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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 03/27/08 9:40 PM
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I too drove by Amor and saw that sign. I've not been to the downtown Brazilian place, but the online menu indicated some of the meats that we like at Amor are not available there (Parmesan pork, bacon-wrapped filet). Has anyone been to the downtown restaurant (I looked briefly through here and didn't see anyone's comments).

So we're thinking about trying this place in the Dayton Mall: http://www.cenarestaurant.com/

Has anyone tried it yet? I saw a couple of reviews, which were positive, and it did have both of those meats we like. Plus the price was about $28 each, vs. $45 at Amor.


well I have booked reservations for tomorrow (Friday) evening. So I will let you know what I thought....and share what my husband thinks too because he went to Amor a few times before where I never had been.
If you go to the place in Dayton Mall please let me know what you think as well!
Thanks

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 03/28/08 1:14 AM
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Country Inn, Route 68 in Mount Orab, was this week's Lunchbunch target. I wasn't excited at the prospect (Bob's turn to choose) but it wound up quite satisfyingly, if I do say so, in large part because of the uninterrupted flow of 50s & 60s rock bounced from a satellite way up yonder. Their specialty apparently is fried chicken which Bob adores and which I (again - disappointedly) find "good," but can't hold a candle to southern fried. Their Vegetable soup was excellent, however (I had two bowls from the soup and salad bar). Their mushroom hoagie turned out quite good and would have been better had the bun been less doughy. Blackberry cobbler was also doughy; the butterscotch pie was excellent. I got burned out on Cincinnati-style chili 10 years ago and had not tried it again until the Country Inn where they use it on their chili cheese fries which were superb (but don't take the leftovers home - they don't resurrect). The service is decent; the personnel are personable. Not super wheelchair accessible, but did accommodate my three wheeler. Not excellent but definitely decent.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 03/28/08 3:01 AM
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palacio azteca,

I drove past it once and it appeared to be closed. I just put in a phone call to them and the number seems to be disconnected. I will swing by there soon to make sure but I am nearly positive they are closed.

As far as the negative reviews about taqueria maya go, I can see someone having issues with the service, but not the authenticity. In my opinion the best way to know if a Mexican restaurant is authentic is to look at the clientele. I see lots of Mexicans there and to be honest not very many other places in Mason. Give it a try its worth the trip.


Thanks, I don't get up that way much but will try and make it by. FYI the best I can find down here is the little place in Newport, the name escapes me right now.


Rio Grande? Or one of the others on 7th, 12th or Monmouth? The one on 12th is supposed to be Guatemalan, (pardon my spelling?), but I've never heard of anyone eating there.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 03/28/08 3:04 AM
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palacio azteca,

I drove past it once and it appeared to be closed. I just put in a phone call to them and the number seems to be disconnected. I will swing by there soon to make sure but I am nearly positive they are closed.

As far as the negative reviews about taqueria maya go, I can see someone having issues with the service, but not the authenticity. In my opinion the best way to know if a Mexican restaurant is authentic is to look at the clientele. I see lots of Mexicans there and to be honest not very many other places in Mason. Give it a try its worth the trip.


Thanks, I don't get up that way much but will try and make it by. FYI the best I can find down here is the little place in Newport, the name escapes me right now.
I know the one - La Mexicana Grocery and Taqueria - at 642 Monmouth Street, - has goat meat and an attached grocery store in the back, with entrances from Monmouth Street and the back parking lot - tons of chorizo in the meat case:

http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2002/03/20/tem_memories_of_mexico.html


That's the Monmouth one I spoke of. I need to give that a try next week when the kids are on spring break.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 03/28/08 10:22 AM
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Le Mexicano's goat meat is to good goat meat what pond-raised catfish are to wild catfish; it's pretty tasteless... I've had goat burritos from there at least 3 times.. wouldn't have known I's eating goat if they hadn't reassured me... still, in a day and time when meat is becoming more and more tasteless... the goat rises above the mediocre crowd.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 03/28/08 10:23 AM
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ooops! La Mexicana!

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 03/28/08 4:22 PM
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Originally posted by sZekelyZoo

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Originally posted by Bonk

I too drove by Amor and saw that sign. I've not been to the downtown Brazilian place, but the online menu indicated some of the meats that we like at Amor are not available there (Parmesan pork, bacon-wrapped filet). Has anyone been to the downtown restaurant (I looked briefly through here and didn't see anyone's comments).

So we're thinking about trying this place in the Dayton Mall: http://www.cenarestaurant.com/

Has anyone tried it yet? I saw a couple of reviews, which were positive, and it did have both of those meats we like. Plus the price was about $28 each, vs. $45 at Amor.


well I have booked reservations for tomorrow (Friday) evening. So I will let you know what I thought....and share what my husband thinks too because he went to Amor a few times before where I never had been.
If you go to the place in Dayton Mall please let me know what you think as well!
Thanks


Yes, I'm very curious what you and your husband think, especially since he's been to Amor.

We'll probably make the Cena trip in the next month or so, and I'll definitely post our thoughts.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 03/28/08 7:31 PM
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Originally posted by Bonk

I too drove by Amor and saw that sign. I've not been to the downtown Brazilian place, but the online menu indicated some of the meats that we like at Amor are not available there (Parmesan pork, bacon-wrapped filet). Has anyone been to the downtown restaurant (I looked briefly through here and didn't see anyone's comments).

So we're thinking about trying this place in the Dayton Mall: http://www.cenarestaurant.com/

Has anyone tried it yet? I saw a couple of reviews, which were positive, and it did have both of those meats we like. Plus the price was about $28 each, vs. $45 at Amor.


well I have booked reservations for tomorrow (Friday) evening. So I will let you know what I thought....and share what my husband thinks too because he went to Amor a few times before where I never had been.
If you go to the place in Dayton Mall please let me know what you think as well!
Thanks


Yes, I'm very curious what you and your husband think, especially since he's been to Amor.

We'll probably make the Cena trip in the next month or so, and I'll definitely post our thoughts.


Please report back on Cena. At $28, it may be worth a trip north.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 03/28/08 8:57 PM
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You Portabello's fans will be saddened to hear what's going in its place. A Little Caesar's.

This has been a bad Roadfood month for me.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 03/29/08 5:11 PM
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Well we went to Boi Na Braza last night. My girlfriend and I really enjoyed it and so did the 10 other people that went with us.....My husband and his friend had been to Amor. So they said it was good....but they miss the shrimp and sushi. Plus they missed parm crusted chicken that Amor had. But they both really enjoyed the rest of the meats.
My personal favorite was the bottom sirlon and the house meat. The filet and filet mignon wrapped in bacon were delicious as well. They had only one meat most of us didn't care for and that was the pork ribs, they were pretty tasteless.
As for the salad bar area there were plenty of items to pick from. On one side was mashed potatoes, some type of mushrooms (delicious), rice, beans, and 2 other items(sorry can't remember). Another side was different salad; fruit, pasta, tuna, something else, and pieces of heart of palm (which tasted pretty good). Then another side has; bottom of artichoke with something in the middle, mozzarella balls (which were GREAT), asparagus (HUGE), marinated artichokes, and ceasar salad. Then before the other side there were things to spinkle on your salad; fried garlic (yummy), cherry tomatoes, croutons, bacon, and some other things. Then the last side had a bunch of things to make a pretty good salad! So I was very impressed with the salad bar. Now my hubby's friend liked it that he could go back up to the bar and get more mashed potatoes instead of waiting for someone to bring them to him.
We had to flip our card over many times because the guys were coming so fast with the meats!!! Our plates were full in mintues! The desserts were fabulous....a big selection! Pop was $2.50 per glass (no free refills). Desserts were not included in the main price of $47.50/person. We all got our moneys worth!!! We never ate breakfast.....actually we didn't eat again until 1 o'clock today :)
All in all.....we had a wonderful experience at Boi Na Braza. There were some differences from Amor but that is the way it is with most restuarants! I would recommend Boi Na Braza to anyone that has a BIG appetite :)

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 03/30/08 12:11 AM
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Originally posted by Bonk

You Portabello's fans will be saddened to hear what's going in its place. A Little Caesar's.

This has been a bad Roadfood month for me.


I thought those only showed up in K-Mart food courts these days.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 03/30/08 4:23 PM
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Yeah, me too. ;)

Well, there and Detroit. They actually serve Little Caesar's pizza and Kroger brand hot dogs at Joe Louis Arena. Awful selection.

sZekely - Glad to hear the Boi Na Braza trip worked out. I think we're going to try the Dayton one first, but hopefully the bad experience some people had were isolated incidents.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 03/30/08 8:38 PM
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Does anyone know where you can find crusty chewy Jewish rye bread like you find in NYC/Yonkers bakeries? I have had no luck in greater Cinci and I have lived here since 1977.



Have you ever tried the NY-style Rye at Dorothy Lane Market? I can't vouch for the taste or authenticity, but noticed it today while perusing their bakery dept and thought of you (I've been lurking since page 30). The crust looked like it had some chew to it without being too "crusty".

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 03/30/08 11:06 PM
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I tried it a while back but it was not nearly as crusty nor chewy as NY Jewish rye - it was pretty similar to the tasteless bland rye bread you find all over southern OH, maybe just a little better.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 03/30/08 11:58 PM
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Originally posted by Bonk

You Portabello's fans will be saddened to hear what's going in its place. A Little Caesar's.

This has been a bad Roadfood month for me.


I thought those only showed up in K-Mart food courts these days.

They're starting to come back into the area after exiting several years ago. One of the first to open is in Erlanger next to the O'Reily's Auto Parts on Dixie Highway. It's been there since late last summer.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 03/31/08 12:02 AM
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Sort of like with the IHOPs. Only now their food is not nearly as good.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 03/31/08 8:36 AM
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Little Caesar's won't have that problem...their food was never good.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 03/31/08 8:58 AM
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Little Caesar's won't have that problem...their food was never good.


My brother and I loved Little Caesar's growing up because we each could eat our own pizza. Then again we were so hungry as teenagers they could have put the sauce and cheese directly on the box and we might not have noticed the difference...

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 03/31/08 10:43 AM
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You Portabello's fans will be saddened to hear what's going in its place. A Little Caesar's.

This has been a bad Roadfood month for me.



I thought those only showed up in K-Mart food courts these days.

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Yeah, me too. ;)

Well, there and Detroit. They actually serve Little Caesar's pizza and Kroger brand hot dogs at Joe Louis Arena. Awful selection.

Mike Illitch owns Little ceasars and also happens to own the Red Wings. He also owns the Tigers(they serve little ceasars there too.) oddly enough he bought the tigers from Tom Monaghan who is the owner of Domino's Pizza.

I am new to the area and moved from metro detroit and I was just commenting to a friend that there are no little ceasars here. There is only one redeeming quality about little ceasars and that is th $5 hot and ready. It may not taste god but when I was in college it was the greatest thing ever. You can walk in get a pepperoni pizza without waiting for 5 bucks? sold.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 03/31/08 10:58 AM
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Let me just say that LC's breadsticks were the BOMB

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 03/31/08 11:42 AM
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You Portabello's fans will be saddened to hear what's going in its place. A Little Caesar's.

This has been a bad Roadfood month for me.


Oh. My. Lord.

I used to work next to one of those. A co-worker called it "Little Seizure's."

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 03/31/08 3:01 PM
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Habanero is opening a second location, taking over the spot that Moe's Southwest Grill is about to vacate at Newport on the Levee. I really hope it works out for them.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 04/1/08 12:14 AM
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Little Caesar's won't have that problem...their food was never good.


Then again we were so hungry as teenagers they could have put the sauce and cheese directly on the box and we might not have noticed the difference...


Shhh. You'll give away the secret recipe.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 04/1/08 12:30 AM
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my week to choose for the lunchbunch... any good ideas for an "interesting" restaurant/cafe/joint in the cincinnati area? Downtown Cincinnati and the Levee are exempted. thanx


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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 04/2/08 10:40 AM
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The Enquirer is reporting that Pike Street Press will close it's doors at 4 p.m. Saturday.

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20080402/NEWS0103/304020034/

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 04/2/08 4:33 PM
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my week to choose for the lunchbunch... any good ideas for an "interesting" restaurant/cafe/joint in the cincinnati area? Downtown Cincinnati and the Levee are exempted. thanx




Not downtown, or Newport. Have you been to Ludlow Ave. in Clifton? There are a couple of good restaurants. Olives at the Ludlow Garage has changed their lunch menu, but still has some interesting stuff. Get the mushroom artichoke appetizer. Biagio's Bistro is good, and different. If you order pasta, they cook on hot plates in the dining room, but I like the Italian Sub. Maybe not NY authentic, but VERY good. You get your choice of soup or salad, and they are all good.

And there is Dewey's Pizza, Skyline & Graeter's if anyone wants carry out/take home stuff. Lots of unique/interesting shopping, as well.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 04/6/08 5:00 PM
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my week to choose for the lunchbunch... any good ideas for an "interesting" restaurant/cafe/joint in the cincinnati area? Downtown Cincinnati and the Levee are exempted. thanx




Not downtown, or Newport. Have you been to Ludlow Ave. in Clifton? There are a couple of good restaurants. Olives at the Ludlow Garage has changed their lunch menu, but still has some interesting stuff. Get the mushroom artichoke appetizer. Biagio's Bistro is good, and different. If you order pasta, they cook on hot plates in the dining room, but I like the Italian Sub. Maybe not NY authentic, but VERY good. You get your choice of soup or salad, and they are all good.

And there is Dewey's Pizza, Skyline & Graeter's if anyone wants carry out/take home stuff. Lots of unique/interesting shopping, as well.
Our lunchbunch went to Troni's Pizza and Restaurant in Kettering this past Thursday, along with my spouse, to celebrate her birthday. We had three pizzas:


Troni's Sicilian pizza with banana peppers and sausage - before being devoured. One of the finest pizzas I have had in Ohio in over 30 years:



The other two pizzas shown below are their regular pie (with green peppers and mushrooms):




..and their Old Fashioned Pizza which comes with 3 cheeses (Provolone, Romano and Mozzarella and Old Fashion Sauce which is a little spicy and has chunks of tomato with the sauce) - this one has pepperoni and sausage:




These two pies were excellent - while I prefer cheese pies I deferred to the other members to include toppings.

My wife and I went 90 miles each way to enjoy Troni's pizzas - none better in the area!

We also had a fine antipasto salad, great little garlic rolls with olive oil, and parsley, delicious Pasta Fagioli soup and exceptional Tiramisu and Cannolis for desert.

This Albanian family has two additional family members - 2 younger sons - who were doing the waiter/bussing work - the youngest, Harlen - who served us - speaks perfect unaccented English! His sister - who served us on our past visit on March 6 - was working in the kitchen during this visit - the place was really packed during this outing - they are becoming better known apparently.

This is Harlen serving up our Old Fashioned Pizza, with yours truly looking on:



This is a masterful collage of photos taken during our March 6 visit, created by my esteemed lunchbunch cohort franklee, depicting our waitress (the owner's daughter) with our lunchbunch group impressed on the bag and preparing our takeout and doggy bags for us:



(Note Troni's is in Kettering - not Beavercreek - some internet sites show them in the latter town in error.)



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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 04/7/08 7:49 PM
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Finally got to BJ's in Tri-County Mall Saturday. We were very impressed.

The whole thing started a little weird though -- we made the mistake of coming in hungry at 6:30, right after the Final Four game had started, so it was beyond packed. They said it would be an hour and a half wait, which was understandable considering. So we took the beeper thing and looked for a seat at the bar, which wasn't happening.

After less than five minutes, our beeper went off, to our delight.

We had the mozzarella sticks, which were delicious. They were topped with parmesan and served with a very garlicky marinera, which is the way I like it. They gave us 10 for $6.

I got a small pepperoni pizza and couldn't finish it. The crust itself was incredible. It was buttery and light. Cheese was abundant and delicious, sauce was outstanding. They call it deep dish but it's not a traditional deep dish. More like what Pizza Hut calls "pan".

My gf got the balsamic chicken, and she said it was excellent. I tried one piece of her chicken, and it was almost as good as steak. She finished about half of it.

I really liked the beer, too, but I almost always like microbrewed beer, and that's for another board. Bill was $45 (I had three beers at $4.75 a pop), and service was also good, so I tipped $10.

We can't wait to go back.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 04/11/08 5:49 PM
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Wild Ginger Asian Bistro:

Went to lunch here today. Food was very good and priced reasonably. I had a dish called mi xao which i had never seen on a menu before. It was thin rice noodles with lots of vegetables in it. It was very good and too much to finish at $5.99. GF has the Pad see Iew a thai classic and it was also good. I did some research and apparently this place has the same owner as Lemon Grass which is about 300 yards away. Seems crazy to have to restaurants that close. We had actually planned on going to Lemongrass but couldn't
find convenient parking so we tried the Wild Ginger. Glad we tried it as it has more selections than Lemon Grass(not just thai food.) and If I had been in the mood they also have a sushi bar.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 04/11/08 6:12 PM
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Our lunchbunch stopped at Fratelli's Pizzeria in West Chester at 5:30 PM last night and picked up a large cheese pie to take home - we had a slice in the parking lot - it was awful - the crust is terrible and they don't put enough cheese or sauce on the pie and the pie was full of large air bubbles (they open at 4 PM so their overs should have been ready to bake pizza by the time we got there.)

The pie heats up really dry and tasteless.

We had lunch down the road at WG Grinders ( a truly forgettable experience ).

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 04/11/08 7:49 PM
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Wild Ginger Asian Bistro:

Went to lunch here today. Food was very good and priced reasonably. I had a dish called mi xao which i had never seen on a menu before. It was thin rice noodles with lots of vegetables in it. It was very good and too much to finish at $5.99. GF has the Pad see Iew a thai classic and it was also good. I did some research and apparently this place has the same owner as Lemon Grass which is about 300 yards away. Seems crazy to have to restaurants that close. We had actually planned on going to Lemongrass but couldn't
find convenient parking so we tried the Wild Ginger. Glad we tried it as it has more selections than Lemon Grass(not just thai food.) and If I had been in the mood they also have a sushi bar.


I think the owners of Lemongrass opened Wild Ginger because LG is small, adn they wanted to do sushi, but couldn't in LG's small space.

But my reason for answering is, FYI, you can park in Busken's parking lot for both restaurants. There are marked parking spaces for LG and WG.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 04/12/08 2:10 AM
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Was trundling around the west side of town this week and thought I'd try out NYPD (New York Pizza Delivery).
$7.99 for a one topping large pie.

Pretty tasty for the price. Both moz. and prov. in the cheese mix, but the crust was a little chewy a'la papa johns. A little time in the toaster oven solved that problem quickly,

As you can see it was quite a deal and I'll go back.




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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 04/12/08 9:29 PM
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We grab a pie from the Northside NYPD regularly, whenever we aren't in the mood to trudge up the hill to Adriatico's. (There is a new location across from Soccer City on Springdale, as well as the one in Cheviot.) They run coupons in the "Bearcash" catalog, and I believe we get 1-toppings for less than $7.99 as a result. Their cheesesticks are also decent. Hoagies, not so much.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 04/13/08 5:50 PM
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Well I went to Balboa's today and I agree with the article that pizzanut linked up to. Their pizza crust is definately more indicitive of NY style crust than any others in the area. I had a slice and a cheesesteak too. What can I say, I'll worry about the cholestoral later.

The damn Amoroso roll is what does it. Don't bother getting anything but the cheese whiz on it. That product was made for cheesesteaks if nothing else. I think Friday will be a Tastykake day for me. The guy ahead of me in line bought 5 packs to take back to people in his office.


A group of us went to Balboa's last night. I went with the "original" cheesesteak (Whiz and grilled onions) and found it to be a nice change of pace from Penn Station...but not better. I suppose this is one of the few times I don't prefer the "authentic" version. Two in the group went with the chicken sandwiches and were extremely disappointed with the absence of seasoning on the meat.

They did give us a free sample slice of pizza, which we enjoyed more than the sandwiches. As yonkers says above, the pizza is also a nice change of pace...thin, floppy, foldable, and slightly crispy. $12.99 for an 18" cheese isn't terrible, but at $1.49 per topping, it can add up quickly. A full menu is available here:

http://www.orbgroup.com/balboas/NEW_files/CincyMenu.pdf

We passed on Tastykakes this time, but all agreed that we will go back for pizza. I'm the only one who would go back for a sandwich, however.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 04/13/08 8:47 PM
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Boston Butz
Review: http://www.cincinnati.com/freetime/dining/reviews/042304_bostonbutz_25.html
Website: http://bostonbutz.samsbiz.com/page/1f4he/Home.html
Menu: http://bostonbutz.samsbiz.com/page/1f4hi/Menus.html
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You know, I would've sworn on a stack of recipe books that the sign at the Ross exit said Pit to Plate. Maybe I'm getting delusional in my old age, but it wasn't there.

I'd never seen or heard of the Boston Butz place, but we went there (since we weren't going to get back on the highway northbound then turn around just to prove my right or wrong).

Anyway, we liked the place. Fried pickle appetizers were a little saltier than I'm used to, but they were quite good. I had a pork tenderloin sandwich that was enormous and only cost $5.75. Gf had the smokehouse burger and said it rocked. Two patties with cheese and pulled pork. About the same price as mine.

Only two people in there at 5:30 on a Friday though. It is Lent though, and barbeque is not a Lent-friendly food. We'd go back.

I just got over there myself last Friday evening, and this is now my favorite pulled pork in all of Cincinnati, edging out even Pit to Plate

The outside is classic roadfood. Gravel parking lot on a country lane, looking more like a farmer's roadside shack than a restaurant at first glance. A large pig statue also graces the side of the restaurant facing the main street, visible just on your right as you go into the entrance on the side. The inside is similarly spartan, but for a variety of porcine-themed decorations and a large collection of wall mounted hot sauces. There isn't a lot of inside seating - maybe 10 tables - but an outside covered patio doubles that or more if the weather is good.

After I had ordered, I walked around and checked out several framed newspapers reviews. Seems they got their start in a small roadside stand (not unlike Jim Dandy in Sharonville?) in Mariemont. Since there was no mention of the location I remembered in Woodlawn, I asked the manager in charge about it, and he told me that they had no connection to this long-closed eatery - that the Woodlawn restaraunt was called "Boston Butts" as opposed to "Boston Butz". He said he had heard this question more times than he had expected...sorry I was wrogn about this connection earlier in this thread. Anyway, the framed reviews also explained that the "Boston Butz" name was due to the fact that the family that opened the place - the father, mother, and two sons with the last name of "Butz" - also preferred the boston butt cut for all their pulled pork.

By the time I had read both reviews and had a brief chat with the manager, my 1/2 pound pulled pork plate with home fries, macaroni and cheese and a johnnycake had arrived at my table. Yeah, too many carbs, no veggies. Sue me :-) The pulled pork was spectacular, very moist and succulent. It disappeared off my plate much too quickly. The one minus - the pork comes topped with sauce by default, and as we all know, good pulled pork requires no sauce. I pulled out some of the unsauced pieces at the bottom of the pile, and I can confirm this pork passed the unsauced test with flying colors. On the other hand, the sauce (I chose the medium hot) was also very, very good.

The macaroni and cheese was not good at all, with a faint unpleasant taste. I left it be after one bite. I should have gone with a veggie :-) The home fries on the other hand were excellent, golden brown skinless disks of heaven, requiring only a bit of salt to complete them. Tho I've never seen these as an offered option at any other que joint, I highly recommend these. I asked for and got them to add onions

The Johnny cake was also a suprise. I had always assumed these were a Rhode Island thing, but here I was in a Ohio que joint specializing in "memphis style" que with johnny cakes and texas toast as the available bread choices. I thought it was very good, tho admittedly having never had one before I had no basis for comparison to others, but remain a bit puzzled at the combination of regional specialties represented here.

They also do pizza. Right across the street, mind you, from a local pizza joint called Ross Pizzeria. Including a bbq pork pizza, naturally. I did not try this.

I definitely have to get back here to try the ribs and some of the other non-carb sides. I think those of you who expect a que joint to be very specialized and have certain things (sweet tea, banana pudding) ON the menu and other unrelated items (pizza, hamburgers, catfish) NOT ON the menu might be a little disappointed - til you taste the que. Just remember - ask for your sauce on the side.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 04/15/08 2:25 PM
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TJ

We have had BostonButz come to our annual farmers fair for several years now, they do have GOOOOOD Que.
I was on the fair committee the year we travelled around looking for a new BBQ vendor, we got to sample some truly great (BostonButz) and some truly awful places. Hands down BostonButz was the committees favorite.


Their baked potato salad is awesome, some times they will have a sweet potato side dish I can't remember what they call it but, I don't like sweet potatoes and I loved this side dish.


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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 04/15/08 3:04 PM
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I've had the good fortune to be able to park on the same block I work for just this week, so I am taking the opportunity to range a bit further out on my lunch forays this week

So far

Monday - Red Pepper/Clifton - average ameri-chinese lunch, no biggie
Tuesday - King Wok/Clifton - out-freakin-standing ameri-chinese lunch. More on this later.....
Wednesday - (special parking was not available)
Thursday - (special parking was not available)
Friday - back to parking 2 miles away

For my remaining two lunches I am thinking about any of
* one of the many Indian places in Clifton
* Pomidori's Pizza
* Lenhardt's
* the mongolian grille in crescent springs
* findlay market

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 04/15/08 4:16 PM
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King Wok without doubt is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Cinci.

You can not do better than this place.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 04/15/08 5:22 PM
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Anyone know anything about the "steak and lemonade" place on Vine near 14th street?

I took the "steak" to mean "cheesesteak" based on the signage, which looked very new.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 04/15/08 8:09 PM
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TJ - Mongolian Grill in Crescent Springs?? I think I missed something. Where is it?

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 04/15/08 8:22 PM
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King Wok without doubt is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Cinci.

You can not do better than this place.


Is their Mason location as good?

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 04/15/08 9:34 PM
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TJ - Mongolian Grill in Crescent Springs?? I think I missed something. Where is it?

I stated that badly - sorry - it's primarily a ameri-chinese buffet that INCLUDES mongolian grille service. I actually prefer this setup to a straight MG because I can get eggrolls, rangoons, etc WITH my custom-made mongolian grille stuff. I did not record the name, sorry. As you head from 75 on Buttermilk Pk towards Villa Hills, it is on the right side

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 04/15/08 9:43 PM
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TJ - Mongolian Grill in Crescent Springs?? I think I missed something. Where is it?

I stated that badly - sorry - it's primarily a ameri-chinese buffet that INCLUDES mongolian grille service. I actually prefer this setup to a straight MG because I can get eggrolls, rangoons, etc WITH my custom-made mongolian grille stuff. I did not record the name, sorry. As you head from 75 on Buttermilk Pk towards Villa Hills, it is on the right side


Is this the newish place in the Home Depot center that was busted by the INS a few months ago?

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 04/15/08 10:15 PM
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I have no idea - :-)

I just went by there a few months back and made a mental note to return....haven't had Mongolian Grill in forever

I'll probably end up at Guru or Chipotle if it has been closed :-)

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 04/15/08 10:28 PM
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King Wok without doubt is one of the best Chinese restaurants in Cinci.

You can not do better than this place.


Is their Mason location as good?
My guess would be yes but I have not been to their Mason location ( I did not even know they had one ).

When I am north of Cinci and I want great Chinese food I normally go to:

Johnny Chan Chinese Restaurant
8721 Fields Ertel Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45249
Phone: (513) 489-0888

They were written up a few years back about in the Cincinnati Enquirer and have fantastic Singapore Mai Fun (a curry rice noodle dish). My wife and I checked it out and have been loyal customers every since. And their customers seem to be primarily Asian which tells you something about their food and its quality and taste.

I cannot locate that review online but I did find this one:

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070621/CINCI/706210301/-1/favorites

I can only comment on their original location as that is the only one we go to.

Here is a recipe for this wonderful dish (you can get it as spicy as you like):



http://www.razzledazzlerecipes.com/chinese-recipes/singapore-mai-fun.htm

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 04/16/08 12:53 AM
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That would be Empire Buffet. It's OK, nothing really special. However, Sweet Basil is right there in that area.

http://www.sweetbasilnky.com/

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 04/16/08 1:04 AM
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Can you get spicy pad thai at Sweet Basil - without the sweet undertone that Thai pad thai seems prone to come with?

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 04/16/08 1:56 AM
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W G Grinder in West Chester I (lunchbunch last week) found to be excellent. I had the reuben which was as good as Mancino's Grinders in Lansing MI. Also excellent were the potato salad, posta salad, chicken soup, tomato soup and both their chocolate & macadamia nut cookies. You may remember Bob (NYPizzaNut) didn't care for itmuch. I agree with bob that Fratell's Pizza wasn't all that great... but I got eggplant parmigiana to take out... and it's the best I've ever eaten! Has spaghettui in it and is topped with a solide layer of yummy cheese....

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 04/16/08 2:07 AM
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Actually WG Grinders French Onion soup was great.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 04/16/08 9:23 AM
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Tuesday - King Wok/Clifton - out-freakin-standing ameri-chinese lunch. More on this later, I promise


Well, you've convinced me to try it. I have driven by this place countless times, but the facade leaves a lot to be desired (and that neon lobster freaks me the hell out), so I've never bothered to set foot inside.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 04/16/08 9:51 AM
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Ghaz: well, turns out I don't have the parking privelege today so it doesn't matter, but tell me, doesn't this buffet include mongolian grill service? I consider that fairly special.....even tho the buffet itself may be pedantic

DL: the place will win no awards for decor or even cleanliness, but the food was quite good :-)

FL\NYPN: Fratelli's pizza is indeed truly awful.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 04/16/08 2:38 PM
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Couple of items from my stroll to and from the All Rise cafe for the fabulous cheap cheeseburger deal

Oceanaire
The exterior and interior looks to be in ready-to-open state. Hours are posted on the door, with a menu display just to the right. The posted menu is a little reminiscent of the menu at M&S just 2 blocks away, with daily fresh fish varieties at the top of the menu, but from appearenace it looks like lobster bisque (my fave) is available every day. Well, I can hope, right? They have large "Now Hiring" sign up as well.

Old Patoshnik's space
This space is being rehabbed once again, and I saw a number of craftsmen inside at work. I asked the guy repainting the door what was going to be opened in the space, and he said all he knew was it was going to be a "southern cooking restaraunt". Stay tuned.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 04/16/08 2:55 PM
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Anyone know anything about the "steak and lemonade" place on Vine near 14th street?

I took the "steak" to mean "cheesesteak" based on the signage, which looked very new.


I wrote about this place somewhere here, I do believe. There are a few around town now. I wrote about the one on Short Vine St. in Corryville. I think they have cheesesteaks, but what I have eaten there is italian beef sandwiches, Chicago style. They are big, and dipped, if you wish. It may not be as good as Al's #1, but it is a good deal, with fries free with any sandwich. They have giardiniera and italian sausage. I think the owners may have Chicago roots.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 04/16/08 3:27 PM
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W G Grinder in West Chester I (lunchbunch last week) found to be excellent. I had the reuben which was as good as Mancino's Grinders in Lansing MI. Also excellent were the potato salad, pasta salad, chicken soup, tomato soup and both their chocolate & macadamia nut cookies. You may remember Bob (NYPizzaNut) didn't care for it much. I agree with bob that Fratelli's Pizza wasn't all that great... but I got eggplant parmigiana to take out... and it's the best I've ever eaten! Has spaghetti in it and is topped with a solid layer of yummy cheese....
Fratelli's pizza is worse than most off the chain pizza places - it ranks just above Dominos. They are pathetic at making pizza.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 04/16/08 5:47 PM
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I didn't think Fratelli's was that bad, but I rarely meet a pizza that I don't like. Someone mentioned the air bubbles in the pizza -- we had that problem, too.

When we went to Nikky's in Hebron a couple of years ago, there was an article on the wall that had the top 10 area pizza joints (it might've been the Enquirer), and Fratelli's was ranked No. 1.

The Little Seizure's is open in the Portabello's spot. Sad day in the Eastgate area...

Soozy - I really try to avoid that area because it's hard to get to and, well, kind of unsafe, but I may have to try that. I'll go just about anywhere to get a decent Italian beef in Cincinnati. Hotdogginit makes a decent one, but nowhere near Chicago quality.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 04/17/08 1:29 AM
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Ghaz: well, turns out I don't have the parking privelege today so it doesn't matter, but tell me, doesn't this buffet include mongolian grill service? I consider that fairly special.....even tho the buffet itself may be pedantic


It did the last time I was there, but that's been some time ago. Then again, three of the four Chinese buffets in the Florence area (Empire, Asian on Mall Road and Dynasty on Turfway) have Mongolian grill service. Only China City at the corner of Turfway and Dixie lacks a Mongolian grill (but it's under $10 and still has crab legs on the dinner buffet).

A couple of new restaurants have recently opened in Hebron. While I haven't had a chance to try either of them yet, I have had some feedback from my coworkers who have. First is Geno's East Coast Grill. They 'specialize' in cheesesteaks. Unfortunately they use precooked meat, tomato sauce from a can and plain white rolls. Try at your own risk. I've heard better about Latte Da, specifically their potato soup. Their cup of soup is as big as a bowl and is supposedly quite good.

On a related note, I noticed Dee Felice has some of their products in the Remke Market in Florence. I picked up a jar of their Bourbon Street salsa and it was literraly the best salsa I've ever had. Not too hot but still with a nice amount of heat and a nice smokey flavor. They also had Gumbo and Jumbalaya where you add your own meat. I'll definitly have to try some next time I go to the store.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 04/17/08 2:03 AM
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Cool.

Most Chinese buffets I have been to do NOT include the mongolian grille

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 04/17/08 12:29 PM
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W G Grinder in West Chester I (lunchbunch last week) found to be excellent. I had the reuben which was as good as Mancino's Grinders in Lansing MI. Also excellent were the potato salad, posta salad, chicken soup, tomato soup and both their chocolate & macadamia nut cookies. You may remember Bob (NYPizzaNut) didn't care for itmuch. I agree with bob that Fratell's Pizza wasn't all that great... but I got eggplant parmigiana to take out... and it's the best I've ever eaten! Has spaghettui in it and is topped with a solide layer of yummy cheese....

I didn'trealize they had any W.G. Grinders outside the Columbus area.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 04/17/08 11:09 PM
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They have not been there long.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 04/17/08 11:11 PM
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Cool.

Most Chinese buffets I have been to do NOT include the mongolian grille
There was a big one near McDonalds at Eastgate that closed down a year or so again that featured American food, Chinese food and a Mongolian grill - quite extensive and good.

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