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foodjoe1968
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/18 19:47:18
Has anyone tried Germantown Pizza in Covington? It is a small family style "German" pizza joint that has been there since the mid 70's. The pizza is awesome---try it with bacon and saurkraut on it--seriously----sounds weird--tastes great. They have a great warm german potato salad too.

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TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/18 23:09:25
How far can you go, Repartee?

There aren't a lot of good places downtown and most of them are not too near you

About a block and a half straight east, right on the SE corner of 5h and Vine, is the brand new McCormick and Schmicks, which *IS* a chain but prides itself on extremely fresh seafood. I have only tried the soups thus far and found them all at least good.

About a block east is Hathaways, which is reviewed on this site, but I don't like too well. If you have never had goetta for breakfast, this is as good a place as any to try it, though.
repartee
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/19 03:10:33
Hi TJ,

Well, I can't go far but I wonder if it's worth it anyway at this juncture. Had a turkey burger at the hotel's sports bar. It was fine but couldn't finish it. This is doing wonders for the diet but does anyone know how to get rid of the Ohio version of Delhi Belly?

Vis a vis old Chinese food, at the one adjacent to the Hyatt I experienced the same old taste with the rice, but the 'seafood' soup with surimi and tofu was fine.
CheesteakHead
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/22 00:14:31
Rimas Diner in Crescent Springs was a disappointment...the portions are too small and the food was average at best...I didn't see this place as a Kentucky roadfood opportunity there...THEY DO NOT ANY BREAKFAST FOODS ON MENU...you cant be a diner without breakfast foods....

service hit or miss...been there twice....

Alco251
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/22 13:35:26
quote:
Originally posted by foodjoe1968

Has anyone tried Germantown Pizza in Covington? It is a small family style "German" pizza joint that has been there since the mid 70's.


This must have been a small chain as I remember a Germantown Pizza in St. Bernard just as you describe.
Sandy Thruthegarden
Double Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/22 18:53:58
quote:
Originally posted by CheesteakHead

Rimas Diner in Crescent Springs was a disappointment...the portions are too small and the food was average at best...I didn't see this place as a Kentucky roadfood opportunity there...THEY DO NOT ANY BREAKFAST FOODS ON MENU...you cant be a diner without breakfast foods....

service hit or miss...been there twice....




Thanks for the response. I have yet to visit the one in Covington but still plan to. Good point about calling it a diner without classic breakfast offerings.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/23 09:15:09
Today's dining news in the Enquirer indicates yet another upscale seafood chain is opening a location downtown, this one over by the Aronoff - Oceanaire

http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20070323/ENT01/703230310/

I've heard good things about this chain elsewhere, but does anyone local have any experience with this eatery?

foodlover265
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/27 03:29:33
I live in southwest Ohio and travel quite a bit in my job. I love barbecue and anything else that can put calories on a person. I found a new restaurant called BIG DADDY'S AND LITTLE MAMA'S FIXIN'S IN Aurora IN to be a very good place for ribs,pulled pork,chicken and catfish. I think the homemade sauce rivals what can be found in Memphis. The fixins(espicially the cornbread)is like mom used to make. Make sure and start with a small order of ribs unless you're ready to take a big doggie bag home with you! It's family owned and the owners will welcome you with open arms.Ocasionally they will have free entertainment on certain weekend dates. A good kids menu is also on the agenda. GENEROUS PORTIONS!!!!!!
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/27 14:50:59
A couple of Cincy notes, from my personal experiences~

Went to the new SouthView Restaurant at Newport on the Levee. They apparently change their menu everyday, so it was nothing like on the website. I had really wanted a steak, but their was no beef on the menu at all the night I went. I had chicken for lunch, so didn't want to order the fried chicken with sweet potato waffle, which sounded different. I ended up ordering the crab cake appetizer, and sides of mac & cheese and greens. The only stand out was the mac & cheese. Very good stuff. The greens were bitter, and they had no vinegar. The crab cake was nothing special(and small). My friend had tilapia wrapped in greens. Nothing special.

The biggest disappointment was bad service. At the end of the meal, we asked for coffee, and was told they didn't have coffee. When we questioned why, he said the restaurant was new. We still asked how anyone could open a restaurant without coffee, when he said he go in back and check, and came back with coffee. What was up with that???

Next~ last week there was an article in the Enquirer about how Brinkley's (in the Quality Inn in Norwood) would be adding a make your own pizza bar to their already large salad bar. We had been there before and the quality of the salad bar was excellent, with things like pate' and hummus, marinated asparagus, shrimp cocktail, and fresh made caesar salads with additions like fresh shaved parmesean cheese and strawberries.

My friend and I decided after taking her niece shopping at Kenwood Towne Center, this would be a fun place to eat. Their website states they are open until 10pm, but the sign on the door (when we arrived at 8:15pm) said they closed at 9pm. When we walked in, the buffet was broken down, but we still walked around the restaurant to see what was up. There were servers and cooks literally laying around in the booths. Everyone just ignored the three of us until I asked if they were open. Obviously not.

I e-mailed them the day after and haven't received a response yet. HOWEVER, my friend called me a little bit ago to say the paper today says that Brinkley's has closed without paying their employees, creditors, etc. I can't say I'm surprised after what I saw last week.

I hope I can report some better restaurant news soon!!
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/27 15:51:05
Go over and try Jean Paul's Paradiso, Soozy....on Clough Pike, Mt Washington area.....I have found it a pleasant suprise and will report more when I have a few more experiences under my belt (literally)
dannybotz
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/27 16:08:23
I was in Cincy for new years and my wife and I had 2 standout meals. We ate at the boathouse Montgomery inn it was excellent!! The ribs were great and the bluecheese dressing on the salad was the best ive ever had! Also ate at The Precinct. Another dynamite meal,! Had the Jeff ruby's gem center cut bone in filet mignon. I seriuosly cut it with a fork. Outstanding !! ive been to most of New york's premier steakhouses and this one rated among the best.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/27 16:13:31
dannybotz: when was this? The boathouse has been on a downhill spiral for a while now
dannybotz
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/27 16:20:16
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

dannybotz: when was this? The boathouse has been on a downhill spiral for a while now
it was this past new years .We were in town to see the steelers play the bengals. While we had heard that it was not as good as it used to be , our experience was excellent. Although we waited for about an hour for a table, we were seated upstairs in the Bob Hope room. It was really cool we had our own booth over in the corner with a view of the river and were treated really well. The waitress suggested the blue cheese dressing saing that they made it fresh every day. It was awesome! Not like anything weve ever tasted. creamy with just a little bite. I would certainly go back next time we are there!
BillC
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/27 20:40:12
quote:
Originally posted by Alco251

quote:
Originally posted by Sandy Thruthegarden

Has anyone eaten at the Southern Trails Restaurant on Erlanger Road in Erlanger? Another co-worker said that it is in the building that the short-lived Andriola's occupied a few years ago.


I am going there tomorrow night and will file a report.

Did you go?
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/28 08:52:27
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

Go over and try Jean Paul's Paradiso, Soozy....on Clough Pike, Mt Washington area.....I have found it a pleasant suprise and will report more when I have a few more experiences under my belt (literally)


TJ, I've passed that place dozens of times. You've pushed me over the edge. Perhaps it's time to stop in, maybe after my class at the Athenaeum Saturday morning.

Jack
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/28 08:53:27
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

dannybotz: when was this? The boathouse has been on a downhill spiral for a while now


Like since it opened.

Sorry TJ. Old habits (like taking cheap shots at the Montgomery Inn) die hard.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/28 09:03:39
Well, yeah, but it is good to see that they can occasionally put on a nice meal
TCapp
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/28 12:16:41
Are there any good Tapas restaurants in the Cincy area? Or an excellent reasonably priced restaurant to celebrate a 50th b-day that doesn't cater to the under-12 crowd? I am need of ideas for this Friday night. Thanks in advance!!!
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/28 12:36:54
Unfortunately, I haven't found "reasonably priced" and "great" in the same restaurant yet in Cincinnati, at least among restaurants that still exist.

I haven't done the tapas thing yet either...but do remember reading this article some time back: http://www.citybeat.com/2005-06-08/diner.shtml
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/28 14:57:28
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

Go over and try Jean Paul's Paradiso, Soozy....on Clough Pike, Mt Washington area.....I have found it a pleasant suprise and will report more when I have a few more experiences under my belt (literally)


TJ~

I have heard great things about this place. I am not in the area often, but recently went to a nephew's birthday party, and wanted to take my daughter and family out to dinner afterwards. We went down Mt. Carmel Tabasco, and thought the restaurant was on the corner of Clough and MCT. I couldn't find it. Can you give me a better idea of where it is? (yes I can Google and MapQuest, but what landmarks/strip mall thingies should I look for?)
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/28 15:14:46
soozy:

Very near the corner of clough and corbly

A stone's throw from the Anderson Township Pub

in a building connected to a convenience store

There is almost no sit down space.....would comfortably sit *maybe* 3 people......is really a takeout place.....takeout then drive to a nearby Park
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/28 15:16:21
quote:
Originally posted by TCapp

Are there any good Tapas restaurants in the Cincy area? Or an excellent reasonably priced restaurant to celebrate a 50th b-day that doesn't cater to the under-12 crowd? I am need of ideas for this Friday night. Thanks in advance!!!


I don't know why, but Cincinnati has had some tapas restaurants that did not survive. Actually, I wonder why a lot of restaurants don't survive in Cincy. I guess it's all a matter of taste. Or lack of. I think the majority of Cincinnatians are just used to what they know (not adventurous). {{No slam on Cincinnatians on RoadFood ~ it is only a generalization from a native Cincinnatian}}.

However, I tried Argentine Bean in Crestview Hills Towne Center (in KY), and it is a passable tapas restaurant. However the space is small, if you have a large party.

http://www.argentinebean.net/index.php
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/28 15:20:21
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

Very near the corner of clough and corbly

A stone's throw from the Anderson Township Pub

in a building connected to a convenience store

There is almost no sit down space.....would comfortbaly sit maybe 3 people......is really a takeout place.....takeout then drive to a nearby Park


Thanks TJ. Obviously, I wasn't in the right location. Like I said, I have heard great things {as well as great things about Anderson Township Pub}, and will try it when I am in the area.
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/28 15:46:24
All Right Cincy People~

I do have something good to say about a small place called Cincy Steak and Lemonade (2607 Vine St. Short Vine). The only thing I've had here is the Chicago Italian Beef Sandwich. It may not be totally original, but the best Italian Beef sammich I've had in Cincy.

My first try I got the sausage and beef sammich. I didn't like the sausage. But my second try, I just ordered the beef, and it was comparable to the ones I had in Chicago. They ask you if you want it dipped. Of course I do. The buns are not authentic, but the giardiniera was pretty good. It was the closest thing I have come to, to Chicago Italian Beef sammiches in Cincinnati.
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/28 16:09:21
I have not yet been to Argentine Bean, but have heard good things about it, provided you don't expect to make a full meal out of it (which apparently would be prohibitively expensive). The place has been dead every time I've walked by it (at dinner time, no less), and I'm surprised they're still hanging on.

Some updates from dineoutoften.com:

- 60 Noble Roman's pizza restaurants and Tuscano's submarine shop outlets are coming to Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana in the next 6 years.

- A chain of nine Asian restaurants called Stir Crazy will open within the next 3 to 5 years. It will combine traditional dining with a choose-your-own ingredients concept.

- Serenity Ultra Lounge opened at 2701 Vine Street, which is in the old Zino's firehouse on Short Vine in Corryville. The upscale bar will specialize in rich desserts served in an indulging atmosphere, with low-slug chairs, plasma TV's, a fountain and blown-glass chandeliers. It seats 145 in 4 rooms. They will be open from 6 P.M. to 2 A.M. (Daily? It doesn't specify.)

- Wild Bowls (formerly Nothing But Noodles) in Hyde Park has closed. (Good riddance to both!)
foodjoe1968
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/29 17:44:05
Has anyone been to the SCHOOLHOUSE just outside Milford? The guy I work with raves about it. Good homecooked type meals he says. It actually was an old schoolhouse at one time. They even write the menu on the chalkboard!!! I plan on visiting it soon with my wife.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/29 20:33:08
I've been to the schoolhouse several times....used to work real near there.

Very average food served family style in an interesting old building

BuddyRoadhouse and his dad went there while here last summer promoting his sauces, and as best as I recall found it to be similarly unimpressive

jjjrfoodie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/29 21:02:36
Like TJ, I have been there several times, with the last being an event I hosted upstairs back in Sept. 06 in the theater dining room for about 40 folks.

Food is OK and very focused on the down-home comfort fare aspect of dining. (They do have a liquor license as well.) I have had the fried chicken, pot roast, liver and onions and roast beef. All meals have been good, but it is not the polished flashy restaurant many folks have been accustomed to since the Applefriday O'Charley chains have become so mainstay, which may be its charm.

Family style is indeed the mainsty here, with the veggies being a mystery as far as type every evening and they even vary at times from table to table and what is brought out. Mashed potatoes w/gravy is good as well is the bread. Sides are a crap shoot with the type and quality varying wildly. Desserts are killer, but they seem to run out of things if you come later in the evening.

Neat place to go if you have never been (and care for a nice drive thru Indian Hill and nearby communities) as it won't break the bank. Be careful of summer as there is no AC in the main dining room and it can be a bit stuffy when it is hot. If you are a history buff, the Camp Dennison aspect is quite a story. I'll go back if the craving is for comfort food by friends (I usually cook my own CF as it is quite easy), but I head to the Indian and ethnic places for my cravings when out.

Good luck.

jjjrfoodie
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/29 21:11:36
I was on my own for dinner tonight, and had recently noted a random blurb in Citybeat about Lemon Grass in Hyde Park having the best crab rangoons in town. Now, I love me a good crab rangoon, even when the item has not even been shown a picture of a crab, much less contain any crabmeat, so I decided this was as good a time as any to check it out.

First impression was when I read the menu was LORDIE......5.95 for crab rangoon? I was wanting an appetizer, not an entree :-) Turns out everything is about 25-50% higher than you'd expect at a typical asian restaurant. Fried rice and vegetarian dishes ran around 8 dollars, and most entrees were 9 dollars or more. I dug deep and asked for 1 order of the rangoons (6 pieces) and 1 order of the chicken (veggie also available) spring rolls (2 pieces - 3.25).

While waiting, I stopped over at the 24-hour Busken Bakery across the street, looking over the schneckens from Virginia Bakery, and something called a Maysville Cake - looks a lot like your basic square chocolate cake with chocolate icing. Anyone heard of this?

Back at Lemon Grass, my order had come out from the kitchen just as I arrived. This type of food (for me) is at it's best right out of the fryer, so I left quickly and started sampling on the hood of my parked car.

The rangoons were very good, perhaps not the best I have ever had, but still. The shells were the thinnest I had ever seen, very crisp, with a very smooth surface, one might almost call them wispy. Biting into them produced a very satisfying crunch, and the flakes/crumbs that dropped away strongly resembled broken bits of glass from a very small lightbulb. One big suprise - I could actually taste the crab. Or Krab. My palate isn't sophisticated enough to tell the difference :-)

The spring rolls were made with the same smooth, ultrathin wrappers, and were solidly decent but also quite small.

Overall - pretty good, albeit not as good as advertised, but expensive, particularly for the sheer mass (or lack thereof) of food you get for the price paid.

Anyone else got an opinion on the place?
foodjoe1968
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/30 13:46:49
Thanks TJ and jjjrfoodie for the lowdown on the Shoolhouse!!!

TJ---Me and my wife went thru a big Thai phase a few years ago and visited the Lemongrass several times. We were happy but found The Teak in Mount Adams to have superior Thai Food----and the Crab Rangoons are awesome there too. I think the prices are similiar at both places. The portions at the TEAK win out though.
We get takeout from there at least every few month's and we always get the same thing----Pad Thai and Crab Rangoons-----And we definitely eat them on the trip back to the house (Hot right out of the fryer)--Also-- The Pad Thai portion is so huge, we both split it.
In fact----a trip over there is just about due!!!!!
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/30 16:27:16
tpd: going to try to hit Chopstix tonight, and will report back later if I do manage to get there
Alco251
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/30 18:49:09
quote:
Originally posted by BillC

quote:
Originally posted by Alco251

quote:
Originally posted by Sandy Thruthegarden

Has anyone eaten at the Southern Trails Restaurant on Erlanger Road in Erlanger? Another co-worker said that it is in the building that the short-lived Andriola's occupied a few years ago.


I am going there tomorrow night and will file a report.

Did you go?


Sorry, got busy at work this week at it slipped my mind.

I'm not sure what to say about this one. Both my date's and my main courses had issues. She got the sliced roast beef and half of it was so overcooked it as chewy as a minute steak! I got the Hot Brown, and it came with about twice as much cheese as I would have liked. The good news is that the appetizers and side dishes were great! We split an order of drop biscuits (with ham and cheese), I had cole slaw and corn pudding and she had a gigantic sweet potato and fried okra. The waiter was fast and effecient, as comp'd us a dessert when we complained about the beef. The butterscoth merangue pie was excellent!
They have a fairly extensive menu with most entrees about $8-$15 and lots of good southern fare so overall I feel I will give them another shot before I give up on them. I just hope their location doesn't kill them, as the crowd was pretty much gone by 9 on Friday, and they are listed as open til 12 Fri-Sat.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/31 11:34:00
I did make it to Chopstix last night, picking up a grilled pork banh mi (3.50) and a order of eggrolls (4.95). I am finding more and more that the fat (golf ball diameter) eggrolls I prefer generally are not to be had at vietnamese places - these were the thickness of a fat cigar and encased in the thin, smooth wrappers. Decent, but not great. Seems like the smaller the diameter of the eggroll, the drier it is.....the lady at the counter also helpfully pointed out that the half dozen or so varieties of "spring roll" listed on the menu are a cold (not fried) roll. I wasn't feeling adventurous enough that night to try it....I'd never had anything like that before. Again, I was disappointed with the amount of food I got for the price....5 bucks for these 4 tiny rolls seems too much.

The banh mi on the other hand was absolutely excellent, albeit smaller than the one at Le's. I personally think this sandwich would be improved immensely by doubling the meat, and the hostess explained that although it was not on the menu, they could accomodate this for a 2.00 upcharge. I'll definitely go that way next time.

Thanks for the recommendation, tpd, I will definitely be making a return trip.
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/31 11:37:43
Doc Green's...closed! Crestview Hills is dead to me.
Alco251
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/31 11:47:36
TJ, if you want bargain rangoons, you can't beat China Island on Hosbrook, just north of Montgomery. They have 5 for $2! The place is your typical strip mall Chinese, but the prices are great and the food is good with good portions, at least on the lunch specials. If anyone is in the Kenwood/Madiera area give them a try.
Alco251
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/31 11:55:32
quote:
Originally posted by dlawson

Doc Green's...closed! Crestview Hills is dead to me.


Oodles of Noodles is gone as well, let the shakeout begin!

Maybe the marketing gurus will figure out that "upscale" is more than trendy and overpriced.

Shame about Doc Green's, but they really never had a chance in deep fried NKY.
BillC
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/31 13:05:27
quote:
Originally posted by Alco251

quote:
Originally posted by BillC

quote:
Originally posted by Alco251

quote:
Originally posted by Sandy Thruthegarden

Has anyone eaten at the Southern Trails Restaurant on Erlanger Road in Erlanger? Another co-worker said that it is in the building that the short-lived Andriola's occupied a few years ago.


I am going there tomorrow night and will file a report.

Did you go?


Sorry, got busy at work this week at it slipped my mind.

I'm not sure what to say about this one. Both my date's and my main courses had issues. She got the sliced roast beef and half of it was so overcooked it as chewy as a minute steak! I got the Hot Brown, and it came with about twice as much cheese as I would have liked. The good news is that the appetizers and side dishes were great! We split an order of drop biscuits (with ham and cheese), I had cole slaw and corn pudding and she had a gigantic sweet potato and fried okra. The waiter was fast and effecient, as comp'd us a dessert when we complained about the beef. The butterscoth merangue pie was excellent!
They have a fairly extensive menu with most entrees about $8-$15 and lots of good southern fare so overall I feel I will give them another shot before I give up on them. I just hope their location doesn't kill them, as the crowd was pretty much gone by 9 on Friday, and they are listed as open til 12 Fri-Sat.

Thanks for the review. It sounds like it at least has some potential. We'll try to get there before they closeSeriously, this is a restaurant that cannot be seen from any major road and is the former site of an Italian Restaurant that closed pretty quickly.
jjjrfoodie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/31 13:17:10
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

I was on my own for dinner tonight, and had recently noted a random blurb in Citybeat about Lemon Grass in Hyde Park having the best crab rangoons in town. Now, I love me a good crab rangoon, even when the item has not even been shown a picture of a crab, much less contain any crabmeat, so I decided this was as good a time as any to check it out...


Anyone else got an opinion on the place?


TJ, I've been eating at Lemongrass for over 10 years now (it was an excellent Chinese restaurant before it swapped over to Thai) and favor it or any other Thai restaurant I have been to (which is most).

Yes, you pay more for food here, but it is in trendy Hyde Park, and most important the food is consistant and always good. I never had a crap dish yet. Very few ethnic restaurants can repeat a dish the next time I go back, but it is good here day in and day out. I weigh that heavily when dropping 8 to 11 dollars on a dish. Teak is good if you feel like a nice environment and the quality of the food is good there to, but I prefer the sushi /tempura bar in the basement.

Recently a favorite Chinese restaurant in Kenwood by the LaRosa's switched over to Thai entirely. I tried one of the curries there after the switch . It was overpriced, which seems to be the Thai norm these days and the quality barely passable.
A new Thai place opened over in Monfort Heights (Thai Namtip) off of I-74 and I want to see if this place bucks the trend of soaring Thai food prices vs. quality and quantity received.

Sorry . To get back on track, Bangkok Bistro is quite acceptable, as is a tiny place down on Mt. Lookout Square. Sukhothai in Montgomery has good Pad Thai and a quaint atmosphere, but it's hard to mess that up.

All in all, $8.95 for a dish of Panang curry (endless white rice included), which is the Lemongrass price, is very resasonable these days.Add the consistant quality, and I'd eat there once a week if it was closer to me.

Now I'm off for my fix of Chicken Makahani and garlic naan at the Taj Mahal restaurant in Tri-County. :)

Hope this helps.
jjjrfoodie
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/31 16:12:49
quote:
Originally posted by jjjrfoodie

Now I'm off for my fix of Chicken Makahani and garlic naan at the Taj Mahal restaurant in Tri-County. :)


They do a decent one, but Hi Bombay! on Fields Ertel does the best Makhani for my money. The fish/seafood version is especially welcome during Lent.

I still miss the Jamaican place that occupied (part of) the spot where Taj Mahal is now, years before Bahama Breeze decided to show up. I can't recall the name of it, but it was run by Jamaicans who knew how to make a mean jerk chicken. I always thought the location did them in, but Taj Mahal seems to do fine in that spot. Maybe the area just wasn't ready for it yet.
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/03/31 16:39:01
quote:
Originally posted by Alco251

Maybe the marketing gurus will figure out that "upscale" is more than trendy and overpriced.

Shame about Doc Green's, but they really never had a chance in deep fried NKY.


$4.99 for a salad of that size wasn't out of line, but probably not the biggest money-maker...and when that's just about the only thing you sell, probably not the best restaurant concept. The prices at Shane's Rib Shack next door, on the other hand, are way out of line. I can't believe they opened two "barbecue" places in the same shopping center, even if they are at opposite ends of the complex. We'll see which one folds first, I guess.

I'm slightly altering my assessment of Crestview Hills. They're on life support, not dead. I have yet to visit Hoggy's, and won't make a special trip for it. If Wiener Haus goes (and I forgot to check if they are still hanging on), I'm done with the place.
jjjrfoodie
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/01 09:47:20
quote:
Originally posted by dlawson

quote:
Originally posted by jjjrfoodie

Now I'm off for my fix of Chicken Makahani and garlic naan at the Taj Mahal restaurant in Tri-County. :)


They do a decent one, but Hi Bombay! on Fields Ertel does the best Makhani for my money. The fish/seafood version is especially welcome during Lent.



dlaw, I work in tri-county and live near downtown Cincy, so heading farther north is out of my way, but I'll have to scoot up that way some Saturday and avoid the M-F traffic and try Hi Bombay.

Being the foodie I am, I needed some backup fridge meals for this week as I will be on the road alot and thought I'd swing by Jim Dandy's BBQ over on Sharon Rd. for a to-go order . A pint of pulled pork and a beef brisket sammich later (sans bun), I was on my way. I tried both at home and they were very good and smokey as well as VERY tender. Pricey , well yes, but I wanted to give the place a go so I had some summer palces to take folks. BTW, I got the hot BBQ sauce, which is laden with red chili flakes whichh overpowers most of the flavors in the sauce itself. I'll mix it 1/2 and 1/2 with a mild sauce like Buddy's and be good to go. Get one hot and one mild if you dine in. I negelcted to try any sides, but will do so next time I am out there.

Atmoshpere was nice, the staff friendly but patrons were a little light. It's been around a while so my guess it that it is here to stay.
Stop out and give it a try if you dare.

jjjrfoodie


dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/01 12:19:10
jjjr, my work and home locations are pretty similar to yours, but my wife works in Montgomery, which puts her just minutes away from Hi Bombay! It's in a plaza with a Gold's Gym and an empty former Kroger. Closer to home, we enjoy Mayura, but I find their Makhani sauce a bit dull and runny.

I have also been to Jim Dandy's and find the pulled pork to be pretty good. I have not found a side that I really enjoy there, however; the cornbread is a bit dry, and the red beans and rice is very soggy and has too much tomato in it. This apparently is "North Carolina" style, but my wife is from Louisiana, so I am used to red beans and rice being done right.
tpd
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/01 14:33:39
quote:
Originally posted by dlawson
I still miss the Jamaican place that occupied (part of) the spot where Taj Mahal is now, years before Bahama Breeze decided to show up. I can't recall the name of it, but it was run by Jamaicans who knew how to make a mean jerk chicken. I always thought the location did them in, but Taj Mahal seems to do fine in that spot. Maybe the area just wasn't ready for it yet.


It was The Patty Shack and I too still miss the place. At least once a week I rolled in for my Jerk Pork with rice and peas and double curry cabbage. The Jerk Chicken or Pork Roti was good too. It looked like everybody that worked there was family. I was very bummed when they closed.

Taj makes a pretty good lamb vindaloo but I still think of Patty Shack every time I go by there.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/04 13:08:14
The latest issue of Citybeat has some closings and openings news that seem germaine to share here

http://www.citybeat.com/2007-04-04/thedish.shtml

In particular, I will note the closings of Manna Vegetarian Deli (downtown on Main) and Brinkley's Restaurant & Lounge (Norwood), as both have been mentioned recently here and on Chowhound.
Alco251
Hamburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/04 13:37:10
quote:
Originally posted by BillC
Thanks for the review. It sounds like it at least has some potential. We'll try to get there before they closeSeriously, this is a restaurant that cannot be seen from any major road and is the former site of an Italian Restaurant that closed pretty quickly.


Here is a coupon for Southern Trails that was in the Community Press
http://www.communitypress.com/ROPDisplayAds/ROPViewLrg.asp?adid=112215

I notice the closing hours are scaled back a little - 9pm Su-Th and 10pm Fr-Sa.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/04 14:06:37
Another tidbit of note for Southern Trails
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20070326/NEWS0103/703260381/
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/05 11:51:08
I took a walk through downtown last week, as good weather coincided with some available time on my part, and made some misc observations I thought I'd share

Sivad's, a little hole in the wall spot that I had high hopes for, has a "closed, but we'll be back in April" sign on it's door. I hope I do see them back, but am not optimisitic

I have held out hope after hope that Patoshnik's would return, as all the signage and coutners were still in place even through this past winter, but now someone is remodeling the spae and all the signage is down, so the dream is dead. There was nothing on the outside to describe what the place was going to be, but it looked like it was going to be food service of some kind. I will follow up when time permits.

The chain place that took over the old Carol's on Main spot - Union Station Cafe - has a sign in the window declaring they are closed due to a water main break. However, I noted stickers on the door indicating UPS/Fedex packages that could not be delivered and needed to be picked up, and the dates on the stickers were 45 or more days old. I don't think it takes that long to fix a water leak. Another one bites the dust

I noted Cafe Martin is going strong, with those excellent flawed (soggy middle, edges are GREAT) pizzas. They appear to have added a good number of the graeters flavors, with over a dozen different flavors, about half of which are the various "chip" types, plus at least one sorbet, and have the facilities to do sundaes as well now. And yeah, just like a regular Graeter's location, it's pricey.

My final stop: I picked up a gyro at Cafe Marrakesh at the old Apple on Elm location and was pleasantly suprised - very, very good. It's a good 15 minute walk for me just to get there, but if the gyro was this good cold(after a 15 minute walk back to my desk, where I devoured it) I can only imagine how good it (and other menu items) must be if I eat there.
Tristan Indiana
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/05 12:18:23
My wife and I are planning to be at the Netherland to celebrate our 1st anniversary later this month. I remember there was a wonderful restaurant inside the hotel, the Palm Court I think, but we are considering sometime else this time. Anything around Fountain Square that we could walk to would be great. Any suggestions would be appreciated.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/05 13:03:59
Tristan: for a anniversary, I figure you want the fancy-schmansy stuff

Lunchtime rec:
Jean Robert's Bistro (on Vine between 4th and 5th)

Dinnertime rec:
The Palace (at nw corner of 6th and Vine)
or
Jean-Robert's at Pigalls (on 4th between Vine and Race)
or
Ruby's Steakhouse (a bit further of a walk, dry aged steaks, corner of 7th and Walnut)
soozycue520
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/05 15:27:42
TJ~ I was wondering about Cafe' Marrakesh. I have heard good things. I'll try it soon.

AND SPECIAL THANKS TO dlawson for posting the link to the coupon for McCormick & Schmick's. I remembered on Saturday that it expired that day (3-31}, and made on-line reservations for 8:45pm.

It turns out we needed those reservations. The hostess was quoting a 45 min. wait, but told me it would be around 5 minutes before they could get our table ready. We went to the bar for a drink, and it didn't take much longer that 5 or so minutes to be seated.

Our server, Patrick, was excellent!! Service was a little slow, but he always stopped by, and gave us free soup and dessert to compensate for the slow service (which wasn't really necessary, but appreciated). He knew the menu very well, and gave fabulous descriptions of the seafood that was available that evening.

And the food was great!! The clam chowder was some of the best I've ever tasted,and we shared a mixed greens with gorgonzola salad that was very good, as well. For my entree, I had crab stuffed shrimp in a brie cream sauce that was to die for. The food and the service went together to make the night terrific. And with the $25 off coupon (and free stuff), it wasn't a very expensive evening, either!!

Thanks dlawson!!

The bread situation was as everyone else described. They gave our table of three 1/4th a loaf (with a knife), but it was barely enough for three slices. We were going to ask for more, but as each course arrived, we forgot to ask. With all the rest of the food, we didn't need anymore bread, anyway.

I will definitely go back. Although it's a chain, I think they try to make the experience unique. Hopefully, it can stay that way!!
Tristan Indiana
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/05 16:56:47
Thanks for the suggestions TJ. I just read in the Enquirer that the Nazis are planning to march through Over-the-Rhine during our visit. If it causes rioting like it did in Toledo last year after they came, I think we'll probably celebrate our anniversary at home.
BillC
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/05 20:27:07
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

Another tidbit of note for Southern Trails
http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/AB/20070326/NEWS0103/703260381/

TJ - Thanks for the tidbit. Something is wrong there. I doubt we'll make even a first visit.

TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/09 15:52:06
I pass through Oakley fairly frequently, and kept wondering....when am I going to start seeing signs of the new Jungle Jim's location long planned for Oakley?

No need to wonder any longer - it's not going to happen - http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070402/BIZ01/304020051/1076/BIZ
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/11 11:07:51
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

I pass through Oakley fairly frequently, and kept wondering....when am I going to start seeing signs of the new Jungle Jim's location long planned for Oakley?

No need to wonder any longer - it's not going to happen - http://news.enquirer.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070402/BIZ01/304020051/1076/BIZ


Well that's simulataneously too bad (Oakley is more convenient to our home than Fairfield)and probably good news (I was worried that two would dilute the uniqueness that is the Jungle Jim's experience).
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/11 17:12:12
Went to Jean Paul's Paradiso again today.

their everyday soup is portabella mushroom, and it is out of this world good. Best mushroom soup I have had, bar none, ever. For those who have had the excellent mushroom soup at Palamino's downtown, Jean-Paul's is notably better.

I also had a meatball panini, which was fairly good but not great. I should have taken the counter-person's advice, I think, and gone with the cuban.

I will be back soon :-)



f00die
Junior Burger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/13 22:15:19
I totally agree about Willie's--the service stinks (from personal experience and friends who have experienced the same). Definitely NOT worth your while, especially with so many other options around.


quote:
Originally posted by carlton pierre

Went to Cincy yesterday and today to visit family. Had lunch at Willie's SportsBar on Rt 747 just north of Tri County Mall. Wasn't my choice to go there, but the service was atrocious, and food was ok. Would not care to ever go back.
Had breakfast this a.m. at Camp Washington Chili. I met a friend of mine there who knows the owner, Jerry Johnson. He's greek, only his name is not. Excellent breakfast of pancakes and goetta. He said he serves about 60-70 gallons of chili per day.
Shopped at Jungle Jim's. Can't imagine any other place like it. I bought 15 lbs. of rice that cannot be found here, along with some cheeses, goodies from the olive bar, etc. Indian food.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/15 23:10:47
quote:
Originally posted by Tristan Indiana

Thanks for the suggestions TJ. I just read in the Enquirer that the Nazis are planning to march through Over-the-Rhine during our visit. If it causes rioting like it did in Toledo last year after they came, I think we'll probably celebrate our anniversary at home.


TI: it was just on the news tonight that the march has been cancelled. Don't know if tht changes your plans again, but thought you'd like to know.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/17 13:45:45
I had one of the best italian hoagies I have encountered in hoagie-deficient Cincinnati at the Silverglades on 8th street (http://search.cityguide.aol.com/cincinnati/restaurants/silverglades/v-115869036) today.

I asked them to add onions and roasted red peppers (having noted the peppers as an ingredient on another specialty sandwich) and let me tell you, it was spectacular, on a really great fresh roll. At 5.75 (no additional charge for the add-ons) it is by no means one of the cheapest italian hogies around, but it is well worth the extra expense.

One word of caution here: there have several of their specialty sandwiches pre-made inside the large glass counter where you order. Make sure you order a sandwich not on display, or you'll get one from the case rather than one freshly made.
arianej
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/17 20:55:57
quote:
Originally posted by TJ Jackson

I did make it to Chopstix last night, picking up a grilled pork banh mi (3.50) and a order of eggrolls (4.95). I am finding more and more that the fat (golf ball diameter) eggrolls I prefer generally are not to be had at vietnamese places - these were the thickness of a fat cigar and encased in the thin, smooth wrappers. Decent, but not great. Seems like the smaller the diameter of the eggroll, the drier it is.....the lady at the counter also helpfully pointed out that the half dozen or so varieties of "spring roll" listed on the menu are a cold (not fried) roll. I wasn't feeling adventurous enough that night to try it....I'd never had anything like that before.


Yeah, eggrolls vs. spring rolls are kind of apples and oranges, TJ. I prefer the thin Vietnamese ones myself, as eggrolls (in Chinese restaurants, anyway) seem rather bland full of cabbage filler. They shouldn't be dry, however.

The fresh spring rolls are quite tasty and worth a try. I usually get the one with shrimp and pork, it typically comes rolled up with rice noodles, lettuce, mint and Thai basil and a hoisin-based dipping sauce.
dlawson
Cheeseburger
RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2007/04/18 12:42:12
There is a new barbecue joint in town, called Scott's BBQ. It is in a corner location in a plaza at the Northland/Southland intersection in Forest Park, where a Vietnamese restaurant (Song Phung, if I remember correctly) used to be several years ago. I tried to grab a sandwich on Monday, but they are closed Mondays and Tuesdays, and I haven't had a chance to go back yet. The sign outdoors advertises ribs and fish, among other things, so I expect it to be similar to Goodies in College Hill. (I am not a fan of Goodies "homestyle" cooking, but every restaurant is worth a shot.)

Soozy, you are quite welcome. If they run the $25 offer again, I will be sure to post it here.
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