WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat)

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TJ Jackson
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 06/22/09 2:09 PM
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I stopped in to Cold Turkey Today

First impression coming in the door - mold.

None was visible, but it hung in the air like - well, have you ever walked down the stairs into a basement at an old house where the walls leak?  Kinda like that.

I smelled no food smells, including the one I had expected - roasting turkey.

Not a complaint really, but with a name like 'Cold Turkey' you'd expect a very turkey-oriented menu.  And turkey was present, it just wasn't a highlight. For example, 2 sandwiches featured turkey, while three featured chicken.

Aside from all that - a simple sandwich is 7 bucks.  No, there's no chips with that, those are 2 bucks extra.

I may get aroung to checking this place out eventually if I hear someone rave about one of the menu items, but I will not be an early adopter here.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 06/22/09 2:26 PM
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I just wanted to bring up a point on overlap.  I undrstand the desire to keep the forums divided with Midlletown as a mid-point.  Cinci has already gobbled up NK.  When I lived in Middletown the area of Cin-Day rd was called the Cin-Day corridor.  The end result being one Metro-Burg Going from NKY to Dayton.  As such I cant see the harm in a comparrison of similat places in both area as they could easily fall into an area where people might experience both.
Just a though.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 06/27/09 1:36 AM
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Since we are discussing pet peeves, britt (weren't we?), the road is Cincinnati-Dayton Road!  Cin-Day is a recent notation made up by a highway department too cheap to buy enough letters for the signs on I-75!  

Agree with your assessment though...when I lived in West Chester, I would drive to Dayton for special food I enjoyed.  Ollieburgers at the (long gone) Lum's in Fairborn, for example.  Or more recently, the ribs at Quaker Stake & Lube across the street from Wright State (before the one opened in Milford.)  I always considered it part of the area.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 06/27/09 12:10 PM
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I have opened a new thread for the discussion of what does and does not belong here, since this appears to be a topic (a topic about a topic - a meta-topic) several members wish to discuss

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/Discussion-of-what-belongs-in-Cincti-Thread-vs-what-belongs-in-Dayton-thread-m523018.aspx

I ask that you move such meta-topic discussion there.
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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 06/30/09 1:09 PM
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Eastgate news:

1. Here Piggy Piggy barbeque is closed.
2. Eclectic Curio Coffeehouse (same strip center on Glen Este Withamsville Road) is closing; today is last day.
3. Fuji Japanese place is open; I haven't seen many cars there.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 06/30/09 5:06 PM
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I will miss HPP - doggone shame!

Fuji sounded dubious from the get go.  Have not been there yet - that location may have jinx.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/1/09 12:58 PM
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NYPIzzaNut


I will miss HPP - doggone shame!

Fuji sounded dubious from the get go.  Have not been there yet - that location may have jinx.


Yeah, it started as the Eastgate location of Burbank's, later became "Damon's: The Place for Ribs," then Eastgate Buffet, now Fuji. Have I missed any iterations?

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/1/09 1:43 PM
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I have only been in Brown County for 5 years as of June so I cannot improve on your list - we used to live in Westwood and previously Mt Washington but that was a long time back.  We did not get to the Eastgate area much when we were on the west side of Cinci.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/1/09 7:23 PM
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At popular request I have begun a thread that covers SW Ohio and environs - which will feature my lunch group's meandering all over SW Ohio including the more rural areas.  Anyone who wants to post about restaurants and food experiences in this large area of the state and surrounding states (N Ky / SE In) may feel free to post there also and / or here or on the Dayton area thread as you deem desirous and appropriate:

http://www.roadfood.com/Forums/tm.aspx?m=523987&high=





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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 07/6/09 6:48 AM
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Anyone tried Sammy's Gourmet burgers at Creek and Kenwood?  They opened over a week ago and I have driven past 4 or 5 times to find a totally packed parking lot.   It hysterical at noon time as directly across the street is a Doggie Daycare center. ...  you can see little noses pressed up against the fence smelling the smoke that is pumping the amazing smell of burgers through the whole intersection.   Here is a link Sammy Snows

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 07/6/09 4:23 PM
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Another one bites the dust - never got to try the place out - 10 bucks for a bowl of soup is a hard sell in even a good economy

http://cincinnati.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2009/07/06/daily10.html

Edit: local blogger VeggieOption reports that another fairly upscale eatery - The Reserve Piano Lounge and Restaurant at Eminent Domain on the Levee - has also closed it's doors

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 07/6/09 7:31 PM
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I live near the old ZZ's Pizza locale at Gilbert & Florence Aves.  I saw some people fixing up the outside of the building a couple of weeks back, and then @ a week ago a banner was put up saying "ZZ's Pizza Opening Soon".  I haven't heard anything about this.  Anyone else?  Their pizza was very good ~ kinda California gourmet pizza-ish.  I hope it is just as good.

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RE: WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/7/09 4:51 PM
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rpglegal


Anyone tried Sammy's Gourmet burgers at Creek and Kenwood?  They opened over a week ago and I have driven past 4 or 5 times to find a totally packed parking lot.   It hysterical at noon time as directly across the street is a Doggie Daycare center. ...  you can see little noses pressed up against the fence smelling the smoke that is pumping the amazing smell of burgers through the whole intersection.   Here is a link Sammy Snows


Wow, talk about amazing timing. I'd never heard of Sammy's, but I was doing errands in Blue Ash today and about locked my breaks up when I saw a Nathan's Hot Dogs sign. So I went in and got a dog that comes with cheese, mushrooms and onions (but I held off on the onions).
 
It was pretty darn good, although the bottom of the bun split completely one bite in, making it a mess to eat. The cheese was excellent and plentiful -- I think it was a white cheddar, although I didn't have time to ask. It oozed out everywhere when I took a bite.
 
The dog was $4.95, and fries are $1 extra, which I got. Those were also good. A slightly thicker version than I'm used to, but they were well done so they didn't taste like potato.
 
I'd definitely go back on occasion, but at $6 for a dog and fries it's not a bargain.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/8/09 4:45 AM
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Any German food and culture lovers  out here?
I remember a wonderful place in Cincinnati that had closed about the turn of the century.  I cant remember what road it was on but it was a lovely country dive heading towards the river.  Im sory the name secapes me.  It had been around forever and was a local landmark and a fabulous place for great family memories.  Unfortunately I only found out about it just before they closed down.  It was an old landmark and a lovely place to go.  They offerd a price fix menu made from scratch daily.  The husband and wife were the Chef/Manager team.  The servers were all singers and actors and they always put on a well known musical!
Its such a shame when a treasure like that is gone for good.  There is nothing in town of its like any more.
britt
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/8/09 9:56 AM
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Forestview Gardens?

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/8/09 10:06 AM

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/8/09 10:32 AM
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Yep, thanks thats the place.  We went to one of the last shows they did and it was "Annie Get Your Gun.  My wife stll wishes they were open for business.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/8/09 12:15 PM
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Your Cincinnati Oceanaire seafood restaurant is closing or is closed. This article is about Oceanaire's Chapter 11 bankruptcy filing. The newspaper article mentioned Cincinnati, Charlotte, Philadelphia and Seattle Oceanaires closed. The online article here omits that paragraph.

http://www.startribune.com/business/50065552.html?elr=KArksUUUoDEy3LGDiO7aiU

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/8/09 1:20 PM
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Our lunchbunch group ate at the Forest View Gardens Restaurant shortly before it closed - it was as tasty as the Black Forest - what a shame to see them both gone now!
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/8/09 1:26 PM
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It was on North Bend Rd in Monford Heights - nowhere near any real river (maybe the Little Miami runs near there but it is a creek if it ran in that area.)

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/8/09 8:00 PM
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NYPIzzaNut


Our lunchbunch group ate at the Forest View Gardens Restaurant in mid 2005 - it was as tasty as the Black Forest - what a shame to see them both gone now!


You must have gone in the Wayback Machine, the article says they closed in 2001.  

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/8/09 8:06 PM
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Time does fly when you are having fun!

I can't believe it was that long ago.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/8/09 9:25 PM
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We were heading down to do something around Bridgetown.  it was a nice Sunday and just took the long way.  We were going down North Bend and  i first saw the place.look on a map.  if you go much farther you are going to get wet.  We went the last few weeks they were onpen  I was thinking it was 2000 as we moved to middletown in dec of that year they were already closed.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/8/09 9:29 PM
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I lived in the area from 1985 thru 2004 - you can't get too wet til you hit the Ohio River, as far as I know.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 07/9/09 2:34 PM
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Thought I'd post a few pictures from a local roadfood favorite, New Orleans to Go.  :)  We didn't get to visit there more than a couple times before they closed, and this is our first visit since they reopened. 

This was the special listed on the blackboard: half a glazed tilapia po' boy with coleslaw and a side order of red beans and rice.  My husband reported that it was excellent.  :)



The shrimp basket, which was my order.  The coleslaw is a bit unusual.  The dressing is quite thin and not as sweet as most places (I appreciate that, since I hate too-sweet 'slaw), and there's raisins in it, which is a new one on me.  It does go well with all the fried food.

I keep meaning to try something else, but the fried shrimp lures me back.  Light and crispy breading, lightly spiced, and the shrimp is cooked perfectly-- just until done, and not the least bit rubbery.  In fact, I took a close-up shot of the shrimp just because it deserves to be fixed in one's memory.  ;P





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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 07/9/09 8:05 PM
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Simply magnificent!  I am stuck on LaToya's oyster po' boys, cornbread, red beans and rice, seafood chowder and fried okra.  I sometimes dream about them.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 07/10/09 12:22 PM
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Had lunch at the new Cold Turkey downtown today.  Although TJ mentioned in his earlier postings about a smell of mold, I did not notice any of that today.  I'm still confused as to how a place called Cold Turkey has no actual cold turkey sandwiches on the menu (if you do not count turkey salad), but whatever.

I purchased the Gobbler which is hot turkey on Texas toast served Philly style - onions, roasted red peppers, banana peppers and Cheez Whiz.  I opted out of the banana peppers.  The sandwich comes with Cajun pretzels, which is the only variety of salty snack that they serve.  The verdict: Eh.  Mediocre at best.  The sandwich was ok, pretty messy, just plain average.  Nothing that left me wanting more.   I might go back and try a different sandwich, but not anytime soon.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 07/11/09 5:35 PM
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Simply magnificent!  I am stuck on LaToya's oyster po' boys, cornbread, red beans and rice, seafood chowder and fried okra.  I sometimes dream about them.


My husband was curious about the oyster po' boys, but wasn't sure if he'd like them.  (We both prefer our oysters raw.)  What's the taste/texture like?  Are they still a bit runny in the middle?

I'll have to try their bbqed shrimp sometime, too.  I'm assuming it's like the other "bbq" shrimp we had in New Orleans, a rich garlicky butter sauce with parsley.  Gooooood stuff.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sat, 07/11/09 9:11 PM
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They are like little pieces of heaven and they are not runny - they are cooked to perfection like all of her food.  Lightly breaded and succulent.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 07/12/09 11:56 PM
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Just wondering if anyone has hit the Wiener hous. Or if it is still open?  It is run by the guys who own the German butchershop in NK that once supplied the houfbrou(sp) hous before they switched to a cheaper supplier.

 Right now the only place I can get a Hot dog fix is Hot Doggin It. While there dog is good. Its not amazing( only place I can find that will make me a chicago dog tho). Was hoping a place run by german butchers might have to have some amazing wursts!


did a search on here and came up nothing for wiener hous. Could be spelling it wrong or misnaming it tho. I tend to do that alot

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 07/12/09 11:57 PM
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also I dont list the many chili parlors as a hotdog fix. Figured I should post that real quick hehe

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 07/13/09 10:40 AM
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"I live near the old ZZ's Pizza locale at Gilbert & Florence Aves.  I saw some people fixing up the outside of the building a couple of weeks back, and then @ a week ago a banner was put up saying "ZZ's Pizza Opening Soon".  I haven't heard anything about this.  Anyone else?  Their pizza was very good ~ kinda California gourmet pizza-ish.  I hope it is just as good."

Good to hear, there was some buzz that someone was going to reopen it about 15 months ago but then I never heard any more, heck of an act to follow though. I PRAY, they got the recipes.


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 07/13/09 5:01 PM
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baughman


Just wondering if anyone has hit the Wiener hous. Or if it is still open?  It is run by the guys who own the German butchershop in NK that once supplied the houfbrou(sp) hous before they switched to a cheaper supplier.

 Right now the only place I can get a Hot dog fix is Hot Doggin It. While there dog is good. Its not amazing( only place I can find that will make me a chicago dog tho). Was hoping a place run by german butchers might have to have some amazing wursts!


did a search on here and came up nothing for wiener hous. Could be spelling it wrong or misnaming it tho. I tend to do that alot


For more Chicago goodness, go to Chicago Joe's in Greenhills, they have the full Vienna Beef lineup, including Polish and Italian Sausages.

The whole German Butcher Shop/Weiner Haus empire flamed out over a year ago, for wurst needs, there are a number of shops in Findlay Market, if you can't your favorite sausage there, it is seriously obscure. 

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/14/09 10:28 AM
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Miscellany:

The Green Derby (venerable fried fish place in Newport) has closed after 62 years in business.  Polly had originally reported it might be temporary, but it appears to be done-zo.
http://nky.cincinnati.com/article/AB/20090713/ENT01/907140316

A new sushi place opening downtown across from Cold Turkey
http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20090710/BIZ01/907110333/Downtown+getting+sushi+spot

Popular half priced sushi deal at Aqua gone, other changes as well
http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=blog31&plckController=Blog&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&U=6c063c5c-f0be-4620-af69-514709d1a587&plckPostId=Blog%3a6c063c5c-f0be-4620-af69-514709d1a587Post%3a32966873-9604-48b4-9457-a5e49d4fec00&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest

Polly reports that a new italian restaurant has taken over the long-empty former Chili Company location on Cheviot Road
http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs.dll/section?Category=blog14&plckController=Blog&plckScript=blogScript&plckElementId=blogDest&plckBlogPage=BlogViewPost&plckPostId=Blog%3a1921648a-c77d-4218-b8c1-5af7ab309046Post%3af1893743-db31-41aa-99f9-b18ea139078d&sid=sitelife.cincinnati.com

My beloved Tan Thai has changed owners.  According to the staff member I spoke to, the change occurred about a month ago, and the new owner has no connection to the family that owns the Tan Thai in Springdale - so now the two eateries are connected only by name and history.  The staff appears to be the same, prices ad menu have not yet changed, but the portion size definitely went down and the food quality (albeit based only on todays lunch) has gone down as well.  Basil Fried rice without any basil, hmmmm.  This is a sad, sad development for me.  Update 7/16: picked up yakisoba to go today, inedible. 

Flo's Plate Full of Soul is moving as I write this from their original location in the former Patoschnik's to 915 Vine Street, which is about two blocks away, getting ever so slightly into Over the Rhine

I suspect this happened some time ago, and I just failed to note it, but the California Orange Bar across from Government Square has closed.  I remember I being there as early as 1975, and it could well have been there much earlier.

Also, Eminent Domain on The Levee continues to fall apart - http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/stories/2009/07/13/daily68.html
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/14/09 2:15 PM
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Roma sounds awfully good - I hope our lunchbunch will visit there before long.  I used to live within a few miles of their location.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/14/09 7:48 PM
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Went to the new Sammy's Burgers in Blue Ash.  Must say I was very unimpressed.  Burgers cost anywhere from $8-10 and include fries.  Hot Dogs cost $3.50-$5.00.  The burger itself is very disappointing.  Wasn't cooked to requested temperature.  Meet appeared and tasted of low quality.  This was somewhat covered up by the toppings(which were very good) and the bun.  The hot dog itself was good, but served on an unimpressive bun.  Fries were ok, the garlic fries added much needed flavor(although u pay for it later).  All in all, I don't think I will be back.  Think the burger and fries are much better at Red Robin (similar concept as Sammy's), Five Guys (cheaper and much better tasting fries and burger with good selection of toppings; the hot dog at Five Guys is delicious as well), or Terry's.  I probably even enjoyed the burger at Cheezburger cafe in Symmes Township more.  Can always stop at Hot DogginIt as well to get my hot dog fix.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/15/09 9:49 PM
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Sorry to hear about the burger...that was the next thing I was going to try there. Sounds like we totally concur about the hot dogs.

Speaking of Hotdogginit, they're now selling frozen Gino's East pizzas (believe it or not, I've never had one before). We picked one up on Sunday, and it was pretty good.

The owner said she buys about 150 from them at a time. Business must be going well there.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/15/09 10:01 PM
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Seventy six pages on eating in Cincinnati? Damn! It's just the third largest city in Ohio. Who gives that much of a rat's patoot about eating in Cincinnati?

Drive over to Buena Vista, get a damned sandwich and relax.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 07/16/09 12:41 PM
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Almost as ingenious as your last post:

Michael Hoffman


After much study, careful thought and on the job research I have come to the conclusion that the best answer to the question of where to eat in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky is anywhere else.


No, wait, that's ingenuous. But not unexpected from someone who makes his full name his handle.

Did it ever occur to you that a lot of people from the Cincinnati area might post on this board? You might've realized that if you weren't busy trolling.
 
In the future, can you please keep your counterproductive sophomoric comments to yourself, please? They do nothing to benefit the thread, and frankly, you live in Columbus, which makes it hard to understand why you would rip another city.
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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 07/17/09 10:17 PM
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Not really roadfood, but a little bird told me that a Beef O'Bradys will be opening on July 27 in Newport. I've heard their wings are awesome.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 07/19/09 9:52 PM
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Michael Hoffman


Seventy six pages on eating in Cincinnati? Damn! It's just the third largest city in Ohio. Who gives that much of a rat's patoot about eating in Cincinnati?


Perhaps you wouldn't be so ornery if your town had professional teams in sports that actually matter.

I am jealous of your multiple Raising Cane's locations, though. They unfortunately have no plans to open any in Cincinnati.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Sun, 07/19/09 10:13 PM
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I hope you aren't referring to the Reds and Bungles.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 07/20/09 12:56 PM
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Found this article about the aforementioned Beef O Brady's.


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/21/09 9:55 AM
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Fuji Steak House is open in the Eastgate area. A guy I know took his family and tried the sushi. He says it's good --  not great, just good -- and he'd go again.

My son and I laugh every time we see the signs out front of Fuji: "Chef cooking in front of you", and "Having good food and fun the same time."

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/21/09 12:55 PM
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Suburban Dad


Went to the new Sammy's Burgers in Blue Ash.  Must say I was very unimpressed.  Burgers cost anywhere from $8-10 and include fries.  Hot Dogs cost $3.50-$5.00.  The burger itself is very disappointing.  Wasn't cooked to requested temperature.  Meet appeared and tasted of low quality.  This was somewhat covered up by the toppings(which were very good) and the bun.  The hot dog itself was good, but served on an unimpressive bun.  Fries were ok, the garlic fries added much needed flavor(although u pay for it later).  All in all, I don't think I will be back.  Think the burger and fries are much better at Red Robin (similar concept as Sammy's), Five Guys (cheaper and much better tasting fries and burger with good selection of toppings; the hot dog at Five Guys is delicious as well), or Terry's.  I probably even enjoyed the burger at Cheezburger cafe in Symmes Township more.  Can always stop at Hot DogginIt as well to get my hot dog fix.


I went to Sammy's Burgers in Blue Ash today for lunch...  I actually had quite a different experience with the burgers.  My hamburger itself was quite tasty, the beef tasted of good quality beef and was well seasoned.  The toppings on the burger were fresh and the bun was also good.  I didn't try the french fries even though they come with the burgers, I opted to upgrade to the onion rings which reminded me a lot of the ones at BW3's.  Knowing that it was the same owner there as at El Pueblo in Blue Ash I tried the Guacamole Burger hoping that it was the same guacamole as El Pueblo and was not disappointed in the least.

The other three people that I went there with all agreed with me and we will definitely be going back again to try some of the other burgers there.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/21/09 2:51 PM
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Euched


Suburban Dad


Went to the new Sammy's Burgers in Blue Ash.  Must say I was very unimpressed.  Burgers cost anywhere from $8-10 and include fries.  Hot Dogs cost $3.50-$5.00.  The burger itself is very disappointing.  Wasn't cooked to requested temperature.  Meet appeared and tasted of low quality.  This was somewhat covered up by the toppings(which were very good) and the bun.  The hot dog itself was good, but served on an unimpressive bun.  Fries were ok, the garlic fries added much needed flavor(although u pay for it later).  All in all, I don't think I will be back.  Think the burger and fries are much better at Red Robin (similar concept as Sammy's), Five Guys (cheaper and much better tasting fries and burger with good selection of toppings; the hot dog at Five Guys is delicious as well), or Terry's.  I probably even enjoyed the burger at Cheezburger cafe in Symmes Township more.  Can always stop at Hot DogginIt as well to get my hot dog fix.


I went to Sammy's Burgers in Blue Ash today for lunch...  I actually had quite a different experience with the burgers.  My hamburger itself was quite tasty, the beef tasted of good quality beef and was well seasoned.  The toppings on the burger were fresh and the bun was also good.  I didn't try the french fries even though they come with the burgers, I opted to upgrade to the onion rings which reminded me a lot of the ones at BW3's.  Knowing that it was the same owner there as at El Pueblo in Blue Ash I tried the Guacamole Burger hoping that it was the same guacamole as El Pueblo and was not disappointed in the least.

The other three people that I went there with all agreed with me and we will definitely be going back again to try some of the other burgers there.


This is a place I am gonna try when I get back to Ohio in a couple of weeks. Probably the Saturday after as I have the obligated Wednesday stop at "The Pub". Gotta finish that pub passport before my dad.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/21/09 7:40 PM
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jmckee


Fuji Steak House is open in the Eastgate area. A guy I know took his family and tried the sushi. He says it's good --  not great, just good -- and he'd go again.

My son and I laugh every time we see the signs out front of Fuji: "Chef cooking in front of you", and "Having good food and fun the same time."

I have noticed not a whole lot of vehicles in their parking lot severals times I passed by since they opened during lunch and dinner hours.


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/22/09 8:46 AM
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Andy's Mediterranean Grill.  Wow, what a major dissapointment.  My wife is Lebanese so we know the cuisine well.  What we experienced here was mediocre food with the exception of a very good kibbeh.  The real issue was the price.  Dinner for two adults and a child was $85 with tip.  This was for a bowl of olives, three entrees and three sodas.  No wine, no appetizers, no sides, and no dessert.  This meal would have been acceptable if it cost about half that much.  I am not a cheapskate or stickler for prices.  I regularly dine at high end places like Boca or Ruby's where I will happily plunk down some major coin for a good dinner, but Andy's was a total rip-off.  I can't imagine ever returning here again unless they seriously revise their prices.  My entree cost $22 for two skewers of cubed lamb shoulder (the cheapest cut available) with maybe 4-5 pieces per skewer and some rice.  Seriously?  This dish might have cost the restaurant $2 to prepare. 

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/22/09 3:03 PM
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Robin Hood


Andy's Mediterranean Grill.  Wow, what a major dissapointment.  My wife is Lebanese so we know the cuisine well.  What we experienced here was mediocre food with the exception of a very good kibbeh.  The real issue was the price.  Dinner for two adults and a child was $85 with tip.  This was for a bowl of olives, three entrees and three sodas.  No wine, no appetizers, no sides, and no dessert.  This meal would have been acceptable if it cost about half that much.  I am not a cheapskate or stickler for prices.  I regularly dine at high end places like Boca or Ruby's where I will happily plunk down some major coin for a good dinner, but Andy's was a total rip-off.  I can't imagine ever returning here again unless they seriously revise their prices.  My entree cost $22 for two skewers of cubed lamb shoulder (the cheapest cut available) with maybe 4-5 pieces per skewer and some rice.  Seriously?  This dish might have cost the restaurant $2 to prepare. 
Our lunchbunch feels the same way about the cost, and the food being mediocre at best:






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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/22/09 5:51 PM
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Robin Hood, Mirage at Harper's Station has a menu that is influenced by Russian, Armenian, Lebanese and Greek cuisine. The portions are generous and the prices are very reasonable. We've been there many times and the food is always very good.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Wed, 07/22/09 6:04 PM
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Delilah77


Robin Hood, Mirage at Harper's Station has a menu that is influenced by Russian, Armenian, Lebanese and Greek cuisine. The portions are generous and the prices are very reasonable. We've been there many times and the food is always very good.
We lunched there in 2005 and could not agree more with your comments.



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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 07/23/09 12:47 AM
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NYPIzzaNut


They are like little pieces of heaven and they are not runny - they are cooked to perfection like all of her food.  Lightly breaded and succulent.



I wouldn't mind it a bit on the runny side, actually.  :)  Just as long as they aren't rubbery or chewy.  I can't stand overcooked seafood.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Thu, 07/23/09 10:03 PM
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arianej


NYPIzzaNut


They are like little pieces of heaven and they are not runny - they are cooked to perfection like all of her food.  Lightly breaded and succulent.



I wouldn't mind it a bit on the runny side, actually.  :)  Just as long as they aren't rubbery or chewy.  I can't stand overcooked seafood.

They are perfection personified.


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Fri, 07/24/09 12:44 PM
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Has anyone been to the Japanese Steakhouse Sakura off of I74 at the Rybolt Rd exit?  Used to be Dante's but they changes owners a while back.  I have heard that they have excellent sushi as well a great teppanyaki show. 

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 07/27/09 3:26 PM
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Margarita's on Beechmont has an ominous "closed for remodeling" sign out front. We were going to go last week when we discovered this.

They have/had decent food -- I have to pick and choose with my picky-eater girlfriend, and Margarita's was a good compromise.

Hopefully it is indeed a remodeling, but I'm skeptical. 

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 07/27/09 5:54 PM
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I had eaten at Andy's several times with girlfriends b/f  Playhouse in the Park productions.  A year or so ago, my husband and I decided to go there after a Music Hall performance.  We couldn't get waited on! I asked a passing server to find a server for us. No one ever materialized, even after another plea.  I think we were in customer Hell; you know that table in between stations that no one is responsible for.  After 45 minutes of no one waiting on us, we left.  I complained to the hostess on the way out (yes, I'm the mouthy one of the couple) and she just shrugged and continued to look at the TV.  I really had enjoyed it before, but there's no way I'd ever get my husband to go back there, and I'm not in the mood to patronize them again either.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 07/27/09 7:49 PM
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I have to agree with everyone aout Andy's.  I believe I wrote a review here after the last time I ate there.  We were shocked by the menu prices, and when we saw the portion sizes of the entrees going to other tables, we decided to just order appetizers, which were small & over-priced, as well.

I also heard from someone that Andy was sitting at the bar one night talking to another person in Lebanese.  Someone in their party was fluent and said they were talking about the customers in a bad way.  The person said Andy thought no one would probably know what they were talking about, but should have been more careful about what was said.  He said he wouldn't go back, knowing how the owner felt about his customers.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Mon, 07/27/09 7:55 PM
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Bonk


Margarita's on Beechmont has an ominous "closed for remodeling" sign out front. We were going to go last week when we discovered this.

They have/had decent food -- I have to pick and choose with my picky-eater girlfriend, and Margarita's was a good compromise.

Hopefully it is indeed a remodeling, but I'm skeptical. 

 
An article on Cincinnati.com today is about the closings of restaurants on Beechmont Ave..  It doesn't look promising for Margarita's.
http://communitypress.cincinnati.com/article/20090727/NEWS/907270314


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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/28/09 12:01 PM
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Not a bad article, but how about, for once, attributing the closing of a restaurant to bad food, bad service o
soozycue520



An article on Cincinnati.com today is about the closings of restaurants on Beechmont Ave..  It doesn't look promising for Margarita's.
http://communitypress.cincinnati.com/article/20090727/NEWS/907270314


o; the food was boring and I had my doubts whether there was any liquor at all in the margarita. It could also be that Chipotle cut into Margarita's business.

In Anderson, our favorite eateries are Cafe Mediterranean, El Coyote (for margaritas, steaks and the carnitas fajitas), Anderson Township Pub (burgers and wings) and Pelican's Reef.

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Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) - Tue, 07/28/09 12:04 PM
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Sorry -- my message above got screwed up. What I was trying to say was that a bad economy -- or any economy -- preys on the weak, and restaurants close due to bad food, bad service or a tired formula. Main Moon was terrible, Margarita's was a big disappointment last time we ate there.

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