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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/03 22:14:17 (permalink)
This may be old news, but I was over on Beechmont Avenue yesterday and noticed a building under renovation with a sign announcing an Indian Bistro was coming.  I believe it was in this building but of course since it was under renovation it looked a little different.  At any rate, it wasn't too far east of the Penn Station on Beechmont.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/04 00:10:14 (permalink)
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This may be old news, but I was over on Beechmont Avenue yesterday and noticed a building under renovation with a sign announcing an Indian Bistro was coming.  I believe it was in this building but of course since it was under renovation it looked a little different.  At any rate, it wasn't too far east of the Penn Station on Beechmont.
That is interesting - it is across from and close to Saturn of Beechmont it appears - I recognize the water tower in the background.


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/04 07:27:34 (permalink)
Green Plantain -  We had lunch their Sat. afternoon.  Wish I could have picture,  but frankly I forgot until too late. 

It is very clean and bright inside with lime green cloth table cloths under glass and tropical in feel.  There were 3 other tables occupied while we were there,  all families of Hispanic decent.
The waiter who spoke good English,  but didn't seem to understand much when spoken to (all was accomplished through pointing and smiles though. )  
He immediately brought over a basket of fried plantain chips and a spicy dip.  Chips were delicious, not greasy and not salty.
My daughter the vegetarian,  ordered their tofu dish,  and I ordered the Shrimp and fish in Coconut sauce.    Waiter came back a few minutes later to let us know that they didn't have any tofu.    Well their vegetarian options are very limited.  There is another Eggplant dish,  but she doesn't care for eggplant,  so she opted for the Corn Tamales... and a cup of Lentil soup.    The dishes arrived and were nicely presented.    The Tamales were delicious,  but the soup was inedible as it was way too salty. 
My Fish and Shrimp came in an oval bowl.  Pieces of Tilipia and 4 large shrimp ,  onions and green peppers in a ton of very oily sauce.   I also had white rice on the side.   The Tilipia was terrific and I picked the fish and vegetables out of the sauce and ate it with the rice.  It was very good, but the sauce was a little overwhelming. 

the menu is similar to Sabor Peranu,  but I thought this was a little better.  Maybe it was the bright decor and fun music..
Not sure we will be back soon,  since the vegetarian options are so few though....


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/04 14:19:53 (permalink)
That sign's been there for a while and I haven't noticed any progress, so I won't hold my breath. The Eastern influence on Beechmont is growing. I like Royal Taj for Indian, I've had a couple of good meals at Foreign Exchange (sushi/Thai), and there's some other new Thai bistro at Anderson Towne Center. I also like the fact that Young's Chinese in Mount Washington delivers.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/04 17:33:23 (permalink)
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Green Plantain -  We had lunch their Sat. afternoon.  Wish I could have picture,  but frankly I forgot until too late. 

It is very clean and bright inside with lime green cloth table cloths under glass and tropical in feel.  There were 3 other tables occupied while we were there,  all families of Hispanic decent.
The waiter who spoke good English,  but didn't seem to understand much when spoken to (all was accomplished through pointing and smiles though. )  
He immediately brought over a basket of fried plantain chips and a spicy dip.  Chips were delicious, not greasy and not salty.
My daughter the vegetarian,  ordered their tofu dish,  and I ordered the Shrimp and fish in Coconut sauce.    Waiter came back a few minutes later to let us know that they didn't have any tofu.    Well their vegetarian options are very limited.  There is another Eggplant dish,  but she doesn't care for eggplant,  so she opted for the Corn Tamales... and a cup of Lentil soup.    The dishes arrived and were nicely presented.    The Tamales were delicious,  but the soup was inedible as it was way too salty. 
My Fish and Shrimp came in an oval bowl.  Pieces of Tilipia and 4 large shrimp ,  onions and green peppers in a ton of very oily sauce.   I also had white rice on the side.   The Tilipia was terrific and I picked the fish and vegetables out of the sauce and ate it with the rice.  It was very good, but the sauce was a little overwhelming. 

the menu is similar to Sabor Peranu,  but I thought this was a little better.  Maybe it was the bright decor and fun music..
Not sure we will be back soon,  since the vegetarian options are so few though....

...do they offer any interesting soups?

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/04 17:34:49 (permalink)
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That sign's been there for a while and I haven't noticed any progress, so I won't hold my breath. The Eastern influence on Beechmont is growing. I like Royal Taj for Indian, I've had a couple of good meals at Foreign Exchange (sushi/Thai), and there's some other new Thai bistro at Anderson Towne Center. I also like the fact that Young's Chinese in Mount Washington delivers.
Are you referring to:

http://www.karmaasianbistro.com/




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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/04 22:10:54 (permalink)
a spirited discussion at the Enquirer about the results of the best of taste.  and some polls on "best foods" , including "best chili" Cincinnati.

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090504/ENT01/305040089/Vote++Best+chili+in+town?


NYPIzzaNut, you may find some of the pizza discussion interesting, lots of "larosas is best ever!" and some suggestions on finding "real NY style pizza"




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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/05 00:59:44 (permalink)
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That is interesting - it is across from and close to Saturn of Beechmont it appears - I recognize the water tower in the background.

It's across from a Gold Star Chili and Montgomery Cyclery.  You can use the little compass in the corner to change the direction you're looking.
 
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That sign's been there for a while and I haven't noticed any progress, so I won't hold my breath.

Well, there was a big yard box (dumpster) in the front drive and the red awning on the left side of the building was gone.  That's why I had some trouble finding the building on Google Maps.  It's the first time I'd been over that way for quite some time so I don't know if that's any progress or not.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/05 06:48:05 (permalink)
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Green Plantain -  We had lunch their Sat. afternoon.  Wish I could have picture,  but frankly I forgot until too late. 

It is very clean and bright inside with lime green cloth table cloths under glass and tropical in feel.  There were 3 other tables occupied while we were there,  all families of Hispanic decent.
The waiter who spoke good English,  but didn't seem to understand much when spoken to (all was accomplished through pointing and smiles though. )  
He immediately brought over a basket of fried plantain chips and a spicy dip.  Chips were delicious, not greasy and not salty.
My daughter the vegetarian,  ordered their tofu dish,  and I ordered the Shrimp and fish in Coconut sauce.    Waiter came back a few minutes later to let us know that they didn't have any tofu.    Well their vegetarian options are very limited.  There is another Eggplant dish,  but she doesn't care for eggplant,  so she opted for the Corn Tamales... and a cup of Lentil soup.    The dishes arrived and were nicely presented.    The Tamales were delicious,  but the soup was inedible as it was way too salty. 
My Fish and Shrimp came in an oval bowl.  Pieces of Tilipia and 4 large shrimp ,  onions and green peppers in a ton of very oily sauce.   I also had white rice on the side.   The Tilipia was terrific and I picked the fish and vegetables out of the sauce and ate it with the rice.  It was very good, but the sauce was a little overwhelming. 

the menu is similar to Sabor Peranu,  but I thought this was a little better.  Maybe it was the bright decor and fun music..
Not sure we will be back soon,  since the vegetarian options are so few though....

...do they offer any interesting soups?


Hi NYPizzaNut-   They had 3 listed on their menu.   The Lentil,  which we tried and was way too salty.  A soup of the day,  which when we were there,  and asked,  the waiter said it was not available,  and a third,  which had beef in it,  and we were not interested in..  Since we were there for lunch,  I guess the full menu is not always available....


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/05 13:23:29 (permalink)
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Are you referring to:

http://www.karmaasianbistro.com/


NYPIzzaNut


Yeah, that's it. It appears from previous messages you've been there. Any good?
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/05 14:37:08 (permalink)
Mighty fine and wonderful Laotian owners.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/07 12:51:55 (permalink)
The Balboas in O'Bryanville had the open sign on last night.  I'm looking forward to checking it out. I believe it's an expanded menu from the downtown location.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/07 13:02:50 (permalink)
I certainly hope the one in OBryonville turns out something better than the very substandard product served at the two downtown locations.  Good luck.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/07 17:30:55 (permalink)
Really?  I haven't been to the downtown one since just a month or so after it opened, but my sandwich was delicious and the pizza looked good.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/09 23:51:46 (permalink)
Went to the Casual Wok and Grill on Montgomery for an early Mother's Day celebration and had the dim sum.  Although they've got two store spaces, it's still a pretty small dining area.  We were lucky that it wasn't too crowded, although there were at least one or two other large parties there besides us. 

The dim sum offerings were pretty basic, but decently executed.  My favorites were the asparagus/shrimp dumpling, beef tendon (was especially nice texture, although it could've been a bit more flavorful), chinese broccoli with oyster sauce, stuffed eggplant and turnip cake.  The pork dumplings and shrimp dumplings were also good.  Steamed bbq pork bun was only so-so.  Dessert was egg tarts and the coconut mochi with peanuts, which was pretty unusual.  The latter was... interesting.  :)  I'm not a huge fan of coconut OR peanuts, but it was nice.

They do have cart service, but didn't really carry every dish on it.  We had to special order stuff like the rice noodle crepes with shrimp, and occasionally they only had one or two orders of something and we had to order a third.  We never did get the chicken feet, for some reason.  I'd recommend printing out the dim sum menu if you go, so you can special order things that aren't carried on the cart.  All in all, good dim sum, but I think Sunflower up in Columbus has a bigger selection and more consistent service.  I'd go back, though.  I'm even more interested in trying the szechaun menu, which has a ton of neat looking stuff. 

http://www.casualwok.com/

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/10 09:23:04 (permalink)
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Went to the Casual Wok and Grill on Montgomery for an early Mother's Day celebration and had the dim sum.  Although they've got two store spaces, it's still a pretty small dining area.  We were lucky that it wasn't too crowded, although there were at least one or two other large parties there besides us. 

The dim sum offerings were pretty basic, but decently executed.  My favorites were the asparagus/shrimp dumpling, beef tendon (was especially nice texture, although it could've been a bit more flavorful), chinese broccoli with oyster sauce, stuffed eggplant and turnip cake.  The pork dumplings and shrimp dumplings were also good.  Steamed bbq pork bun was only so-so.  Dessert was egg tarts and the coconut mochi with peanuts, which was pretty unusual.  The latter was... interesting.  :)  I'm not a huge fan of coconut OR peanuts, but it was nice.

They do have cart service, but didn't really carry every dish on it.  We had to special order stuff like the rice noodle crepes with shrimp, and occasionally they only had one or two orders of something and we had to order a third.  We never did get the chicken feet, for some reason.  I'd recommend printing out the dim sum menu if you go, so you can special order things that aren't carried on the cart.  All in all, good dim sum, but I think Sunflower up in Columbus has a bigger selection and more consistent service.  I'd go back, though.  I'm even more interested in trying the szechaun menu, which has a ton of neat looking stuff. 

http://www.casualwok.com/


The last time I had dim sum was at Uncle Yips in Evendale across the street from Sports Plus.  They have a pretty good selection of stuff and everything our party tried was very good.

Here are a couple links to reviews...

Yelp.com

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/10 20:50:25 (permalink)
Ate at the new Chi-nnati's Pizza place in Kenwood at Montgomery and Hosbrook

http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2008/12/22/story4.html

It was good.  Nothing really challenging, interesting or genre shaking by any means.  The toppings all looked and tasted fresh.  A cheesy garlic bread appetizer was very small but tasty. Service was solid but possibly insecure?  I heard my waiter and several others ask if everything was "perfect, including the service?" repeatedly.  That must be their schtick at least during the opening.  

A bit on the pricey side I thought for the thin crust pies and the small sizes of the appetizers and stuff.  

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/10 23:18:33 (permalink)
Just FYI - there's a new pizza place opening in the Fields-Ertle area on Union Cemetary between Fields-Ertle and Montgomery in the JC Penney plaza. Didn't catch the name of it -- it's not open yet -- but the sign says they serve it by the slice..... not sure that I've EVER seen a by the slice place in Cincy. Looking forward to it opening.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/11 01:32:24 (permalink)
Have any of you ever tried Walt's Barbeque?  There are three locations in the Cincinnati area.  Check out www.waltsbarbeque.com for more information!

I tried the relatively new location in Hamilton in the 1200 block of Main Street in the strip mall anchored by a Marsh grocery.  I enjoyed my Three Pigg Sandwich Sampler (chicken, pork, and brisket barbeque sandwiches, plus some ribs) and Saratoga Chips!  Look out, City Barbeque!
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/11 10:37:58 (permalink)
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Just FYI - there's a new pizza place opening in the Fields-Ertle area on Union Cemetary between Fields-Ertle and Montgomery in the JC Penney plaza. Didn't catch the name of it -- it's not open yet -- but the sign says they serve it by the slice..... not sure that I've EVER seen a by the slice place in Cincy. Looking forward to it opening.
That sounds like good news.  Once upon a time Roma Trattoria downtown did a booming lunch trade as Roma Pizzeria and served the best pizza in town (NY style) to a hungry office trade.   Please let us now its name and when its open so we can check it out.  Thanks for the alert.


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/11 11:29:43 (permalink)
By the slice is kinda rare in Cincinnati, but I do know of a few joints that do...and of course, they may be others I dont know about

Rockafellas in Sharonville (at least they did a couple years back)
Lucy Blue
Sbarro
Balboas
Flying Pizza
Ramundos in Mt Lookout Square (my favorite of that group, still fairly meh)
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/11 18:53:04 (permalink)
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By the slice is kinda rare in Cincinnati, but I do know of a few joints that do...and of course, they may be others I dont know about

Rockafellas in Sharonville (at least they did a couple years back)
Lucy Blue
Sbarro
Balboas
Flying Pizza
Ramundos in Mt Lookout Square (my favorite of that group, still fairly meh)


Rockafellas in Sharonville still does by the slice and does a very heavy lunch crowd...  They aren't bad, but nothing to write home about.

Flying Pizza is another place that isn't bad, but wouldn't be my first choice of NY Style pizza either.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/13 13:18:48 (permalink)
OK Obviously the thread had been side-tracked into a personal rant and reactions to that rant . We deleted several posts that were considered inappropriate.

  Posts on this thread should be constructive suggestions for  roadfood locations in the Greater Cincinnati area. Negative reviews of a location are acceptable, so long as they are linked to a specific location...NOT a universal condemnation of the entire community.

Violation of this axiom will cause further removal of posts by the Moderators.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/13 17:42:18 (permalink)
I know Latitudes has been mentioned on here before, and the Anderson Twp. location has changed owners. To review: Latitudes is a tapas restaurant. Prices are a little high but the food is great (I especially recommend Our Bread and Butter).

Anyway, the new owner was a bartender there (and is a good guy), and he said some changes will be made to the menu but the majority of it should remain the same.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/14 11:15:57 (permalink)
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Have any of you ever tried Walt's Barbeque?  There are three locations in the Cincinnati area.  Check out www.waltsbarbeque.com for more information!


I went to the Colerain location once, and was underwhelmed. The pulled pork was lacking in flavor (although the portion was very generous for the price), and the red beans and rice were downright awful. I may return to try the Tuesday "all you can eat" ribs at some point, but it is definitely not a priority.
 
It looks like I need to try the Green Plantain. I am also curious about the Israeli restaurant that was reviewed in last week's CityBeat (Kinneret Cafe on Plainfield Road). The menu appears to be heavily vegetarian, which should be of some interest to rpglegal.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/14 17:55:34 (permalink)
There's a new BBQ place in town called BevisBBQ
http://www.bevisbbq.com

I should say that there is "nearly" a new BBQ place in town.  Website says opening was April 24th.   I stopped in this afternoon only to be "Travelin'manned". Seems all of the renovation is not complete and all of the permits are not approved. Oh well.  I diverted to Pit to Plate to talk to Diane and pick up some of her custom BBQ sauce instead. BevisBBQ said they should be open by early June, but I'm guessin' mid-June is a better bet.

In real food news, I made a stop to the "taco truck"  on Queen City Ave just south of Sunset.  They work out of a trailer in the parking lot of the mexican grocerer and and have a good but limited menu.  I've been there several times and have had both the pollo taco and the carne asada tacos. Each taco used two griddled corn tortillas, had fresh cilantro , onions and radish. The make their own salsas, one being a red spicy salsa with chipotles in adobo sauce and the other being a salsa verde with fresh avacado. The carne is grilled and seasoned fresh to order and the pollo is slow roast and pulled chicken that is seasoned.

Tacos are $1.75 each, so a pretty good lunch can be had for $3.50.

As it seems there is no pleasing most of the folks on this forum lately, stop at your own peril. For the price I try and make it a weekly stop.

Happy roadfooding.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/14 19:51:29 (permalink)
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Have any of you ever tried Walt's Barbeque?  There are three locations in the Cincinnati area.  Check out www.waltsbarbeque.com for more information!


I went to the Colerain location once, and was underwhelmed. The pulled pork was lacking in flavor (although the portion was very generous for the price), and the red beans and rice were downright awful. I may return to try the Tuesday "all you can eat" ribs at some point, but it is definitely not a priority.
 
It looks like I need to try the Green Plantain. I am also curious about the Israeli restaurant that was reviewed in last week's CityBeat (Kinneret Cafe on Plainfield Road). The menu appears to be heavily vegetarian, which should be of some interest to rpglegal.
I stopped in at the Green Plantain a few days ago at lunchtime (no one in place) and spoke to the owner and cook - and looked at the menu - they have a paella for two for around $23 - it sounds wonderful but the prep time is only 15 - 20 minutes so I am not sure what might be precooked - I did not go into that - but if you want to try the place you better get a move on - the fellow did say they do more biz at dinner time.


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/14 20:53:47 (permalink)
My wife had a bad day and offered to pick up some J&J's from Western Hills on her way home from work. Ham and Roast Beef on toast.  Delicious.  
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/14 22:25:25 (permalink)
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I stopped in at the Green Plantain a few days ago at lunchtime (no one in place) and spoke to the owner and cook - and looked at the menu - they have a paella for two for around $23 - it sounds wonderful but the prep time is only 15 - 20 minutes so I am not sure what might be precooked - I did not go into that - but if you want to try the place you better get a move on - the fellow did say they do more biz at dinner time.


I ended up going for lunch today, as a matter of fact. Sadly, it was pretty empty...one fellow was finishing up his lunch as I arrived, and a group of four picked up a carryout order shortly after that.

I believe I am going to make a weekly lunch visit for the foreseeable future, as few (if any) places in the area even come close to the values on their lunch menu. For $6, I received the appetizer of plantain chips and tomato/onion salsa, a large scoop of rice, a side bowl of beans (which isn't even listed as part of the lunch), an adequate serving of pork with onions and peppers, a small serving of fried yellow plantains, and a drink with unlimited (?) refills. Everything was good to excellent (especially the appetizer), and I can't wait to go back.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2009/05/19 13:48:00 (permalink)
There is a new restaurant opening in downtown Cincinnati in the former Frischs' (more recent Rise and Shine Cafe) on 6th between Walnut and Main near Benihanas

I can't tell the name of it for sure - but it appears to center around Turkey

There's tons of turkey-related facts/trivia/phrases painted on the front glass panes and either of the two largest pieces might well be the name of the joint

Either
               Tom Gobbler
or
               Cold Turkey

Also:

--I stopped in to El Havanero about two weeks back, got a cuban, thought it was just ok.

--There is a new pizza joint in Newport, sounds pretty good - hey Wallyum, check it out! : http://www.soapboxmedia.com/devnews/0519newportpizza.aspx
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2009/05/20 13:21:55
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