I've mentioned Curry in a Hurry in the old Beechmont Mall a few times as they were under construction - it's open now, and it is "Taj India" with a subtitle "Carry in a Hurry". I suspect something in the communication with the manufacturers of the signage went wrong, as I am all but certain they meant it to say 'Curry in a Hurry"
In any case, based soley on the name, I was expecting CHEAP Indian food. Steam table food. You know, not these 10-12 dollar dinners they have everywhere where naan is extra, but maybe 6-8 dollar rice-protein-bread (eggroll) combos like you can get at virtually any cheap chinese joint. Nope. AI think they have the exact same Northern Indian menu as 75% of the Indian restaurants in town, and their prices are *maybe* a buck cheaper. If that. I don't know if they are connected to another existing family of Northern Indian restaurant, but based solely on the menu, they almost certainly are, and I guess they are trying to take business from Royal Taj, which has not impressed me.
One thing was impressive - the Lunch Buffet is 5.99. Thats the lowest I have seen locally, and we might just see a lunch buffet price war with the other two (Royal Taj, Indian Bistro) Indian restaurants offering a buffet, both of whom currently charge 6.99 more for theirs. Royal Taj was at 7.99 or 8.99 til Indian Bistro came along a year or so back at 6.99, and they have reduced their buffet price to match Indian Bistro since.
In other local eatin' news:
--[Opening Soon] signs are out in front of the Original Pancake House on Beechmont. How soon? Dunno. Will keep you posted (I pass that corner every morning on the way to work)
--I verified that Kar-Ma is now Tan Thai tho the signage will not change for another month or so. The food there remains outstanding.
--Amerasia in Covington has changed its name to Kung Food and raised their prices. The menu is interesting looking with lots of over the top colors, a graphic on the front showing the chef sucker-punching what looks to be the bastard love child of Wendy (red pig tails and all) and Ronald McDonald, and lots of cute-sy names for the same old americhinese fare you can get anywhere. Had one lunch, was not impressed, but on a coworker's insistence give it one more try.
--The newly opened Greco's in Longworth Hall is just a couple blocks from where I work, so I gave it a try. I really liked the tacos I got. The menu is very weird - tacos, 'grilled' pizzas, argentinian chimichurri, smoked salmon, sliders, and what appears (from the menu description) to be a sad and half-hearted attempt at an Italian beef sandwich. I usually don't hold much hope for a place with such an unfocused menu, but the tacos gave me some hope. Will be returning soon and reporting more.
--Indian Bistro on Beechmont now has a frequent diner card. Your 7th meal is free. Good stuff, and they seem to be gaining in popularity locally.
--Mios in Milford (at the Cinemas, basically) appears to be closed for good. Hey - owners of Deweys - how about taking over this spot?
--Not sure if I mentioned this elsewhere, but Caribe Carrryout in Price Hill (a stone's throw from Price Hill Chili) is moving to Short Vine. The Price Hill location is already closed, but I am not sure when the Shot Vine location will open. It may already have - any Clifton lunchers know? I will miss the easy access to their cheap lunch combo and empanadas.
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