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NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/05 20:14:01
The only bagel and bialy place in Greater Cinci I would frequent is Marx Hot Bagels in Blue Ash.  Great bagels and bialys are as scarce as great pizza is in this area - if you remember what they tasted like when you grew up in the Greater NY area. 
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/09 16:57:58
Last night I returned from an overnight roadtrip to Cincinnati, and while I was there I had dinner at City BBQ's Eastgate location. I wish I could give it a thumbs-up, but it was pretty much a disappointment. I had the "city platter" with four meats ( pork, brisket, sausage and turkey ); all four of them tasted pretty good, but temperature-wise all four were lukewarm at best. The beans were good, although not as sweet as I'd like, and the hushpuppies were not the least bit sweet, nor was there any hint of onion. My biggest complaint was the cole slaw - the worst I've ever had. One bite of that mess was quite enough. Oh well, back to Burbank's.... 
                                                                            Bob
donw9876
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/09 20:13:41
City BBQ seems to vary greatly depending upon the current management. The Centerville location started out awesome in 2005 or so, and slowly slid to mediocre - sides not up to par, meat not flavorful for BBQ, etc. plus increasingly sullen and unfriendly hired help. Then they got burned out by a fire in August 2007, were closed for about 3 months, and reopened in the fall of 2007. It was a WORLD of difference after that, they improved in every category.
franklee
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/09 21:15:05
where can i get a kobe beef hamburger in cincinnati-covington?
 
johnbycz
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/10 10:11:38
I know Teller's in Hyde Park has one.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/12 12:13:46
Kobe Burger~$12
8 oz kobe beef·onion·tomato·teller’s chips

http://www.tellersofhydepark.com/dinner.html

Yup it is on their lunch and dinner menu..
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/12 12:29:41
I had their stuff when the first location was new -- they brought "free lunch" to our office to try to generate catering business. I was underwhelmed.
 
I know one of the local managers; he does not strike me as a guy who knows bbq.
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/12 20:55:03
Tink's has a Kobe burger:
http://www.tinkscafe.com/menu.html
erictall
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/14 16:31:59
Does anybody know about Lulu's noodles?  Based on writings here about NOTG, we were headed there, but it was closed on Dec 26th, and Lulu's two doors over seemed hoppin'.  I had the best bowl of ramen since I came back from Japan.  All 8 of us had something different and it was all fresh and yummy. 

(Sorry if this has already been mentioned before, I tried searching, but don't know my way around this forum so well.)
Euched
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/14 17:10:04
erictall

Does anybody know about Lulu's noodles?  Based on writings here about NOTG, we were headed there, but it was closed on Dec 26th, and Lulu's two doors over seemed hoppin'.  I had the best bowl of ramen since I came back from Japan.  All 8 of us had something different and it was all fresh and yummy. 

(Sorry if this has already been mentioned before, I tried searching, but don't know my way around this forum so well.)


Lulu's has been mentioned here before...  I have been there a couple times, and they have the best ramen that I have had in Cincinnati.  I have only been there at lunch time, but it was definitely a hopping place...
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/16 14:15:57
I like Lulu's but I love NOTG!
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/22 20:01:32
I went to the Travel, Sports & Boat Show last night, and afterward went to Bootsy's produced by Jeff Ruby.  I must say I found it over-priced & over-rated.

I went with a friend and we ordered from the tapas menu.  We got five appetizers and a total of three drinks {one for my friend, two for me} and the bill, without tip, was $75.  I would not have minded paying that if the food was outstanding, but it was mediocre at best.

We got the duck tacos, which was two tacos, about the size of my thumb.  The meat tasted more like shredded beef than duck.  Next was the goat cheese.  The tomato fondue was bitter.  It basically tasted like Hunt's tomato sauce directly from the can.  I've had much better at other places for less money.
 
Next was the Charcuteria flatbread.  It was small, but I thought it was okay.  The whole blue prawns were completely tasteless, even when the greilled lemon was squeezed over them.  Three tasteless prawns for $13.
 
Lastly we had the Croquettas, which were supposed to be country ham balls.  The smoked cheddar was so overwhelming, that even if I was able to find the ham, you wouldn't have been able to taste it anyway.

These tapas may not be indicative of the entire menu, but I was disappointed in the lack of flavor.  If anyone goes & has a better experience, let me know!!  Otherwise, I probably won't go back.
 
http://www.jeffruby.com/bootsy-menu.html
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/22 20:49:01
I had mentioned earlier that there were rumors that Jean-Robert DeCavel would be dissolving his partnership with the Wades, his partners in the Jean-Robert Group.

Not only is the partnership dissolving, and the name of the group changing to the Relish Restaurant Group, but Jean-Robert at Pigall's is closing.

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090122/ENT01/301220111/1026

This is not good news for the local restaurant industry.
johnbycz
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/29 20:56:21
Does anybody have any recommendations for the Hocking Hills area? We're headed there soon. We've been to Sumburger in Chillicothe, and I've seen good things about Jack's Steak House in Logan. I hear Nelsonville might have a few places, but don't know what's good. Anyone?
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/29 21:26:36
johnbycz

Does anybody have any recommendations for the Hocking Hills area? We're headed there soon. We've been to Sumburger in Chillicothe, and I've seen good things about Jack's Steak House in Logan. I hear Nelsonville might have a few places, but don't know what's good. Anyone?

Jacks is OK. In Nelsonville there's a Sonic, and at the northern edge of Nelsonville is a place called The Coffee Cup. It's pretty good. North of Nelsonville about four miles is Dee's Diner. It's pretty pedestrian, but it's interesting. Then there's the Old Dutch Restaurant in Logan. Not bad if you like that style of food. I've been meaning to try Millstone Southern Barbeque, which is a little north of Logan on U.S. 23.


Davydd
Sirloin
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/29 22:17:02
johnbycz

Does anybody have any recommendations for the Hocking Hills area? We're headed there soon. We've been to Sumburger in Chillicothe, and I've seen good things about Jack's Steak House in Logan. I hear Nelsonville might have a few places, but don't know what's good. Anyone?


Check out Bush's Restaurant in Logan. It is diner type food. The Sandstone Bistro in Logan is a dinner place. The Coffee Cup in Nelsonville is recommended for breakfast. I've been to all three and they are OK, but nothing great.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/29 22:25:06
....and now, back to discussion about the Greater Cincinnati area......

(John, if you want more info on Hocking Hills, could you open a new thread?  No offense intended, and no, I'm not an admin here.....just trying to keep the thread on topic......)
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/29 23:42:46
WB TJ - You were missed!
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/30 00:02:46
Kinda snowbound of late.
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/30 12:10:39
New Orleans To Go is closed until "approximately March 4" for maternity leave, according to their answering machine. It sounds as though catering is still available.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/30 12:48:34
I guess she decided it wasn't worth the aggravation to bring her dad back up from New Orleans to run the place again, in her absence!

Hope things are going well for LaToya.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/30 18:53:13
Several tidbits

The Jean Robert Empire takes a tumble: I suppose someone has already mentioned this, but just in case, ya'all already know that Jean Robert de Cavel is quitting Pigalls, Pigalls will close for about a month to retool (probably into a far less formal place), and Jean Robert hopes to start anew somewhere else in Cincinnati.  This is very sad, and is all because (imho) his financial backer interferes too much.  I mean, you have to give some patience with a new enterprise.  Question: if Pigalls becomes a less formal joint, what do you do with the already less-formal JeanRo Bistro, just a block away? 

Many closings downtown: I'm sure I am missing a ton, but the following downtown eateries have all closed their doors in the last 30 days and I am unsure if they any will reopen:
-Sahara Cafe (formerly All Rise, home of the much beloved cheeseburger and fries deal
-Jordan Valley - there is a sign on the door that talks about water damage.  I've seen such signs before, and like those other places, there is no repair work going on inside
-NY NY Deli - no great loss, sure, but still.  The location in Mt Washington remains mysteriously open despite nary a customer ever seen within
-Gondola Pizzeria - has closed and been re-opened as yet another Lucy Blue Pizza.  As in, pizza people buy by the slice when they are drunk, mostly.
-Wah Mee - not great chinese but still, we've lost at least a half dozen asian eateries downtown in the past 10 years, and are down to very little selection here.  And they were there forever before that.  Sad.

Tan Thai/downtown expands its menu and lowers prices: Very, very nice.  The counter girl let me see the new menu, and prices are down 10-20% pretty much across the board and selection is MUCH better. 

Paczki's are backI picked up one of each of the three varieties of these Mardi-Gras season donuts offered by Servatii's today, and boy are they good.  Hurry in or you'll miss them.

Ramundo's\Mt Lookout Square: This place has improved by leaps and bounds since I was last there 10-15 years ago.  They sell by the slice, and a very, very good slice it is. They sell a special "ny style" slice at lunch only that I think is a call for NYPizzaNut to investigate.  Fair warning: this is a takeout with one lone extra-tall table and that is usually occupied - plan on takeout if you go.  I will certainly be back

Zip's/Mt Lookout: Proclaimed by man as the best burger in Cincinnati, tho I have never understood.  I give them another chance every few years to impress me.  The cheeseburger this time around was better, thicker, cooked to order - but still not much better than average.  My opinion remains unchanged.  See Ya in 2012 or later, Zip's.

Frisch's Chocolate Cream Pie:
This is by far my favorite item at Frisch's, but they never seem to have it anymore.  I finally called their Customer service line and they told me that it is now available only in two ways: 1) during their "Chocolate Fest" held annually in July, and 2) by the pie by pre-ordering only during Thanksgiving.  Not all locations will even have option 2 available, and the CSR I talked to had no idea what stores did and what stores did not have this available. You just have to call and ask.

Poutine in Cincinnati: Someone PM'ed me to ask where they could get poutine in Cincinnati.  Err, we call that gravy and cheese fries here, right?  Ala Pleasant Ridge Chili?  Seriously - Bard's Burgers in Covington supposed does a respectable rendition of poutine.

Blue Ash Chili is a now a chain: Wanderingjew will love to hear this :-)  http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090130/BIZ01/301300024

DeMeo's\Milford closed
:  Another small Italian place down the tubes.  I visited once, food was better than average, kids liked it too.  The Twenty Brix folks bought the business and are supposedly gonna do something different with the space.

Gravy\Milford: My dad loves a good gravy, and he lives out past Milford, so when he heard this place opened, he hightailed it over there.  He was very disappointed, and says he will not be back.  I don't have specifics yet.

Oriental Wok 2\Hyde Park: I head heard a while back that Oriental Wok in Ft Mitchell was going to take over the space at the regency (corner of Dana and Madison) where Jay's then Napa's used to be and open another higher-end chinese eatery.  I have not heard anything since.  Do any of you get over that way and if so, have you seen any goings-on there?

Teak Thai/Mt Adams: I finally made it in there, and had two appetizers and an entree.  More about sampling a few things than wanting all that much food.  In any case, it was not very good.  I had always heard this was one of the best Thai places in Cincinnati but it was not in my mind even average, and the prices were high.  Can someone explain this place to me?  Do I need to try it again, and if so, what Thai dishes (not interested in sushi, not quite yet) should I try?

Personal request - pan fried chinese pork dumplings: Where can I get the best pan-fried pork dumplings in Cincinnati?  I really like the ones at Young's Kitchen in Mt Washington (so near, so good) but the skins are thicker than I'd like.  I'm not looking for places that simply have them on their menu, but places you've had them and they've rocked.  Let me know :-)
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2009/01/30 19:15:06
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/30 19:22:53
I love the pork dumplings at China Buffet - they are the most delicious ones I have ever had:

China Buffet Eastgate
  (513) 943-7555   4394 Eastgate Square Dr
  Cincinnati, OH  45245
  Info  Map It  
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/30 20:12:48

If one is absolutely forced to have to partake of anything in the city where pigs fly, is Lucy's still around? Seems to me I recall it had something to do with diamonds.
Ort. Carlton.
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/30 20:25:38
Dearfolk,
   I wouldn't suggest eating much of anyplace up that way until some sort of thaw comes about. Apparently anyone lucky enough still to possess electricity is indeed a fortunate bird; hear tell folks are boxing some up from those who have it and carrying it down the street to use at home until theirs comes on....
      Living Better Electrically, Ort. Carlton in Brilliantly-Lit Athens, Georgia.
Alco251
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/30 20:32:04
Michael Hoffman

If one is absolutely forced to have to partake of anything in the city where pigs fly, is Lucy's still around? Seems to me I recall it had something to do with diamonds.


Wow, that is old-school!  Lucy's in the Sky was the disco in the penthouse of the downtown Holiday Inn (which has changed owners about 6 times since).  I had no idea they served food there, and in any case, they went away with the Bee-Gees. 
Alco251
Hamburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/30 20:35:52
Ort. Carlton.

Dearfolk,
   I wouldn't suggest eating much of anyplace up that way until some sort of thaw comes about. Apparently anyone lucky enough still to possess electricity is indeed a fortunate bird; hear tell folks are boxing some up from those who have it and carrying it down the street to use at home until theirs comes on....
      Living Better Electrically, Ort. Carlton in Brilliantly-Lit Athens, Georgia.


Not at all.  Other than east in Clermont County, outages are sporadic.  The only problems here are walking and driving.  Now Sunday, when it goes above 32 and the ice sheets start sliding off may change the game. 
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/30 20:52:58
Our problem here is ice and snow on the branches of our trees, which hang down and obstruct our long driveway - that and 10 inches of snow and ice on the driveway - this is what one of our dogwood trees looks like today:


post edited by NYPIzzaNut - 2009/01/30 20:55:28
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/30 21:11:02
NYP: I think that buffet is closed.  Can you verify it is still open?  

also....will you be checking out Ramundos?  I worry that they are not getting their gasovens hot enough to produce a NY bottom crust char.....
Alco251
Hamburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/30 21:26:02
TJ Jackson

NYP: I think that buffet is closed.  Can you verify it is still open?  



Just called, they are open at 10:30 am tomorrow.

 
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/30 21:50:40
Alco251

Michael Hoffman

If one is absolutely forced to have to partake of anything in the city where pigs fly, is Lucy's still around? Seems to me I recall it had something to do with diamonds.


Wow, that is old-school!  Lucy's in the Sky was the disco in the penthouse of the downtown Holiday Inn (which has changed owners about 6 times since).  I had no idea they served food there, and in any case, they went away with the Bee-Gees.

 A friend of mine named Norm Clarke, with whom I worked for The Associated Press, used to spend his non-working time there, when he wasn't playing in the kitchen of Maisonette, or covering the Reds and Bengals. Poor Norm. Now he's stuck covering nightlife in Las Vegas for the Sun and can't get to Cincinnati.


Alco251
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/30 22:10:02
Michael Hoffman

Alco251

Michael Hoffman

If one is absolutely forced to have to partake of anything in the city where pigs fly, is Lucy's still around? Seems to me I recall it had something to do with diamonds.


Wow, that is old-school!  Lucy's in the Sky was the disco in the penthouse of the downtown Holiday Inn (which has changed owners about 6 times since).  I had no idea they served food there, and in any case, they went away with the Bee-Gees.

 A friend of mine named Norm Clarke, with whom I worked for The Associated Press, used to spend his non-working time there, when he wasn't playing in the kitchen of Maisonette, or covering the Reds and Bengals. Poor Norm. Now he's stuck covering nightlife in Las Vegas for the Sun and can't get to Cincinnati.


Sounds like he's had a tough career.  ;-)

Lucy's was around a lot longer than I thought http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-67908361.html 
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/30 22:33:24
TJ Jackson

NYP: I think that buffet is closed.  Can you verify it is still open?  

also....will you be checking out Ramundos?  I worry that they are not getting their gasovens hot enough to produce a NY bottom crust char.....
I think you were confusing the two big Chinese buffets that used to operate at Eastgate - the one that closed is becoming a Japanese restaurant - near McDonalds.  The one I mentioned is in a strip center down from Wal-Marts that has been there for many years.

I will have to get by Ramundos but what about that crust?  Are you saying it is not crispy and crunchy and chewy, due to to the gas ovens not running  at high enough temps?  Did they change ovens?


TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/31 12:16:32
I don't think the average Cincinnatian would appreciate the bottom char as a New Yorker would - hey, this is burned, I want a refund! - ergo I suspect they keep the ovens less hot.  Less hot oven = less char.  Anyway, they are selling to Cincinnatians, not New Yorkers (mostly).  Cant sell in business if you cant satisfy your customers.

Still - it is a savory rather than a sweet sauce, and the crust is very, very thin.  So there is some hope.  I look forward to your review

I am very suprised to hear that a buffet would do dumplings well.....steamed maybe, but fried?  Fried do not do well for long on a steam table.  That, and buffets tend to be about quantity over quality.  But....on your say-so, I'll check it out.  I sure wish we had 5/$1 dumpling joints like they do in NYC
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/31 12:45:17
I am not sure if they were steamed or fried - I always put them in wonton broth.  But irregardless they are scrumptious.  If you asked for them panfried especially they might do them for you.  They have an extensive menu aside from the buffet.  One other item they have on the buffet that I find incredibly wonderful is their roast pork in oyster sauce with mushrooms.  I usually make a meal of this item and the dumplings in broth.
post edited by NYPIzzaNut - 2009/01/31 12:46:45
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/31 13:05:50
Alco251

Michael Hoffman

Alco251

Michael Hoffman

If one is absolutely forced to have to partake of anything in the city where pigs fly, is Lucy's still around? Seems to me I recall it had something to do with diamonds.


Wow, that is old-school!  Lucy's in the Sky was the disco in the penthouse of the downtown Holiday Inn (which has changed owners about 6 times since).  I had no idea they served food there, and in any case, they went away with the Bee-Gees.

 A friend of mine named Norm Clarke, with whom I worked for The Associated Press, used to spend his non-working time there, when he wasn't playing in the kitchen of Maisonette, or covering the Reds and Bengals. Poor Norm. Now he's stuck covering nightlife in Las Vegas for the Sun and can't get to Cincinnati.


Sounds like he's had a tough career.  ;-)

Lucy's was around a lot longer than I thought  http://www.highbeam.com/doc/1G1-67908361.html

Well, he also had to cover the Bevery Hills Supper Club fire, and to this day he won't go into a Kroger, or Kroger-owned supermarket because of having had to go into the refrigerated Kroger trucks that were used as temporary morgues there.


NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/31 14:02:45
As a side note I moved from Alabama to Cincinnati the very day the Beverly Hills Supper Club was burning down.  I was driving up by car and that was all you heard on the radio - they next day I reported to work and that was all people talked about, and everyone knew someone who was there - who had perished or survived - quite a surreal welcome to the city.
Michael Hoffman
Double-chop Porterhouse
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/31 14:11:57
It was not a pleasant thing. I was involved in the news coverage of the fire -- driving down from Columbus that night and staying on it for four or five days.
brittneal
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/31 14:31:38
there was a picture of jean-robert in the cinci food blog.  he loooked like a serial killer. half bald with stringy hair standing up. 
 
  
 
i couldnt find that picture but here is an older one.
sorry my shift key isnt working and i cant use caps.
post edited by brittneal - 2009/01/31 14:51:50
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/31 14:38:37
Probably a good thing!

We sure can depress ourselves here at times.
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/01/31 21:11:04
For the THAI fans in the tri state area

Thai Seasons has opened in Lawrenceburg, IN just 2 minutes from Argosy Casino

www.thaiseasonsrestaurant.com

I have been there about 10 times and EVERYTHING I have tried is AWESOME.

Tonight was Pad Talay (Seafood Stir Fry with Chili Paste) I went with level 9 out of 10 on the heat scale WOW I was sweating, my nose running and I loved every minute of it.
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/01 19:29:34
An article in today's Cincinnati Enquirer says that this thread contributes to positive online "buzz"  about the Greater Cincinnati area.  The quote:

But there are encouraging associations, too: "Cincinnati Flying Pig" is closely associated with Cincinnati in the national online traffic, and so is "Where to Eat," a thread on RoadFood.com that recommends eateries along America's highways.

Here's a link to the article.

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090201/BIZ01/902010337/1076/BIZ

The Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce should see that you get the Key to the City, T.J. !
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/01 22:30:13
Sandy Thruthegarden

An article in today's Cincinnati Enquirer says that this thread contributes to positive online "buzz"  about the Greater Cincinnati area.  The quote:

But there are encouraging associations, too: "Cincinnati Flying Pig" is closely associated with Cincinnati in the national online traffic, and so is "Where to Eat," a thread on RoadFood.com that recommends eateries along America's highways.

Here's a link to the article.

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090201/BIZ01/902010337/1076/BIZ

The Greater Cincinnati Chamber of Commerce should see that you get the Key to the City, T.J. !


Or at least a concrete flying pig. 
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/02 01:15:38
Nice :-)

But no, it's all of us, not me alone, not by a long stretch of the imagination 

All I did was start the darn thing. 

This is definitely a cast of thousands now :-)
wesleyman
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/02 22:24:17
 TJ-ever hear what happened to Pizzaville?  I think its clear he is not opening back up anytime soon.

I don't know if you were a fan of Los Portales at the bottom of the hill, but they have been enveloped by El Rancho Grande.  The former owners lived next door to my sister and didnt seem to happy about the whole deal as they were moving out.  apparently moving to mt washington he said.
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/03 12:03:53
This is just what someone wrote about The Edgecliff Room, but, if true, is very interesting:

http://rodeo.cincinnati.com/ent2/entity.aspx?e=216759

Quote from CharlesFostrKane at Cincinnati.Com:
Feb 1st 2008-There has been an interesting development with the Edgecliff Room. They have stopped serving their menu effective this weekend. They now are only serving pizza & burgers. The business there had been pretty weak already, and once the stories about Martin Wade kicking Jean-Robert de Cavel to the curb hit the papers, people simply stopped coming in. I think that someone should start a Wade Group Deathwatch Blog, and Edgecliff will definitely be the first entry. It’s going to close within a matter of weeks at this rate. Chalk will be next. Once JR takes his name off of the Bistro and strips it of all of the decor (which is his personal property), and the restaurant gets “The Wade Treatment” it will probably go by the wayside too. Now that the people have learned of Wade’s shabby treatment of JR, and that JR has nothing to do with any of the restaurants, people will stay away from his restaurants en mass. That’s going to make for some delicious schadenfreude when Wade starts to close his food mills, err, restaurants.
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/04 21:00:16
Soozy,
 
I'm not surprised about the Edgecliff Room.  When I was there in mid December, I thought the food was mediocre and overpriced.  the menu was pretty boring.  Polly Campbell's review mainly touted the burgers.  I would bet that most of the diners were residents of the Edgecliff.  I don't think Wade was playing to an adventuresome crowd.
 
Soozy, you're just the person I wanted to consult.  My friends and I go out for dinner together on our birthdays.  Mine's coming up.  Over the years, we've eaten at Honey, Kona Bistro, the Napa Grille, Tink's, the York Street Cafe, McCormick and Schmick's, Teller's, AOI, Palomino, Prima Vista, etc.  My birthday seems to be the kiss of death because we've gone to UpStarCrow and Seny on mine...my husband thinks I ought to hit Pigalle's on its way out.  Anyway, is there any place you'd recommend for a festive weeknight dinner?  We'll try anything, although I particularly enjoy seafood.  I have admired your taste in restaurants.  so, any suggestions?
 
Thanks.
 
Sandy
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/05 13:38:07
I spoke to the owner of New Orleans To Go last evening.

She had her baby by C-section a couple of days ago and she and her baby girl Ra-Lyn are doing well and she is targeting reopening for the first week of March so be sure and call to be sure they have reopened before planning a meal there.
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/05 15:45:14
Mark May 9th, 2009 on your calendars

I was talking with some friends about doing a Cincinnati Style Chili eating tour.

Stops will include

Camp Washington Chili
Price Hill Chili
Blue Ash Chili
Dixie Chili
Emperess Chili
Gold Star Chili
Skyline Chili

with a dessert stop at either aglameiss or Graeters

times and order will be determined closer to the event, but mark your calendars for a great day and an eating adventure

I will post a thread in the misc food related section  with all the details and suggestions

"This message brought to you by.... TUMS"  :-)

Seriously though

5-9-2009 Cincinnati Style Chili Eating Tour
Alco251
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/05 20:59:20
CajunKing

Mark May 9th, 2009 on your calendars

I was talking with some friends about doing a Cincinnati Style Chili eating tour.

Stops will include

Camp Washington Chili
Price Hill Chili
Blue Ash Chili
Dixie Chili
Emperess Chili
Gold Star Chili
Skyline Chili

with a dessert stop at either aglameiss or Graeters

times and order will be determined closer to the event, but mark your calendars for a great day and an eating adventure

I will post a thread in the misc food related section  with all the details and suggestions

"This message brought to you by.... TUMS"  :-)

Seriously though

5-9-2009 Cincinnati Style Chili Eating Tour


Don't forget Pleasant Ridge Chili and Chili Time! 
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/06 13:44:55
Sandy Thruthegarden
 
Soozy, you're just the person I wanted to consult.  My friends and I go out for dinner together on our birthdays.  Mine's coming up.  Over the years, we've eaten at Honey, Kona Bistro, the Napa Grille, Tink's, the York Street Cafe, McCormick and Schmick's, Teller's, AOI, Palomino, Prima Vista, etc.  My birthday seems to be the kiss of death because we've gone to UpStarCrow and Seny on mine...my husband thinks I ought to hit Pigalle's on its way out.  Anyway, is there any place you'd recommend for a festive weeknight dinner?  We'll try anything, although I particularly enjoy seafood.  I have admired your taste in restaurants.  so, any suggestions?
 
Thanks.
 
Sandy

 
Sandy~
 
I have been trying to think of some places you haven't already been.  You've hit a lot of good places, but here are some not on your list.
 
I loved Sung Korean Bistro for the bimimbap.  http://www.sungkoreanbistro.com/
 
Otto's in Covington was very good.  I had shrimp & grits. YUM!!  http://www.eatatottos.com/
 
My old stand-by favorite is DeeFelice.  It is great for special occasions, with the band playing above the bar.  http://www.deefelice.com/index.htm
 
There is a new place opening in Bellevue called Virgil's Cafe.  Not sure when they will be opening, but the menu looks good.  http://www.virgilscafe.com/

Of course there are some other places I enjoy.  Chez Nora is nice.  http://www.cheznora.com/ I go to Behle Street alot.  I love their Lobster Penne, which isn't lobster.  It's shrimp in lobster sauce. http://www.behlestreetcafe.com/
 
Since you live in KY, you probably already know these things.
 
A lot of good places I liked have closed.  I would recommend Jean-Ro or Lavomatic, but the chefs have left the employ of the Wades, and I'm not sure they are as good as they once were.  If I think of others that I like I will let you know.
post edited by soozycue520 - 2009/02/06 15:58:12
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/06 15:30:35
I realize you asked for soozey, but I wanted to add one place to her list, and only because you used the word "festive" - I have not been there, but the only local restaurant I associate the word "festive" with is  Vito's Cafe - due in part to the singing but also due to tableside prep of some of the dishes.

http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-16818-vitos-cafeacute-(review).html
http://archive.cinweekly.com/content/2003/12/24/1224vitos.asp

My two daughters (6 and 7) also like Chuck E Cheese for "festive" *shudder*  been there like 5 times in the past 12 months
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2009/02/06 15:32:48
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/07 09:06:17
soozy - Thanks for your helpful esponse.  Otto's looks interesting and there's a lot I like on the menu.   It's in the running for my birthday venue.  I hadn't thought of Dee Felice although I have a co-worker who is in the New Sleepcat Band that plays there regularly.  Again, I liked what I saw on the dinner menu.  My b'day falls on Mardi Gras this year, so Dee Felice may be packed or already booked up.
 
Do you have any idea when Virgil's is set to open?  It looks like a place I would love.  I don't imagine it will be open by the week of 02/23/09, but we should certainly consider it for a later date.
 
I've been to Chez Nora often.  I believe we met there once to celebrate nothing it all.  I love the crabcakes and the mussel appetizer.  I have also enjoyed going upstairs to the little lounge to hear Ricky Nye play boogie woogie piano on Wednesday nights.
 
Behle Street is also a good place to go.  I've been to a number of business lunches (I work in Covington) there.  Love the seared scallop salad.
 
My husband and I are Korean fans, but my GFs, not so much
 
So, I'm definitely considering Otto's and Dee Felice.  My friends are scattered east, north, and west.  Since it's my birthday, I get to choose, and I'd rather be closer to home (after that glass of wine).
 
Thanks for you suggestions!
 
Sandy
post edited by Sandy Thruthegarden - 2009/02/07 09:24:57
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/07 09:22:29
TJ - Thanks for the suggestion and the link to Vito's.  The menu looks really good.  The Seafood Diavalo and the Shrimp Puccini appeal to me.  The only concern I would have is the singing.  My GFs are, in my opinion, overly concerned with noise level.  It's true that we use this time to catch up on each other's lives, so we have to be able to talk without interruption, and also be able to hear one another.  It's been my observation, however, that sometimes we've been the loudest talkers in the place (insert embarrassed-faced icon here).  I may call to find out if they ever give the music a night off during the week since the menu is so appealing.
 
Thanks, again.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/07 13:12:18
Ahh - "festive" and "loud" to me go hand in hand :-)

Go to Chuck E Cheese on a weekend afternoon and you'll understand :-)
Suburban Dad
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/07 17:29:57
I know these are out in the "burbs", but anyone try Yellow Cab Pizza off Union Centre in West Chester or Raymonds off 129 in Liberty Township???  Raymonds was opened by the grandson of the founder of Chester's Pizza in Hamilton, which I believe has been mentioned in these forums before.

As a side note, it looks as though El Coyote West Chester is closed.  I always liked their Tex Mex and hate that I will have to once again make the long trip to Anderson to get my fix.
Ghaz
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/07 20:47:14
Didn't they close the West Chester El Coyote's the same time they closed the one in Northern Kentucky?  If they did, then it's been closed for quite some time now (almost a year?).
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/08 19:50:52
TJ Jackson

Ahh - "festive" and "loud" to me go hand in hand :-)


 
I understand.  At least you didn't try to send me to polka hell.  8-{}


brittneal
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/09 03:46:01
Anybody remember Shullers Wig-Wam?  It was the last place I worked before my health ssssssssstooped me.  I worked there until they closed.  It was very odd.  We only got about 2 weeks notice before they shut down.
It was always clean, with huge portions, great selectionof homemade food and a decent price.  Every diner got either  chopped liver or a seasoned cheese spread with crackers, bagle and pita chips as well as fresh baked hard rolls.
They had an original menu in the lobby.  Hot dogs for a nickel, burgers for a dime.  A quarter for liver and onions up to 75 cents for the t-bone steak.
 
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/09 12:08:50
I remember it well!  Thank goodness Goodies BBQ is nearby still to get some wonderful eats.
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