by Jac Kern
115 days ago
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Famous non-Cincinnatian tries local food, does not hate it
foods are often the butt of jokes when non-Midwesterners try them for the first
time. I mean, who could forget Deadspin's assault on Cincinnati chili
or West Coasters' reactions
to goetta? But when celebrity chef Alton Brown came to Cincinnati for his live
show Saturday, he arrived with an open mind and empty belly. Brown sampled some
of the area's best coffee shops, restaurants and treats — and he had a lot of
good things to say.
The Good Eats star got caffeinated at Over-the-Rhine's Coffee Emporium and Collective Espresso,
both of which he gave rave reviews, and breakfast from Oakley's Sleepy Bee
Cafe, where he tried goetta for the first time. For lunch, he chowed down on
comfort food from The Eagle OTR (he enjoyed their quarter dark-meat chicken)
and Eli's Barbeque, where he finally got his hot dog fix.
mentioned previously that I’m a hot dog fan and while I’ve been to many places
on this leg of the tour, I haven’t really satisfied my hot dog craving,” Brown
says in his blog. “Well, consider that done now.”
Brown indulged his sweet tooth at Holtman’s Donuts (calling them “the best doughnuts the country has to
offer”), Graeter’s, Aglamesis Bros. and Patty’s Old Fashioned Popcorn in Hyde
came the crown jewel of Queen City grub: Skyline Chili. Brown tried a coney and
a three-way and totally didn’t freak out about it.
“I get the
cult following,” he says.
all of Brown’s local culinary adventures — and see his photos — here.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2010
I had a chance to be the proud stage mama of Cincinnati dining recently. Since I love showing off the wonderful, unique aspects of our local cuisine, I jumped at the opportunity to spend the morning driving and dining with Michael Stern who, with Jane Stern, explores America's regional food and comments for 'The Splendid Table,' heard locally on WVXU-FM.
0 Comments · Wednesday, October 13, 2010
During his recent visit to Cincinnati, Michael Stern — who explores regional food for books ('Roadfood') and public radio's 'The Splendid Table' with ex-wife Jane Stern — told me Aglamesis ice cream was on his must-try list, so we headed to Oakley to visit the shop. "It seems like when you say you're coming to Cincinnati, there's a group of people who insist you have to try Graeter's, and then there's another group that says you have to try Aglamesis," he said. "What's the difference?"