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westsider12
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 09/25/07 8:17 AM
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Went to Oktoberfest this weekend and picked up some sauerkraut balls from a booth named "Hey Hey." These were excellent, possibly the best I'd ever had. The problem is I have not heard of this place before and can't seem to find any info on it. Does anyone know if this is a Cincinnati place or are they out of town? I'd like to try some of their other offerings but their location is a mystery to me...

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 09/25/07 1:13 PM
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Originally posted by westsider12

Went to Oktoberfest this weekend and picked up some sauerkraut balls from a booth named "Hey Hey." These were excellent, possibly the best I'd ever had. The problem is I have not heard of this place before and can't seem to find any info on it. Does anyone know if this is a Cincinnati place or are they out of town? I'd like to try some of their other offerings but their location is a mystery to me...


I am going to post some of my pics from the Oktoberfest, but here is a pic of the HEY HEY booth~



As I can recall, Hey Hey has been a booth for a number of years. They are the ones that offer jalapeno sauerkraut balls {as well as regular ones}, cabbage & noodles and chicken & noodles.

To try to answer your question, there are a few booths at the Oktoberfest that are sponsered by organizations, instead of restaurants. I think this may be the case with Hey Hey. Just a theory, though.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 09/25/07 4:07 PM
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Darn...I guess I'll have to load up next year. Thanks for the info.
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Originally posted by westsider12

Went to Oktoberfest this weekend and picked up some sauerkraut balls from a booth named "Hey Hey." These were excellent, possibly the best I'd ever had. The problem is I have not heard of this place before and can't seem to find any info on it. Does anyone know if this is a Cincinnati place or are they out of town? I'd like to try some of their other offerings but their location is a mystery to me...


I am going to post some of my pics from the Oktoberfest, but here is a pic of the HEY HEY booth~



As I can recall, Hey Hey has been a booth for a number of years. They are the ones that offer jalapeno sauerkraut balls {as well as regular ones}, cabbage & noodles and chicken & noodles.

To try to answer your question, there are a few booths at the Oktoberfest that are sponsered by organizations, instead of restaurants. I think this may be the case with Hey Hey. Just a theory, though.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 09/25/07 4:34 PM
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Darn...I guess I'll have to load up next year. Thanks for the info.

I'd suggest emailing Polly Campbell. She may be able to give you the name of the organization, or perhaps even forward your email and a request for said recipe to said organization.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 09/26/07 12:51 PM
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I tried to Google Hey Hey {with Oktoberfest Zinzinnati}, and I tried to blow up my picture to read the small signs on the booth, with no luck whatsoever. SORRY!!

Other Cincinnati News~

A $16.00 hot dog in Cincinnati?
http://cinweekly.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/A1/20070925/ENT01/709260336/

New Mt. Lookout dining, tapas in Walnut Hills, and Sonic in Eastgate is open~
http://cinweekly.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/A1/20070925/ENT0105/709260307/

Via Vite will open on Fountain Square on Oct. 1~
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070920/BIZ01/709200327/1076


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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 09/26/07 4:05 PM
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I just returned to working downtown after many years in the suburbs, and I am rediscovering the restaraunt options. Two impressions so far:

1. Arnolds: still great ambiance...eating in courtyard on nice day. No longer covered, or perhaps it was somehow rolled back that day. I like idea of a one price menu (every thing $4.80). Food just Ok and portions were very small - even for under $5.00. I had a fried whiting - the fish tasted fine but the coarse corn breading was thick and little bit too far on the hard side of crisp. Side dish of pinto beans was very very good - nicely spiced with a good sweet oniony flavor. I would order a bowl of those beans as a main course (sorry co-workers). My dining companion ordered a tukey salad. It must have been OK since she ate it all, but it was a very small portion for an entree salad - not much more than a side salad really.

2. Orient - Loved it. They are a Chinese/Vietamese place. I love good soup and they have Pho! I ordered the fish version. The broth was very nice, shrimp flavorful and the fishballs were spectacular. There texture and taste seem to indicate they are all-fish, with perhaps just some starch to hold them together. Lots of rice noodles in soup, so I left quite full. I didn't even slurp too much on my shirt! Service was most gracious. Server was genuinely interested in me and even suggested how I could stir some chili paste into soup if I like spicy. Not the very best Pho I have ever had, but good Pho is better than 99% of the rest of the soup universe. (Best soup I have had in Cincinnati is at Mei (Japanese restaraunt in Montgomery) - I forget the name of the menu item, but it is a well loaded soba noodle soup served with an eggs that is stirred in at the table to thicken soup. YUM

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 09/26/07 4:08 PM
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HEY HEY

Is actually the

Hey-Hey Bar & Grill

German Village
361 E Whittier St
Columbus, OH 43206
614.445.9512

Sue Gall is the original creator of these wonderful morsels at the Hey-Hey.

I called to verify if these were indeed the same, and was delighted to find out YES!

They have them daily, or call at least a day in advance for large quantities.

Sue has been written up in midwest living magazine for her sauerkraut balls, Itried to find the article but couldn't.


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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 09/26/07 4:58 PM
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My brother lives in Columbus, so we will be heading to German Village ASAP. Thanks for the info - I thought I was out of luck until next year.
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HEY HEY

Is actually the

Hey-Hey Bar & Grill

German Village
361 E Whittier St
Columbus, OH 43206
614.445.9512

Sue Gall is the original creator of these wonderful morsels at the Hey-Hey.

I called to verify if these were indeed the same, and was delighted to find out YES!

They have them daily, or call at least a day in advance for large quantities.

Sue has been written up in midwest living magazine for her sauerkraut balls, Itried to find the article but couldn't.



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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 09/27/07 8:27 AM
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I stopped at Matteo's Char Broil on Rte. 4 in Fairfield Wednesday evening. I live nearby, and had seen the place, but had never stopped in. To be real honest, I had assumed it to be another of the plethora of short-lived Mexican/Hispanic eateries that seem to open and close every couple of days in the neighborhood. Don't get me wrong, I like Mexican food, but around Fairfield, you can't reach down to pick up a penny off the ground without cracking your head on a Mexican restaurant.
Anyways, I drove by the front of Matteo's, to get a better look at the specials of the day which are written on a sign in their front window. I was pleasantly surprised to see an assortment of burgers, hot dogs, and the like on the board. What really caught my eye was the Wednesday special, a black and bleu burger.
I went inside and looked over their menu while chatting with Matt, the personable young owner of the place. He is a transplanted native of Rochester, N.Y. by way of the University of Dayton. Matt says he wants his menu to reflect his upstate New York heritage, and with an assortment of hot dogs and sloppy (a.k.a. garbage) plates, he seems to have succeeded.
I ordered a black and bleu burger, which is normally 1/4 pounds of beef, but an extra buck got me an extra patty. I also ordered an Italian sausage sandwich and a side of macaroni salad.
My carry-out order, which was prepared from scratch, took only moments to be served. The grillman was a blur, but an obviously competent blur.
The black and bleu was delicious. The blackened seasonings gave the juicy burger a terriffic zip. The Italian sausage sandwich was fine, but not in the same league as the burger.
I'll definitely put Matteo's in my regular rotation.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 09/27/07 10:48 AM
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our weekly lunchbunch, coincidentally, had lunch yesterday (Wed) at Matteo's. I had the hotdog plate NY style .. two hotdogs, one white and one not, covered with ground beef... at least one of the hotdogs was nicely spiced... the potato salad was good... coleslaw decent... one of us had the prime rib sandwich (rochester ny area is famous for its prime rib)... it wasn't rochester quality, but it was good... onion rings were onion rings... other member of our group had a black n bleu burger.. both bob and she liked it a lot... i didn't taste it because i don't like bleu cheese... no bread w/ hotdog plate but came after i requested it. not great but a tad above average. I, too, am putting Matteo's charbroil on my to do again list. a different approach to food... tried to get a menu from the peruvian chicken place across the parking lot without success... will try that again someday... prob carryout... Javascript:insertsmilie('')

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 09/27/07 1:19 PM

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 09/30/07 7:52 PM
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Friday was a beautiful day to eat outside, so I headed up Vine St. to try one of Tom’s renowned potpies. It was pretty good. The crust was somewhere between piecrust and a biscuit consistency, nicely browned with a buttery flavor. The filling ingredients were top quality. The sauce was nicely spiced with a bit of black pepper and paprika (?)…and very very very rich. While I would love to rave unequivocally about this pot pie – and I am biased toward any food efforts by locally owned non-chain restaurants – the sauce was a just a bit too rich for my taste - alfedo thick and rich. It might have worked ok if there was just a bit of sauce, but the ratio of sauce to filling was high, so it came across as an ultra thick and rich cream soup with a bit of chicken and vegetable, vs. a chicken pie with the ingredients enhanced by a sauce. Still a good lunch, though, and I will be back. I’ll try the vegi pie next time. I found a nice place by the library to sit outside and eat. I would love to hear from other downtown lunchers what some favorite places are for outdoor eating.

Saturday night I had a dessert that goes into my Cincinnati dessert hall of fame. The panna cotta at Vincenzo’s. I knew I was on the right track when I ordered it and the waiter smiled and said that it is prepared by the chef’s wife and it is her specialty. I won’t even try to describe it. Served with a cup of fresh strong coffee, it was the highlight of a fine dinner.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 10/8/07 12:42 PM
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Looks like the rail car sitting outside of BBQ Revue is leaving town (temporarily) and will be coming back as a restaurant in it's own right.

http://www.wcpo.com/news/local/story.aspx?content_id=901d7713-06db-479e-8621-276a46dc18b1

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 10/9/07 11:28 PM
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A little good news to go with lots of bad news....

Rise and Shine, the Thai/breakfast/diner joint that had been closed for months, reopened October 1st

Taco Casa's well-hidden but beloved downtown location closed at the end of September. I will really miss their excellent tacos and burrito boats. The other locations (Hyde Park, Landen, and TriCounty) remain open.

It looks like the privately owned carryout eatery inside the Atrium building has been converted to a Subway. About time....heck, the closest Subway was over a block away, and lord knows you need at least 1 Subway location on every block. *sheesh*. Subway count downtown now at a half-dozen or so and rising.....

Yet another Mythos location will open in the former Atlanta Bread company at 4th and Walnut. With a location now at 4th and Vine, there are now 4 Mythos locations within a 2-3 block span....mediocre gyros for everyone! Edit 10/11: according to the[url='http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/foodie/']Cinti Foodie blog[/url], this larger space will host a party room and a greatly expanded menu - ie not just mediocre gyros. Worth checking into. The owner hopes to be open there by Nov 15. The piece in the blog also indicates that the owner closed his Newport location, which I had thought was fairly popular and busy.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 10/10/07 8:19 AM
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Here's a request for suggestions:

Our 14-year-old son, Ian, is going to spend the night with his grandmother after mass Saturday as a prequel to helping his grandfather gather / stack firewood Sunday. They're feeding him; I think they're gonna lose on the deal.

So for the first time in eons, Vickie and I are on our own for an entire evening. We'd like to go out to dinner, somewhere a "cut above" our usual haunts -- Rincon Mexicano, Ban Thai, etc., in the Eastgate area, or Buca di Beppo at Rookwood.

Prefer east side of town, maybe Mt. Lookout / Oakley / Hyde Pahk. We're not "dress up" people, but we want to avoid a Jeans / t-shirt kind of place. This is a rare opportunity and we want to have an outstanding dinner without feeling rushed or squeezed in.

No chains, right Tom?

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 10/10/07 8:42 AM
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Nectar
Bella Luna
RED
Boca

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 10/10/07 9:39 AM
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Unfortunately, with a 4 and 6 year old, I rarely get out for this kind of evening, but I will say that I have heard a LOT of good about

http://www.cincinnati.com/freetime/dining/reviews/110300_parkers.html

and have always wanted to eat there.

I regularly hear rave reviews of the Anderson location of El Coyote as well, but in two dinners there have been thoroughly disappointed.

I would bet you'd do well at the Golden Lamb as well, though obviously thats a bit of a drive.

No, none of these are in the requested neighborhoods, sorry.....best I could do

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 10/10/07 10:23 AM
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I recommended places specifically in Oakley, Hyde Park, and Mt. Lookout as requested.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 10/10/07 10:30 AM
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Yeah, those are all high-end places that I'd love to try, if I ever get time with just me and the wife to go out.....are you sure these are all casual re: dress code?

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 10/10/07 11:08 AM
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Yeah, those are all high-end places that I'd love to try, if I ever get time with just me and the wife to go out.....are you sure these are all casual re: dress code?


Looks like casual enough; we will be coming from Mass, so nice pants, nice shoes, etc. . . . I cleans up real good.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 10/10/07 1:08 PM
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Right after Mass, Red and Boca, I know for sure, will not be open, unless you get out of Mass @5:00pm.

You did say dinner, though.

Open earlier than 5:00pm (and casual):

Teller's http://www.tellersofhydepark.com/

Indigo http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/Dining/detail.asp?RestID=869

Vineyard Cafe and Wineroom http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/Dining/detail.asp?RestID=1868

Kona Bistro http://www.konabistro.com/

EDITTED TO SAY you could be going to Sat. Evening Mass, so my 5pm point would be moot, but my recs are still good ones!!

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 10/10/07 2:19 PM
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Right after Mass, Red and Boca, I know for sure, will not be open, unless you get out of Mass @5:00pm.

You did say dinner, though.

Open earlier than 5:00pm (and casual):

Teller's http://www.tellersofhydepark.com/

Indigo http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/Dining/detail.asp?RestID=869

Vineyard Cafe and Wineroom http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/Dining/detail.asp?RestID=1868

Kona Bistro http://www.konabistro.com/

EDITTED TO SAY you could be going to Sat. Evening Mass, so my 5pm point would be moot, but my recs are still good ones!!


Yeah, we're at St. Veronica in Mt. Carmel; our Saturday vigil mass is at 4 p.m., but we've got to drive Himself to New Richmond to the family's farmland before dinner.

So far so good. I'm enjoying your recommendations.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 10/11/07 4:02 PM
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AJ's Roadhouse is right along the way. Just east of River Downs on U.S> 52.

Excellent steak, good prices.

http://www.restaurant.com/microsite.asp?rid=327525&rpid=3406

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 10/12/07 7:19 AM
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Indigo is a bit too casual; I wouldn't consider the atmosphere, menu, or prices to be a "cut above."

I have always enjoyed Teller's, although my opinion may be slightly biased since that's where my wife and I had a late dinner after I proposed to her. Moderate prices, great appetizers (especially the stag fries) and beer selection. If you go, try to sit in the vault, since the "lobby" area can get a bit loud.

One benefit of Hyde Park would be the ability to walk around/relax in the square afterwards. There is also the option of Graeter's for dessert, but you will most certainly feel rushed and squeezed in at that location, which is always a zoo in the evenings.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 10/13/07 6:42 PM
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After getting poor service and vastly oversalted food in each of three trips to the Eastgate Sonic, I am done with the place....which is sad, as the next closest Sonic is another 10 miles further away.

If another one opens nearby - the fella who came on claiming to represent them said there'd be 40 in Cincinnati - I'll give it a try.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 10/14/07 9:32 AM
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Sorry about the service, TJ.

The food's been fine for us -- when they've gotten it right -- but I agree about the service (at least in the drive-thru).

I can't eat onions. At all. So 99 times out of 100, I will order a burger a) plain, or b) without onions. Not real tough, right?

Went through the drive-thru, ordered a burger plain (accenting the word plain over the loudspeaker, then it was verified when read back to me). Got to work, it had everything, and I had to scrape everything off, and even then the burger had onion flavor, which is not cool.

Last week, I tried it again with that Bacon Cheesesteak thingie. I order without onions. Girl reads it back without mentioning the onions, so I mention no onions again. She said she had it. Guess what I get on my sandwich? So this time I caught it, but I still had to pull over, park, flag someone down, and have it re-made. It was good when I finally got it, though.

But the gf and I have done the carside thing twice and the orders have been fine. Just watch that drive-thru.

I always think about things like that and laugh when people say minimum wage should be higher. $7 an hour is way too generous for people that can't follow basic instructions.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 10/15/07 10:33 PM
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Went to the Bombay Oven tonight {the old Mayura}. Apparently, they just opened Friday night.

I wasn't all that hungry. I just went with a friend who wanted Indian and a companion.

She got the vegetarian sampler meal {choice of 2 veggie dishes with rice, poori, papadum, raita and a dessert - $13.95}. She claimed it was better than Mayura. I tried the raita, and found it much better than others in Clifton.

I had veggie Pakoras, and onion fritter thing and garlic naan. The garlic naan was the best I've had in a long time. I wasn't a huge fan of their tomato/onion chutney, though.

Our server tried really hard to make us feel at home.

I would say so far, so good!!

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 10/17/07 1:39 PM
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According to the Cincinnati.Com Foodie Blog, Rondo's is closing:

http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/foodie/2007/10/ron-wise-moving-rondos-for-sale.asp#comments

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 10/18/07 1:32 PM
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I think there is a new diner/lunch place @ 9th & Sycamore: ALL RISE. Haven't been, but it's around the corner from me, so I'll try it soon. Esp. since my breakfast staple "Rise & Shine" seems to be no more. The "All Rise" sign says open for breakfast & lunch and I assume it's weekdays only.

NC, I hope you're still reading this thread.

I have been to All Rise about a dozen times, and have discovered that their fries - particulary when requested well done - are perhaps the best I have had IN MY LIFE. Skin on, freshly made, out-freakin-standing. Thank you for bringing this place to my attention.

I'm still trying to figure out a good pairing with the fries. The 4.95 lunch special on wednesday gets you two sides (fries is a choice) and a 8 oz "black and blue" burger which they've been willing to convert on request to a american cheeseburger, but the patty while tasty starts as a frozen puck. The smaller 4oz burger will flood back memories of your high school cafeteria, and I dont mean in any good way. Even with the grilled onions, which is a nice freebie. Still, there's a good variety of sandwiches on the menu for such a small place, so plenty to try. But this place is worth a special stop for the fries alone, and the ever-present owner is still tweaking her menu for best results.

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For the record, I did like R & S: most of the food was 'ok', but I don't eat eggs, so I liked getting the spicy shrimp fried rice for breakfast . . . not a lot of places let you do that! :) My husband would swear the "7 a.m." on their menu was the meatiest breakfast plate in town. We're from the south - not a lot of places here serve the true country (cured) ham. Oh well, irrelevant since they are apparently closed.

Rise and Shine is open again as of October 1st :-)

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 10/19/07 8:05 AM
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This is a real loss for the west side. My wife and I ate there in the summer and it was fantastic - it felt like we were having dinner at a friend's house vs a restaurant. The atmosphere was tremendous. There are just a handful of independent restaurants worth the while on the west side; the chains just overpower everything else.
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According to the Cincinnati.Com Foodie Blog, Rondo's is closing:

http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/foodie/2007/10/ron-wise-moving-rondos-for-sale.asp#comments

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 10/23/07 11:14 AM
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Originally posted by soozycue520

Went to the Bombay Oven tonight {the old Mayura}. Apparently, they just opened Friday night.

I wasn't all that hungry. I just went with a friend who wanted Indian and a companion.

She got the vegetarian sampler meal {choice of 2 veggie dishes with rice, poori, papadum, raita and a dessert - $13.95}. She claimed it was better than Mayura. I tried the raita, and found it much better than others in Clifton.

I had veggie Pakoras, and onion fritter thing and garlic naan. The garlic naan was the best I've had in a long time. I wasn't a huge fan of their tomato/onion chutney, though.

Our server tried really hard to make us feel at home.

I would say so far, so good!!


I went there on the opening night and last night as well. I think they are the best Indian place in Clifton and I've been to all of them. I've had the palek paneer and the veggie korma, my boyfriend has had the salmon masala (which wasn't on the menu they made it special) and the tandoori sampler which had chicken, salmon, shrimp and lamb. I used to be the one begging him to take me for Indian but now he's begging me.

I don't think many people know it is open yet, opening night there was a table of 3 when we arrived and no one else came in. Last night there was no one when we arrived and one 2 top came in as we were leaving. They are very nice, so if you are in Clifton go check it out!

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 10/23/07 12:48 PM
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Welcome to the forum, jdavis :-)

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 10/24/07 11:18 AM
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I tried out Martinos on Vine (across from Bogart's in Corryville) last night with my eldest (6yo) daughter. I was a little leary after seeing that the place had the look of a college bar (pool tables, video games, cheap tables and chairs) that happened to serve food rather than a restaurant with a liquor license, but they assured me that despite the lack of a kids menu they were happy to serve folks of all ages.

I was suprised at the sprawling menu - 8 pages worth - as I had always heard that Martino's was an italian restaurant. Italian was well represented, but their were plenty of other non-italian choices. I settled on a cheese pizza and a lasagna dinner, splitting each with my daughter. The pizza was very good, and for 5.25 a good deal as well. The lasagna (10 bucks) was excellent, with plenty of sauce, particularly if you like a lot of baked cheese, which I do. The salad that came with it looked unremarkable but was suprisingly good with their raspberry vinegrette dressing. My daughter asked me as we walked through the rain back to our car if we could return again soon.....she's very picky, so this was the single clearest sign of success. One fairly major quibble - avoid the bathrooms if you are a clean freak. Not good.

On my next visit, I'll probably try the stromboli and one of the many italian-style subs, some of which include prosciutto. Or maybe the homemade gnocchi.

http://www.martinosonvine.com/

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 10/25/07 2:04 PM
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The hoagies are fantastic - the large is literally two feet long.

Ate lunch at Hathaways downtown today - I was expecting a lot from the burger and was somewaht let down. It was definitely not frozen but not anything special on top of that. No reason not to go back but no compelling reason to do so anytime soon.

Maybe next time I'll try breakfast.
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I tried out Martinos on Vine (across from Bogart's in Corryville) last night with my eldest (6yo) daughter. I was a little leary after seeing that the place had the look of a college bar (pool tables, video games, cheap tables and chairs) that happened to serve food rather than a restaurant with a liquor license, but they assured me that despite the lack of a kids menu they were happy to serve folks of all ages.

I was suprised at the sprawling menu - 8 pages worth - as I had always heard that Martino's was an italian restaurant. Italian was well represented, but their were plenty of other non-italian choices. I settled on a cheese pizza and a lasagna dinner, splitting each with my daughter. The pizza was very good, and for 5.25 a good deal as well. The lasagna (10 bucks) was excellent, with plenty of sauce, particularly if you like a lot of baked cheese, which I do. The salad that came with it looked unremarkable but was suprisingly good with their raspberry vinegrette dressing. My daughter asked me as we walked through the rain back to our car if we could return again soon.....she's very picky, so this was the single clearest sign of success. One fairly major quibble - avoid the bathrooms if you are a clean freak. Not good.

On my next visit, I'll probably try the stromboli and one of the many italian-style subs, some of which include prosciutto. Or maybe the homemade gnocchi.

http://www.martinosonvine.com/

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 10/26/07 9:08 AM
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Quoting from Chowhound (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/453616):

johnbycz Oct 24, 2007 08:13AM

The Szechuan Wok in Silverton is my favorite Chinese restaurant in Cincinnati, and we learned when we ate there on Friday that it's closing for good around Nov. 13. The owner and the chef are both retiring. The owner has sold the building and doesn't know what the new owner will do.

This is sad. The Wok was old-fashioned Chinese done right. It had a real cook in the kitchen, and no buffet. It was the first Chinese restaurant ever to offer me my choice of heat, and their hot really was hot. Love the yu-shaing pork. We've been eating there for 20 years and we're going to miss it terribly.

johnbycz Oct 24, 2007 08:13AM

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 10/26/07 7:33 PM
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Originally posted by TJ Jackson

Quoting from Chowhound (http://www.chowhound.com/topics/453616):

johnbycz Oct 24, 2007 08:13AM

The Szechuan Wok in Silverton is my favorite Chinese restaurant in Cincinnati, and we learned when we ate there on Friday that it's closing for good around Nov. 13. The owner and the chef are both retiring. The owner has sold the building and doesn't know what the new owner will do.

This is sad. The Wok was old-fashioned Chinese done right. It had a real cook in the kitchen, and no buffet. It was the first Chinese restaurant ever to offer me my choice of heat, and their hot really was hot. Love the yu-shaing pork. We've been eating there for 20 years and we're going to miss it terribly.

johnbycz Oct 24, 2007 08:13AM

Wow, I didn't know this place stayed open that long. We ate there frequently from the mid-80's to early 90's and then moved to NKY and never went back. It was exactly as johnbycz describes. The owner would offer you a glass of plum wine after your meal (no charge, it was part of the meal). Somehow, I thought they closed, but obviously I was wrong. At least they were in it long and succesfully enough to retire.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 10/31/07 9:21 PM
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Went to Olives for dinner Sunday night for my daughter's birthday. And I remembered my camera this time.

Here's half the menu




Appetizers-Stuffed yukon gold potatoes and mushroom & artichoke struedel. In the back is butter with chopped olives mixed in & bread.




My son-in-law had the NY strip with parsnip & horeradish whipped potatoes.




My daughter had the filet with gnocchi.




I had chicken fricasse' with asparagus tips, artichokes and lemon pepper sauce.




And since I was taking pictures, my granddaughter wanted me to photograph her grilled cheese and mandarin oranges.



They have a $7.50 lunch special which is a half sandwich with either a cup of soup or house salad. This is a really good deal. I have eaten here numerous times now, and not had anything bad yet. Sometimes the service leaves a little to be desired, though.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 11/4/07 9:31 AM
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Soozycue, your meals all looked delicious. I'll have to get over there soon to give it a try.

On another "try it" note, I made it up to Hi Bombay! Indian restaurant at the recommendation of one of the members here after I was raving on about my regular Taj place in Tri-County.

I got the Chicken korma, baingan bharta and a side of garlic naan.

Considering most of the local Indian places are "cookie cutter", this place came to the table with some different twists. The Korma was the more common European style "white sauce" vaariety with lots of cilantro, and the eggplant dish was awesome and of the correct consistancy for once.

Give it a few weeks and I will get back to try a few more items on the menu. What I had tho was great.

jjjrfoodie

On a side note, one of you mentioned about the El Pollan Peruvian restaurant on Rt 4. (not to be confused with Sabor Peruano out that way as well). I stopped by El Pollon, but found the menu options blah.
Here's a pic. Hope it helps.


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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 11/11/07 2:22 AM
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Haven't posted in about of month because I've been so busy, so to catch up...

-- TJ - You're totally right about Mythos. There are good gyros to be had in Cincinnati, and that place isn't one of them. Mediocre describes it perfectly.

-- Hotdogginit rules. Went back a couple weeks ago. Dogs were great, Italian beef is good (not great only because Portillo's in Chicago is the only place that gets that distinction) ;) . It's hilarious because there's a Domino's next door, and some people apparently order food from there.

-- Mongo's in Mason is awesome. Went back a while ago, and the food was every bit as good as it was the first time. Good service, too.

-- Soozycue - Wasn't interested in Olive's until you posted the pics. My gf is kinda picky, so we only go to places that post menus online, and she wasn't thrilled with it. After seeing the food pictures and hearing the rave reviews, though...I want to try it out.


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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 11/11/07 5:14 PM
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Seems the Encore Bistro and Cafe' group (nee Sturkey's) is the latest to shutter it's doors for a least a while. Four locations in the Tri-state and no news as to which ones are affected ( I can confirm the Mason site is from an high-up employee I know ) but I will assume they all are.

Loved their place in Wyoming, but the quick expansion always takes its toll.

Sad indeed.

jjjrfoodie

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 11/12/07 8:24 PM
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John Materese talked about the Encore closings on the 6pm segment of "Don't Waste Your $$" {Channel 9 news}. He said he tried to call all Cincy locations and there was no answer at any of them.


Bonk~FYI...
Everything I've had at Olives has been good, but I've talked to a couple of people who had the NY strip, and said it was not cut correctly, therefore it was tough.

EDITED TO ADD:
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071113/BIZ01/311130031/1076/BIZ

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 11/16/07 2:24 PM
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Le's Vietnamese Cuisine is closed. The sign is still up, but the space is cleared out. Sad, but not unexpected. I went several times during "peak" lunch hour and was the only one in there.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 11/16/07 5:22 PM
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Hi Everyone-I'm leaving the Sunshine state for Thanksgiving in Green Hills-since my in-laws have lived there all their lives, is there any new and exciting places I can introduce them to in the suburbs while I'm in the Sin-City? BTW- we do have a Skyline in Clearwater, my husband swears by it...thanks for any and all help!!!

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 11/18/07 10:38 PM
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Since you'll be in Greenhills, you are close to Jungle Jim's. You've probably been there, but it is always worth a mention.
http://www.junglejims.com/

On Dixie Hwy, near JJ's is a new place that I've heard great reviews about, but I've not tried it.
http://www.matteoscharbroil.com/

The peruvian place that jjjrfoodie commented on above is nearby, as well.

There is a cajun place in Tri-County that people on this forum rave about. Read back a page or two.

Hope you enjoy your stay in Cincy!!


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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 11/19/07 1:21 AM
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There is a cajun place in Tri-County that people on this forum rave about. Read back a page or two.

That would be New Orleans To Go

http://www.neworleanstogopoboysandmo.com/

Nice to see that they finally have an online menu as well

http://neworleanstogopoboysandmo.com/yahoo_site_admin/assets/docs/NO_2_GO_CARRYOUT.30994312.pdf

Haven't tried them yet myself, but based on the recommendations here I plan on it the next time I'm up that way.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 11/19/07 3:06 AM
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new indian buffet "grand india buffet" at chester and kemer roads has the best indian food i've ever eaten, hands down. goat curry! both vegetarian and meat choices. ask for hot sauce from the kitchen.... give it a 9 for indian cuisine.. i think they've already upper lunch prices from $6.99 to $7.99... dinners.. separate from buffet are kinda price..$12 range... frank

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 11/19/07 9:21 PM
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franklee, would you rate Grand India Buffet above Hi Bombay! and everything in Clifton? I work near the buffet and have passed it several times, but I haven't been inside because, well, it looks like a buffet, if you catch my drift. I believe their sign mentions southern Indian cuisine as well. Do they do dosas?

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 11/20/07 1:47 AM
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I'm not all that familiar with Clifton, but I'm told by one of the people at Grand India Buffet that they have another restaurant in Clifton. I assume (but don't KNOW) they have dosas.. I know it looks like a buffet and i as hesitant to go until the convenience factor drove me there a couple of weeks ago. tandoori chicken is second only to one other place I've been (and it's closed now)... don't like the soups, but i'm from the south (of the U S) and like much heartier fare than Indian soups I've tried
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 11/20/07 12:41 PM
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franklee, would you rate Grand India Buffet above Hi Bombay! and everything in Clifton? I work near the buffet and have passed it several times, but I haven't been inside because, well, it looks like a buffet, if you catch my drift. I believe their sign mentions southern Indian cuisine as well. Do they do dosas?


My problem has been that the Asian buffet that was there before was so lousy......

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 11/20/07 1:03 PM
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shoot me if you don't like it, but i've been there twice and have been there w/ two different persons and all three of us agree the food was superb.. not fair, not good, not okay, but superb.... bon appetit
frank

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 11/20/07 1:27 PM
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Probably an entirely different set of owners and operators, Jim, from the sound of it.

I too recall the chinese buffet once housed there as being substandard.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 11/20/07 2:17 PM
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Speaking of Indian {and Clifton}, I went back to Bombay Oven the other day. Service took a very long time {15 min. to order, another 35 min. to get food}, and when we did get our food, it was the wrong food. Apparently, the table next to us got our food {before us}.

Oh well, they are no Swami!!

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 11/20/07 2:43 PM
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Is there a general consensus (excluding buffets, and no offense intended FL) on the best, or the top 3 to 5 Indian Restaurants in greater Cincinnati? I have very little experience with Indian Food.

(I do realize that to many in the national RF readership, this is like asking who makes the best pizza in Seattle or the best bbq in Maine, but hey, this thread is about good eats in Cincy :-) )

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 11/20/07 6:44 PM
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Is there a general consensus (excluding buffets, and no offense intended FL) on the best, or the top 3 to 5 Indian Restaurants in greater Cincinnati? I have very little experience with Indian Food.

(I do realize that to many in the national RF readership, this is like asking who makes the best pizza in Seattle or the best bbq in Maine, but hey, this thread is about good eats in Cincy :-) )


I'd cast my vote for Ambar in Clifton and Guru in Ft. Mitchell, KY which are actually owned by the same folks.


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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 11/20/07 11:02 PM
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I have also run into service delays at The Bombay Oven, but they did get our food right. It was good, but not as good as Mayura was. Hi Bombay! is our current favorite.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 11/22/07 10:31 PM
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With all the talk re: Olives in Clifton, I thought I'd mention that there is a 2-for-1 dinner coupon for Olives in the most recent CinWeekly. Good only Mon-Wed, but still......

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 11/28/07 2:42 PM
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Carried out a wood-fired pizza from the much-buzzed Via Vite (on Fountain Square)

While it is an attractive looking pizza, the charred crust remained limp and overall it lacked much taste. I asked for and was given a little extra sauce on the side, and this too lacked flavor. The menu denotes that for 4 dollars extra, you can have buffalo mozzerella in place of regular mozzerella, but for the 10-13 dollar price per baseline 9" pie, I think they should include it.

The fresh basil and olive oil pour added post-baking are nice touches

If you decide you want to try one, go between 3 and 5 when I am told the price drops to 7 bucks per pie, which is a bit closer to reasonable.

I worry about this place. if it is unpopular, and goes out of business, you end up with a very prominent empty building right there on the so-called jewel of the city. More risk than I would have accepted.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 11/29/07 1:52 AM
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I'm not all that familiar with Clifton, but I'm told by one of the people at Grand India Buffet that they have another restaurant in Clifton.

It looks like that would be Apna

http://apnaindianrestaurant.com/contact.html

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 11/29/07 2:29 AM
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As to Indian in Cincinnati, it seems that most are connected.

Bombay Oven and Hi!Bombay are jointly owned.

Ambar is involved in many other places in the Greater Cincinnati area.

Amol, which is literally next door to Ambar, is a result of a feud within the same family.

And now, Apna has joined the crowd {right across the street from Ambar and Amol}. Other locations can be found by following links posted by Ghaz.

Each of these restaurants have a location in the Clifton area. It seems that competition is on the forefront, here in Clifton.

Personally, I don't like Ambar.

I have not yet tried Apna.

Bombay Oven started out friendly, but the service, and tomato/onion chutney lacks. And they claimed they were going to be different by offering dosas, which they haven't yet.

Amol has good food and tomato/onion chutney, but sometimes the owners lear at you like you are a spy. But they still have the best food of all of the Indian restaurants in Clifton.

In my humble opinion.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 11/29/07 8:57 AM
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Bombay Oven and Hi!Bombay are jointly owned.


Are you sure about this? I only ask because we recognized the manager (?), who used to work at Hi Bombay. He told us that he had been fired from Hi Bombay, and made it sound like The Bombay Oven was his own project.

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