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piled high with tender, grilled meat and just the right amount of sauerkraut. They split a side of crispy onion rings ($2.49) that were excellent. My husband, who grew up eating at diners on the East Coast, ordered the meat loaf ($6.99) because according to him that ‘s what you order at a diner. Two thick slices of home-style meatloaf came with mashed potatoes and green beans. The potatoes and gravy were clearly not home made, but according to my diner expert, they were not supposed to be. I ordered the Pretzel Burger ($5.89), a half-pound burger served on a pretzel bun that was delicious. I also tried a side of the Famous Cole Slaw ($1.89) and while it was very tasty, I’m not quite sure what makes it famous. One of my daughters ordered the Junior Burger ($2.49) and it was just about as big as mine. Two of my kids ordered food that made heads turn. My son ordered one of the many Double Decker sandwiches. His turkey and bacon sandwich ($6) was piled so high with meat and bacon that it was impossible to bite. The bacon was cooked to perfection—really crisp but not even slightly burned. My daughter ordered the Chef Salad ($6.50) and it was enormous. While it was light on the greens, it was so heavy on turkey, ham, cheese and chopped egg that we used her leftovers to make four salads for our lunch the next day. No lie! No surprise, our youngest ordered the Chicken Fingers and Fries ($3.99) from the Kids Menu. Because she has ordered this exact meal at every restaurant she has ever been to, she is a pretty reliable reviewer. She wouldn’t tell you that the chicken was lightly breaded and very moist, and that the fries were crinkle cut and not at all soggy. But because she didn’t drink her entire soda before eating her meal, we could tell that she really liked it. There are almost as many good points about Blue Ash Chili as there are entrée selections. Friendly service, quality food and huge portions top the list. JILL I. sOLIMINI

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RELISH MODERN TAPAS 5947 Deerfield Blvd. Mason, OH 45040 513.204.6925 This classy restaurant is hidden behind the storefronts of Deerfield Towne Center. Relish serves lunch and dinner tapas-style: in bite-size portions meant to be shared.

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MASALA CLUB 5232 Bardes Rd. Mason, OH 45040 513.339.1364 Cincinnatians love their Indian food, and Masala Club is new spot to get your naan fix on. The Mason restaurant specializes in Indian and Nepalese cuisine, with a variety of spice levels to suite your fancy. Vegetarians will feel right at home with lots of options.

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CAZADORES 1061 Reading Road Mason, OH 45040 513.459.8855 Going here may not technically count as a “fiesta,” but it will be a good time - what with the delicious Mexican food and drink flowing freely. This highly popular chain has everything you’d want from a Mexican restaurant. Craving those enchiladas, chimichangas and fajitas? Look no further than Cazadores.

For more restaurant reviews or to rate and review where you’ve eaten lately, visit connectMason.com or connectdeerfield.com.

Mason-Deerfield Township Our Town Magazine, August 2009  

August 2009 edition of Our Town magazine, serving Mason and Deerfield Township in Greater Cincinnati