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jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/02/14 13:03:55
I noticed in Jungle Jim's Eastgate yesterday that there is a small freezer case of Jeni's Ice Cream in the frozen section.
 
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/02/14 22:23:44
jmckee
 I noticed in Jungle Jim's Eastgate yesterday that there is a small freezer case of Jeni's Ice Cream in the frozen section.
 
 
 
The original Fairfield store has had a small freezer case of it for a while now, too. We usually get ours from Picnic & Pantry in Northside, however (for $1 more than what Jungle charges).
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/02 06:01:22
Boston Butz in Ross, which had textbook Roadfood food, but with service that bordered on non-existent, has closed. The sign out front now reads: Coming soon, Overtime Bar and Grill (or something like that, without the comma).
 
Boston Butz had great food but the service was always painfully slow and I wrote about the worst service experience I've ever endured in my life a couple of years ago. We thought about going back in the past year or so but never did.

Hothead Burritos has become our go-to joint for Friday Miami hockey games, since our time is limited those nights.
post edited by Bonk - 2013/03/02 06:06:26
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/02 10:00:33
jmckee

I noticed in Jungle Jim's Eastgate yesterday that there is a small freezer case of Jeni's Ice Cream in the frozen section.


In their specialy cheese section they also have reasonably priced jellied pork tongue which is very good.
donw9876
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/02 12:04:04
Bonk
Hothead Burritos has become our go-to joint for Friday Miami hockey games, since our time is limited those nights.

 
I've eaten at a Hothead location in Centerville and the food was dreadful. Sort of a cafeteria style version of fast Mexican. IMO, Taco Bell tastes better. I just don't like Hothead.
post edited by donw9876 - 2013/03/02 12:24:46
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/03 07:44:24
donw9876
I've eaten at a Hothead location in Centerville and the food was dreadful. Sort of a cafeteria style version of fast Mexican.

 
I have to agree. We have tried the Oakley and Florence locations and found everything to be completely flavorless unless you add one or more of their sauces. The quality of the employees at both locations (Oakley in particular) left something to be desired as well, to the point where my wife e-mailed the Oakley manager about the amount of cursing behind the counter that we could hear halfway across the restaurant. We were offered a free return meal as a result, but there is no reason to go back, so we haven't.
donw9876
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/03 12:46:07
Hot Head is a Dayton based business so it has an awful lot of "mind share" in this area as a local success story. I think people around here like it because it's local and because they have a Pavlovian response to taco like stuff (IE, they have no taste buds or judgement), not because it tastes good. The founders of Hot Head were Subway franchisers in Dayton, which may explain the philosophy behind their "recipe" selections.  HH is just incredibly overrated.
 
Plain nachos we got with cheese were soggy eating right in the restaurant (not takeout) because the idiots put everything in a serving bowl and ladled cheese over it. Chicken tasted like precooked salad chicken from the supermarket.
 
I just saw a blog review of one Hot Head and the photo of a cross section of the guy's burrito looked like a tiny lump of chicken surrounded  by a mass of white rice. And the guy liked it.
 
Hot Head is the Idiocracy version of Chipotle, IMO.
post edited by donw9876 - 2013/03/03 13:20:47
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/03 16:58:39
A few misc items
 
It appears that Caribe Carryout (formerly in Westwood a stone throw from Price Hill Chili) is about to reopen March 5th on Short Vine in Clifton next to the Steak and Lemonade joint, see: http://www.caribeonvine.com/Menu.html.  I loved this place when it was in Westwood for their empanadas and their solidly good stews on rice plus their very low prices.  It looks like he has upped the prices a bit at the new location but they remain a bargain.
 
I have been to the new Pizzelii's on Wooster Pike about a half dozen times now, and I am fairly impressed with the product there.  They do a 10' woodfired pizza, closest comparison in Cincinnati is A Tavola, but the prices are much lower than A Tavola's - 6 dollars for a plain cheese pie, a buck a topping with a fairly good list of addons, and 8 dollar specialty pies.  The use a fresh (uncooked)  sauce - just crushed tomatoes and salt.  Best topping is the roasted garlic cloves - you get chunks the size of grapes.  Toppings are far more generously applied than at A Tavola.   There is a real committment to quality here and it shows.  Highly recommended.
 
No word on when Iron Skillet in Newtown will re-open after a kitchen fire a few days ago.  I drove by and could barely tell there had been a fire at all, so hopefully they will reopen soon.
 
Sonny's Three Meat Burger moved out of the spot in Anderson and into Skytop Plaza in Mt Washington.
 
Lime Tacqueria in Covington's Mainstrasse has closed for good
 
Blue Smoke BBQ, which had occasionally (usually on Fridays) set up an outside stand at Findlay Market selling pulled pork sandwiches, now has an inside (permanent?) stall at Findlay Market next to the cookie guy, kinda in the middle.  Have to get in there and try their stuff soon
 
I would like to hear from downtowners (Westsider? come in, Westsider?) about how the new Tom + Chee location seems to be doing at the old Tavola Calda location next to Subway on Walnut between 4th and 5th, and about Silver Ladle.
westsider12
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/08 10:49:29
TJ - I've been on a healthy living challenge with some friends so my eating out has been limited as of late.  Some thoughts on downtown: Still loving Currito - way better than Chipotle with a lot more selection and flavor.  I've had a few sandwiches and soups at the Silver Ladle.  Overall, I would give it a 6-7 out of 10 - good but not great.  The burgers are very very good, the pulled pork is not.  The Gumbo soup is excellent, the black bean leaves something to be desired.  Have not been to Tom + Chee and don't plan to - just not up my alley.  In direct opposition to my healthy living challenge, we plan on hitting some of the new places in the casino in the very near future.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/13 20:31:35
donw9876

Hot Head is a Dayton based business so it has an awful lot of "mind share" in this area as a local success story. I think people around here like it because it's local and because they have a Pavlovian response to taco like stuff (IE, they have no taste buds or judgement), not because it tastes good. The founders of Hot Head were Subway franchisers in Dayton, which may explain the philosophy behind their "recipe" selections.  HH is just incredibly overrated.

Plain nachos we got with cheese were soggy eating right in the restaurant (not takeout) because the idiots put everything in a serving bowl and ladled cheese over it. Chicken tasted like precooked salad chicken from the supermarket.

I just saw a blog review of one Hot Head and the photo of a cross section of the guy's burrito looked like a tiny lump of chicken surrounded  by a mass of white rice. And the guy liked it.

Hot Head is the Idiocracy version of Chipotle, IMO.

 
I think it varies by location, because the one in Ross has always been pretty solid. The employees there are always very polite and efficient.
 
I do admittedly like most foods in that genre so maybe I'm not being discriminating enough. ;)

donw9876
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/15 16:26:25
In the "meh, who cares" department, The Polo Grille at Deerfield Towne Center is closing.
 
http://www.todayspulse.co...lose-this-month/nWsjN/
 
We felt that it was pretentious and not as good as the prices would indicate.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/16 04:59:23
That Overtime Bar and Grill now has an "open" sign on the front. It replaces Boston Butz in Ross, although it's weird that there is still a big Boston Butz smoker -- or maybe a trailer -- in the back.
 
There's a Facebook page but little else:
 
https://www.facebook.com/pages/Overtime-Bar-Grill/273716506093575
 
I'd be interested to try it but don't know if that'll happen since our wintertime tradition of commuting from Anderson Twp. to Oxford for Miami hockey games has nearly run its course for the season.
 
Eli's is very close, and while I wasn't wowwed by Eli's, it's still very popular locally so the food had better be good or they won't stay in business long.
post edited by Bonk - 2013/03/16 05:00:24
carlton pierre
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/20 13:54:19
I don't know TJ but I remembered when you started this thread some years ago and I'm guessing it has more pages than any other.  I hope the honor of first post on page 100 goes to you.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/20 14:39:06
nah, i want it to be someone else, because this thread is a group effort.
 
heck, if this post were to appear on page 100, I'll delete it :-)
westsider12
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/21 09:33:26
Just saw that Putz's near Mt. Airy forest is opening for the season on March 25th - fantastic ice cream!!
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/21 13:02:59
Ena's Jerkmania is open on West Kemper Road in Springdale. http://www.thatsjerk.com/Home.html
It's an offshoot of Ena's restaurant in Columbus.
Anybody tried it?
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/22 19:30:36
Got a wild hair and tried Overtime in Ross where Boston Butz used to be.
 
Overall, I'd say the prices were pretty good and the food was average, and as I mentioned above, Ross Pizza is across the street and popular Eli's is a few hundred feet away, so I'm not sure how well this is going to work out.
 
It's a small place anyway, and the dining area is even smaller since they put a five-seat bar in the back.
 
I got a steak hoagie which was pretty good despite being frozen at some point. They offer mushroom or pizza gravy, and I was impressed when the mushroom gravy had actual chunks of mushrooms in it. It also came slightly soggy fries.
 
My wife got a personal pizza with ham and pineapple, which actually means it changes status from pizza to flatbread, and it was OK ( I did try a bite).
 
Our bill for that and two pops was around $18, which I thought was pretty good. Not a place I'd recommend going out of your way for, but you could do worse.
 
Hey, we got our food in under 90 minutes, so it's already a big step ahead of Butz.
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/22 21:32:55
jmckee
Ena's Jerkmania is open on West Kemper Road in Springdale. http://www.thatsjerk.com/Home.html
It's an offshoot of Ena's restaurant in Columbus.
Anybody tried it?

 
It has been open for a while now. I reviewed it back on page 90 in September 2011:
 
dlawson
There is a new Jamaican place named Ena's Jerkmania! now open in Springdale, an extension of the (famed?) Ena's Caribbean Kitchen in Columbus. I noticed it for the first time yesterday while driving along Kemper near Route 4, and grabbed a quick lunch there today. I'm not sure what most recently occupied that restaurant space, but it has previously been a Taco Bell and a soul seafood kitchen whose name escapes me. The restaurant can seat about 16 people comfortably, and maybe 20 uncomfortably. (The booths are too large for 2 people, but a bit too small for 4.) 
  
Lunch consisted of a jerk chicken sandwich with onions, mixed peppers, and mustard, fries with a side of spicy ketchup, and a bottle of Ting. The sandwich was excellent, with just the right amount of kick to the "original" jerk sauce (they also offer a "sweet" and a "spicy"). It was served on what appeared to be either a wheat or multigrain hoagie roll, which is a curious but not unwelcome choice, but the meat and peppers are the real stars. Ting (a great grapefruit soda, unlike Squirt) is also excellent as always, but the fries fell a bit short. They were a bit soggier than I expected (considering that they are thin cut) and not all that flavorful. The "kickin' ketchup" helped a bit, and they do offer rosemary-garlic and spicy parmesan fries as well, but at $2+ for a small order, I'm not sure they are worth it. I will opt for a pattie or plantains as a side item next time. 
  
I searched for them on Google yesterday and came up with nothing, but a search today reveals that they do in fact have a Web site with menu: 
  
http://thatsjerk.com/ 
  
I hope they offer lunch combo pricing at some point, since $11ish (including dine-in tax) is a bit steep for a sandwich, fries, and a bottled drink. I'll be back to sample a few of their other offerings just the same. 

 

 
Funny thing...I never did go back. I guess the prices put me off more than I initially thought they would.
post edited by dlawson - 2013/03/22 21:34:24
tikkanen
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/25 23:42:34
Has anyone stopped by Bobby's Burger Palace in Horseshoe Casino? It's by Bobby Flay of Food Network fame. Is it worth a stop?
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/26 09:01:33
Got a very good report on BBP from a coworker, and was very surprised on how low the prices are relative to other "celebrity chef" type places - 7 to 8 dollars for most burgers
 
I dont know that I'd make a trip from Lexington for it, even if I was the leading urbanspoon'er for Cincinnati :-), but I will get over there for lunch sometime soon
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/26 10:55:31
dlawson

jmckee
Ena's Jerkmania is open on West Kemper Road in Springdale. http://www.thatsjerk.com/Home.html
It's an offshoot of Ena's restaurant in Columbus.
Anybody tried it?


It has been open for a while now. I reviewed it back on page 90 in September 2011:

dlawson
There is a new Jamaican place named Ena's Jerkmania! now open in Springdale, an extension of the (famed?) Ena's Caribbean Kitchen in Columbus. I noticed it for the first time yesterday while driving along Kemper near Route 4, and grabbed a quick lunch there today. I'm not sure what most recently occupied that restaurant space, but it has previously been a Taco Bell and a soul seafood kitchen whose name escapes me. The restaurant can seat about 16 people comfortably, and maybe 20 uncomfortably. (The booths are too large for 2 people, but a bit too small for 4.) 
 
Lunch consisted of a jerk chicken sandwich with onions, mixed peppers, and mustard, fries with a side of spicy ketchup, and a bottle of Ting. The sandwich was excellent, with just the right amount of kick to the "original" jerk sauce (they also offer a "sweet" and a "spicy"). It was served on what appeared to be either a wheat or multigrain hoagie roll, which is a curious but not unwelcome choice, but the meat and peppers are the real stars. Ting (a great grapefruit soda, unlike Squirt) is also excellent as always, but the fries fell a bit short. They were a bit soggier than I expected (considering that they are thin cut) and not all that flavorful. The "kickin' ketchup" helped a bit, and they do offer rosemary-garlic and spicy parmesan fries as well, but at $2+ for a small order, I'm not sure they are worth it. I will opt for a pattie or plantains as a side item next time. 
 
I searched for them on Google yesterday and came up with nothing, but a search today reveals that they do in fact have a Web site with menu: 
 
http://thatsjerk.com/ 
 
I hope they offer lunch combo pricing at some point, since $11ish (including dine-in tax) is a bit steep for a sandwich, fries, and a bottled drink. I'll be back to sample a few of their other offerings just the same. 



Funny thing...I never did go back. I guess the prices put me off more than I initially thought they would.

I remember now. So long ago for one so aged as myself.
 
westsider12
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/27 08:55:02
I was hoping to get to the casino this week but the end of the first quarter is preventing me from getting there.  I hopefully will get there in April as my lunch crew is dying to try the burger place.
jjjrfoodie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/03/28 15:07:29
While I love the TJ Jackson(and have actually met him briefly to which he can attest knowingly-LOL) he also dents my pocket book with his suggestions and this week was no different.
 
Snow day this week so did the trilogy of Clifton.
 
Late lunch at Caribe per his advice.
 
Two spicey carribean jerk empanadas and two curry chicken empanadas. Talked to the owner while he fried them to order.
 
I need to get back to try the rice stews (especialy the cocount chicken)  but the empanadas were worth the wait. Totally yummy.
 
A quick pop in to see owner Dwan at Alabama 'Que a block down to discuss smoked turkey tips and pick up a new menu. Looks like a stop is needed next week again. Even showed the remaining  carry out Caribe empanada's to Dwan and his staff and all looked and went' damn, where do you get those?"
I said just 100 yards down the road. Ha.  Total LOL moment.

Final stop for coneys and 3 way chili to go at Camp Washington and a brief chat with owner Johnny Johnson.
 
Weather sucked. Food was beyond wonderful.  Three mom and pop one off's and 3 owners working  the floor. Can't beat that. It says a lot these days.

 
Thanks for the Caribe' heads up TJ.
 
post edited by jjjrfoodie - 2013/03/28 15:20:20
scottkuma
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/12 12:34:57
I tried Dinastia Latina in Sharonville last week, and I have to say that it was excellent!  I chatted up the wait staff in my (becoming more & more) limited Spanish, and they were very welcoming & efficient.
 
It wasn't the FASTEST Mexican food experience I've had in Cincinnati, but it is right up there with Taqueria Maya as one of the TASTIEST!
 
EDIT: This originally read "Taqueria Mercado" in the line above.  I have never eaten at Mercado, but have many times at Maya.  Not sure how I typed the wrong thing.
post edited by scottkuma - 2013/04/12 18:58:48
donw9876
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/12 13:52:20
^ I have been to both Dinastia and Mercado in the recent past.
 
I thought the food at Dinastia was excellent and the service was charming. It's a tiny place but very good food.
 
Frankly, Taqueria Mercado REALLY underwhelmed us, and unless the place was having an off night, it's just hugely overrated (one other highly rated local place that really underwhelmed us was El Picante in Maineville.) It was, to my taste, extremely corporate mini chain Mexican. The food was not the best. I got shredded beef that had a significant amount of untrimmed fat and our food was bland. The salsa and the table sauces were forgettable.
 
For my money the *best* (in red letters) local hole in the wall Mexican is Taqueria Maya at Kings Automall. I expected the same kind of food and experience at Taqueria Mercado (Fairfield) and I did not get it.
westsider12
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/12 13:53:59
I visited the Yard House downtown on Wednesday night for after-dinner drinks and the place was PACKED - hardly any table open and the bar seats were all taken at 8:30pm.  For the Reds not being in town, I was really surprised.  It was a gorgeous weather night, though.  The beer selection was vast, and the food at least looked good.  Will have to get back to try the food at some point.
donw9876
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/12 13:55:35
^ I have been to both Dinastia and Mercado in the recent past.
 
I thought the food at Dinastia was excellent and the service was charming. It's a tiny place but very good food.
 
Frankly, Taqueria Mercado REALLY underwhelmed us, and unless the place was having an off night, it's just hugely overrated (one other highly rated local place that really underwhelmed us was El Picante in Maineville.) It was, to my taste, extremely corporate mini chain Mexican. The food was not the best. I got shredded beef that had a significant amount of untrimmed fat and our food was bland. The salsa and the table sauces were forgettable.
 
For my money the *best* (in red letters) local hole in the wall Mexican is Taqueria Maya at Kings Automall. I expected the same kind of food and experience at Taqueria Mercado (Fairfield) and I did not get it.
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/12 14:53:11
Hey look, TJ's Thread is about to turn 100(pages)!
 
Good job covering your area TJ.
joerogo
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/12 14:53:35
Are we there yet?
scottkuma
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/12 19:00:45
Frankly, Taqueria Mercado REALLY underwhelmed us,

 
My complete and utter mistake.  I was speaking of Taqueria Maya, not Mercado.  I've eaten at T. Maya many times, and it's always excellent.  I've never eaten at Mercado.  Sorry!
donw9876
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/12 21:41:26
Oh, no big deal - thanks.
 
I went off like that because I have read all manner of favorable reviews of Taqueria Mercado and it just wasn't that special ... I get tired of reading great things about a place that really wasn't worth the trip.
 
Taqueria Maya's food is more like it makes me want to beat my head against a nearby wall or something, because it's so crazy good. Fresh hand made tortillas (I think), and even the beans and rice have flavor.
Earl of Sandwich
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/13 22:17:00
Hey TJ congratulations on reaching 100 pages.  I don't think any topic ( except maybe, the infamous "Salad Dressing vs mayonnaise) has reached as many pages.  I hope you'll start posting again.
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/14 12:19:53
donw9876

Taqueria Maya's food is more like it makes me want to beat my head against a nearby wall or something, because it's so crazy good. Fresh hand made tortillas (I think), and even the beans and rice have flavor.
I looked up Taqueria Maya and Urbanspoon gives the location as Kings Auto Mall Drive, but the photo of the menu lists a Mason address.  Are there 2 locations or did the restaurant move?  Either is close enough to Lebanon for me to pencil in a visit for Friday, July 12.
donw9876
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/14 13:05:34
Just one location. It's in the Kings Auto Mall and that is either considered Mason or it's close enough that it really doesn't matter. They moved just once, off of Mason Montgomery, but have been at the current location for at least 2-3 years.
 
Here's the specific driving directions. Enter the Fields-Ertel Road drive for the Auto Mall. Turn right almost immediately into the plaza opposite Toyota, where Lenscrafters and Play it Again sports is located. They're right between Play It Again and Lenscrafters.
post edited by donw9876 - 2013/04/14 14:48:22
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/15 01:07:26
I really didn't want to make a pedestrian post to start a 100th page, but here's my pent-up thoughts over the past few weeks, for anyone who cares.
 
We moved from Anderson Township to Union Township (in Clermont County), so we'll obviously be looking at that area's local fare a little more in the years to come.
 
We did Country Inn last weekend, on Ohio 125, about 1 1/2 miles east of I-275, and it was amazing. Their were numerous specials on their board, and everything was around $9. I got the chicken, and it came with a salad, two sides and bread.
 
The chicken was very good, and I got a sweet potato, which was exceptional. The mac and cheese was pretty good as well.
 
The three other people we ate with (my wife included) all loved their meals. Portions are enormous, quality was excellent and the prices were very fair. Service was excellent.
 
Went back to Campbell's Barn in Amelia, and I'm happy to report the chicken is still exceptional. A four-piece meal with two sides and a roll were $9.25. I got the mac and cheese and the jalepeno potato, and both were very good. The breading on the chicken is amazing, and the breast -- which can be dry at some places -- was incredibly juicy. Service, again, was excellent.
 
Finally, had a gift certificate to Indigo and tried that on Saturday. They have two locations -- Fort Wright and Hyde Park -- we chose the Fort Wright location. Unfortunately it will be leased out to a sports bar after April 30. But the food was very good.
 
We got a stuffed foccocia bread for an appetizer, which has mozz, tomatoes and pesto inside and was unbelievable, and I got the bacon bake, which is a pasta dish with penne smothered in mozz and bacon. I loved it. 
 
Cathy got the cajun pasta and thought it excellent as well. It's too bad that location is closing, as I cover CovCath football in the fall and that would've been a great place to eat dinner afterwards. But as good as it ways, we'll likely end up going to the Hyde Park location even though it's a pain in the anal opening to park there.
post edited by Bonk - 2013/04/15 01:14:43
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/15 14:14:52
donw9876

Here's the specific driving directions. Enter the Fields-Ertel Road drive for the Auto Mall. Turn right almost immediately into the plaza opposite Toyota, where Lenscrafters and Play it Again sports is located. They're right between Play It Again and Lenscrafters.
Thanks, Don.  I looked it up on Google Maps and it appears to be an independent oasis in a desert of chain restaurants!
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/15 23:39:27
ScreamingChicken
I looked it up on Google Maps and it appears to be an independent oasis in a desert of chain restaurants! 

 
Kyoto isn't bad as far as sushi goes, but...yes, that particular stretch is otherwise terrible. Hi Bombay! was great until they started cutting corners before finally going under, and I heard good things about the now-closed Oleg's Tavern, but I never did make it there despite frequenting the area for over 7 years.
donw9876
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/16 13:21:05
About that general area:
 
We went to Oleg's a couple of years ago and had lunch there. The owner (who kept getting mentioned in negative online reviews as being like the Soup Nazi) really made us uncomfortable, and I didn't think the food was that great.
 
I also like Skip's Deli's actual food, but the service attitude there pretty well sucks. One time I was getting a fountain drink and some stupid dumbass that worked in the back ran past me toward the back and shoved me and the drink went all over the counter. Kyoto, in front of the same shopping center, had decent food but I found the service and vibe very sterile and unwelcoming. " Hot Doggin' It" in the same building is now closed, but they had a very good product and good service IMO.  
 
"Iron Chef Grill" always looks intriguing at night with its lighted sign on, but everyone we know says it's way too expensive for what it is.
 
Grand Oriental gets praised for its Dim Sum but we went there a while back to buy an a la carte dinner, and the place was completely disorganized and we left. We talked to the owner when we were there to express our concerns and he was clueless. We like Johnny Chan 2's in Harper's Point, but that place gets trashed in online reviews, and I have never experienced the bad service or dirtiness that other reviewers claim.
 
The middle eastern place in the plaza across from Harper's Point was pretty good the last time I tried it, with really, really tasty freshly baked pita bread.
post edited by donw9876 - 2013/04/16 20:57:58
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/17 13:43:44
Fairly recently, Bonk reported a good experience at Great Scott in Oakley
 
Sadly, Polly reports today that this particular location has now closed for good: http://cincinnati.com/blo...t-in-oakley-is-closed/
westsider12
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/19 13:31:34
Finally made it over to the new downtown casino for lunch today.  Our lunch crew was interested in trying out Bobby Flay's Burger Palace.  The casino is very nice and very new and was moderately busy for Friday afternoon.  BBP, as it is called, has a very simple menu of burgers, fries (reg and sweet potato), onion rings and shakes.  They also sell alcohol.  I had heard from some other friends that other BBP outlets were pretty good, so we had high expectations.  Verdict: Very Good, bordering on Excellent.  The burger was cooked to a perfect medium.  I had the Miami, which was supposed to evoke a Cuban sandwich.  My other dining partners had the Buffalo and the Classic and each one said their burger was terrific.  The burger definitely was made with fresh meat.  You can also get a grilled chicken or turkey burger instead of beef.
 
We all ended up getting the sweet potato fries, which were fabulous.  They were Hot and crispy with a delicious taste and texture.  The fries $3 for an order; I would have been happy had I paid $5 for them.  Burgers were $6.50 - 7.75, so a burger and the very large serving of fries with a water was a little over $11. 
 
The only complaint I had was that the place is not very large and was extremely busy.  We were able to grab a seat without a wait, but the line got long and the seats ran out.  The servers were very polite but it was painfully obvious that they wanted us to leave as soon as the last bite hit our mouths.  I could have done without that but the food was good enough for me to overlook that somewhat.  Highly recommend.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/19 20:12:48
Interesting. So is BBP accessable from outside the casino or do you have to physically go inside the casino to get to it? I don't have any desire to visit the casino but I would like to check out Flay's place.
 
TJ - I just moved to within two miles of the Withamsville Great Scott and when I went in for a beverage last Saturday they were still talking the Oakley location up. That sucks, but at least the diner and the original location are still close.
post edited by Bonk - 2013/04/19 20:15:34
jjjrfoodie
Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/21 09:25:52
A new Mexican/Central American market/5 table diner has taken the spot of Caribe over on the west side right off of Glenway and Cleves Warsaw Ave across from the UDF (and within eyesight of Price Hill Chili).
 
They took the old Caribe spot and also took the spot next door for the kitchen and meat market.
 
Mercado Maratada (or Maratana as best as I remember) is the name.
Woman running the grille spoke little english but who I did speak to said they are doing a variety of Mexican and Central American goodies as he showed me.

They are doing tacos and burritos of course, but also had tongue in a nice sauce ,  home made chicken tamales, pork ribs, beef ribs,  mole chicken, guatamalan stew, colorado style green chili, arroz con pollo, along with the std. white or yellow rice and refried black beans. They had 9 or more 1/3 hotel steam pans full of goodies plus a flat top grill for carne asada and anything grilled. Plus a deep fryer.
 
He said he does a modified version of emepanadas that he is working on but they have only been open less than a month so things are still growing.
 
I'll stop by this week to grab a bite.They didn't even have a paper menu for me to grab and go.
It's a neat idea. I hope the neighborhood takes to it.  It's such a "hole in the wall" that I'm not quite sure ANYONE in that area is aware of it. :)
 
It may give TJ a reason to do a Saturday roadtrip to the west-side once again though. LOL.
:)
 
 
 
 
post edited by jjjrfoodie - 2013/04/21 09:37:17
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/21 18:31:49
I work in Queensgate at the moment and at lunchtime I tend to run westwards into Price Hill area when I am not heading to Findlay or Covington Mainstrasse, so I will be sure to check out this new place soon
 
I'm hoping this new joint will do an arepa, but the other stuff sounds good too
 
Aside: The gas at the UDF on that corner often has some of the cheapest gasoline in the city, giving me another reason to be in that area.  And of course Price Hill Chili is a half block away.
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2013/04/22 10:43:34
westsider12
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/22 10:23:24
There is no outside entrance to BBP; you can just walk along the fringe of the casino floor to get there.  You don't have to walk through all of the gambling, but you will have to walk past it.
 
Bonk

Interesting. So is BBP accessable from outside the casino or do you have to physically go inside the casino to get to it? I don't have any desire to visit the casino but I would like to check out Flay's place.

TJ - I just moved to within two miles of the Withamsville Great Scott and when I went in for a beverage last Saturday they were still talking the Oakley location up. That sucks, but at least the diner and the original location are still close.


TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/22 11:24:59
For quite some time now, those with a layover at Cincinnati's airport (CVG) have been able to get a taste of Cincinnati-style chili without leaving the airport
 
Now, you can also get our famous Graeter's ice cream without leaving the airport
 
http://news.cincinnati.co...er-s-now-available-CVG
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/22 12:48:30
Too bad. I'd like to try Bobby's food, but I will never set foot in that monstrosity.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/22 17:02:07
jmckee

Too bad. I'd like to try Bobby's food, but I will never set foot in that monstrosity.

 
That's sort of what I'm thinking...
 
Thanks for the info westsider!!

TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/25 13:21:34
I am sure many of you recall Oleg's Tavern (http://webcache.googleusercontent.com/search?q=cache:EPfoifD1dsYJ:cincinnati.com/blogs/dining/2010/09/17/ukrainian-has-german-touch-with-oleg-taverns-cuisine/+olegs+tavern+campbell&cd=1&hl=en&ct=clnk&gl=us) up in the Field's-Ertel area in Northeastern Cincinnati, and of course this tavern closed some time back
 
Well, I found out today that Oleg is now operating a food truck - well, more like a food trailer pulled behind a truck - called Berliner Doner Kebab.  I spotted this on Mt Carmel Tabasco Road just barely north of Beechmont in the parking lot next to Butterbees.  I had unfortunately already eaten when I spotted the truck, so I just stopped to chat with him for a few minutes.  From what he told me, it looks like the truck will mainly be doing specials rather than a regular menu .  For example, he had a meatball sandwich today. The card he gave me reads "Oleg's International Cusine" so it may be that he is transitioning from one name to another, although I forgot to ask that question. 
 
He said he'd be at that same location Monday Tuesday next week and after that he might move back to Mason for a while
 
website as listed on the card: www.olegsfood.com
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2013/04/25 13:44:08
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/26 00:10:28
Good info as always, TJ...I'll try to get up there Monday for lunch.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/04/28 21:16:20
I was in Great Scott Withamsville, and the bartender said the ownership is not changing in the Oakley location, but it's going to re-open as an antiques place-slash-bar-slash-wine store-slash-specialty sandwich shop.
 
Their initial food concept didn't work in that area and I'm not sure if this idea is any better of a fit for that location.
 
But the food at the Withamsville location is still very good. :)
post edited by Bonk - 2013/04/28 21:17:38
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/05/03 09:48:53
Several years ago, while I was still working downtown, one of my very favorite lunch spots was a place called Tom's Pot Pies.   He had a sensational traditional chicken pot pie and an even better broccoli alfredo pot pie, and I would generally get over there at least once a week
 
Unfortunately, he had to close up shop, and I have not seen or heard from him since
 
However, there was a blog post on Cincinnati Nomerati this week that indicated he is still in business and you can still get these pies, which is great news
 
The blog post: http://cincinnatinomerati.../05/toms-pot-pies.html

Key snippet from the post:
I found out that Tom would deliver potpies downtown if you called and asked nicely, and gave him a day's notice.

Potpies are $7 and worth every penny. You can reach Tom at 513-235-2400 for potpie orders. I'd recommend avoiding home games, as rumor has it that the Cincinnati Reds devour Tom's pies before each home game.

Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/05/03 20:33:47
He's a little different, but I did make it to Tom's downtown location and it was very good.
 
Did the Oleg's food "truck" Monday (thanks for the heads-up, TJ), and I thought his meatball sub was awesome. Five huge meatballs with homemade marinera and parmesan, with fries that he re-dropped when I ordered and a can of pop for $5. I wish that was his permanent spot.
Rabkin
Hamburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/05/05 19:06:18
Anybody have suggestions for a decent place to eat in or around Mariemont?  Wifey and I are planning on spending the day there this coming Saturday, and believe it or not, I've never visited there.  I mean, what with urbanspoon, yelp, etc., I know what restaurants are actually there (Dilly's Café, Flipdaddy's, Pizzelii, etc.); I was more interested in my fellow Roadfooders' take on what's really good, and what isn't so really good.  Thanks.
dlawson
Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/05/05 20:32:51
Rabkin
 Anybody have suggestions for a decent place to eat in or around Mariemont?  Wifey and I are planning on spending the day there this coming Saturday, and believe it or not, I've never visited there.  I mean, what with urbanspoon, yelp, etc., I know what restaurants are actually there (Dilly's Café, Flipdaddy's, Pizzelii, etc.); I was more interested in my fellow Roadfooders' take on what's really good, and what isn't so really good.  Thanks.

 
There have been some grumblings about the pricing here, but I don't find Flipdaddy's to be all that unreasonable (although it does add up if you enjoy craft brews, and I do). I have been several times, and I keep going back to the Gaucho.
 
I would also highly recommend a stop at 50 West if you are beer drinkers, or even if you aren't. The place is absolutely gorgeous, and you could easily make a lunch out of their (limited) menu offerings.
johnbycz
Junior Burger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/05/08 14:57:16
Gotta disagree on 50West. Beers are just OK at best, and the food (a "small plates" menu) is also nothing special. I like Flipdaddy's, and the breakfasts at the National Exemplar in the Mariemont Inn. Also not far away is Just Q'in', for BBQ, in Newtown (mostly takeout, but they have a few tables).
dlawson
Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/05/13 16:32:28
Rabkin, how was your Mariemont trip? Did I talk you into 50 West, or did johnbycz talk you out of it? 
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/05/15 13:23:39
Looking forward to the possibility of some new Orleans-type grub on the east side sometime in the next month or so - tho this location has seen the death of many an eatery in recent years
 
From: http://cincinnati.com/blo...2013/05/15/swampwater/
 
On the menu: oysters on the half-shell,  chargrilled and fried, gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, crawfish pies, fried catfish and po-boys. Then there’s the smoker side of the menu, with ribs, pulled pork, chicken and sometimes turkey. The restaurant  will be open for lunch and dinner, and will offer a  breakfast buffet on the weekend for about $12. Tentative hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and  3 p. m. to midnight on Saturday; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3-10 p.m. Sunday

Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/05/15 22:32:58
TJ Jackson

Looking forward to the possibility of some new Orleans-type grub on the east side sometime in the next month or so - tho this location has seen the death of many an eatery in recent years

From: http://cincinnati.com/blo...2013/05/15/swampwater/

On the menu: oysters on the half-shell,  chargrilled and fried, gumbo, jambalaya, crawfish etouffee, crawfish pies, fried catfish and po-boys. Then there’s the smoker side of the menu, with ribs, pulled pork, chicken and sometimes turkey. The restaurant  will be open for lunch and dinner, and will offer a  breakfast buffet on the weekend for about $12. Tentative hours are 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-2 p.m. and  3 p. m. to midnight on Saturday; 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. and 3-10 p.m. Sunday


 
Good Lord, that Wyatt's is gone already? The grilled cheese place before that was actually really good.
 
Sounds promising, but obviously that location hasn't worked out for others.
 
Speaking of places that have replaced other Roadfood places in tough locations, I visited Becknell's Bakery and Cafe today, which is in the spot of the former BBQ joint whose name escapes me right now that was in a strip mall on Glen Este-Withamsville just south of Ohio 32.
 
I went in for a quick sandwich and to pick up a menu. For $3.99 I got a turkey and swiss on ciabatta. There was plenty of meat on it and it was very tasty. You can also get a sandwich on a croissant or on a pretzel bread, and you get your choice of swiss, American or cheddar and turkey, ham or roast beef. The ladies working there were very friendly. You can also get a sandwich with kettle chips and mini cookies for $6.49.
 
I didn't get any bakery items but they looked delicious and what struck me about them was how inexpensive they were. Cake balls were $.65, canolis were $1.09, chocolate covered Oreos were $.75. It's tough to get in and out of there, which I hope doesn't affect their business.
 
I want to go back soon and try more sandwich combinations and some of the confectionaries.
 
The Web site is all for specialty cakes, but maybe it'll get updated. It's www.becknellsbakery.com.

post edited by Bonk - 2013/05/15 22:36:52
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/03 00:05:58
Did Becknell's again, and this time we ate in. We went at 1 on a Sunday, and there were 10 or so 60-somethings in there eating and shooting the breeze, which was kind of cool.
 
This time I got the combo, which was $6.49 and includes a big-ass cookie and a bag of kettle chips. This time I got turkey and swiss on a croissant, and it was excellent.
 
The cookie was loaded with chunks of chocolate and was very fresh and soft.
 
Very pleased with my two trips there.
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2013/06/03 07:39:42
Bonk

Did Becknell's again, and this time we ate in. We went at 1 on a Sunday, and there were 10 or so 60-somethings in there eating and shooting the breeze, which was kind of cool.

This time I got the combo, which was $6.49 and includes a big-ass cookie and a bag of kettle chips. This time I got turkey and swiss on a croissant, and it was excellent.

The cookie was loaded with chunks of chocolate and was very fresh and soft.

Very pleased with my two trips there.
Tried their cannolis. Nothing to write home about unfortunately.

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