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By Readers · March 29th, 2010 · Eats
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FIRST DATE RESTAURANT: Melting Pot
11023 Montgomery Road, Symmes Twp., 513-530-5501
2. Cheesecake Factory, Kenwood
3. York Street Café, Newport

RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW: Primavista
810 Matson Place, Price Hill, 513-251-6467
2. Montgomery Inn Boathouse, Downtown
3. The Celestial, Mount Adams

RESTAURANT WITH LIVE MUSIC: Arnold’s Bar & Grill
210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-421-6234
2. Dee Felice Café, Covington
3. The Comet, Northside

24/7 RESTAURANT: Anchor Grill
438 Pike St., Covington, 859-431-9498
2. Steak N Shake, multiple locations
3. IHOP, multiple locations

APPETIZERS: Nada
600 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-721-6232
2. Bonefish Grill, Hyde Park/Crescent Springs
3. Cheesecake Factory, Kenwood

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BEST OVERALL RESTAURANT: Montgomery Inn
9440 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-791-3482; 925 Eastern Ave., Downtown, 513-721-7427; 400 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, 859-344-5333
2. The Precinct, 311 Delta Ave., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-321-5454
3. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, 700 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-784-1200
4. Nada, 600 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-721-6232
5. Melt, 4165 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-861-MELT
6. Boca, 3200 Madison, Road, Oakley, 513-542-2022
7. Skyline Chili, Multiple locations, www.skylinechili.com
8. Grand Finale, 3 E. Sharon Road, Glendale, 513-771-5925
9. Honey, 4034 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-541-4300
10. 20 Brix, 101 Main St., Milford, 513-831-2749

ASIAN (NOT CHINESE): Teak Thai
1051 St. Gregory, Mount Adams, 513-665-9800
2. Wild Ginger, Hyde Park
3. Lemon Grass, Hyde Park

BAKERY: The Bonbonerie
2030 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-321-3399
2. Servatii Pastry Shop, multiple locations
3. Busken Bakery, multiple locations

BARBECUE: Montgomery Inn
9440 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-791-3482; 925 Eastern Ave., Downtown, 513-721-7427; 400 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, 859-344-5333
2. City Barbeque, multiple locations
3. Walt’s Barbeque, White Oak

BEER SELECTION: The Comet
4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-541-8900
2. Hofbrauhaus, Newport
3. Dilly Deli, Mariemont

BREAKFAST: First Watch
Multiple locations
2. Bob Evans, multiple locations
3. The Echo, Hyde Park

BUFFET: Golden Corral
Multiple locations
2. Ruby Tuesdays, multiple locations
3. China Buffet, multiple locations

BURGERS: Zip’s Cafe
1036 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-871-9876
2. Terry’s Turf Club, Columbia-Tusculum
3. Five Guys Burgers and Fries, multiple locations

BURRITOS/WRAPS: Chipotle Mexican Grill
Multiple locations
2. The Comet, Northside
3. Habanero, Clifton/Newport

BUSINESS LUNCH: J. Alexander’s
2629 Edmondson Road, Norwood, 513-531-7495
2. Palomino, Downtown
3. Rock Bottom, Downtown

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BEST NEW RESTAURANT: Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Multiple locations
2. Take the Cake Café, 4035 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-241-2772
3. Green Dog Café, 3543 Columbia Pkwy., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-321-8777
4. Local 127, 127 W. Fourth St., Downtown, 513-721-1345
5. Mayberry, 915 Vine St., Downtown, 513-381-5999
6.

Padrino, 111 Main St., Milford, 513-965-0100
7. Suzie Wong’s, 1544 Madison Road, Walnut Hills, 513-751-3333
8. Newport Pizza Company, 601 Monmouth St., Newport, 859-261-4900
9. Great Scott!, 1020 Ohio Pike, Withamsville, 513-752-4700
10. Virgil’s Café, 710 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, 859-491-3287

CATERER: Vonderhaar’s Catering
19 W. Pleasant St., Reading, 513-554-1969
2. Jeff Thomas
3. Cooking With Caitlin

CHEAP EATS: Skyline Chili
Multiple locations
2. Chipotle Mexican Grill, multiple locations
3. Zip’s Cafe, Mount Lookout

CHEESESTEAK: Penn Station
Multiple locations
2. Melt, Northside
3. Great Steak & Potato, multiple locations

CHEF: Jean-Robert de Cavel
2. David Falk
3. “Mamma” at Anchor Grill

CHICKEN: Chick-Fil-A
Multiple locations
2. Silver Spring House, Montgomery
3. Ron’s Roost, Bridgetown

CHILI (CHAIN): Skyline Chili
Multiple locations
2. Gold Star, multiple locations
3. Dixie Chili, multiple locations

CHILI (NON-CHAIN): Camp Washington Chili
Hopple and Colerain avenues, Camp Washington,
513-541-0061
2. Price Hill Chili, Price Hill
3. Blue Ash Chili, Blue Ash

CHINESE: P.F. Chang
2633 Edmondson Road, Norwood, 513-531-4567; 9435 Civic Center Blvd., West Chester, 513-779-5555
2. Shanghai Mama’s, Downtown
3. Oriental Wok, Fort Mitchell

COFFEEHOUSE: Starbucks
Multiple locations
2. Coffee Emporium, Downtown/Hyde Park/Xavier University campus
3. College Hill Coffee Co., College Hill

DELI: Izzy’s
Multiple locations
2. McAlister’s Deli, Blue Ash/Kenwood
3. Dilly Deli, Mariemont

DESSERTS: The Bonbonerie
2030 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-321-3399
2. Graeter’s, multiple locations
3. Cheesecake Factory, Kenwood

FRENCH FRIES: Penn Station
Multiple locations
2. Five Guys Burgers and Fries, multiple locations
3. McDonald’s, multiple locations

GERMAN: Hofbrauhaus
200 E. Third St., Newport, 859-491-7200
2. Mecklenburg Gardens, Corryville
3. Christy’s & Lenhardt’s, Clifton Heights

ICE CREAM: Graeter’s
Multiple locations
2. Aglamesis Brothers, Oakley/Montgomery
3. U.D.F., multiple locations

INDIAN: Ambar
350 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-281-7000
2. Baba, Oakley
3. Cumin, Hyde Park

ITALIAN: Pompilio’s
600 Washington Ave., Newport, 859-581-3065
2. Maggianos, Kenwood
3. Bella Luna, East End

KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT: Chuck-E-Cheese
Multiple locations
2. Red Robin, multiple locations
3. Skyline Chili, multiple locations

MEDITERRANEAN: Andy’s Mediterranean Grill
906 Nassau St., Walnut Hills, 513-281-9791
2. Myra’s Dionysus, Clifton Heights
3. Café Mediterranean, Anderson Township

MEXICAN: Nada
600 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-721-6232
2. El Rancho Grande, multiple locations
3. Rio Grande, Fort Thomas

OUTDOOR DINING: Arnold’s Bar and Grill
210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-421-6234
2. Arthur’s, Hyde Park
3. Buckhead Grill, Bellevue

PIZZA (CHAIN): Dewey’s
Multiple locations
2. La Rosa’s, multiple locations
3. Donato’s, multiple locations

PIZZA (NON-CHAIN): Adriatico’s
3205 Jefferson Ave., Clifton, 513-281-4344
2. Pomodori’s, Clifton Heights/Montgomery
3. Italianette Pizza, Silverton/Hyde Park

PUB FOOD: The Pub at Rookwood Mews
2692 Madison Road, Norwood, 513-841-2748
2. Claddagh, Newport/Mason
3. Arthur’s, Hyde Park

RAW BAR: The Waterfront
14 Pete Rose Pier, Covington, 859-581-1414
2. McCormick & Schmick’s, Downtown
3. Teak Thai, Mount Adams

ROMANTIC RESTAURANT: Primavista
810 Matson Place, Price Hill, 513-251-6467
2. The Precinct, Columbia-Tusculum
3. Melting Pot, Symmes Township

SALADS: Dewey’s
Multiple locations
2. Panera Bread, multiple locations
3. Melt, Northside

SUB SANDWICHES/HOAGIES: Penn Station
Multiple locations
2. Jimmy John’s, multiple locations
3. Potbelly Sandwich Works, multiple locations

SEAFOOD: Bonefish Grill
2737 Madison Road, Hyde Park, 513-321-5222; 588 Buttermilk Pike, Crescent Springs, 859-426-8666; 7710 Voice of America Centre Dr., West Chester, 513-755-2303
2. Mitchell’s Fish Market, Newport/West Chester
3. McCormick & Schmick’s, Downtown

SOUL FOOD: Knotty Pine on the Bayou
1802 Licking Pike, Cold Spring, 859-781-2200
2. Alabama Fish House, Over-the-Rhine
3. BBQ Review, Madisonville

STEAKS: The Precinct
311 Delta Ave., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-321-5454
2. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Downtown
3. Outback, multiple locations

SUNDAY BRUNCH: First Watch
Multiple locations
2. Grand Finale, Glendale
3. Melt, Northside

SUSHI: Dancing Wasabi
1018 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-533-9218
2. Teak Thai, Mount Adams
3. Green Papaya, Oakley

TAKEOUT: Chipotle Mexican Grill
Multiple locations
2. Penn Station, multiple locations
3. Frisch’s, multiple locations

TAPAS: Bootsy’s
631 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-241-0707
2. Nada, Downtown
3. Latitudes, Milford

VEGETARIAN: Melt
4165 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-861-MELT
2. Myra’s Dionysus, Clifton Heights
3. Ambar, Clifton

WAITSTAFF/SERVICE: Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse
700 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-784-1200
2. The Precinct, Columbia-Tusculum
3. Boca, Oakley

WATERFRONT DINING: Montgomery Inn Boathouse
925 Eastern Ave., Downtown, 513-721-7427
2. The Waterfront, Covington
3. Chart House, Newport

WINE SELECTION: 20 Brix
101 Main St., Milford, 513-831-2749
2. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Downtown
3. Dilly Deli, Mariemont




 
 
 
 

 

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