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Empty nester fall road trip...need one lunch in Lexington, KY and one dinner in Frankfort, KY.

We are going on a little road trip this fall through KY. Planning to tour the Barrel House Distillery in Lexington on a late Sunday morning. Need a lunch recommendation not far from the distillery or at least on the way to Frankfort. We plan to be in Frankfort mid afternoon for a tour of the Buffalo Trace Distillery. Looking for a dinner recommendation near there after the tour or at least on the way to Bardstown where we will be spending the night. Bardstown doesn't have decent restaurants open on a Sunday night for dinner so that is why we are leaning towards dinner in Frankfort. We are open to all types of food, preferably not fast food, bar food or burgers. Whatever is not to be missed in the area would be great. I am not sure I am interested in the "hot brown" that KY is known for but if it is not to be missed & it is good, I guess we would try that. Thanks for your help!!!

Anna Maria Island suggestions?

We love Star Fish in Cortez. Old school no frills place. Picnic tables outdoors.

Feb 08, 2014
CurryLover in Florida

Bonita Springs lunch recommendations??

Food Report for January 2014 Naples/Marco Island:

After we arrived at RSW, we got our rental car & proceeded to the Dock at Crayton Cove in Naples for lunch. While the views were great & we were able to sit outside for lunch, we were disappointed in the food. We all ordered the fish tacos and it wasn't even a local fish. It was some kind of farmed fish related to catfish that we'd never heard of - our kids looked it up on their smartphones after the waiter told us what it was. The tacos were plain & no flavor. My husband said he was going to write a negative review on TripAdvisor.

Dinner later that day was at Le Be Fish on Marco Island - fabulous!!! We all got some kind of a fish dinner which was grilled - the choices were grouper & snapper. And, we vowed to go back again. We did get take out one other night - fish/shrimp tacos & the portion was rather on the small side. Got cupcakes from the cute little cupcake place in the same alley & they were delicious.

We had one dinner at Pelican Bend on Isle of Capri - the snapper portions were huge. Two of us could have shared a plate.

Another dinner was at Little Bar in Goodland. The priciest of all of our dinners out. My husband had the stone crab claws. Both kids had the ahi tuna & they were disappointed b/c it was too done & they've had better elsewhere. I had blue crab cakes. They were ok - but I am spoiled because I have had some top notch crab cakes from the Eastern Maryland shore.

On a cool non-beach day, we headed for Everglades National Park & stopped at Triad for lunch in Everglades City. We had a hard time choosing between Camilia's & Triad. As for Triad's, it was one of the best blackened grouper sandwiches I've ever had. Hubby had conch sandwich & one of the kids had a blue crab sandwich & thought it was good.

Another non-warm day we went to Naples. Had lunch at a Jamaican restaurant, Del-Mel. The food was very good. And, since there weren't many customers, we ended up staying & chatting with the owner.

Someone at the hot tub at the condo we rented on Marco Island mentioned that their favorite place was Capri Fish House so on our final night we went to Capri Fish House. WE LOVED IT!!! That ended up being our favorite!!! We got to sit outside by the water in an enclosed area & they had outdoor heaters. Their early bird seafood specials were fabulous & plentiful. The food was so good!

Feb 06, 2014
CurryLover in Florida

Outdoor venue Cleveland-Akron

Hale Farm & Village???

Feb 04, 2014
CurryLover in Great Lakes

Outdoor venue Cleveland-Akron

Did you try looking into any of the local wineries??

Feb 04, 2014
CurryLover in Great Lakes

Bonita Springs lunch recommendations??

Yes, we did discover Paradise Seafood Market on our first Marco Island Christmas trip in 2008. Glad they are still in business. A culinary gem, for sure!!! We'd never heard of hogfish before until our Key West trip last year during New Year's week so I am glad to hear they have hogfish en pappiotte that we can purchase & take back to the condo & pop in the oven & have a sunset bottle of wine. Speaking of hogfish, an uncle of mine is a avid fisherman in the Keys and prepared an hogfish dinner for us one night while we were in the Keys. Awesome!!! Thanks so much for your help!!!

Dec 12, 2013
CurryLover in Florida

Bonita Springs lunch recommendations??

OMG! I loved the menu of the Dock at Crayton Cove in Naples! Absolutely. It will be an expensive lunch but worth it if the food is good. Not too far off I-75 either because we do have time to kill before checking in to the rental condo on Marco Island if all goes well & we don't have weather/flight delays. Maybe pick up some take out for dinner when we do a grocery run to stock up for the week somewhere before arriving in Marco Island. Thanks so much!!!

Dec 09, 2013
CurryLover in Florida

Bonita Springs lunch recommendations??

I remember both of you, RevrendAndy & LiMsFoodie, as you were so helpful in suggesting restaurants in past FL trips over the years. I totally expected both of you & even Nosh to chime in with recommendations again. Thanks!! This will be the first trip back to Marco Island in five years and I have been following several threads on here for recommendations. Can't wait to get out of this cold & gray skies for sunny FL with warmth and good seafood. Anyone know anything about a Persian restaurant in Naples?? Is that worth checking out??

Dec 09, 2013
CurryLover in Florida

Bonita Springs lunch recommendations??

Family of four flying into Fort Myers from Cleveland arriving 11am mid-January with two college age kids who don't start back to school till late January. Rental car. Destination beachfront condo on Marco Island - check in 3pm. Second time to Marco Island. Looking for lunch destination/options near Bonita Springs or anywhere else not far off I-75. Seafood & waterfront view are a plus coming from Cleveland's winter weather & grey skies. We love fish tacos, grouper sandwiches & anything seafood related on the local front.

List I have so far:
Doc's
Fish House Restaurant
Coconut Jack's
Big Hickory Fishing Nook Seafood Grille

What do you chowhounders recommend?? Thanks so much!!!

Dec 06, 2013
CurryLover in Florida
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Need some Toledo help

One weekend last summer, it was windy and rainy & we couldn't go boating on the lake so we took our college age kids to Pho Viet Nam on Upton for pho before an afternoon at the Toledo Museum of Art. We've eaten pho all over the country in large cities and we have to say that Pho Viet Nam in Toledo had some of the best pho we've ever had and we were totally in AWE. This place is a hole in the wall dive in a seedy area but the pho is soooo worth it! We had excellent middle eastern food at Ferdo's on West Bancroft after a college tour of University of Toledo another time. Have a nice time in Toledo!

Nov 13, 2013
CurryLover in Great Lakes

Lunch and Dinner Options near Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA

Wow! Great suggestions! Thank you!!! Loved the fact that GrapeandBean had a chesapeake crab salad on their menu. (...had some wonderful crab cakes/crabs on Maryland's eastern shore last year that leave me yearning for more.) Loved the idea of the Farmer's Market and the idea of renting a bike - it is my very favorite way of eating my way around & exploring the area. Can't wait to visit Old Town & hope for good weather for biking & walking.

Akron area, take 2: any new recs for local cuisine and down-home delicacies?

If you're looking for down home country style cooking,The Barn restaurant in Amish country, specifically in Smithville, OH, is quite popular. Cracker Barrel is another country cooking chain. There is one in Montrose (Akron, OH). Yes, Swenson's is a local must - it's the first place my college-age kids go when they come home. If you come to the Akron area in the summer or early fall, I would suggest a pick your own produce farm - I bet you can't get that in NYC!!! There is a farm I really like in Copley, Twp. - Boughton Farms. They are now closed for the season. Last month I was picking all sorts of peppers, green & yellow beans & eggplants of all kinds, They sell freshly cut broccoli grown on the farm in their seasonal farm store & I was in heaven with that alone!

Nov 01, 2013
CurryLover in Great Lakes

Lunch and Dinner Options near Westin Hotel in Alexandria, VA

Going with hubby to a weekend CE meeting later this month in Alexandria, VA. Staying two nights at the Westin. Won't really have a car - the car will be valet parked. Need two lunch and dinner options (not overly expensive) within walking distance of the Westin. What's not to be missed in the Alexandria Old Town area?? Looking more for ethnic foods - Middle Eastern, Indian, Vietnamese, and fresh local seafood. Vermilion, The Majestic & The Grille are a little too pricey even tho their menus look fantastic. Not really interested in pizza or Italian since it is widespread here in NE Ohio. Planning to visit Balducci's & LaFromagerie. From reading several threads on Chowhound, my preliminary list is:

Red Rocks
Nando's Periperi
Hank's Oyster Bar
Hard Times Cafe
Zikrayet
Pita House
Layla

Anyone have any other suggestions for fun places not to be missed?? Thanks!

Anything good not terribly far off of the Ohio Turnpike-Maumee to Pennsylvania border?

Another of our favorite places in the Port Clinton area is Pattaya at 1634 East Perry Street, Port Clinton, OH. It is tucked away in a strip mall east of town not far from LakeView Park. On Monday & Tuesday nights they have sushi specials, $1.50 sushi rolls. They also a wide variety of Thai dishes including curries. (My one friend who lived in San Francisco 22 years says the food is as good as what you would find at the best Thai restaurants in SF...) I think Pattaya is a culinary gem for the Port Clinton area & we dine there often when in town. The tourists go to Nagoya - we've only been to Nagoya once & have no desire to go again - overpriced & touristy.

Nov 10, 2012
CurryLover in Great Lakes

Anything good not terribly far off of the Ohio Turnpike-Maumee to Pennsylvania border?

There is a local mom & pop place that serves a better perch sandwich than Jolly Roger. The tourists haven't discovered it yet. It is Terry's Tavern, 1101 E. Bayview Drive, Bayview, OH. It is off RT 2 west of Sandusky. Terry is a huge Michigan fan & there are a lot of Michigan memorabilia displayed - which is rare for being in Ohio. Terry can be found in the back doing the cooking wearing his Michigan cap. His breading is a lot lighter than Jolly Roger's & the perch is fresh as can be. This place is a no frills mom & pop place with views of the Sandusky Bay. There were maybe thirty diners for lunch, all locals when we were there this past week. I wouldn't got to Terry's for anything other than the perch & yes, it is worth making the little detour if you have time and don't mind a fabulous perch sandwich.

Nov 10, 2012
CurryLover in Great Lakes

Road Trip Report: Milwaukee-Chicago-Toledo-Cleveland-Columbus (Part IV Columbus)

CB, I've enjoyed all of your trip reports and I am sure many others have, too. Thanks for sharing with us. Glad you ate well & enjoyed your trip. Sorry I didn't see your original reply to one of my posts where you were asking as to where you could get Ballreich potato chips & Root's chicken off I-80/90 but obviously it wasn't a problem once you found a mid to full size grocery store. That thread was long with 42 posts & it slipped past me until now. Glad you could try Ballreich chips & Root's chicken. Some of us think the chips are salty & greasy and the rest of us are addicted to those chips especially when they were the regional chips we grew up with. I can remember being in Rothenburg, Germany, about 20 years ago where we observed a UPS truck pull up in front of a private residence. The driver was delivering a box of Ballreich chips! I went ballistic b/c I knew where those chips came from and we sure were a long way from "home." As for the shredded chicken mix, some Ohioans like to add cream of chicken soup to the shredded chicken mix. Not my favorite way. I like to throw in a few crushed Ballreich chips & that takes care of the "salt". All in all, glad you had a great trip with very good culinary experiences!!!

Oct 15, 2012
CurryLover in Great Lakes

Need a Lunch Destination within walking distance of CWRU. Milestone Birthday.

Hi and Help!!

We're going on a college visitation next week to CWRU and we need a lunch destination after our morning tour of CWRU. Daughter is a high school senior. It has been a while since our graduate school days at CWRU & we're not sure what's good in the University Circle area these days. Back in our day we didn't eat out much - poor students. Furthermore, the day we are visiting CWRU happens to be my husband's 50th birthday - yes, he is NOT happy about this college visitation on HIS milestone birthday. He'd rather be boating on the lake having lunch at Put in Bay. We had no choice - it is a high school mandatory college visitation DAY. I couldn't get the high school to give us another day to use at our convenience plus daughter did not want to be the only senior at school that day - too embarrassing for her. Thus, I'm trying to find an appropriate lunch destination near University Circle so that we can also celebrate his birthday in style & forget the anger over being told (by the school) how to spend your milestone birthday. Is Falafel Cafe a good place to go???? I know Mad Greek isn't that far away & I know there is parking b/c we've eaten there before in years past.

Thanks for all your help!

Oct 10, 2012
CurryLover in Great Lakes

Goya products in/near Cleveland?!?!

I feel for you. Felt the same way when we moved to Akron, OH, from Boston, MA. Marc's in Fairlawn, OH, renovated the store about a year ago & to my surprise they added a decent line of Goya products. I was so very happy to see the empanada discs in the freezer section at Marc's. Been stocking my freezer in case they get "discontinued." My kids were so glad I could make empanadas again like I did in Boston. I am guessing maybe the other Marc's stores in the Cleveland area also carry Goya products.

On a separate note, we left Boston 13 years ago & I still can't find lavash bread (the rectangular variety that I used to find in Boston....) They were great for sandwiches on the go for busy professionals. With the round variety, you have food falling out all over the place due to uneven ends.

Oct 10, 2012
CurryLover in Great Lakes

Ocean City, MD trip report....

Thank you to all the CH'ers for your suggestions and help.

Day One: Arrived at the Narrows Restaurant, Kent Island, MD, in time for lunch. It was our first time having a crab cake native to Maryland. Very good introduction!!! Hubby also had the crab vegetable soup. Since I was recovering from a viral infection, I couldn't "share" with him & take a few tasting sips. Dinner later that evening after arriving in Ocean City & checking into our hotel was at The Shark at the Harbor. AWESOME! It has the organic farm/sea to the table atmosphere. I had the crabcake (again) topped with crawfish & andouille sausage and hubby had the shark. It was a wonderful place to have dinner & we really enjoyed it. Had a Dogfish IPA with our meal - very good!

Day Two: Biked all ten miles of Assateague Island from the Visitor's Center. We pretty much had the whole island to ourselves....loved it. Pristine, beautiful & barren this time of the year. Saw some wild ponies but there had to be many more by the looks of dung left everywhere. We were hungry after all that biking so we decided on Crab Alley which is in the same neighborhood marina as The Shark on the Harbor. I had a crabcake (again) sandwich plus the Maryland Crab Vegetable Soup. Hubby had the Crab Wrap with the same soup as I had. Wonderful. We decided the soup was better than what the Narrows Restaurant served b/c it was more spicy & we love spicy food. After lunch we parked near the OC boardwalk & biked five miles of the OC boardwalk. Cheesy, touristy, carnival atmosphere & tattoos. Yuck!!! Never going back to the boardwalk again!!! Dinner was at the Fins Fish House & Raw Bar in Rehoboth Beach. We both had broiled Rockfish. Hubby also had a oyster sampler platter. Awesome. Rehoboth's boardwalk was much nicer although smaller.

Day Three: Lunch was at Crab Alley again for the steamer pot for two of Maryland Blue Crabs. We chose Crab Alley b/c it had more of a local atmosphere rather than a large touristy crab place. Plus it is at the Fisherman's Marina with nice views of the marina with the boats coming in/leaving. Crab Alley only had medium crabs on hand. I was a little worried b/c the recommendation for first timers is jumbo/large crabs. My husband & I watched videos of how to eat crabs before we even went so we felt comfortable with the challenge. My husband had the technique down pat with the first crab. I was on my third crab before I had it down pat. It took us over an hour to eat through a dozen crabs. There were some smaller crabs also in our pile & we could immediately tell the difference in the sweetness of the crabmeat - medium vs small. Great experience. I won't tell you where we went for "dinner" later that evening. After hanging at the beach & drinking adult beverages most of the afternoon, we didn't want to drive plus we weren't really hungry for a meal...we walked across the street from our hotel for appetizers & a beer. The beer is worth mentioning - but the appetizers are nothing to write home about - yuck!!! Crab Fritters like you would get at a chain restaurant up in Northeast Ohio. Never again for me!!!

All in all, it was a great trip - weather was beautiful & very few people this time of the year.

Sep 26, 2012
CurryLover in Mid-Atlantic

Fisherman's Crab Deck or Harris Crab House for Maryland Crabs???

Hi CH'ers:
Now that we're not going to do our ultimate "steamed crab experience" in the Kent Narrows area on the way to OC, is there any place we can stop in the Kent Narrows area for a good crab cake or even rockfish sandwich? That would be do-able & we can be on our way to OC.

I am studying the restaurants all the way from Assateague Island to Lewes, DE. We will have a lot of flexibility & don't mind driving/biking for lunch/dinner. I've put together a short list of what looks good so far. Please feel free to chime in with your recommendations/feedback.

The Shark on the Harbor - OC
Crabcake Factory - OC
Just Hooked - Fenwick Is.
Fish Tales - OC - looks like they are open for lunch & dinner
Crab Alley - OC
Henlopen Oyster House - serious oyster house - Rehoboth Beach
Fins Raw Bar - Rehoboth Beach
Dogfish Head Brewery - beer only, not food???
Fenwick Crab House - steamed crab experience
Assateague Island Oasis - is that a good place to stop for a beer after a day of biking on Assateague Island???

I understand that Phillips & Hooper's are to be avoided. Trying to find some place that doesn't remind us of Myrtle Beach. Went to Myrtle Beach maybe ten years ago & will never go back again - too many chain restaurants & all you can eat seafood places. I hope Ocean City is not like Myrtle Beach or we'll be disappointed.

Thanks for all your help/feedback/recommendations!!!

Sep 20, 2012
CurryLover in Mid-Atlantic

Fisherman's Crab Deck or Harris Crab House for Maryland Crabs???

Thank you to RC51Mike & dining with doc - I am re-thinking my plan to stop at Harris or Crab Deck & save the crab experience for somewhere in the Ocean City area. You are right - we don't want to be in a rush & want to be able to enjoy a beer & don't want to get dirty & smell like crabs when we still have a two hour drive to OC. I am realizing that a crab house is not the right kind of place to stop at for lunch in the Kent Narrows area on the way to OC. We'll have three nights in OC so I am working on a lunch & dinner restaurant list that I hope to post here before the weekend & see what the CH'ers think. I watched a couple of videos on how to eat blue crabs so I have a pretty good idea for a first timer. Also, I am getting most of my restaurant ideas from a Baltimore Sun article on Ocean City area restaurants. This CH board seems to be on the slow side & not very active so I appreciate all the feedback!!!

Sep 20, 2012
CurryLover in Mid-Atlantic

Fisherman's Crab Deck or Harris Crab House for Maryland Crabs???

Thank you for responding & answering my question on Crab Deck vs Harris Crab House. We are Maryland bound this weekend! Super excited to bike & sightsee & eat our way through!

Sep 18, 2012
CurryLover in Mid-Atlantic

Fisherman's Crab Deck or Harris Crab House for Maryland Crabs???

Hi CHers:

My husband & I are headed to Maryland's eastern shore the end of September for three nights of R&R w/o the kids. We're coming from Northeast Ohio. One thing on the agenda is sampling Maryland's steamed blue crabs which will be a first for us. I am hoping it will still be crab season from what I've read on the CH boards - the peak was the last weekend of August.

Since we'll be heading east on Rt 50 crossing the Bay Bridge about lunch time on a Sunday, I'm thinking of either Fisherman's Crab Deck or Harris Crab House for lunch in the Kent Narrows area. Which would you recommend for a first timer??? I understand either the Xtra Large or Jumbo crabs are recommended for first timers. Not interested in any fried foods of any kind. Just want to try steamed Maryland blue crabs.

Thanks for all your help!

Sep 06, 2012
CurryLover in Mid-Atlantic

San Diego foodie moving to Bowling Green, Ohio

As a seasonal resident of Port Clinton, OH, I have been following this thread with great interest...Port Clinton is about an hour north east of BG. One culinary gem as far as seafood is concerned, we like the Saturday night seafood buffet at Mon Ami Winery. It is expensive at $30 a person but worth every penny. We tend to go once or twice in the winter - sure beats the mid winter blahs. They have all you can eat crab legs, walleye and/or perch, prime rib, shrimp, smoked salmon, etc. One time we were there they had frog legs. Mon Ami is a nice place to go for a special occasion. I am not a fan of buffet food but Mon Ami does a great job with their Saturday night Seafood Buffet. We tend to go before 5pm b/c it can get real busy.

Also, if you ever get over to Put in Bay on South Bass Island, I would recommend the perch tacos at the Goat Soup & Whiskey. The Goat also has wonderful freshly made soups on a daily basis. They have a garden in the back of the restaurant & use the produce grown in the garden like fresh tomatoes, green beans, peppers & herbs. With September rapidly approaching, I imagine they will be closing down for the season in a couple of weeks. Many of the island's restaurants are only open weekends starting right after Labor Day till the end of October.

Aug 29, 2012
CurryLover in Great Lakes

Help please with Road Trip: Milwaukee-Chicago-Toledo-Cleveland-Columbus (long)

Since you mentioned sampling "local eats" there are a couple of culinary treats that come to mind. Northwest Ohioans love their Ballreich's potato chips . Former Northwest Ohioans are known to have boxes of Ballreich's chips shipped to them, even overseas. Another culinary treat that is native to Northwest Ohio is Root's Shredded Chicken. Every family potluck, graduation party or church event in Northwest Ohio features sandwiches made from Root's shredded chicken. When my San Francisco friend visits Northwest Ohio, he always packs several frozen containers of Root's chicken mix in his luggage to take back with him. Apparently, it stays frozen in the belly of the plane. It is probably not practical for you since you probably won't have access to a freezer. But if you can pick up a bag of Ballreich's chips, you might enjoy that while traveling.

Aug 29, 2012
CurryLover in Great Lakes

Help please with Road Trip: Milwaukee-Chicago-Toledo-Cleveland-Columbus (long)

Try googling Jolly Roger Seafood House in Port Clinton, OH. It won a Coastal Living Seafood Dive award a few years ago. I am quite certain it is locally owned & not affiliated with any sailing club. Our SF & FL friends who visit us at the lake always insist on going to Jolly Roger if we are grounded by the weather to the mainland & can't get over to South Bass Island.

Aug 29, 2012
CurryLover in Great Lakes

Help please with Road Trip: Milwaukee-Chicago-Toledo-Cleveland-Columbus (long)

Some people love Tony Packo's, but to me it is a over hyped touristy place. I would personally skip it & skip Toledo altogether. I'd drive to Port Clinton and take the Jet Express (ferry) over to Put-in-Bay on South Bass Island for perch tacos at the Goat Soup & Whiskey restaurant. Put in Bay is known as the Key West of the north. If time doesn't allow you to leave the mainland, I'd suggest Jolly Roger in Port Clinton for a perch or walleye meal. You won't be disappointed.

Aug 28, 2012
CurryLover in Great Lakes

Cincinnati -UC college graduation - need lunch and dinner ideas for next weekend...help!

I want to thank everyone for their restaurant recommendations. All of the Chowhounders who replied to my post were very helpful and I think it is only fair that I report back & share our experiences. Here's how graduation weekend played out....we got to Cincinnati earlier than we told our son we'd be there on Saturday just because I was worried about crowds & finding parking & finding places to eat. Well, to our surprise, the campus was deserted. I guess I miscalculated & didn't take into account that finals week concluded the day before (Friday) and all the dorms were empty & most students had left campus. The only students on campus were the graduates & their entourages. Thus, there was PLENTY of parking everywhere. So, we walked to Myra's Dionysus at 11am - they weren't open & I was worried they were closed for the summer or whatever. We waited around for about ten minutes & they opened up. We LOVED that place! There were four of us - we ordered a sampler plate to share which was Baba Ganouj, Hummus & Stuffed Grape Leaves. We all agreed it was some of the BEST hummus we had ever had. My husband I each had a cup of soup - he had the gypsy soup & I had the black bean soup. Husband & son had Falafel Sandwich and they claimed it was the best they'd ever had. Daughter had a gyro sandwich. While we were eating lunch, it was sinking in to me that parking/crowds were not going to be a problem after the commencement ceremony and that we should try to venture to the Gateway District for dinner. I had printed out the recommendations from here & was ready. Well, my husband & daughter insisted on going to Cilantro for pho!! We don't have any Vietnamese restaurants in the Akron area & need to drive to Cleveland for that. Last time we had pho was last fall in Cincinnati at Cilantro...so, out the window went my plans for a nice dinner in the Gateway District. Sitting at a counter slurping pho wasn't exactly what I had in mind for a post-commencement dinner BUT my family was HAPPY to get their hands on very good tasting pho!!!

Looks like we're going to be headed to Cincinnati a few more times before the summer is over to help with moving...so maybe we'll make some headway on some of the recommendations that came our way.

Also, while we were seated at Myra's Dionysus, I said to our son, "You've lived here four years & never knew this restaurant existed???" He said his college friends/roommates are largely from the Cincinnati area & they are "uncultured swine!!!" They only like to eat at chains like Chipotle or Panera thus our son never really had anyone to go with him in exploring restaurants. Only when us parents come to visit, we go outside of the comfort zone.

Thanks to everyone for helping with food recommendations!!!

Thanks so much to everyone for your input! You never disappoint me!

Jun 17, 2012
CurryLover in Great Lakes

Cincinnati -UC college graduation - need lunch and dinner ideas for next weekend...help!

Son graduates from UC next Saturday. Driving to Cincinnati Saturday morning from Northeast Ohio expecting to arrive on campus & park. Hope to walk somewhere for lunch about 11-11:30am. Ceremony should end about 4:30pm at Fifth Third Arena - hoping to walk somewhere for dinner about 5pm before heading back home to NE Ohio that evening. Am worried about tons of people being in the area for graduation & heavy traffic so I am thinking if we are parked in a lot on the southeast part of campus we can walk. I know that area of campus is iffy. We've eaten at Floyd's, Chicago Gyros & Cilantro in the past four years plus a few places on Ludlow. Nothing fancy.We've also been to Newport, KY but I don't think we want to venture far away from campus since we have the long drive down to Cincinnati in the morning & the drive back home in the evening. Wondering if there is any place that is a little nicer in that area that we could walk to. Don't want to worry about finding parking or fighting traffic/people but would like to have a nice place with a nice ambiance to sit down and enjoy a good meal and have a nice family visit. Anyone have any recommendations? I would really appreciate it -my plate has been full recently & I haven't had the time to do a lot of research on restaurants. You CHers never disappoint me & always come up with such great recommendations!!!! Thanks so much in advance!!!

Jun 03, 2012
CurryLover in Great Lakes

Detroit - need recommendations near Milliken State Park Marina

Wow! You provided a lot of helpful info. You CHers are great!! Our Detroit trip is on hold right now as we wait for a favorable weather window. Twice we had to change our original Detroit plans due to high winds on the lake and had to stay closer to our home port in Port Clinton. We need good marine weather for traveling by boat to and from Detroit. I printed off all the foodie recommendations here & have them ready to go. I will certainly report back when we do finally make it to Detroit.

Jun 03, 2012
CurryLover in Great Lakes