Uno’s Pizza/ West Chester

I’ve been to Uno’s franchises before and loved them. This one, however, was a hot mess. I don’t like to write reviews bashing the restaurant, but this one failed on all levels. We got there at 6pm and immediately sat in an empty section. Two other tables were sat in the same section shortly after. I waited until 6:17, then finally went to the front to inform them that no one had been back to see anyone back there. It was approx. 8 minutes after I went up that someone finally came back. By that time one of the tables had walked out.

The waiter was a young guy and he was nice enough. He explained that they were super short staffed and he got caught up with a table. Ok, that’s fine- forgive and forget- I’m starving and we were running behind for the drive-in movie now.

I ordered the crab dip with no tomato- (see below, there’s tomato). It’s minor, I can just take it off, no biggie.

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Then they bring out my dinner but not Lauren’s wings. He explains there was a mix up and the wings were’t made. (or weren’t ordered, IDK) so I had to wait and my food got cold waiting for hers. I was so irritated I didn’t send it back, I just ate it.

My food was the lobster sliders. Its sliders where the lobster was ice cream scooped on. I mean, come on. At least spread it out so it doesn’t resemble pre-made school cafeteria food. On top of that- it wasnt good. I HOPE it was real lobster and not imitation, but it needed moisture with more mayo. There was way to much bread.

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At this point I was just done and wanted to leave. I ate the lobster, left the fries, slaw, and most of the bun on the plate and asked for the check. To our waiters credit, he did offer a free small dessert; but we just wanted to leave.

This is such a disappointment. I hope this place gets its act together as I love other Uno franchises. I recommend skipping this place and going to any of the other way better restaurants in the area.

Drakes/ Florence

Drank way to much at the Zac Brown Band concert on Friday and had to get some food in my belly before we headed to a wedding. We stopped at a place called Drakes in Florence, Ky. I liked it because it has the garage door store front and the whole thing was open. Majorly a plus when your hung over.

The place was huge inside. Much larger than it looked outside. And they had a mustache see saw. Yes you read that right, order a beer, and get a mustache ride. lol. I had Lauren so no beer for me, but its still hilarious anyway.

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The food was pretty good. Weird to mix up sushi and bar food; but it worked. I got the Crab Rangoon roll. It was really good, but I couldn’t eat much. Hangovers and sushi don’t mix apparently. Lauren loved her wings, the fact that it came on sticks, and the sauce.

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We’ll be back to try this place again. It had a cool vibe, and decent food.

Django Western Taco

I have heard so much about this place, but I’m rarely over in Northside. So one day we found ourselves over there and had to stop in. The decor is really cool. They have old oil drums with bullet holes for lights. Modern accents mixed with Spanish decor works really well.

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So this place was a mixed bag for me. I don’t think it was what everyone made it out to be, but I will try it again just to double check. My biggest problem was how crowded it was. I mean- no room, people standing next to your table crowded. One lady was so close her purse hit my taco. (yeah, that was fun.) And due to the amount of people it was ear numbingly loud. Lauren was trying to talk and got so angry because I kept having to yell that I couldn’t hear her.

image This is me trying to eat. And no we weren’t at the entrance, we were in the back. It was that crowded. So uncomfortable people standing touching your table while you are trying to eat.

The service wasn’t great either. It took them quite a while to even get to us. She took our order, left, and didn’t come back until check time. I had to track someone else down for a refill. She said it was hard to get over to check on us because of the people. I’m sorry, but that’s not an excuse. And she should have told them to move away from touching our table. She acted like we were bothering her, and we needed to move so she could turn the table. (from sit down to check we were there maybe 35 minutes, so she can eat it.)

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The food. Well I went for Elote- and she said they were out of corn. So I opted for the pork belly appetizer instead. And it had a ton of corn in it? How can you be out of corn but use it on a different app? My only guess is that it was cobb vs kernel. So the pork belly appetizer was pretty good- except for the actual pork belly. I loved the corn and guacamole but the star of the plate was super fatty underneath. I love pork belly. I know its a lot of fat, but this was all fat. I had to spit it out into my napkin.

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The chips were great and so was my taco. I got the BBQ chicken taco with white cheddar and fried onions. I love their BBQ sauce. It’s house made and it was delicious.

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So like I said. It was ok. I’ll go back because I want to try the elote when they have it, and there were some other tacos on the menu I’d like to try. But if I had to chose between here for Mazunte- I’d 100% say Mazunte.

Holtmans Donuts/ OTR

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This place is a Cincinnati institution and for good reason. The company has been around since the 60’s, but really boomed in the OTR location. Rumor has it they are opening another store. (please say Newport, PLEASE)

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These donuts are like whole other level donuts. They have a window where you can see them make them just like Krispy Kreme use to. Very entertaining while you’re standing in line. You need to get there early, because when they are out- they’re out.

This trip we got maple bacon (duh, I will never go there and not get this. EVER), and red velvet holes. The maple bacon with chocolate is to die for. I think I got a bite before Lauren about took my hand off. And the red velvet balls were sweet and moist too.

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I need to go back and try different things, because I always walk out with the same items. But when they are so good, you almost have to. This time Lauren saw giant donuts that are used as birthday cakes and she about had a conniption. I wouldn’t buy one because they were giant; but she decided that will be her next birthday cake.

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Should you go- HELL YES!

Eagle OTR

I just love the restaurants in OTR. They offer great food and a fun, hip atmosphere. Eagle OTR is no exception. Lauren is a chicken lover and I can’t believe I’ve never taken her there. The thing is though, you have to go at weird hours or like most OTR restaurants you’ll be waiting forever.

The decor is rustic and woody just like most of the other places down there. Pottery barn meets warehouse chic. Its pretty average in size for down there, but its small compared to restaurants outside OTR. However, its not the decor you go for; its the food.

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We decided to order a bunch of food then just eat a little and save the rest for dinner. So we went with a smorgasbord of items. First up was the bacon appetizer. I’m glad it was only $3 because I surprisingly didn’t like it. It’s described as sugar bacon, so I expected it to be like pig candy with a kick of cayenne. I love the sweet and spicy combo, but it wasn’t sweet at all, just mostly plain bacon with spice. It was almost as if they forgot to put the brown sugar on it. Good thing Lauren will eat anything bacon, and she ate it all.

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Then we ordered the chicken sweet potato crock, mac and cheese, and the spoonbread. The sweet potato crock was amazing. I would go and just order that by itself and make a meal out of it. The Mac was equally as good. We really liked the spoonbread too but only the top of it. On the bottom they put an onion mixture that nether of us liked. So we just ate the regular top part.

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We only ate a few bites of each because we had to save room for the star. The chicken! Man, this place does chicken right. Its spicy (forewarned, but its good.) The breading is superb and its always super moist. They serve it with a spicy honey, but that made it too hot for both of us, so we just ate it plain.

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You HAVE to go try this place if you’re a chicken lover. It is worth the calories and me breaking my diet for sure! SO good.

Holiday Auto Theater/ Hamilton

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Drive-in movies are one of our favorite summer activities. When Lauren gets out of school its one of the first things we do. We jumped the gun this year and went a week early so she could see the movie Tomorrowland. Usually we go to Starlite Drive-in in Batavia; but I wanted to see Hot Pursuit instead of Home, so we opted to go to Holiday Auto instead.

It is kind of far out. It took about 48 minutes from downtown Cincinnati. The drive in itself was decent, but I prefer Starlite still. Holiday Auto didn’t have a playground for the kids to play on while you wait for the movies to start. (You have to get there at minimum an hour early to get a good spot.) Without the playground there was nothing for Lauren to do for the hour but play on my phone.

The screen and sound system were both good, and the price are the same as Starlite. I did find however that the snack-bar was a little pricier. They had a better selection of food, but everything was noticeably more. My biggest point of contention with them was the bathroom situation. It was a cute hot pink, but only one toilet would flush when we were there. The line was super long and it took almost 1/2 hr just to get through it after the first movie.

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Will i go there again? It depends on the movie. The drive being farther and the bathroom situation would make me continue to lean towards Starlite.

Oh and I know this isn’t 100% the Drive-ins fault, but people were smoking pot there and it smelled horrible. Especially by the concession stand. I felt the employees should have seeked out the person and stopped them. But they didnt and it smelled like that for the two movies we stayed for. It really bothered me because due to that, we had to keep our car windows rolled up and not sit outside.

Songs for Cecil and awesome food trucks

One of my friends passed away in October of Cancer. His name was Cecil Dye. If you didn’t know him, I’m sorry; because you missed out on an amazing man. Cecil wanted to leave a legacy and help out other families going through cancer treatment, thus the Cecil Dye foundation was born.

Songs for Cecil was held at fountain square. Holly Morgan from Q102 Mc’ed. All the band volunteered their time, and a portion of the proceeds from the food trucks, beer sales, and Cincinnati beer soaps all went to the foundation.

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The weather wasn’t the greatest so Lauren and I didn’t stay to long, but it was great while we went. The bands we saw, Cef Michaels Band, and the Marty Conner band were great. We wanted to try both taco trucks. Lauren got a brisket taco from Texas Joe. It was so good she ate it before I could even take a picture! lol. We ventured over bought a tee then stopped at the Cincinnati Beer Soap booth. These things were so cool. Lots of different kinds of soaps made from local craft beers. We got two that smell amazing.

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I went to lyric to try the chorizo and fajita veggie tacos. The tacos were good, but a little too spicy for my taste. The mexican street corn was super good though. I ate both pieces!

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Then of course we couldnt pass by Greaters without getting Lauren some black raspberry chip ice cream. Its her favorite ice cream ever.

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It was an awesome time. I wish we could have stayed longer but it was little mommas school night and the cold/rain mix was too much. Cant wait for next event though.