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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/08/16 15:46:27 (permalink)
TJ Jackson
and now, some very, very sad news as a long-time local institution -one of the very few of its kind locally - closes
 
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/newintown/2014/08/15/myras-dionysus-to-close-aug-30/14106479/

 
Sad, but not unexpected. The building has been listed for sale on the MLS for some time now.
 
Also, today and tomorrow are the last two days of Downtown Cincinnati Restaurant Week. We finally went to Jimmy G's last night, which was a mixed bag. The beef tenderloin, naan (part of the bread basket), and desserts (I went with the yuzu/lime custard, my wife did the chocolate amaretto mousse) were excellent, but the Caesar salad and mac & cheese (which several Yelp reviewers rave about) were average at best. There was also a family of four who treated our dining area like their family dining room, but the servers and sommelier were quite attentive to the husband in particular, so I get the feeling that I "should" have known who he was. 
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/08/17 13:29:04 (permalink)
We tried Pieology for dinner last night, in Clifton on McMillan right by Lime (within about 100 feet of both Pomodori and Adriatico's). There is one pizza size (11" thin crust) and two price points, $6.00 for a cheese pizza, or $7.35 for as much as you want of everything else (a gluten-free crust is also available as an upcharge). There are three base sauce options (red, olive oil, herb butter), four cheese options, and about 25 meat and vegetable options (including some "after the bake" like roasted red peppers and pesto, which weren't obvious, as I would have added pesto if I had known). They also offer salads, which wasn't entirely obvious, either. Finally, there is no alcohol on the menu, which probably has Pomodori and Adriatico's breathing a bit easier.
 
The pie is built right in front of you in a Chipotle-like assembly line (they borrow heavily from Chipotle...the restaurant layout, the furnishings, even the logo and fonts) and is then thrown in a wood-fired oven for a few minutes. Our three pizzas were ready less than five minutes after we paid at the register. I went with red sauce, mozzarella, ricotta, garlic, basil, and pepperoni on mine, and was pretty pleased for the price. The ricotta didn't melt particularly well, but still tasted fine, as did the sauce and other toppings. (I would have added sausage if it didn't look like frozen pellets.) The crust is unfortunately the weak spot, although I wonder if its flavor might have been improved a bit if I had them brush it with the herb butter before adding the red sauce. Their slicing technique also needs work, as we had to grab knives and forks to separate a few slices on each of the three pies.
 
As far as wood-fired pizzas go, it's no A Tavola, but for the price and promptness, I think it's worth it.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/08/17 16:28:13 (permalink)
No, I'd never heard of Doughby's. It must be pretty new -- we go up during hockey season and I don't remember it being there in March. I've been saying for years that it amazes me a town packed with a huge population of college students from the Chicago and Cleveland areas doesn't have a good pizza place.

We'll have to give it a shot this fall.

Three locations: Oxford, Clifton and downtown Lexington. I see a theme here.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/08/17 16:30:37 (permalink)
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G R E A T N E W S

http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/local/milford/2014/08/14/roneys-may-reopen-milford/14071381/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=

a snippet from the article
"Milford staff has been working to lure them to a new location in Milford and they have a tentative agreement with Cincinnati United Contractors for a building that could be built for them on Chamber Drive near the Milford Parkway in Milford." The Milford Planning Commission approved a site plan Aug. 13 submitted by Cincinnati United Contractors to build a nearly 2,900-square-foot building for Roney's.


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Wow, that's fantastic news. It took me years to get my wife to like that place and then it disappeared.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/08/17 19:16:24 (permalink)
The Jackson clan split a Vito and Nick II's frozen sausage pizza (9.99, was not on sale) tonight
 
The overall assessment was - better than average for frozen, but still not impressive
 
The main thing I think they need to improve on is the taste of the sauce itself.  Just like Home Run Inn, it was virtually flavorless.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/08/18 12:34:05 (permalink)
The old Eastside Café on upper Beechmont is reopening soon.
 
(Total Revelation Department: The new owner / proprietor is a HS / College friend of mine.)
 
Menu is to be sandwiches featuring daily fresh-roasted meats, burgers with daily fresh-ground beef, and Cincinnati chili among other things. Beer list is largely local -- Mt. Carmel, Moerlein, Hudepohl. Fresh turkey, too.
 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eastside-Cafe/106251919553301
 
(I am listed as Sous Chef. This is Cris's idea of a joke.)
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/08/20 21:34:38 (permalink)
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The old Eastside Café on upper Beechmont is reopening soon.
 
(Total Revelation Department: The new owner / proprietor is a HS / College friend of mine.)
 
Menu is to be sandwiches featuring daily fresh-roasted meats, burgers with daily fresh-ground beef, and Cincinnati chili among other things. Beer list is largely local -- Mt. Carmel, Moerlein, Hudepohl. Fresh turkey, too.
 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Eastside-Cafe/106251919553301
 
(I am listed as Sous Chef. This is Cris's idea of a joke.)


Thanks for the update! I was wondering why the sign was still there when the rest of that strip mall was pretty much vacant.

We live three minutes away so we'll definitely support them when they re-open, but that's still a tough location. I wish him luck.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/08/21 10:44:27 (permalink)
I'm invited to the "invitation only" VIP kickoff Saturday evening, so I'll give a full report as soon as I know more.
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