RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat)
Some misc items - all except Mokka located downtown
Walked by it a few days ago, and there was a sign out front saying "Training begins May 19". I thought this was kinda odd - why wouldn't you just tell the folks you hire at the time you hire them?
Had my first lunch there - I'd been putting off trying the place for ages because it looked like they specialized in sushi and sashimi (I haven't developed a taste for either), they're expensive, and it always looks empty. I stopped in early this week t try the pork tonkatsu, having read a lot about katsu and japanese curry this week. It was expensive at 9.95, but this price does include a small salad (ok), a small miso soup (my first taste of miso, and not one I liked), and a rather large bowl of the main dish, which included rice, sauce, pork cutlet, onions, bean sprouts, green onion, and egg. Th main was pretty good and I was stuffed to the gills when I left. While parts of this place seem to suggest that they think of themselves as moderately fine dining, other elements were "decaying diner" right down to the gas-station quality bathroom and ultracheap carpet. The thick glass door at the entry takes a stng pull to open and will make a very loud crashing sound if you allow it to close on it's own. Update 5/7/2008: According to Polly Campbell ala the Foodie Report, Ko Sho is moving to Northside in June, The downtown location will close.
I just had my first lunch there, and while it was on the expensive side (starts at 7 bucks for entree+noodles or nice, and goes up from there), I thought it was very, very good. I had the medium hot garlic chicken (VERY good), an eggroll (small and dry, mostly meat which I thought was odd), a couple of crab rangoons (more stuffing in one of these than in two rangoons anywhere else, and served with strawberry sauce) and a order of pan fried pork dumplings (good but not great). Definitely will go back despite the 20 block round trip walk. Is it just me, or are all the Thai places in town rather on the expensive side when compared to chinese joints? Update 5/7/2008: I tried to get a table at 12 noon and the place was PACKED to the rafters. Ah well.
This is a tiny gyro and falafel joint with a very limited menu on Court between Vine and Race - 29 E Court. Their carryout menu claims they make their own pita bread, which by itself IMHO makes it worthy of a visit. Update 5/7/2008: Unable to get a table at Tan Thai, I walked down to snag a gyro here, looking forward to the home-made pita bread. Turns out they stopped making it from scratch, with the reason given that everyone wanted store-bought pitas. I don't know that I buy that.....but in an case, the very dry gyro on the crumbly store bought pita was not very good. While I was there, another customer was raving about the falafel, so that at least earns them a return visit.
Mokka (great little breakfast place in Newport) has moved to a space inside the former "Syndicate" building. I have not been inside, but it looks like they have a LOT more seating space than in the tiny storefront at their original location. Supposedly, the old location will open as yet another little breakfast spot