BK and I recently moved to East Walnut Hills together and we have fallen in love with our new neighborhood and the wonderful dining options it has to offer. First, for those of you who have been reading since the days of “Date,” I want to tell you that I appreciate your sharing in the journey with us. It has been a wonderful 2+ years and I am so lucky to be able to have someone who is willing to share in these adventures with me. Truth be told, I probably would have never started Tour de Cincinnati without having his companionship throughout, so I need to thank him, too. (Thanks, bud!)
Intersection of Woodburn and Clayton and the Krug Building (c. 1895) where Kitchen 452 is located.
Looking north on Woodburn Avenue to St. Francis De Sales Catholic Church.
Wall decor featuring my love for Cincinnati.
I want to use this post to focus on [East] Walnut Hills specifically and, while you all are probably also aware of how verbose I can be, I will try my best to keep this from getting out of hand.
This particular cafe is open throughout the week for breakfast and lunch and, in the three short weeks we’ve been residents in East Walnut Hills, we have made at least one trip to the cafe every weekend. The weather has typically been beautiful and it is a 10-minute walk for us to get there, so this—I’m sure—will remain a constant. We absolutely love it. Not only has the food been great every time we’ve been, but the people working and the people patronizing alike are all so friendly as well.
Thus far, I can assure you that the potato salad is some of the best I’ve ever had. I have also tried bagels, breakfast sandwiches, a deli sandwich, and BK has had a cookie, bagels, a breakfast sandwich, lunch, and coffee. The breakfast menu, lunch menu, pastry options, coffee, and service are all outstanding. I am such a big fan and I look forward to patronizing regularly for a long time to come.
Breakfast croissant (top) and blueberry bagel with peanut butter.
On our move-in day, we decided to take BK’s dad and brother to lunch. With Kitchen 452 being a mere 5-minute walk from our place, we decided that was a great option. Our guests decided to get the Banh Mi Salad and White Bean Soup, while I got a Grilled Cheese (no tomato spread) and Pita Chips, and BK got the Curried Chicken Salad Sandwich. BK and I both really liked our respective dishes, while our guests didn’t love their salads. They agreed that the dressing was way too salty and intense, as it took away from the flavor of the salad itself.
We both liked it and would definitely return for more, but it is important to note that it is not cheap for a lunch option.
Exterior shot of Kitchen 452 and dishes we got.
From the exterior, it looks as though Parkside was once a Frisch’s. In fact, the buffets are still set up the same and there was crushed ice, too. All pluses. Alas, Parkside also had its own charm and its own take on breakfast and lunch options. BK and I went to Parkside with a couple of friends before a Bengals game and, while they all got the $7.99 breakfast buffet (served from 10am to 2pm on Saturdays and Sundays), I wanted to order off the menu. I saw Eggs Benedict were an option and I simply couldn’t resist. That was, until I saw that tater tots were on the buffet! And here I thought getting French fries with my meal was going to be good. They were, but TOTS! Next time.
Eggs Benedict from Parkside.
Suzie’s, as we so affectionately started calling it (since Suzie Wong’s is just too long of a name I guess), has become one of our favorite Asian dining spots. [Note: we love Asian food and, of all genres of food we eat, this one happens the most.] The first time we had Suzie’s was in the winter not quite two years ago and I had been dying to get back since. It wasn’t until we moved into the neighborhood that we’ve had it three times since. The great thing about Suzie’s is that there are so many great options to choose from. Our favorite dish is probably Beef Bibimbap, as Suzie’s serves my favorite bibimbap in the area. We have also gotten Crab Rangoon (also my favorite), Pot Stickers, Honey Garlic Chicken, Mongolian Chicken, Pineapple Chicken, Mandarin Orange Chicken, and even BonBonerie’s take on Opera Cream Cake for dessert.
Suzie’s prides itself in being an Asian Fusion restaurant, and it’s great to have the option to get any combination of Korean, Chinese, Japanese, or Thai food in the same meal. Partner that with really outstanding service (even when getting carryout), and Suzie’s is easily one of the best Asian restaurants in town.
Food (clockwise from top left): Mongolian Chicken, Pineapple Chicken, Beef Bibimbap, Mandarin Orange Chicken.
Last weekend was the Cincinnati Street Food Festival, which happens every September in Walnut Hills. Where McMillan was shut down to traffic, there were about 20 food trucks, live music, beer, street art, socializing, and even a restaurant’s grand opening celebration. Our group got various dishes from a number of food trucks, including Red Sesame, Andy’s, Bistro de Mohr, Eclectic Comfort Food, Catch-A-Fire Pizza, and SugarSnap! Sweet Treats. I am so happy I got to try a number of new dishes, but I wish I would have gotten C’est Cheese as I originally set out to do. The line was just too long. (Good for them!)
The Cincinnati Street Food Festival was such a huge success and a wonderful event. It made me love my new neighborhood that much more.
Cincinnati Street Food Festival (clockwise from top left): Fireside grand opening, Street Food Festival on McMillan, SugarSnap! Death by Chocolate cupcake, and street art.
will feature another Walnut Hills restaurant, but it warrants a post all its own. To be continued…