They had folks face painting and this guy definitely got in the game!
Mitchell's got my vote for Best Soup/Salad. There were no salads but there were quite a few soups. They served up their clam chowder and it was really great.
Parkers in Blue Ash served up bbq pork sandwiches topped with cole slaw. Kelly gave this her "People's Choice" vote and I have to admit - it was really good. Messy as hell but very tasty! After having a pretty good bite from them at the Art of Food and now this - I might have to actually go there for dinner!
Blue Goose was serving up ribs as well as some type of soup that I don't remember. We decided the ribs were too messy for such a public setting - but they seemed to be very popular. The soup was forgettable obviously. I've been there before - it's a pretty nice sports bar in the heart of Sharonville.
The Root Beer Stand!!!!! (They open at the end of this month - hootie hoo!) They were serving up root beer floats - which I think are gross (no idea why) - but I definitely grabbed a cup of root beer and told them I wanted one of the first Timmy Dogs of the season!
Riverbank Cafe & Red Squirrel. I'd never heard of the Riverbank Cafe and the food sounded great - so I was pretty excited. (Can you tell where this is going?)
I think they likely made poor choices in what to serve in this atmosphere...but definitely not racing up there to try it.
You only get one guess as to who's booth this was!
Pizzeria Uno was also there - I was getting full but Kelly grabbed a slice anyway - it sounds great now! I've been dying for some deep dish pizza...this summer when I head home - I'll have to go to Zoeys! That's my "original" for deep dish.
DessertWorks got my "People's Choice" vote. They had cupcakes and cake samples and mmm mmm good!
And how pretty are those cupcakes!
Soups & Scoops is a new place in the heart of Sharonville as well. They serve soup and ice cream (shocking I know - as if you couldn't figure that out). The soup was pretty good.
Manor House is a restaurant at a retirement village. They had a turkey lasagna that Kelly tried - it was pretty bland - which I guess isn't a surprise. I give them credit for trying to make a go of being standalone from their setting.
Here's a note for the restaurants - in this type of setting - people are going to eat from nearly every booth. They've paid a flat fee and want to get their moneys worth. I was trying everything for the sake of the blog - but it was easy to see - so was everybody else. That said - give us smaller portions!!!! I don't need a full size sandwich or dessert portion when I'm just here for a taste.
J. Annette and it was pretty good.
Golden Rule Catering! First - the smile on the staff was very welcome. They weren't annoying or cocky and they were so friendly. This girl especially deserves a raise!!!!
recipe for an idea) - their version was filled with potatoes and carrots. It was a deep rich flavor - tender, juicy and delicious! I was definitely wishing these folks had a bricks & mortar location.
As we left - the folks at the ticket table were also commenting on how fantastic this was! Definitely my vote for Best Entree!
All in all - it was a fun event - especially with my friend Kelly. It's very different than the downtown Taste event - much more family friendly. I like that they're trying to get something going up on the north side of the city. I hope that they keep expanding and get even more local restaurants involved next year!
I hope all of you see something new from one of the vendors and try it out!