AnsweredHot!WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat)

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Robin Hood
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/11/29 15:16:30
The pizza at Via Vite is terrible. actually the whole place is terrible. we were very disappointed in our meal there. i can't imagine anything that would convince me to try it again.
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/11/30 12:39:18
quote:
Originally posted by dlawson

quote:
Originally posted by soozycue520

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.


I am pretty positive. My best friend had talked with the owner of Hi! Bombay before Bombay Oven opened about the progress, and he offered her a free drink to stop in when they opened {which is why we went the first time}.

Now, I have talked with many people over the years that claimed they "own" a particular restaurant when the only mananged, or even just worked there. This could be the case.
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/11/30 12:59:28
quote:
Originally posted by soozycue520
I am pretty positive. My best friend had talked with the owner of Hi! Bombay before Bombay Oven opened about the progress, and he offered her a free drink to stop in when they opened {which is why we went the first time}.

Now, I have talked with many people over the years that claimed they "own" a particular restaurant when the only mananged, or even just worked there. This could be the case.


Well, if you've spoken with Hi! Bombay ownership, you've done more research than I have. :)

The guy at The Bombay Oven did encourage us to keep going to Hi!, which I thought was a bit odd if he had indeed been fired from there (unless he was "fired" so that he could be transferred). We'll continue going to both; Hi! is close to my wife's workplace, and Oven is close to our house. I do hope they speed up the service at Oven.
Robin Hood
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/03 12:00:37
Tacqueria Mercado on Dixie Highway has closed. It was my favorite joint in NKY for authentic puebla-style mexican food. Does anyone else have any other authentic mexican restaurants in the general area that they recommend?
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/03 22:11:20
Nada, Boca owner David Falk's new downtown restaurant, opened today:

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20071203/ENT01/312030057/

http://www.eatdrinknada.com/main.html
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/04 10:00:30
re: Indian Eats: does not appear to be a consensus :-) ah well. Do any of them do Dosas?

re: Tacquerias: the only one I knew of was the one on RT4. I'd have to guess that Hamilton, with it's large hispanic population, probably has one or more somewhere, but I rarely get up that way.

re: Tom's Pot Pies: Tom got a writeup in Cincinnati Magazine recently, and (edited in) a writeup in CinWeekly's Two for $20 feature, found here: http://cinweekly.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/A1/20071205/ENT0104/711280333/

re: new Eats (1 of 3) The Mythos Grill across the street from where I work has had pictures in the window of greek specialties like moussaka and pastichio in the window as they did construction, so my assumption all along was that this location would have a fuller menu including these items. Edit 12/7/2006 Not so. Same gyro-centric menu as the others. Sad. Turns out I was wrong....the wall menuboard shows this limited menu as I described, but the *printed* paper menu (which wasn't available the day I first stopped in) is far, far more extensive. I'm not saying it is good, or that it is cheap (pastichio for 9 bucks?) but there is a lot more to be had here. My bad.

re: new Eats (2 of 3) Construction on Oceanaire (right across the street from the newly opened Nada, per previous post) is well underway. The March 2008 opening data posted on their website looks attainable.

re: new Eats (3 of 3) Cafe 201 has opened in the Atrium I building on 4th at Main. 7$/lb salad bar, soup bar, various somewhat upscale foodcourt-like stations pumping out 5-7 dollar meals. The panini station doesn't look too bad. Given the cold and that it's so darn close I'll be sure to give it a few tries and report back
schwabpg
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/04 12:06:52
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

re: Indian Eats: does not appear to be a consensus :-) ah well. Do any of them do Dosas?


Ambar in Clifton, Akash Downtown, Baba in Oakley are all operated by the same folks. Very good quality. I'd give Ambar the nod as the best in town.

Apna in Clifton and Florence KY. Same group also own Grand India Buffet on Chester, Royal Taj on Beechmont, and India Hyde Park in...Hyde Park. I've only been to Apna in Clifton, but again, the food there very good quality. I'd say on par with those owned by the Ambar folks.

Krishna. It's right across from UC's campus on Calhoun. I've always enjoyed it, and eaten with several Indian friends who believe IT is the best in the city.

Udipi, on Reading. You want dosas? This is the place. They specialize in South Indian cuisine, it's entirely vegetarian, I've never had to wait to be seated, but they always seem nearly full.

Not recommended:

India Palace, across from Cincy State. I've had some VERY GOOD food here, but they're just too darned inconsistent.

Amol. Never had anything better than just "ok" here, although I'd admit I've only eaten the buffet.
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/04 12:18:38
I went to the Keystone Bar & Grill {http://www.keystonebar.com/} in Covington, KY, for a late dinner. I ordered the fish & chips dinner {$11.05}, but substituted mac & cheese at no additional charge. THE FISH WAS HUGE!!! I could only eat @ 3/4's of one of the two pieces of beer battered cod. Here are my leftovers.




beme
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/04 16:06:23
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

great report, SD

My brother is trying to find a roving bbq seller who goes by the name "Big Bobs BBQ".....says it is the best he has ever had.

Has anyone come across this particular business in the Cincnnati area? I googled, I checked the online yellow pages, no luck
Alco251
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/04 22:40:48
quote:
Originally posted by Robin Hood

Tacqueria Mercado on Dixie Highway has closed. It was my favorite joint in NKY for authentic puebla-style mexican food. Does anyone else have any other authentic mexican restaurants in the general area that they recommend?


Robin, I used to frequent Carniceria Mexico at 7914 Dream Street when I worked down that way about 3 years ago. It is a LARGE butcher shop and grocery with an adjoining taquiera.
misstoy
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/05 21:25:13
Hi,the place that youre thinking of is "Scott's bbq located on Northland Blvd. in Forest Park. I am the owner of New Orleans To Go and happen to know those folks quite well."tin question would
quote:
Originally posted by beme

quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

great report, SD

My brother is trying to find a roving bbq seller who goes by the name "Big Bobs BBQ".....says it is the best he has ever had.

Has anyone come across this particular business in the Cincnnati area? I googled, I checked the online yellow pages, no luck

TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/06 09:03:20
Thats it! woo!

Thanks so much, misstoy....
Ghaz
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/06 13:04:19
I see Tom's Pot Pies got a "2 for $20" article:

http://cinweekly.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20071205/ENT0104/711280333/1047/ENT0104
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/08 17:46:47
quote:
Originally posted by soozycue520

I went to the Keystone Bar & Grill {http://www.keystonebar.com/} in Covington, KY, for a late dinner. I ordered the fish & chips dinner {$11.05}, but substituted mac & cheese at no additional charge. THE FISH WAS HUGE!!! I could only eat @ 3/4's of one of the two pieces of beer battered cod. Here are my leftovers.







Now that's a meal!!
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/14 09:18:47
I was pleasantly suprised today to see that the dining section of this week's Enquirer included reviews of three (count'em, three!) spots with some interest to us here at Roadfoad. Or at least to me, to be fair :-)

First up, an allegedly top notch burger that located just a couple of miles from my house in a place I had never heard of called Terry's Turf Club. Amazing. Then again, I don't drink so I generally ignore bars unless I hear something - like now - about what great food they have, ala Arthur's. Got to get over there and check it out:
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20071213/ENT01/712140321/
http://rodeo.cincinnati.com/ent2/entity.aspx?e=215894

Next, weren't there some questions about Tacquerias here in Cincinnati? They've got some info on a tacqueria in Mason that sounds pretty darn good:
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20071213/ENT01/712140324/
http://rodeo.cincinnati.com/ent2/entity.aspx?e=180732

Finally, a little place that serves german food in this community, with his strong german ancestry, sounds good too:
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20071213/ENT01/712140322/
http://rodeo.cincinnati.com/ent2/entity.aspx?e=214904

Polly, I know you read this space every so often - thanks :-)
jjjrfoodie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/17 20:42:58
I am sad to report that German Cusine, the butcher shop and lunch/weekend eatery in Florence,KY has closed.

Their currywurst with crusty bread and Yaeger schnitzle was terrific.

They also did a good business with Jungle Jim's supplying cryo vacs specailty brats, metts and other choices, but a swing by there this afternoon netted no GC products.

I have perfected my currywurst recipe to GC standards, but it is sad to see another small time high quality food perveyor go by the wayside.

jjjrfoodie
tpd
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/19 04:34:20
quote:
Originally posted by jjjrfoodie

I am sad to report that German Cusine, the butcher shop and lunch/weekend eatery in Florence,KY has closed.

Their currywurst with crusty bread and Yaeger schnitzle was terrific.

They also did a good business with Jungle Jim's supplying cryo vacs specailty brats, metts and other choices, but a swing by there this afternoon netted no GC products.

I have perfected my currywurst recipe to GC standards, but it is sad to see another small time high quality food perveyor go by the wayside.

jjjrfoodie


That sucks.... I had lunch there at the Imbis last year during my anual training week in January... Had the currywurst too. I wonder if the expansion to the Crescent Springs Center blew the bank. They also split from The Hofbrauhaus which must have hurt the bottom line. Hopefully the young German master butcher they sponsored will find another place to work in the area.

I always feel guilty when a locally owned specialist food place goes out of business. It's like I should have done more to talk them up to my friends who aren't as chow driven as I am. I mean, I still crave the Jerk Chicken and even more the Curry Cabbage from The Patty Shack in Springdale and they've been gone for years. I took a bunch of Jerk Chicken and Pork Rotis to work one day just to get them into it... But in the long run it didn't help. I did the same thing with the Bahn Mi from Chopsticks. Hope it isn't a bad omen.

Care to share your recipie for Currywurst jjjr?
BillC
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/19 22:48:50
quote:
Originally posted by tpd

quote:
Originally posted by jjjrfoodie

I am sad to report that German Cusine, the butcher shop and lunch/weekend eatery in Florence,KY has closed.

Their currywurst with crusty bread and Yaeger schnitzle was terrific.

They also did a good business with Jungle Jim's supplying cryo vacs specailty brats, metts and other choices, but a swing by there this afternoon netted no GC products.

I have perfected my currywurst recipe to GC standards, but it is sad to see another small time high quality food perveyor go by the wayside.

jjjrfoodie


That sucks.... I had lunch there at the Imbis last year during my anual training week in January... Had the currywurst too. I wonder if the expansion to the Crescent Springs Center blew the bank. They also split from The Hofbrauhaus which must have hurt the bottom line. Hopefully the young German master butcher they sponsored will find another place to work in the area.

I always feel guilty when a locally owned specialist food place goes out of business. It's like is should have done more to talk them up to my friends who aren't as chow driven as I am. I mean, I still crave the Jerk Chicken and even more the Curry Cabbage from The Patty Shack in Springdale and they've been gone for years. I took a bunch of Jerk Chicken and Pork Rotis to work one day just to get them into it... But in the long run it didn't help. I did the same thing with the Bahn Mi from Chopsticks. Hope it isn't a bad omen.

Care to share your recipie for Currywurst jjjr?
I pretty much feel the same way you guys feel about the closing. That said, a guy Sandy works with told her late last week the place had closed. At the same time, he said that a place called European Deli and Bakery (or something like that) had opened in the richardson rd., weaver rd., u.s. 25 area. we're not that familiar with that part of nky., so i can't quite place it, but we'll probably check it out after the holidays. I kinda wonder if that isn't where Stefan, the butcher, didn't end up.
tpd
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/20 00:16:26
On a potentially positive note, I drove by Taqueria Mercado on RT4 tonight and it appeared to be open. Not sure if the same people are running it but the sign was lit up (but with some bulbs no functioning) and the "OPEN" sign in the window was on.
Robin Hood
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/27 18:20:09
I tried the new Cityside tavern on Monmouth street in Newport last night. What a mistake. Avoid this place. The daily special was a philly cheese steak sandwich with fries and slaw for $6.95. We each got one. They were forgettable, but not terrible for that price. Then we got the check. We were charged $9.95 for each sandwich. I called the server over to show her the error. She said that $6.95 was only for the "daily" special, and because we ordered ours at 7:15 pm we were charged the night time price. What???? She said that the night time version comes with two sides. I pointed to the board where the specials were written and noted that it said served with fries and slaw too. She shrugged and said, "yeah I told them to erase $6.95 at night." and then she walked off. I was furious because she had already run my card through before I noticed the mistake. I will NEVER, EVER darken the door of this place again. Mediocre to bad food in a super-smokey atmosphere with that kind of shenanigans going on with the prices. No way. Do yourself a favor and skip this place.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/28 12:14:33
Couple of unrelated notes

1) looks like the Enquirer picked up on the news of the closing of Erlanger's German Cuisine - I would assume from your post a few days back, JJR. The notation is in this week's Enquirer Dining News.

2) Tho I have not talked about it much for a while, I continue to look for the best italian sub in town - well, mostly downtown. About a week ago, I tried the italian at the newly opened Potbelly's on Fountain Square, and it was OK but not great. Just today, I found the new champion at the most unlikely of spots - the very corporate-cafeteria-like Cafe 201 in the Atrium 1 building at 4th and Main. They call it a panini, but it's an italian sub, with the added benefit of some time on a sandwich press. The roll they use has a very nice and pliant crust that does not allow the press to in any way flatten the sandwich. Priced at 5.40, it's loaded with a generous stack of good quality meats - and the vinegrette they dress it with is outstanding. The really, REALLY surprising thing is that the sandwiches are made up in advance and held in a reach-in fridge near the presses, so I was not expecting this to be even mediocre.....but I'm telling you, give it a try. That said, this is not sopressata, mortadella, prosciutto etc etc - this is ham, salami, pepperoni, and turkey breast, which I didn't think would be all that good, but was. Oh, and ask them to leave it on the grill about double the time they usually do....it takes a while for the heat from the press to work it's way into the stack of refrigerated meat at the center of the sandwich. This place also makes it's own potato chips (haven't tried them yet) and large rice krispy treats (1.30, and well worth it)

It's worth mentioning that Cinti Bell and Convergys employees get a 20% discount here - show your ID if so.
franklee
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/28 12:59:34
lunchbunch tried Taqueria Maya, 7876 Mason-Montgomery Road, yesterday. we ordered (and shared) the lunch tripe burrito; lunch tongue burrito; pozole soup and found them all to be excellent, although the soup was a tad too salty and the television had loud rap music (don't know what language) blaring... downscale in an upscale neighborhood... lunch burritos are as good as they used to be at Tacqueria Mercada in Fairfield (I find their quality has dropped significantly in past year - stopped by there for takeout a month ago)... Taqueria Maya has goat soup and menudo (one of my favorites IF it's good) on weekends only... and when they have goat soup, according to Denise the waitress, they also have goat tacos, burritos, etc. I recommend it
franklee
franklee
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/28 13:03:03
almost forgot... the rice and refried beans were above average... the salsa is better if you throw in squirts of the other three kinds...
frank
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/28 14:08:50
I am now in MOURNING!!!

German Cuisine had become a favorite stop while over that way, I had tried almost every variety of sausage they produced.

I had their website bookmarked, but the site is not operable anymore either

I guess I now need a new place for authentic German sausages.

Anyone got any ideas??

jjjrfoodie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/28 15:16:06
tpd, my currywurst recipe contains:
canned plain Contadina tomato sauce
olive oil
diced sauteed onions
brown sugar
honey
cider vinegar
dried basil
hot chili flakes or cayenne
white wine
Sun brand Madras Curry Powder from India
Skinned sliced apples (removed at end of cooking)
Nice German brats

I have the #'s written down somewhere.

My little butcher shop sets me up with the fresh made stubby german brats with naturals casings that I use.

They get them locally and do not make them so i will look into it for Cajun King. Findley market and Avril's on Court Street downtown are two good sources for anthing german and stuffed in a casing. :)

jjjrfoodie
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/28 16:20:44
I gotta get down to Findlay Market sometime other than opening day.

I always forget about it until it is too late, and with current health issues, walking is not a fun thing to do.

Thanks for checking into where your butcher shop gets them jjjrfoodie
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/28 16:39:52
I know it isn't Roadfood, but a lot of you considered this place good eats, and that's what this thread is about, so......some more sad news.

Pho Paris is going away

http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/foodie/2007/12/speaking-of-jean-robert.asp

If you like this place, get in there soon....you have just til the end of the year....yeah, it's gonna go that fast.....
vudutu
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/31 10:09:44
"I tried the new Cityside tavern on Monmouth street in Newport last night. What a mistake. Avoid this place. "

Sorry to hear, always bad when a redo is worse than what it replaced, the real bad news is Ezra Castle who did Sanoma, Zolas and the 915 pub is the new owner. I would have expected him to do a better job, I am sure her will work out the issues but don't think I'll be there. We walked in Cityside last Saturday and turned around and walked out, as we did not like the "sports bar" feel. Funny thing is Ezra was at Terry's Turf Club last Friday eve checking it out.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/31 10:18:41
Welcome to Roadfood, VuDuTu....what did you think of Terry's Turf Club, which suddenly has a lot of mostly positive buzz?
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/12/31 10:40:03
quote:
Originally posted by CajunKing

I am now in MOURNING!!!

German Cuisine had become a favorite stop while over that way, I had tried almost every variety of sausage they produced.

I had their website bookmarked, but the site is not operable anymore either

I guess I now need a new place for authentic German sausages.

Anyone got any ideas??


I heard you guys talk about that place and always meant to get there but never did. Sorry it's gone.

We went to Schmidt's in Columbus on Saturday, and it was better than ever. They now have peanut butter chocolate cream puffs. Unreal.

We went for a hockey game, but I could drive 100 miles just to eat there.


vudutu
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/01 10:35:05
Hi TJ, thanks for the welcome.
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

Welcome to Roadfood, VuDuTu....what did you think of Terry's Turf Club, which suddenly has a lot of mostly positive buzz?


I for one love it, I wrote it up on Chowhound in October,

"New? How new? Newest hot spot for me is Terry's Turf Club. Remember the old Neons? Well Terry got bored fishin I guess and he is back. It's on Eastern a bout a block west of Bella Lunas. Killer Burgers, get the blu burger, forget Zip's, very sloppy, ask for a roll of paper towels, you will need it. Good fish too, he even has a Fois Gois burger!

vudutu Oct 09, 2007 08:30AM"

We have been going since last summer, I heard about Pollys review a week or so ago and we went last Friday, it was packed, I miss my sleep little hide out. I posted this on Cincinnati.com the next day.

"at 9:50 AM vudutu said...
"Well the word is out, *$#%! you Polly, you have ruined it, it was swamped last night, I just hope it settles down so I can have my bar back, we have been enjoying TTC for months and even threw a bday party there. We love the burgers and I keep telling Terry he needs to serve them with a roll of towels they are so juicy. The Salty Dogs rock and catch the place later at night when he is experimenting on the grill. Yea I agree, the fries need to be cut smaller or fried longer and I am trying to get him to stock Frisches Tarter sauce to dip em in. If we want our seat back at the bar guess we will just have to get their eariler or later till the crowds clear out."

Admittedly I am a little biased since I have know Terry longer than I care to admit, pre Neons even. Looking forward toi the outside deck.

vudutu
jjjrfoodie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/01 18:50:04
For those that do follow along and shop the small purveyors and mom-and-pop places, I found it odd but interesting that the Don Pablos' in Tri-County has decided to shutter it's door and sell off to BW-3's due to lack of business.

In this chain heavy world where the 3 hour wait for the Cheese Factory seeoms fine, that such a big player would take such a big hit.

I find the DP food OK, but they are always more than packed, which makes me think others like it a LOT more than me.

Hmmmm.....circle of life guess.

jjjrfoodie

TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/01 22:33:31
quote:
Originally posted by franklee

new indian buffet "grand india buffet" at chester and kemper roads has the best indian food i've ever eaten, hands down.

I convinced my wife to give Indian food a try - she's never had it before, with me the "grizzled veteran" of 3 previous visits to an Indian buffet - and since we had a babysitter (one of my sisters) I took her out on your recommendation to Grand India Buffet. We were the only diners there the entire time, with two more arriving just as we left. Dinnertime buffet is 9.99, beverage and tax are extra.

We were able to sample a number of different things - naan, bhatura, three different curries (lamb, chicken, and meatball, the last of which was the mildest, tastiest, and also probably the least authentic), bright red tandoor chicken, a couple of varieties of pakoras, sambar, coconut soup, saag paneer......etc etc etc. I figured this was good for a first try since I had no idea whether she'd like anything, and she would probably find at least something she could tolerate but trying small samples of a number of different dishes. After the first plate, noting that they have dosas on the menu, I ordered one of these also well.

I thought everything was pretty good - not great, but solidly good. We both liked the mildest curry the best, and the hottest one (the chicken, oddly) the least. The naan was the best I've had so far, but I'v only ever had it at one other place, Akash on 6th downtown, and I know they are on no one's "best of" list. I took the bhatura as poori, but a helpful staff person told me poori and bhatura are quite different. I told him I'd have to try the poori off the menu next time. He was also quite glad to see I ordered the dosa, telling me that only one other place in town - Udipi - even makes these, and then comped it - "It's New years" he said. Nice, especially when you know they were losing money hand over foot that night with only us there. The wife had some kind of roasted green beans she also thought were good, but I forget what these were called. I did not think the green bean was a part of indian cuisine? I tried all the fried appetizers - the veggie pakora was again my favorite - and was surprised not only in the extreme differences in spice heat between them but also that there were no warnings about the heat level on any of the labels....about a third of the offerings had no label at all.

One question, folks - my understanding of "tikka masala" I that it is a sauce of butter, cream, tomatoes, onions, and spice, but I could tell no difference between the chicken tikka masala and the chicken curry, in seperate pans on opposites sides of the buffet station. Should there not be a notable difference?

I'm not sure we'll be back anytime soon, but that's probably more on the basis of how far it is from the house plus we'll probably try a few other recommended places (that happen to be closer by as well) next.

I will say this - for Mr McKee in particular :-) - it was much much better than the chinese buffet it replaced :-)

Aside: you know I had to make my 3000th post in this particular thread, right? Hehe.......yeah, I started this thing, but it's a group project now - ya'all have come together and made this thread great. Thanks. And Happy New Year!
sudie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/07 11:26:55
We had a very pleasant dinner Friday night at Maribell's Tavern on Eastern Ave. (oops, Riverside Dr.) It was a pleasant and comfortable place, and the food was just what we were in the mood for that evening. I had a hamburger, perfectly cooked (medium rare) on a very nice bun. Some of their sandwiches feature Shadeau bread and I'm not sure if the HB bun came from there, but it was of that quality and a perfect complement to my burger. My husband had pot roast, a huge treat as it was prepared here. It was stacked on Yorkshire pudding and mashed potatoes and was perfectly cooked and seasoned. He also had a chocolate brownie for dessert, more like a flourless chocolate cake, very dense, chocolaty, and delicious. I'm going back with my girlfriends next week.
franklee
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/07 13:47:59
lunchbunch explored "The Family Diner" in Lynchburg last week. On Main Street. Road food reminiscent of truck stops where truckers stop because they're the only places with parking lots big enough to accommodate their rigs. Fried chicken special was better than some, but not much. Friend fish special was lightly battered but didn't have much taste. Vegetable soup looked like my grandmother's, except my grandmother would have whupped somebody who served her such bland fare. Worth the adventure - we must be closing in on 400 different restaurants in the area over the last 8 years - only because we hadn't been there before. Vote of no confidence. franklee
franklee
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/07 13:50:24
and.... they don't make their own pies and cakes... I've had worse pecan pie... so if you're in the moody to drive 56 miles for a piece of mediocre pie, The Family Diner in Lynchburg is perfect.
franklee
USALISA11
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/07 18:07:04
Any suggestions on where to eat downtown on the weekend at lunch time? I just moved to Cincinnati and couldn't find hardly anything open for lunch on the weekends. I would love to spend more time downtown if I could find some good places to eat! I did already try Shanghai Mama's and it was delicious :)
tpd
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/07 18:39:43
Anybody have suggestions for lunch near the airport? I've been to Mr. Herb's and Montoya's (and the Imbis at German Cuisine) but I'm looking to try something different. We usually have a little over an hour for lunch so I can drive a bit. Thx-

dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/07 20:16:26
quote:
Originally posted by USALISA11

Any suggestions on where to eat downtown on the weekend at lunch time? I just moved to Cincinnati and couldn't find hardly anything open for lunch on the weekends. I would love to spend more time downtown if I could find some good places to eat! I did already try Shanghai Mama's and it was delicious :)


If Dink's still has Saturday hours, they would be my first choice (but not my wife's, who is trying to eat a bit healthier). I haven't been downtown for a Saturday lunch in several months, though.
Ghaz
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/08 00:40:37
quote:
Originally posted by tpd

Anybody have suggestions for lunch near the airport? I've been to Mr. Herb's and Montoya's (and the Imbis at German Cuisine) but I'm looking to try something different. We usually have a little over an hour for lunch so I can drive a bit. Thx-


There's Stone Oven Pizza, Nicky's Pizza, Fusion Martini Bar and Bistro, Top Shelf Sports Grille and Gracies Grille in Hebron just off the I-275 exit.

http://www.stoneovenpizza.net/

http://www.tryourpie.com/

http://www.fusionmartinibar.com/home_01.htm

http://topshelfky.com/

http://www.graciesgrille.com/
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/08 12:47:01
It just happens that Cincinnati.com had an article about Hebron's "nightlife" yesterday.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20080107/NEWS0103/801070377/

All the places mentioned serve food {and are mentioned by Ghaz}.
Ghaz
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/09 00:39:37
There's apparently another new restaurant going in Hebron in the new building between Arby's and Nicky's for those familiar with the area. The sign just went up today and reads 'Wings On Wheels'. No info on the place other than the obvious assumption that they'll deliver hot wings " />

And I forgot to mention El Mariachi Mexican Restaurant & Cantina.

http://www.elmariachigrill.com/home.html
tpd
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/11 00:02:12
Ghaz... thanks for the tips.

I went to Gracie's yesterday and had the Cuban Sandwich and Fries. Sandwich was good and the fries were great. Almost wish I had gone for the Steak Salad though. I just couldn't bring myself to drop $13 on a quick workday lunch. Got to remember if it's what you want, it's worth it. The only issue I had with Gracie's was that the service was a little slow for lunch. If I hadn't had 1:15 to get back to class it could have been a problem.

Ended up back at Montoya's today. Had a craving for fish tacos. They were fine but I really want to find a serious Baja style fish taco in Greater Cincinnati. Montoya's does them with fried tilapia on a flour tortilla with the standard lettuce and tomato and pico on the side. What I really want is grilled fish on corn tortillas with cabbage and a creamy style sauce. Anybody know where I can find this locally?

Boy, Hebron is building out like crazy. One of my friends from work has lived in a 'burb off 20 west of 237 for a few years and I remember when all you could find out there was the Marathon Convenience Store and there was NOTHING north of the interstate.

So my FAA mandated annual training is over for another year. As I said last year, you 9 to 5'ers can have your world back. I don't know how you stand the crowds and traffic. At least it was warm this year so the pain was lessened a bit. I'll happily be back to my 2P-12A Sunday - Wednesday shift next week.
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/11 09:00:16
quote:
Originally posted by tpdThey were fine but I really want to find a serious Baja style fish taco in Greater Cincinnati. Montoya's does them with fried tilapia on a flour tortilla with the standard lettuce and tomato and pico on the side. What I really want is grilled fish on corn tortillas with cabbage and a creamy style sauce. Anybody know where I can find this locally?


La Salsa did them this way (plus avocado slices), but I think the chain is long gone. There were three locations I knew of; the Western Hills one is now Jersey Mike's, and the Fields Ertel one is now Hi! Bombay. I have no idea about the Hyde Park location since I don't get over to that section of it much anymore.
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/14 16:55:15
McFadden's on 7th street has closed

Seems this location has had problems in the past

Nick & Tonys Closed
McFaddens Closed

Hopefully the 3rd time will be the charm

Supposedly a new place will reopen in McFaddens place

soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/16 14:45:25
Black Finn will open in the McFadden's space.

http://www.blackfinncincy.com/home.html
engel.ne
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/17 13:22:46
Any good suggestions for a drive-in style burger place? I know that these are typically summer spots but my wife and I have yet to find a good one in the Cincy area since moving here. Something like the Rootbeer Stand but with more of an emphasis on burgers and not dogs. Thanks

Nate
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/18 04:03:53
quote:
Originally posted by sudie

We had a very pleasant dinner Friday night at Maribell's Tavern on Eastern Ave. (oops, Riverside Dr.) It was a pleasant and comfortable place, and the food was just what we were in the mood for that evening. I had a hamburger, perfectly cooked (medium rare) on a very nice bun. Some of their sandwiches feature Shadeau bread and I'm not sure if the HB bun came from there, but it was of that quality and a perfect complement to my burger. My husband had pot roast, a huge treat as it was prepared here. It was stacked on Yorkshire pudding and mashed potatoes and was perfectly cooked and seasoned. He also had a chocolate brownie for dessert, more like a flourless chocolate cake, very dense, chocolaty, and delicious. I'm going back with my girlfriends next week.


My gf and I went to Maribelle's Thursday night, and it was a very good experience. We got the fried mozzarella appetizer, and it totally rocked.

Both of us got burgers -- she got the bacon cheddar one, and I got the swiss, mushroom, and onion one w/o the onions. Of course it shows up with the onions anyway, and I had to send it back.

Burger was delicious though, and was perfectly cooked (medium rare).

I got the mac and cheese as a side, and she got the roasted sweet potatoes. We tried each other's, and both were outstanding.

Other than my burger getting goofed the first time, only thing that bugs me is charging $2.50 for pop for a designated driver. Has always been a pet peave of mine. And she got a Sprite with a shot of vodka, and they charged her $5 for the vodka and $2 more for the Sprite. So we paid $9.50 for two pops and a shot.

But the food was excellent, so we'll likely return soon.
Alco251
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/22 00:22:28
I just found out to my great dismay that Cassanos Pizza in Finneytown closed last year.

I don't recall reading about here or anywhere else, and is a major bummer now that I am moving back to the valley.
johnbycz
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/22 12:07:38

This is a bit of a drive, but there's a classic drive-in in Chillicothe -- the Sumburger. Ate there on Sunday and loved it. Get the double Sumburger.

http://www.sumburger.com/
quote:
Originally posted by engel.ne

Any good suggestions for a drive-in style burger place? I know that these are typically summer spots but my wife and I have yet to find a good one in the Cincy area since moving here. Something like the Rootbeer Stand but with more of an emphasis on burgers and not dogs. Thanks

Nate
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/22 12:24:41
Welcome to Roadfood, John, from a fellow Chowhound.....
johnbycz
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/22 13:24:50

Well, TJ, Chowhound's been kinda slow lately when it comes to Cincinnati, so I went looking for a livelier discussion, and found you again. Found some good tips already.
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

Welcome to Roadfood, John, from a fellow Chowhound.....
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/23 09:53:59
quote:
Originally posted by jjjrfoodie

For those that do follow along and shop the small purveyors and mom-and-pop places, I found it odd but interesting that the Don Pablos' in Tri-County has decided to shutter it's door and sell off to BW-3's due to lack of business.

In this chain heavy world where the 3 hour wait for the Cheese Factory seeoms fine, that such a big player would take such a big hit.

I find the DP food OK, but they are always more than packed, which makes me think others like it a LOT more than me.

Hmmmm.....circle of life guess.

jjjrfoodie


According to an Enquirer article, it is the Harper's Point location that was sold to bw-3. We ate at The Korea House on Saturday and noticed that it is now closed. The article said that the Springdale location was closed because it was unprofitable. The other four locations are staying open (for now).

No great loss, in my opinion. I was never a fan of their salsa.
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/27 15:58:42
Has anyone eaten at Bouquet in Covington? My birthday is coming up and I have to choose a place for my friends and I to celebrate. Someone suggested Seny in Walnut Hills and the tapas menu looks interesting.

Anyone have experience with either place they'd like to share?

TIA.

Sandy
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/28 09:04:30
The places I hear getting consistently good reviews of late are Seny, Nada, Olives, Nectar, Slims, and Red.

The wife hates Covington for some reason, probably because our first date was at the recently defunct Coco's :-) So I don't think I'll ever get into any of the Mainstrasse spots (incl Bouquet) save for a possible lunch on my own.

(edit: added Slims to the list)
vudutu
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/28 09:43:53
Heard good things about Bouquet, the chef is from Otto's next store which is pretty good, planning on hitting it soon. Reviews on Nada have been good despite some soso reports from our admittedly tough to please friends, I would avoid it on weekends as it is packed. Nicci really liked it

http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/foodie

and we are going to try on Tuesday.

Have not done Seny, Olives, and Red yet. As to Seny I have heard mixed on this one, some friend who live nearby are soso on it, I don't think our bunch is big on stackage and foam. Nectar seems awfully cold to me, she is a great cook but not much of a front of the house person.

TJ, everyone has a Coco story, for us it was our local bar and now we are homeless, the last owner was clueless and it seems the new building owner is too as despite an number of people trying to lease or buy it it still is closed.

We are blessed with a number of good places and currently are residing at Chalk where we are working our way through the menu.

As to places for bday groups, tough call, I think it depends on your group tastes and budget, I would sample anyplace new you are considering. I would do also do some serious googling.

Love to hear a report after you go.
Robin Hood
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/28 10:31:34
I went to Bouquet about a month ago. Good, but not great. Still working the kinks out, A very small menu and winelist. Not cheap by any means. At the price point I left a little disappointed. not in a hurry to get back, but I will give them another try.

Nada is a zoo. Very much a see and be seen place. Huge wait for a table. Menu is kind of limited. Don't go expecting Frontera Grill, but definitely something new and different for Cincinnati.
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/28 19:07:46
Thank you all for your responses. I'm leaning toward Seny based on the menu and some comments from co-workers. I'll probably try Bouquet when they've been open longer.

Sandy
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/29 12:36:16
Jordan Valley got a mention in theCincinnati Enquirer Foodie Blog today....Polly likes it :-)

Here's what Polly had to say (from: http://frontier.cincinnati.com/blogs/foodie/2008/01/lunch.asp)

I've been trying to bring my lunch to work more often: it fits in with various resolutions my husband and I have made: saving money, being healthy, working hard. . . . My husband is extremely good at it--he can make a lunch out of the merest scraps. I backslide a lot more, and it was immediately obvious to him yesterday that I had as soon as I kissed him hello. It's the combination plate at Jordan Valley, just around the corner from The Enquirer building. I'm not sure what the garlic's in, but it announces itself long after. This plate is really too much to eat, but I always manage to: it's four perfect felafel nuggets, two mounds of smooth baba ghanoush and hummus, and a really good tabouli: mostly parsley, tiny diced tomatoes, very lemony. All good by themselves or in little combination bites. 211 W. Fourth Street ( you may have to dodge some Scientologists)
Oh, and I just realized it's all vegetarian. Their chicken shawarma's good, too! and once they were out of beef for their kebabs and I had a wonderful lamb skewer for lunch.
franklee
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/01/29 12:58:18
Lunchbunch went to Nicky's World Famous Pizzeria in Hebron couple weeks ago. Bob, the New York City translant who claims to have perfect pitch in pizza taste, says the thin crust cheese pizza is as good as Deweys which was/is the best in CIndinnati. I thought my hot pepper and green olive half pizza was very good. Best were the dessert pastries.. can't think of their names and apparenly you must order a minimum of 6 or 7 at a time (one order) but they're exquisite if you eat them while they're hot.. no so good next day... Bob like it enough to go back.. which is saying something for him... Me? I like continuing to explore... at last county the Lunchbunch as grazed at more than 300 different eating spots in the cincinnati/dayton area.
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