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mpereira123 Nov 8, 2006 03:22 AM

Hi Chowhounds,

Other than PF Changs, is there anywhere in Cincinnati -- or maybe in a large radius -- Dayton, Columbus, Indiana, KY -- that has GOOD Chinese food? I'm really craving the REAL thing. Where can I go?


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    KyMikey Jun 4, 2007 11:34 AM

    I would enthusiastically second the suggestions for the Oriental Wok on Buttermilk Pike in Ft. Mitchell. I have eaten there twice in the past week and have a pleasant experience every time. You will not find a place in the Cincy area that is a better mix of (1) quality of food (2) price/value (3) attentive service (4) presentation and (5) decor/ambiance. The owner, Mike Wong runs his place like a mother hen, even bussing tables and doing some cooking in the kitchen to make sure that everything is up to par. He is a champion cook in his own right and has a famous cooking class twice a year. Has fresh fish flown in every day, too and goes the extra mile (gave everyone a free salad last nite). Scope it out--you'll be glad you did.

    1. seamusiv May 29, 2007 11:29 AM

      No love for Shanghai Mama's downtown, huh? 'Tis true Chinese in Cincy is kinda bleh.

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        shadeau May 26, 2007 12:46 PM

        If you're in the Mason area of Cincinnati:
        -great spicy szechuan food, try Szechuan Bistro (http://www.sichuanbistro.com/about.php)

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          Emm Apr 22, 2007 06:50 AM

          I think I posted this recently on another thread. After a long search and many disappointing experiences, my husband and I finally discovered Oriental Wok in Ft. Mitchell. We love everything about it.


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            stefoodie Apr 21, 2007 10:01 PM

            We like Grand Oriental on Fields Ertel.


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              avery Nov 15, 2006 10:35 PM

              Johnny Chan 2 in Harper's Point off Montgomery Rd. It's the best in Cincy and the staff is wonderful.

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                QueensFoody Mar 22, 2007 09:43 PM

                Oh man.... there are a bunch ...First stop Thai Express in Clifton on the corner of Clifton Ave and McMillan...its the best..

                Bancock Bistro, Asiana, Sezchuan Wok,

                1. re: QueensFoody
                  shadeau May 26, 2007 12:50 PM

                  Also in the Clifton area:
                  -for fresh seafood dishes, try King Wok on McMillan
                  -this place has live seafood in aquariums along the back wall
                  -the elephant clams are huge

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                raven397 Nov 9, 2006 02:14 AM

                Uncle Yip's is excellent. The Grand Oriental, 4800 Fields-Ertel Rd in Deerfield Twp, has really good dim sum on weekends. Each time I have been there, the customers are mostly Chinese, and I would rank the dim sum quality with the best of Seattle places.

                1. vogelap Nov 8, 2006 07:14 PM

                  I concur that Uncle Yip's is good and interesting. I also like Blue Gibbon on Tennessee Avenue in Norwood.

                  In Clifton, Cilantro is good Vietnamese food, even if the place is a dive.

                  Song Long rocks.

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                    johnbycz Nov 8, 2006 06:54 PM

                    Not far from PF Chang's is China Gourmet, on Erie Avenue in Hyde Park. The decor is a little long in the tooth but the food is excellent.

                    Personal favorite of my wife's is Szechuan Wok on Montgomery Road in Silverton, for the yu shang pork. We love it.

                    My wife also works with several Chinese folks, and when she asks them where they like to eat, she gets two answers -- Uncle Yip's in Fairfield and House of Sun in Sharonville (not the one downtown). I also hear good things about Pacific Moon.

                    Beyond Chinese, I like Bangkok Bistro in Hyde Park for Thai, and Song Long in Roselawn for Vietnamese.

                    For takeout, I like Casual Chinese in Newport.

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                    1. re: johnbycz
                      Emm May 4, 2007 06:07 PM

                      Hubby and I finally made it to China Gourmet, which I believe has redecorated since the above post. Nothing to quibble about there, other than it was a little on the gloomy side, dim lighting and dark painted walls. The appetizers were fine: tasty hot and sour soup, an unexceptional egg roll, and an order of somethings variously described as steamed dumplings or "dim sum" with a respectable pork filling. The entrees, however, I can only describe as some of the most disgusting food I've ever been served in a restaurant. My beef satay--a small portion served on a limp lettuce leaf with no other vegetables or garnishes--had the unpleasant texture of cheap chuck roast that's been cooked until it crumbles into a dry paste when you chew it. The sauce on the satay and the sauce on my husband's kung pao chicken (also a small portion) were undistinguishable, other than the kung pao was spicy and the sauce on the beef had an unpleasantly strong flavor of cheap "liquid smoke." Otherwise, the sauces seemed to rely on what tasted like a mixture of dark Karo syrup and soy sauce. And I'm still trying to figure out what the grit in my beef was supposed to accomplish, culinary-wise. Along with one mixed drink and one glass of wine, we ran up a tab for $64, and left at least half of the skimpy entrees on the table.

                      All in all, I'd say this was a memorably bad experience that stands out even in the mediocrity of the Cincinnati Chinese scene. We left swearing to make the drive to Ft. Mitchell to Oriental Wok, or just doing without.

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