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

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ShellyR
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/13 09:26:47
Hi!  I'm fairly new here, but I managed to read all 66 pages of comments over the past few months and wanted to thank everyone who posted.  My husband and I have found some tasty food as a result of your reviews.  Thank you!

I have an offering and a request.

The offering:  We tried Wings Xtreme in Sharonville last week with some mixed results. 

Pros: The wings are meaty.  The sauces and salad dressings are homemade.  The Garlic Parmesan flavor was really good, with real cheese in it.  Potato skins had freshly cooked bacon on them.   The husband (TH) loved the fried mushrooms and his orange sesame wings.   They deliver.

Cons: Honey BBQ was like sugar water, pretty tasteless.  TH said the Xtreme wings weren't that hot, but then he is insane about heat and all macho about it.

In the middle on:  The owner/waitress talks.  A lot.  About everything.  You want to know where the sour cream came from for the ranch salad dressing, just wait a few minutes and she'll get to it.  But she's very nice.   It seems to be copying BW3's in terms of menu items, but TH and I think it's better if only because it's fresh, and the wings are cooked properly.   But nothing we tried beats NOTG's Voodoo Wings.


My request:  (don't yell at me!):  A pizza place.  I've not had one good pizza since I came to Cincinnati 29 years ago.  I've tried everywhere I come across.  One place came close, a small pizza joint 20 years ago in the same strip mall as Fort Wright Family Restaurant (which used to have the worlds best goetta/homefries breakfast but I've not been back for a while).  But that pizza place is long gone.

What I like:   Thin crust, slightly crispy on the outside, chewy.  Not soft.  Not too heavy and doughy, not like crackers, not like a common loaf of bread.  Tomato sauce:  Having some body to it, the flavor both tangy and sweet (but not too sweet) with garlic and oregano.  Cheese:  it's hard to mess cheese up, just no cheddar or Velveeta (sorry I had a flashback to my childhood and one of my father's "pizza" monstrosities), and cooked so it's got a little brown to it and isn't just a pale melted mess.   Homemade Italian sausage would be a plus.

I've read all the pizza reviews here but I can't tell whose pizza is what kind.  I really don't want deep dish or anything approaching LaRosa's, which is too sweet and bread-like for my tastes.  Oh, and I live in Mason so anything up that way would be great.  But I'm willing to drive.


Phew, this is long.  Sorry about that.  Thanks for any suggestions!  And thanks again for the great food tips!
Euched
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/13 09:38:46
I too have recently been to Wings Xtreme.  As Shelly said above their food isn't bad and the wings do have a lot of meat on them, but they are definitely not the best wings that I have ever had either....which were actually at a bar called Wingers in Bellefontaine, OH.  The Xtreme wings of any flavor are not all that spicy, but they are flavorful and tasty.  They offer curly fries and waffle fries, of which both are good, but nothing special.  The guys I work with and I have added it to our short list of places to eat lunch and we are driving from Blue Ash to get there, so that says something about them...  The people that work there are nice and the service is MUCH faster than BW3s has ever been in my experience.

On another note...  I was driving down Reading Rd. in Reading the other day and noticed that there is a BBQ place in a small building next to a car wash.  I believe it used to be an ice cream place, but I am not 100% sure of that.  Anyways, I was wondering if anybody has ever been there?  I am sorry, I did not catch the name of the place even though the speed limit is slower than a tortoise driving through Reading.  Thanks in advance if anybody knows where I am talking about...
post edited by Euched - 2009/02/13 09:42:42
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/13 09:48:25
Looks like Betta's (a small but venerable italian restaurant) in Mt Lookout Square closed sometime over the course of the winter, though I have no idea exactly when
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/13 11:34:50
TJ,

There is a Betta's on Montgomery Rd. in Norwood, near the Evanston side, by Stones Bowling Lanes.  They have recently expanded, so maybe the owners are focusing on that location.  I'm pretty sure the DeLuca family {related to the owners of Sorrento's?} own the place.  And the food is very good.  I will try to get there soon to review it.

http://cityguide.aol.com/cincinnati/restaurants/bettas-italian-oven/v-131052

BETTA'S Italian Oven
3764 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45212
(513) 631-6836

AND TO SHELLY R~
 
Betta's has a stone hearth to cook their pizzas.  Their pizza is pretty darned good. 

And, have you tried Pomodori's in Clifton/University Heights?  Try the wood-fired pizzas, not the traditional. http://www.campusfood.com/menu/items.asp?restid=3015&campusid=383

What about Dewey's?  I think they have the best pizza, but I like more unique pizzas.   http://www.deweyspizza.com/

I am a native Cincinnatian, so I really don't have much to compare these pizzas with.  I don't like LaRosa's, Pizza Hut, Papa John's or Domino's, so anything different than these is good with me.

Welcome to Roadfood, and good luck with your pizza search!!
ShellyR
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/13 12:46:35
@Snooycue520

I've not even heard of Betta's.  I'll give them a look.  Thanks!

I had tried Pomodori's a couple of times back when it first opened up (that dates me, doesn't it?) and while they weren't bad, they weren't what I was searching for.  That's about 25 years ago though I think, so I don't remember the details.  

Dewey's is the best option at this end of town that I know of.  Their crust is pretty darned good.  But on the pizzas I've bought at least, they have always skimped on toppings, and the toppings themselves have been pretty tasteless.  So while they're better than others, I am still looking for that perfect pizza. 

I guess I was spoiled (after getting past my father's Chef-Boy-R-Dee bologna/Velveeta nightmare pizzas).  My family helped out an Italian immigrant who opened the first Italian restaurant in our small town in the 60s.  The man made everything by hand.  I remember being amazed watching him roll out strands of spaghetti with just his hands.  Over about 15 years he introduced me to real pizza, fresh pasta, Italian cured meats and sausages and real cheeses and olives, and some really wonderful dishes.  I've never found any to match. 

But then it's hard to match a memory like that.  I may be chasing rainbows.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/13 15:38:31
Dewey's for me is the best NY style  pizza in greater Cinci as is Troni's in Kettering for greater Dayton.

I never voluntarily order pizza with toppings so I have no comment about how good or bad they might be.

I have been to Betta's in Norwood - if you are going there looking for a NY style pizza pie do not bother - they are plain awful.

For me a NY style pizza pie has to be thin crust - one you can pick up and eat without folding - it is crispy and chewy - not soft, as ShellyR mentions above - Dewey's and Troni's deliver.
Alco251
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/13 23:03:43
 Shelly, try MVPizza at the King's Island exit off I-71 north.  I think it might be close to what you are looking for.
Ghaz
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/14 18:24:49
I mentioned a few pages back of a new Mexican restaurant opening in the former German butcher's store on Dixie Highway in Elsmere, KY.  A sign went up this week announcing an openiing date of February 23rd.
Time for Pie
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/15 13:56:49
Hi folks!  I haven't checked in since I got back from my Christmas trip to Cincy, so I've accumulated some comments. ;)

Sherry, you might try The Works in downtown Loveland, just off Loveland Avenue on Railroad street.  They use a wood fired brick oven and cook them very hot.  Crispy and delicious.  I'm non-dairy though so I can't comment on the quality of their cheese(s).  If you get over to try it, please report back. 

Ahh, Lucy's In the Sky.  I only visited once, in 1988...but I met my (now) wife there that night!  We would have gone back for anniversaries, but since it is just a conference room now, it's not the same.  I was in the room once before when it was the Little Foxes lounge...a kinda knockoff Playboy club with girls dressed in skimpy santa-ish cosutmes.  I was there that time with a photography class taught by former Cincinnati studio photographer Rob Paris.  We were there to do extended night exposures of downtown.

Glad to hear that N.O. to Go might be back...I still need to try that place.  It's on the list for my next trip to town. 
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/15 14:01:16
No "might" about it - it will be open on or about MARCH 4TH.
ShellyR
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/18 06:56:56
Alco251

Shelly, try MVPizza at the King's Island exit off I-71 north.  I think it might be close to what you are looking for.


Thanks!

We tried this on Sunday and it was pretty darned good.  My husband actually loved it (Italian guy, grew up in a town with fantastic Italian food) and thought it close to what he'd get at home.  The only thing I wished is that the hoagies were crispy not soggy, though they tasted very good.  The pizza's flavor was great too, and the crust's texture was different than any I'd had in Cinci but very good.  The manager (/owner?) was very accommodating and nice as well.  We'll definitely go back.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/23 10:31:04
Does MVPizza still do carryout only?  Can you describe the crust texture?
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/23 21:55:15
Ghaz

I mentioned a few pages back of a new Mexican restaurant opening in the former German butcher's store on Dixie Highway in Elsmere, KY.  A sign went up this week announcing an openiing date of February 23rd.

 
Without even trying the Mexican place.....
 
BRING BACK "Oh Mama Das ist gut"  they had a great selection of sausages and foods

 
BillyZoom
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/24 13:40:57
CajunKing

Ghaz

I mentioned a few pages back of a new Mexican restaurant opening in the former German butcher's store on Dixie Highway in Elsmere, KY.  A sign went up this week announcing an openiing date of February 23rd.

 
Without even trying the Mexican place.....
 
BRING BACK "Oh Mama Das ist gut"  they had a great selection of sausages and foods

 

 
Oh BOY do I agree! Does anyone know what happened to German Cusine?


Ghaz
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/25 00:00:40
It's been closed for over a year.  Here's TJ's mention of it in this thread (thanks to new forum software):

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?high=German+Cuisine&m=462476&mpage=37#471099
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/26 14:57:01
For our fellow Cincinnatians and tri-staters

FISH FRY FRIDAY

Here is the link to where you can get your Lenten Fish

Cincinnati Area Fish Frys - 2009
ShellyR
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/28 16:12:12
NYPIzzaNut

Does MVPizza still do carryout only?  Can you describe the crust texture?




It was carryout and delivery only, no dine in.

The crust texture is really hard to describe.  My husband and I tried to put it into words but couldn't.  It wasn't quite what I was looking for but I found it pleasing.  It's thin, a bit like a chewy bread crust maybe?  It looks a bit like a cracker, with thin layers of dough and air in it, but doesn't at all have a cracker texture. 

It's loaded with toppings that were fresh, (I know you said you don't get toppings but for anyone else reading this...).  They were placed under the cheese, which I don't really like but it tasted good so I didn't really care.

We're going back to Dewey's tomorrow night to try them again.  I'm going with the plain cheese this time.



Has anyone tried that new organic place at the Tylersville exit?  I'm really curious about that one. 
Chi-nnati's Pizza
Junior Burger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/28 17:17:57
 I'm getting ready to open a new pizza place in Cincinnati!  You're going to love the pizza if you like Chicago Deep Dish.  And we'll have a great thin crust also.  We're opening in late April near the Kenwood mall on Montgomery and Hosbrook.  I hope you like it!
Alco251
Hamburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/28 17:25:40
Chi-nnati's Pizza

I'm getting ready to open a new pizza place in Cincinnati!  You're going to love the pizza if you like Chicago Deep Dish.  And we'll have a great thin crust also.  We're opening in late April near the Kenwood mall on Montgomery and Hosbrook.  I hope you like it!


Are you in the old Jalapenos location or the Steakhouse? 
Chi-nnati's Pizza
Junior Burger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/28 17:26:38
 Yes, old Jalapeno's space.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/28 21:31:04
Chi-nnati's Pizza

I'm getting ready to open a new pizza place in Cincinnati!  You're going to love the pizza if you like Chicago Deep Dish.  And we'll have a great thin crust also.  We're opening in late April near the Kenwood mall on Montgomery and Hosbrook.  I hope you like it!
Is your user handle the name of your place?  Can you explain its derivation?  Will your thin crust resemble NY pizza crust?


Ghaz
Hamburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/28 22:58:39
I believe that the old Lone Star Steakhouse there at Montgomery and Holsbrook was torn down when I was through there about a moth ago.
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/02/28 23:23:47
CajunKing

For our fellow Cincinnatians and tri-staters

FISH FRY FRIDAY

Here is the link to where you can get your Lenten Fish

Cincinnati Area Fish Frys - 2009


Thank you, CajunKing!  The fish fry list is a classic Greater Cincinnati harbinger of spring.   I'm contemplating hitting the Edgewood F.D., the Florence Elks, and maybe. Mary Queen of Heaven.   Almost makes me want to petition for a plenary indulgence!
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/01 00:56:02
Our lunchbunch hit the Karma Asian Bistro in Anderson Township this past Thursday.  We enjoyed it very much.  Here is a recent review that probably explains their food much better than I can:

http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-17277-was-this-a-rest-review-or-a-sly-way-of-telling-re.html

Polly Campbell also reviewed  the place this past Friday for the weekender section of the Enquirer and offers another good review:


 http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090226/ENT01/902270316/-1/TODAY

The owners have their website up also which include menus and prices etc:

http://www.karmaasianbistro.com/

post edited by NYPIzzaNut - 2009/03/01 01:10:01
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/01 23:33:44
Good news about New Orleans to Go. It will be especially nice having them back for Lent. We still need to get everyone here together for lunch there someday.

My wife and I have been to Noce's Pizzeria a couple of times over the past month. It's nice to have a place nearby with garlic knots on the menu, even if they aren't great (and the marinara sauce they serve with them is terrible). Something about the sauce they use on the pizza is just slightly off as well, but we enjoy the pies on the whole. If you are a toppings person, the Mattie Deluxe is great.
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/02 11:54:50
dlawson

Good news about New Orleans to Go. It will be especially nice having them back for Lent. We still need to get everyone here together for lunch there someday.

My wife and I have been to Noce's Pizzeria a couple of times over the past month. It's nice to have a place nearby with garlic knots on the menu, even if they aren't great (and the marinara sauce they serve with them is terrible). Something about the sauce they use on the pizza is just slightly off as well, but we enjoy the pies on the whole. If you are a toppings person, the Mattie Deluxe is great.


By Gum dave, you're right.
 
As soon as we know they're reopened, let's all agree on a date, call 'em and meet and eat face to face one Friday for lunch!
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/02 12:14:45
NYPIzzaNut

Our lunchbunch hit the Karma Asian Bistro in Anderson Township this past Thursday.  We enjoyed it very much.  Here is a recent review that probably explains their food much better than I can:

http://www.citybeat.com/cincinnati/article-17277-was-this-a-rest-review-or-a-sly-way-of-telling-re.html

Polly Campbell also reviewed  the place this past Friday for the weekender section of the Enquirer and offers another good review:


http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090226/ENT01/902270316/-1/TODAY

The owners have their website up also which include menus and prices etc:

http://www.karmaasianbistro.com/


Oh man. That looks really good. I'm adding that to our list of places to try.
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/02 23:41:42
I went to Gordo's last week to try their burger.  The owner worked for the Jean-Robert Group, and opened this restaurant in a former "dive" bar in Norwood.  The burgers are shaped into a large ball.  I ordered the "Gordo" burger with mushrooms, sauteed onion, roasted poblano peppers, bacon & boursin cheese.  I substituted augratin potatoes for the fries.  Although it wasn't quite as good as Terry's Turf Club's burger, this was still a very good burger.  My camera's batteries only last for a few shots.
 

 
 

 
 
The food was good, but the service left much to be desired.  I thought they had a website, or on-line menu, but I cannot find either right now.
 
Gordo's Pub & Grill
4328 Montgomery Rd
Norwood, OH 45212
(513) 351-1999
 
EDITED to add link to Restaurant.com page, with menu:
http://www.restaurant.com/microsite.asp?rid=345603&mcn=00048615

post edited by soozycue520 - 2009/03/02 23:59:10
MiamiDon
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/03 06:40:38

 
How did you eat that burger??
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/03 11:56:37
Actually, I took off the top bun, and ate it with a fork & knife.  Actually, with some manuevering, it is quite possible to pick it up to eat it.  I saw some people doing it!!
luebster
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/05 08:42:52
Just in case people here have not seen it, C Trent Rosecrans (formerly of The Post) and Mo Egger (morning host on 1530 Homer) have started the Cincy Burger Blog. First review: Zola.

Cincy Burger Blog

Sadly, there is no RSS feed. Enjoy.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/05 09:38:28
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/05 17:21:06
For those that might be interested, I found this website through the City-Data forums:

http://www.cheeseconey.com/

Pretty much info here.

I will post it on the Cincy Chili topic here, as well, so others can find it.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/05 18:03:43
I noted on the walk to Tan Thai today that Caspian Express had been replaced by "Raya's Place".  When I went over to look at the menu posted on the door, I found myself looking at Jordan Valley's menu

My interest piqued, I went in and chatted with the owner

Indeed, the owner was involved in the Jordan Valley operation, and I remembered seeing her in the kitchen at Jordan Valley before.   She told me what had happened at Jordan Valley - that there realy and truly had been a water leak and that Ned (JV's owner) was looking for a new location where he could reopen.

In other news.....

Tan Thai/Downtown did indeed expand their menu, but prices were raised slightly on some items and held steady on others.   The new menu they showed me a few weeks back had slightly lower prices.

The Bagel Place next to Lucy Blue on 7th (formerly Gondolas) is still not open yet.  The signage out front has two different names shown

Ko Sho/Downtown is no longer serving lunch, and they tell me they are indeed finally moving to Northside as they had indicated that they were last year

Tucker's/Over-The-Rhine Nice writeup on the WineMeDineMe blog, worth a read: http://winemedinemecincinnati.com/?p=817

Churchill's/downtown I assume ya'all already knew this "English Tea party" place was closing down, but just in case, now you definitely do.  It wasn't my, uhm, cup of tea......but I had hoped to bring my daughters there sometime in the future, as I think they would have gotten a kick out of it.
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2009/03/05 18:04:55
jblazier
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/05 18:24:03
My favorite place to eat in Cincinnati is Uncle Yip's in Evandale. Their Dim Sum is by far the best in Cincinnati since Pacific Moon's went down hill. Just outside of Cincy I highly recommend Thai Seasons in Lawrenceburg, though i might be a bit biased since I'm married to the chef. I've been eating her food for 8 years and have yet to send a plate back that wasn't empty..lol
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/05 21:43:31
TJ Jackson

Tucker's/Over-The-Rhine Nice writeup on the WineMeDineMe blog, worth a read: http://winemedinemecincinnati.com/?p=817

Churchill's/downtown I assume ya'all already knew this "English Tea party" place was closing down, but just in case, now you definitely do.  It wasn't my, uhm, cup of tea......but I had hoped to bring my daughters there sometime in the future, as I think they would have gotten a kick out of it.

TJ~
 
The "winemedineme" write up on Tucker's is great!!  It really is a hidden treasure.  I need to get down there to try the shrimp & grits.  Another trip to Findlay Market is due, since the weather is getting warmer.  If, or when, I go, I'll try to get some pictures.
 
And I am sad to hear about Churchill's.  I had the same idea, of taking my grandchildren, but Bonbonnerie does an afternoon tea, too.  http://www.bonbonerie.com/

post edited by soozycue520 - 2009/03/05 21:44:47
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/05 23:04:08
OK ~ let me start by saying thanks to TJ for starting this "open chat" of Greater Cincinnati food!!!    Two thumbs up!!
 
I have done some trip reviews, and Cincinnati food reviews, in the past.  My pics, IMHO, have not always been the greatest, but hopefully, the point came across.
 
ANYHOO~ I just got a camera phone, and thought I would try it out, by going to my regular breakfast place.  Let me say that the lunches there do leave a lot to be desired, in my humble opinion.  But, the breakfasts are consistently good.
 
Here we go~~
 
The Parkside Cafe
1024 E Mcmillan St
Cincinnati, OH 45206
(513) 221-2026
http://www.parksidecafe.info/
 

 
This place used to be a Frisch's Big Boy Restaurant.
 

 
 
The old "soup, salad & fruit bar" ~
 

 
My very good breakfast~Eggs, bacon, potatoes, and toast.
 

 
The potatoes are red-skinned potato slices, which i got with sauteed onions on top.
 

 
Go for breakfast!!!  The breakfast food is fabulous!!!  They have a breakfast bar on Saturday & Sunday.  They close at 3pm.  Check out the menu on the website, posted above.  This is my stand-by, but I've seen good biscuits & gravy, and stuffed french toast!
 
I recommend Parkside Cafe for a decent breakfast!! 
  
 
post edited by soozycue520 - 2009/03/05 23:07:56
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/07 22:21:40
Saw the sign for Fuji's is up at the old Eastgate Buffet location.

No opening date on the marquee, though.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/08 18:44:10
My guess is they will be open within the next 30 days or less.
rpglegal
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/09 19:20:22
jblazier,    I just discovered Dim Sum at Casual Wok/Sigma Deli in Montgomery.   They do it also on weekends only from 10:30 -3:00,  and I think I'm addicted.   3 weekends of the last 4 have found me there.  So I did some researching looking for other places to try,  and saw that Uncle Yips was listed,  but older posts showed that he had closed the Evendale location at least temporarily... so glad to hear he does have dim sum on weekends again,  and I am going to head there soon. 
rpglegal
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/09 19:23:50
EMANU - I can't say enough good things about the Ethiopian place in Pleasant Ridge,  called Emanu.   Have visited 3 times and each has been wonderful.   My Mom has Celiac's so no gluten for her,  so I called ahead one Saturday afternoon to ask if they could make some Injera bread out of Teff only flour for her. Emanu graciously did so ,  and then came out to check if she liked it.. and then made some more for her to take home!    In a time when the economy is struggling so.. I would much rather give my dining dollars to local gems ,  such as this... than the chain food places.     
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/10 09:41:15
I heard this news originally on WineMeDineMe, and am not going to get too excited about it based on how Fatburger came off, but......Five Guys Burgers and Fries is opening in Cincinnati

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2009/03/09/daily12.html
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2009/03/10 09:42:36
sudie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/10 10:43:09
I ate at one in DC last year, and it was good, but it can't compete with Terry's.  We also want to try Gordo's in Norwood. 
Ghaz
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/11 00:00:07
Yep.  It's mentioned on Cincinnati.com as well:

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090306/BIZ01/903060370/1079/rss04

Looks like it's going to be in the new Calhoun Street Marketplace up by UC.  The article says if they do well, they have plans to open up to 25 Five Guys locations in the area.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/11 17:02:46
New Orleans To Go reopened today!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/12 09:40:25
Interesting. I've been wanting to try one of those places -- I've heard very good things from a couple of people -- but I doubt I'll venture anywhere near Clifton for a taste.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/13 14:44:06
On the way back from picking up one of Cafe Martin's wonderful (but pricey) lunch pizzas, I walked past the new Bagel place on 7th (next to Lucy Blues, which used to be Gondolas).  Noting it was open, I went in and took a look around

The name of the place is Gilpin's Bagel and Deli (37 E 7th Street 421-4223), and the very friendly owner (who greeted immediately upon entry) explained that the opening had been delayed some time due to a serious injury he had sustained over the winter - but he was glad to be up and at it now.

He went on to point out to me that what differentiates his shop from other bagel/deli joints is that they steam their sandwiches.  "Making it Hot and Steamy" appears to be their motto.  The menu centers around a construct your own sandwich deal on a bagel or bialy (5.00), low-carb wrap (6.00) or a sub roll (6.50) They also have some salads, a soup or two, and various snacks. 

Among the snacks are fresh baked cookies, which he also says get steamed before being served.  Interesting.

Possible dealkiller: Lettuce is free, but all of the other veggies you might choose to add to your sandwich cost 25 cents extra *each*, fresh avocado is 75 cents.  You get one meat and one cheese and one spread and no veggies for the base price, though you can add more of anything - for a price.  I can see a typical sandwich costing well over 10 dollars built entirely with toppings that a customer would normally assume would be gratis.  

Hours are breakfast and lunch only

Anyway, I already had lunch in hand so I snagged a carryout menu and let them know I'd be back next week to check them out.

Edit: found a brief review online this week, thought I'd add a link to it: http://cincinnati.blogspot.com/2009/03/good-eats-gilpins-bagel-and-deli.html
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2009/03/17 16:38:39
Matt Hatfield
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/13 18:29:13
What's being built in Latonia at 43rd & Winston?  Somebody mentioned TGIFriday's but there's one just 2 exits away on Turkeyfoot so I doubt it.  Anybody??
tpd
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/17 23:10:12
Got some disappointing  news the other day.  I was heading out on a road trip with friends and wanted to introduce them to the Bahn Mi from Chopsticks in West Chester.  I called to order and was told they had changed the menu to Thai and Sushi.  Not that I don't like both of those things but there are so many other places to get them.  I was very fond of the Vietnamese menu and am sad to see a little diversity in ethnic dining go away.  Now I guess my occasional trips to Song Long will have to cure my Bun and Pho jones.
Ghaz
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/17 23:31:37
Does anyone know if the Rising Roll in on Hunt Road in Blue Ash has opened yet?  I know it's a chain, but I might be up that way this weekend and the Cuban on their menu looks promising.
BD
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/17 23:53:28
Don't know if anyone has mentioned it, but the Anchor right off the bridge in Covington is a great little dive of a diner with great coffee and breakfast to sober up over.  Oh ya, they serve goetta too.  perfect follow up to a night on the main strasse.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/18 09:38:27
The Anchor is the kind of local place I want to love......but their biscuits are fresh from the freezer box and the air is choked with cigarette smoke
vudutu
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/18 10:38:40
Hi TJ,
Have not been back in a while. Did they rework this gawd awful site, who chose this unappetizing orange color? Am I stuck with it? No accounting for taste I suppose. Try Tuckers in OTR on vine, do not confuse it with the Tuckers on w 13th, home made biscuits if you get there early enough.

Euched
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/22 15:05:15
Ghaz

Does anyone know if the Rising Roll in on Hunt Road in Blue Ash has opened yet?  I know it's a chain, but I might be up that way this weekend and the Cuban on their menu looks promising.


The Rising Roll on Hunt Rd in Blue Ash is not yet open.  I drove by it the other day on my way to Kroger and it is still full of construction equipment with no sign of it being done anytime soon from what I could tell.  I did not stop and get out of my car to see if there were any signs with dates or other messages on them, but from the parking lot they still looked far from completed.
Ghaz
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/22 16:52:42
Thanks.  Sounds like they might have hit a snag in construction then.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/25 00:05:36
TJ Jackson

[id="quote"]quote: [id="quote"]Originally posted by jjjrfoodie

I went back to Le's Vietnamese restaurant on Thursday and dropped around $20 for a couple of carry-out meals.

All in all, it was quite yummy and very unique. Not up to the top level when compared to Song Long's, my local "always good" Pho joint, but I will return to Le's to continue to sample the menu.

[id="quote"]

I made my own way over to Le's the past Friday, dropping 14 bucks on 2 eggrolls (they sell two at a time, or I would have just ordered one), pepper steak, and a pork banh mi sandwich....my first banh mi ever

The woman who took my order was extremely helpful when I told her it was my first time here, and pointed out some things I whould try and not try for a first experience.

The eggrolls were very small and the filling tasted odd and had a very mushy consistency....I would not order these again

The pepper steak was excellent, with extremely tender, flavorful beef. My only disappointment was with the fact that there was very little of the tasty brown sauce...the ingredients were for the most part dry of sauce. The bell pepper was extra fresh, with a good snap to it

The banh mi was just flat out excellent, with the only fault in my mind being there was not much meat on it. Then again, I admittedly don't know if this is typical of a banh mi sandwich......maybe those more in the know could go into this. Next time, I will ask for this sandwich again, but ask them to double the pork. Damn tasty anyway, and the french bread they used was one of the best I have had in Cincinnati. I will have to ask what their source is.

I wonder why this hoagie is not on the Song Long menu?

southern grub
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/29 10:33:35

Just on the other side of SR 32 in eastgate there was a guy set up in the parking lot selling bbq. It's back open! much better than City BBQ even on their good days. He expanded the menu a little bit too. It's on Glen-Este Withamsville Road just south of 32. He is now in the Shopping plaza there at kennedy's landing. When you're facing it on the far left. You can't miss the huge pink pig on the front of the building. no smoker in the front anymore so make sure you are looking for the pig. Its still a simple place only seats about 20 but the BBQ is great. He even has a lunch special on weekdays from 11-2. you get a Pulled Pork sandwich, bag of chips and a soda for $5.00. there are no substitutions on the the special but the sandwich it self is over a half pound so bring a good appitite. they are closed on Mondays but the other 6 days are some mighty good eating. If you had been there back in the summer your in for a treat now. He has added Mac and Cheese (From scratch) Green beans (like grandma's if you grew up south of the mason dixie) Corn Bread ($0.50) and also from scratch. He also offers a (BRUNSWICK STEW) like a Kentucky Burgoo. easily described as delicious. Its has pork, beef and chicken all smoked and stewed with onions, garlic, tomatoes, and a mix of veggies. Don't be fooled though it is probably half meat. really rich and hearty. he was out of take out menus when i was there but i'll stop back in and try to scan one to post. He still has ribs, also rib tips, chicken, pork and brisket. you won't be dissapointed.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/29 14:15:52
southern grub

Just on the other side of SR 32 in eastgate there was a guy set up in the parking lot selling bbq. It's back open! much better than City BBQ even on their good days. He expanded the menu a little bit too. It's on Glen-Este Withamsville Road just south of 32. He is now in the Shopping plaza there at kennedy's landing. When you're facing it on the far left. You can't miss the huge pink pig on the front of the building. no smoker in the front anymore so make sure you are looking for the pig. Its still a simple place only seats about 20 but the BBQ is great. He even has a lunch special on weekdays from 11-2. you get a Pulled Pork sandwich, bag of chips and a soda for $5.00. there are no substitutions on the the special but the sandwich it self is over a half pound so bring a good appitite. they are closed on Mondays but the other 6 days are some mighty good eating. If you had been there back in the summer your in for a treat now. He has added Mac and Cheese (From scratch) Green beans (like grandma's if you grew up south of the mason dixie) Corn Bread ($0.50) and also from scratch. He also offers a (BRUNSWICK STEW) like a Kentucky Burgoo. easily described as delicious. Its has pork, beef and chicken all smoked and stewed with onions, garlic, tomatoes, and a mix of veggies. Don't be fooled though it is probably half meat. really rich and hearty. he was out of take out menus when i was there but i'll stop back in and try to scan one to post. He still has ribs, also rib tips, chicken, pork and brisket. you won't be dissapointed.


What is the name and phone number and address?  Are you the proprietor or a relative?  Is it handicap accessible?
southern grub
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/03/29 22:09:53
Here Piggy Piggy BarBQ
513-753-7675 960 Kennedys Lndg, Cincinnati, OH 45245   I got this from CBYP.com It is handicap accessible.
westsider12
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/04/01 12:42:34
Went to lunch at Gilpin's Bagel and Deli today.  They are on 7th St. right down from The Lodge Bar.  TJ mentioned them in a previous post but did not eat there.  When you walk in, you pick up a sheet of paper and circle the individual choices that you want.  Start with Carbs (20 varitieties of Marx Bagels, which are awesome).  Then cream cheese (6 varieties), protein (9 varieties), cheese (8 varieties), toppings (11 varieties), and condiments (17 varieties).  My simple mind calculates that as over 1.5MM different combinations.  As TJ mentioned, the only drawback here is that toppings like pickles and onion are an extra $.25.

However, a ton of toppings on a bagel sandwich will quickly prove to be unwieldy.  I went with a roast beef and provolone (they were out of cheddar) bagel with lettuce, pickles ($.25 extra) and garlic cream cheese.  They steamed everything but the lettuce and pickles and the result was phenomenal.  If you have been to the Bagel and Deli in Oxford on Miami's campus, this place is for you.  The steaming really makes a huge difference in flavor. 

The sandwich was very big and very filling and a good deal for $5.25.  I could have easily skipped the pickles and been out of there for $5.  The only drawback was the sheer mess of the sandwich due to the steaming, but a pile of napkins will cure that. 
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