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Cincinnati Serious Chowhound Alert Tuckers on Vine

scrumptiouschef Aug 23, 2006 05:23 PM

I just had the most amazing meal of my 2000 plus mile roadtrip that started in Austin Texas almost 3 weeks ago. Tuckers,a 60 year old diner in Over The Rhine,downtown Cincinnati really knows how to put out a spread. Breakfast being served any time is always impossible for me to resist. I went for the Two Fried Eggs over medium,biscuits,
homemade gravy and a small pile of homegrown cherry tomatoes,two sausage patties rounded out the plate nicely. Everything was perfect...literally...the eggs could not have been prepared better,the tomatoes sweet and acidic balanced out the creaminess of the gravy,the biscuits were waaaay above average and sauced up with a wonderous cream gravy,coffee was strong and plentiful.My waitress,Caroline was a gem,a punk rock pixie,attentive but not overly so and came with the esp that all good servers have.If you're looking for a real chowhound experience this little unassuming joint is tough to beat.

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    scrumptiouschef Jan 18, 2011 11:54 AM


    Prayers go out to Joe and Carla.

    Carla was shot today by armed robbers at her restaurant.

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      scrumptiouschef Jun 24, 2008 10:41 AM

      Enjoyed a dropdead delicious breakfast this morning at Tuckers.Perfectly cooked over medium eggs,a small tub of cream gravy laced with hunks of delicious sausage,a biscuit straight out of an Edna Lewis cookbook and golden tomatoes dressed with torn fresh basil.A steady stream of young hustlers from the neighborhood poured in and all were on their best behaviour.Cincinnati is so fortunate to have a cook the calibre of Joe plying his craft for the neighborhood.

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        ozlady Sep 10, 2006 02:39 PM

        Gonna try Tucker's for sure! Another great place in the Cincinnati area is Geno's in Milford. It is a terrific family owned barbeque spot. Not only is the barbeque terrific, the sides are divine. And the desserts are out of this world! Geno and his family are all so nice, and the restaurant is small and intimate. Love it all!

        1. vogelap Sep 1, 2006 01:23 PM

          Tucker's is a great place. The part of town is "seedy", but I wouldn't call it dangerous, especially for breakfast/lunch dining.

          Another 'joint' is Sabor Peruviano in Forest Park. Anyone been there? The place looks like a converted bingo hall with almost NO ambiance, but they throw down some serious food there.

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            tapas Sep 2, 2006 04:18 AM

            I've never heard of the Forest Park joint -- just breakfast/lunch, or what? I'm intrigued...

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              scrumptiouschef Sep 5, 2006 09:16 PM

              I meant no insult with my use of the word "seedy".The post that turned me onto Tuckers emphasized that this was not the best part of town. I felt no sense of danger during my visit.There is a free parking lot across the street.The area is rundown but that's the sort of area I always gravitate towards because that is usually where the best food is.I also ate all over New Orleans on this trip.Some of the spots I found there made Over the Rhine look like Indian Hills.I stand by the fact that if I only had one meal in Cincinnati it would be at Tuckers.

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              TJ Jackson Aug 26, 2006 04:03 PM

              Hi Soozy. so you do post here after all.....hmmmm.....:-)

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                soozycue520 Aug 30, 2006 07:16 PM

                Just started not long ago, after your mention!

              2. soozycue520 Aug 26, 2006 02:30 AM

                Tucker's is in a "seedy" part of town, but they are located a block away from Findlay Market, Cincinnati's farmer's market. I have eaten at Tucker's a number of times, to fill my belly before hitting the market. Bad idea to shop on an empty stomach!!

                The place is very clean. Their home fries have fresh basil and tomato in them {fresh, of course, from Findlay Market}. And the owners take care that their customers don't get hassled during Tucker's short business hours {8:30am - 3:00pm}. Really good food, and worth the try!!

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                  jlawrence01 Aug 24, 2006 03:00 PM

                  1637 Vine St.

                  9 a.m.-3 p.m. daily.

                  (513) 721-7123

                  Nice to hear about a restaurant in the old neighborhood.

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                    TJ Jackson Aug 24, 2006 02:10 PM

                    Fair warning - this is in a very, very rough part of town.

                    I don't doubt the food is great, tho I have never been there myself.

                    I am not trying to slam the place, just want to make sure hounds who seek this place out are aware in advance of what they are getting themselves into.

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                      scarolyn Aug 28, 2006 07:31 PM

                      I want to add a fair addendum to the fair warning...I have lived in OTR (Tuckers' neighborhood) and frequented the businesses there for over ten years and have never had a problem with crime/assault/etc. My car window was broken only once (there were cds in the back) in the two years that I lived and parked right next to Washington park (12th and Race street – one of the most “drug-saturated” areas). I am a 20-something white female. I walked around by myself late at night all the time and never experienced anything, and still do (whether that is wise or not is another issue) - this is not to deny that OTR is a socioeconomically depressed area that does experience more street crime than others, but the majority of residents are not criminals or dangerous. That said, OTR must be visited with an open attitude and a willingness to experience cultures that may feel very different or threatening at first. Tuckers is a wonderful place that serves hungry people from everywhere socioeconomic position – from local politicians and business owners to the men and women who call Vine Street their home...
                      ps – there is a free parking lot open from 8:30am – 3pm directly across the street from Tuckers.

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                      johnbycz Aug 23, 2006 05:29 PM

                      Tucker's has a great reputation in this town. Just curious: How did you find out about it?

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                        scrumptiouschef Aug 24, 2006 02:05 AM

                        Tuckers was previously posted on Chowhound as a great place in a seedy part of town....something I'm always looking for.

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