WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat)

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 06/3/10 2:56 PM
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Hungry Matt


Thanks for the suggestions. I have heard many bad things from people around me about the Unos in Anderson. Thats why I am avoiding the place.

 
UNO's in Anderson was terrible, and it's been closed for several months.
 
Even though I'm from Chicago I prefer thinner crust. TJ mentioned Bourbon House in Burlington, which is my favorite deep dish in the city. Chi-Nati's off Montgomery Road isn't bad, but I don't think it's as good as Bourbon House.
 
I'm never had Mio's deep dish, but I really like their thin so I'd listen to TJ.
 
You can get Gino's East frozen at Hotdoggin it on Montgomery just south of Fields Ertel. I'm not a big fan of deep dish after it's been frozen, but they're selling a lot.
 
(Funny the subject would come up now -- I just came back from Chicago for my sister's wedding this past weekend, and a friend of mine insisted I bring back a Giordano's stuffed pie)
 
Even though it's a chain and not standard deep dish, I love the pizza at BJ's in Tri-County Mall. It's a thicker but very fluffy crust, and I think the toppings and sauce are awesome.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 06/4/10 11:51 AM
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We went to the Sleepy Hollow Inn in Loveland on Wednesday for their Amish fried chicken special, which is every Wednesday.

The mixed dinner is $9.95 and  is three pieces - consisting of one leg and two HUGE white meat pieces - with two sides. We got there at 7. By 7:30 we started to overhear the server telling people that they were out of mixed and only had the white meat.

The chicken comes out extreeeemely hot and steaming. The breading is dark brown, quite salty, but adheres nicely and is delicious. It seems to be breadcrumb based.

The decor is dark and retro with Christmas lights inside all year long. No deck or outside seating and no windows. But the staff is cheerful and very nice.

A deal, and some of the best fried chicken I've eaten in a very long while.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 06/5/10 3:53 PM
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My reason for bringing this up is, there is a new BAKERY that no one has noticed yet. I cannot find it anywhere (on any blog).  It is called Skirtz & Johnston. It is on the south side of the market, east of Krause, west of Mr. Pig.

They have fresh baked breads, pastries, cakes, etc., etc. Very clean space, and excellent food. It was very crowded when I got there, and when I pushed my way to the front (because everyone was oohing and aahing, and couldn't decide what they wanted), I asked what the bread pudding looking things were.

I ended up buying a slice of the savory breakfast bread pudding, and two cannolis. They also serve cake by the slice, and BELIEVE ME, they all looked excellent!!! They also had Mediterranian bread, and other things, I overheard talked about, while I was there.

SO much food, SO little time, and I wanted to eat everything!!!



Thank you for mentioning this place, by the way. I didn't get to the market until late (3:00) today, and S&J were already out of several things. The lemon bar I grabbed to snack on was absolutely outstanding, however. Going forward, I may have to start ordering the small at Dojo Gelato so that I have room for two desserts.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 06/8/10 11:37 AM
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Sorry if I missed this a long time ago, but is the Taco Casa downtown location still open?  The place was a dump and the service was terrible but the taco salad was fantastic.  I know the one in Hyde Park is still around but was unsure of the downtown location.  Any help is appreciated.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 06/8/10 11:43 AM
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No, the downtown location is gone, but there is also one in East Walnut Hills, at McMillan and Victory Pkwy.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 06/8/10 12:37 PM
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On a twittered recommendation from Polly (she's been coming up with a lot of winners lately) I just picked up a banh mi from the little refreshments stand at the Main Public Library downtown. 

3 bucks (5 bucks for a large), made to order (no cilantro, no mayo, please) and very good, despite the involvement of a microwave during the construction of the sandwich.  They only do a pork version. 

The two workers (probably a married couple, but just guessing here) could not have been friendlier.

Recomended for both taste and value
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 06/22/10 1:49 PM
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I went back to Wicked Wich downtown today to try the reuben, which I had heard was very good.  Two things caught my attention: One, the price for a sandwich and side had increased from 5.95 to 6.95.  I'll admit I thought the 5.95 price was a bit low for an excellent sandwich, but wasn't expecting an almost 20% increase.  The second was that it looked like the sandwiches have decreased in size as well.  This is anecdotal since I hadn't been there in a while, but it would not surprise me.

The reuben itself was good, except that for some reason the prep cook decided to slice the corned with the grain instead of across it.  This lead to me getting long, stringy pieces of corned beef instead of nice sandwich slices.  I've never had a restaurant cut it this way and was disappointed as the flavor was very good but the texture was way off.

In short, even at 6.95 it still is an ok place to go, but it is no longer a top play for quality and value.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 06/23/10 6:04 PM
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Tried Malia's Kitchen on Beechmont Ave. last week after passing it about 1,000 times.

Saw the online menu, went in for a hot Italian. I'm not very picky, admittedly, but I liked it a lot, and I also tried the cheesy spinach soup and I fell in love with it.

The sandwich is pretty simple -- simple, tasty ingredients served on excellent fresh bread, and the soup is incredibly creamy.

Meal includes a sandwich, soup, pickle and a chocolate chip cookie for $6.19. Sandwich by itself -- which isn't that big -- is still a good value at $3.99.

I went back for the soup and the sandwich on Monday and both were just as good.

Anyone else ever tried this place?
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 06/25/10 5:34 PM
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To those of you who having withdrawal symptoms over the closure of New Orleans to Go in Tri County

info out today: http://cincinnati.com/blo...onday-be-ready-to-eat/


UPDATE: Three more trucks got city permission by Friday afternoon to be among the first food trucks to vie for spots to sell downtown starting Monday:
Cold Stone Creamery,
New Orleans on the Geaux, and Butler Inc. The city says Butler serves snacks, sandwiches, burgers and hot dogs.
Cincinnati’s new mobile food vending program kicks off Monday morning. That means up to 20 food trucks like Cafe de Wheels and Senor Roy’s taco patrol can start parking in three city-owned spots to sell food.
Still trying to get a complete list from the city’s community development department of what food trucks will have permits by then. But Laure Quinlivan’s office says as of this morning, these seven trucks had permits:
Cafe de Wheels, Senor Roy’s, Habanero Burritos, Hey Ice Cream Man, the Gold Star Chilimobile, Fireside Pizza Oven and M&B Distributing. Not quite sure what the last one sells.
They can park, first-come, first-served, in three places – at the Purple People Bridge, on Court Street at Vine Street and in the parking lot at Fifth and Race streets, facing Macys.


To Bonk:  Malia's is in my neck of the woods but I have never gotten in there.   Kinda an understated spot.  Will make an effort to stop in.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 06/28/10 1:59 PM
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Looking for a good hamburger in the Deer Park area. This could include Montgomery Road from Silverton to Montgomery, or Reed Hartmann Highway or Kenwood Road. Please don't ask me why that should make sense. Thanks.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 07/9/10 1:43 PM
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Finally got a chance to eat at Senor Roys Taco Patrol today.  Even though some co-workers were skeptical of ordering from a taco truck, I braved forward and am so glad I did.  It was scrumptious.  I had three tacos, one chicken, one steak, and one pork.  Like TJ mentioned earlier, the chicken was very good but was by far the third best meat choice.  The other two were outstanding.  At $6 for three tacos, it is a great deal as well.  Highly, highly recommend.  Also, it looks like they are camping out at Fifth and Race recently, but check their Twitter account before you head out.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 07/16/10 12:50 PM
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a few downtown notes

* I thought I had reported on this a few weeks back, but I dont see the entry, so pardon me if this is a repeat:  a new Mediterranean/gyro joint has opened on 8th near the Blue Wisp - Al Amin.  Prices are cheap to reasonable.  Menu is VERY similar to Raya's, and on a related note, Sam from Raya's tells me the owner once owned Jordan valley a long while back.  I had the falafel (4.85) which was almost as a good as Rayas while a bit smaller and a bit more expensive.  Well worth a try.

* I stopped by 5th and Race to see if New Orleans to Go Food truck had made its long awaited debut - they had twittered Friday would be the day - but alas, no NOTG.  Will keep checking, keep you posted. They are also twittering: http://twitter.com/NewOrleansToGo

* a new Korean-ish steam table joint - TJ's Korean (no relation) - has opened on Court between Walnut and Vine.  Very, very limited menu: Beef bulgogi for 5.99, Spicey Pork Bulgogi or Teriyaki Chicken for 4.99, any with rice, veggies, and a dumpling.  The Beef Bulgogi (my first) was pretty good, but the portion was on the skimpy side.  I will definitely ask for more rice when I go back to try the Pork.  The little sample of the chicken teriyaki they added to my plate was not all that good, very cloying.  They said they'd been open about 3 week now.

(now if only we could get some inexpensive indian food downtown)

* I have tried almost every slice they offer at Capri Tavola Calda on Walnut near 4th, and have come to the conclusion that they are all mediocre/OK with the noted exception of the excellent roasted red pepper and shaved parmesan slice, which is offerred only as an occasional special.  I check almost every day.  It is _that_ good.

* On a related note - not Roadfood, but I recommend the Ciabatta Bagel at Brueggers.  It seems I am hooked on roasted red peppers (see prev item), which this has in abundance.  Give it a shot.

* I stopped into Fred and Gari's one day when they were slow to ask about their pie schedule - you know, chocolate cream is on Wednesdays only, so I figured there's be other pies on other days.   I was told that there are usually no pies whatsoever on Monday or Friday (business way down due to economy) but that they also made butterscotch on Wednesday and on Thursdays it's Lemon Meringue.  Cant remember what they do on Tuesday, sorry.  In any case, they ocassionally will throw in a pie off that schedule and so the only way to tell is to stop by and check their display case.

* I made it over to Taco Casa at Victory and McMillan and am happy to report that the Sancho Boat and Taco is just as good as ever.  I really miss their old hidden location downtown - the tiny back-alley building that housed this operation has been torn down for a while now

* I still have not made it over to Tacqueria Mercado, and am going to have to rectify that soon.  The menu is pretty extensive, what should I start with?
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 07/16/10 1:13 PM
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New Orleans To Go is at 260  Northland Blvd from noon til 8 pm today while the food lasts near  Tri County area - check her on Facebook or Twitter or their website for locations:

http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000465362502#!/pages/Cincinnati-OH/New-Orleans-to-Go/309639602845?ref=ts&__a=8&ajaxpipe=1

http://www.neworleanstogopoboys.com/

http://twitter.com/NewOrleanstoGo

If all goes well they will be downtown next Friday.


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 07/24/10 10:11 AM
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*  I stopped by 5th and Race to see if New Orleans to Go Food truck had made its long awaited debut - they had twittered Friday would be the day - but alas, no NOTG.  Will keep checking, keep you posted. They are also twittering: 

 
It was there last week and I gave it a try --good sandwiches.  I saw one of the food bloggers has been there as well (cincinnatibites.com)
TJ Jackson
 
* a new Korean-ish steam table joint - TJ's Korean (no relation) - has opened on Court between Walnut and Vine.  Very, very limited menu: Beef bulgogi for 5.99, Spicey Pork Bulgogi or Teriyaki Chicken for 4.99, any with rice, veggies, and a dumpling.  The Beef Bulgogi (my first) was pretty good, but the portion was on the skimpy side.  I will definitely ask for more rice when I go back to try the Pork.  The little sample of the chicken teriyaki they added to my plate was not all that good, very cloying.  They said they'd been open about 3 week now.

 
Ohhh that sounds yummy! 
TJ Jackson
 
* I have tried almost every slice they offer at Capri Tavola Calda on Walnut near 4th, and have come to the conclusion that they are all mediocre/OK with the noted exception of the excellent roasted red pepper and shaved parmesan slice, which is offerred only as an occasional special.  I check almost every day.  It is _that_ good.

 
A lot of food bloggers have mentioned how hit-or-miss Capri is.  I've always liked their pizza, though.
TJ Jackson
 
* I made it over to Taco Casa at Victory and McMillan and am happy to report that the Sancho Boat and Taco is just as good as ever.  I really miss their old hidden location downtown - the tiny back-alley building that housed this operation has been torn down for a while now

 
Was once told the old location had a bug problem.  I like the one in Oakley but its parking lot is almost always empty.  I don't know how they keep that Sancho Boat afloat with Chipotle breathing down their neck next door.
TJ Jackson
 
* I still have not made it over to Tacqueria Mercado, and am going to have to rectify that soon.  The menu is pretty extensive, what should I start with?

 
Try the al pastor and suadero tacos and make sure to get the refried beans.  Also recommend the tortas...the original one is basically a fried steak on a bun, but it's good stuff.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/27/10 3:47 PM
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Finally made it to Cafe de Wheels yesterday.  Girlfriend got the burger, which was good and i think reasonably priced.  I had the cuban, which was so-so ( the bread was really good, but i found the meat to be rather dry), and for $6.50 with no sides or drink, I wasn't impressed.  I was even more unimpressed with a 50 cent charge to "change" the cheese on the sandwich from swiss to jack.  I have never been charged a fee to change a cheese before, and I'll admit that I let little things like this taint my whole experience.  

I probably won't go back over 50 cents. Oh well.


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/27/10 7:37 PM
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My girlfriend surprised me by bringing home Pit To Plate from Mount Healthy for lunch on Saturday. The brisket was outstanding, as good as I've had in the tri-state. Very juicy, good amount of fat, just melt-in-your-mouth good.

She got the ribs, which I tried and they were pretty good, but nowhere near as good as the brisket.

-- Also, Malia's has burgers now. My girlfriend had one and said it was very good, except she would've preferred it a little less done.

Since it's so close to my place (less than a mile), I've become a regular over the past month-plus. Cheesy spinach soup. Totally addictive.

-- Had Chicago Gyro's in Clifton for the first time in nearly three years, and man, how I'd missed that place. The parking is a nightmare and since I don't work near downtown I'd blown the place off since it's such a pain to get there. But their gyros are absolutely awesome. They grill the pita bread in oil, give you tons of meat and the best cucumber sauce in the city with plenty of garlic. 

I've heard Sebastian's on the west side is great, too, but that's even farther away. One of these days... 

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/28/10 1:54 PM
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Bonk




-- Also, Malia's has burgers now. My girlfriend had one and said it was very good, except she would've preferred it a little less done.

Since it's so close to my place (less than a mile), I've become a regular over the past month-plus. Cheesy spinach soup. Totally addictive.
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Bonk,
 
Malia's is on the half price cincy site, and recently, they've been featured on the super tuesday for $15 for $50 worth of gift certs.  If you're a semi regular, you could save some bucks.  Check it out. I would suggest waiting until Tuesday to see if the price drops again.
 
http://halfpricecincy.mediawebconnect.com/Malias-Kitchen/25797 
 
Second, I went to Arnolds for lunch today.  I got the burger with red onion and feta.  It comes with fries for $4.99.  Outstanding price for a sit down service lunch, and it's insanely fast.  Because I parked at a meter, I made a note of what time I got there.  It was exactly 12:30 when i fed the meter.  I was served before 12:45.   Even with as hot as it was outside today, the big fans in the courtyard kept it comfortable.  I don't have a reason to be up that way often for lunch, but I would be there at least once a week if I was in the area.
 

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/28/10 6:30 PM
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Bonk

-- Had Chicago Gyro's in Clifton for the first time in nearly three years, and man, how I'd missed that place. The parking is a nightmare and since I don't work near downtown I'd blown the place off since it's such a pain to get there. But their gyros are absolutely awesome. They grill the pita bread in oil, give you tons of meat and the best cucumber sauce in the city with plenty of garlic.



And to think that the parking situation has actually improved in the three years since you've been! 


They are very good, though. In my experience, service is a bit spotty when it comes to drink refills, and the fries are always slightly overdone, but I have no complaints about the gyro.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 08/25/10 8:50 AM
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Had the pizza at Ingredients downtown this week - they have a gas pizza hearth right in the store and fire up the pizza for you on demand.  This was a nice thin crust version with the perfect amount of sauce (less than you normally get at other places) and a decent chaw.  It was ready in about 5 minutes.  I'll be stopping by again to try one of their specials. 

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 08/25/10 11:22 AM
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Ate last week at Woe Is Me BBQ in the Eastgate area (actually takeout). Quite good. Good texture / flavor to pulled pork, great mac & cheese, corn pudding with a spicy snap, fresh-made hush puppies. We'll definitely go back. Talked to one of the proprietors for a while, and everything is made fresh there -- no packaged foods.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 08/26/10 10:16 PM
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We tried Deep India in Clifton (on McMillan, a few doors down from Mac's) for dinner tonight and were pleasantly surprised. It's geared towards the carryout crowd like Krishna is, but has slightly more seating...by which I mean 4 tables and 16 chairs. You place your order at the counter and wait for your number to be called; there is no wait staff. College students standing around chatting while TruTV blared overhead was an interesting change of pace from the typically sterile Indian restaurant experience.

Portions are very generous (I had enough chicken curry and perfectly cooked rice left over to make a second meal, which never happens at any of the other places) and are served in a styrofoam container with plastic silverware, whether you are dining in or not. Prices are extremely reasonable as well; while the menu is not as extensive as the other places, the most expensive dish is a $10.95 goat dish, with most of the vegetarian dishes coming in at $6.95, and most of the chicken dishes coming in at $7.95. The Bearcash coupon book contains a "combo meal" offer which gives you a $7.95 (or less) entree, a fountain drink, and your choice of bread (including "flavored" nan) for $9.99.

We'll be back, especially if we intend to bring it home to eat. Dusmesh (across from Cincinnati State), however, remains my favorite for dining out, since they get both the food and the atmosphere right.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 08/29/10 3:45 PM
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I know it's an Ohio chain (well, NOW I know), but we tried Romeo's on the east side yesterday. It's on Ohio 125 just east of I-275 where Garzelli's used to be.

I'm pretty easy to please when it comes to pizza, and I'd give the pie a C+. We ordered the cheese sticks because the description sounded better than the actual product. They were basically BW's-style cheese sticks, which are just OK.

We got the Butcher Shop pizza, which is a meat lover's. Again, not bad, unexceptional -- although we both thought there was too much fennel in the meatballs.

They offer several different types of sauces for pizza, with traditional, marinera and garlic butter standing out as the three I remember.

Cathy also got a Hawaiian to go. She has decent taste, but that's one obsession I'll never understand. Anyway, she tried it today with a garlic butter sauce and like everything else she said it was decent.

I would like to try the calzones and the subs since they looked pretty good. Also, we should've gotten the cheesy breadsticks or cheesy garlic bread instead of the cheese sticks. One of those would have to be exceptional for me to rate Romeo's above Marco's among smaller chains.

Speaking of pizza chains, the Pizza Hut at Eight Mile and Beechmont closed. I would do the buffet there once in a while, and I swear they've radically changed their recipe for the worse recently. Dough is too sweet, sauce isn't quite the same although I can't put a finger on how it differs.

So in short, one pizza place goes in, two go out in a three-mile stretch of Ohio 125. Just another typical month on the east side.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 09/2/10 2:13 AM
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Ate last week at Woe Is Me BBQ in the Eastgate area (actually takeout). Quite good. Good texture / flavor to pulled pork, great mac & cheese, corn pudding with a spicy snap, fresh-made hush puppies. We'll definitely go back. Talked to one of the proprietors for a while, and everything is made fresh there -- no packaged foods.

 
I picked up some takeout at Woe Is Me yesterday. 1/2 lb of pulled pork, a family sized collared greens and a family sized potato salad, for $16.50 total. The greens needed a little vinegar and salt but otherwise, everything was excellent. The pork was tasty, lean and as noted had good texture and the potato salad was homemade in quality. This place should be supported by roadfooders.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 09/2/10 4:38 PM
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Do they have indoor seating or are they carry-out only?

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 09/2/10 10:26 PM
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They have a dining room. This shows what it looks like: http://www.citybeat.com/c...s-me-%28review%29.html

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 09/3/10 6:32 PM
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Thanks.
I had a sandwich there once back when they just had the trailer outside and thought it was just OK, but I really need to give the place another shot.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 09/3/10 7:13 PM
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It's at least on a par with City BBQ. Now, I only had the pulled pork and we both thought that it was toothsome - moist and tender but not falling apart, and mildly (not strongly) smoked. The sauces are a bit strange - the house BBQ sauce is very thin and sweet. The "pain" sauce has a little more viscosity and is not over the top but is pretty hot.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 09/7/10 10:41 AM
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I find it vastly preferable to City BBQ. Everything from scratch.  City "q" is really what a chain love would think of as BBQ.
 
Had it again over the weekend -- brisket sandwich very good, baked beans sturdy and wildly seasoned. Only gripe -- collards need a couple more hours in the pot and about another half cup of pot likker.
 
They package the sandwiches to go with the meat on the bottom of the "clamshell" and the bun on top, separated by a sheet of wax paper -- no sogginess!

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 09/10/10 12:29 PM
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Walked past the food truck "food court" - food truck court? - today and NOTG was there. Half Glazed Shrimp Po-Boy, gumbo, and a can of soda: $7.95. Decent price and outstanding taste! Anyone know if they have a location schedule posted anywhere? A Google search revealed nothing...

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 09/10/10 12:36 PM
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You should check them on Twitter.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 09/11/10 1:22 PM
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Do you know their username?

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 09/11/10 2:06 PM

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 09/15/10 4:43 PM
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Sleepy Hollow Inn in Loveland will close: http://cincinnati.com/blo...to-close-this-weekend/

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 09/16/10 6:00 PM
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We visited Quatman's Cafe at their new location in Mason today. We had a Lion's Club coupon for buy one sandwich, get one free.
 
I had never been to their Norwood location before, so this is my first experience with this place. The main keynote is utter simplicity. The menu is small - burgers, other hot sandwiches, deli sandwiches, a few soups and chili, fries, and canned soft drinks. That's pretty much it.  It seems to me like Quatman's is probably just like lots of lunch counters and small diners from 40 or 50 years ago.
 
My wife got a hot ham and cheese, and I got the cheeseburger special (burger+fries+ canned drink for $6.19.) Both sandwiches were superb. The well done burger was easily over 1/3 lb., perhaps 1/2 lb, and had a really nice pan fried sear. The ham and cheese was slivered, very tasty ham, served really hot. The fries were long and thinly cut, seemed to be fresh cut, and were super hot. The fries were easily among the best fries I'd had. Both sandwiches were huge. Quatman's has no toppings for burgers except cheese. Burgers are served with onion slices and pickles.
 
The cash register guy honored the Lion's Club coupon even though I got a daily special. They didn't have to do that and I will not count on it in the future.
 
Nothing fancy here, but the sandwich sizes are huge bordering on overwhelming, the service is friendly, and the prices are "cheap".
 
A fantastic value and great food.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 09/17/10 7:22 PM
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Tried Jalapeno's in Cold Spring last Saturday and thought it was just OK.
 
We got bacon and cheese quesadillas for an appetizer, and it was pretty good -- plenty of cheese. I got the pork chimichanga, and everything was fine except the pork was overdone, thus a little dry.
 
Cathy got three tacos -- chicken, pork and steak. She had the same complaint about the pork, but liked the other two.
 
We got the Bavarian cream churros to go for a dessert, and they were the highlight of the meal.
 
With two pops, our bill was $31 and change -- about average. The service was good, so I gave the waiter $38.
 
Not sure if I'd go back because it's sort of out of the way and was unexceptional, but I admit I was a little disappointed because most places I go that get positive reviews from folks on here are outstanding.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 09/18/10 10:16 AM
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Sleepy Hollow Inn in Loveland will close: http://cincinnati.com/blo...to-close-this-weekend/
We were in Blue Ash this past week and noted Chef C Gourmet Restaurant had closed their doors. 



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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 09/18/10 11:09 PM
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According to the article, Sleepy Hollow closed because the building's owner sold the property, not for any business reasons. The owners are looking to relocate and stay in Loveland. Every time we went there it was booming. I have only good things to say about it. I hope they reopen and they keep the kitsch strong.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 09/28/10 12:19 PM
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WVXU posted something on Facebook about Jane and Michael Stern coming to Cincinnati soon, and looking for suggestions on where they should go. OK, they should check the forums here first, right? Where should they go? First thought I had was Tucker's.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 09/28/10 12:45 PM
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IMHO, and in no particular order:
Tucker's
Jungle Jim's
Sugar-n-Spice
Colonial Cottage Inn
Terry's Turf Club
Sebastian's
Iron Skillet
One of the better lenten Fish Frys

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 10/1/10 12:33 PM
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Has anyone tried the drive thru BBQ place on River Road yet?   It is called Riverside BBQ and the Enquirer was complimentary of the food.  It is so close to downtown that I may have to venture out but I'd like a recommendation if someone has been there.
http://cincinnati.com/blogs/dining/2010/09/30/what-i-had-for-lunch/
 
 
http://bbqanddrivethru.com/?page_id=47

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 10/1/10 1:41 PM
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I have been to Rice Rocket on Main near 8th a couple of times now, and overall, I like it
 
Some folks may be turned off by the look and feel of the place - the look (to me, at least) screams 'we intend to franchise!' and they have clearly adopted the assembly-line style that has had such great commercial success at Subway and Chipotle.  The basics: you pick a starch (or a garden salad base), then a meat (half a dozen asian-ish concoctions), then one of three veggie choices, then optional sauces and/or sides, moving left to right across the counter, and then you pay, with the meal prices in the 5-6 dollar range. Because this is a warmer/steamtable operation, you want to go at peak times because thats when the food has not been sitting out long
 
I did not think the fried appetizers would be any good, since these sorts of things do not hold up well in a warmer table setting, but the veggie eggroll (which can be selected as your 'veggie' at no additional charge) is surprisingly good - a little on the smaller side, but with nicely seasoned veggies within a very tasty wrapper than is thinner than most chinese carryouts give you.  I also had their gyozas which were made fresh and were quite large good, and a bargain for under  bucks.  On the other hand, I'd pass on the largish triangular 'crab' rangoons.
 
I really like the fact that you can get fried rice in place of steamed at no additional charge, and it's quite good, and you get a fairly big portion.  You can also get yakisoba noodles for a 50 cent upcharge.  I have tried the teriyaki chicken and the mongolian beef so far, with the chicken being by far the better of the two - slightly smokey and very tender dark meat (my preference, most places use white meat chicken) in a good thick teryaki sauce.  The beef had good flavor, but had also been tenderized to that 'spongey' consistency you sometimes see at the lower-end chinese carryouts.
 
I'll add that there is no charge for fill-your-own cup of tea or water from a dispenser just past the register, so while I don't drink tea, I think this adds value to this lunch
 
One minus was the salt content.   My mouth was tingling with over-abundant salt as I left each time, but since everything is made in advance there's no way to cut down on the salt short of not eating all of your meal.
 
Overall, I think this is a good lunch and a good value, one I will be returning to on occasion.  Recommended.
 
also: westsider: I have not been out there yet.  maybe someone from the west side should go try it and report back :-)  you know anyone from the west side, westsider? :-)
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 10/1/10 3:51 PM
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also: westsider: I have not been out there yet.  maybe someone from the west side should go try it and report back :-)  you know anyone from the west side, westsider? :-)

Aye aye.  Consider it done in the near future. 

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 10/4/10 1:57 PM
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The Sterns were in town over the weekend.  Did anyone stop in the visit with them?
 
New official reviews for Cincinnati
Eckerlin Meats  http://www.roadfood.com/R...64-8056/eckerlin-meats
Avril Bleh http://www.roadfood.com/R...67-8060/avrilbleh-sons
Aglamesis Brothers  http://www.roadfood.com/R...59-8052/aglamesis-bros
addendum 4:40pm: he just added
Tuckers   http://www.roadfood.com/R...view/7371-8061/tuckers
 
Return visits were made to Price Hill Chili and Hathaway's.  I noted that the entry for Hathaway's, which once praised of their small tread waffles, was almost entirely replaced since the waffles there are now (and have been for a while) large-tread
 
The Aglamesis review indicates that Mr Stern uses responses to his newsletter for input about Cincinnati.  He should have checked here, right folks? :-)
 
Heck yeah! :-) 
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 10/8/10 8:19 AM
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It's official: Jungle Jim's is taking over the former Bigg's location in Union Township (Eastgate).
 
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20101007/NEWS01/10080359/Jungle-Jim-s-plans-new-store
 
All area folks repeat after me: "Alleluia. Alleluuuuu iaaaaaaa. A leeeeee luuuuu iaaaaaaaa."

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 10/8/10 9:13 AM
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jmckee


It's official: Jungle Jim's is taking over the former Bigg's location in Union Township (Eastgate).

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20101007/NEWS01/10080359/Jungle-Jim-s-plans-new-store

All area folks repeat after me: "Alleluia. Alleluuuuu iaaaaaaa. A leeeeee luuuuu iaaaaaaaa."
 
 
Wonderful new!!!!



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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 10/8/10 1:06 PM
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Went downtown to Findlay Market this AM.  Started off at Tucker's....closed.  Hope all is OK there.  Went to Eckerlin's for goetta.  We brought home a hambone and hamhock to make soup sometime soon from Kroeger meats.  We also got great looking canadian bacon there, and we also bought some brats and boudin there.  We bought a muffaletta, which we split at a bakery in Findlay....small and not authentic (only a very few sliced olives in place of olive salad) but the bun was great and the assortment of meats good, too.  On to Avril's.  We got a cheddarmett (me) and a brat  (DH) at the stand outside...a beautiful day and both sausages were porkily delicious.  We went inside and got knockwurst, fresh metts, and frankfurters to take home to eat.  Their assortment is amazing.  We each got an Aglamesis cone at Avril's, and to me, the vanilla tasted a bit stale.  Maybe it's served too far from its source.  I love the ice cream at Aglamesis' Oakley store.  We had a great time on a beautiful day and vowed to repeat it often.  GO REDS!!!

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 10/8/10 6:20 PM

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 10/10/10 1:53 PM
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It pains me to do this, since I've said so many good things about the place, but I had the worst dining experience of my life at Boston Butz yesterday. It was the first time in 35 years on this planet that I've walked out of a place without taking a bite.
 
I've always said the place runs a little slow, so we alloted one hour to eat at 4:45, which should've been well before Saturday dinner rush. So we only see two people there, one server and one cook, and the cook tells us to have a seat anywhere. We thought the server saw us, but after 10 minutes I went back up front, played dumb and politely asked if they wanted us to order up front.
 
Even though it's not hard to see into the dining room and a couple of high school-aged boys had also sat in the indoor dining area, they both apologized and the server took our drink order. He started to leave and we told him we knew what we wanted for dinner already. So he pivoted and took our order.
 
30 minutes later, he came back and said the barbeque flatbread (which they call a pizza, but anything with BBQ sauce really isn't) was the reason for the hold up. He turned to walk away and Cathy asked if we could get our Boston fries appetizer in the meantime. He said sure. Five more minutes passed. He came back and said they overcooked them and they had to be redone.
 
Five more minutes passed, and I told Cathy if the food wasn't out in five more minutes we were paying for our pop and leaving. As the fifth minute elapsed and I was reaching into my pocket, my burger came out. No fries, no flatbread. I asked if at this point I could just have a box for mine and a check, since we were out of time.
 
At this point we went up front, they said they were just going to charge us for the flatbread, which was $4.50, and we stood in the lobby for a few minutes. Finally we asked if the flatbread was ever going to be ready, and the cook said it was about five minutes away. We said we didn't have anymore time and could they pull it early.
 
She said the fries in question were given to the wrong table, contrary to what the server said.
 
The cook apologized, saying she got slammed all at once, but when we walked in, there was all of one table outside. The teenagers were the third party to sit down, and three other groups came in after we'd sat down.
 
I don't know if we'll ever go back -- we go up for Miami hockey games and this is always one of our primary stops in the winter -- but we're definitely not going back the rest of this season.
 
We've put up with slow service there before, but this was the worst service I've ever had in my life. Unless you really want to waste a lot of time, I can't recommend going there anytime soon.
 
Very disappointing because the food really is good. If they hadn't comped most of the food I'd never even consider going back.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 10/19/10 10:39 AM
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The couple of times we have been there they were pretty slow also.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 10/26/10 12:16 PM
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Cincinnati Chili isn't worth the time it takes to make it, IMHO.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 10/26/10 2:01 PM
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A misc few items
 
--Aunt Flora (of the famous pies and cobblers) has resurfaced in Deer Park.  She had previously had a location downtown on Court Street and was at Findlay market for a while as well.  CincinnatiBites has a review: http://www.cincinnatibite...-floras-house-of-soul/
 
--I finally found the NOTG truck at 6th and Race, and had the Red Beans and Rice with Sausage.  I have never had this dish before (shame on me) and so I have nothing to compare it to, but it was very tasty, and the portion was large.   The owner remembered me from my 2-3 stops at the Springdale location, and we chatted for a while.  She says she is usually only downtown Thursday and Friday, so thats the best time to walk by to see if they are there.
 
--I've been back to Rice Rocket on Main 4 times now, and every time, I get overwhelmed with the saltiness.  If you like really salty food, I recommend it, but skip it if you do not.
 
--Right next to Rice Rocket is a large bar that serves food called The Main Event.  They have a 7in pizza on their menu for 5 bucks, so I gave it a try.  The quality was unfortunately right about the same as a pizza from a vending machine in a hospital cafeteria.  Skip this place.
 
--Raya's on Court Street has as I have said before an excellent falafel, but at her urging I recently tried her kofta (a ground beef-lamb spices mixture that appears to be pan fried) and it was flat-out excellent.   You might think from the ingredients that this is standard gyro meat loaf stuff, but it isn't.  Looks a lot like two oblong hand-formed breakfast sausage patties going into the wrap.  One caveat is that it (unlike the falafel) doesnt travel well - eat it there while it is fresh and hot.
 
--the 6 buck pizzas at the bar at Palamino are really quite good and an excellent value to boot.  Yeah, you have to sit down (bar area only for the special price) and tip and pay tax and all, but drink ice water and you're out of there for just over 7 bucks.  The pizzas are pre-designed, but so far I have managed to talk the bartender on duty to add things like roasted red peppers, sun dried tomatoes, onions etc etc for no added cost.  No guarentee on that, but ask nicely and you might well luck out like I have so far.  Premium add-ons like prosciutto and goat cheese are available, but will cost you.
 
--I think there is a real chance based on what I have read so far that the upcoming pizza joint in Over the Rhine - A Tavola Pizza - will be the best in Cincinnati.  I am quite eagerly awaiting the opening of this place.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 10/27/10 8:03 PM
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chewingthefat


Cincinnati Chili isn't worth the time it takes to make it, IMHO.

Then don't.  Your post isn't helpful (or humble), and is quite rude.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 10/27/10 8:05 PM
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TJ Jackson


--Aunt Flora (of the famous pies and cobblers) has resurfaced in Deer Park.  She had previously had a location downtown on Court street and was at Findlay market for a while as well.  CincinnatiBites has a review: http://www.cincinnatibite...-floras-house-of-soul/

Sadly, the reviewer doesn't tell us about the pies or cobbler, except to say he was "denied".  Have you tried them, and if so, what did you think?

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 10/27/10 8:33 PM
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Time for Pie

Have you tried [the pies or cobbler], and if so, what did you think?

Sadly, I never got to do so.  I'd say its been made pretty clear (for what its worth) that Oprah loves them, and from the pic on the main website (http://www.auntfloras.com/) it looks like Martha Stewart does too
 
Some other links
http://www.citybeat.com/c...tis-queen-of-soul.html
http://www.cincinnatibite...os-plate-full-of-soul/
http://www.thecincinnatih...a_is_back_in_new_.html
 
The guy who runs CincinnatiBites seems pretty cool.  Add a comment to his entry asking him to do a followup, with the pie and/or cobbler this time :-)
 
Aside: your profile shows you as being from Missouri, do you have relatives or history here in Cincinnati?

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 10/27/10 11:27 PM
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TJ Jackson
Aside: your profile shows you as being from Missouri, do you have relatives or history here in Cincinnati?

Oh yeah.  45 years in Cincy, but for the last five I've been running a pie shop and espresso bar in a small town on the Missouri River.  Mom, two brothers, and a flock of nieces and nephews still there.  I miss the restaurant selection in Cincinnati, something even bigger St. Louis (an hour + away from me) can't approach.  Reading and commenting here helps with the food-homesickness and keeps me clued in about what to look  for when I visit (or what favorites are gone.)  Also miss my 2-3 times a week fix of Cincinnati chili, although I make my own approximate version once a week or so (and sell it in my shop.)

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 11/12/10 6:18 PM
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Hi all.  Just doing a quick delurk to inquire whether anybody has been to The Hitching Post (not Walt's) on Madison in Hyde Park? Their sign proclaims it's the "best fried chicken in the world".  Meh... best.... I'm not sure, but it was certainly above average, albeit a bit dry and salty.  I will say that their buffalo wings were fantastic, however.  They were large, meaty and fried very crispy.  The sauce was pretty standard buffalo wing sauce, but the texture of the wing was outstanding.  Also, the homemade cole slaw was excellent.  It was very crunchy with the perfect amount of vinegary mayonnaise.  I hate cole slaw which is too creamy and minced to a sludgy mass.  Apparently their cream pies are also all homemade and I took home a slice of Peanut Butter Cream Pie for DH.  I'll report back the results after his assessment.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 11/16/10 9:11 AM
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We went to Toppers for dinner last night, the newest carryout pizza chain (based in Wisconsin) to open a location in Clifton. It is on Calhoun, right by Jimmy John's and Papa Dino's. Let me first say that, if you plan on dining in, you should never expect to find a seat. They are first and foremost a carryout joint, with exactly 12 seats in the place (two high tables with four barstools each, and two chairs and a loveseat with a coffee table in the middle). Hours of operation are from 10:30 A.M. to 3:30 A.M.
 
The menu is more or less what you would expect to find at most carryout places: pizzas of various sizes (including a personal size), wings, grinders (which appear to be made with real meats, not whatever those hoagy patties are made from at most places), breadsticks...and, for some reason, quesadillas. I do not recall seeing salads anywhere on the menu. Also, they have no fountain drink machine, only 20 oz. and 2 liter bottles of Coke products. 
 
There are a number of breadstick options, including a couple of dessert ones (cinnamon and berry). There are also something like ten dipping sauces, with "usuals" like pizza sauce and garlic butter, and some interesting selections like tzatziki sauce and salsa. (They also have specialty pizzas like the Gyro and the Taco, which use those sauces.)
 
They are currently running a special for a triple order of regular breadsticks (covered with cheese and brushed with garlic butter, with 3 sauces) and a large 1-topping for $15, which is what we went with. We both enjoyed the breadsticks (but still had quite a bit left over, since the triple is the size of a large pizza), but the pizza was only a slight improvement over any other carryout pizza chain you care to name. The sausage tasted fresh, but the cheese, sauce, and crust were nondescript. I am not yet sure how well it reheats, but I'll find out tonight.
 
I suppose I would recommend the place if you need to feed a larger group of people who aren't particularly discerning about pizza, but there is no comparison to a place like Noce's or Dewey's. As I said above, they are definitely (however slightly) better than most carryout chain places, and infinitely better than LaRosa's...but so are the frozen Tony's pizzas at Kroger.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 11/17/10 3:30 PM
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  and infinitely better than LaRosa's...but so are the frozen Tony's pizzas at Kroger.

 
Hyperbole alert!  Hyperbole alert!
 
I mean, I'm no fan of LaRosa's, but come on: If presented with a choice between LaRosa's and Tony's, I'd choose the frozen Tony's pizza exactly 0% of the time.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 11/17/10 8:46 PM
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The cardboard box LaRosa's is served in tastes better than the pizza.
 
Given a choice between the two, I'd choose hunger.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 11/17/10 8:58 PM
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The mind share of LaRosa's is just amazing, though. I have an affluent friend in Columbus who comes down here for his kid's soccer games and he asked me once, "hey, what's that really good thin crusted pizza down there, LaRosa's, isn't it?"
 
I find LaRosa's to be about on a par with Donato's and Pizza Hut, seriously. It's a little better than most frozen pizza.

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