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

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Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/22 13:39:11
I am assuming that it has been talked about in the past but I have not seen it and that is Lulu's Asian Diner. I went there yesterday for lunch and the food was great. Apparently they are known for their noodles and noodle dishes. I had szechwan beef in a bowl with rice noodles and it was great. The amount of food that you get for the money is pretty good as my bowl was HUGE and it was full up to the top with food. I also tried some of their chicken fried rice, and it was probably the best fried rice that I have had anywhere in Cincinnati. Here is a review from Cincinnati.com from back in 2000 and I know that one change from the review is that they now accept credit cards but they actually add money to the bill if you pay by credit card...something I wish I had known before going there as I didn't have any cash on me. http://www.cincinnati.com/freetime/dining/reviews/012800_lulus.html
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/22 14:41:35
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Originally posted by brittneal

I know that cinci and dayton are both deprived when it comes to great food. Its just a shame that if we eliminate the posts that feature Pizza, this topic would be only 3 pages.
Give su great seafood! Crab, Clams and lobsters. Dont make us have to make a disney-like pilmgrimige to the east coast to get seafood.
brittt
If you want great seafood (flown in from the Gulf Coast nightly) just go to New Orleans To Go:

http://neworleanstogopoboysandmo.com/menu

http://cincynorth.net/neworleanstogo

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franklee
Hamburger


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Posted - 02/29/2008 : 04:08:35
an exception to every rule? probably, esp if it's the lunchbunch breaking it's "once should be enough" standard to return to the scene of the crime.... New Orleans to Go on Kemper Road. What a gastronomic pleasure palace. oyster poboy superb... hot sausage poboy not far behind... sausage jambalaya full flavored begging for more... shrimp jambalaya.. very good, but not a 10. Only Bob and I today... Willie was taste testing the New York thruway.... they actually made clam and shrimp chowder for us even though they had not intended to.. until we pleaded our case of sooo looking forward to it on a thursday (used to be thursday regular.. no more, however)... i see i sound like i'm simpering with sounds of delight... true story... both bob and i like it so much we'e thinking about including New Orleans to Go on non lunchbunch day sorties in future... the bread is much improved... somehow the fully dressed seems more fully dressed than it used to.... we went because we knew we'd enjoy lunch... like Emeril, however, to our delight they had kicked it up a notch

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They are just down to the far right from Lulu's by the way - in the same strip shopping center, in Springdale, in the Tri County Shopping Center area.

I have had different dishes at Lulu's over the years - they make great soups and fried rice and noodle dishes. But do not get pad thai there - way too sweet. I also love their Singapore Mai Fun.

Robin Hood
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/22 16:40:12
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Originally posted by jjjrfoodie

I made a trip to Maya's Saturday for lunch and I was one of the few gringos in the place. Hard to find if you even are looking for it from Route 42. Ordered a lunch platter with a chicken enchilada and a chile relleno. Came with endless fresh salsa, and fresh and hot fried tortilla chips. The chile relleno was a fresh (roasted and skinned), yes...fresh... poblano pepper stuffed with queso fresca and held togehter with toothpicks prior to deepfrying. Totally homemade.. Enchilada sauce is fresh and awesome. Came with refritos,rice and fresh veggie garnish. I added a can of Tecate to drink. Total was like $7 for everything. Lotta food and very authentic as when I was leaving a van full of Spanish speaking constructon workers were coming in for a late lunch.

I'd like to get back and try the mole and a few other of the non-common dishes they have.

jjjrfoodie


I also made a trip out there after reading the post about the place. Now this is what I have been looking for! every authentic, very affordable. the carne asada huarache was very tasty.
jjjrfoodie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/22 18:20:34
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Posted - 10/18/2008 : 07:34:12
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Anyone here tried Italianette pizza in Silverton? Got a coupon for it, online reviews looked good, and I'm a sucker for a different pizza.
Curious if anyone on here has an opinion.


I lived a few miles from Italianette for almost 10 years and enjoy the place for a good quality pizza that is not a national chain. While I’ve had better, I’ve also had much much worse.
Consistency is good, but I would say that it is not worth a trip out of your way at $2.50 a gallon of gas just for a pie. I usually swing by and get one only if I am in the neighborhood, but with a coupon, and a sense of adventure give it a try. Scale of 1 to 10, I give it a 6.5 to 7.



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Posted - 10/22/2008 : 10:54:07
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Hey everyone, long time lurker here. My wife and I are planning on going to Pompilios this Friday night. Been a few years since I have been there, and was wondering if the food there is still decent.
Thanks in advance!
Matt



Matt, Pompillios is one of those restaurants that has stood still and time has passed on by. Sadly, the owners ability to update, improve and grow based upon changing culinary demands and competition has also stood still.

I think winemedine me did a review of Pompillios a few months ago and came away with the same feeling I have. It’s a great little local place that is good at basic Italian. That means, Spaghetti and meatballs, ravioli, manicotti, cannelloni, lasagna and the like.

I never vary from the above and have been a customer for over 15 years. The bread is still the same chewy pseudo Italian loaf you spread with butter pats, the red sauce is still sweet, and the waitress are still a little gruff and mouthy. It’s part of the charm if a regular , but other and better food can be had for the price. Go for the atmosphere as much as the food, but I say stay traditional with your order.

jjjrfoodie
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/22 22:34:57
We went to Pompilio's last year and I don't even remember what my main course was, but the Italian sausage appetizer was phenominal.
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/23 01:44:53
My two cents on Pompillio's.

Go for the atmosphere. Lots of "Rainman" memorabilia.

The food is decent and affordable. Not necessarily spectacular.

If you order a coke, if you don't specify that you want a fountain coke, they will bring you a small bottle (the retro, cool kind), but don't expect refills. If you are drinking more than one soda pop, tell them you want a fountain coke.

The food doesn't suck, and nothing is over $20.00.

And, if you want to play bocce ball, they have a bocce ball court in the back.

It's a pretty cool place to eat. Just don't expect 5 star. It is not. But the food is consistent, and not all that bad.
Hungry Matt
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/23 08:23:23
Thanks everyone. Sounds like the place is still pretty much as I remember it. Yeah I know its not the best, but atmosphere and decent tortellini is fine with me.

We will probably still go there since it has been awhile since we been there. Just making sure that the place hasn't gone from decent to worse.

Thanks again everyone. I will write back my expierience after we go.

Matt
Pat T Hat
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/23 10:07:52
quote:
Originally posted by Bonk

We went to Pompilio's last year and I don't even remember what my main course was, but the Italian sausage appetizer was phenominal.

Oh Yes!
Their Italian sausage is great and one of the best I've had...it's really the only reason I go there.
westsider12
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/24 08:17:36
Went to lunch at the new Cajun restaurant downtown, J. Gumbo's. It is on Walnut between 4th and 5th in the US Bank/Westin Building. Most of their offerings are of the "bowl" variety, ie a bowl of rice topped with the entree. Most are in the 6.99 range, but offer a decent amount of food for the price.
The menu is divided into Mild, Medium, and Hot for the bowl offerings. I had the Mild Jambalaya, which was tasty but not outstanding. Another colleague had the Voodoo chicken, which he said deserved the Hot label it carried.

The nice thing is that the process of paying and receiving food is very fast, so if you are in a hurry, this place can get you moving quickly. I like that. They also have room to sit if you are not in the mood for carryout.

They also offer a Po' Boy, Muffaletta, and a Cajun Chicken Salad.

They are a chain restaurant for those who care. http://www.jgumbos.com/index.html

Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/24 09:50:41
I guess the City BBQ in Eastgate is open. We just got a mailer with a coupon for a free brisket sandwich, and it said "now open".

I know they're chains, but I'm pretty happy with Jimmy Buffet's, Chick-Fil-A and City BBQ all being within a two-block radius.
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/24 10:06:34
quote:
Originally posted by Bonk

I guess the City BBQ in Eastgate is open. We just got a mailer with a coupon for a free brisket sandwich, and it said "now open".

I know they're chains, but I'm pretty happy with Jimmy Buffet's, Chick-Fil-A and City BBQ all being within a two-block radius.


It's not quite open yet; we drove past it last evening. Apparently, Duke hasn't got the gas hooked up properly yet.

I tried City BBQ when they first entered this market. They brought a bunch of food to our office to try and get our catering work (of which there is quite little -- maybe a couple events a year.) I thought it was...bland. Very little smoke flavor to the meat. Underseasoned and lackluster sides.

I'd be open to other experiences of the place if anybody has had good success there.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/24 12:13:23
Stopped in to try Fatburger in Oakley yesterday

Paid 8.10 for a combo to go, got my drink, and found a place in front of the counter to wait

and wait. and wait.

I noted that the burgers really aren't cooked per order - the grill men drop off plain burgers on a tray between two counter folks who then dress the burger to specs on the receipt. And even though the place was fairly busy, some burgers sat a while eithe ron this tray or on the other side of the counter where they waited to be taken to tables.

and then I wited some more

at 29 minutes (comparing time printed on my receipt to the time on my mobile phone) the manager walks up to me and without a word snatches my receipt out of my hand and looks it over. No apologies, no offers to refund my money in part or whole or two throw in a freebie or a coupon for the next visit - not even an apology. He takes the receipt back behind the counter and asks them to make my order.

No rush, mind you. The counter person assembled and sent out about 7-8 orders before assembling mine, handing it over without a word.

At the 35 minute mark, bag in hand, I asked this manager if it was customary to wait 35 minutes for an order. With no enthusiasm, he mustered a unconvincing apology and then turned away to do something else.

The burger was very average. Nothing special about it, really. Very slightly better than a McDonald's quarter pounder for roughly 2.5 times the price. You want cheese? You'll pay 60 cents for a single small slice of cheese.

Never again.
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/24 14:52:17
quote:
Originally posted by westsider12

Went to lunch at the new Cajun restaurant downtown, J. Gumbo's. It is on Walnut between 4th and 5th in the US Bank/Westin Building. Most of their offerings are of the "bowl" variety, ie a bowl of rice topped with the entree. Most are in the 6.99 range, but offer a decent amount of food for the price.
The menu is divided into Mild, Medium, and Hot for the bowl offerings. I had the Mild Jambalaya, which was tasty but not outstanding. Another colleague had the Voodoo chicken, which he said deserved the Hot label it carried.

The nice thing is that the process of paying and receiving food is very fast, so if you are in a hurry, this place can get you moving quickly. I like that. They also have room to sit if you are not in the mood for carryout.

They also offer a Po' Boy, Muffaletta, and a Cajun Chicken Salad.

They are a chain restaurant for those who care. http://www.jgumbos.com/index.html




The hours aren't very forgiving (11-6 M-F), but my wife and I will have to get down there. She never expects greatness from any "Yankee" Cajun places, so we'll see how it goes. The Zapp's chips are a nice touch.
Ghaz
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/25 01:38:47
I have to agree with T.J. on Fatburger. Although I didn't have the wait, my Fatburger with cheese and onion rings came out to $9.04. Although the onion rings are quite good (very similar to those from Frisch's) you get such a small portion, barely five or six rings. They're way too expensive for me for the small amount of food that you get. Personally I'd rather go over to Chipotle as it's much closer to where I'm at when I'm in Hyde Park and the food is better to boot.
brittneal
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/25 02:52:07
PizzaNut.. Thanks for the advice. Am I looking wrong? I went to the New Orleans To Go site and only saw 20 items including apps. The seafood offered could just have been froze as i saw nothing more exotic than tiapalia!.. I was hoping for crabs and crab cakes. Fressh oysters on the half-shell, crawfisf, soft shell and other goodies/ I saw nothing more upscale than Capt D's
britt

NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/25 09:33:04
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Originally posted by brittneal

PizzaNut.. Thanks for the advice. Am I looking wrong? I went to the New Orleans To Go site and only saw 20 items including apps. The seafood offered could just have been froze as i saw nothing more exotic than tiapalia!.. I was hoping for crabs and crab cakes. Fressh oysters on the half-shell, crawfisf, soft shell and other goodies/ I saw nothing more upscale than Capt D's
britt


The owner (her name is La Toya) is from New Orleans, and is a Katrina survivor. She is pregnant and her hubby helps her out (he works at the Georgetown KY Toyota plant). They have curtailed their hours of operation as noted on the website as she is having a difficult pregnancy. My lunchbunch group has been there several times. Our favorite is the oyster po' boy which is made with fresh Gulf Coast oysters. Her jambalaya and chowders are fantastic as are the red beans with rice. Also her cornbread made from her husband's KY rooted recipe is wonderful. This is not a fancy place - very down home atmosphere. I would suggest you call (513 671 2711) for more details if this sounds good. (They have crawfish in season ). Tell her Bob and Frank suggested her place, if you call, and that you post here on Roadfood - she is familar with this website.

Here is a link to a short write-up on this restaurant - which will give you a better idea of what they are all about:

http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/dining/detail.asp?RestID=10499
Ghaz
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/25 15:07:19
Looks like there is a new Mexican restaurant coming to the Florence/Elsmere area. Saw a sign announcing Tequiero Jelisco (or something like that) opening soon in the old German Cuisine building on Dixie Highway here in NKY.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/25 22:16:41
TJ - 35 minutes?!?! And no refund or coupons!?

I guess I'm not going. I'll go to Roy Rogers next time I want a good fast food burger at a lot better price.

I know we have a lot of intertwining between the Dayton and Cincinnati threads, so for those that were curious about the Cena Brazilian Steakhouse at the Dayton Mall, I just did a write-up in the Dayton thread. I highly recommend it if you're into the Brazilian thing, which I realize not everyone is.
sudie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/26 20:59:46
We ate at Eddie Merlot's this week. Not exactly a Roadfood experience, but they are featuring a $27.99 Dinner with several choices of entrees, 6 oz tenderloin, tuna, salmon, pork chop, with salad and vegetables. We ordered a glass of wine, and tenderloins. Great food, although the mashed potatoes were gummy. But we had the waiter from Hell who was obviously not happy to be serving people dining "on the cheap." What the heck, their specials are ON THE MENU. The dining room looked to us about 1/8 full. Most were couples, ordering from the same menu we did. We were chastised at every turn, when we didn't order a second drink, when we refused coffee and dessert. Mr. "I'm so better than you are" gave us our check and said. "Let's get you out of here before you spend any money." In this economy, a waiter in a high end steak house should be happy anyone comes in.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/26 22:00:27
I would not take that kind of stuff lying down. I would have a talk with the manager or owner and let him know what happened and what was said.
tpd
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/26 22:32:58
quote:
Originally posted by sudie

Mr. "I'm so better than you are" gave us our check and said. "Let's get you out of here before you spend any money."


I'm not a particularly confrontational person by nature but that remark would have sent me over the edge. Totally unprofessional. On top of a 5% tip I would have been having a serious conversation with the manager while things were still fresh. Let the waiter deny he said it. Unbelievable.
brittneal
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/27 04:12:45
I would have told the waiter that the worst part was if I liked the service i didnt tip. That way I could affor to come back real soon.
Pizza nut. I loved that website you gave me. Not so much for the write-up of the one but for the links to reviews of dozens of other placed and their web sites! I saw so many places i would love to go. To bad as it 60 miles to the top end of cinci for me. A little further to Forrest park or Sharonville.
Thanks again.
britt
Hungry Matt
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/27 08:56:39
Went to Pompilios on Friday night. The place was packed, we had about an hour wait. That was not to much of a problem so we got some drinks and sat and relaxed waiting for a table. We ordered some drinks and I ordered cheese tortellini with a side of italian sausage. My wife and neighbor ordered Lasagna, and his wife got linguini with white sauce. Food came very fast, before we was done with salad. Mine came hot, my neighbors wife's came hot but both lasagnas where cold in the middle. They went back and the same dish came back, obviously microwaved to scolding hot. Same plate with same amount eaten. After we finished, the waitress picked up plates, gave us our bill. Never asked if we wanted more drinks, or desert.

My tortelini was good as was my sausage. My neighbor liked her linguini, only bad part of the night was the lasagna and the big push to get us out.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/27 14:15:54
What's up with bad service lately? In a struggling economy, you'd think servers wouldn't want to push people that are still going out to eat away.
KahnsKrazy
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/27 15:50:11
TJ, I had a very different experience at Fatburger. Quick service, and I found the burger to be totally unrelated to the frozen oversalted patty that McD's cranks out.

It is pretty expensive, especially if you go with the onion rings, though I also had a different experience than ghaz there, where I found the onion ring portion to be fair. I enjoyed the experience overall and would probably return.

Sudie, I would have made a scene out of what you described. Anyone can have a bad day, but that's not your problem. I certainly would have made the manager aware and given them the chance to fix the situation.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/27 18:49:45
quote:
Originally posted by Bonk

What's up with bad service lately? In a struggling economy, you'd think servers wouldn't want to push people that are still going out to eat away.
........it sounds like the waiter and his employer have a profound death wish...
vudutu
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/29 11:30:58
Can anyone clear up something for me. Always on the lookout for REAL mex I caught a post about Taqueria Mercado and did a little googling. I found two, both on Dixie Hwy, one in Fairfield and one in NKY. I was already to head down south to the NKY location and then I saw a post that said they were closed. What up?
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/29 13:24:14
I believe I did hear the N Ky location is no longer is in operation.
Ghaz
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/10/29 22:50:20
Yep, the one here in NKY closed a while back. Just for reference, it was right down Dixie Highway from The Colonial Cottage in Erlanger.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/01 16:32:58
Realizing full well the Dayton folks may raise a righteous uproar that I posted this here (hehe), the Jackson clan went to Troni's after eldest daughter Beth won her soccer game (tournament/playoffs semifinal, final tommorrow, woo-hoo!) and I must say, this place is flat out excellent.

We ordered waaaay too much knowing we'd haul off leftovers for later. Lasagna for Beth and spaghetti with meat sauce for Katie were both proclaimed as among the best they had had. The wife loved the stuffed stromboli best while I preferred the old fashioned thin crust pizza (with a special sauce made of olive oil, crushed fresh tomatoes, and marsala wine - the flavor of the wine came through more strongly as the food cooled). We also had a thick-crusted sicilian with sliced sausage that was very, very good; but everyone preferred the crisp/chewy/airy thin crust style better. The wife admitted that these were among the very best pizzas she had ever had, and this was easily top 5 for me as well.

Strongly recommend this place

Oh, if you are coming from Cincinnati - it's hard to spot, tucked into the corner of a small strip center. When you see a Papa Johns sign, you are right there.
jjjrfoodie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/07 11:55:46
Glad to see you finally had an exemplary dining experience T.J. I love Troni's and get a pie about once a month when I am up Dayton way.

I went back down to Maya's Mexican place again last Saturday for lunch to see if the second time was same as the first.

Did the meat enchiladas with beans and rice and a side of a chile relleno.

Salsa is handmade and confirmed by the owner as are the chips. I was disappointed the meat in the enchilada was ground seasoned hamburger as opposed to slow cooked and pulled beef. My bone of contention came with the chile relleno. They are homemade and deepfried, but like the last time, are not accompanied by any red sauce over the top nor cheese. Even worse was the fact that like last time (tho I did not mention it) , the chiles had a slight hint of freezer burn. Not enough to turn you off, but enough to know that they must make big batches of these things and do not go through them at a rate that allows them to escape damage from freezing.

My plan is to go back soon and try the mole sauce as well as the tortilla soup. Then I'll see where I stand.

This is a great little local place, but it needs to be a little more consistant for me to recommend unless you feel adventerous.

jjjrfoodie

The menu...









Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/07 12:18:59
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

Realizing full well the Dayton folks may raise a righteous uproar that i posted this here (hehe), the Jackson clan went to Troni's after eldest daughter Beth won her soccer game (tournament/playoffs semifinal, final tommorrow, woo-hoo!) and I must say, this place is flat out excellent.

We ordered waaaay too much knowing we'd haul off leftovers for later. Lasagna for Beth and spaghetti with meat sauce for Katie were both proclaimed as among the best they had had. The wife loved the stuffed stromboli best while I preferred the old fashioned thin crust pizza (with a special sauce made of olive oil, crushed fresh tomatoes, and marsala wine - the flavor of the wine came through more strongly as the food cooled). We also had a thick-crusted sicilian with sliced sausage that was very, very good; but everyone preferred the crisp/chewy/airy think crust style better. The wife admitted that these were among the very best pizzas she had ever had, and this was easily top 5 for me as well.

Strongly recommend this place

Oh, if you are coming from Cincinnati - it's hard to spot, tucked into the corner of a small strip center. When you see a Papa Johns sign, you are right there.


TJ I am going to allow this blatant violation in my turf. Being as Troni's is north of Middletown....LOL However I would like to say that Troni's is well worth the trip north from Cincy. In this tough and getting tougher economy we live in it is imperative that all roadfooders frequent these great places regularly so they dont go out of business as many are. Save your fast food bucks and visit the Family places instead. I would rather eat the box a Troni's pizza comes in than a Domino's, Little Ceasear, or Papa John's Pizza. It took me 9 years to find a good Pizza in this town. Any time you guys would like to meet there the first 5 large thin crust are on me...Russ
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/07 13:40:21
Tan Thai Cuisine on Rt. 4/Springfield Pike has opened. It is near the old Sabor Peruano location between Kemper and Northland. My wife and I went for lunch on Wednesday and enjoyed it...nothing groundbreaking, but pretty good and pretty reasonably priced lunch entrees. There are perhaps 20 selections on the lunch menu between $6 and $8, most (if not all) with the option of chicken, beef, tofu, or pork (I think)...mainly noddle and curry dishes, with 5-6 "Chinese" selections for the less adventurous. The parking lot is large enough to accommodate the number of tables they have, which isn't many...I estimate they can seat 40-50 at most. We'll be back.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/07 14:38:38
russ - hehe, thanks :-) I envy you for having such a wonderful pizzeria in your area. If Troni's were here, we'd rarely eat pizza anywhere else, I assure you

dl - ask them if they are related to the Tan Thai downtown....***EDIT*** I asked at the downtown location and they confirm - this is a new location of the same restaurant
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/08 09:44:12
All right...I have to try this Troni's. In two weeks we're going back to Oxford. Going to have to make a major detour.

I'm curious what everyone's top five pizzas in the area would be (Greater Cincinnati to Greater Dayton, I guess). I know the Cincinnati area is lacking a lot of great pizzerias, but there's still some good ones out there, and I'd be interested in what you folks' other top options are.

I would have to go with (keeping in mind I haven't tried Troni's):

1. Nikki's, Hebron, Ky.
2. Bourbon House and Pizzeria, Burlington, Ky.
3. BJ's, Tri-County Mall, Springdale, Ohio
4. Mac & Joe's, Oxford, Ohio
5. Chicago's Pizza, Fairfield, Ohio
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/08 12:03:58
I'd like to put in a word for Grammas Pizza, a western Clermont County (I think) small chain. We've ordered from there a couple times in the last few months, and find it very good. I admit to a weakness for LaRosa's, but Grammas is our new takeout place. Reasonably priced, and very good food.
jjjrfoodie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/08 18:03:11
Grabbed lunch at Chili Time in St. Bernard today (3-way and a cheese coney-yum!) and while cutting down Vine St. thru Elmwood Place, I notice El Original Restaurante Mexicano. Corner of Vine St (Route4) and Oak.
This place looks like mom and pop Mexican to the n'th degree. So I stopped outfront and squinted a peek in.

Looking thru the window it looks like four 4-top tables and a couple of deuces for seating . Thats it. Modelo signs indicate a liquor license.

Hours are 11am -8pm 7 days a week and even the days on the door schedule are written in Spanish.

I may give it a go tomorrow, but this definately a place where the food is either rediculously awesome and authentic, or it has you running for anti-biotics. Unpolished but homey decor.

No pain no gain.

jjjrfoodie
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/08 20:31:22
quote:
Originally posted by Bonk

All right...I have to try this Troni's. In two weeks we're going back to Oxford. Going to have to make a major detour.

I'm curious what everyone's top five pizzas in the area would be (Greater Cincinnati to Greater Dayton, I guess). I know the Cincinnati area is lacking a lot of great pizzerias, but there's still some good ones out there, and I'd be interested in what you folks' other top options are.

I would have to go with (keeping in mind I haven't tried Troni's):

1. Nikki's, Hebron, Ky.
2. Bourbon House and Pizzeria, Burlington, Ky.
3. BJ's, Tri-County Mall, Springdale, Ohio
4. Mac & Joe's, Oxford, Ohio
5. Chicago's Pizza, Fairfield, Ohio
Having been raised in Yonkers NY and almost living on pizza there for many years I have very definite ideas of what pizza should taste like. I have been to Nikkis and Grammas and La Rosas and frankly find their pizzas awful.

IMHO the two best pizza outfits in Greater Cinci and Dayton are Dewey's and Troni's. Nothing else compare to their quality and taste and consistency.
Euched
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/08 22:48:15
quote:
Originally posted by jjjrfoodie

Grabbed lunch at Chili Time in St. Bernard today (3-way and a cheese coney-yum!) and while cutting down Vine St. thru Elmwood Place, I notice El Original Restaurante Mexicano. Corner of Vine St (Route4) and Oak.
This place looks like mom and pop Mexican to the n'th degree. So I stopped outfront and squinted a peek in.

Looking thru the window it looks like four 4-top tables and a couple of deuces for seating . Thats it. Modelo signs indicate a liquor license.

Hours are 11am -8pm 7 days a week and even the days on the door schedule are written in Spanish.

I may give it a go tomorrow, but this definately a place where the food is either rediculously awesome and authentic, or it has you running for anti-biotics. Unpolished but homey decor.

No pain no gain.

jjjrfoodie



I love Chili Time... I used to eat there 2 or 3 times a week when I was a teenager at the Roselawn location before it closed. I still go to the St. Bernard location periodically just for some good eats... I usually go there after a long day at the Zoo with my family.

Their chili is pretty good and so are their double deckers...
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/09 07:51:45
quote:
Originally posted by NYPIzzaNut

quote:
Originally posted by Bonk

All right...I have to try this Troni's. In two weeks we're going back to Oxford. Going to have to make a major detour.

I'm curious what everyone's top five pizzas in the area would be (Greater Cincinnati to Greater Dayton, I guess). I know the Cincinnati area is lacking a lot of great pizzerias, but there's still some good ones out there, and I'd be interested in what you folks' other top options are.

I would have to go with (keeping in mind I haven't tried Troni's):

1. Nikki's, Hebron, Ky.
2. Bourbon House and Pizzeria, Burlington, Ky.
3. BJ's, Tri-County Mall, Springdale, Ohio
4. Mac & Joe's, Oxford, Ohio
5. Chicago's Pizza, Fairfield, Ohio
Having been raised in Yonkers NY and almost living on pizza there for many years I have very definite ideas of what pizza should taste like. I have been to Nikkis and Grammas and La Rosas and frankly find their pizzas awful.

IMHO the two best pizza outfits in Greater Cinci and Dayton are Dewey's and Troni's. Nothing else compare to their quality and taste and consistency.


I grew up on the west side of Chicago, which is why I'm big on Bourbon House and BJ's. I can eat Gramma's, don't like La Rosa's because of the sauce and the price, but Nikki's, awful? That's harsh.

But if we all liked the same thing life would be boring.

NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/09 14:46:44
Nikkis crust does nothing for me - it is nothing like typical NY crust. That is its main deficiency and it simply ruins the pizza for me.
Ghaz
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/09 18:02:25
One of my coworkers claims that Nicky's pizzas are so greasy that they'll soak through the bottom of the box before he can get back to work with one. That's saying a lot considering we work in the big warehouse right directly behind them. It also doesn't help that the one time we had one delivered at work they couldn't find us. Stone Oven has a much better reputation with my coworkers.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/09 22:19:28
I've been meaning to try Stone Oven for some time but it is kinda out of the way for me and the family....is it worth a trip from Mt Washington?

Also on the topic of pizza, I noted this weekend on a drive through Covington that both Germantown Pizza and Pizza Time are closed. I have no idea when they closed. The Germantown closing is especially said - they had been there for forever and a day. We ended up at[url='http://www.salvadorespizzeria.com/']Salvadore's[/url] (sed to be a Pasquale's, right? Good sauce, so-so crust, too much cheese. Not bad, not good either. The twisted breadsticks were pretty good. Don't go there if you avoid places that are not well cleaned/maintained.

For lunch Friday I ended up at my beloved Tan Thai and I was determined to order something I had never tried before because I'd never had a bad meal there no matter what I ordered. I ended up with my first serving ever of [url='http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pad_see_ew']Pad see ew[/url], spice level 2 of 5. Not only was it absolutely fantastic, it is my new favorite dish there.

I also noted on Friday that Fresh - well, actually, they had recently rebranded themselves to "Southwest Fresh" and changed their menu to burritos, tacos, taco salads, etc etc - on the corner of 4th and Walnut has a sign up indicating they are closed permanently due to problems with the Bartlet Building (which has been in the news a lot lately due to non-payment of utilities and such, leaving tenants literlally in the dark)

For lunch today, we went to John Philips in Crestview Hills, and although the place was all but empty, the food was very good. My wife had an EXCELLENT 8oz filet mignon, and I had a very good spicy farfalle dish. I also had the crab and corn chowder, also very very good. Lunch prices were well under 10 dollars in most cases, with decent portion size. The filet was off the dinner menu and was $24 but imho well worth it - ultra tender, good outer crust indicative of a high heat broiler, and much more flavorful than the typical filet. Just before we left, they sat 3 adults at the booth next to ours (weird because the place was still empty as a mausoleum, and this is a big, big place) and all three ordered (without even glancing at the menu) the "crusted chicken". I am guessing this dish must also be pretty good, I'll try it on the next visit. Not a roadfood joint, not at all, but definitely good eats.
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/10 12:02:34
TJ, I will ask them about the downtown relation, and I will also try the Pad See Ew if it is on the menu. I can, at the very least, recommend the yellow curry at this point.

As far as pizza goes, I am partial to Adriatico's, but I realize that it is not very "convenient" due to its location and lack of a dining room.
franklee
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/10 16:00:18
Will miracles never cease? A very good pizzeria has come to the westside of Cincinnati. Noce's Pizzeria (New York style Pizzeria) next door to some of the best shrimp pad thai I've ever eaten. Takeout for lunch today at the suggestion of friend Pamela. Half Mattie Deluxe (Pepperoni, Sausage, Mushrooms, green peppers, onions & garlic) & Half white dream (garlic & oil, mozzarella, ricotta, tomato, broccoli & basic)... small... opens at 11... 4105B North Bend Road. 513.662.6623. I was most reluctant to try it... having been influenced by my luncbunch friend bob... am glad i took the plunge
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/10 16:42:12
quote:
Originally posted by franklee

Will miracles never cease? A very good pizzeria has come to the westside of Cincinnati. Noce's Pizzeria (New York style Pizzeria) next door to some of the best shrimp pad thai I've ever eaten. 4105B North Bend Road.


I assume this is in that small strip mall next to the UDF at the corner of North Bend and Westwood Northern. Wasn't there an Angilo's in there?
jjjrfoodie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/10 18:49:55
quote:


I assume this is in that small strip mall next to the UDF at the corner of North Bend and Westwood Northern. Wasn't there an Angilo's in there?


EDIT: Correct, it is in the Angilo's space . The comment about Thai food sent me off course.

Sorry.

jjjrfoodie
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/10 19:10:23
Noce's sounds like it is tween the Chinese takeout and the old Angelos in the strip center just below Westwood Northern - I cannot believe I am just now hearing about the place! Considering the fact that franklee and I often differ on pizza (and he was born and raised in Paris TN) I will have reserve judgment on the quality of the pies til I partake of their fare. Anyone who loads their pizza up the way franklee does and gets white sauce on half of it has to be suspect in their pizza acumen IMHO.
Alco251
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/10 19:34:43
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

Also on the topic of pizza, I noted this weekend on a drive through Covington that both Germantown Pizza and Pizza Time are closed. I have no idea when they closed. The Germantown closing is especially said - they had been there for forever and a day.


For pizza on Dixie, my favorite is still Garzellis in Edgewood. Great pizza, calzones and grinders AND a full bar.
donw9876
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/10 22:42:54
I was very fond of the Szechuan Wok in Silverton, which closed about one year ago (I think their last day was on a weekend in mid-November 2007.)

What Chinese place that has comparable food and perhaps ambiance can anyone recommend that is in the NE Cincinnati area, and preferably north of Cross County? (Butler or Warren would be even better, but I am not holding my breath.)

TIA!
Euched
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/10 22:47:37
I don't know any places north of Cross County but I really like Song Long in Roselawn... They have been open for at least 20yrs and their Vietnamese and Chinese food is very tasty... They are right by the corner of Section Rd and Reading Rd and across the street from the post office.
flyingfoodie
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/10 23:50:02
quote:
Originally posted by Bonk

All right...I have to try this Troni's. In two weeks we're going back to Oxford. Going to have to make a major detour.

I'm curious what everyone's top five pizzas in the area would be (Greater Cincinnati to Greater Dayton, I guess). I know the Cincinnati area is lacking a lot of great pizzerias, but there's still some good ones out there, and I'd be interested in what you folks' other top options are.

I would have to go with (keeping in mind I haven't tried Troni's):

1. Nikki's, Hebron, Ky.
2. Bourbon House and Pizzeria, Burlington, Ky.
3. BJ's, Tri-County Mall, Springdale, Ohio
4. Mac & Joe's, Oxford, Ohio
5. Chicago's Pizza, Fairfield, Ohio


Bourbon House is also one of my favorites - they have the BEST Chicago style I've had this far south of Chicago itself. The traditional crust isn't bad either. I've heard good things about Nikki's and will try that soon. I'm curious what you think of Stone Oven which is also in Hebron? I think it's pretty good New York style - always has a nice blackened crust like at John's in NYC. You know, Larosa's get's a bad rap, but for everyday pizza, there's nuthin' wrong with it. I am a total pizza-head and I've had FAR worse than Larosa's, believe me! Dewey's is just about my favorite around here - great chewy crust and really fresh toppings. So my top 5 would be:

Dewey's - Crestview Hills, KY
Stone Oven - Hebron, KY
Bourbon House - Burlington, KY
Riverfront Pizza - Covington, KY
Adriaticos - Clifton, OH (old college favorite)

For chains, I'll take Larosa's anyday. :-)

Now if you want to talk about the very BEST steak hoagie on the planet, go to Parker's Pizzeria in Georgetown, OH. It's in my hometown and I've never found a better "log" anywhere!
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/11 00:28:58
Since we are talking pizza ~

I can't wait to try Troni's, but I never get that far north. Well, never is a harsh word. If I ever am up that way, I can't wait to try it!!

I live in the Adriatico's delivery area, and I hate to burst any bubbles ... they are pretty good most of the time, but I've had disappointing pizzas. Usually because it tasted like the sauce had "turned" {kinda icky tasting...not the normal tasting sauce}. I have changed to ordering their "Zoni's" {calzones} that use the same dough, but I get the sauce on the side. They are very reasonable and still have free delivery.

Papa Dino's uses a pre-made crust, but their Greek Pizza is a fabulous delivery order, late at night. http://www.campusfood.com/restaurant.asp?restid=2592&campusid=383

Pomodori's wood-fired pizzas are the best in the Clifton area, but you cannot get them delivered. You have to pick them up. But you can order specialty pizzas, delivered, with different kinds of crusts. http://www.campusfood.com/menu/items.asp?restid=3015&campusid=383

Dewey's is pretty great. http://deweyspizza.com/menu I love it, but Pomi's was around before Dewey's.

Martino's on Vine has a pretty good pizza. Nothing amazing, but the prices are good. http://www.martinosonvine.com/ The website is not up to date, but on Tuesday they give you a pre-made crust, and have a small "fixins" bar, where you construct your own pizza for $4.99. Not a bad deal. There are other pizzas on the menu that are much better. The hoagies are one of the reasons to go. The whole hoagie is 2 feet long!!! The half hoagie is a foot long.

Another deal at Martino's, on Wednesday... you get a burger with cheese, fries and either a soft drink or draft beer for $4.00, with a "fixins" bar to put whatever you want on your burger. Seriously, that price is unbeatable!!! The prices are set for college students, on a budget, but anyone is welcome.
Delilah77
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/11 11:48:12
Does anyone know why Jalapenos closed?
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/11 12:49:54
quote:
Originally posted by Euched

I don't know any places north of Cross County but I really like Song Long in Roselawn... They have been open for at least 20yrs and their Vietnamese and Chinese food is very tasty... They are right by the corner of Section Rd and Reading Rd and across the street from the post office.
I simply love Song Long - I have been eating there for years and my favorite items are

LV4. Bun Bo Hue Soup

Our spicy lemongrass and beef broth with round rice noodles and sliced beef. (You can get your spice level from 1-10)

and

Goi Cuon (2 cold spring shrimp rolls)

They have many items on their menu that are great but I just fell in love with these two. And they are more than a meal - the soup bowl is HUGE!

Here is a link to part of their lunch menu (the prices may be out of date I think) from menuism.com:

http://www.menuism.com/restaurants/bOiW90PjCr25QMabBlKsEs-song-long-restaurant-cincinnati-oh#the-menu
jjjrfoodie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/11 12:56:07
quote:
Originally posted by Delilah77

Does anyone know why Jalapenos closed?


Which one?

The one downtown closed due to high food prices caused by high rent.
The one on Colerain Ave, closed due to lack of business.
The one on Montgomery Rd. in Kenwood just north of the mall is open last time I checked.

jjjrfoodie
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/11 13:19:53
TJ, I see that you have edited your earlier post, but the new Springdale Tan Thai location is indeed "related" to the downtown one, the main difference being that the Springdale location is open for both lunch and dinner. I had the Pad See Ew today, which was excellent. Thanks for the recommendation!
Delilah77
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/11 14:27:03
I was asking about the one on Hosbrook in Kenwood, jjrfoodie. It has been closed for a few weeks now, but the closing was sudden. I've looked online but couldn't find any information.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/11 15:03:54
re: Jalapeno's
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tpd
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2008/11/11 15:09:07
quote:
Originally posted by NYPIzzaNut

quote:
Originally posted by Euched

I don't know any places north of Cross County but I really like Song Long in Roselawn... They have been open for at least 20yrs and their Vietnamese and Chinese food is very tasty... They are right by the corner of Section Rd and Reading Rd and across the street from the post office.
I simply love Song Long - I have been eating there for years and my favorite items are

LV4. Bun Bo Hue Soup

Our spicy lemongrass and beef broth with round rice noodles and sliced beef. (You can get your spice level from 1-10)

and

Goi Cuon (2 cold spring shrimp rolls)

They have many items on their menu that are great but I just fell in love with these two. And they are more than a meal - the soup bowl is HUGE!

Here is a link to part of their lunch menu (the prices may be out of date I think) from menuism.com:

http://www.menuism.com/restaurants/bOiW90PjCr25QMabBlKsEs-song-long-restaurant-cincinnati-oh#the-menu


I just recently checked out Song Long and have been back a couple of times. My favorites are:

CS4. Bo Tai Chanh A delicious cold beef salad and
VS4. Tom Thit Ram Pork and Shrimp in Black Pepper Sauce. I'll need a 12 step program to stop eating this.

As far as cold rolls go I prefer the ones from Chopsticks in West Chester. Their Banh Mi are great too as is any dish with chargrilled pork. If you are up that way and looking for Vietnamese north of 275 I highly recommend Chopsticks.

I'm up in Hamilton but whenever I have to hit Kenwood to go to Trader Joe's or the Apple Store I always swing by Song Long.
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