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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/06/07 19:25:07 (permalink)
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CK - I'll take you up on that this fall when hockey starts again. We're in Oxford all the time starting in early October, and I wouldn't mind going 20-plus minutes out of my way for some good fried chicken.

Let me know and i will join you for some great fried chix, TH you could join us too just dont tell the family it is for RF.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/06/08 18:34:17 (permalink)
Haha, OK, thanks for the offer.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/06/13 20:21:12 (permalink)
(trying to give Zomato a chance, but not liking it so far)
 
My Zomato review of Sorrento's Pizza in Norwood
There is a lot to like at Sorrentos Pizza in Norwood (not to be confused with Sorrentos in Reading) but there are some issues with consistent food quality and pricing that are holding this storied institution from the greatness that could be theirs

The pizza here is somewhat thick-crusted, which is not my favorite style, but if you prefer that style I believe you will like their pizza here.  The selection of pastas is rather small for an italian eatery, with only red-sauced spaghetti, ravioli, manicotti, and lasagna available -- no alfredo, no clams, no chicken, and no wine/butter/oil-and-garlic based preparations at all.  In addition to the above, there are also a handful of hoagie-style sandwiches, some salads and soups, a few appetizers, and a half dozen desserts.  The place appears to be family owned and family run, which I generally consider a big plus.  They have a front dining room that serves double duty as a "softball hall of fame" full of trophies, photos, and other memorabilia from great local softball teams.  Dark wooden floors and kitschy decorations all over the walls makes for a very interesting and unique space to eat in.

The best news is that their red sauce, the traditional lifeblood of any neighborhood italian eatery like they are, is fantastic.  Rich, full bodied, neither thick nor thin, more savory and herb-y than sweet - I'd say this is one of the best red sauces to be found in the Cincinnati area, and they deserve to get plenty of business on this basis alone.  I rated them a point and a half higher on this basis alone.  That said, however, there seems to be some problems with consistency day to day, almost as if (and this is purely a guess here) different recipes are used by different cooks on different days. 

Pricing and portioning is a very real and very big problem here.  An 8inch plain pizza will run you 9.00, while a 16inch pizza for the family can run as high as 23.00.  A tiny loaf of garlic bread, not even enough for two diners, runs 4.00, and a dollar more if you want cheese on it and/or sauce for dipping (trust me - you do).  The lasagna is very good, and includes a salad and a few bites of bread, but at 12.50 it is priced at least three dollars higher than it should be for the portion size.   The meatball sandwich at 8.50 was enjoyable once I moved all of the meat to one half of the sandwich and ate that, but for 8.50 there should have been enough for the whole sandwich, especially with Betta's just down the street being absolutely packed with large meatballs for 2.50 less.  I should add that when I asked for onions to be added to this sandwich, I was told I'd be charged a dollar extra.  I didn't argue to point and simply didn't add the onions after all, but these are thrown in as a freebie on this sandwich anywhere else I can think of.          

The pricing is even more perplexing given the neighborhood and parking situation.  The neighborhood is low income with a lot of homes within easy walking distance, and parking is in a fairly small and poorly maintained lot that is not connected to the restaurant, and there do not not appear to be enough parking spaces in his lot to allow them to fill their fairly large dining room.  As a result, I would think the business strategy should be to target carryout lunches for hungry workers from local businesses during the business day, and the low income families in the neighborhood for evenings and weekends.  In both cases, I believe that the price point needs to be much lower, but they don't even have a lunch menu; and I do not think this neighborhood is well served by 9 dollar plates of spaghetti, 8 dollar sandwiches, or 20+ dollar pizzas

This is the kind of place that I really, really want to like, particularly given how good their red sauce (usually) is; but at these prices for these portions my meal money generally goes elsewhere

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/06/18 04:51:00 (permalink)
Great review, TJ. I can certainly understand the concept of wanting to like a place but having to give up on it.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/06/30 10:37:29 (permalink)
I had a co-worker ask me a local food question the other day. I didn't have a good answer (for once) so I thought I'd throw it to y'all.
 
What commercial barbecue sauce is most like the sauce at Just Q'in in Newtown?
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/06/30 11:05:28 (permalink)
While I've not been to Just Q'in, I believe Cattlemen's by French's is one of the biggest foodservice BBQ sauce.
 
http://www.frenchsfoodservice.com/our-brands/cattlemens
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/01 05:18:55 (permalink)
Giordano's to Cincinnati?!

Giordano's, the 52-unit chain, known for a stuffed, deep-dish pizza that takes 45 minutes to make and days to consume, is scouting sites in Cincinnati for at least two new restaurants. Sites in Kenwood, Downtown and Liberty Township have all been considered. The company hopes to sign its first lease by year end.

“Cincinnati’s a very good area,” Giordano’s CEO Yorgo Koutsogiorgas told WCPO in an exclusive interview. “We would love to be there.”
David Sheehy, an Anchor Associates broker who represents Giordano’s, said the company’s first-choice site is in the northeast corridor. But he thinks Cincinnati could support more than just two locations.

“I would say at least half a dozen,” Sheehy said.

In Ohio, Giordano’s will encounter a market that already has about 3,800 pizza restaurants, 54 percent of which are independent operators will fewer than 10 locations, according to the 2015 Pizza Power Report by PMQ Pizza Magazine.

It says the nation’s 73,000 pizza restaurants generated revenue of $38.5 million in 2014, up 3 percent from the year before. A recent report by food industry consultant Technomic indicates “build-your-own” pizza chains like MOD Pizza, Pie Five and Pieology are the fastest-growing competitors nationwide.

“We’re not coming to Cincinnati to claim that we’re going to take pizza business away from anybody,” he said. “We’re going to add another option, which in my view will be a wonderful option.”
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/05 20:09:35 (permalink)
Looks like Steinhaus in Florence/Elsmere has closed... again   According to their Facebook page their last service was on the 25th of June.
 
https://www.facebook.com/SteinhausRestaurant
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/05 21:07:25 (permalink)
That is too bad, they had good food, the location sucked, but the food was always top notch.
 
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/06 12:40:04 (permalink)
I don't think the geographical location was as bad as some are making it out to be, but the size of the location may have been a bit lacking.  That's a discussion for another time however.
 
They may have closed Steinhaus to focus on their new venture, Factory Buvette & Bar which recently opened in Newport.
 
http://www.wcpo.com/lifestyle/food/factory-buvette-bar-opens-in-Newport
 
https://www.facebook.com/factorynewport
post edited by Ghaz - 2015/07/06 12:42:08
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/08 16:34:50 (permalink)
Gliers is introducing a new variety of goetta with bacon in it
 
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/entertainment/dining/2015/07/07/goetta-meet-bacon/29821833/
 
I am not a believer in the "bacon makes everything better" line of thought, but I think this has potential to be good as long as the much stronger flavor of the bacon doesn't completely overwhelm the far more subdued flavor of the goetta 
 
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/08 18:07:36 (permalink)
I will have to look for it their turkey goetta is actually quite good.
I like their goetta dawgs better than queen citys goetta dawgs
QC have more meat and less pin head oats they taste almost like a brat instead.
I wish gliers would use a natural casing
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/08 23:16:35 (permalink)
Goetta is perfect by itself.  Like cheese and tomato sauce pizza.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/09 10:07:15 (permalink)
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Goetta is perfect by itself.  Like cheese and tomato sauce pizza.

np, they aren't changing the recipe for the baseline goetta, just offering a variation as well
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/09 13:48:16 (permalink)
TJ is correct the recipe is the same, but they now offer it in the form of patties and "dawgs" and still in roll and loaf form. The patties and dawgs are perfect for the grill.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/15 17:58:51 (permalink)
MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes looking to open locations in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky.
 

A popular and rapidly growing fast casual burger restaurant is eyeing multiple locations in Northern Kentucky and Greater Cincinnati.
 
Ever heard of MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes?
 
The company, founded in 2007, already has more than 80 locations in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and the Middle East. Founded in Plano, Texas, a bulk of the chain's locations is located in the Lone Star State and the closest locations to our region are in the Chicago area and in Knoxville, Tennessee. However, MOOYAH is making its first foray into Ohio with a new location near Cleveland this month and the company tells The River City News that it hopes to enter the Cincinnati market soon.
 
"We have done a bit of homework and identified those markets where we believe we need to focus in on given our guest profile, which is really families," said Ardag Tachian, MOOYAH's director of development. "Household size is important to us when we do a demographic search. We're looking for areas of town where there are lots of residences, a lot of homes. School districts where young families like to move into. Shopping centers anchored by grocery stores and other fast casual non-competing restaurants nearby.
 
"At this point, we are finding a lot of success establishing our businesses in those types of settings."
Though any anticipated opening date locally is not yet known, MOOYAH has pinpointed several areas of the region that would be ideal for the restaurant. In Northern Kentucky, the company identified Florence. The company hopes to open two restaurants in two years and other communities on its list include the Cincinnati neighborhoods and suburbs of West Chester/Liberty Township, Mason, Kenwood/Montgomery, and Hyde Park/Oakley.
 
Currently, MOOYAH is seeking franchise partners for the locations as the company does not open corporate-owned restaurants.
 
"A business background is helpful," Tachian said of the ideal franchisee. "While we are a restaurant, it is also a business and people are in business to be successful. Restaurant experience is helpful but not necessarily required. We are looking for folks who have the hospitality gene, who desire to be of service, to be friendly, to be accommodating. We want folks to treat our guests much like we treat visitors to our homes."
 
That sense of hospitality, Tachian said, is key to the company's success. Well, that and its unique approach to the burger.
 
All buns are baked in house, the beef is never frozen, the French fries are hand cut, and the milk shakes are hand-crafted with real ice cream.
 
"The reason (for our growth) is really simple. Our menu selection is very simple, our operations are simple, and our guests come in simply for the reason to enjoy a quality burger, fries, and milkshake. The All-American meal," Tachian said. "We also prioritize hospitality and guest services. It is paramount for franchise partners."
 
When a customer walks into a MOOYAH location, he or she picks a burger first: the MOOYAH, the double, the turkey, the black bean veggie, or the all-beef hot dog. Then, a fresh-baked bun: white or wheat, or a lettuce wrap (for gluten-free diners or dieters, or those who simply prefer it). From there, the burger is loaded up with choices of cheese, veggies, and sauces. The fries can be traditional or sweet potato and the milkshakes come in a variety of all-American flavors.
While waiting for the arrival in the Northern Kentucky/Greater Cincinnati market, locals can give MOOYAH a try when it opens in Rocky River, Ohio outside of Cleveland on July 27.
 
"The better burger segment within the rubric of fast casual is growing and it's growing for a reason," Tachian said. "People are craving freshly-made, custom-made burgers, hand-cut fries, real ice cream shakes," Tachian said. "Certainly the success of Five Guys and other brands attest to that. We at MOOYAH have really embraced that challenge from our guests and consumers to provide them with a wonderful family-centric ambiance, with fresh product, and with an opportunity to have a meal with their family and enjoy good quality food.
 
"We're all about family. We embrace family values and we love dining together. We love our burgers, we love our fries. It's the all-American meal."

 
http://rcnky.com/articles/2015/07/15/burger-restaurant-looking-open-northern-kentucky-cincinnati
 
http://www.mooyah.com/
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/17 09:50:41 (permalink)
The old Demetrio's location in Madisonville has new signage out front that says Green Papaya. 
 
Best guess is it is a second location for the original Green Papaya in Hyde Park
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/18 15:45:59 (permalink)
Monday starts Cincinnati Burger Week.
 
http://southcommevents.com/burgerweek/cincinnati/
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/18 16:54:34 (permalink)
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Monday starts Cincinnati Burger Week.
 
http://southcommevents.com/burgerweek/cincinnati/




Hwy. 55 is on the list? I guess they are raising the prices on their crap to hit that $5 mark.
 
I haven't tried Hang Over Easy's burger yet, so I'll be sure to check that one out. (Coincidentally, it happens to be the place closest to my house.) 
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/18 20:49:08 (permalink)
Once again West Side gets slighted as does Indiana
 
I know it is City Beat, but come on all ready!
 
I will save the list and see how many I can cross off the next few months
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/20 18:16:12 (permalink)
In addition to their "signature" burger available for $5 all week, Hang Over Easy is doing a different specialty $5 burger every day this week:
 
https://www.facebook.com/hangovereasycincy/timeline
 
I personally will be taking advantage of their $10 burger + Rhinegeist draught combo, quite possibly more than once.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/21 18:30:44 (permalink)
Does anyone have any news about Remezo in Mason? They looked very closed when we drove by at 6:00 this evening.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/24 11:34:30 (permalink)
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Does anyone have any news about Remezo in Mason? They looked very closed when we drove by at 6:00 this evening.

CLOSED FOR GOOD
Lack of sales cited for there closing
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/28 12:07:40 (permalink)
I can't find a link anywhere that explains why Remezo closed, but I trust your word, CK. 
 
It was a very large space for a startup restaurant for a type of ethnic cuisine that has limited local appeal, so they were fighting an uphill battle from the start
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/28 12:08:52 (permalink)
Tuckers had a fire last night that apparently destroyed the kitchen, and it is unknown for now when they will reopen
 
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2015/07/28/longstanding-over--rhine-restaurant-damaged-fire/30769461/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=
 
A fire Monday night destroyed the kitchen of Tucker's Restaurant, which has been in business for more than 50 years on Vine Street.

Just before 10 p.m., firefighters responded to the blaze, knocked open the doors and extinguished the fire in minutes, Cincinnati Fire Department Lt. Pat Kwiatkowski said.

The restaurant was empty at the time of the fire, and everyone who rents apartments from owner Joe Tucker above the restaurant made it out safe.

"No damage anywhere else," Kwiatkowski said. "It was all confined to the kitchen."

Tucker told The Enquirer on Tuesday the fire was caused by an employee who came to the kitchen after hours to cook something and left a stove burner on.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/29 09:45:33 (permalink)
A few items
 
--I am a little more enthusiastic about Dewey's being close to opening on Beechmont in Anderson than the recent opening of Krispy Kreme also on Beechmont in Anderson.
 
--I went by Roney's last night and the roof is on and a lot of interior work is underway.  I'd say if they keep up the pace they could potentially be open by mid September
 
--I stopped by the listed address for Phyllo World in Covington and it has the look like they could be open if they wanted to be, but there hasn't been a Facebook update in quite some time and they haven't answered any of several emails I have sent.   I will keep checking, as their stuff (pictured on their website) looks really, really good
 
--Has anyone been able to check out the seasonal outdoor bbq setup at the Veterans Post on Clough down near Turpin?  Looks like the only operate for limited hours on weekends only and while I have been by there I have never seen them operating.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2015/07/29 09:57:41 (permalink)
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Tuckers had a fire last night that apparently destroyed the kitchen, and it is unknown for now when they will reopen
 
http://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2015/07/28/longstanding-over--rhine-restaurant-damaged-fire/30769461/?from=global&sessionKey=&autologin=
 
A fire Monday night destroyed the kitchen of Tucker's Restaurant, which has been in business for more than 50 years on Vine Street.

Just before 10 p.m., firefighters responded to the blaze, knocked open the doors and extinguished the fire in minutes, Cincinnati Fire Department Lt. Pat Kwiatkowski said.

The restaurant was empty at the time of the fire, and everyone who rents apartments from owner Joe Tucker above the restaurant made it out safe.

"No damage anywhere else," Kwiatkowski said. "It was all confined to the kitchen."

Tucker told The Enquirer on Tuesday the fire was caused by an employee who came to the kitchen after hours to cook something and left a stove burner on.



There's a GoFundMe effort to help Tucker's get back in business. http://www.gofundme.com/5w2jfk2t98r In 24 hours they've raised more than $7000. The Tucker family did not start this; a community member did.
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