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Aug 23, 2006 05:23 PM

Cincinnati Serious Chowhound Alert Tuckers on Vine

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

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    1. re: johnbycz

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

    2. 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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      1. re: TJ Jackson

        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.

      2. Tucker’s
        1637 Vine St.

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

        (513) 721-7123

        Nice to hear about a restaurant in the old neighborhood.

        1. 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!!

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

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            1. re: TJ Jackson

              Just started not long ago, after your mention!