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Cincinnati: Favorite sushi?

I also like Kyoto.

Overall I think the sushi at Ando is better, but Kyoto's Giant Squid appetizer is amazing. The squid is stuffed with vegetables and shrimp and it's cooked in such a way that, although the rings of squid are huge, they're easy to chew. It's a dish I haven't seen anywhere else in the area.

Feb 20, 2013
ries27 in Great Lakes

Cincinnati: Favorite sushi?

Ando (on Pfeiffer Rd. in Blue Ash near I-71) has become my favorite. Quality ingredients and a super-friendly staff.

Feb 18, 2013
ries27 in Great Lakes

Recent Cincinnati picks?

I would recommend Hugo. It's on Madison Road across from Boca. Hugo serves South Carolina-style Southern dishes. I've been there several times now and have always had a wonderful experience. A few "go to" dishes for me are the Rabbit over house-made pasta or the Duck Breast served over a "cake" of grits with okra.

You also can't go wrong with Boca. Always fantastic.

Enjoy your trip and be sure to report back with the highlights.

Aug 24, 2009
ries27 in General Midwest Archive

Las Vegas looking for specific food

I would second the recommendation for the Beef Cheek Ravioli at B&B. It's fantastic but it will cost you a bit more than an appetizer would.

I had a wonderful experience at Guy Savoy's Bubble Bar, so you shouldn't be disappointed. Be sure to check back and give us a full report.

Jun 21, 2009
ries27 in Las Vegas

Dining Near Convention & Exhibition Center

I'll be visiting Boston for the first time in July, staying near the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center. Are there any interesting dining options nearby? Which restaurants are can't-miss?

I'm going to try not to rent a car. Is public transportation easy around this area?

I also want to try to hit Fenway for a Red Sox game. Food recommendations in and around the ballpark are also appreciated as are tips on transportation to and from.

Thank you in advance for all replies.

May 12, 2009
ries27 in Greater Boston Area

Cincinnati Korean

Meghan,

Here are some of my favorites (in no particular order):

Moon Garden - 20 Donald Drive in Fairfield (off of Dixie Highway). Moon Garden doesn't look like much on the outside, but if you can get past the rough exterior the food is wonderful. You can't go wrong with the Bulgogi (grilled marinated beef served with rice). Don't bother with the egg roll they'll also give you, though. It's gross.

Riverside Korean - 512 Madison Ave. in Covington, KY - I've had their Dolsot Bibim Bab (mixed vegetables with your choice of meat served in a hot stone bowl. They crack an egg on top and the heat of the bowl cooks the egg as you mix everything together). Riverside was on Cincinnati Magazine's Top 10 Restaurants list this year. It's worth checking out.

http://www.riversidekoreanrestaurant....

Sung Korean Bistro - 700 Elm St. Downtown - Here I had the Kimchi Soup. Usually Kimchi (pickled cabbage) is eaten as an appetizer, so this was a little different take on the dish. Tasty.

http://www.sungkoreanbistro.com/

Kim's Korean - 10548 Harrison Ave. in Harrison - I would also recommend the Bulgogi here. Kim's also does pork cooked with Kimchi for another delicious variation on one of Korea's most famous dishes.

Also be sure to sample the assortment of side dishes/appetizers (Bahn Chan) that will be offered before your meal at most of these restaurants.

I hope this helps. Be sure to report back and let us know how you liked your first experience with Korean.

May 09, 2009
ries27 in General Midwest Archive

Jeff Ruby - Bootsy's (Cincinnati)

I finally had the opportunity to try Bootsy's for lunch yesterday. I wasn't blow away, but I did enjoy my meal enough to return.

I chose the Valenciana Paella (with chicken, pork, and chorizo) for my main course and their version of Tres Leches for dessert. The Tres Leches was served with pistashio ice cream and passion fruit sauce.

It took a bit of time to get our entrees, but I found our server to be friendly and helpful. I do agree with CatRex about the decor, though. It's over-the-top, but so is the restaurant's namesake, so I guess that's the point.

Apr 23, 2009
ries27 in General Midwest Archive

Tres Leches Cake in Cincinnati

I thought I would check back in with this thread as yesterday I found another source for Tres Leches: Bootsy's. I finally had the opportunity to try Jeff Ruby's newest venture and was pleased to find Tres Leches on the dessert menu. Bootsy's version includes pistashio ice cream and passion fruit sauce.

Bootsy's has caught some heat on this board and on others, but I enjoyed my lunch. It wasn't a mind-blowing experience, but I would certainly return. The Tres Leches is nice, although still not as good as the version I had in Los Angeles.

Apr 23, 2009
ries27 in Great Lakes

1st Anniversary - need knock out restaurant in DC

I would second brianV's recommendation for Obelisk. It's not flashy, but it's fantastic.

Apr 19, 2009
ries27 in Washington DC & Baltimore

Tres Leches Cake in Cincinnati

I too have been looking for Tres Leches in Cincinnati after eating great versions of it in Los Angeles and Las Vegas.

So far I've only found Tres Leches at Abuelo's off of Mason-Montgomery Road in Mason. Abuelo's is a chain, so not a very chowhoundish recommendation. Their version of Tres Leches is worth trying, although it's not as good as the ones I had on the West Coast.

www.abuelos.com

Please let me know if you find any other sources.

Apr 11, 2009
ries27 in Great Lakes

Female dining solo in Vegas

I recently took a solo trip to Vegas and had a lot of great meals.

Bouchon was fantastic for breakfast.

I had a wonderful experience at B&B--both the service and the food were top notch.

I also enjoyed Mesa Grill, and Guy Savoy. I initially felt uncomfortable at Guy Savoy, but was quickly put at ease by the friendly and professional service.

I sat at the bar for most of my meals. I was able to get a table at both Bouchon and B&B, however, without a reservation.

Enjoy! And be sure to report back on all of your great meals.

Apr 06, 2009
ries27 in Southwest

Lunch Near Court & Main (Downtown Cincinnati)

Sounds good. Thanks for the info.

Apr 02, 2009
ries27 in General Midwest Archive

Lunch Near Court & Main (Downtown Cincinnati)

Hamilton County, unfortunately.

Mar 31, 2009
ries27 in General Midwest Archive

Lunch Near Court & Main (Downtown Cincinnati)

TJ,

Thanks for the suggestions. I'm with you on Tan Thai... I haven't been to the original location downtown, but there is a second Tan Thai on Springfield Pike in the Glendale/Springdale area that is excellent.

Mar 30, 2009
ries27 in General Midwest Archive

Lunch Near Court & Main (Downtown Cincinnati)

I opened the mail last week to find that I'd won the lottery... no, not that lottery. The dreaded Jury Duty lottery. (I can't figure this out, as I did jury duty only about 3 years ago, and thought I'd be safe for a while.)

Anyhow...

To ease the pain, I thought I'd take in a few downtown lunches. I don't get downtown nearly as often as I'd like...

Are there any great restaurants near the courthouse? As I recall lunch breaks aren't very long, so I'd like some recommendations within quick walking distance. Thanks in advance for any replies.

Mar 29, 2009
ries27 in General Midwest Archive

Vegas Trip Report

Thanks for the report. I'm glad you enjoyed Bouchon. I too had an excellent experience there recently. The Oeuf Au Gratin I had was wonderful, as was the Banana Nut Muffin I had from their bakery case.

I know what you mean about tables being close together. I couldn't help but listen in on what was being said on either side of me.

Mar 11, 2009
ries27 in Southwest

Male Bonding in Vegas-But w/ good food!

I've not been to Babbo, but the menu is similar to B&B. I posted B&B's menu in another thread you posted in, but here it is again in case you need it:

http://www.venetian.com/uploadedFiles...

Feb 26, 2009
ries27 in Southwest

Mario Rules LV

I'm glad to hear someone else had a great experience with B&B. I also had the tripe and the lamb's brain francobolli and thought they were wonderful. I also found the service to be top-notch.

Feb 26, 2009
ries27 in Southwest

Opinions on Vegas reservations?

MidTexHorn,

One certainly could consume each course in one bite if that was their desire. I managed to make each "bite" last a bit longer by taking very small bites and really trying to savor the flavors.

If one ate at Bubble Bar on an empty stomach--I did not--I don't think one could fill up, even after eating dessert. I actually considered ordering two small bites and one big bite...I would probably do this if I ever dine at Bubble Bar again. If you're looking for a light meal, though, the four bites should be enough. You certainly won't walk away hungry, but chances are you will want to eat more.

Feb 26, 2009
ries27 in Southwest

Opinions on Vegas reservations?

Climberdoc,

At Bubble Bar I had four "bites" for $40. I think the next step down is three bites for $30 and two bites for $20. You can also order any of the bites in a "big" size (I assume an entree-size portion). Guy Savoy also offers their regular dessert menu at the Bubble Bar (in a smaller portion but for half the price). Hope this helps. Let me know if you need anymore info.

I can't find a current Bubble Bar menu, but here is one that will give you an idea of what you can order:

https://media.harrahs.com/press_kit.a...

Feb 26, 2009
ries27 in Southwest

Opinions on Vegas reservations?

B&B's menu is very similar to Babbo. The Venetian website has the most updated menu for B&B:

http://www.venetian.com/uploadedFiles...

Feb 26, 2009
ries27 in Southwest

Male Bonding in Vegas-But w/ good food!

I've been saying it a lot lately on this board, but I'll say it again... I recently had a wonderful meal at B&B. Both the food and service were top-notch.

I also enjoyed Guy Savoy. It's very formal, but I took the less formal approach and ate at the Bubble Bar. I actually thought to myself, "what am I doing here?" when I walked in, but the friendly and professional service quickly put me at ease.

Feb 26, 2009
ries27 in Southwest

4 nights in Vegas

I would second the recommendation for breakfast at Bouchon. I really enjoyed the Oeuf au Gratin. And be sure to get a banana nut muffin too!

Feb 26, 2009
ries27 in Southwest

Opinions on Vegas reservations?

Be sure to report back and let us know how you enjoyed the choices.

Feb 24, 2009
ries27 in Southwest

Opinions on Vegas reservations?

I've read some of the negative reviews of B&B as well. I'm not saying they're wrong, but most of the bad reviews are the exact opposite of my experience there last week. Both the food and the service were top notch. I had many great meals in Vegas over the week and I would definitely put B&B at the top of the list. I honestly did get the "entire package" during my visit.

I had a great breakfast at Bouchon and would like to return for lunch or dinner sometime.

I also had a wonderful experience at Guy Savoy. I opted for the four "small bites" option at Guy Savoy's Bubble Bar. The food was exceptional as was the service. When I walked in I briefly had one of those "what am I doing here?" moments, but the service quickly put me at ease - very professional and extremely friendly.

Feb 23, 2009
ries27 in Southwest

Best Appetizers in Vegas

I would second the recommendation for the Beef Cheek Ravioli at B&B. I had it for the first time last week and thought it was wonderful. B&B gets knocked a lot here, but it truly was my best meal of the entire week I spent in Vegas.

Feb 21, 2009
ries27 in Southwest

Mediterranean in Cincinnati: A Step Up

I've also been to Cafe Mediterranean several times and have enjoyed each experience. I would recommend the combination platters (there are two - chicken or beef/lamb). The platters are good for trying several different preparations.

Feb 21, 2009
ries27 in General Midwest Archive

My Vegas Food Report 2/8-2/12

T&T wasn't on my list, and I wasn't aware of it either. I was pleasantly surprised. I don't know that T&T is "authentic" Mexican, but there are some interesting combinations and flavors to be found. And I will say that the Tres Leches was among the best I have ever had.

Feb 14, 2009
ries27 in Southwest

2941 -- An Update

I was at 2941 back in August while visiting D.C. and also had a wonderful meal. I didn't do the tasting menu, but I enjoyed the three-course option (for me it was the foie gras with an apricot reduction, a wonderful swordfish with bacon vinaigrette and green lentils, and the chocolate quartet).

Feb 13, 2009
ries27 in Washington DC & Baltimore

My Vegas Food Report 2/8-2/12

On previous trips to Vegas I’ve always been budget-minded when it comes to food. This time, I decided to go the opposite direction and sample some of the more expensive or “fancy” food the town has to offer.

Sunday Dinner:

Black Bear Diner - Black Bear is not fancy or expensive, but I arrived in Vegas about 5:00p.m. and was picked up by my Aunt and Uncle at the airport. I had plans to see LOVE later in the evening, so we wanted to stop off and get something quick before I checked into the hotel.

We ended up at Black Bear Diner on W. Tropicana. Black Bear is a small chain of restaurants concentrated in the Western U.S. I ordered the Chorizo Scramble: scrambled eggs with among other things, chorizo. The scramble was also served with a huge mound of hash browns. Overall nothing special here, but Black Bear is fine for a quick meal.

Monday Breakfast:

Bouchon Bistro (Venetian) - Located on the 10th floor of Venetian, Bouchon Bistro is Thomas Keller’s (of French Laundry fame) upscale casual offering. I had heard that the Vegas location is not as good as the original Bouchon (a Michelin one-star establishment in Yountville, CA), but I was still eager to try some of Keller’s recipes.

I opted for the Oeuf Au Gratin: two eggs cooked in mornay sauce, served in a cast-iron dish with lardons and tomato coulis. The dish is also served with Lyonnaise potatoes. The main dish was wonderful. Very rich and very cheesy (in a good way), and the tomato coulis provided a great burst of flavor in certain spots. The potato side dish, on the other hand, was ordinary at best. I also ordered a banana nut muffin that had a wonderful streusel topping. I found the service here to be somewhat lacking, but I have experienced worse. I would definitely return to Bouchon for the Au Gratin and the muffin, but I would order a different side dish next time.

Monday Lunch:

Mesa Grill (Caesars Palace) - Mesa Grill, a Bobby Flay-owned restaurant near the Sportsbook in Caesars Palace serves Southwestern-influenced cuisine. I sat at the bar and opted for the Blue Corn Pancake with Barbecued Duck as an appetizer. I followed that up with the Pan Roasted Florida Black Grouper, and finished off the meal with the Chocolate Espresso Layer Cake.

I enjoyed each course -- the Grouper was served with an excellent Chili-Tomato Sauce and some barbecued red onions that were very tasty. The definite highlight of the meal, though, was the Espresso Layer Cake. In between the layers of chocolate was an espresso butter cream frosting that I could have eaten by the spoonful.

Monday Dinner:

I had intended to have dinner at Restaurant Guy Savoy, but learned that it’s only open Wednesday through Sunday. More on Guy Savoy later...

Tuesday Breakfast:

Spice Market Buffet (Planet Hollywood) - I had heard good things about the Spice Market Buffet at Planet Hollywood, so I decided to give it a shot. I started out the morning with plans to do the breakfast buffet at Paris, but the line was long and not moving very fast when I passed by.

The Spice Market for breakfast turned out to be a mistake. I’m sure the lunch or dinner options would have been far more interesting, but the breakfast selections were ordinary and not very good. I started with some Eggs Benedict that looked good, but would have required a chainsaw to cut through. A helping of home fries were cold, and a donut turned out to be stale. I did find some corned beef has that was okay, and a tray of lox that I enjoyed. I might give Spice Market another try, but definitely not for breakfast.

Tuesday Lunch:

Emeril’s Delmonico (Venetian) - I hadn’t intended to dine at Delmonico, but the dessert menu caught my eye as I was wandering around Venetian. I noticed a Chocolate Brioche Pudding with Chocolate Ice Cream and decided I couldn’t pass it up. I intended to have dessert only as I knew I would be eating a big dinner later in the day, but once inside I couldn’t pass up an entree either.

I went with the BBQ Shrimp served with Rosemary Biscuits. The shrimp were big and the sauce was okay, but the dish would have been better if the shrimp had been served on top of something. I did enjoy the rosemary biscuits. In fact, the biscuits were the most flavorful part of the dish. I would have liked to have seen grits or mashed potatoes served along side so that the sauce could be soaked up.

The aforementioned Brioche Pudding was nice, although the title of “Best Brioche Pudding” still belongs to Comme Ca in Los Angeles.

Tuesday Dinner:

B&B Ristorante (Venetian) - I was most looking forward to Mario Batali’s restaurant in Venetian as its menu is almost a carbon copy of Batali’s famous Babbo in New York City.

While I didn’t intend it at the start, my menu for the evening turned out to be the “All Organ Meat Extravaganza.” I started off with the Tripe “alla Parmigiana.” The sauce was rich and a little spicy, the perfect accompaniment to the tripe. As far as cow stomach goes, the tripe was tender and flavorful...an excellent start to the meal.

At this point I was torn over what to do next. Most folks would order an appetizer, a pasta, and a main course, but there were four or five pastas that I wanted to try. I decided to order two pastas rather than a pasta and an entree. My server, who was very helpful and friendly throughout the meal, encouraged me to do this since I couldn’t decide on one pasta.

I started off with the Lamb’s Brain “Francobolli.” Many might be turned off by a dish like this, but I’m always open to trying new things. The Francobolli are small, postage-stamp-shaped pastas that are served with a wonderful lemon and sage sauce. The lamb’s brain has a much milder flavor than one might expect, and I would recommend it to any adventurous eater.

Continuing the exotic trend, I ordered the Beef Cheek Ravioli with Black Truffles and Crushed Duck Liver. As good as the previous course was, I enjoyed this one even more. Imagine the drippings from the best pot roast you’ve ever made and you’d come close to how the sauce on this pasta tastes. I could have eaten a second helping.

For dessert I ordered the Chocolate Pecan Budino served with Smoked Beer Gelato. I’m familiar with Mario’s Butterscotch Budino at Pizzeria Mozza in Los Angeles and was expecting this to be a pudding. This dish, however, is a disk of smooth chocolate on top of crushed pecans (with a consistency similar to a graham cracker crust). The beer gelato was a nice complement--it was very dark and rich, and a beer flavor definitely comes through. Though not what I pictured, the Budino was fantastic. B&B turned out to be my favorite meal of the trip. I told my sever that I was tempted to come back for dinner the next night in order to try all of the other dishes that sounded so good.

Wednesday Lunch:

Red, White & Blue (Mandalay Bay) - My Aunt works at Mandalay Bay so I decided to meet her for lunch at Red, White & Blue (on “Restaurant Row” near the Convention and Event Centers). I ordered the “Dean Martin” sandwich: pastrami and sopressata on pumpernickel. This sandwich was quite good...and huge. I tried my best, but ended up having to leave about half on the plate.

Wednesday Dinner:

Restaurant Guy Savoy (Caesars Palace) - I returned to Restaurant Guy Savoy (on the second floor of the Augustus Tower near the wedding chapel) and was able to get in this time. I decided to dine at the Bubble Bar rather than the main dining room. At Bubble Bar, one can try various “small bites” (four “bites” run $40) or order a “big” bite, and entree-size portion for the listed price. I opted for four small bites, which included Oysters in an Ice Gelee, Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup, a Beef Shoulder Ravioli, and a Chicken and Foie Gras Terrine. All four bites were wonderful, but the Artichoke and Black Truffle Soup, (served with Black Truffle Brioche), and the Foie Gras Terrine (served with a Black Truffle Vinaigrette) were outstanding. I concluded the meal with a Chocolate Fondant, a dessert similar to B&B’s Budino - a smooth layer of chocolate on top of a praline crust. Excellent.

I arrived at Guy Savoy on the early side (5:45p.m.) and ended up being the only one in the restaurant for a while. Even as I left about 7:30p.m. only one other party had arrived. Maybe everyone else had plans to arrive later, or maybe this is just another sign of the tough economic times.

When I first walked in I did have one of those “what am I doing here” moments, but the hosts and serves quickly put me at ease. The service couldn’t have been more friendly or accommodating. On the one hand, this may have been because I was the only one there, but I would like to think I would have received this level of service even if the restaurant had been full. Restaurant Guy Savoy certainly deserves its Michelin two-star rating.

Thursday Lunch:

Tacos & Tequila (Luxor) - Located on the second floor of Luxor near the Bodies and Titanic exhibits, Tacos & Tequila (or T&T) is a fairly new entry into the Vegas dining scene.

I met my Uncle who works at Luxor for lunch. He suggested T&T and I was in the mood for Mexican, so this worked out well. I ordered the Alambre tacos: skirt steak, bacon, Oaxaca cheese, and green chili. These were excellent, and served with black beans and rice. T&T also offers chips and two salsas before the meal. A green tomatillo and a chipotle. Both salsas, and T&T’s own hot sauces, were excellent.

I finished the meal (and my food tour of Vegas) with T&T’s Tres Leches. Outstanding. I would return for the tacos and the tres leches. If anyone is so inclined, T&T offers a $150 margarita. I didn’t order this, but I would certainly be curious to taste one.

This food tour had many highlights, and I don’t think I walked away disappointed with anything (the Spice Market buffet was the only exception). My meal at B&B tops the list, but I would consider a return trip to all of the restaurants on this next time I’m in Vegas.

Thanks for reading... If anyone has questions about any of these restaurants, feel free to ask.

Feb 13, 2009
ries27 in Southwest