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Old 11-09-2010, 11:25 AM
 
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I visit Cincy a couple times per year and it seems for a city this size and this far in land, there is a disporportionate # of sushi restaurants (whether part of a Thai restaurant or serving sushi alone). A number of them are 1/2 price either all the time or 1 night per week. (I've been to Beluga and Ichiban and I plan to try Dancing Wasabi next door to Ichiban plus a sushi buffet in Mason).

I've put reviews on Yelp on several of these joints, and Beluga is my fav so far for sashimi but their rice is hard like rocks (that's why I'd avoid sushi and rolls there). Ichiban is fine, but stingy.

Questions are:
- WHY are there so many (ok maybe this question sounds stupid but are Cincy people hooked on sushi)?
- Which one offers the best value (freshest ingredient, generous servings, good quality rice, etc.)
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Old 11-09-2010, 12:56 PM
 
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It does seem like sushi runs rampant around here anymore - heck, supermarkets have someone on staff rolling sushi. I have tried sushi at several different places but so far my favorite is Wild Ginger in Hyde Park.

More than sushi, it seems like there are A LOT of Thai restaurants in the area. Of those I like Ban Thai in Eastgate and Mae Ploy in Highland Heights.
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Old 11-09-2010, 03:00 PM
 
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More than sushi, it seems like there are A LOT of Thai restaurants in the area.
I was thinking the same thoughts too - Thai food is all over the place. A friend of mine who lived in Cincy took me to Teak several years ago. She claimed it was the best in town. I've revisited at least 3-4 times since. However, my very last time turned me off. I had sushi then a curry dish. Guess what, I found a fly in the curry. Aside from this, I was given a table off the stairwell and I was completely neglected the whole time, making it difficult to get any service. So I haven't returned since, and I probably won't as long as there are other good Thai restaurants in town.

My last visit was to Ruthai (located close to Ichiban) and the taste was pretty good. I also like that they have brown rice.
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Old 11-09-2010, 03:07 PM
 
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Agree. I have never been a big fan of Teak and in fact I haven't been in years. I will definitely have to try Ruthai - thanks for the recomendation!
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Old 11-10-2010, 10:00 AM
 
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Lemon Grass is an absolute must if you like Thai food. It's practically an institution. Wild Ginger is excellent too, as is their sushi.
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:51 AM
 
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Lemon Grass is an absolute must if you like Thai food. It's practically an institution. Wild Ginger is excellent too, as is their sushi.
Lemon Grass is good as is Wild Ginger. I believe they are owned by the same people - I could be wrong on that. My favorite sushi is Wild Ginger's Rock and Roll Sushi.

So far the only Thai I do not like is The Blue Elephant. I have not found anything there that is worth eating.
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Old 11-10-2010, 11:59 AM
 
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Wild Ginger is run by the ex-wife of the owner of Lemon Grass. Interestingly, she's Thai, but he's actually Chinese. I don't know the circumstances of their separation, but it doesn't seem to be adversarial, like the situation between the brother owners of Ambar and Amol India in Clifton.

It is a curious situation why we have such a strong presence of Asian restaurants (Thai, Sushi, Indian, and various fusions of them) despite a pretty small Asian population. I think it's great considering the circumstances, though I do wish we had some better Mexican restaurants too.
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Old 11-10-2010, 12:05 PM
 
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It is a curious situation why we have such a strong presence of Asian restaurants (Thai, Sushi, Indian, and various fusions of them) despite a pretty small Asian population. I think it's great considering the circumstances, though I do wish we had some better Mexican restaurants too.
I never quite understood that myself. Now, if you are talking Mexican food, my two favorites are El Toro and the one we recently tried downtown, Taqueria Mercado.
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Old 11-10-2010, 04:34 PM
 
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I can walk to FIVE sushi/Thai restaurants from my house!!! It's ridiculous! Give it up people, it's no longer cool and trendy. In fact, it's pretty comical, watching people think they are so hip. HAH!
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Old 11-10-2010, 06:46 PM
 
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Personal preference: I'd rather have a large choice in Thai/sushi restaurants than just one Americanized Chinese food places after another.
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