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Baltimore -- vegetarian friendly near Inner Harbor

Hi -- we're attending a conference at an Inner Harbor hotel and we're trying to plan a group dinner. The group includes a few vegetarians, so we're looking for someplace that can accommodate everyone. Any suggestions?

Columbus OH -- Dinner suggestions

Yeah, Thurman's, that's what I meant. I was only trying to tell you what I was familiar with. Thanks for the recommendations.

Jan 15, 2014
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Columbus OH -- Dinner suggestions

We're coming to Columbus from Cincinnati in a few weeks for a Blue Jackets game and would like to catch an early dinner, like 5 p.m. Looking for something on the west/southwest side of town, and something that takes reservations. We've been to Short North but I don't want to deal with the parking. We love Barcelona but that's a little too high-end for this trip. Thought about Thurston's but don't want to bother with the wait. Any thoughts?

Jan 14, 2014
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Midwest Foodie Road Trip

You need to hit Jungle Jim's in Cincinnati. It's a foodie's wet dream. Two locations, but the original in Fairfield, just off the 275 beltway on the north end of town, is the one to go to. http://www.junglejims.com/

Jun 28, 2013
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GNO in June in Cincinnati - staying at 21c Hotel

The Mayberry suggestion is a good one. Across the street is a bar called Japp's, which has great craft cocktails, so you won't get the Naty Light crowd. I have no advice on dance clubs.

The Metropole at 21c is very good but you won't get out of there for under $100. Nada across the street is really good, my wife's favorite place, and you can do that for under $100, but with drinks it'll be close. Get the pork belly tacos, and add a fried egg. New place called Sotto is around the corner from Nada, and professes well-done but reasonably priced Italian fare; haven't been yet. In the Gateway Quarter up Vine Street there are several good restaurants that would fit your need -- A Tavola or Lavomatic among them -- but many are small, don't take reservations and you may find long waits to get in.

Apr 17, 2013
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Eats in Cincy

Bistro and Slim's are gone. Check more recent posts; there's lots going on downtown -- Orchid's, Nada, the Metropole, Local 127, Jean Robert's Table, Via Vite, explore the Banks, Findlay Market, Gateway Quarter and near Washington Park, Japp's for drinks, and don't pass up Skyline and Graeter's.

Mar 17, 2013
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Cincinnati: Favorite sushi?

Kyoto, on Montgomery Road way up near Fields Ertel. First went on the recommendation of a friend. Some really, imaginative things I've never seen before (the Jason roll!) and relatively inexpensive, if you stick to the roll special of the day.

http://kyotosushibar.com/USA/

Feb 19, 2013
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10 days in Cincinnati with my kid!

Unfortunately, Children's Hospital is in a neighborhood called Avondale and it's not safe for walking. Ludlow Avenue in Clifton is close and good for walking, with a few nice places to eat (Ambar for Indian, Biagio's for Italian, plus Graeter's and Skyline, and La Poste is good for a "nice" meal). The Gateway Quarter on Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine is also good for walking around a bit. Hit Jungle Jim's in Fairfield; it's an amusement park for foodies and your kid will love it. My can't-miss place to take kids is the official Air Force museum in Dayton, about an hour north of the city. We also have a minor league hockey team, the Cyclones, if you need to kill an evening.

Dec 24, 2012
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Open Christmas Day in eastern Cincinnati?

Here's Polly Campbell's list: http://cincinnati.com/blogs/dining/20...

Only Chinese on it is Blue Gibbon, which isn't east side.

Call Foreign Exchange. Maybe one of the Indian restaurants is open.

Dec 20, 2012
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Cincinnati Weekend

All good recommendations. Scotti's is 100 years old this year. If you walk up Vine Street, across Central Parkway, you'll find the Gateway Quarter, an area of bars and restaurants that's really lively these days. There's Senate (hard to describe but foodies love it), A Tavola (wood fired pizza), Bakersfield (fancy tacos), the Lackman (beer), Lavomatic and a few more. On weekends count on waiting an hour or more for a table at most of these places.

By all means eat the chili. There's a Skyline at Vine and Ninth. And if Jean-Robert's is on your radar, get reservations now.

Nov 19, 2012
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Cincinnati – Late Saturday Afternoon, Findlay Market, Sunday Brunch, Downtown Dinner

Glad you enjoyed your visit. The Palm Court is an amazing room.

Sep 26, 2012
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Cincinnati – Late Saturday Afternoon, Findlay Market, Sunday Brunch, Downtown Dinner

Another change in plans for you -- ESPN just grabbed the Sunday game, so starting time has been moved to 8 pm from 1 pm. The upside is you can make it to Findlay Market, which is open at noon on Sundays.

Sep 07, 2012
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Cincinnati – Late Saturday Afternoon, Findlay Market, Sunday Brunch, Downtown Dinner

Oktoberfest is a blast. Around dusk it gets to be shoulder to shoulder for blocks. With the Dodgers in town that weekend the crowd could be especially big, and if the Reds clinch their division that weekend, that will amp up the party. They do close a number of streets including Government Square, which is a central area for the bus system, so if you plan on using the buses you'll have to check how that's been rerouted.

I like to get a beer, a sausage, some sauerkraut balls and a cream puff (I like Servatii's) and go sit in the garden in front of P&G headquarters. If you don't like huge crowds, go mid-afternoon. Findlay Market is many blocks from Oktoberfest so there shouldn't be any effect on the crowd. The market has been busy on Saturdays lately, with good weather and farm-fresh goods.

Saturday's Reds game starts at 4 pm, so if you want to go to Moerlein, that's a good time to go -- after the ballgame crowd heads into the ballpark. I've eaten at the bar and enjoyed it.

Right now OpenTable is showing lots of reservations available at downtown restaurants that Sunday night. Palomino isn't my favorite downtown restaurant but it's good and I think they recently remodeled.

Sep 07, 2012
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Dinner suggestions for Cincinnati/Hollywood Casino

Yeah, I've been there, most often for their Sunday brunch. It's pretty good (good fried chicken), relatively cheap, but maybe not worth going out of your way for. What piqued your interest?

Sep 07, 2012
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Dinner suggestions for Cincinnati/Hollywood Casino

This sounds counterintuitive, but head around 275 into Kentucky. There are some good choices there. The best might be Jo An, a Japanese restaurant in an office park at the Mineola Pike exit.

And there's some good fried chicken in Indiana. Look here:

http://news.cincinnati.com/apps/pbcs....

Sep 06, 2012
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Cincinnati – Late Saturday Afternoon, Findlay Market, Sunday Brunch, Downtown Dinner

A few things on the Boathouse ribs: 1.) It's one of the highest grossing restaurants in the country, so I feel safe in saying most people like them. My daughter was a vegetarian till she became pregnant, and one of the first things she wanted after she started eating meat again were the ribs. They are not prepared on premises, however, and I've had racks of ribs there that were not -- how you say? -- young. If your ribs are dry, send 'em back. 2.) Ask for the sauce on the side. 3.) Get the Saratoga chips. 4.) If you dine in, try to get a window seat, upstairs. 5.) It's not as close to the ballpark as it looks, and it's long walk to Fountain Square. And whether Nada is authentic or not, their pork belly taco is one of the best things I've ever eaten.

Aug 31, 2012
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Cincinnati – Late Saturday Afternoon, Findlay Market, Sunday Brunch, Downtown Dinner

1.) I would absolutely recommend Findlay Market, just because it's a lot of fun, especially this time of year when there are many farmers in. You'll find enough food to graze on. My favorite place to eat there is Pho Lang Tang (Vietnamese) or Tucker's (a block away). There's also a beer garden, and when the wind blows right you can smell the brewing from the nearby Samuel Adams brewery. And get ice cream from Dojo.

2.) Downtown dining -- if you're looking for casual, first choices would be Nada or Nicholson's, or even Taqueria Mercado. Scotti's is decent red-sauce Italian, and the restaurant is literally 100 years old. Up Vine Street in Over-the-Rhine you'll find Senate, A Tavola and Bakersfield, with the Lackman for beers. On Main Street in OTR you'll find Mayberry for dinner and Japp's for really great cocktails. As for the places near the ballpark, Moerlein has great beer and OK food. There's a new soul food restaurant there, Mahogany, but I can't vouch for it. And though it's a chain I like Rock Bottom.

3.) I avoid brunches because I always eat too much and then can't get off the couch the rest of the day. The Palm Court at the Hilton Netherland downtown has a high quality brunch buffet but it's pricey. The room alone -- restored Art Deco -- will knock your friends' socks off. I also like the Greyhound Tavern in Fort Mitchell for the fried chicken. I usually just go for an honest plate of eggs. There's a First Watch downtown, and I also like Camp Washington Chili for breakfast.

4.) Takeout on a Sunday afternoon? Can't think of much, don't know what's open. There's a Chipotle on Fountain Square.

Aug 30, 2012
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Indian/Mexican restaurant in Chicago

I think that's it. Thanks. My wife has many great qualities, but a sense of place/direction is not a strong suit.

Aug 13, 2012
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Indian/Mexican restaurant in Chicago

Last year my wife ate at an Indian restaurant in Chicago and can't remember the name. We're headed there soon and want to find this place. She thinks it was on South Wacker, and thinks it was a fusion of Indian and something else, like Mexican. Does that ring any bells with anyone? Thanks.

Aug 13, 2012
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North Cincinnati casual dinner recs

And I knew it would be you. ;-)

And I still like the ribs.

Aug 10, 2012
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North Cincinnati casual dinner recs

We always struggle in that area; lots of chains and lots of overpriced meals. In Sharonville, a 15-minute drive, there's the Root Beer Stand, which features hot dogs and house-made root beer. We also like the House of Sun in Sharonville, which is really good Chinese (they'll hand you the white menu, but ask for the pink menu).

And I'll cringe when I recommend this, because so many Chowhounders hate this place, but the Montgomery Inn in Montgomery for ribs. We've taken lots of friends and relatives here and the thumbs-ups vastly outnumber the thumbs-downs. The meat is tender. The sauce is ketchupy, so get it on the side. And get the Saratoga chips.

Aug 08, 2012
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Cincinnati Anniversary Dinner Recommendations

Agreed, but the rooms are still very nice, and the food and wine are good as well.

Aug 01, 2012
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Cincinnati Anniversary Dinner Recommendations

Orchid's is excellent and it's the most beautiful room in the city, so it's a great place for a celebration. It's not "hotel food."

http://www.orchidsatpalmcourt.com/pdf...

I was going to suggest Jean Robert's Table but that's closed on Sundays. Other possibilities are Via Vite and Local 127, both within a block from the Hilton.

Aug 01, 2012
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My Geography Stinks. Is Cincinnati in this Great Lakes Area? If so......

Pittsburgh is charred black on the outside and cold red on the inside. It's sometimes called black-and-blue, but one time I ordered a steak that way and it came out with bleu cheese on it. You need a really hot fire to do it, though there are other methods. I've had trouble getting this at the Precinct or any Ruby restaurant. Jimmy G's did it nicely, and El Coyote also does it really well.

Jul 25, 2012
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My Geography Stinks. Is Cincinnati in this Great Lakes Area? If so......

You're on the right board. The Precinct will cook a steak rare, though getting one "Pittsburgh" isn't easy. We ate at Jimmy G's a couple of months ago and got them Pittsburgh; Jimmy (former executive chef at the Precinct) actually came to our table to see who would order such a steak. You can't go wrong with the Precinct, but we prefer Jimmy G's.

Jul 23, 2012
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Need a little help in Cincinnati (researched)

Very pleased you enjoyed yourself. Let me know what you think of the kielbasa from Avril. I'm not a fan -- I think the meat they use is too lean, producing a very dry sausage. I love hot metts. Tom + Chee is pretty good; I'm concerned they're expanding too fast. Now I'm hungry.

Jun 29, 2012
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Brewpubs in Colorado Springs

Hi all: Looking for good locally brewed beer in Colorado Springs. Any suggestions? A combination of good beer and decent food would help. I'm not seeing too many recommendations on these boards, outside of the Broadmoor. Thanks.

Jun 28, 2012
johnbycz in Mountain States

Need a little help in Cincinnati (researched)

Beer: The Moerlein Lager House has become my choice for a pregame beer (in large part because ballpark beers are approaching $10), but also note that the brewmaster at Rock Bottom on Fountain Square just won a gold medal in the World Beer Cup competition for his bourbon-barrel-aged beer. Food at either place is just OK. If you go to the Lager House, get there early because it really gets busy on game days. Two other bars nearby, the Holy Grail and Toby Keith's, are nothing special. Across the river in Newport, Ky., on the river, next to Hooter's is the Beer Sellar, which has 60 beers on tap and a great view. That's walkable from the ballpark, and I believe they also have a ferry that will take you across the river.

For breakfast, there's a First Watch on Seventh near Walnut that's popular. My favorite is Tucker's up Vine in Over-the-Rhine (opens at 9 a.m. on Saturdays, so get there early, and is closed on Sundays I believe). There's also Hathaway's, a real old-time food counter in Carew Tower. The Diner on Sycamore, also Over-the-Rhine, is decent, and I like the breakfasts at Camp Washington Chili, especially the goetta.

Can't help you with onion rings. I like them at Anderson Township Pub, but I've yet to find any I like as much as those from Ted's Red Hots in Buffalo.

A few other things: The ballpark food is pretty mediocre and expensive. The Reds have a fairly liberal policy about bringing food in. My son and I often hit Subway on the way to the ballpark.

Also, if you're looking for the chili parlor experience, Camp Washington is good, but rather than Blue Ash Chili, I prefer the Dixie Chili in Newport or the Skyline in Covington (on West Third). I'm not into double-deckers, however.

Lastly, Jungle Jim's is a blast. Also consider the Party Source in Bellevue, Ky., for the beer selection and the Cork n Bottle in Covington, Ky., for single-barrel bourbons that are a great value.

Enjoy your visit. I'll be there at the ballpark Friday night. Go Reds.

Jun 01, 2012
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Cincinnati Dining Dilemna

Don't often disagree with jmckee, but we ate at Virgil's in January and were underwhelmed. Been to Local 127 in the past but not since it moved; we've had some really good meals there. Honey is one of my favorites, but two cautions: They don't take reservations, and it can be really loud in there, especially if the bar is busy. Our current go-to restaurant when we need a break is Nada -- good drinks, good food (their pork belly taco is one of the best things I've ever eaten) but it's not cheap. It's always busy and they do take reservations. We've also had a couple of really good meals at Otto's in Covington. I'd also suggest getting a beer at the new Moerlein Lager House next to the ballpark. The food is just OK, but the beer and the atmosphere is fun.

May 14, 2012
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Good restaurant for prime rib and Asian market in Cincy?

Sad that F&N is gone. I think Newport on the Levee buried it; people stopped going that far down Route 8. Last time I ate there it was looking threadbare and needed an update.

Haven't been to Maury's in probably 10 years but I liked it. There is prime rib on the menu. http://maurys-steakhouse.com/new/menu...

Apr 09, 2012
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