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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/28/09 5:41 PM
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Dragon City, Tony Roma's and The Square Bubble -- all places I frequented -- have also shut down the last couple of years.

If Anderson Bar and Grill shuts down, I might go into severe depression. Best cheesesticks ever. I've never had a bad meal there.

What in the world happened to Famous Recipe? Before I moved here, that was a must-stop when I visited from Chicago. I've had it three times in the past five years -- terrible each time. I'll stick to Popeye's. And the one on Beechmont was a joke.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/28/09 6:01 PM
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     What in the world happened to Famous Recipe? Before I moved here, that was a must-stop when I visited from Chicago. I've had it three times in the past five years -- terrible each time. I'll stick to Popeye's. And the one on Beechmont was a joke.
 

Famous Recipe seem to have lost control of their franchises.  They vary wildly in service and quality, I have found the best are Hartwell and Latonia, with Covington and Norwood not so much.  Also, the Popeyes in Woodlawn has very spotty service, FWIW.



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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/28/09 6:10 PM
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Bonk

    What in the world happened to Famous Recipe? Before I moved here, that was a must-stop when I visited from Chicago. I've had it three times in the past five years -- terrible each time. I'll stick to Popeye's. And the one on Beechmont was a joke.
 

Famous Recipe seem to have lost control of their franchises.  They vary wildly in service and quality, I have found the best are Hartwell and Latonia, with Covington and Norwood not so much.  Also, the Popeyes in Woodlawn has very spotty service, FWIW.

Popeyes in Eastgate has had personnel problems and served either bad green beans to us last time there or somehow messed up the flavor - in either event they were plain awful and that is my favorite food there - more so than their fried chicken.  Also their red beans and rice is getting worse and worse - they skimp on the red beans mash and give you more rice which is kind of ridiculous and obscene.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/28/09 6:16 PM
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Famous Recipe pulled out of the Cincinnati area a while back (maybe 15 years ago), and when they returned, it was with stores that were far different from the previous stores.  And not "good different".  I really liked the catfish that the original stores had...the best fast-food fish around I thought.   I haven't been back since I tried at a new one (in Hartwell, I think)...the food was mediocre, the store dirty and they don't have catfish on the menu.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/28/09 6:25 PM
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Famous Recipe pulled out of the Cincinnati area a while back (maybe 15 years ago), and when they returned, it was with stores that were far different from the previous stores.  And not "good different".  I really liked the catfish that the original stores had...the best fast-food fish around I thought.   I haven't been back since I tried at a new one (in Hartwell, I think)...the food was mediocre, the store dirty and they don't have catfish on the menu.
That is the same story I associate with IHOP.  Their pancakes now suck and I used to dearly love them - now if I need an outside pancake fix I mosey over to the Original Pancake House in Montgomery for their absolutely fabulous blueberry pancakes.



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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/28/09 9:52 PM
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The service at Eastgate Popeye's is atrocious. It took almost 20 minutes for me to get an order about a year ago, and the last time I went it took -- I kid you not -- 35 minutes.

The manager was sitting in his office and there's no doubt he heard me complaining, yet he never came out to say anything. I got a few extra pieces of chicken out of it, but needless to say that's the last time I've been in that one.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/28/09 10:05 PM
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Time for Pie

Famous Recipe pulled out of the Cincinnati area a while back (maybe 15 years ago), and when they returned

I'm not sure what you mean here....but the stores I am most familiar with have been operating continuously for at least the last 25 years, and probably much longer

If by "pulled out" you mean they stopped doing business altogether in Cincinnati, no, this is inaccurate.....if not, what do you mean by "pulled out"?


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/28/09 10:09 PM
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The service at Eastgate Popeye's is atrocious. It took almost 20 minutes for me to get an order about a year ago, and the last time I went it took -- I kid you not -- 35 minutes.

The manager was sitting in his office and there's no doubt he heard me complaining, yet he never came out to say anything. I got a few extra pieces of chicken out of it, but needless to say that's the last time I've been in that one.


Ha. The Popeye's on Kings Mills Rd. in Mason is not quite that slow, but it's pretty ghetto - they share the building with a Shell station convenience store, and there are usually no clean tables to eat at in the place. It's so gross that we usually take out. 

Popeye's and Church's locations both seem to be opposed to "making things nice" for customers. Basically you get your food but the experience is grating.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/28/09 10:12 PM
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Famous Recipe pulled out of the Cincinnati area a while back (maybe 15 years ago), and when they returned

I'm not sure what you mean here....but the stores I am most familiar with have been operating continuously for at least the last 25 years, and probably much longer

If by "pulled out" you mean they stopped doing business altogether in Cincinnati, no, this is inaccurate.....if not, what do you mean by "pulled out"?



They closed a lot of stores when Shoney's sold them in 1995, but they never completely shut down here.  In fact, Hartwell closed but then reopened under new management.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/29/09 10:10 AM
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The service at Eastgate Popeye's is atrocious. It took almost 20 minutes for me to get an order about a year ago, and the last time I went it took -- I kid you not -- 35 minutes.

The manager was sitting in his office and there's no doubt he heard me complaining, yet he never came out to say anything. I got a few extra pieces of chicken out of it, but needless to say that's the last time I've been in that one.


We have had similar trouble there. The last time we were there some months ago they were out of several items -- nothing we ordered, but we heard people complaining -- and service was ATROCIOUSLY long -- 20 minutes for a simple 8 piece box and two sides.
 
When we got to the pickup window the guy at the cash register was wearing a Taco Bell uniform shirt.
 
We've not been back, which is a shame, because as chain places go we kind of liked Popeye's.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/29/09 10:13 AM
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I had always loved Popeyes til we had the bad experience with delays and bad green beans and red beans and rice.

It is amazing how some locations can go so bad so fast.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/29/09 5:13 PM
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Not sure if this fits into Roadfood, but I had a burger at The Rookwood restaurant in the old Rookwood pottery a couple weeks back that was awesome.  We were there on a Saturday night, and the place seemed less than half full (hard to tell with the way that place is broken up).

We also tried the "Dressed up Hanky Panks" appetiser which was interesting, but sounded far better than it tasted. 

The menu is a bit odd, and I can't say I'd trust them enough to order some of the more adventurous items on the menu, but if you're on the hill and looking for a good burger, I'd recommend this one. Nice bar too. 

I've heard they have plans to add a deck, which would make this place worth going to.  I hope that happens.  It's a great piece of history.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/29/09 5:17 PM
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Not sure if this fits into Roadfood, but I had a burger at The Rookwood restaurant in the old Rookwood pottery a couple weeks back that was awesome.  We were there on a Saturday night, and the place seemed less than half full (hard to tell with the way that place is broken up).

We also tried the "Dressed up Hanky Panks" appetiser which was interesting, but sounded far better than it tasted. 

The menu is a bit odd, and I can't say I'd trust them enough to order some of the more adventurous items on the menu, but if you're on the hill and looking for a good burger, I'd recommend this one. Nice bar too. 

I've heard they have plans to add a deck, which would make this place worth going to.  I hope that happens.  It's a great piece of history.

Were you seated in a kiln?


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/29/09 9:28 PM
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I had brunch there recently on a Sunday.  I really enjoyed it.  Very interesting drinks {I had the Rookwood Mary} and everything was good, except our server was inexperienced, and the "cheddar grits" came out as a deep-fried triangle of grits, which wouldn't have been bad if they weren't overcooked.  Not what I expected.  But the frittata I had was great, and I tried my friends' dishes, and they were great, too {a take on eggs benedict, and a pear grilled cheese~YUM!!}  Their menu changes weekly, depending on what is fresh.

http://www.therookwood.com/media/pdf/brunch_menu.pdf

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 08/3/09 1:06 AM
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Q for NYPIzzaNut or any other Eastsiders.  A friend will be staying in the Eastgate area next week and wants to find a good breakfast.  Any favorites in the area?  Thanks!

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 08/3/09 1:14 AM
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Time for Pie

Famous Recipe pulled out of the Cincinnati area a while back (maybe 15 years ago), and when they returned

I'm not sure what you mean here....but the stores I am most familiar with have been operating continuously for at least the last 25 years, and probably much longer

If by "pulled out" you mean they stopped doing business altogether in Cincinnati, no, this is inaccurate.....if not, what do you mean by "pulled out"?



They closed a lot of stores when Shoney's sold them in 1995, but they never completely shut down here.  In fact, Hartwell closed but then reopened under new management.


This is what I was thinking of.  The Hartwell one was the one I knew best.  The ones in North College Hill and West Chester closed about same time and didn't reopen.  The Hartwell one was more corporate/fast food/impersonal with a streamlined menu when it returned.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 08/3/09 11:50 AM
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Q for NYPIzzaNut or any other Eastsiders.  A friend will be staying in the Eastgate area next week and wants to find a good breakfast.  Any favorites in the area?  Thanks!


The only place I would heartily  recommend a really good breakfast in the area would be at the Original House of Pancakes in Montgomery, but that is around 25 miles from Eastgate.

They have a breakfast buffet on the weekends at Golden Corral and normal breakfast offerings at Bob Evans and Perkins which are at Eastgate.

I do not eat breakfast at Eastgate save for picking up breakfast sandwiches at White Castle on occasion.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 08/3/09 3:48 PM
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Q for NYPIzzaNut or any other Eastsiders.  A friend will be staying in the Eastgate area next week and wants to find a good breakfast.  Any favorites in the area?  Thanks!


The only place I would heartily  recommend a really good breakfast in the area would be at the Original House of Pancakes in Montgomery, but that is around 25 miles from Eastgate.

They have a breakfast buffet on the weekends at Golden Corral and normal breakfast offerings at Bob Evans and Perkins which are at Eastgate.

I do not eat breakfast at Eastgate save for picking up breakfast sandwiches at White Castle on occasion.
Similar to what I told him...I used to visit the Frisch's breakfast bar there when I had a FedEx route in Brown County, so I told him about that.  He was hoping to find a good diner-like place, but I didn't know any out that way except Demitrio's in Mariemont, which is not real close either. 

Agree with you about Original Pancakes, except the wait there can get really long on weekends...it's a popular place.



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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 08/4/09 11:42 AM
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Q for NYPIzzaNut or any other Eastsiders.  A friend will be staying in the Eastgate area next week and wants to find a good breakfast.  Any favorites in the area?  Thanks!


I like "Everything Bagels," in the complex where Ban Thai and the Rhino pool hall are located, facing the old Frank's Nursery. (792 Eastgate South Drive.)
 
The bagels, while not outstanding, are acceptable. The breakfast sandwiches are very good, and it's the only place in my neck of the woods where I can get lox with my everything bagel and vegetable cream cheese.
 
Lunches are similarly good. I recommend the place highly.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 08/4/09 1:45 PM
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Isn't there anyplace in Batavia?

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 08/5/09 11:01 AM
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(re: The Rookwood)
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I had brunch there recently on a Sunday.  I really enjoyed it.  Very interesting drinks {I had the Rookwood Mary} and everything was good, except our server was inexperienced, and the "cheddar grits" came out as a deep-fried triangle of grits, which wouldn't have been bad if they weren't overcooked.  Not what I expected.  But the frittata I had was great, and I tried my friends' dishes, and they were great, too {a take on eggs benedict, and a pear grilled cheese~YUM!!}  Their menu changes weekly, depending on what is fresh.

http://www.therookwood.com/media/pdf/brunch_menu.pdf

Does the menu really change?  The one they gave us looked like it had been in use for some time, and matched the one on the website. Our experience was similar to yours.  Really enjoyable, with some tolerable 'misses'.  The dressed up hanky panks I referenced were good, but I wanted them to be better, and I think they could have been. Our waiter was fine, but there were some other staff that seemed inexperienced.  Nothing that would keep me from going back, and I felt the food was priced in a way that allowed a little room for error.
NYPIzzaNut

Were you seated in a kiln?


Not this time. We walked in without a reservation, so we got what we got.  I didn't really ask or explore, but it looked like they might have the kilns set up more as 'private' rooms for larger parties. Maybe that was just that night. 
 
 

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 08/5/09 7:33 PM
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(re: The Rookwood)
soozycue520
 

...  Their menu changes weekly, depending on what is fresh.

http://www.therookwood.com/media/pdf/brunch_menu.pdf

Does the menu really change?  The one they gave us looked like it had been in use for some time, and matched the one on the website.

 
The only menu that they claim to change weekly, as far as I know, is the Sunday Brunch menu.


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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 08/5/09 7:41 PM
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soozycue520


I live near the old ZZ's Pizza locale at Gilbert & Florence Aves.  I saw some people fixing up the outside of the building a couple of weeks back, and then @ a week ago a banner was put up saying "ZZ's Pizza Opening Soon".  I haven't heard anything about this.  Anyone else?  Their pizza was very good ~ kinda California gourmet pizza-ish.  I hope it is just as good.

 
It is reopening soon~
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/dining/2009/08/04/zzs/


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 08/6/09 1:39 PM
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soozycue520



The only menu that they claim to change weekly, as far as I know, is the Sunday Brunch menu.


Ahhh... that makes sense now. I think I misread the website. Thanks.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 08/12/09 11:08 PM
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A few closings in Hebron.  Both Geno's and Stone Oven Pizza have closed.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 08/14/09 5:38 PM
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Hey, any of you Cinci folks, have any of you ever had Steak n Shake chili 3, 4 or 5 ways? If so, how much different is it from Cinci chili if at all? I guess I'm mostly concerned about the taste of the meat sauce.
The sauce in S n S 3, 4 or 5 way is much different than their just regular chili flavor wise.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 08/14/09 9:07 PM
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Hey, any of you Cinci folks, have any of you ever had Steak n Shake chili 3, 4 or 5 ways? If so, how much different is it from Cinci chili if at all? I guess I'm mostly concerned about the taste of the meat sauce.
The sauce in S n S 3, 4 or 5 way is much different than their just regular chili flavor wise.




It's been a long time since I tried some (in Peoria and desperate for a chili fix as i recall) and it reminded me of Empress/Camp Washington in consistency and flavor.  That was 20 years ago, though.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 08/15/09 6:16 PM
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tusti


Hey, any of you Cinci folks, have any of you ever had Steak n Shake chili 3, 4 or 5 ways? If so, how much different is it from Cinci chili if at all? I guess I'm mostly concerned about the taste of the meat sauce.
The sauce in S n S 3, 4 or 5 way is much different than their just regular chili flavor wise.


It has been a long time for me, but if I remember correctly it tasted nothing like Cincinnati style chili, so don't order it thinking it will be a substitute...

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 08/15/09 6:33 PM
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I believe Steak n Shake came into being shortly after the first "chili houses" appeared in the Cinci area and I guess I was guessing that S n S was patterning their 3, 4 and 5 way after the Cinci recipes

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 08/15/09 7:47 PM
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Some misc notes

Rincon Mexicano\Eastgate
(http://www.rinconeastgate...Rincon_DinnerMenu.pdf)
After years of hearing how good this place was from others and giving them chance after chance to prove it, Rincon finally delivered.  The Jackson clan has had three good meals in a row at Rincon Mexicano, and my eldest (who just turned 8) actually asked to go there recently as opposed to McDonald's and the like.   My favorite is the fajita nachos.  My one complaint - the prices are 2-3 dollars higher per item than they should be for such a place.

Balboas\Downtown
http://www.urbanspoon.com...s-and-Pizza-Cincinnati
The original downtown location on Vine Street has closed.  The newer location on Walnut remains open, but there are very few if any customers there anytime I walk by.   Sad, because the concept is a good one - just lacking in execution

New Orleans to Go\Springdale
http://neworleanstogopobo..._CARRYOUT.30994312.pdf
My second stop there, and this time we brought the kids too.  The owner was very gracious and listened to everything my kids had to say, which on this night, was a lot.  The wife had the same as last time, the catfish hoagie po boy, and was OOOing and AAHing over it just as before.  I went with the special of the evening, a Creole meatball hoagie po boy, and I sure hope she adds this to the regular menu - just awesome.  I asked her as I paid the check where they get their hoagie rolls - I was guessing they did not bake them there - and she said since I called them hoagies she wasn't going to tell me :-) 

Bravo Italian Grille\Mason
http://www.bravoitalian.com/dinner.html
Yeah, it's a chain.  And it is expensive for what it is.  But the food is fantastic each and every time I have been there.  The Jackson clan has a family tradition where on our birthday, we pick any restaurant we desire for a family dinner, just the four of us -- and 2 of the last three birthday selection has been Bravos. So call it a family favorite, chain nor not.   It is the one place in town where I will order a salad without it being included in the meal - the salad della casa is fantastic with the house balsamic dressing.

Bourbon House Pizza\Florence Ky
http://www.bourbonandpizza.com/menu.html
After an aborted attempt to eat at Nicky's in Hebron - hot like a blast furnace inside, and wife and eldest have breathing issues - we went to the suburban location (Oakbrook Road - the other location is a smokey bar that sells pizza, not a family setting at all) and had what we both proclaimed as the best deep dish pizza either of us have ever had.  A large one topping ran us $22, but we got 2 meals out of it.  It is not nearly as good reheated as it is fresh, and a single slice is VERY filling, so I recommend ordering a smaller size than you think you're going to want.   

Remke's Market\Newport
http://www.remkes.com/Page.aspx?Display=8#
I may have mentioned this a year or so ago, but we have really enjoyed the fresh fried chicken from Remke's several times since first trying it over a year ago.  So much so that we gave some other local grocer-delis closer to us a chance, trying their chicken as well.  No comparison, the others are blah at best (just as one might expect) but Remke's has consistely been flat-out excellent.  We have not tried any side dishes.

Burbanks BBQ\Sharonville
http://www.burbanksbbq.com/pages/menu.html
Polly seems to think they are either closing or re-organizing. No details.
http://twitter.com/BeingPolly/statuses/3315251943

Cuba Cafe\Covington
http://www.urbanspoon.com...ti/Cuba-Cafe-Covington
I have not been here yet, but it's gotten a couple of reviews since opening that I wanted to pass on.
http://www.cincinnatibite...uba-cafe&biteID=17
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/dining/2009/08/07/140/
Update: Polly says they are moving, but not sure where

Take the Cake\Northside
http://www.takethecakecincinnati.com/
Take the Cake has also been garnering some notice of late in the local food blogs.  I'm not a big cake eater, but it sounds like the name of the place is rather misleading.  We should get over there soon, I hope.
http://getinmahbelly.blog...cement-take-cakes.html
http://pfoody.com/?p=191
http://cincinnatinomerati.blogspot.com/
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 08/16/09 3:32 PM
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Bourbon House has the best true deep dish in the area, at least that I've had. Agreed about reheating -- I think you'll find that true with all deep dishes. The dough and the sausage don't taste quite right the second time. I brought a Lou Malnati's home from Chicago last year and we had the same experience.
 
We like the Rincon place, but I can never remember the full name for some reason, so I always refer to it as Ricardo Rincon, who is a reliever for the Twins. I like Miguel's better, even though it's a couple miles further.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 08/16/09 5:55 PM
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Man, I gotta get home to the Queen City. I'm stuck in the gastronomical wasteland known as Dayton. These people don't even know goetta, the breakfast ambrosia of the gods.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 08/18/09 8:40 AM
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What's the best place to eat in NKy, near the airport? I have to pick my wife up about 7 Wednesday and we need someplace for dinner. We've been to Jo An (very good but expensive), and Dewey's at Crestview Hills Towne Center. We'd like to stay near 275. Any ideas?

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 08/18/09 12:32 PM
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If you come out of the airport go to the end of the road and turn left and down about 2 miles more or less is a wonderful restaurant on the left side of the road whose name I do not recall but if you go at lunch or dinner time you will see a packed parking lot and lots of airline workers there.

The name will come to me or TJ will tell you shortly.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 08/18/09 12:33 PM
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The place has great American food including ribs.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 08/18/09 12:34 PM
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johnbycz


Isn't there anyplace in Batavia?

This is a restaurant downtown who might have decent breakfast but I do not recall its name at the moment - think it is on Main St.

There is Mamas Restaurant off 32 but I think the food there pretty well sucks.


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 08/18/09 12:37 PM
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There is also the Greyhound Tavern, in Fort Mitchell:

http://www.greyhoundtavern.com/

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 08/18/09 2:24 PM
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johnbycz


What's the best place to eat in NKy, near the airport? I have to pick my wife up about 7 Wednesday and we need someplace for dinner. We've been to Jo An (very good but expensive), and Dewey's at Crestview Hills Towne Center. We'd like to stay near 275. Any ideas?


Have you been to Walts Hitching Post on KY 17? (Madison Pike)?
 
Google says it's 13 minutes from the airport.
 
http://maps.google.com/maps?daddr=3300+Madison+Pike,+Covington,+KY+41017-8114+(Walt's+Hitching+Post)&geocode=%3BFY65UwIdYz32-iFEtx-9FiPjDA&dirflg=&saddr=CVG&f=d&dq=walts+hitching+post+ky+17&sll=37.0625,-95.677068&sspn=55.849851,135.087891&cid=928624528737679172&ie=UTF8&ll=39.047452,-84.593353&spn=0.108386,0.263844&t=h&z=13 

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 08/19/09 9:03 AM
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Thanks for suggestions. Been to Walt's, but it's been years. Been to the Greyhound, most recently for brunch, which was a lot of fun, but my last dinner experience there was just okay. I thought there was some action in Hebron; I know Nuvo had been there but moved and I think it's closed.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 08/19/09 1:25 PM
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NYPIzzaNut


If you come out of the airport go to the end of the road and turn left and down about 2 miles more or less is a wonderful restaurant on the left side of the road whose name I do not recall but if you go at lunch or dinner time you will see a packed parking lot and lots of airline workers there.

The name will come to me or TJ will tell you shortly.


You are talking about Mr Herb's.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 08/19/09 1:27 PM
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Late to the thread so it may have been discussed.

I'm always interested in strong burger shops.

Bard's in Latonia is always good as long as you're not looking for atmosphere. Right down the road is Mahogany's which has good burgers but the owner is sort of slimy.

5 Guys is coming to the Towne Center @ Crestview Hills.

Who else?

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 08/19/09 4:58 PM
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GSpence


NYPIzzaNut


If you come out of the airport go to the end of the road and turn left and down about 2 miles more or less is a wonderful restaurant on the left side of the road whose name I do not recall but if you go at lunch or dinner time you will see a packed parking lot and lots of airline workers there.

The name will come to me or TJ will tell you shortly.


You are talking about Mr Herb's.
Yes indeed!  Thank you.



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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 08/19/09 11:37 PM
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There's also a new Italian restaurant that just opened in Hebron to good reviews called Marcello's:

http://cincinnati.metromix.com/restaurants/italian/marcellos-boone-county/1377404/content

Haven't had a chance to try it yet personally.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 08/20/09 3:05 AM
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Any idea when the Five Guys will open? Says "coming soon" on the Web site.
 
I've never had it, but its reputation is pretty good.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 08/20/09 7:34 AM
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We've been to Marcello's twice (this is the new Italian restaurant in Hebron).  The place has a TON of potential, but it just needs someone who knows how to run the front of the house.  The owner is a skilled chef who has been cooking Italian food all over the country for 30 years.  He makes everything from scratch, including desserts and breads.  The food is classic old school Italian-American with a few modern flourishes thrown in for daily specials.  The food is really, really good.  ON the otherhand the service is pretty bad, but only because there is no one out front who knows what they are doing.  Both times we have been our servers have been very nice but obviously confused and disoriented.  The wine list does not have any prices on it, so you have to ask the waiter how much each bottle costs until you find one that fits your budget.  At first they had no Italian wines on the list, which is odd for an Italian restaurant, but they now have a few.  The restaurant is well designed and clearly the owner spent some real money on the decor.  I am going to keep eating there with the hope that the waitstaff will turn around or the owner will hire an experienced manager to run the dining room.  As a NKY resident it is nice to have a Italian restaurant nearby that is not a chain.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 08/20/09 8:10 AM
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Is it mainly Northern or Southern Italian?  Pizza?

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 08/20/09 4:07 PM
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Robin Hood

Marcello's  (this is the new Italian restaurant in Hebron)

My kids and wife love italian food, but not every italian place is kid friendly.....is this one?

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 08/20/09 11:22 PM
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Bonk

Any idea when the Five Guys will open? Says "coming soon" on the Web site. 

There was a 'Now Hiring' sign on the front of the store when I went past last Sunday, so construction should be near completion.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 08/21/09 7:42 AM
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Like many Italian-American restaurants in this country, Marcello's is a mix of north and southern Italian cuisine.  I believe there is pizza, but I did not try it.

T.J.:  The place is "nice" but not so stuffy that kids would feel unwelcome.  They do half orders of pasta that are a great deal for kids.  There is also unlimited salad included with full orders of pasta and entrees. 

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 08/21/09 6:51 PM
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Just got back from Marcello's.  6:30 PM and only 4 tables taken.  Waiter said it's been hit or miss with the crowd.  Didn't order wine so I can't comment on the list or the price.  Didn't see pizza on the menu but really wasn't looking for it.  Special was swordfish and rack of lamb.  We opted for stuffed portobello mushroom with goat cream cheese and crab for $10.  Best part of the meal!  Bread & salad were a little above standard fare.  Veal parmesan ($18) was good, as well as the chicken piccata ($14).  We will be back.  I's like to try the filet mignon - 16 oz. for under $28. 

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 08/22/09 1:12 PM
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We had not been to Hi Bombay! in several months, but our meal last night was extremely disappointing, which is the first time that has ever happened in 5+ years of patronage. I don't know if it is a chef problem or a cost-cutting problem (or both), but the puri that came with my meal was more than a little overdone, and my wife's saag paneer (the only dish she orders regularly) was decidedly off, as though they changed the recipe or forgot an ingredient or two.

The main offense was the rice, however; this is the first time (at this or any other Indian restaurant) that I have ever seen basmati rice NOT used, but instead a shorter grain rice (possibly jasmine) that was far too moist and sticky.

Service was great and very friendly, as always, but we are now seriously considering whether or not it is worth the drive to Fields Ertel with so many other options in Clifton, just a couple miles from us. I would at least like to return to find out if the lamb (or chicken) makhani is still excellent; in my opinion, they are the only Indian restaurant in town whose sauce does not have a pungent "tomato soup" taste, but if it turns out that they have altered that recipe as well...

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 08/23/09 1:23 PM
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Heard a rumor today that a Mexican place named Jalapeno's opened up in Crescent Springs somewhere along 27 by where the old Buckskin Bev's used to be.

I might go tonight or sometime this week to check it out.  If it's the same as the old places that were in Kenwood & Florence, I'll let you all know!!  Keep your fingers crossed!!

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 08/23/09 6:51 PM
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Went to the "new" Jalapeno's today in Cold Springs (thanks for the correction TJ ) and it was awesome.

I think they are trying to make it more of a fast food place (like take your order at a counter, make your own drink type place) ... probably saves money on not having to have so many waiters and it's quicker so great for lunch.  And the food was just as good as the old Jalapeno's in Florence & Kenwood.  They've  condensed the menu a lot, but seem to be willing to make our old favorites!  And the biggest PLUS was that it was cheaper.  We'd usually spend $25 at the old place and only spent $16 at the new... for the same food!!  Total win/win!!!

Oh and the salsa was kick-@ss!!

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 08/30/09 12:55 PM
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We are huge carnivores entertaining vegans this week!  I got a vegan cookbook, and we're doing some things at home from that.  I'm wondering if there are some places that accommodate vegans that someone could recommend.   I know that most  Indian restaurants have vegan offerings, but my husband isn't crazy about Indian food. I've already checked with Slim's and we're going there one evening this week.  Anyone know of a good tempeh burger or portobello burger or any other dishes that are vegan at local restaurants.  TIA

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 08/31/09 2:37 PM
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Melt in Northside. Many vegan options, and they even put meat on a few sandwiches.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 08/31/09 2:44 PM
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specifically vegan/vegan
http://www.thelovingcafe.com/
http://myrasrestaurant.com/

not specifically vegan/vegan, but lots of options along those lines
http://www.emanuea.com/
http://news.cincinnati.co...caf%C3%A9+doggone+good

I have not been to any of these, but have heard generally positive comments from those who have, especially emanu
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 08/31/09 5:02 PM
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I love Emanu!!!!!!!!!

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 09/4/09 3:33 PM
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The long-vacant stall where A&W once operated in the food court at Carew Tower is being remodeled at the moment, with a poster out front indicating that "Chicken Joy' will be opening there in Mid September.  I can't find a website that matches to logo on the poster, but this *might* be a Phillipine style chicken place?  Maybe?  Maybe Polly will have the official word soon

I wish them well, always good to have more inexpensive lunch choices, but with Chik-Fi-La and a Teriyaki Chicken joint within a few yards, I have to wonder how sound this business plan is

On another note, my bus today went by ZZ's Pizza, and they look to be fairly close to opening

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 09/6/09 6:07 PM
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Endzone: this thread is more about places people can go to eat, ie current eateries, but I do know of a thread devoted to old/defunct eateries in Cincinnati

Check out: http://www.city-data.com/...these-restaurants.html

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 09/6/09 7:36 PM
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Thanks, everybody for the vegan ideas.  I've filed them away, because this friend will be visiting again.  We went to Slim's Thursday night and had just the best dinner.  They were extremely accommodating to our vegan guest.  Then the boys (I had to work!) went to Mary Swortwood's new  Green Dog Cafe on Friday, as it was recommended by Polly Campbell in Friday's Enquirer.  Polly rated it  3 out of 5 stars, but our vegan friend (who incidentally was an accomplished gourmet cook before he went vegan and probably is still a great cook) rated it 5 out of 5.  He loved (and so did my husband) the fresh guac which was made in front of them.  Our friend had the veggie burger and pronounced it outstanding, and my husband had the "Hey Perro" wrap, which was vegetarian and he said it was wonderful.  This coming from a confirmed carnivore.  Can't wait to try it myself!

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