Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Spilling the Beans on Cincinnati Mag's "Best of"

I overheard Donna Covrett, restaurant critic for Cincinnati Magazine, giving the 55WKRC Morning Show guys a preview of her picks for the December "Best of the City" issue and, well, why shouldn't I share them with you, my dear three or four loyal readers?

#1 - Best BBQ: I hate to admit this, but I was en route to the "powder room" and did not hear much more than "Ray's...returned to Cincinnati...BBQ...". Sorry!

#2 - For carryout food: Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro. The link takes you to Ms. Covrett's review of this little "hole in the wall" resto, barely a block away from the University of Cincinnati's main Clifton campus. (And I am chagrined to admit that, living so close, I have yet to try the food here! Phut--pho! This must be corrected immediately!!)

#3 - Best comfort food: the legendary mac and cheese from ... Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse! Originating way back in the late 90s at the long lost Plaza 600 restaurant, under the reign of Chef Jimmy Gibson, this trés riche dish is nothing like yo mama used to make. Replete with five, count them, five types of fromage (three different cheddars, Parmagiano-Asiago, and Gruyère), this is a luxurious treat, deceptively described as a "side dish". This dishy dish is a real steal, considering that, in our experience, a side dish at a Jeff Ruby place, described on the menu as suitable for sharing for 2, is generous enough to serve 4 with one other side!


Blogger JenJen said...

Mmmmm... mac and cheese!

Thanks for eavesdropping!

12:58 PM  
Blogger cakegrrl said...

Hey, does Cin Mag throw a best of party like our Sac Mag does? Our best of party is tomorrow night. :)

1:04 PM  
Blogger Willa Frank said...

dear jenjen,

thanks for stopping by! that reminds me--i need to drop by your blog and eavesdrop for a while!

dear cakegrrl,

dunno 'bout a party for their "best of", but there's always a "preview" party for the "best of taste of cincinnati" every may...

1:08 PM  
Blogger liberalfoodie said...

thanks! how wonderful to know about the best comfort food. I'm new to the area (sort of), so any food tips are always welcomed.

Great blog- will be returning soon.

9:13 AM  

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