Tonight, after years of planning on eventually going there, I finally made it. My daughters were greatly dismayed that instead of going to their beloved Gold Star for Kid's night (Daddy! Daddy! they have BALLOONS!) we were headed to Mr Herb's in Hebron
It had gotten such a buildup here from a few Cincinnati RF'ers that I think my expectations were set too high, but I did indeed like it. Well enough that I am recommending a full-famly return visit.
It certainly is a roadfood-worthy location, the building looks like it has been there 50 years or more, easily, and many of the clientele could well have eaten there as children. I had the fish sandwich on dark rye, and paid with only a brief wince the extra charge for lettuce on my sandwich.....lettuce is extra? on a fish sandwich? c'mon :-). I opted out of the fries and onto the fried potatoes, which were classic diner-style flat disks, greasy, salted, crisped on the edges, wonderful. The fish itself wasn't bad, not as good as my expecations, but much better than average.
That same attention seemed lost on my kid's mac-n-cheese (not that they noticed, heh) which looked to be fresh out of the box. I saw other dishes delivered to other tables, and all the sides had that same hit-or-miss look to them, like some were prepared with love onsite and others straight from a can. Still, there was a great variety of sides to be had, many of the "country" or "southern" variety.
I don't often get dessert, but the fried apple pies with honey and ice cream sounded pretty awesome, and it was.....but the portion was sized for a kid, the ice cream scoop no bigger than a ping pong ball. I almost asked the waiter to take it back as someone had clearly forgotten the ice cream. That said, what little there was proved to be quite tasty, as each shared a few bites of it.
I know what you're thinking....did TJ like this place or not? He says he did, but he's got lots of complaints......no, really, it was pretty good, but I think it is important that one be judicious in their choices here, choosing house specialities versus things that just happen to be on the menu. Put off ordering til you see some other diners served, and ask your server what's good that night. Stop by and you'll see why as a Roadfood member, this is the kind of place you will want to like from the moment you arrive.