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Good Mexican in Cincinnati

Okay, I've now been to La Mexicana and can say it's very, very good. Taquiera Mercado has moved (or maybe just opened a second location?) downtown and it has become an addiction for me and my husband. We eat there nearly every time we go downtown.

Oct 02, 2010
cmj in Great Lakes

cincinnati good food

For locally owned dining right on Fountain Square, try Via Vite. We attended a party there for friends and just had a wonderful time. The food was fantastic, the service outstanding and friendly, and the view from the deck was so fun (granted, it was the opening day of Taste of Cincinnati, but Fountain Square is just a nice place nonetheless).

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Via Vite
520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Jul 25, 2010
cmj in Great Lakes

Cincinnati- Seafood catering

I've done both LobstaBakes and Keegan's and I can recommend both whole-heartedly. I know Keegan's used to do catering and I'm pretty sure they still do, so it'll probably come down to cost and what exactly you're looking for.

Jul 25, 2010
cmj in Great Lakes

Dinner in Cincinnati

Pretty sure I said "in my opinion." So sorry this former chef doesn't live up to your expectations.

May 14, 2010
cmj in Great Lakes

Where to try next in Indianapolis?

Just got word from a friend that Scholar's Inn closed.

Apr 18, 2010
cmj in Great Lakes

Downtown Columbus, OH restaurant - near Ohio Theater

Looking for a restaurant in downtown Columbus near the Ohio Theater. Would love authentic Mexican, Tex-Mex will do in a pinch. Also interested in Indian, deli, greasy spoon/diner, and burger places.

This is for tonight (nothing like short notice!).

Thanks!

Feb 27, 2010
cmj in Great Lakes

Family (including me) from out of town & we need Cincinnati dinner recs!

Yes! Boca! Tonic is very, very good. As for budget, the OP did say he/she didn't want to spend a boatload of money, as they're spending a lot to travel to Cincinnati.

Check out that Cincinnati Magazine article, foodcorejunior. You're sure to find what you need there.

Dec 24, 2009
cmj in Great Lakes

Good Mexican in Cincinnati

I've heard you can get goat meat there. Like I said, I haven't had a chance to check it out but it's top on my list!

Dec 22, 2009
cmj in Great Lakes

Family (including me) from out of town & we need Cincinnati dinner recs!

I like Shanghai Mama's (shanghaimamas.com, 216 E. 6th St.). I'd recommend Bistro Jean-Ro but I think the quality has gone down drastically. Local 127 is a new restaurant that took over a formerly fantastic restaurant and I can't recommend it personally as I've never eaten there, but they never returned a friend's call for a reservation and there's the whole local-politics of restauranteurs that makes me uncomfortable, which I won't go into here.

I'm so sorry, I'm just drawing a complete blank right now! Shanghai Mama's is great, but depending on the night it might be difficult to find room for 10-15 people, but they might take reservations.

Dec 22, 2009
cmj in Great Lakes

Good Mexican in Cincinnati

I think so. Also, this month's Cincinnati Magazine has a review of local Mexican places.

Oct 08, 2009
cmj in Great Lakes

'Locavore' dining in Cincinnati/Northern KY/Dayton area??

Nectar for sure; Julie Francis is often spotted at Findlay Market buying ingredients that will find their way into the dishes at her restaurant.

The Wildflower Cafe in Mason has on-site gardens and the chef is committed to using local and organic ingredients.

Oct 08, 2009
cmj in General Midwest Archive

Indianapolis for conference.....recomendations?

For pizza, Bazbeaux's. So good.

http://www.bazbeaux.com/

And then look at this thread:

http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/653532

Lots of great recommendations.

Sep 21, 2009
cmj in General Midwest Archive

Places to stop between Cleveland and Columbus?

We can't go to Cleveland (from Cincinnati) without a stop at Grandpa's Cheese Barn in Ashland, off of I-71 (you'll see the signs on the highway, and it's just off the exit). It's not high cuisine, it's not Belgian-quality chocolate, but it's fun and cheap and pretty darned good. They have great sandwiches, ice cream, and the pies are incredible. Upstairs they have cheese, cheese, and more cheese! Plus salsas, dips, sauces, meats, jams and jellies, local honey; you name it, they probably have it.

If you don't go in expecting high-falutin' eats, you'll be really happy.

Sep 20, 2009
cmj in General Midwest Archive

Dinner in Cincinnati

dumas, I did actually mention The Summit up-thread, and it's an amazing restaurant. It is not, however, under the direction of Jean-Robert de Cavel, nor is it the "Cincinnati State Restaurant School's Dining Room." The Executive Chef is Matt Winterrowd and Jean-Robert is a chef-in-residence at the Midwest Culinary Institute, which is part of Cincinnati State Technical and Community College; but it's the Midwest Culinary Institute. Jean-Robert did not take over operation over the restaurant, nor is it under his direction. Just wanted to make that clear. He does, however, often collaborate with Chef Winterrowd and other chefs for special events in the restaurant.

Sep 07, 2009
cmj in Great Lakes

Dinner in Cincinnati

Ah, you're on my side of town! Welcome to Cincinnati! I'm a former chef and there are some great places to eat here.

I'll give you a range of places, from inexpensive to a bit over your range, just to give you some ideas.

Inexpensive: Dewey's (local pizza chain, really good; Oakley is closest), Zip's (best burgers in town, in my opinion; Mt. Lookout square), The Echo (diner; Hyde Park square), First Watch (breakfast/brunch/lunch only; Anderson Township on Beechmont is probably the closest, there's also one in Rookwood).

Mid-range: Ambar Indian (SO good; Clifton area on Ludlow), Shanghai Mama (Thai/Chinese; downtown).

Expensive (but not always, and it depends sometimes on what you order): The Summit (the fine-dining restaurant at the Midwest Culinary Institute - really, really good), Boca (ecclectic Italian in Oakley - highly recommend; I'm actually going there - again - for my upcoming birthday), Slim's (hard to pin down; Northside), Jag's (steak and seafood; West Chester).

I would suggest the former Jean-Robert de Cavel restaurants (Greenup Cafe, Chalk, Bistro Jean-Ro, Jean-Robert at Pigall's) but since Jean-Robert has left I haven't been back to any of them. I can't speak to the quality any more. I'm sure they're fine, I just can't personally vouch for them.

I know I've left out tons of really great restaurants. This is just off the top of my very tired head!

Sep 01, 2009
cmj in Great Lakes

Good Mexican in Cincinnati

La Mexicana (Newport, KY, on Monmouth St.) is supposed to be amazing - my former boss (executive chef) loves it. I just haven't had the chance to check it out.

I can vouch for El Ranchito. It's Tex-Mex, not truly Mexican, but very good nonetheless.

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La Mexicana Restaurant
642 Monmouth St, Newport, KY 41071

Jul 08, 2009
cmj in Great Lakes

Visiting cleveland with 13 year old son!

I highly recommend Sokolowski's University Inn. Anthony Bourdain went there during his Cleveland episode. The stuffed cabbage is to die for; best I've ever, ever had and my family is German (and my husband's is Polish/Slovak)! The pierogi were fantastic, too. Make sure you get the onion sauce that goes with it. Very, very good, and they give you HUGE portions. Very informal, cafeteria-style.

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Sokolowski's University Inn
1201 University Rd, Cleveland, OH 44113

Jul 08, 2009
cmj in General Midwest Archive

[London] Afternoon Tea

It might be too late to add anything, but I read that the Orangery at Kensington Palace had excellent afternoon tea. Has anyone been there?

Jul 08, 2009
cmj in U.K./Ireland

Best spice shop or stall in London?

I was just at the Greenwich covered market last weekend and was very impressed with the spice stall there. Can't give you a location, as they change every week. But just go to the covered market and walk around. You're sure to find it, plus all kinds of other food stalls to tickle your fancy.

Jul 03, 2009
cmj in U.K./Ireland

DC eats with kids

Wow, thanks everyone! The kids just read through the suggestions and they're really excited to try some of the places you've all mentioned.

Jun 10, 2008
cmj in Washington DC & Baltimore

DC eats with kids

We're traveling to DC this weekend (arriving on Saturday and leaving on Tuesday) and I'm looking for restaurant recommendations. My kids are 11 and 8 and are very well behaved in restaurants of all kinds (and I know a lot of people say that but it's really true; we're a family of food-lovers and they know restaurant behavior). They're both very good eaters and will try pretty much anything, so if you have kind of off-the-wall suggestions, I'll welcome those as well.

What I'm mostly looking for is bistro fare, Mexican, Indian, hole-in-the-wall diners, and seafood places. I've checked out other threads and found Teaism, Jaleo, Andale, Bistro du Coin, Montmartre, Ben's Chili Bowl, and Pesce. 2 Amys was also recommended and we'll try to fit that in at some point. If all those places are still around, great, but I'd love to hear more!

What I don't want is someplace stuffy where diners will glare at me because I brought my kids along. I also don't want chains or fast food (unless it's really good ethnic fast food). We'll have a car and we're staying on 16th St. NW. Also consider that we'll be doing all the sights as well.

Thanks so much!

Jun 09, 2008
cmj in Washington DC & Baltimore

Columbus, OH eats near COSI

Thanks, everyone. I'm thinking we'll do either Northstar Cafe or The Florentine, depending on what everyone feels like eating.

Aug 17, 2007
cmj in General Midwest Archive

Columbus, OH eats near COSI

The kids are 10 and 7. I wanted "family friendly" in that people wouldn't mind kids in the restaurant. They both eat well beyond chicken fingers and burgers. We'd like to avoid chains as well.

ETA: Both kids are very well-behaved and have done well in upscale restaurants. I don't want to pay upscale restaurant prices for this trip, hence the "family friendly, casual" description.

Aug 17, 2007
cmj in General Midwest Archive

Columbus, OH eats near COSI

We're taking a day trip to COSI tomorrow and would like to have dinner nearby before we head back home.

Looking for family-friendly, casual, non-fast-food establishments. Kids are great eaters, not picky. We're sort of in an ethnic food rut, so kindly steer us away from Indian or Thai or the like. Looking for: delis, contemporary American, etc.

Thanks!

Aug 17, 2007
cmj in General Midwest Archive

Need Cleveland eats w/ vegetarian options

Thanks, Stuart. I found the Cafe Limbo website, and the menu looked amazing; sadly, they're not open on Mondays! Siam Cafe looks great (I actually found someone's Flickr set of a recent visit).

Thanks!

Jul 16, 2007
cmj in General Midwest Archive

Vienna Beef (or similar) @ retail in Cincinnati?

Try Jungle Jim's for Vienna Beef dogs before you try anything else. If they don't have them, I'd be very surprised. If they don't, how about Nathan's brand? I think I remember them having the natural casing, and I'm pretty sure you can get them at Kroger.

Jul 15, 2007
cmj in General Midwest Archive

Need Cleveland eats w/ vegetarian options

We're going to Cleveland on Monday for The Police concert (Quicken Loans Arena) and we're looking for a place to have dinner (maybe early-ish). There is one vegetarian in the group, possibly two, so we'd need a place to work for everyone without anyone feeling like they're "settling." Any suggestions? I browsed other Cleveland sections, but didn't really see anything that stuck out from the crowd.

Thanks.

Jul 15, 2007
cmj in General Midwest Archive

The BonBonerie, Cincinnati

Thanks everyone, for the input. We ended up choosing the Lemon Moon and everyone loved it. My daughter, who generally doesn't like cake, wants a BonBonerie cake for her upcoming 7th birthday! Luckily, we didn't have to feed a crowd; there were only nine of us celebrating my MIL's birthday. I didn't find the cost prohibitive at all. I think it ended up costing under $20. I'm always willing to pay for quality.

At any rate, The BonBonerie has become my favorite place for special-occasion cakes.

Mar 26, 2007
cmj in General Midwest Archive

The BonBonerie, Cincinnati

Does anyone have any experience with the cakes here? My mother-in-law is turning 70 and I'm in charge of procuring the cake. I've heard my neighbors (Cincinnati natives) rave about BonBonerie but I haven't had the pleasure as of yet. I'm planning to head over sometime this week but would love some recommendations. She doesn't care too much for sweets but likes chocolate (as long as it's not overly sweet) and fruity things. I was thinking maybe the Lemon Moon, the Raspberry White Chocolate Romance (though I find white chocolate to be awfully sweet), or the Carrot.

Suggestions very much appreciated.

Mar 13, 2007
cmj in General Midwest Archive

Looking for a great meat market in Cincinnati

Do you mean Eckerlin Meats? Across from Bella Luna?

Feb 05, 2007
cmj in Great Lakes