AnsweredHot!WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat)

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Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/14 18:32:23
Speaking of BBQ, that Dickey's opened on Ohio Pike at McCann. I tried a pulled pork sandwich. It wasn't bad. I'll go back and try other stuff since it's only four minutes from my house.
dlawson
Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/16 07:18:03
TJ Jackson 
 any of you west-siders know anything about this unheralded new place? 
http://www.urbanspoon.com...k/Woots-BBQ-Cincinnati 
 
 
 
I should be able to try it soon enough, as it's about a mile from my office (and not far from the Mad Mike's I mentioned above). I will report back once I do. It's not along my normal routes to and from work, but I must drive past it at least once a week, and I have never noticed it before.
 
dlawson
Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/16 13:06:02
Okay, make that today. Woots is located in the White Oak Center (at the corner of Cheviot and Jessup) between Fitworks and LaRosa's, and is pretty easy to spot thanks to its circular logo with a pig in front of some flames. The owner(s) are from Georgia, and it appears to be a family operation. They said they have been open since the first week of December. They are very obviously geared towards carryout, but seating does exist, although it is extremely minimal (a handful of tables, maybe 12 chairs total) and extremely tight.
 
Lunch was a mixed bag. I went with the brisket sandwich and one side for $6.99, plus a bottled drink. (They do not have a soda fountain yet.) Everything smelled great, to be sure, but the brisket was a bit overdone, a bit tough and fatty, and tasted more like smoke than anything else (which may be a plus for some people). The mac was above average, mostly thanks to the use of real cheese, and their spicy BBQ sauce is extremely good, instantly one of my favorite "hot" BBQ sauces around here...just the right amount of heat that doesn't distract from its flavor one bit.
 
The menu offers pulled pork, brisket, pulled chicken, St. Louis ribs, wood-fired whole/half chicken, wings, and rib tips, along with several fish selections (cod, catfish, tilapia, shrimp po'boy), which I assume are fried. Sides include "cabbages", collard greens, mac, cole slaw, yams, baked beans, potato salad, green beans, fries, applesauce, and a side salad. Daily specials include 3 wings + 1 side for $4.99, and rib tips + 1 side for $5.99. Lunch and dinner prices are different, and dinners include 2 sides and a roll or cornbread.
 
I'll be back to try something else on the menu. The racks of meats he was loading into the smoker looked great; I just wasn't particularly impressed with the brisket that came out.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/16 13:17:33
Great report, thanks dl
 
The photo of the menu on urbanspoon indicates they also do smoked turkey - have they removed that from the menu?
 
dlawson
Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/16 13:30:42
She updated the menu (by hand) for me before I walked out the door, and the answer is...partially. The smoked turkey club and smoked turkey salad are still on there, and the pulled turkey "meat only" was also left on there, at $11.99 per pound or $7.50 per half pound. She crossed out the gyro and pulled turkey sandwiches, and changed the pulled turkey dinner to a pulled chicken dinner (still at $9.00).
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/16 16:08:26
so basically they are still tinkering with their menu :-)
 
odd that pulled turkey meat is available, yet is only available in only some of the available forms
 
me, if I have ingredient x and y available, and I make x available as a sandwich, platter, or in bulk, then ingredient y is gonna be available those same ways.  More options = more price points = more ways to satisfy the customer =  improved sales
 
dlawson
Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/16 16:43:01
TJ Jackson
 so basically they are still tinkering with their menu :-)
 
 
No doubt. I mentioned that my wife has been looking for a good po'boy (and, more specifically, good po'boy bread) ever since she moved here, and they said that the po'boy is not selling well for them. Since it's the only shrimp item on the menu, I wouldn't be surprised if it disappeared as well.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/19 06:20:18
Went to Oxford in the snowstorm for the second straight day (to watch Miami lose, 5-1, thanks a lot) and decided to take a detour to Hamilton because they have a Mad Mike's on the north si-ede of town.
 
Unlike the Florence location, this one did not serve alcohol and was set up more like a fast food joint. The one on Mount Zion has taps and a small bar area. Weird.
 
And at this location even the dine-in orders were given in "to go" bags wrapped in foil, whereas the Kentucky location serves burgers in baskets.
 
As strange as the derivation is, the burger was still outstanding. My wife loved hers as well.
 
We also got the cheesy bacon ranch fries as a side for $3.69. It was huge and had tons of cheese. And bacon. And ranch. I sense a theme here.
 
We came away very full, very happy and both thinking this place blows Smashburger and Five Guys away and is one of the top burger joints in the tri-state.
post edited by Bonk - 2014/01/19 06:21:32
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/19 13:48:57
I keep meaning to give Mad Mikes another chance, but the single meal I have had there wasn't even what i could call good.  Deserves a second chance based on reports like this.  I will probably end up at the location near (but thankfully not in) Eminent Domain on the Levee
 
The best po boy I have had locally (although I've not had many) was at New Orleans to Go.  Has she had one from them?  I'll add that SWampwater Grille has po boys on the menu, and my wife (who also hasn't had many po boys) said hers was pretty good.
 
 
luebster
Junior Burger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/20 13:43:23
You should definitely give Mad Mike's another try. I ate at the White Oak (Cheviot Rd.) location and found it as good as, if not better than, Five Guys, for what that's worth.
 
Thanks to Bonk, I'm now aware there is a location in my neck of the woods, so I'll have to see for myself how the locations may differ.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/20 14:28:56
Luebster...welcome back!
 
long time no hear from! :-)
NYPIzzaNut
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/20 15:23:04
I will be the first to second the po' boys from New Orleans To Go - they operate a food truck around town and have a restaurant in Blue Ash on Reed Hartman Highway.
 
http://entertainingviewsf...new-orleans-to-go.html
donw9876
Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/20 19:36:13
Question to denizens of this list:
 
Where can one go in northern Cincinnati or its burbs - let's say everything from Montgomery west to Tri-County - to get Chinese food that has "wok hei"? I'll go as far south as Ronald Reagan.
 
AKA: "Breath of the wok." The smoky, slightly burnt, delicious taste of authentically created Chinese cuisine. Not to be found in Sysco-peddling buffet lines.
dlawson
Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/20 22:41:24
We have been to New Orleans to Go for po'boys several times, yes (even way back when they were in the Tri-County area). I agree that they are the best locally, but I seem to recall LaToya bemoaning the state of po'boy bread up here as well. 
 
On another "closings" note, I had not realized that Behle Street Cafe (in Covington), Mayberry (in Over-The-Rhine), and Bayou Fish House (in Newport) are all gone now.
luebster
Junior Burger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/21 08:53:39
Thanks, TJ! Wow...has it been over a year since I last posted? At the end of 2012, I began working from home, so I don't venture out much for lunch any more. I really miss the downtown lunch options.
 
In an effort to keep this on topic (and not about me), I have been to several of the Chinese restaurants in the Ross Twp/Hamilton area for lunch and I must say they are all pretty underwhelming. The two that I have tried more than once are Asian One Cafe on Millville Ave (because it's closest to my house) and China Inn on Main St (because it's somewhat close and better than Asian One Cafe LOL). In my opinion, both restaurants' offerings are heavily sauced, overly Americanized, and somewhat bland.
 
Is there really good Asian cuisine on the west side of Hamilton? Anywhere in Hamilton? OK, I'll take western Butler County. 
post edited by luebster - 2014/01/21 08:56:22
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/27 21:01:33
I took my wife to the Tap House for her birthday, and we didn't make reservations because it's never been overflowing. This is specifically where she said she wanted to go for her birthday dinner.
 
We got there and they were closed for a private party. That's going to make it tough to justify the half hour drive back there in the future. as my wife was not happy.
 
I did email the GM and he apologized and said that happens only about twice a year and they did post that on Facebook and Twitter. We visited the Web site before we went but neither social media site. Still tough not to be upset.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/28 08:41:50
Sports Bar for her birthday?  During hockey season?
 
Bonk, this is a keeper :-)
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/01/28 16:32:32
That's why I kept her. ;)
Time for Pie
Hamburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/02/21 15:47:00
Interesting discussion of Mad Mike's.  It sounds like the locations are quite different from each other.  Is it a franchised operation?  The franchisees must have a lot of freedom to do their own store design.  I visited the first one (Race & Harrison) years ago and I did like the burger.  5 Guys good?  I don't think I can say that.   
dlawson
Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/02/22 09:15:41
Time for Pie
 I visited the first one (Race & Harrison) years ago and I did like the burger.    

 
Are you thinking of Wild Mike's (which also has multiple locations)? There is no Mad Mike's at that intersection.
Time for Pie
Hamburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/02/22 23:53:58
dlawson

Time for Pie
I visited the first one (Race & Harrison) years ago and I did like the burger.    


Are you thinking of Wild Mike's (which also has multiple locations)? There is no Mad Mike's at that intersection.

That's very possible...it was a dozen years ago or more.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/03/04 14:24:38
Got back to a personal favorite of mine...Mac & Joe's in Oxford, and it was one of my best experiences ever there.
 
I got the Miami tradition, which is a steak hoagie, and it smells like steak. You can tell the owner is from Chicago because the pizza sauce has lots of garlic. We also got the mac and cheese bites, which have like a cheesestick breading. They're creamy on the inside and come with a buffalo sauce. All fantastic.
 
My wife got a huge burger. The bill was under $30 and we were stuffed and had to get boxes. If you get to Oxford you've got to go.  
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/03/04 14:37:16
Is Mac & Joe's a documented RBBS (Roethlisberger Bad Behavior Site)?
 
I'll have to keep it in mind for my summer trip to Lebanon.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/03/06 14:28:22
No idea...I never followed that soap opera.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/03/11 00:50:22
Eastside Café is closed. There's a "sorry we're closed" sign in the front window as well as a "business for sale" sign and an asking price. That's not good.
dlawson
Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/03/12 09:18:40
dlawson
Something else is already "coming soon" in the Goodies spot. There is a sign for "ON FIRE" (complete with flames on the lettering) in the windows, with no indications as to what it might be. 

 
To follow up on this, visible progress is finally being made on the old Goodies spot. The awnings for On Fire Grill are now up, advertising chicken, gyros, Mediterranean Grill, Buffalo chicken, Philly steaks, and one other item I can't recall. My hope is that it will be along the lines of Chicago Gyros & Dogs in Clifton, but I am really not that hopeful.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/03 19:51:05
Island Boi is closed. We went out there for dinner and the place was cleaned out. Another great place killed by location, a miserable winter and a worse economy.
 
On a positive note, the owner was there in a van and said they were going to do the food truck thing on the east side. He said to friend them on the Facebook for details.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/03 23:09:26
Very sad about Island Boi
 
In other closing/opening news - it seems Rayas on Court Street did close some time back, BUT the awning/signage on what I have always known as Marrakesh Cafe (nw side of downtown) now says Raya's Lebanese, so she has probably taken over the business there
 
I now work in the Norwood area so you will probably be sharing more from me about stuff in that vicinity.  There is a BBQ truck and Taco truck parked on Montgomery just north of Norwood, so I expect to hit those soon
 
 
 
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/09 14:04:00
Made it to J&W BBQ (http://www.urbanspoon.com...-Bar-B-Que-Cincinnati) today for lunch
 
This is a little food trailer that seems permanently parked on Montgomery Road on the northernmost outskirts of Norwood, just a little north of Quatmans, on the right side of the road as your travel north from Norwood.  They serve a few bbq items plus some fried fish, wings, burgers, metts, etc
 
There seems to be a smoker in back, but I did not smell any cooking smoke when I arrived at about 1pm.  The pulled pork plate I received for 5.50 was a fairly large amount of food, but none of it was better than meh.  The pork was sauced, and the sauce is a very, very thin version without much flavor.  The pork itself had little or no smoked flavor to it at all, and had a lot of fat cut into it.  It was more like pork that fell apart and then was shredded out of a crock pot than bbq, honestly, very wet.  The green beans were basically straight out of a can with a little seasoning added, and the mac n cheese was of the creamy variety but again without much flavor.  I was able to get a sample of the hot version of the bbq sauce and it was the same thin consistency but had a better overall flavor
 
It was interesting to see that they had beef rib ($7 or $9 with 2 sides) prominently on the menuboard attached to the side of the trailer, since I rarely see ribs here in cincinnati other than pork ribs, so I will make a second trip for that hopefully soon
dlawson
Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/09 20:12:12
The J&W trailer was parked at the corner of Virginia and Colerain in Northside for a while, but vanished almost two years ago. I wondered what happened to them, yet I never did go, mainly because the convenience store they were parked in front of is suspect at best.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/10 01:45:21
Anyone tried this place?
 
http://www.buttshackgrill.com/
 
I guess it used to be in New Baltimore but outgrew the location there.
  
 
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/10 10:58:03
I didn't know where New Baltimore was, so I goggled it, and also learned that "New Haven" is right near by
 
Now that I know New Haven is so near by, I will be heading their for a fresh clam apizza later tonight! 
 
W O O T
 
(I have not been to the Butt Shack, but it sounds like I should try to get there soon, despite fairly high prices)
post edited by TJ Jackson - 2014/04/10 11:02:44
ScreamingChicken
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/10 11:05:00
If the Butt Shack needs an advertising jingle I suggest contacting the B-52s...
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/10 12:18:22
or Sir MixALot
Time for Pie
Hamburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/10 17:52:56
I was in Cincy a couple of weeks ago...quick trip to see Mom and visit the eye Dr.(trip report: Niemerg's, Effingham, IL;Skyline, Batesville, IN; Riley's, Sharonville, OH; Frisch's, Norwood, OH; Gold Star Chili, Harrison, OH. all good, of course) and saw a Quatman's Cafe in Blue Ash (I think).  Is this a 2nd location or did the original one close?
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/10 18:05:34
Quatman's original location is in Norwood, just a few north-ish blocks from where I now work, and it is still going strong
 
Quatman's second location is in Mason: http://quatmancafe.com/mason/
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/17 21:38:13
WCPO says St. Louis' Pi Pizzeria is coming to downtown later this year.
 
http://www.wcpo.com/lifestyle/food/st-louis-favorite-pi-pizzeria-coming-to-cincinnati-later-this-year
Rabkin
Hamburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/18 01:22:04
Here's a (maybe) sort of out-of-left-field query that's kind of interesting (to me), nonetheless:  Which Cincy-based eating establishment do you feel has good-to-great-to-excellent food, but what keeps you from making return trips is the questionable (read:  outright lousy/inattentive/downright RUDE) service?  I'll name two that I've experienced personally (in no particular order of either food-ish excellence *or* abysmal level of service):  Marx Hot Bagels in Blue Ash (seriously, the "Bagel Man" is not a service personage to be emulated), and Terry's Turf Club (I'd read - right on these boards - of questionable-at-times service, from the top down at TTC; then I watched, rapt, the Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives episode (hosted by multiple-lines-of-blow-in-human-form Guy Fieri) featuring TTC and Terry, himself, on camera, and I found him to be nearly blow-for-blow in the douchebaggery arena with Mr. Fieri (although approaching said douchebaggery from a wholly different perspective);  and then I actually decided to go and sample some of Massah Terry's eats 'n' overtures o' hospitality, and when I did?  Well, let's say that the burgers, tasty (and - GOOD GOD - overpriced) as they are, did little to make up for the open surliness that I experienced from purt' near everybody who called themselves a Terry's Turf Club employee that day.
 
So.  I throw it out to you:  Which Tri-State establishments have pretty gol'durn decent damn food, but at the same time, indifferent-to-flat-out, "what-the-EFF-are-you-doing-here-taking-up-my-app-purchasing-and-playing-time" horrid service?
post edited by Rabkin - 2014/04/18 01:34:15
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/18 02:03:17
The one that comes to the forefront of my mind is Boston Butz, but they closed, and I'd bet my last cent it was because of bad service. I documented our experience there two years ago about 30 or so pages back, but it was the worst service I've ever received in my life. And it was always painfully slow there, I think from incompetence rather than apathy. And that's a shame because their food was excellent and the prices were very reasonable.
 
Most of the times when I have a service issue it's at a chain, and if I'm there I guess I deserve it, right?
 
I've been to Terry's at least four times and I've never had any of the problems you mention with service. We don't go there more because of the wait, the cramped quarters, the prices -- not bitching about them but it's not a once-a-week stop at $12 a burger -- and also we moved further east last year and it's just not convenient to get there for us.
 
We only talked to Terry once, it was during a late lunch, and he seemed fine. He talks kind of quietly so it was hard to understand him from where we were sitting. That was about three years ago.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/18 11:03:37
Rascals in Blue Ash has excellent food but really sh!tty service and the high prices make it even more of a treat
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/23 10:48:21
I don't know if anyone had expressed any affection for this place, but Demetrios IV (http://www.urbanspoon.com...etrios-IV-Cincinnati), a diner on the border of Madisonville and Mariemont, closed at the end of March.  I had never been there, but stopped by last night (too late) with the intention to try it out
Time for Pie
Hamburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/23 15:57:18
TJ, Demitrios IV was a good restaurant of the "Greek diner" style that you can find elsewhere in Cincinnati.  My wife and I ate there at times when we found ourselves on the East side.  It had some interesting history, some told in the name.  The three previous Demitrios locations were also popular neighborhood places.  The one I was most familiar with was Demitrios II which was near the Hollywood theater in College Hill for many years.  I believe someone continued at that location under the name "Mitrios" for a time, but I don't know if that is still there.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/24 21:21:19
Eli's -- the group of sports bars, not the BBQ place -- is adding another location in Crestview Hills.
 
A place with the intriguing name Arabuckle Mountain Fried Pies looks like it will open soon next to Jungle Jim's Eastgate. Looks like they're a coffee shop as well.
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/25 09:57:00
Bonk

Eli's -- the group of sports bars, not the BBQ place -- is adding another location in Crestview Hills.

A place with the intriguing name Arabuckle Mountain Fried Pies looks like it will open soon next to Jungle Jim's Eastgate. Looks like they're a coffee shop as well.


I've been curious about Arbuckle. I love fried pies. Or as my mother's people would say, "Frahd pahs."
 
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/25 16:55:21
I've never heard of a fried pie. I assume it's deep fried somehow?
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/25 17:03:30
So ****tybeat mentioned Ali Baba's, which I'd never heard of before, and since it's on the east side...sort of...and I had a taste for a gyro I thought I'd give it a try.
 
I like my gyros with just tzatziki sauce, so I ordered one of those and a six-piece falafel to go.
 
I think I've only had falafel once so I'm in no way an authority on it, but I thought they were excellent. I started nibbling on them in the car and I finished them at home (they gave me a side of tzataiki to dip it in). Almost like a hush puppy in texture but much more flavorful.
 
Then I got home and had the gyro. I was very pleased. It's about as good as Chicago Gyros, which is my favorite in the city (and no, I haven't ventured over the much-acclaimed Sebastian's). They do a great job with the pita, getting just a touch of oil on it and frying it so has just a little crispiness to it. The meat was outstanding, and they give you quite a bit, and the sauce was excellent. The sauce had little chunks of dill in it and had a hint of garlic, just like CG's. 
 
It was $10.49 for all I got and I was stuffed. It's on Red Bank Road about a mile south of I-71.
 
Highly recommended.
 
http://alibabagrille.com/
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/25 18:25:00
There are two really great things about Ali Babas that differentiate them from most other gyro joints about town
 
First, while many gyro joints have gyro meat on a spit, Ali Baba's also has a chicken schwarma spit, and I have to say I've not had a better schwarma elsewhere
 
Second, they have a lot more options in regards to what they can and will put on your gyro (or scharma, or falafel, etc) that most other greek places around town
 
Most places have tomato, onion, and tzaziki - thats it.  Maybe cucumbers too in some cases.
 
Ali Baba has feta, roasted red peppers, eggplant, olives, and many other toppings and if I understand things correctly these are all FREE to add to your pita sandwich. 
 
I second your recommendation
jmckee
Double Chili Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/28 11:20:35
Bonk

I've never heard of a fried pie. I assume it's deep fried somehow?


Yes indeed. An envelope of pastry wrapped around a filling and deep-fried or skillet-fried. Lovely.
Ghaz
Hamburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/04/30 20:25:20
El Nopal, a new Mexican restaurant is going in the location of the old Frisch's/Mexican restaurant that was on 42 at the end of Industrial Road in Florence.  I believe that its a part of a chain of Mexican restaurants from the Louisville area.
 
http://www.elnopalmex.com/
 
There's also a sushi restaurant going in on the other side of 42 in the old Dunkin' Donuts location.
Bonk
Double Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/01 19:49:55
Speaking of Florence, I've been going to the Friendly Market on Mount Zion Rd. a lot the past few months. It's still fairly small but they've said they're going to add merchants this summer. Plus they're starting to do produce outside since we're well into spring now.
 
Plus the butcher sells bacon burger patties for $4.59 a pound. Great on the grill.
 
https://www.facebook.com/friendlymkt
dlawson
Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/01 22:08:10
The original owners of Dusmesh (I hadn't realized they sold it, although that might explain why the Dal Makhani recipe changed...) have opened Swad, a new Indian restaurant at 1810 W. Galbraith Road in North College Hill (formerly Van Zandt's). Urbanspoon has images of both the restaurant and the menu. As far as ambiance goes, it appears to be one of the nicest Indian places in town, which probably explains why prices are a bit on the higher side. This is just minutes from my office, and I plan on going for lunch tomorrow.
Ghaz
Hamburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/04 14:51:38
Didn't see it mentioned on their website, but the sign outside of the Steinhaus Restaurant in Erlanger says that they are "closed pending relocation".  This comes just two weeks after their parking lot was packed Easter Sunday for brunch.
 
http://www.steinhausrestaurant.com/
dlawson
Cheeseburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/04 16:04:53
As a follow-up on Swad, if you are/were a fan of Dusmesh, you will be a fan of Swad. They recognized me as soon as I walked in the door, and I hit the buffet after we caught up a bit on the sale, new location, etc.
 
I never had the opportunity to do the lunch buffet at Dusmesh under any ownership since I was/am never in the vicinity during lunch hours, but Swad's is stocked with a nice selection of vegetable appetizers (mostly fried), at least a dozen entrees (the usual, plus an egg dish I don't recall ever seeing on any local Indian menu), a couple of bread choices, a few chutneys, and fruit and yogurt for dessert. Everything seemed fresh (and hot, where necessary), and well worth the $7.99. This will probably become a weekly lunch stop for me as it's only five minutes from my office, even closer than most of the (chain) lunch options along Colerain Ave.
 
We also tried Hang Over Easy in a revitalized part of Corryville for brunch today, on Charlton between Jefferson and Short Vine. They apparently serve breakfast all day, have an impressive number and selection of beers on tap, and are open until 2:30 A.M. every morning. It's pretty trendy (and most of the chairs and stools are a bit too cheap/casual), and the names of several menu items are as suggestive as the name of the restaurant itself, but we were mostly impressed with just about everything we ordered.
 
Their coffee is excellent, one of the best cups I have ever had around here, and includes unlimited refills. We were also given to-go cups, although I'm not sure if that is a normal offering, or if it's because our check was a bit delayed in arriving because of how busy they were (service was otherwise great). My (homemade) biscuits and gravy were very good and very large, although not as piping hot as I would have liked. My wife also very much enjoyed her "skillet", which was made up of eggs, chorizo, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and a few other ingredients I'm forgetting, but was only able to finish about half of it. Our toddler also largely devoured his breakfast sandwich (scrambled eggs, American cheese, and a sausage patty on an English muffin), but didn't touch the home fries, which were pretty underwhelming. I was also disappointed with the bacon fat fries, which were nowhere near as flavorful as I was expecting.
 
I can't see us ever going there for dinner (and the non-breakfast menu seemed a bit sparse, mostly sandwiches), but I suspect it will quickly become one of our go-to spots for brunch, especially with the losses of both Honey and Take the Cake.
Euched
Junior Burger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/06 11:11:53
Time for Pie

TJ, Demitrios IV was a good restaurant of the "Greek diner" style that you can find elsewhere in Cincinnati.  My wife and I ate there at times when we found ourselves on the East side.  It had some interesting history, some told in the name.  The three previous Demitrios locations were also popular neighborhood places.  The one I was most familiar with was Demitrios II which was near the Hollywood theater in College Hill for many years.  I believe someone continued at that location under the name "Mitrios" for a time, but I don't know if that is still there.

 
I noticed yesterday that there is a Demitrios V that was just opening up in Golf Manor.  It is in the little shopping strip next to the UDF at the corner of Losantiville Ave and Wiehe Rd.  I didn't notice if it was open yet, but they did paint a huge sign on the side of the building advertising for it.
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/06 11:52:57
What a week for comebacks! First Ghaz, now Euched!
 
welcome back you two!
Euched
Junior Burger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/06 12:21:02
There is a new Korean / Sushi restaurant that just opened up about a week or so ago in Oakley called Stone Bowl.  It is located where Nick's Chops & Chasers used to be at 3355 Madison Road.  I haven't been there yet, and their website http://www.stonebowloakley.com/home/ looks like it was copy/pasted from some foreign place in New York or something...but people on Facebook have said that the food is good.  They also said that it is just the owner and his wife running it for now so the service is very slow.  I figure I will give them about a month or so and give it a try.  I love Korean food and have to check out each new restaurant in town when they open.
Ghaz
Hamburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/19 13:21:22
Roney's (formerly Roy Rogers) is closing tomorrow according to Channel 12.
 
http://www.local12.com/news/features/top-stories/stories/roneys-restaurant-close-tuesday-11869.shtml
TJ Jackson
Filet Mignon
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/19 16:56:56
Ghaz
Roney's (formerly Roy Rogers) is closing tomorrow

Truly horrible news for Cincinnati
 
I realize the chain haters will wave the flag rather than shed tears, but this is a truly great little locally owned place serving inexpensive and unique (to our area) food of (in my opinion) very good quality.
 
Time for Pie
Hamburger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/19 18:56:15
That is sad.  The last remnant of a chain that had an excellent menu,  but poor management.  Roney's kept most of the old RR menu alive...the signature Double-R-bar burger, the excellent fish sandwich, etc. but became "unchained."  I think Frisch's was the building's owner for a long time, but I don't know if that is still true.
mattsledge
Junior Burger
Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat) 2014/05/20 05:08:31
Hey there. Long time viewer, finally got the urge to register and post. Considering I love food, it's only logical. 
 
Sucks to hear about Roney's. Hopelfully they get a new location up and running soon. 
 
Also: Drove by the Anderson Bar & Grill the other day on Beechmont and it's all boarded up. Apparently they are remodeling and reopening TBA under a name change: Anderson Pub & Grill. 
 
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