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Cincinnati chili has no kidney beans?

Cincinnati chili is a condiment, not a traditional chili that one eats out of a bowl. People shouldn't confuse them but it happens all the time.

Apr 06, 2012
thomtompkins in General Topics

Good Mexican in Cincinnati?

I moved to Cinci from Los Angeles and the best Mexican food is in Kentucky. Don't laugh......
A Mexican family moved their from north of San Diego and opened a very small restaurant called La Mexicana. Its in Newport on Monmouth st, a five minute walk from the levee. They have a small but very authentic menu (read no cheesy goo or sour cream dropped on everything) and I rate their tacos as good as anything I had off of a truck or in a restaurant in LA. Give this place a try, you will not be disappointed.

Apr 06, 2012
thomtompkins in Great Lakes

Dim Sum in Cincinnati?

thanks for the reply everyone. I didnt know about any of these so this really works out great for me. I moved from LA recently and i am missing my Sunday Dim Sum.

Jun 04, 2010
thomtompkins in Great Lakes

Dim Sum in Cincinnati?

Does anyone know if you can get good Dim Sum in Cincinnati ?
I know that China Gourmet does good Chinese, but is there anything else?

Jan 01, 2010
thomtompkins in Great Lakes

Good Mexican in Cincinnati

Having just moved here from Los Angeles, I wouldnt really call Nada "mexican" food. Its really just smart Latin influenced food from different countries using similar techniques. Its great though and I agree with Melanie. I was also told by a good source that La Mexicana is really good too. (i've havent been yet) I think its on Monmouth street in Newport. Its supposed to be authentic and very good.

Feb 01, 2009
thomtompkins in Great Lakes

Cincinnati Restaurants And Markets

Dumas: WOW.....if you can compare Nicolas to Babbo in New York then I have to drop what Im doing and go there right now......Because as far as Italian is concerned: I think Mario Batali (forget that he's a celebrity chef and way overexposed because he can really cook) makes just about the most interesting, inspired and delicious Italian that I can imagine. (His Babbo cookbook is also a must for any Italian lover and a neat look into the restaurant itself) In fact: I have to think his classic dish "mint love letters" with pea/ mint pesto stuffed envelopes tossed in a slightly spicy lamb sausage ragu is just about the greatest pasta dish on the planet...maybe......regardless: thanks for all the information and I will keep you posted. One last thing: I went to the new Kroger again near the Kenwood mall and I found a MURRAYS CHEESE store inside the Kroger. I didnt even know it was there and I had completely missed it. Murrays cheese is New York City's oldest cheese store and their selection is terific with lots of interesting selections. If you are cheese lover: you have to go and check it out. Forget that its a Krogers.

So Nicolas it is. I have company coming for the weekend and we will go there to check it out on Saturday.

Jan 18, 2009
thomtompkins in General Midwest Archive

Cincinnati Restaurants And Markets

Hi everyone:

Emm: I just found the new Kroger near the Kenwood mall this week. Its really nice and seem to be just about the nicest grocery in town, that I know of. It has a fantastic produce section, a good meat counter and is easy to navigate. And everyone was write about Whole Foods in the area. The one off of 71 is about the same size as most in Cali but the meat counter is terrible and thats a shame. So unforunately Im not going there as much as I would lile to. Restaurants Ive tried within the last couple of weeks...:

Nicholsons: close to home and across the street from the theater. A ver y comfortable place to go and they sport a good menu and an excellent beer selection.
Hugo: really well done "southern" cooking and a nice room. They also have a pretty fairly priced wine list and I appreiate that so much.
Boca: swank room and food to match. Possible the best Ive had in town thus far.
Daveeds/ Mt Adams.....the room was a little tired....but the food was killer. I had a wonderful seared scallop salad with frisee lettuce, lobster nuckle with a light vinaigrette dressing. Then I moved on to a seared duck breast with potato puree and I darned near licked the plate. I also really loved their wine list. Lost of choices, good descriptions and fairly priced. I could go here all the time.
Now I want to go to Nicolas...............I heard its great and I need to see what its about. Anybody had a good experience there?

Jan 07, 2009
thomtompkins in General Midwest Archive

Cincinnati Restaurants And Markets

Hello Everyone:

I have just returned from Cincinnati after a two week visit. I have to say that this town really surpised me. Very deverse, low traffic, lots to see and do and WAY better than I thought it would be. And the restaurant scene seems great. I rented a loft downtown and I am two blocks from lots of places like Nicholsons, Jean Ro's Bistros etc and am REALLY excited now. I certainly wont have to worry about what to do if I dont want to cook......the only bad part......there are no grocery stores downtown and the nearest one seems quite a ways away so I need to be prepared......

And i did try the chili......it was really great, everyone was right. I also ate at Via Vite and it offered some great options including my special: bow tie pasta with a smoked salmon and parmesan cream sauce. Delicious. Nicholsons was a surpise too. Great bar menu (not fair to call it a bar menu really) and lots of interesting beers to choose from and for a quick evening bite I think this will more than likely be my local stumble in to place. But there much more downtown that I havent experienced yet and I wont until I return in another week permanantly. I also went to Montgomery Inn (by the river) for some ribs. And although the ribs were perfect...the room didnt screem barbecue and it took me off guard. Lots of glass and brass railings and it looked like something from 1984....in need of a makeover....but I have to say that the ribs were spectacular and PERFECTLY cooked. Super tender and delicious. Actually everything about it was just great, just didnt love the room.

There are a bunch of places I saw in my travels like Reds and Hugo that looked very interesting and I am definately going to go check them out. And a big thank you to all of you who left messages here for me. Your generosity is appreciated and I have printed all of them out and will use them for direction as I get to know the local dining scene.

Thanks folks!!!

Nov 01, 2008
thomtompkins in General Midwest Archive

Cincinnati Restaurants And Markets

HI Jess: thanks for the link to cheeseconey. I already knew about the chilli connection and actualy had it once a few years ago when I BRIEFLY visited Cincinnati on business. BUT.....from what I see its a really large part of the culture here. Its certainly been brought up on this string many times, but what I didnt know was that there seem to be many different places to turn to. I thought there was only the one large chain....who knew.

Sep 28, 2008
thomtompkins in General Midwest Archive

Osso Buco - Where can I find the best in LA?

You know what: I am really digging "The Foundry" on Melrose right now because Chef Greenspan knows his meat. He's so cool that I if you asked him to make OB for you some evening, I bet he would make it a special just to get that done for you. He always has a twist on his cooking so it may not be the traditional like Tater said using riso as a base but you never know. Give them a call and see if they ever have it on the menu. Bet they do......

Sep 26, 2008
thomtompkins in Los Angeles Area

Cincinnati Restaurants And Markets

unwritten: I know what you mean about Culver City. It used to be completely empty. Now it has several well known and popular places like: Fords Filling Station, Fraishe' and Tender Greens. It also houses what some beleive to be the most authentic Mexican restaurant in Los Angeles: Gualegetza. Hard core Xuahacan cooking with not one thing catering to the American palat. And the hiking and dinner .club thing is just up my alley so I will definately be looking into that. I'll be bringing all my " stuff" with me so getting out will be on the agenda. I really appreciate the additional recommendations and I'm glad to hear that Whole Foods has something going on there too. Good to hear.

Sep 26, 2008
thomtompkins in General Midwest Archive

Cincinnati Restaurants And Markets

Jess: Ahhhh pizza....I am looking forward to getting a great pizza because LA doesnt do pizza. Its just NOT a pizza town. Aside from all the swank places that LA is known for, the enire area is really just a burger town. They love themselves some burgers.....
Cincinnati does really does seem to be a food town. I have to say I am really surprised, I just didnt know what to expect and I am REALLY happy to see so many passionate people adding to this string. I am arriving in Cincinnati on October 1st to start shopping for a place to live (I think downtown or Hyde Park) and I will definately try a few of the places mentioned throughout this string for lunch and dinner. Im getting excited.....

Sep 26, 2008
thomtompkins in General Midwest Archive

Cincinnati Restaurants And Markets

Thanks for the clairification Emm. I have no idea where I am going to land yet and really am clueless. So this is at least a start. I just want it to be somewhere quick and convenient to places like this. Thanks for the heads up on Cafe Med, Barresi's and Primavista. What I am finding out is that for a town this size there seems to be lots of good restaurants to check out and the food culture is strong. That should keep me busy while i settle it. I am actually from Illinois and spent most of my life there so this wont be too much of a shock really. I'm actually ready to get out of LA and my transfer makes it easy to leave. Thanks very much for all the good info Emm.

Sep 14, 2008
thomtompkins in General Midwest Archive

Review: Divina Cucina, Montrose

Tater: and you know what I think.....I bet you were pretty unhappy about Ingredients closing werent you? The "swinealicious" dinners had to get your blood pumping..... (im sure that you know them really well) but I got the email this week about what their up to now so it sound like things are percalating along for them ok and thats good. I havent been to Cobras and Matadors forever so I may have to take a look them up there sometime soon.

And have you been to Foundry on Melrose? Greenspan is a fan of the hog himself and usually has some killer pork belly in the menu in one preperation or another. He combines the most unusual things with it that I would have never thought of and it always comes out delish. And dont miss his flank steak and braised short rib dish...served on top of celery root and potato puree with a spoonful of what I would call caramelized onion jus....spectacular. But I bet you've been there....

Sep 14, 2008
thomtompkins in Los Angeles Area

Cincinnati Restaurants And Markets

Thanks for all the great information Unwritten. It looks like you like the Hyde Park area for lots of things so I will need to check that out. And I appreciate the recommendations. From what I've read, there does seem to be some similarities in what people consider to be good restaurants so they must be winners and thats good for me. Im so spolied now living in Pasadena because I have just about any sort of restaurant you could imagine within a mile of my place plus two Trader Joes within four blocks (one of them is the original) and a HUGE two story Whole Foods opened just two blocks from me about a year ago. Its just fantastic and I seem to go there about three or four times a week. Its the only grocery store that you could take a date to and be happy about it. They have a really nice wine bar, a sushi bar, a place where you can set down and eat oysters and drink a beer and a load of ready to make stands that will whip you up just about anything and you set down in reserved seating and chow down. Jungle Jims sounds like that in a way so I feel confortable about that. A question: is Jungle Jims a place you could shop every day or it considered to be a specialty shop reserved for more expensive things you might use once in a while? It looks sort of warehousy but with really high quality and great variety.....Since moving to Pasadena seven years ago I have adopted a shop fresh as I need it style so I end up going to the market every couple of days to get something. If my markets arent close then that will just mean more driving or I'll have to go back to the old way of shopping. I'm probably one of the only guys who like grocery stores so I dont want to do that if I dont have to. Regardless: I will figure it out. I am landing there in a few weeks time to check things out so I'll know more soon and I will keep everything you said in mind. Thanks so much!

Sep 14, 2008
thomtompkins in General Midwest Archive

Cincinnati Restaurants And Markets

Thanks for the great recommendations ries27. I appreciate it very much. I will save this for future ref. And I like the comparison to Ciudad in LA. I go there pretty regularly on the train from Pasadena and I love the food. So if Nada is similar that should be good a good thing. Thanks.

Sep 14, 2008
thomtompkins in General Midwest Archive

Review: Divina Cucina, Montrose

Tater: do I need to go here?

Sep 13, 2008
thomtompkins in Los Angeles Area

An affordable dinner in London?

I have returned from London everyone and want to thank all of you for your recommendations. For our "big" night out we went to Covent Garden and had dinner at "The Forge". Its was just fantastic and I felt for the quality of the food, it was well worth the price. About the same as I would have paid for a similar quality dinner here in Los Angeles. Very nice staff, cool room and an affordable wine list that complimented the mostly french menu. I would whole heartedly recommend it to anyone wanting something special. Thanks again.

Sep 13, 2008
thomtompkins in U.K./Ireland

Cincinnati Restaurants And Markets

WOW! I just went to Jungle Jims web site thanks to you (Kura) and it looks too good to be true......it must be THE place to shop and looked like it pretty much blows away Whole Foods. Im still looking for restaurants. Does anyone have suggestions?

Sep 13, 2008
thomtompkins in General Midwest Archive

Cincinnati Restaurants And Markets

Hello All:

I currently live in Los Angeles and I am being transfered to Cincinnati very soon. I absolutely know nothing about the city, particularly restaurants and grocery stores (both big items in my life) and I am a little worried....(maybe for nothing)

I am not sure where I will locate myself just yet but I would love the know a couple of outstanding market options and the names of a few good non chain restaurants that have creative menus that change often. I would also appreciate the name of a couple of very comfortable places that I could use as my "local" place for a relaxed bite afterwork without breaking the bank. Or could they be one in the same?

I've already heard about the chili so we can avoid that for now but it sounds good.

Let me know what you folks think and I really appreciate anything you can offer.

Thom

Sep 13, 2008
thomtompkins in General Midwest Archive

Best Italian in LA area

Thats a loaded question. LA is big and there are lots of strong choices.. That said: when I think Italian and LA/ West LA/ Hollywood area: I think Angelini Osteria. Traditional (not American traditional) Italian cooking with lots of great handmade pasta choices, roasted fish and meats. Three dishes that I just had there were: a white bean 'stew" topped with perfectly grilled sausages, pickled red onions and drizzled with extra vigin. Sounds offbeat but let me tell you hwo good it was.....iv e been making it at home ever since.

The second dish we had was spaghetti with sweet sausage, truffle, truffle oil and shaved pecorino romano cheese. This was probably the best pasta dish I have ever had. Very simple, unfussy and tasted of the earth. I wanted A LOT MORE of this. Both were spectacular dishes. The final thing was brasied short rib ravioli in a short rib "ju". Mouthwateringly good. The only thing I dont like about the place is that its tight, not uncomfortably so, just tight. In this case though its about the food right...... There will be plenty of other recommendations but none will be better. Another strong canadidate would have to be Valentino in Santa Monica. Mr. Salvagio has been doing it and doing it right for years. He has stayed on top of the game despite trends, fads and everybody always wanting something "new". He also has just about the largest wine list in LA and almost always wins a Wine Spectator award for the selection and wine service. You wont go wroing with either of these.

Aug 02, 2008
thomtompkins in Los Angeles Area

Babylon Restaurant/ Kensington

Hello Everyone:

Has anyone dined at Babylon in Kensington? I've read some nice reviews and of course I hear the view is pretty. But is the food as good as some reviews make it sound?

Aug 02, 2008
thomtompkins in U.K./Ireland

An affordable dinner in London?

Call me old fashioned, but not i am not interested in either of those two cuisines. I want this meal to be somewhat traditional and familiar so I have to say no to both. Any other choices?

Jul 27, 2008
thomtompkins in U.K./Ireland

An affordable dinner in London?

I just checked out the Wolseley and it looks great. We will definately have to go there. Frankly, there are so many attractive options that im a little shell shocked. I live in Los Angeles so I know how overwhelming it can be but its nice to have SO many strong choices very close to where we will be staying. Has anyone gone to Babylon in Kensington? That looks very nice and may be within our budget unless we get carried away.....

Jul 27, 2008
thomtompkins in U.K./Ireland

An affordable dinner in London?

I appreciate each of these responses. Wild Honey seems to have gotten some mixed reviews and I am curious about that??

My question about Hereford Road: the menu looks exactly like what I am after, however, the web site makes the dining room look very, very plane. Is it nicer than it seems or will we need to tone down our dress a little? The focus needs to be on the food and I appreciate that, but this is going to be a special evening and I am looking for something that offers both food and comfort. Wooden chairs dont say that too me. Have i misread the way it looks or am I expecting too much for my budgeted amount?

And...I am not apposed to getting in a taxi and traveling a short distance from where we are staying.

Keep it coming please.

Jul 27, 2008
thomtompkins in U.K./Ireland

An affordable dinner in London?

Thanks for the response. We are staying just north of Hyde Park and an easy walk to Kensington and Knightsbridge. We can tube, taxi or walk. Whatever works best. I really appreciate the feedback to far.

Jul 26, 2008
thomtompkins in U.K./Ireland

An affordable dinner in London?

Hello Everyone:

I am flying to London from California on Thursday August 7th and need to find a special place for dinner Saturday night. From the research that I've done pretty much all of the big classics are out because a meal at most of them will run me at least 400- 500 dollars and thats definately out of my budget for this trip.

The exchange rate (1=1.9) s going to kill me so I think most of my meals will be inexpensive Indian or pub/gastro pub meals more or less, and thats ok because I know I can get fed pretty well at some of them.

My challenge: I dont want Asian or Indian for this meal. Italian, French or perfectly crafted classic/new British cuisine would be my first choices. My girl friend wants to wear a pretty dress and I would love a nice room and great service service but it doesnt need to be swank (beggers cant be choosers)

My budget for this meal is 150 pounds. I would appreciate anything that you might suggest.

Jul 26, 2008
thomtompkins in U.K./Ireland

Upscale Cuban in LA?

From my chair the two best are: Cuban Bistro and Xiomara. Xiomara is definately more swank though and might be what you are looking for. They do a great job.

Jul 18, 2008
thomtompkins in Los Angeles Area

A tomato worthy of my burrata?

Im really sorry that I dont have the name but: if you dont have a reliable source of high quality tomato's yet (and they are PERFECT atop a Burrata salad) just go to BristolWhole Foods or some other high quality market and buy those little tomato's in the red plastic expando wrapper/tube that have the entire stem attached. They serve the same ones at Mozza and they are usually delicious and always ripe. I season and roast the whole vine slightly on occasion as a alternative to a straight caprese.

Jul 18, 2008
thomtompkins in Los Angeles Area

What are L.A. Hounds' fave places to dine solo?

Servorg/ yes I did confuse them. The second I hit the sent button, I knew I blew it but I didnt have time to chance it. I knew you guys would get what I meant. Thanks though!

Feb 10, 2008
thomtompkins in Los Angeles Area