This article - http://www.cincinnatimaga.../04/01/rascals-ny-deli
- names a number of Jewish delis in Cincinnati that are no longer around, and I'd guess your dad is familiar with some of these
Pilder’s, Bilkers, Irv’s, Upper Krust, Stanley’s, and Temple
Temple was on the west side of downtown, fairly near the Convention center, and lasted the longest. I recall eating there in 2006 or so.
I really dont think anything like those places still exist in Cincinnati
1) Izzy's http://www.urbanspoon.com...ntown/Izzys-Cincinnati
Their corned beef is well beloved by many, although I have to say I dont really care for it myself. I do dearly love their potato pancakes. Many locations around Cincinnati.
2) Rascals http://www.urbanspoon.com...als-NY-Deli-Cincinnati
A relative newcomer located in the Blue Ash area. Far more extensive selection and menu than Izzy's. Prices are very high and the ownership is very smug and at times rude. Unlike Izzy's they have a deli counter, which includes a number of items I have come to associate with a jewish deli (my apologies, I am not Jewish myself) like sturgeon, gelfite fish, matzo, knish, rugelach, etc etc. I have eaten at Rascals and like the food, but not the service or prices.
3) Marx Hot Bagels http://www.urbanspoon.com...-Hot-Bagels-Cincinnati
There used to be a ton of locations, but now they are down to just one. I have not been there. I mention it because it has some aspects of a kosher deli, and it might meet your need(s) at a lower price point than Rascal's
Honorable Mention: Jungle Jims (two locations - Eastgate and Fairfield) are in essence huge grocery stores that really pride themselves on a wide selection of ethic-specific foods. I have not searched the place out specifically for jewish foods, but I'd be willing to bet big money (if I had it) that they have an entire aisle full of the stuff, as well as a section in the freezer aisles for it as well
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