Some misc items
update bout Noce's Pizza off CincinnatiBites twitter: In case you haven't heard, All Noce's Pizzerias except the Edgewood location will now be "Brooklyn Pizza," effective March 1.
Have any of your TriCounty folks been to Taco Loco on Northland Blvd? Sounds like it has been open for a while, good food, cheap...... http://cincinnatifoodiver...t-to-taco-loco-in.html
. For that matter, what about Mi Ranchito, right down the street a bit?
I was in the TriCounty area because my dentist is in nearby Fairfield. After today's dental work, enjoyable as always, I drove by Squeaky's, and there were people inside working. I knocked on the door and inquired about them opening up again, and they said they expect to be back open in late March.....so there's some good news!
On that same little post-dental side trip, I noticed that Ali Baba's has opened in the old New Orleans to Go spot next to Lulu's. Is this one like the one in Madisonville on Redbank, where they have a huge real schwarama spit?
Curry in a Hurry at Beechmont Mall (Anderson Crossings?) is coming along quicker now, hours posted on the doors, lots of of construction folks inside getting it ready
Went to Tender Towne in Withamsville, at the old Arby's spot. The building and menuboards are so stylized it is clear they intend to franchise. Lowest priced combo is 5.99, and they charge 50 cents per dipping sauce. No biscuits and no chicken tender sandwiches, tho they do have *yuck* a tender wrap. Ate there despite all that, and the tenders are very good but everything else is pretty forgettable.
Indian Bistro seems to finally be getting some steady dinner business, which is good. Parking lot was neatly full when I drove by the other night, in stark contrast to the 0-2 cars at the much larger parking lot for Red Chopsticks down the street. They have good food, but their prices (other than the lunch buffet) remain too high for regular patronage from me.
I got word (have not confirmed) that Kar-Ma has finally changed it name to Tan Thai. Since Tan Thai has been running the place for a while now, I really don't expect any changes of substance, tho many of the laotian items Karma had are sadly long gone.
Right across the street from the really great BBQ joint that popped up in Newtown, there is supposedly a place that sells stuffed soft pretzels (they call them breadzels) on a stick. Two stuffings I have heard about are a Johnsonville Brat and a Nathan's dog. Any east siders tried this? At 2-3 dollars an items, sounds like an interesting and low risk culinary investment :-)
A Tavola Pizza has taken to telling folks they are topping their "margherita" pizza with oregano instead of basil because "basil is out of season". I call bull**** on this. Basil is available year round - it may well cost a bit more to cultivate indoors - but a margherita with oregano in place of basil is no longer a margherita, and the favor is a LOT different. Shame on you, A Tavola Pizza. Bull****.
A old greasy spoon that is slowly growing on me after three recent stops there - Gourmet Chili in Newport. They have a huge 3 egg all day breakfast for 4.25. The menu is like 50's diner plus chili (pretty darn good chili), gyros, and baklava. They have a pork tenderloin that I have to wonder if it resembles the Iowa classic DavyD writes about - probably not, but for 6 bucks I can try it once and find out. But yeah, ok, it does unfortunately smell like old cigarettes in there.