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Thursday, May 15, 2008

Chains at Taste

For the record:
During all that discussion about Best of Taste, I never stopped to actually count up how many chains are in Taste of Cincinnati. I have the list in front of me. The only national chains are: Buca di Beppo, Buffalo Wings and Rings, Buffalo Southwest Express, Melting Pot and Carrabba's. That's 5 out of 41. There are also some Ohio chains: Max and Erma's, City Barbecue and The Rusty Bucket, and some Cincinnati-only or Cincinnati-based chains: Graeter's, Izzy's, LaRosa's, Montgomery Inn and Mythos.


at 12:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

So where is a Buffalo Southwest Express located in Cincinnati? I consider myself fairly knowledgeable about restaurants (even chains! gasp!) around here... but I don't know that I've seen a Buffalo Southwest Express around...

at 1:03 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

According to their website, www.buffaloscafeexpress.com, there is one at 10567 Harrison Ave.

at 2:13 PM Anonymous TJ Jackson said...


the main problem is not with chains participating in the event, it is with ANY entity based outside Cincinnati being eligible to win awards at the Taste of **Cincinnati**

at 4:14 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

If I see footage on the news of a wild-eyed, torch wielding dude screaming "Auslander!" at the Buffalo Wings and Rings booth, I think I'll know who it is.

at 4:43 PM Blogger liz said...

what qualifies as an ohio chain? b/c i used to live in MI and there are max and erma's all over up there.

at 10:56 AM Blogger Derick Harper said...

The real taste of Cincinnati is now 1 Night 12 Kitchens at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State.

at 2:14 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

carrabba's is a joke.. the mason location was the store who represented them at the best of the taste, total garbage on there part.. the taste of corporate america is what it should be called.. farewell to the mom and pop restaurants..hello to cincinnati SELLING OUT

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