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Monday, September 17, 2007

Speaking of Madison Road. . . .

It's not exactly news, but Nick's Chops and Chasers (next door to A Forkable Feast in Oakley) has closed. I'm afraid the charming and historic little building is going to be torn down. It hasn't been in its proper setting for a long time, and has become even more crowded out by bigger buildings. It was such a cozy nook, with its wine barrels and plaster walls and old-fashioned coziness. Owner Nick Longo is having success with his new restaurant Porkopolis in the Rookwood Pottery building in Mount Adams, and Nick's hasn't done as well. There's not a definite deal for the property but possible deals call for demolishing it. Moment of silence.


at 2:32 PM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

Moment of silence indeed. Nick's was a great little place.

at 7:01 AM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

Speaking of Madison Road...

I went to a cooking demonstration last night at The Party Source that was "A Taste of Hugo" I got to sample some of the "sophisticated southern" cuisine from Hugo Restaurant. The owner/chef Sean did a great job and the food was incredible. Being form the South, I expected rich/fried food but it was surprising very fresh and healthy. We sampled a frisee salad, a seared scallop with a black truffle sauce, shrimp n' grits, and an apple torte. The chef de cuisine is a former Maisonette chef. Kudos to the young chefs for bringing something new and different to Cincinnati.

at 11:03 AM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

It is good. Southern food can be sooo predictable. But he really brings some real talent and sophistication to it. We published his Huguenot Torte recipe, which is very traditional, but a lot is nice variations on traditional--and like you said, healthy. Except I don't think the shrimp and grits is. That cheddar cheese sauce... so rich.

at 12:22 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

I would never take my family back to Porkopolis ever again. Had the worst service, and the manager at the time was very unhelpful. Sad to see such a historical restaurant go to pot. Even if they offered their famous French Onion Soup for free, I wouldn't return.

at 12:26 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

C'mon... Not even for FREE soup?

Kidding! :-)

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