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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/12 08:24:07 (permalink)
I do think prices will drop after a bit, but probably not more than 25% or so
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/12 09:27:11 (permalink)
Every purchase I've made from Bounty Seafood and now Keegan's has been outstanding. I don't notice much pricing difference beweeen the two, and I live within walking distance. My son's in-laws are Louisiana shrimpers, and the LA shrimp I've gotten from Keegan's is every bit as good as what I've had in LA. It's pricey, but very worth it. They are so friendly and customer oriented that I'm sure any less than satisfactory purchase would be remedied. Did you take the shrimp back?
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/12 10:59:08 (permalink)
another mt washington/anderson resident :-)

hi sudie!
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/12 15:41:01 (permalink)
I need a restaurant for a Friday night where we can take our two kids and not worry about making them act like small adults, but where we can also get a decent bottle of wine and some good grub.

Is this asking for the impossible?
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/12 16:27:30 (permalink)
I'm no wine drinker, so I can't speak to this, sorry - the only place that serves alcohol and there has been stuff (crayons, kiddie dinner selections incl small desert) for my 3 and 5 year old daughters was (is) a chain - Macaroni Grill.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/12 16:50:29 (permalink)
Robin Hood, do you have a particular style of food you are looking for, or better yet, is there a style/cuisine you will not eat and hence i know not to recommend?

Many a kid friendly place locally, but then again I have an 8 year old who likes eel sushi and authentic spinach enchiladas , so YMMV.

We'll find you a place for the evening. Worry not.


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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/13 16:13:15 (permalink)
No particular style of food, we like everything as long as it is well-made and preferably locally owned. As for the wine list, we are not wine snobs, just looking for a place that will handle kids and let us order a bottle at the same time . . .

Thanks
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/13 17:44:57 (permalink)
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Every purchase I've made from Bounty Seafood and now Keegan's has been outstanding. I don't notice much pricing difference beweeen the two, and I live within walking distance. My son's in-laws are Louisiana shrimpers, and the LA shrimp I've gotten from Keegan's is every bit as good as what I've had in LA. It's pricey, but very worth it. They are so friendly and customer oriented that I'm sure any less than satisfactory purchase would be remedied. Did you take the shrimp back?


No. But I do have a call in to Tom Keegan.....we've played phone tag.....

I just cooked it to finish it.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/14 08:07:30 (permalink)
BURGERS?

Since moving to Cincinnati, everyone has told me about Zip's, and I have enjoyed the burger there on several occassions, but where else should I go for a great burger?
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/14 09:06:53 (permalink)
I don't like Zips at all...I prefer the full sized thick pub burgers that are cooked to order

If you like that type of burger as well.....
Arthur's in Hyde Park
Mansion Hill Tavern in Newport
Quatman's in Norwood
Zola's in Covington

Here's a pic of a Mansion Hill Burger

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/14 09:15:01 (permalink)
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Originally posted by Robin Hood

BURGERS?

Since moving to Cincinnati, everyone has told me about Zip's, and I have enjoyed the burger there on several occassions, but where else should I go for a great burger?


TJ is spot on with his list although I do personally like Zips for the atmosphere. Bugers are not gormet but acceptable by my standards.
TJ also posted this link to the Cincinnati Burger Guys a while back.
http://www.cvgburgerguys.blogspot.com/

Hope this helps.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/14 11:15:28 (permalink)
It's posted in more than one place, but there have been some closings of note of late:

Bella's (at the Aronoff downtown)
Michael G's (in Anderson)
Jack Quinn's (Covington)

Here's a related link: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/show/325849

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/14 13:09:39 (permalink)
Thanks. I was aware that there were old posts about it, but I was concerned about how accurate they were. For example, Jack Quinn's has been closed for some time now.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/14 13:21:00 (permalink)
Cool.

I had not heard about Jack Quinn's, or at least don't recall hearing about it, so I assumed it was recent.

Bella was more or less this week - yesterday, I believe

Not sure about Michael G's, even though it is more or less in my neighborhood. I am sure one of the other anderson/mt washington residents (there are many of us on this forum) will have better info on the aproximate timeframe
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/14 15:29:55 (permalink)
When Jack Quinn's closed, they said they were closing for remodeling, and would reopen.

Unfortunately, a lot of places say they are "closing for remodeling" and never reopen.

My friend, who works at a downtown bar on the weekends, knew about Bella last week. Apparently it has been rumored for a while, as the rest of the Queen City Group's restaurants {Watson Bros., Jump} had already bit the dust.

Don't know much about Michael G's.

It's sad that all these restaurants are closing.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/14 15:45:35 (permalink)
The guys who did Jack Quinns sank a lot of money in that place. They relied on Covington's promise and plans to develop that area. Those plans never developed. Too bad. It's a gorgeous building.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/14 21:59:03 (permalink)
Anyone tried Hoggy's yet? We gave the Crestview location a shot tonight for dinner and after having City BarBQ on Sunday I can say with authority that there is NO comparison. Hoggy's ain't even close. I had pulled pork and it was extremely bland, with an odd texture, almost as if it had been dusted with cornstarch. Nothing there that might make me try it again. As disappointed as I was with Shane's a few months back, I'd pick it over Hoggy's if I had to have Que in that neighborhood.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/15 14:11:16 (permalink)
From July 29, 2006 Cincinnati Enquirer:

LATE TAX PAYMENT TURNS OFF TAP AT BELLA

The Bella restaurant at Sixth and Walnut streets downtown was closed Thursday and was not serving alcohol Friday afternoon after the Ohio Liquor Control Commission suspended its liquor license effective July 24 for delinquent tax payments.

General manager Ryan Cracchiolo acknowledged a violation earlier in the week, but said the restaurant would have it resolved Friday.

Bella and Teller's in Hyde Park Square are owned by Queen City Restaurant Group, which has had delinquent tax payments at several of its locations, including the former Watson Bros. Bistro & Brewery in Blue Ash and Donna's Diner in Covington.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/15 14:17:53 (permalink)
Will Bella reopen?

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20060914/BIZ01/309140029/-1/back01

Personally, I do not believe it will happen. All the QCRG's restaurants have closed, except Teller's.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/15 14:21:02 (permalink)
It's been closed a couple of weeks. Last visit to Super Kroger, we walked by and saw a sign on the door that said "closed for renovation" usually restaurant-ese for "We're outta here." The couple of times we went, we had to walk up to be sure they were open; their facade always looked as though they were closed. I saw in the community paper yesterday that they're closed for goo.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/15 14:48:11 (permalink)
My post was refering to Michael G's, and I do believe they're closed for good, not closed for goo, but who knows?
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/15 15:40:54 (permalink)
That Beechmont Mall area has claimed an amazing number of restaurants over the years. Must have something to do with the freeway access? I didn't see Michael G's making a go of it there. No one thinks of eating by Krogers unless they think strip mall food. CiCi's should thrive.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/15 15:59:05 (permalink)
Wally - not to ignore you, I have never been to the remodeled Crestview Hills Mall, or whatever they are calling it now. Since everything is a chain there, combined with all the reviews I have heard thus far, I doubt I ever will.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/15 16:46:44 (permalink)
It is called Crestview Hills Town Center.

Mike and Jimmy's Chophouse is pretty good. It is owned by Jim Gerhardt and Michael Kunha. They were the chefs at the Oakroom in the Seelbach Hotel in Louisville before opening Limestone Restaurant there. The Chophouse is their second restaurant.

I also believe that the Pub and the Argentine Bean are both locally owned restaurants there. Oh yeah, and the Wiener Hut or whatever it is called is locally owned. Good places for high quality wursts and wieners, including brats, mets and franks. They also make a good reuben sandwich.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/15 17:42:13 (permalink)
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That Beechmont Mall area has claimed an amazing number of restaurants over the years. Must have something to do with the freeway access? I didn't see Michael G's making a go of it there. No one thinks of eating by Krogers unless they think strip mall food. CiCi's should thrive.


The Anderson Towne Centre is one of the dumbest developments I've ever seen. It's basically Kroger with a huge food court attached.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/16 10:17:10 (permalink)
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Wally - not to ignore you, I have never been to the remodeled Crestview Hills Mall, or whatever they are calling it now. Since everything is a chain there, combined with all the reviews I have heard thus far, I doubt I ever will.


I can't say I'd recommend anything there. Even the bookstore is a dud. I was going to drive to Carrollton to try Tina's, but I didn't feel like making the drive after carting the kids around all afternoon. Wish I'd have made it now.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/16 10:19:48 (permalink)
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That Beechmont Mall area has claimed an amazing number of restaurants over the years. Must have something to do with the freeway access? I didn't see Michael G's making a go of it there. No one thinks of eating by Krogers unless they think strip mall food. CiCi's should thrive.


The Anderson Towne Centre is one of the dumbest developments I've ever seen. It's basically Kroger with a huge food court attached.


True. We tried Moe's back at the start of the summer. I think it's mant to be in Chipotle's league, but I didn't think it was close. I'll give it another try, but that will be the end if nothing has changed. (They had crunchy rice in my burrito! How tough is it to keep your rice at least semi-fresh?)
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/16 19:46:55 (permalink)
Chipotle, Qdoba and Moe's are all fairly similar. Chipotle and Qdoba have about the same menu except Qdoba offers queso cheese and ground sirloin, while Chipotle offers carnitas. Moes is a little different in that they don't have the fluffy white lime/cilantro rice. It is more of a mexican rice/fried type of rice. Moe's I believe only offers chicken, steak and tofu.
At Moe's you have to have the mexi-ranch dressing put on your Burrito. Qdoba you have to have the cheese queso. And Chipotle, the carnitas is great.

To change the topic, anyone tried Rosati's Chicago style pizza in West Chester?? I believe they have other crust/style choices as well.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/17 03:23:08 (permalink)
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To change the topic, anyone tried Rosati's Chicago style pizza in West Chester?? I believe they have other crust/style choices as well.


Is it of any relation to this chain, http://www.rosatis.com? I ate at one of these in northwest Indiana five or six years ago; it was all right but I was expecting deep dish crust since it is based out of Chicagoland (Lisle to be exact).

There was talk of one coming to Springboro (south of Dayton) near me. I saw the sign up at the location in a mini-strip mall last November. I haven't been back since, so I don't know if it will open. It does not look promising considering that the only restaurants listed on Rosatis.com are in three states other than Ohio.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/09/17 03:28:17 (permalink)
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Is it of any relation to this chain, http://www.rosatis.com? I ate at one of these in northwest Indiana five or six years ago; it was all right but I was expecting deep dish crust since it is based out of Chicagoland (Lisle to be exact).

There was talk of one coming to Springboro (south of Dayton) near me. I saw the sign up at the location in a mini-strip mall last November. I haven't been back since, so I don't know if it will open. It does not look promising considering that the only restaurants listed on Rosatis.com are in three states other than Ohio.


I wrote too soon!

There is another Rosati's site at http://www.rosatispizza.net, and--sure enough--the Springboro location is listed under Ohio, as is West Chester! I should have looked harder!

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