Re:WhereToEat: Cincinnati and N.Ky (open chat)
As a follow-up on Swad, if you are/were a fan of Dusmesh, you will be a fan of Swad. They recognized me as soon as I walked in the door, and I hit the buffet after we caught up a bit on the sale, new location, etc.
I never had the opportunity to do the lunch buffet at Dusmesh under any ownership since I was/am never in the vicinity during lunch hours, but Swad's is stocked with a nice selection of vegetable appetizers (mostly fried), at least a dozen entrees (the usual, plus an egg dish I don't recall ever seeing on any local Indian menu), a couple of bread choices, a few chutneys, and fruit and yogurt for dessert. Everything seemed fresh (and hot, where necessary), and well worth the $7.99. This will probably become a weekly lunch stop for me as it's only five minutes from my office, even closer than most of the (chain) lunch options along Colerain Ave.
We also tried Hang Over Easy in a revitalized part of Corryville for brunch today, on Charlton between Jefferson and Short Vine. They apparently serve breakfast all day, have an impressive number and selection of beers on tap, and are open until 2:30 A.M. every morning. It's pretty trendy (and most of the chairs and stools are a bit too cheap/casual), and the names of several menu items are as suggestive as the name of the restaurant itself, but we were mostly impressed with just about everything we ordered.
Their coffee is excellent, one of the best cups I have ever had around here, and includes unlimited refills. We were also given to-go cups, although I'm not sure if that is a normal offering, or if it's because our check was a bit delayed in arriving because of how busy they were (service was otherwise great). My (homemade) biscuits and gravy were very good and very large, although not as piping hot as I would have liked. My wife also very much enjoyed her "skillet", which was made up of eggs, chorizo, tomatoes, onions, mushrooms, and a few other ingredients I'm forgetting, but was only able to finish about half of it. Our toddler also largely devoured his breakfast sandwich (scrambled eggs, American cheese, and a sausage patty on an English muffin), but didn't touch the home fries, which were pretty underwhelming. I was also disappointed with the bacon fat fries, which were nowhere near as flavorful as I was expecting.
I can't see us ever going there for dinner (and the non-breakfast menu seemed a bit sparse, mostly sandwiches), but I suspect it will quickly become one of our go-to spots for brunch, especially with the losses of both Honey and Take the Cake.