Taste Overview

You know, I wasn’t into Taste this year– I’m super busy, between work and theater (same with Terry) and just wasn’t feeling it. Fortunately, The Chocolate Horse and 5chw4r7z dragged me out and I had a good time.

Things I noticed: more corporate sponsorship, but fewer national chains. I consider this a major win for Cincinnati– after all (and I’ve said this before), it’s Taste of Cincinnati, not Taste of National Chains with Locations in Cincinnati. I noticed Max and Erma’s, Buffalo Southwest, and PF Chang’s, but that was about it.

Ate:
Pit to Plate Ribs– I know liz didn’t like them, but the batch I got were falling-apart moist and covered in sauce. Far superior to their pulled pork, for sure.

Mythos gyros: Always good, but noticed Taz was right next door. I would have preferred Taz’s, but Mythos are consistently good (even if they accidentally gave me chicken).

Rusty Bucket: Bucket Bites. I just sort of love them. Regional chain.

Come to think of it– we didn’t really eat much at all. I know, utterly disappointing. There’s always next year (and maybe next year we won’t be so over committed and will be more enthusiastic!).

(For pictures, check out 5chw4r7z!)

Mythos on Urbanspoon

Pit To Plate Barbeque on Urbanspoon

Rusty Bucket Corner Tavern on Urbanspoon

  • RB

    I’ve felt exactly the same about the abundance of chains at Taste in the last few years. This year the only thing I tasted was beer because nothing struck me as very enticing. Seems like the best independent restaurants in Cincy don’t get in on it… but I know it’s extremely time-consuming and hectic for a restaurant, especially smaller places, to host a booth at Taste.

  • eroslane

    Fun fact: when Taste used to be on Garfield, I worked at The Movies Rep Cinema (where Shakespeare is now on Race Street). At the close of Taste each day, many of the booths would bring us their leftover food for all the cinema employees, because (1)we were just about the only place open and (2)we ate and supported many of them all year long.

    I’ll never forget when it rained on the last day, and the Formosa dropped off 200 eggrolls. I was poor and broke at the time (we all were!) and we ate eggrolls 24/7.

    God I miss the Formosa. By far it was my all-time favorite Americanized Chinese place!

  • eroslane