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no Applebees or Olive Gardens here..... I didn't include any of the many fine places on Main St. or Findlay Market, mostly just cozy 'outta the way' spots! ;)

 

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so hot today - this dude wasn't even using his grill!

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mama's bbq

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just for fun

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OTR has it's own 'chain'!  this is a 2nd 'Tuckers'

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great pizza buffet here - but only open Tues & Thurs

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for sale (see the vice mayor)

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just caught my eye

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i enjoy the fact that these single-owner joints actually CLOSE at times! 

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I believe this to be the only true national chain in OTR

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that wad in the lower left cracks me up

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they say this will be 'venice pizza', but I don't know...

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this is a repost - but I LOVE this fellow

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tucker's again - i just dig the car

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just for fun...

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hungry? 

 

 

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I don't know about those cars, but another wonderful thread!

 

Thanks, I've been missing them!

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DELICIOUS!!!


"You don't just walk into a bar and mix it up by calling a girl fat" - buildingcincinnati speaking about new forumers

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go vinyl!

 

dives are especially charming juxtaposed to a differing context.  otherwise, the effect is negated, IMO.

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Ollies Trolley, using that prefab trolly diner thing.  The only other surviving version like that that I know of is in Louisville. 

 

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There is an "indoor" Ollies Trolley in Washington DC

 

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Ollies was a fast food franchise venture by the developer of KFC and former Kentucky governor John Y Brown Jr.

 

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John Y. Brown Jr. didn't invent Ollie Burgers.

 

Kentucky's former governor and Col. Sanders' star-maker found Ollie Gleichenhaus cooking burgers at his restaurant in Miami Beach.

 

Brown ate five burgers, suggested turning the concept into a fast-food franchise and said he could make Ollie a colonel, too, according to "Hamburgers and Fries" by John T. Edge (Putnam's, 2005).

 

"We ain't going to do nothing unless you make me a five-star general," Gleichenhaus told Brown, according to Edge.

 

Gleichenhaus invented the Ollie Burger, complete with 23 seasonings and special sauce. Brown invented the Trolleys, and plunked them on street corners across the country, at least for a few years in the mid-'70s and '80s".  (I thought the orginal Ollies was in NYC or Brooklyn and was in a real trolley. Miami Beach? Oh well.)

 

(More on the Louisville Ollie's at this link (apparently they are still using the orginal sauce recipe).

 

One thing I remember about Ollies Trolley (the original chain) was that the burgers where medium rare ..sometimes more rare than that! ...and the fries where spicey.

 

But I digress.  I really like these local street food pix.  Good to see that!

 

 

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I gotta give you a lot of credit for marching around OTR like you do and taking pictures.  I'm sorry but every time I've been there I've not felt comfortable enough to get out and walk around.  I usually just appreciate the architecture from the car.  It's not like I'm a suburbanite who's afraid of the city, I live in the innercity, but I just find OTR unsettling. 

 

Anyways... great pictures!  I love local food joints.  For me in Columbus its gotta be the Blue Dube!

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That area doesn't look THAT bad, but then again I've never been there.  I'm thinking that's what the area around E55th-E69th & Euclid used to look like before they started tearing everything down.  Cincy is luck to still have a lot of the structures still standing.

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That area doesn't look THAT bad, but then again I've never been there.  I'm thinking that's what the area around E55th-E69th & Euclid used to look like before they started tearing everything down.  Cincy is luck to still have a lot of the structures still standing.

 

You really have to be there to appreciate the state it is in.  I feel no safer in OTR than I would on E55.

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Thanks all.   First - that is fascinating about the Ollies Trolley thing - I had no idea.  Thx for those pix and the background research.  Pretty cool.

 

As far as the 'risk' factor - I do pick my spots and timing.  I do respect those that are around and do not put myself in overly tough situations. I cannot stay away from the buildings, etc.

 

Looks like I'm down here thru end of year, unless I can transfer to another dept...........  

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cool

I like Tuckers, but on bright days I have to close my eyes for a few minutes before I go in because it is so dark in there.

The clientele is a mix of street folks, businessmen, professionals & tradesmen.

As usual, my co workers won't go near the place.

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Where's that MKC BBQ?  Is it still open or is that just an old sign?

 

I think there are two Tucker's in OTR due to a family dispute.  That's just rumor though, I can't confirm it.

 

Did you ever go to Teez Cafe on Liberty, in an old one-story White Castle?  That place rocked, particularly if you had been drinking heavily for the previous 4+ hours.  Much more convenient than the Ludlow Skyline, and just as effective at neutralizing hangovers. 

 

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Where's that MKC BBQ?  Is it still open or is that just an old sign?

 

I think it's open.  It is on Pendleton, across the street from those artist lofts where they have Final Fridays.  It's been about 5 things in the few years I've been down there.  It is WAY outta the way on a dead end street.  Pretty much for the artists up there.   BTW - I have some pics of the Teez place.  I'll post them if I can find them.  Now I know it was an old White Castles that explains why it's so funky looking.  There's nothing in there now.

 

BTW - everyone who cares anything about OTR should eat at Tuckers on Vine at least once.  It's up in the 1600 block north of Liberty.  It has been there since I think 1946 or something.  A 3rd generation Tucker is on the grill and his mom still sits in the corner doing food prep.  It is small, it is greasy, it is cheap, but it is not nasty. A very 'workman-like' crowd, eclectic "where everybody know's your name", "whadda-ya want hon?"  kinda joint.

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It makes the Bay Horse look like a friendly neighborhood tavern.

 

The Bay Horse was the last place I had a drink before I moved out of Cincinnati.  I think it's closed now since they're refurbishing the Ft. Washington Hotel.  Damn shame.  Is the Bay Horse crew now forced to hang out with those losers at the Phoenix Cafe?

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^The Bay Horse closed when some patrons got into a fight, and it ended with a shooting.  They had actually lost their liquor license prior to this, but they continued to sell anyways.  They were shut down quickly after that.

 

 

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what a thread. aww now i'm hungry.

 

ps -- yay for local food. keep your money local whenever you can.

 

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