Bits and Bites:Taste of Cincinnati 2011

So two days of Taste down, one left. We strolled down Fifth Street last night and sampled a few of the selections (we may be back later– we skipped dessert!):

1. Duck Fat Fries from The Bistro– yum.  They aren’t the same fries they use in the restaurant, but the coating is definitely the same.  A solid choice.

2. Keystone’s BB King Macaroni and cheese– good flavor, a bit dry.  It’s definitely better at the restaurant (and half price on Mondays!).

3. Habanero’s Fish Taco– I LOVE fish tacos, and this one had great flavor, and I loved the salsa verde and crema on it.  However, I didn’t like the shredded cheddar cheese that seemed to make up most of the taco.  No cheese would have made it perfect.

4. Krimmer’s Chicken Caesar pizza– surprisingly delicious.  Very garlicky, and the romaine on top was nice and crisp.

5. Fried Pickles from Laszlo’s– really good (and really hot from the fryer).  Could have used some sauce, but it’s nice that someone around here does fried pickle chips and not spears.

6. Eddie’s Barbecue ribs– nice, tart sauce and tender ribs.  We’ll need to check out this restaurant outside of Taste.

7. My very favorite dish of Taste?  Mac’s Chicago Gyro Pizza.  Wow!  They had been on the Enquirer Chat on Friday talking about how good it was, and I kind of ignored it. Then, I walked by and smelled it.  We had to have a piece– it was great!  Garlicky, with a nice dose of tzatziki.  By far my favorite, most unexpected dish of Taste. And it’s not on their regular menu, which makes me very sad.  Mac’s, fix this!

Our favorite part, though? McCormick and Schmick’s was selling local, draft beer for $3.  So when we were thirsty, we sat at the bar, soaked up air conditioning, and saved a little beer money.  Best decision of the night!

What were your favorite finds?



5 thoughts on “Bits and Bites:Taste of Cincinnati 2011”

  • We loved the buffalo blue mac at keystone. We also enjoyed the duck fat fries, which we ate dipped in their bbq (I detest ketchup). My surprise find was the spinach artichoke rangoon, I think it was from shanghai mamas. Don’t forget the sirachi 🙂

    I struggle with porta potties, so we found omalleys in the alley. Cheap top shelf drinks, clean bathrooms and Clark made a most refreshing lemon drop cocktail.

  • Mac’s used to have the Chicago Gyro Pizza on the regular menu as recently as March when we used our GroupOn there. I wonder why they dropped it from the menu. Problems getting the gyro meat on the regular basis maybe?

    • Interesting! I checked their website and didn’t see it. I do know they were in the same booth with Chicago Gyros, which appeared to provide the meat. They’re across the street from Chicago Gyros normally. Obviously, I’ll have to go and find out for myself. 🙂

  • The wine taste-ing Sunday night 6-8 on Fountain Square hosted by Shannon Depenbrock from DEPs in Ky. was truly amazing. 6 Spanish wines, cheeses, crackers and fresh fruit along with lots of information about the wines shared by Shannon. Hope they reprise this event next year!
    How about a similar (German) wine tasting at Oktoberfest?

  • ahhh…the gyro pizza…I fell in love with this at Taste last year!

    I asked them then if it It was on their regular menu too, they said it was, but they just did not have new ones printed up yet and you can just order it. I think they may not have updated their website yet, but is it on the menu in the restaurant now and oh so yummy!

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