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Nicci King is an unabashed foodie and the Lifestyle/Food editor in The Enquirer's features department. She loves to discover new food faves, and she's on a daily quest to answer one burning question: What's for dinner? E-mail her at nking@enquirer.com.

Enquirer Weekend editor Julie Gaw tends to order the same dish every time she eats at a restaurant, but periodically ventures out to discover something new and fabulous. After living in China, Hong Kong, the Philippines and Thailand for more than 8 years, she craves tasty Asian food. E-mail her at jgaw@enquirer.com.

Food/dining writer Polly Campbell loves every quirk and secret of Cincinnati's food personality, and is on a constant lookout for something good to eat. Keep an eye out for her restaurant picks, or see how she's progressing toward becoming famous for her apple pie. E-mail her at pcampbell@enquirer.com.

Communities reporter Rachel Richardson is on a mission to prove vegetarians eat more than lettuce. She shares both her graduate work on American food culture and food-related news.. E-mail her at rrichardson@enquirer.com.

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Tuesday, January 29, 2008


I've been trying to bring my lunch to work more often: it fits in with various resolutions my husband and I have made: saving money, being healthy, working hard. . . . My husband is extremely good at it--he can make a lunch out of the merest scraps. I backslide a lot more, and it was immediately obvious to him yesterday that I had as soon as I kissed him hello. It's the combination plate at Jordan Valley, just around the corner from The Enquirer building. I'm not sure what the garlic's in, but it announces itself long after. This plate is really too much to eat, but I always manage to: it's four perfect felafel nuggets, two mounds of smooth baba ghanoush and hummus, and a really good tabouli: mostly parsley, tiny diced tomatoes, very lemony. All good by themselves or in little combination bites. 211 W. Fourth Street ( you may have to dodge some Scientologists)
Oh, and I just realized it's all vegetarian. Their chicken shawarma's good, too! and once they were out of beef for their kebabs and I had a wonderful lamb skewer for lunch.


at 12:31 PM Anonymous TJ Jackson said...

Good to see this hidden gem get a mention here :-) All you vegetarian editors - aside from the gyros and schwarma, there's plenty of vegetarian choices there as well! Give it a try!

Polly, I highly recommend you have the owner (Ned) prepare Mac Louba with mediterranean salad for you. It's on the menu, but is often overlooked. Just excellent.

at 12:36 PM Blogger Rachel said...

I tried Jordan Valley once and ordered a falafel pita, which I remember as being tasty. The restaurant's decor and ambiance is lacking, sadly.

I find it difficult to track down really good Mediterranean food locally. I love The Mediterranean Restaurant in Clifton, but it's not open for dinner. Myra's also has some great offerings, but once again, it's a pretty small place with limited hours. And we've had such really bad service on several occasions at Andy's Mediterranean Grille to the point that we will no longer return there.

Sigh... what I would give for a Mediterranean or Indian place to open in Northern Ky.

at 12:41 PM Anonymous TJ Jackson said...

Rachel: get yourself over to the Marrakesh Cafe on Elm for some more good mediterran choices, and as far as Indian in N Ky, there's been a number of Indian places opening there in the last year or so, with at least one in Florence and another in Cresent Springs. Names elude me...

In any case, Jordan Valley isn't about the decor - it's about good inexpensive food :-)

at 12:51 PM Blogger Nicci King said...

I'm with you, TJ. I've eaten some great food in hole-in-the-wall restaurants that clearly didn't have decor budgets. :) But the food? Fabulous! Just gotta ignore stuff like the jacked up lineoleum, plastic/stained placemats, faded curtains, etc... You won't even notice it once the food arrives. :)

at 12:56 PM Anonymous TJ Jackson said...

Stephanie, Lauren, and Julie: surely you three have also ventured into this place, as close as it is to the Enquirer building, and as veggie friendly as it is....?

at 1:28 PM Anonymous FoodieToo said...

My hubby works over by the Enquirer building and they eat at Jordan Valley all the time. Occaisionally I'll make him bring me a humus wrap at lunch as I work on the other side of downtown.

at 3:14 PM Anonymous CJ said...

Thanks for the tip Polly. I've been curious about this place for a while, but between the decor/ambience and the scientology clut HQ I've avoided going in. I'm going to have lunch there this week now!

at 3:15 PM Anonymous CJ said...

Thanks for the tip Polly. I've been curious about this place for a while, but between the decor/ambience and the scientology clut HQ I've avoided going in. I'm going to have lunch there this week now!

3:14 PM

at 3:37 PM Blogger Stepf said...

After Polly's posting, I stopped in for a late lunch today. I haven't been to Jordan Valley in a while, and I had their falafel. I usually avoid it because falafel is fried. :( I was missing out. The falafel is flavorful and not greasy at all. The pita was a bit tough and the tzatziki a bit thin, but it was a hearty and filling lunch.
I don't like smelling like food (strange, isn't it?), and after leaving Jordan Valley or anyplace else that's small and uses a fryer, you smell like food.
Overall, it's a good place with great food for vegetarians and omnivores alike.
Oh, and Marrakesh Cafe changed its name to Diner on Elm a while back.

at 4:05 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rachel, which Mediterranean Restaurant in Clifton isn't open for dinner? There's one on Ludlow, and one on Calhoun. I think they're both open for dinner.

Oh, don't forget Floyd's...

at 9:59 PM Anonymous Harold said...

Rachel needs to get up to the Guru India at Buttermilk Crossing in Crescent Springs.

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