other day on Beechmont and it's all boarded up. Apparently they are remodeling and reopening TBA under a name change: Anderson Pub & Grill. 
 
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