A few notes from the past couple of weeks.
— I tried the Piada in Mason last week. Refresher: Piada is a Columbus-based concept that has begun to spread, and it's basically a Chipotle assembly-line concept except with Italian. I'd been to one in Columbus and really enjoyed it. Piada itself refers to the tortilla-type breading itself.
I had a steak piada, and I really liked it. It had a slightly spicy pomodoro sauce that was a perfect complement. It was just over $7 for the piada, which was definitely filling.
The cashier wasn't terribly polite, which is the only negative thing I could say about the experience, if I had to nitpick. You really need gregarious staff when you're trying to sell a radically different concept to the masses.
— The Indian buffet that was next to Los Cazadores on Ohio 125 just outside of I-275 is moving into the Eastside Cafe location. I don't really do Indian food, so I've never tried that place, but I thought I'd point it out.
— After what I thought was a tepid opening, I've been to Anderson Pub and Grill twice recently and have been really happy both times. They do a buffalo chicken dip appetizer that has chunks of celery it, which is something I've never seen before. It's pretty addictive. I had a burger both times and thought they were delicious. High-quality meat, done medium rare just like I asked, and they were a good size for the price.
I had gotten the pizza before and wasn't terribly impressed, and my first time there I ordered wings and thought they were just OK. That was over six months ago though.
— I went to Paxton's in Loveland last weekend and fell in love with the food. My wife and I got the pickles and the wings for appetizers. Both were amazing. The pickles have a really tasty but not too thick batter, and the wings were melt-in-your-mouth good. Great flavor, crispy, sauce was a perfect complement but not overwhelming. They were some of the best wings I've had in a while.
I got a burger and upcharged my side to sweet potato fries, and am I glad I did. The burger was closer to medium than the medium rare I requested, but still very juicy and very flavorful. At $7 with chips, it's a good value. The fries were exceptional. They were obviously double fried, because they had the perfect texture of crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.
It is small, and we got there at about 5:30 on a Sunday so we had to wait a couple of minutes until a table got bussed. Cool brick interior that makes it feel like a neighborhood joint.
I already told the wife we're going back in the next few weeks. I don't ever remember Paxton's being mentioned on this board before, but I saw it in an article about the top 45 burgers in Cincinnati and decided to check it out. Really happy I decided to check the place out.