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Best Hamburger in Cincinnati

My husband and I LOVE this place. I don't think I really knew what a great hamburger was until I went to Sammy's:

http://tinyurl.com/cqsur32

Nov 16, 2011
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Best Mexican restaurants in Cincinnati . . .

We used to live near Rincon (in Union Township off Roundbottom) but now it is a bit of a drive as we are in the Montgomery area.

Oct 21, 2011
cincinnatilisa in Great Lakes

Best Mexican restaurants in Cincinnati . . .

Ooooh, I have not been there and Kings Auto Mall is very closeby. I will have to check it out. Let me know if there is anything you recommend ordering! Thanks!

Oct 21, 2011
cincinnatilisa in Great Lakes

Best Mexican restaurants in Cincinnati . . .

I have heard of this La Mexicana and would like to try it but haven't had the chance yet. It sounds very authentic as well!

Oct 21, 2011
cincinnatilisa in Great Lakes

Best Steakhouse in Cincinnati (or ANYWHERE, in my opinion) . . .

My husband I LOVE Carlo & Johnny (so do our kids!). Here is an article I wrote explaining why it is the best:
http://tinyurl.com/67t7w3r
Please share your thoughts! :-

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Carlo & Johnny
9769 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati, OH 45242

Oct 21, 2011
cincinnatilisa in Great Lakes

Best Mexican restaurants in Cincinnati . . .

Here is an article I wrote recently covering (in my opinion, of course), the three top mexican restaurants in Cincinnati (one traditional, one contemporary and one authentic) . . .

http://tinyurl.com/3nuwaqr

Let me know if there is anything I am missing and should try!

Oct 16, 2011
cincinnatilisa in Great Lakes

Good Mexican in Cincinnati

My vote is for Rincon as well. We use to live near Eastgate but now drive from Montgomery (past Rancho Grande) to go to Rincon. Their Chili Verde, Chili Colorado and Mole are all very good.

Dec 29, 2009
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OBX: Renditions or Flying Fish Cafe?

We are a family of four (2 kids - 6 & 8) looking for a nice last night dinner for our vaca in the Outer Banks (staying in Duck). We went to Blue Point last year. I have it narrowed dowen to Renditions & Flying Fish. Fewer recommendations for Renditions as it is new but the menu looks very good. Flying Fish seems to be tried and true. Any thoughts?

Reasonably priced dinners in Asheville?

I have noticed it has is very highly recommended, but we're not really big fans of tapas style dining.

Reasonably priced dinners in Asheville?

Funny. I posted above that the best Greek food in my area is at the annual festival at the local Greek Orthodox Church as well. I always wish the people who make it would just open a restaurant so I could get it year 'round!!

Reasonably priced dinners in Asheville?

Even "okay" Greek food would be a treat for me. The only time we have any decent Greek food in Cincinnati is at a once a year summer festival at the local Greek Orthodox Church. So I'm not an expert are accustomed to really authentic Greek food. We did live outside Detroit briefly many years ago and Greek Town there was the best thing about the city!

Reasonably priced dinners in Asheville?

Ooh - Thanks for motivating me to look at Stoney Knob's menu - I must have had it confused with another place I had checked out (they are starting to blur!). I had not actually seen this before. As I said previously, I LOVE Greek food and we have nothing decent in Cincinnati. Would you recommend Stoney Knob over Pomodoro's?

Reasonably priced dinners in Asheville?

Reasonable for dinner, IMO, are entrees $10 to $20. I have been checking out menus online (what did we do before we had this option!?!). Bouchon is on my short list and we may try to the buffet at Mela for lunch (since our Indian food experience is somewhat limited and it's fun to try a bit of everything when you aren't sure what to order). I've heard good things about Stoney Knob but their menu doesn't seem particularly interesting.

Reasonably priced dinners in Asheville?

We will likely limit our alcohol intake until we return to our cabin since we have 15 minute drive, but my husband is a big bloody mary fan and I'll try a margarita. Our fav mexican restuarant in cincinnati has great mole and salsa verde, which I saw on some dishes at limones and enticed me.

cincy 2 weeks

For Cincinnati Chili, go with Skyline - easy to find - there is one on almost every corner. Try a 3, 4, or 5 way (your choice depending of whether you like beans/onions) and get a cheese coney on the side.

Graeters is tops for ice cream - make sure to get a flavor w/chips in it. My personal favorites are the mocha chip and the coconut chip. Several locations around town - if you let me know where you are staying I can recommend the closest.

Most of the other "foodie" type restaurants I would recommend are pricey (Boca, Daveeds, Carlo & Johnny's, Pigall's). Primavista is good italian food with a nice view of the city and is a little less expensive. Slims in Northside is fun w/a group and you bring your own liquor/wine, but service is very slow IMO. There is a place at Newport on the Levee (just across the river from Cincinnati in Kentucky) called Istanbul Cafe that has a delicous dish called a turkish gyro.

Reasonably priced dinners in Asheville?

None of the things you mention bother me and I don't have a single food aversion. My concern was the decidely mixed reviews of the food itself. A lot of people definitely loved their food, but several others said it was mediocre and a few even disliked it. I do however understand there is no accounting for good taste. I also totally respect you defending this restaurant you love - I'd do the same if there were questionable reviews of my favorite spot. I'll keep it on my list to consider - Thanks!

Reasonably priced dinners in Asheville?

Just checked out Limones menu. WOW. I"m adding to my list as a MUST!!

Reasonably priced dinners in Asheville?

Salsa's sounded great when I first read of it on another travel site, but the reviews on tripadvisor scared me away.

Reasonably priced dinners in Asheville?

Thanks, I appreciate the info and will take a look at Fig's menu online. What interested me about Pomodoro's is that we don't have ANY decent Greek restaurants in Cincinnati and I love Greek food. I also love a good egglplant parmasean and nobody around here does it well IMO. I will look into Cucina 24 as well.

Reasonably priced dinners in Asheville?

No kids on this trip - it is our once a year trip (myself & husband) without our kids! We'd prefer restaurants that have something unique to offer (not just nachos and chicken strips). We definitely plan to try Tupelo Honey - possibly for lunch - and 12 Bones (not a lot of good BBQ in Cincinnati). I'm also considering Pomodoros and Bouchon. I read good things about Doc Chey's but somehow a noodle house doesn't excite me.

I've had a bit of change of heart regarding Horizons since my initial post yesterday and seeing so many raves about Sugo. We may go there for our pricey dinner instead, but I'll post a report regardless when we return.

Oh, we are driving and staying in a cabin in Candler (which I understand is about 15 minutes from Asheville).

what are your favorite restaurants in ohio?

I found the food at The Winds to be lacking in flavor and have not returned.

Oct 07, 2008
cincinnatilisa in Great Lakes

Reasonably priced dinners in Asheville?

We are going to Asheville for the first time in early November and plan to try Horizons for our one splurge dinner. However I'm looking for suggestions for the other 3 nights. We'd like to try places that are somewhat unique/special but not too expensive (since I know Horizons will put a dent in our budget!). Suggestions?

Best of Cincinnati

For mexican try Rincon in Eastgate between the movie theatre & Biggs. We have tried every mexican place in town & regularly drive to eat here. They have fabulous chili verde, tamales and mole.

I like brunch at First Watch (though I realize it is a chain) at Grand Finale in Glendale - buffet w/mini crepes, mini quiche and good bread pudding (one of my favorites).

Cincinnati dinner with college students

I'm guessing your son goes to Miami? My husband & I are both alums.

There is an italian restaurant in Price Hill with a great view of downtown Cincinnati - Primavista. It's not cheap but not overly expensive. The food is very good and the view cannot be beat. Some may be apt to recommend Scotti's, a longtime Cincinnati italian favorite, but I think their food has gone downhill in recent years.

greek and cincinnati

Where is Sebastians? Sound like it is worth a try. I like the Turkish Gyros at Cafe Istanbul, and the atmosphere is really nice.

Now in regards to the Greek Orthodox Church Festival - we mark this on our calendar early in the summer because we love it so much! The food is always great (love the souvlaki - very tender; and the fried cheese appetizer w/lemon is to die for). We eat so much of everything at the festival we always have to get the pastries boxed up to take home. The women in the congregation make the pastries and they are just wonderful. They do a "bake sale" of just the pastries now before Xmas every year as well - you could check w/the church to find out when it is if you are interested. It's a fun festival too - lots of music, dancing and rides for the little ones.

Why NOT Cameron Mitchell?

If someone asks for the best place for good fish at a reasonable price in Cincinnati, Mitchell's is the best option. I'm not going to pretend like it doesn't exist because it is a chain. If you don't feel this is the appropriate place for such a discussion, perhaps you should refrain from participating in it. Some people may be looking for unique dining experiences, others just a good burger. To each his own.

As I am a grown with a family, I don't have a myspace page, sorry.

Why NOT Cameron Mitchell?

Oh, and no, I would not recommend Red Lobster or Olive Garden because I don't like their food (not because they are chains). To imply that every chain is the same strictly because they are chains is ridiculous.

The best know chef in Cincinnati (Jean Robert), who was initially the head chef at the Maisonette, went out on his own to open his own restaurant, Pigall's. Since then he now has several restaurants in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. Is he now to be frowned upon just because he chose to capitalize on his success?

Why NOT Cameron Mitchell?

I eat where the food is good. I've always had good food at Mitchell's - there aren't many other good options for fish in suburban Cincinnati. If a chain restaurant does something better than locally owned businesses, I'll go to the chain. That is definitely the case w/many chinese restaurants - I haven't found a locally owned one where I can stomach the quality of meat, so I go to PF Changs.

Who cares if decisions are decided by a focus group? Aren't restaurants supposed to want to succeed? Regardless of whether a restaurant is locally owned or a chain, it is in their best interest to do market research. I'm sure we've all seen restaurnts w/potential fail because of a bad location (or other factors other than food that could have been avoided).

If you don't like the food at Mitchell's, that's fine, you don't like the food. However the post by kura kura seemed more like some kind of personal vendetta!

Good Mexican in Cincinnati?

Just thought I'd update this thread w/my feedback on our latest mexican experience. We ended up going to Palacio Azteca - it is in a hotel off Mason-Montgomery. You would have to be looking for it to find it. Dh knows the owners - they are former employees from Rancho Grande who decided to start a place on their own.

It was pretty good - better than many others I have tried but not as good as Rincon. I just had a chicken enchilada and chili relleno. Not particularly spicy (and I LIKE spicy) but I imagine that is in order to appeal to the masses. Dh had chili verde and really enjoyed it. Worth a try if you are looking for something new!

Oct 03, 2006
cincinnatilisa in Great Lakes

Why NOT Cameron Mitchell?

Excellent question! I've noticed the same thing (people very anti-Cameron Mitchell restaurants) and never really understood why. It is by FAR the best place to get good fish for a reasonable price in the greater Cincinnati area (IMHO).