Court House Exchange is a historic pub-style underground restaurant serving a variety of foods. There are a lot of options for foods, and I thought it would be the time to give a try to Kansas City’s famous barbecue. Needless to say I was more than impressed.
Crown Center Plaza has a lot of things to offer. It has a huge shopping and business complex, along with a lot of food. I skipped a nearby barbecue joint because I hoped Pak Ling would be just as good, My mistake.
The Salty Iguana is a small 5-restaurant chain of tex-mex food based around Kansas City, Missouri. Sorry, adventurous eaters, they do not serve iguana. The chain’s comical theme includes iguana artwork covering the walls of the eateries.
Peking Express is known by most in the Ohio University community simply by the price of its food. The “$4.50 Chinese” place (It used to be the “$3.95 Chinese place” but like all costs, this one is up) has lost some of the allure it used to offer with discounts, but it still stays popular among extremely frugal, cash-strapped students. Unfortunately, the small shop inside a larger shopping area shows there is only so far you can go before the cost is worth the extra taste.
D. P. Dough is actually a small but far-flung chain of 23 restaurants located around colleges centered around New England and the Midwest. Its primary allure is that it delivers calzones at just about any time of the day and night. D. P. Dough specializes in calzones almost exclusively; the menu contains a few salads, breadsticks and chicken wings, but none of these is particularly inspiring. Instead, a huge variety of calzones make the bulk of the menu, and a consistent delicous flavor keep people coming back again and again.
The Court Street Diner fits the mold of a classic 50′s classic American rail car diner on the outside. However, the flavors the local charm offer are anything but outdated. Court Street Diner offers classic food at all times of the day, and it’s just so good. There are more than a few reasons to come back to the restaurant, from its outstanding daily specials to the very comfortable, classic environment.
Skyline Chili is a local Cincinnati jewel. You ask anyone from this city about what food a person must try in the city, they will invariably name its chili restaurants, and Skyline usually comes out on top. With about 100 locations in the greater Cincinnati area, Skyline is a small but growing Midwest chain with a fast food/dine in mix that is friendly to a variety of people.
La Piñata is a small chain of so-called “Tex-Mex” restaurants currently encompassing three locations in the south Dayton-north Cincinnati area. It serves a variety of traditionally tex mex dishes featuring a lot of beef, chicken, and shrimp. I’ve been eating at this place for years and I have literally never found something on the menu I didn’t love.
Located within Athens’ tiny city mall, the Grand China Buffet gives a generous and delicious variety to the Chinese food buffet. Many of the entrees on the line are good enough to stand on their own. The buffet offers the largest selection in town, and at a reasonable price ($6.00 for lunch, $8.00 for dinner) and with such dishes as peanut butter chicken, stuffed shrimp and many classic Chinese foods, Grand China Buffet has it all. Even a sizable line for vegetables and sushi, though these foods aren’t particularly high quality so I wouldn’t recommend them.