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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/11/28 00:40:00 (permalink)
Veggies should have been dipped in Nuoc Cham sauce (mine were) or it at least should have been given as a side sauce.
http://www.whats4eats.com/recipes/r_sau_nuoccham.html

They also will give you the hot red chili sauce ( aka Sriracha Chili Sauce) if you ask.
http://www.hotsauceblog.com/hotsaucearchives/sriracha-chili-sauce/

I found the meat a little fatty too and wondered if the shredded pork sandwich solved that. I try it out and compare.

Hey, Nothing ventured, nothing gained---and it was only tree-fiddy plus gas.


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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/01 13:05:54 (permalink)
I ate at the Golden Lamb in Lebanon, Ohio for the first time last Saturday night. My friend who lives in nearby West Chester joined me. He had not eaten there previously because he heard it was overpriced and not very good. But, all three of us thoroughly enjoyed our meals. We each ordered different dishes (ham, lamb and Chicken Oscar) and all three were happy with our choices. And the signature sauerkraut balls were good enough that we went through two orders of them. Unfortunately, we were all too full to get dessert.

With drinks, the total was $90.00. Not too bad, considering the quality of the food. My buddy, who is a salesman and has customers in the area, says he will definitely be back.



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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/01 13:59:15 (permalink)
The former Graeter's location downtown near 4th and walnut is now home to Paula's Cafe, a soup/salad/sandwich joint with moderate prices.

I had a cuban sandwich....good tasty sandwich.....bread *might* be authentic, pork was lunchmeat-thin rather than a slice knife carved off a roast, toasted in an oven but not pressed....a bit pricey (7 bucks) for the size

I'll probably stop back in sometime next week for a pastrami or corned beef deli sandwich (6 bucks)

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/02 18:05:18 (permalink)
We enjoyed a Graeters ice cream cone on the way home from Christmas shopping this morning. Mocha Chip and Butter Pecan in a Waffle Cone.

I received a book today... EATING YOUR WAY ACROSS KENTUCKY ! 101 must places to eat. (2006 by Gary P. West) A book of restaurant reviews. Listed for your part of the Commonwealth are:

Beehive Tavern----- Augusta, KY
Biancke's -------------Cynthiana,KY
Chat-N-Nibble -------- Eminence,KY
Country Grill -------- Dry Ridge,KY
Hutchison's Grocery--- Maysville,KY
Delite's Downtown----- Ft Mitchell,KY
Greyhound Tavern ----- Maysville,KY
Two Rivers Restaurant- Carrollton,KY


Since I can't recall ever visiting any of the above, we may make some day trips out this Spring to fill in our knowledge of the area.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/03 11:39:46 (permalink)
Another place I stopped at last weekend was Schneider's Candy Store in Bellevue, Kentucky. Schneider's appeared in the 1999 Eat Your Way Across the U.S.A. for their caramel apples and opera cream candy. Unfortunately, it was too late in the year for caramel apples, but I did buy a one pound box of opera creams, which were quite good. But the highlight for me were the buckeyes. I love peanut butter desserts in general and these buckeyes were especially rich and creamy. I plan on mail ordering more for the holidays.

http://www.schneiderscandies.com/
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/03 19:33:01 (permalink)
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I received a book today... EATING YOUR WAY ACROSS KENTUCKY ! 101 must places to eat

Delite's Downtown----- Ft Mitchell,KY
Greyhound Tavern ----- Maysville,KY


These two are transposed. Greyhound is in Ft. Mitchell, DeLite's is in Maysville.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/03 19:59:54 (permalink)

ALCO,

Thanks for the correction. It is a publishing error in the book. The Index has it the way I listed it...the actual reviews have the restaurants located in the correct cities, as you mentioned.

I will send a correction to the publisher. Thanks again.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/03 20:56:14 (permalink)
I looked on Schneiders site as I had never heard of opera creams.To my delight I saw Kentucky creams-a candy my Dad would bring back from there when he was traveling.Can just taste them now...
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/04 10:43:37 (permalink)
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Thanks for the tip on the Kentucky creams. As long as I am mail ordering the buckeyes from Schneider's, I might as well get some of those, too!
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/05 19:07:26 (permalink)


domstead:

Skyline Chili actually sounds good. I think next time I'm in Cincinnati I might just have to go there. Does anyone else know of a good and healthy place to eat in Cincinnati?

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/06 01:33:28 (permalink)
Thought I'd report back about the trip to Le's for lunch. I had the pho tai and I regret to say... disappointing. The broth was watery and low on flavor (but they do provide hoisin sauce and chili sauce at the table, which helped), there didn't seem to be enough cilantro (and none was provided with the dish of bean sprouts and herbs, which were looking a tad limp themselves), and the amount of meat was rather skimpy for the price. Also, no beef tendon in my bowl, despite the menu description.

I don't think I'd order that again, which is sad because I love a good bowl of pho. I can find better in Dayton, and it certainly doesn't even begin to compare to pho we've had in Chicago and San Francisco. Maybe I'll just stick to the sandwiches. :(

A lady (one of the owners?) told me that they're going to be starting a lunch buffet on Wednesdays, I think it was, plus all-you-can-eat on Saturdays. (Don't hold me to that, I may have misremembered.) I'm not that enthusiastic about buffets though, particularly when it comes to Chinese/Vietnamese food, which doesn't always adapt well to sitting in a steam tray under hot lamps. Might be that business is hurting, because from 11:45am-1pm there wasn't another customer in the place except us.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/06 10:23:36 (permalink)
Boris, I'm afraid Skyline doesn't meet either of those criteria...good or healthy. ;)

If "healthy" is a big concern, I highly recommend Melt on Hamilton Avenue in Northside. They specialize in sandwiches, hot and cold, and also have salads, homemade soups, and homemade ice cream on the menu. You can find their Web site (with a complete menu) here: http://meltnorthside.com/melt_home.html

My favorite hot sandwich is the muffaletta, which bears no resemblance to a "real" Louisiana one. It consists of turkey, olive tapenade, roasted red peppers, and provolone melted on focaccia bread. My favorite cold sandwich is the Helen of Troy, which is hummus, feta, olive tapenade, tomato, and red onions on multigrain bread. (Yes, I'm a huge fan of olive tapenades.) Sandwiches come with your choice of slaw, mixed greens, or Sun Chips. Their fresh-brewed iced black tea with mint is excellent, and with free refills, it's a better deal than any of the bottled drinks and sodas in the cooler. If you are making a dinner out of it, I highly recommend adding soup or a full salad, since the sandwiches really are more of a lunch-sized portion, my only complaint about the place.

The restaurant itself is very bohemian, with mismatched everything. The front room seats around 16 people, but there is additional seating down the hallway in the back. As is typical with Northside businesses, there is a table with all kinds of Northside-related material: community events, art shows, other local businesses. Parking is readily available at the meters out front, or in the parking lot across the street (50 cents per hour).

I've eaten there at least a dozen times in the past year, and there has only been one hiccup: an electrical problem once knocked out the oven, making cold sandwiches the only menu option that day. It wasn't an issue for me since I had my eye on the Helen of Troy anyway, but my buddy was disappointed that he couldn't get the Yeehaw BBQ. It's one of my favorite places in Northside.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/06 12:01:53 (permalink)
The Morton's of Chicago downtown is starting to offer lunch, so I'll certainly head over there soon to see if they make a burger worth the outrageous price they'll certainly charge.

Just noticed they do a lobster bisque as well. So much for my weekly lunch budget

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/06 14:18:57 (permalink)
Morton's was running a "Steak and Seafood Dinner for Two" promotion for $99 before Thanksgiving, which included two appetizers, two salads, two filets, two vegetable sides, and two desserts. I had the coupon bookmarked and forgot all about it until your post.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/06 14:21:22 (permalink)
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The Morton's of Chicago downtown is starting to offer lunch, so I'll certainly head over there soon to see if they make a burger worth the outrageous price they'll certainly charge.

Just noticed they do a lobster bisque as well. So much for my weekly lunch budget




TJ

I just saw this too, Steak Burger and Lobster Bisque, let me know if you need a lunch loan

I would love to go there for lunch but, I am never in downtown during that time of day that I am not working.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/06 16:16:25 (permalink)
I sent a correction note to the Publisher of the book of Kentucky "Must Eats" about the Table of Contents error noted in an earlier post. I did happen to see this review of the Maysville entries while I was doing that note. This more or less reinforces the write-up give the places in the book.

http://www.maysville-online.com/articles/2006/11/06/local_news/3373eating.txt

TJ,
I looked at the Louisville Morton's menu for Lunch. As you can see from the list I copied, there are no prices included in the descriptions. Infact there are no descriptions!! Please do report your findings when you try the Morton's Lunch.

From the Menu-Starters:
Smoked Pacific Salmon
Colossal Shrimp Cocktail
Broiled Sea Scallops
Colossal Shrimp Alexander
Oysters on the Half Shell
Baked Five Onion Soup
Sauteed Wild Mushrooms
Jumbo Lump Crabmeat Cocktail
Jumbo Lump Crab Cake
Lobster Bisque
Tuna Tartare
Morton's Salad
Caesar Salad
Spinach Salad
Sliced Beefsteak Tomato
Center Cut Iceberg

Daily Specials:
Monday - Classic Homestyle Meatloaf
Tuesday - Lemon Oregano Chicken
Wednesday - Prime Chopped Steak
Thursday - Roasted Boneless Prime Rib
Friday - Grilled Colossal Shrimp & Sea Scallops

Salads, Sandwiches, Pasta and Lunch Specials:
Warm Steak Salad
Salad of Grilled Colossal Shrimp
Chopped Salad
Stacked Prime New York Strip Steak
Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
Chicken Christopher
"Not so Big" Filet
Jumbo Lump Crab Cakes
Tenderloin Medallions al Forno Morton's Prime Sirloin Burger
Grilled Ribeye Steak
Chicken Piccata
Sliced Prime Steak Sandwich

Morton's Signature Entrées
Double Cut Filet Mignon
Porterhouse Steak
Double Porterhouse Steak
New York Strip Steak
Chicago Style Bone-In Ribeye
Domestic Double Rib Lamb Chops
Broiled Salmon Fillet
Colossal Shrimp Alexander
Lobster Tail
Jumbo Lobster Tail
Whole Baked Maine Lobster

Morton's "Slightly Smaller" Steaks
Filet Oskar
Filet Diane
Ribeye Steak
Cajun Ribeye Steak
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/06 16:37:35 (permalink)
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Originally posted by TJ Jackson

The former Graeter's location downtown near 4th and walnut is now home to Paula's Cafe, a soup/salad/sandwich joint with moderate prices.

I had a cuban sandwich....good tasty sandwich.....bread *might* be authentic, pork was lunchmeat-thin rather than a slice knife carved off a roast, toasted in an oven but not pressed....a bit pricey (7 bucks) for the size

I'll probably stop back in sometime next week for a pastrami or corned beef deli sandwich (6 bucks)


Paula has had a cafe down at Findley market for a while. She makes very good food. Her reuben sandwich is justifiably famous. She also sells real roasted turkey, homemade mustard and sauerkraut, baked goods, and killer breakfast biscuit sandwiches.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/07 09:32:50 (permalink)
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Morton's menu for Lunch.....there are no prices
With good reason. :-) too frightening

a side order of hash browns runs 8-9 bucks on the dinner menu I have in my desk, so I have to imagine the burger will be about 15 bucks, maybe more.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/08 11:27:23 (permalink)
I'm wondering if Morton's Lobster Bisque will be anything as good as the late, great Maisonette's was. That was worth nearly any price.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/08 12:09:10 (permalink)
It turns out I didn't read the Morton's news announcement correctly - they will be open for lunch on exactly 4 days and ONLY those 4 days: 12/14, 12/15, 12/21, and 12/22.

It's in the news piece I sourced this from (http://cinweekly.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/a1/20061206/ENT0105/612060329/), I just didn't notice that part....not sure I will make it given those restrictions
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/08 12:52:40 (permalink)
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Her reuben sandwich is justifiably famous.

I just had this reuben (Paula's) today....6.95 with chips, no pickle.....very, very small sandwich, toasted, not buttered and grilled. Not tasty. I was very underwhelmed.....the sandwich I received should have cost around 3 dollars.

I am thinking that the quality at the 4th street location simply does not match quality at the Findlay location

I will stop back for the roasted turkey, see how that goes.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/08 13:08:07 (permalink)
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Originally posted by TJ Jackson

It turns out I didn't read the Morton's news announcement correctly - they will be open for lunch on exactly 4 days and ONLY those 4 days: 12/14, 12/15, 12/21, and 12/22.

It's in the news piece I sourced this from (http://cinweekly.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/a1/20061206/ENT0105/612060329/), I just didn't notice that part....not sure I will make it given those restrictions



They do this every year to take advantage of holiday shopping and downtown holiday decoration visitors; but, also to get some business for luncheon holiday parties from downtown businesses.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/09 10:12:13 (permalink)
Now that this thread has strayed into the high rent district, I thought I'd share my dining adventure at the Napa Grille in Hyde Park (located where J's Seafood used to be.) I met some friends for dinner. We had a couple of birthdays in the group and someone chose Napa for some fancy dining.

The quick and dirty is that most of what we ordered was pretty tasty, especially one of the appetizers. Overall, however our "dining experience" was overpriced and pretentious. It's the kind of place where you find menu items such as "Toasted Almond-Stuffed Dates in Apple Wood Smoked Bacon, Balsamic Reduction...$8". This was, in fact, the best dish of the evening. It was really, really good. The Traditional Bruschetta was good but not worth the 9 bucks.

The entree menu is extensive and pricey. The Seared Diver Scallops sounded good until we found out you get 3 scallops for $26. One of our party got the Mongolian Pork Chops which were basted with a hoisin wasabi mixture that was delicious. She got a couple of big chops for $19, so it wasn't a bad deal at this place. I had the Petite Filet which was indeed petite (6 oz., but it looked smaller). It was grilled perfectly (medium rare) but was encrusted with way too much salt which overpowered the meat.

Wine flights had been a feature of this place but the waiter mentioned that they had discontinued their wine flight special. The wine list is extensive and some wines are very expensive. They did let us try a small amount of a wine before we ordered it. They serve half glasses of wine which are small...3 oz. The evening we were there, all wine served by the glass was being offered at half price. Napa Grille prides itself on its recommended wine pairings, so when my friend found her wine to be too light to stand up to the Mongolian Pork Chops, they provided another wine and did not charge her for the wine they originally recommended.

We got 2 free desserts because of the birthdays. They were large, with a scoop of ice cream atop a dense piece of chocolate cake that was filled with a dark chocolate syrup. The waiter brought us extra plates so we could share. The desserts were so rich, we didn't finish them.

The service was attentive to the point of distraction. The waiter was a charming young fellow eager to be helpful and to show off his knowlege of the menu and the wine list. He was such a nice guy, we didn't let on that he was driving us nuts.

We do these "fancy" dinners a few times a year to celebrate our birthdays. So far, the best restaurants have been Honey in Northside, the York Street Cafe in Newport, and Tink's in Clifton.

Here's a link to the website, but I'm not recommending this restaraunt:

http:/www.napagrille.com
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/09 10:32:25 (permalink)
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So far, the best restaurants have been Honey in Northside, the York Street Cafe in Newport, and Tink's in Clifton.


I love all three of these places, although I find the quality of Honey's Sunday brunch to be more consistent than their entrees, which are a little too experimental at times. We have brunch there at least once a month.

Tink's just had a nice write-up in the Enquirer this past week. Despite being "right up the street" from us, we haven't been in almost a year. I highly recommend the prawns with cheddar hominy entree if it's still on the menu.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/09 16:53:50 (permalink)
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I love all three of these places, although I find the quality of Honey's Sunday brunch to be more consistent than their entrees, which are a little too experimental at times. We have brunch there at least once a month.



I saw the write-up on Tink's. I really enjoyed our dinner there. My birthday's up next and I'd like to revisit Tink's or Honey. We really quizzed the waiter at Honey about the menu offerings. Some of the combinations sounded a little too wierd and we passed them up. Not one of us was disappointed with the dishes we did order, and the desserts were fabulous.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/09 17:05:30 (permalink)
cajunking - A question:

Have you ever eaten at the Watkins Barrel in Lawrenceburg, IN? It's at the same location where the Whiskey Barrel was several years ago. We loved the burgers at the Whiskey Barrel. They were grilled with sweet onion, very juicy, and not greasy. We get to Lawrenceburg during sprint car racing season and we're interested in finding a casual place to have supper before the race. (We'd prefer to avoid the salty metts and the gooey nachos at the track.) I'd like to know if the Watkins Barrel is worth a try. We also miss Whiskey Island which had pretty good fish. Thanks for any help.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/12 14:01:50 (permalink)
Just heard that Jean-Robert deCavel will be moving PhoParis from Oakley to the old Scalea's location on Greenup St. in Covington.

Here is the link:
http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20061212/BIZ01/612120329/-1/CINCI

NKY just continues to flourish, while Cincy flounders {IMO}.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/12 15:17:52 (permalink)
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cajunking - A question:

Have you ever eaten at the Watkins Barrel in Lawrenceburg, IN? It's at the same location where the Whiskey Barrel was several years ago. We loved the burgers at the Whiskey Barrel. They were grilled with sweet onion, very juicy, and not greasy. We get to Lawrenceburg during sprint car racing season and we're interested in finding a casual place to have supper before the race. (We'd prefer to avoid the salty metts and the gooey nachos at the track.) I'd like to know if the Watkins Barrel is worth a try. We also miss Whiskey Island which had pretty good fish. Thanks for any help.



Watkins barrell and Whiskey Barrell were two different places.

Watkins Barrell never impressed me at all and has been closed for some time now, the building was recently torn down for the new US 50 expansion across Tanner's Creek.

Whiskey Barrell was good but alas it too is gone, for a while it was a little italian place, but that too is gone, now it is being rehabbed and will be another mexican food place sometime this spring.

If you liked Whiskey Barrell, you might try it's parent restaurant
"Whiskey's" located at the corner of US 50 and Front Street. The food has been good, the BBQ is good too.

Unfortunately SE Indiana does not have much in the way of good food places to eat at. That is why I love living so close to Cincy.

My picks for the area are:

Whiskey's - Steaks, BBQ
Applewood - Ny Strip stuffed with Boursin cheese, Steakhouse soup
Delaney's - Daily specials are usually always good

Acapulco's - Mexican (L'burg and Aurora have them, Aurora is better)
(yes it is a "chain", but they do have some real good and authentic foods)

Aurora has a new BBQ place open called Big Daddy's BBQ & Lil Mama's Fixins, I have been there several times.

I have tried:

Ribs, very disappointing TOOOOO much rub, rub had an off taste to it
Shoulder, not too bad
Chicken, not too bad

Fixins - not worth it


Other than that, we got fast food
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/12 18:57:20 (permalink)
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Watkins barrell and Whiskey Barrell were two different places.

Watkins Barrell never impressed me at all and has been closed for some time now, the building was recently torn down for the new US 50 expansion across Tanner's Creek.


My picks for the area are:

Whiskey's - Steaks, BBQ
Applewood - Ny Strip stuffed with Boursin cheese, Steakhouse soup
Delaney's - Daily specials are usually always good



cjk - Thanks for your response.

I'm pretty sure that Whiskey Barrell was at the same location where Watkins Barrell went later. Before that, it was an old-fashioned working man's bar and lunch place called Bud and Norma Lee's. Not that it matters since they razed the building. Sure do miss those hamburgers though.

I worked in the 'burg for a number of years and used to eat a Whiskey's pretty regularly and I really enjoyed the daily specials as well as the ribs and peanut slaw. We've also enjoyed the Applewood for grilled fish and steaks and a view of the river. Had a couple of disappointing meals at Delaney's but that was a few years ago so maybe it has improved.

Sounds like we'll probably have to stick with one of those, or go to Penn Station if we're running late.

Thanks again.

Sandy

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2006/12/14 11:57:44 (permalink)
More caveats about the lunch available at Morton's downtown

The lunch menu shown online at Mortons.com is NOT available - all you can get is a "Prix fixe" with limited selection options. You can't just buy a sandwich or an appetizer or a soup - you have to buy an entire multi course meal

So much for my lobster bisque or hamburger :-) but my wallet is a lot happier, on the other hand
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