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Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/09/25 06:05:19
TJ - Thanks for the heads-up on the beef sandwich.
 
Have you tried Mac's?
Delilah77
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/09/25 13:16:39
New Orleans to Go in Blue Ash is now open daily for lunch. They plan on opening for dinner on Fridays in October up until 8pm so check their facebook page for exact dates. They'll serve dinner on Fridays as long as they get enough business. We stopped by last Friday for dinner to find that they were closing for the day. The Filsons loaded us up with shrimp and grits, crawfish stuffing, and gumbo. Even after reheating at home the food was all delicious! They said they've added some new menu items as well.
 
We didn't see the dining room. They don't have a vent hood in their current space so frying is done in their food truck. 
 
The restaurant is tucked back into an office complex so it is a bit difficult to find, but well worth it. 
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/09/25 15:16:07
Although many in Cincinnati already know this, the second Jungle Jim's location opened today
http://cincinnati.com/blo...gate-opens-on-tuesday/
 
 
 
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/09/26 11:26:53
TJ Jackson

Although many in Cincinnati already know this, the second Jungle Jim's location opened today
http://cincinnati.com/blo...gate-opens-on-tuesday/




 
I went after work, just to walk around ... it's terrific.

sudie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/09/27 10:52:00
We went yesterday...it's great fun! Mostly we browsed, but we DID buy a durian fruit, cracked it open and ate it this morning. We were disappointed that it wasn't odiferous as promised. The fruit part tastes vaguely like vanilla pudding. We also visited colonel De's, a favorite from Findlay Market and bought a few spices. We're going to love that JJ's is so close!
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/09/27 23:21:05
They have a Colonel De's there? That's awesome!
 
I've been waiting for the madness to die down. I'm subcribing to the Yogi Berra theory: Nobody goes there any more. It's too crowded.
johnbycz
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/10/01 14:14:04
We went Friday night after dinner, got there about 8:30. It was busy but we found a parking spot no problem. It may be my imagination but the international section seems larger. No seafood yet; that department will open next month. Huge huge huge beer and wine department. Big growler station, and they charge 25 cents for tastes of draught beer. In general it seems to be about 85% open. It doesn't have the "crazy" vibe you get from the Fairfield store that was built in pieces over the years, but that won't keep me away.
DwayneB
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/10/02 19:09:12
Finally got around to trying SmoQ.  Have to say I was pretty impressed by the Meat.  I had the brisket which was served on a slice of toasted jalapeno bread.  Darn nice, I plowed through the whole thing and it was a reasonably sized serving.
 
Wasn't too excited about the sides though; succotash was chewy; "baked beans" were forgettable, I'd prefer Bush's canned beans actually.   Also they need to provide something better than the little muffin pan sweet cornbread discs with the meal - pretty boring.
 
Also a little disappointed with the beer selection, not a ot to choose from if that is your thing.
 
Oh and I had a surly waitress.  They happen, I take it in stride, but it's always a little disappointing.
 
Actually after thinking back through my visit, the only good thing for me was the Meat.  It's worth another visit for that though, I would return to try some of the other things I have heard people talk about on here.
post edited by DwayneB - 2012/10/02 19:10:15
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/10/02 21:23:06
Did the Eastgate Jim's today. It was definitely a completely different set-up than the Fairfield location, which I expected.
 
I went at 9 a.m., and it wasn't crowded, but it was pretty awesome. I found a red beans and rice stove-top box and we made it tonight. I'm elated I can make this a regular grocery stop.
 
The map says they're putting in a Highway 55 burger, which I'd never heard of. Looks like it's a N.C.-based chain.
post edited by Bonk - 2012/10/02 21:33:09
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/10/16 13:12:58
a few misc items
 
--The Popeye's in Covington at the north tip of the Mainstrasse is open
 
--Some years back, some of you gave some serious love to a little place on Dixie Highway in Erlanger called the German Butcher.  I never made it there, unfortunately.   It has of course been closed for a few years.  Word comes today in the Enquirer that the former owners/operators of German Butcher are opening a new place in Florence: http://cincinnati.com/blo...nt-in-florence/.  Hopefully they'll have all the wursts and etc they had at the old place. 
 
--A Tavola Pizzeria has always been closed on Mondays and only open for dinner since they started the business a year or so back, but they have added Monday dinners hours and allegedly are planning to add lunch hours soon.  Although I think it is overrated, and I remain perturbed that they put oregano on a margherita pizza, its stiull good stuff.
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2012/10/17 09:40:25
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/10/17 04:49:22
That's the wurst news I've heard in a while.
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/10/17 09:02:57
Bonk

That's the wurst news I've heard in a while.
It's better than nothing...so don't knock it.
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/10/17 12:36:39
ScreamingChicken

Bonk

That's the wurst news I've heard in a while.
It's better than nothing...so don't knock it.


Don't be such a brat.
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/10/17 14:05:37
You wouldn't say that if you'd ever mett me.
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/10/22 07:49:44
I'd love it if Jungle Jim opened a place in Knoxville!
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/10/24 01:18:38
ScreamingChicken

You wouldn't say that if you'd ever mett me.

 
I really need to stop casing this thread.

jjjrfoodie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/10/25 09:15:23
TJ Jackson



--The Popeye's in Covington at the north tip of the Mainstrasse is open

--Some years back, some of you gave some serious love to a little place on Dixie Highway in Erlanger called the German Butcher.  I never made it there, unfortunately.   It has of course been closed for a few years.  Word comes today in the Enquirer that the former owners/operators of German Butcher are opening a new place in Florence: http://cincinnati.com/blo...nt-in-florence/.  Hopefully they'll have all the wursts and etc they had at the old place. 

Actually TJ, the shop was called German Cuisine and I stock-piled a BUNCH of stuff from them when they left the biz.
 
They by far have the best currywursts in the region. Bar none. (except for the 6 or 7 German festivals we have each year which is not a weekly accessible item LOL)
 
Humor aside, it was always good food.
 
 
 
 
 
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/10/25 14:57:48
Erk, sorry, poor memory on my part
 
I never did get to try the place.  Went one day to finally try it and they had been closed up like a month
 
I was not impressed with any of the wursts at Wunderbar on 12th in Covington so hopefully this reincarnation of German Cuisine will be something to write about
luebster
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/05 12:29:23
A couple notes for the downtown lunch crowd:
 
Both Cajun Big Easy and Slammin' Burger in Tower Place Mall food court have closed. I've never dined at Slammin' Burger, so I cannot comment on its closure.
 
However, Big Easy is not a surprise to me personally. I've been eating there almost once a week for the last 7 years or so and the owners had previously told me they were looking to move to Columbus around the first of the year. They cited the rent and complete lack of foot traffic and street level promotion as the main factors.
 
This is a real shame, because their food was delicious and the portions very generous. Not to mention, the owners were very friendly and personable.
 
In better news, it looks like Aunt Flora's Cobbleria is open and the neighboring Skillet fish restaurant will be in the next few days. They are located next to the now closed Scientology building on 4th street, in what I think was the old Jordan Valley restaurant. 
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/05 20:08:21
I tried Slammin' Burger, when it first opened, and the burgers were pretty good, for the price. Much better than other fast food places(McD's, Burger King, Wendys). Their onion rings were really good!! But, after being open for a while, the service fell off. I once waited in line for a while, and the employees came from outside the food court, looking like they "enjoyed" their break, while a line formed.
 
The last time I went to the Tower Place food court (a Saturday afternoon), Cajun Big Easy was open, but Slammin' Burger was closed. There was a big convention going on in town. There were a lot of loud young kids hanging around. I ordered a coney, from Gold Star, because I needed some quick sustenance. I saw a number of people come down the escalator, look around, and head right back up.
 
There are not a lot of dining options in downtown on a weekend afternoon. It is not right that the food court at Tower Place is such a joke. Actually, for the most part, Tower Place is a joke.
 
I cannot wait to hit Aunt Flora's new place!! I hope the location works well.
 
http://eggplanttogo.blogspot.com/2012/11/aunt-floras-cobbleria-and-everythings-d.html
post edited by soozycue520 - 2012/11/05 20:15:22
luebster
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/06 13:11:13
I tried Aunt Flora's today. While the door to the Skillet portion of the business was closed, they were taking orders in the Cobbleria. On the menu, they have whiting, catfish, and tilapia in sandwich and platter configurations. Sides include green beans, mac & cheese, black beans, and others I cannot recall. They also have chicken wings.
 
I ordered whiting and green beans to go, the cost was approximately $8.50, and took about 10 minutes to receive my food. While the green beans were very good, I was thoroughly underwhelmed by the whiting. The 4 filets were limp and bland. I expected a bit of crunch and the breading simply had no flavor. Yes, I could dress it up with some tartar and/or hot sauce, I suppose. Perhaps I'm making too much of a comparison to Alabama Fish Bar at Liberty & Vine, but to me, there is no comparison.
 
Hopefully they are simply working out the kinks of opening week and I intend to give them another chance in a month or two.
 
Edit: fixed typo.
post edited by luebster - 2012/11/06 14:10:46
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/07 14:35:20
A few weeks ago Polly put an entry on her food blog about a fairly new eatery in Price Hill called Happy Days Cafe, with a positive review on their burger.  I made it over there today and I have to say I agree most heartily.  This is a very good burger at a very good price - this burger and a bag of Husmans will run you a mere $4.15. 
 
The skinny: 1/3 pound loosely packed hand pattied beef, griddled, on a VERY high quality toasted bun with your choice of up to 4 regular-type toppings, cheese and fancier toppings at additional cost.  The owner/operator had no problem with me ordering it medium rare.  The lettuce was crisp top quality leaf, the tomatoes were predictably wan and fairly flavorless as one would expect this time of year, but were generously portioned and fresh sliced, and the standard toppings include grilled onions (listed as caramel onions on the ordering pad).  Adding cheese is 50 to 75 cents extra but gets you two slices of cheese instead of the usual single slice.
 
The burger was extremely juicy and flavorful with a perfect bun to meat/toppings ratio - really, REALLY good, and this will definitely be a regular stop for me now whenever I want a burger at lunch.  No, it isn't Terry's Turf Club good, but it also isn't Terry's wait time or prices.
 
You can substitute any other side for the bag o' Husmans for 50 cents off the ala carte price of the side.
 
They have goetta and YES it is available to add to a burger.
 
Ghost peppers are listed as an available ingredient, but signing a waiver is required

Minor cautions/quibbles:
 
1) the onions they use are red onions, which are quite a bit stronger flavored than the usual yellow onions.  This will be a plus for some (myself included) but a minus for others
2) a very heavy hand is used with the pepper in the seasoning of the beef patty.  I like pepper, but this was a tad excessive.  If you don't like pepper, ask for them to leave it off, and I am sure they will do so
3) I suspect a very high fat content beef is used, maybe a 70/30 or 75/25.  Again, I like the flavor and juiciness this creates, but some like a  leaner burger
4) Parking  - dont think they have any.  I parked on the outer edge of the Kroger lot right across the street.
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2012/11/07 14:40:40
RKB
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/13 12:58:54
The wife and I stopped at Camp Washington Chili on Veteran's Day for lunch. When we placed our order, the server asked if I was a veteran so I figured they were giving a discount for the day. To my amazement, she brings a receipt back, marked 'Thanks for your service', and said the entire lunch, including the wife's, was on the house that day.
The best chili in town, and at the best price!
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/13 16:15:10
RKB - That's an awesome story!
 
I went back to Eastside Chili on Ohio 125 about a mile east of I-275 to try a reuben last week. I was definitely impressed. It was about $7 and came loaded with swiss cheese and the meat was good quality and quantity. 
 
That's the second time I've gotten a sandwich there and I've liked both. Not to mention the portions are ample, to say the least.
 
They do conies, obviously, and while I thought they were pretty good one of my lifelong Cincinnati resident friends did not.
 
We also hit Walt's BBQ on the north side of Hamilton over the weekend. I had read some negative reviews regarding the service a couple of years ago but the more recent ones were more positive (it's taken me a while to learn that 2-plus-year-old reviews of a place are practically meaningless).
 
The service was great -- fast and attentive.
 
We got the smoked garlic wings for an appetizer, and at first it almost looked like garlic overkill. There was a pool of garlic in the bottom of the basket and the wings themselves were dotted with minced garlic (strangely they came with a handful of nacho chips at the bottom of the basket nearly submerged). But neither the smoke flavor nor the garlic flavor was overwhelming. I really liked them and my wife said they're near the top of her list of wings (and we've tried a lot of garlic wings).
 
I got the brisket, which was $12 and pretty good but not exceptional. Not quite enough smoke flavor and the thickest parts dried out a little but not much. The fatty end was tremendous though. I got mac and cheese and red beans and rice as sides, and both were pretty good but not exceptional.
 
My wife got a three-slider meal with pulled pork, brisket and I think chicken. I tried the pulled pork and liked it a lot. One of her sides was a sweet potato caserole which was incredible. I wished I'd ordered that as one of my sides.
 
And we both got cornbread, which was very good. We used the garlic pool from the wings to dip the bread in.
 
The bill was right around $33 and we had leftovers. I'll definitely go back, although I'll probably try something other than the brisket for a main course, but I'd order the wings again in a heartbeat.
post edited by Bonk - 2012/11/13 16:16:40
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/14 19:47:24
Although it was a mere shell of its former self at the end, Papa Dinos in Clifton had been there for over 50 years
 
Now it's gone
 
from: http://www.local12.com/ne...zhbU0uqyNrJsNkT2g.cspx
 
Competition has become fierce. Topper's Pizza is two doors down. Mac's Pizza Pub a half block away. Two blocks away are Pomodori's and now Adriatico's. "Students inherently have very tight budgets and changing tastes and it's difficult to keep up with that."

For the last several years, construction pinched traffic to one lane in places and ate up the already-scarce parking. Change can be good, but it leaves some with only memories. "People still come back ya know "when I was in college I was here eating every night after the bars we'd come in and have a bite. They still come back and they bring their family ... their children. It's a landmark."

 
luebster
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/19 12:18:06
Two more Tower Place food court closings: Sakkio Japan and Great Steak & Potato. That leaves Chinese Combo King, Gold Star Chili, and Subway as the last 3 restaurants. Won't be long now before the food court is completely empty.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/19 12:46:20
I won't miss GS&P, but Sakkio of Japan is a place I have dearly loved for nearly 20 years now
 
Very, very sad
westsider12
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/20 10:57:36
I read in the Enquirer that Gold Star is out at the end of the month.  Sakkio Japan was always a quality place - great food at a great price.  Hopefully someone can come in and re-invent Tower Place because it is close to 100% empty.
CajunKing
Sirloin
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/20 19:57:08
RKB

The wife and I stopped at Camp Washington Chili on Veteran's Day for lunch. When we placed our order, the server asked if I was a veteran so I figured they were giving a discount for the day. To my amazement, she brings a receipt back, marked 'Thanks for your service', and said the entire lunch, including the wife's, was on the house that day.
The best chili in town, and at the best price!

Johnny has done that for many years now, it is not publicized very well
 
Russ Jackson
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/21 07:33:55
Camp Washington Chili is a great place. A must on any visit to the Queen City....Russ
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/21 19:52:44
Re: Tower Place Mall~~
 
I wanted to know what is going on.  I am downtown every day. I work downtown.  I frequent Tower Place Mall, although it has been a shell of its former self for quite a while.  Businesses with any promise, have been deserting ship recently.
 
I remember hearing that the city may try to take over ownership of the mall.  So, I googled Tower Place Mall.  It looks like the mall will close November 30th.
 
http://www.wcpo.com/dpp/news/local_news/done---cincinnati-takes-first-step-to-buy-tower-place-mall
 
Even though the mall has been a lot of nothing for quite a while, the loss of this valuable space is a huge loss to downtown Cincinnati. 
  
 
http://www.wlwt.com/news/local-news/cincinnati/City-could-buy-struggling-Tower-Place-Mall/-/13549970/17407664/-/d3j296/-/index.html
post edited by soozycue520 - 2012/11/21 20:09:10
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/23 20:11:55
So I saw a sign off the Sharonville exit of I-275 for The Laughing Noodle.
 
It appears it's a part of White Castle and opened two months ago. It's the second one to open -- the other is in Springfield.
 
Does anyone know anything about this place?
 
Here's the link: http://thelaughingnoodle.com/
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/23 20:31:17
An asian friend of mine said the noodle offerings were pretty bad. 
 
I don't think I'll end up trying it myself, since if I want any of the items they offer, I will get it at a mom-n-pop asian eatery...unless for some odd reason I am hungry for such at 3 in the morning :-)
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/23 22:53:16
Well, I work nights... ;)
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/26 10:24:39
Gawd!  That looks really bad...
donw9876
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/26 12:52:20
carlton pierre
Gawd!  That looks really bad...

 
If you mean the web site for Laughing Noodle, yeah. It looks like White Castle is selling noodles or something.
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/26 13:55:33
donw9876

If you mean the web site for Laughing Noodle, yeah. It looks like White Castle is selling noodles or something.
Does the notion of a bowl of mac 'n' cheese topped with chopped WCs not appeal to you?
donw9876
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/11/26 19:11:07
Yeah, uh-huh.
 
Most of the chain noodle places like "Nothing but Noodles" and Noodles and Co. have been or are pretty good. I can see why an operator like White Castle would want to get in on noodles - noodles are cheap carbs. 
 
The stuff can be prepared offsite, trucked in and heated up.  It probably tastes like it, too. I'll probably have to try it sometime before it goes out of business.
 
Just took a look at the Sharonville menu. Oh, look, they have "Firecracker Shrimp". Bet it's just like Bonefish Grill's Bang Bang shrimp...
post edited by donw9876 - 2012/11/26 19:14:43
donw9876
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/12/07 03:23:12
Tacqueria Mercado in Fairfield -
 
I live farther north but tonight we stopped here on a trip to Jungle Jim's.
 
Some context: my tastes in Mexican are very pedestrian - I don't do tripe, pozole, menudo - I just like flavors and freshness.
 
I really, truly don't get the hype around Tacqueria Mercado. Either they had an off night, or, we are not in tune with some delicious subtlety about the place. I can skip this place from now on.
 
I ordered a small burrito lunch with barbacoa, and a side of a tostada with chicken. My wife ordered the quesadilla lunch with carnitas (pork). We ordered chips and salsa (not free, costs $2 here.)
 
The chips were like from a bag, not fresh. The salsa was like ketchup, sweet and pureed, not fresh tasting at all. Tasted like jarred salsa. The chips+salsa we had were a ripoff considering that you pay for it.
 
My burrito was a mass of wilted lettuce, no taste of cilantro or other herbs, and fairly flavorless. The meat (barbacoa == stewed beef) had a ton of greasy fat - very poorly trimmed - that I had to pick out and hide in a napkin.Very unseasoned and bland.
 
The beans had an interesting meaty texture but were flavorless and unseasoned. Same with the rice, also very unseasoned.
 
The chicken tostada on the side was the best part of my meal. The chicken was quite dry.
 
My wife reported that her quesadillas were "ok" but also complained about the lack of seasoning.

(By "seasoning" I mean they grossly under-used salt on everything. Nothing had any flavor and I had to dump salt on things and they still did not have much flavor.)
 
Even the table sauces that they provided had (to me) no particular compelling flavor profile. One was reddish and tasted smokey. Two others were different types of verde sauces. All three were forgettable. I wound up using the bottled Valentina brand sauce on the table.
 
Table service was OK and the server was pleasant. The girl who rang us up did the Mexican restaurant standard thing of ignoring us and not speaking or having any personality.
 
This place sucked. It wasn't even that cheap because we had to pay for chips and salsa, and the fact that they only had lunch combinations, so putting together the dinner I really wanted was more expensive than something I'd get at Abuelo's.
 
Flavor wise, this food was on a par with El Rancho Grande stuff. As noted, no tastes of herbs like cilantro, or freshness, except for the lettuce and tomato on the tostada.
 
It's funny - I read somewhere that Tacqueria Maya at Fields-Ertel is owned by the same people. Food at Maya is considerably tastier, fresher and with much more flavor than this stuff.
post edited by donw9876 - 2012/12/07 04:31:51
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/12/16 15:41:52
donw9876

Tacqueria Mercado in Fairfield -

I live farther north but tonight we stopped here on a trip to Jungle Jim's.

Some context: my tastes in Mexican are very pedestrian - I don't do tripe, pozole, menudo - I just like flavors and freshness.

I really, truly don't get the hype around Tacqueria Mercado. Either they had an off night, or, we are not in tune with some delicious subtlety about the place. I can skip this place from now on.

I ordered a small burrito lunch with barbacoa, and a side of a tostada with chicken. My wife ordered the quesadilla lunch with carnitas (pork). We ordered chips and salsa (not free, costs $2 here.)

The chips were like from a bag, not fresh. The salsa was like ketchup, sweet and pureed, not fresh tasting at all. Tasted like jarred salsa. The chips+salsa we had were a ripoff considering that you pay for it.

My burrito was a mass of wilted lettuce, no taste of cilantro or other herbs, and fairly flavorless. The meat (barbacoa == stewed beef) had a ton of greasy fat - very poorly trimmed - that I had to pick out and hide in a napkin.Very unseasoned and bland.

The beans had an interesting meaty texture but were flavorless and unseasoned. Same with the rice, also very unseasoned.

The chicken tostada on the side was the best part of my meal. The chicken was quite dry.

My wife reported that her quesadillas were "ok" but also complained about the lack of seasoning.

(By "seasoning" I mean they grossly under-used salt on everything. Nothing had any flavor and I had to dump salt on things and they still did not have much flavor.)

Even the table sauces that they provided had (to me) no particular compelling flavor profile. One was reddish and tasted smokey. Two others were different types of verde sauces. All three were forgettable. I wound up using the bottled Valentina brand sauce on the table.

Table service was OK and the server was pleasant. The girl who rang us up did the Mexican restaurant standard thing of ignoring us and not speaking or having any personality.

This place sucked. It wasn't even that cheap because we had to pay for chips and salsa, and the fact that they only had lunch combinations, so putting together the dinner I really wanted was more expensive than something I'd get at Abuelo's.

Flavor wise, this food was on a par with El Rancho Grande stuff. As noted, no tastes of herbs like cilantro, or freshness, except for the lettuce and tomato on the tostada.

It's funny - I read somewhere that Tacqueria Maya at Fields-Ertel is owned by the same people. Food at Maya is considerably tastier, fresher and with much more flavor than this stuff.
I have not been there in quite a while but my amigo had got take-out burritos from there shortly before his demise in September and he was not too happy with them, as I recall. 

ann peeples
Sirloin
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/12/16 18:04:40
Bob is Cinncinati this week, working. Thanks for the heads up!
 
donw9876
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/12/16 21:15:47
NYPIzzaNut I have not been there in quite a while but my amigo had got take-out burritos from there shortly before his demise in September and he was not too happy with them, as I recall. 

 
My condolences on the loss of your friend. I read that here a few months ago.
 
I just ate at Taqueria Maya tonight, and it was consistently excellent as always. So I think my taste-o-meter is working fine. (I doubt my own judgement when I read over the top reviews of a place and it turns out to be p*ss poor when I finally go.)
post edited by donw9876 - 2012/12/17 02:13:44
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/12/21 10:27:51
We're doing a non-traditional Christmas this year. Anybody aware of any Chinese (preferred) or other restaurants open Xmas day in the Eastern corridor?
DwayneB
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/12/22 09:18:12
I've been living in a hotel for months and have been gaining weight steadily, while having a good time exploring a LOT of new restaurants.
 
So I thought I would share some recent "hits" and "misses":
 
I had a SUPERB burger at Flipdaddy's on Mason Montgomery Road, but to get there you must get through "Fields-Ertel Exit Hell".  I am sure you know what I mean if you live in this area.   Ordered the thing med well, and MAN it was yummy.   I would advise going with a std hamburger (my preference) or cheeseburger, because this ground meat can stand on it's own - the fancy burgers on their menu have too much claptrap on them for me.  The place was freaking busy when I was in there, always a good sign.
 
If you like Indian, give the New Krishna a whirl, it's in Sharonville in a strip mall on Lebanon Road just North of I275.  Above average Indian, nice buffet.  Only ding was that their buffet was not spicy enough for me.  I've never ordered from the menu so can't advise about that.  Oh and that weird dessert that looks like syrup with fresh apple slices in it?  Awesome (but really sweet).
 
Want some Thai in a nice relaxing setting?  Try Tong's Thai off Route 28 just east of Milford (west on 28 from I275).  I really liked this place, had not been there for years, I think it used to be Bankok Thai.  Food is fantastic (spicy) and is the perfect place for a nice meal.  If I was looking for a place to take a date or someone for a special dinner, I would choose this place.  Inexpensive too.
 
I know it sounds strange, but I had a good bar pizza at BJ's Brewhouse in Springdale (in the Tri County mall).  I would highly recommend this for a quick nosh, it's a good pairing with their BJ local brews.
post edited by DwayneB - 2012/12/22 09:43:23
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/12/22 17:35:28
BJ's does make a good pizza. I've had several other menu items there and have never been disappointed.
 
I thought Flipdaddy's (the Mariemont one) was a bit expensive. It was a good burger, but not really worth the $14 or so they charged for it.
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2012/12/25 23:59:01
I got the chance to walk through Tower Place Mall last week. The city is going to take over the mall, from what I have heard. Hopefully it will be a good thing. Tower Place Mall is a separate entity from the Carew Tower Concourse. Those businesses remain intact.
 
Most businesses have jumped ship. But, some remain.  The only "real" shops are T.J. Maxx and the I Love Cincinnati shop. There is still an auction place, and a business that sells homemade, crafty type of items. I wondered why this place was there. They had to be paying almost nothing for rent, in order to sell the kinds of things they were trying to sell.
 
Anyhoo, this is supposed to be about FOOD!!! I went down to the food court, and everything is gone, except the Chinese Combo place, and Subway. The only places still operating, in what looked like a ghost town (ghost mall). Very sad.
westsider12
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/01/23 09:40:09
Has anyone been to the new Aunt Flora's place on 4th downtown?  I haven't had a lot of time to eat out lately but was hoping for a review from someone from this site.
 
http://www.yelp.com/biz/the-cobbleria-by-aunt-flora-cincinnati
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/01/23 15:35:01
Hey look, we're getting a Johnny Rockets here in Cincinnati
 
http://cincinnati.com/blo...-in-eastgate-saturday/
 
oh, wait, sorry - its called Highway 55
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/01/23 17:35:42
Not too sure they offer Nathan's hotdogs, which is what I like about JR.
carolina bob
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/01/23 22:25:19
If Cincinnati ever does get a Johnny Rockets, it won't be anything to get too excited about. I've eaten at two JRs, both of them in the Chicago area, and I wasn't really impressed with their burgers. They're similar to those at both Steak n' Shake and Culver's but, IMO, aren't as good. Johnny's prices are a bit on the high side too.
post edited by carolina bob - 2013/01/23 22:44:26
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/01/24 01:58:37
Great Scott Diner in Amelia does the '50s burger joint theme very well, so it will be interesting to see how another one 10 minutes away fares.
 
Although with Jungle Jim's being the destination that it is, a Little Caesar's in that complex would probably thrive.
 
I'll probably give it a chance and take one for the team here in the next few weeks. I'm just that kind of guy.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/01/24 10:27:44
carolina bob

If Cincinnati ever does get a Johnny Rockets, it won't be anything to get too excited about. I've eaten at two JRs, both of them in the Chicago area, and I wasn't really impressed with their burgers. They're similar to those at both Steak n' Shake and Culver's but, IMO, aren't as good. Johnny's prices are a bit on the high side too.
We have had a Johnny Rockets in the Kenwood area of Cinci for many years - they are not cheap but their Nathan's hot dogs are sublime.

NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/01/24 10:29:34
Hwy 55  tells me they offer their own branded dog.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/01/24 14:56:36
NYPIzzaNut

Hwy 55  tells me they offer their own branded dog.

Hmmm...since it's a Carolinas chain it'll probably be pork, and if that's the case I'll pass.
 
I wonder if this place will hurt Five Guys' business.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/01/31 19:40:18
Wife's birthday was last weekend and we checked out the new Great Scott in Oakley, since we live on the east side and her family lives west.
 
They said they were in the process of changing the menu over, and one side was German food and the other side was most the usual items the Amelia location has.
 
The Oakley location is definitely more cozy. It feels like more a German-style restaurant, which is I guess what they're shooting for. I was with a party of nine and didn't get to ask many questions.
 
Everyone loved what they got. If you're an onion ring fan -- which I'm not -- I would recommend getting an order. They're absolutely enormous and the breading (I'm told) is incredible.
 
Three people got the cordon bleu schnitzel, and I tried a bite myself, and it was incredible. The breading was thick and delicious, and none of the people that got it came even close to finishing theirs. My wife actually couldn't finish the leftovers for lunch the next day.
 
The portions are huge and the prices are pretty reasonable. I got the cajun seafood pasta, which was $19, but it was absolutely loaded with shrimp and scallops.
 
And the service was fantastic, as has always been the case at the diner and the other restaurant in Amelia. I made sure I went over to the manager when we were leaving and thanked her for making our experience so memorable.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/02/09 11:08:07
It has long been noted that despite the huge numbers of German-descended people living here, and the biggest Oktoberfest in the US, we have very few German restaurants here in Cincinnati
 
and now......one fewer still
 
http://news.cincinnati.co...ainful-Auf-Wiedersehen
 
Partial text of the article:
One less place to eat schnitzel, sauerbraten, strudel and sauerkraut, the four S’s of Cincinnati cuisine. Another historic house gone. One more link to the Queen City’s German heritage broken.

Those losses spring from the news that Clifton Heights is about to lose a landmark, Lenhardt’s & Christy’s restaurant. The German-style eatery in a very German-style old house closed just before Christmas.
 
Earlier this week, out-of-town developers revealed the owners’ plans to sell the property and wreck the 122-year-old former mansion sitting just two blocks from the University of Cincinnati. Seven stories of student housing and stores would replace the restaurant that was once the grand 19th-century home of the fourth of the six daughters of Christian Moerlein, Cincinnati’s biggest beer baron.
 
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/02/10 17:49:09
Wouldn't the building be protected for historical reasons? There was talk that Maloney's East would be torn down and a new building erected, but I was told that would never happen for that reason, and that building isn't nearly as old as Lenhardt's.
 
The problem with that location is the German descendents don't live anywhere near Clifton, nor do people travel to Clifton to dine. It's strictly a college and younger-people area, and not a very attractive one at that.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/02/10 17:58:19
Tried two places this weekend: The Highway 55 joint next to Jungle Jim's Eastgate and Andouille's in New Richmond.
 
The Highway 55 interior is pretty cool. Typical 50s decor, 50s music.
 
I got the double cheeseburger and my wife got the BBQ burger. She got onion rings on the side and I got fries. They do offer gravy for fries, but I didn't try that.
 
The burger was good. Very juicy, done medium, and the cheese was melted nicely. The bun was a touch flaky, but that would be my only objection. The fries were OK, most were crispy but a few were a little limp.
 
My wife liked hers but prefers a thicker, Memphis-style sauce over the thinner sauce, but we expected that with it being a North Carolina-based chain.
 
I got a pop and she got water and our bill was a hair under $20. I guess the onion rings are considered a premium side.
 
Overall it was good but not exceptional. I'd like to go back and try a couple of other items. They did offer us a samples of their frozen custard, and it was quite good.
 
The price is probably a little high for a couple of burgers and one pop but not outrageous.
 
I think Five Guys is a little better and Great Scott Diner is definitely a big step up from both and cheaper if you don't mind driving 10-15 extra minutes.
 
More...
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/02/10 18:16:32
Also tried Andouille's in New Richmond today.
 
I saw the ad in one of the free rags they give out at bars. I just did a search and saw a couple of you did discuss this place in the SW Ohio thread three years ago and had mixed opinions. Our experience was very good.
 
We went at 3 p.m. and there was only one other family there, but 3 p.m. is between lunch and dinner so that's not surprising.
 
We got the fried mozzarella, which came in wonton wrappers sprinkled with some kind of paprika-based barbeque seasoning. It was excellent. It came with a pepper-and-onion based marinera.
 
I order, well, the andouille since that was the name of the place and my wife got the blackened BBQ chicken panini. Mine was four huge pieces of sausage over a generous bed of fresh mac and cheese with sweet peppers and onions on the side (I ordered without the onions), and it came with a salad (fresh croutons) and cornbread that about as moist as any I've ever had.
 
I absolutely loved it. The sausage had a little spice, but not overwhelming, and was incredibly flavorful and juicy. The mac was a great complement.
 
I got through 1 1/2 pieces of andouille and got a to-go box. The portions were very generous.
 
My wife loved her panini and could only get through half. Hers came with fries, which were thicker, almost chip-like in texture. Normally I don't go for thicker fries but these were very good. Hers also came with cajun coleslaw, which she liked but I'm not a fan of slaw so I didn't try it.
 
She ordered a dessert to go, so with the appetizer, two meals, one pop and two stuffed to-go boxes our bill was $38. I'd definitely go back, as there were several other menu items I'd be interested in trying. Very pleased with this find.
 
 
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/02/13 15:52:46
Polly Campbell says Piada, the Italian version of Chipotle, is coming to Cincinnati. Two locations to open soon.
 
I tried one in Columbus (and wrote about it in the fast food forum) and I was pretty pleased. The ingredients are very fresh and the portions are huge.
 
Link here: http://cincinnati.com/blogs/dining/2013/02/13/two-locations-of-piada-italian-street-food-to-open-here/
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