Some misc notes
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.
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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