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Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Where to eat?

I've got a little time today and the next couple of days. Anyone want a restaurant recommendation for the weekend?


at 10:26 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Rumor has it Chipotle's across the area are offering free burritos to any teacher providing a valid school ID today until 10pm...Have you heard anything about this?

at 10:37 AM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

No. Apparently they're doing it in South Carolina and Alabama, and some newspaper mis-reported it as nationwide, but it's not.
My sympathies are for the reporter who is now being yelled at. . . .
But of course I think teachers deserve free burritos. Every day!

at 11:45 AM Blogger Lauren Bishop said...

I'd love ideas on where to take a first-time visitor to Cincinnati. (Well, technically she's not a first-time visitor, but the only other time she visited me we somehow ended up at the Hofbrauhaus, which wasn't the best idea after a long flight). She likes all different cuisines, but we'd be looking to dine pretty inexpensively. I have ideas, but I'm just feeling really indecisive right now.

at 12:34 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hey Polly -- What do you think of Honey and Slims these days? Is it worth a trip to Northside to go for dinner?

at 12:36 PM Anonymous CLC said...

Looking to take a relative for a light lunch this afternoon. Where should we go for a good salad or some other healthy, fresh options?

at 1:04 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

UPDATE - I actually called the Chipotle in Hyde Park and the confirmed they ARE offering a free menu item if a teacher can present a valid proof of employment. She also confirmed this will be available at all greater Cincinnati locations! Not a goof by a reporter after all!

at 1:50 PM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

Or they decided to go with what the paper said, after all. power of the press, you know.

at 1:50 PM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

Or they decided to go with what the paper said, after all. power of the press, you know.

at 1:55 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

And who wants to deal with hordes of hungry teachers waving their school IDs in their faces and demanding free burritos?

at 1:58 PM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

Sorry, clc. I got busy after all. You probably already ate lunch.

Lauren, first time visitors are tricky. Depends on where they're from, of course. If they are from somewhere less cool than cincinnati, it's easy. But if they're from San Francisco or somewhere groovy like that, you have to be careful. You can't oversell. I like York Street because it's just so much fun--a lot of cities don't have cool buildings like that. Or South Beach Grill, because it's the best view on the river, but expensive (and sort of not vegetarian.) Drinks at the Palm Court. Slims. Tinks because you can at least walk around a little. teak, for the same reason. You can go look at the view from the church. Any of those work?

at 2:07 PM Blogger Lauren Bishop said...

Well, she lives in New Orleans, so yeah, she's kinda hard to impress food-wise. I like the idea of somewhere along the river or Mount Adams, though...

at 5:24 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

My Dad is coming in town this Monday. He has been to Jeff Ruby's, the Celestial, Chez Nora, Palomino's, M&S, Universal Grille (yeah that was fun).

He is on a new diet that limits carbs so Italian is out. He is also not into French food, so JR is out. What do you know about The Mt. Adam's Fish House? That is one place that I have never been and it will give him a view of the city. Plus I can get my sushi fix there! He is from Seattle, so he comes from an area with great food.....

at 2:16 AM Anonymous A-nanananananonymous said...

Polly, Where can I get a fat-laden, greasy, high-calorie Blooming Onion in this city? Enquirering minds want to know!

at 5:48 AM Anonymous Miller'sTale said...

Polly Cambell wrote: "Or they decided to go with what the paper said, after all. power of the press, you know."

I spoke to the manager while I was there last night. She said they had been planning it all along. The only discrepancy between the GC stores and stores outside Ohio - Wednesday is recognized throughout Ohio as Teacher Appreciation Day.

Sorry to pull the wool out from under you, but lets not give credit to the "power of the press" unless that's where its due!

at 8:16 AM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

I spoke to the PR person for Chipotle in Ohio, and that's what she told me.

at 8:25 AM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

CinTwin:My opinion about Mount Adams Fish House is unfortunately very out of date--I haven't reviewed it in years, but the last time i did, I thought they really oversauced everything and didn't let the fish just shine. I've been meaning to go back, but I was waiting for their big remodeling project, which I guess isn't happening for awhile. The sushi was always good. . . . I don't know about taking someone from Seattle to a seafood restaurant anyway.
Is your father paying? Maybe one of the other Jeff Ruby places like South Beach Grill. You can pretty successfully avoid carbs there, because they aren't incorporated into the dish. You could go nuts at the raw bar.

at 9:49 AM Blogger Julie said...

Polly-- things haven't changed. The last dish I had there, a coconut-curry-pineapple sauce over sea bass, perhaps-- was drowning in sauce. Good sauce, but too much.

at 11:33 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off the subject I know, but since someone mentioned Chipotle I'm going to ask if anyone else read the article about them in this week's Newsweek. Basically they give their business to an exclusive group of farmers who supply them with all of their meats. Chipotle makes demands such as no hormones, grass feed, cages of a larger size for chickens, and just a better quality of life for the animals. I thought it was a good start for a fast food chain.

at 11:47 AM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

That's been Chipotle's thing from the very beginning. It's unique, and it can't help but make changes throughout the whole food supply eventually. They just recently made switch to 100% natural chicken. It's the other reason that I feel OK eating at Chipotle. (Besides the fact that I love those big ol "ritos.) Important to note, however: they are hugely high in calories

at 2:25 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

chipolte is good, but when I want a burrito I head down to the Comet. They have awesome burritos and one of the best beer selections in town.

at 2:27 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

polly, I see that you mentioned biggs in your post a few days ago have you tried any of there new chef inspired meats or salads yet? I tried the cuban ham and it was very salty.

at 7:38 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

The Old Coach and Four space at The Edgecliff near Eden Park is about to re-open with a new restaurant. Do you know anything about this? What kinds of food will be served?

at 9:14 AM Blogger Polly Campbell said...

I have been calling the Edgecliff people about he Coach and four Space but don't have an answer yet. I will try again.

No, I haven't delved into any bigg's specialty deli stuff. I'm on this austerity budget at home--(Have I mentioned that I have two kids in college) but I guess if it's for work I could check it out. . . .

at 7:22 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

edgecliff = martin wade minus jean robert

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