Demetrios IV, right across the street from Larry Daniels Auto Service Center, near Mariemont Square (a dead giveaway that this place was WAY too nice for SLOTM)When:
Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008Grade:
For regular SLOTM readers, an introduction is in order. My name's ap, and I recently got added to the SLOTM lineup. I've been training for months, hanging out at dive bars and ingesting large quantities of fried catfish and soggy fries to get the gut in shape for this. I've also taken up smoking, just in case we visited Kentucky and had the opportunity to smoke a Marlboro. Enough of the sappy stuff...Demetrios IV (the IV is part of the branding, so yes, I'll be spelling it out every time) was actually the fourth (coincidence or divine intervention?) restaurant on the list this particular month. As seen in the following photo montage, a whole series of places was explored before finally settling on this upscale SLOTM establishment. The food was great, the owner worked the kitchen, his wife worked the register, and they had faux marble laminate table tops. It'd be an A if not for the fact that they took plastic (sigh of relief) and we felt fairly safe that close to Mariemont.Questionable Level
(1 being no one made less than 100k eating there-10 being we lost one of the group in a knife fight): 2.8
It was made clear MULTIPLE times that this establishment was TOO nice for SLOTM. Granted, the menu was laminated with Grecian columns adorning the margins (dVal particularly enjoyed the design layout), and had a number of construction workers chowing down. But overall, this place was plush. There were two tables of police officers eating on adjoining sides...one tipped the scales at 400+, but still...the cops would have protected us.
Upon check out we struck up a conversation with the nice older lady (with an accent) working the register. Lo and behold, she was married to this fella Demetrio! He was back in the kitchen, cooking us the delicious goodness we had just ingested. When Stevie said something about having never been there before, she replied with a curt (but sweet) "We here 40 years. Where you?" Where you? I ask myself that everyday...
PS-According to your sign, you here 46 years...but who's countingPrice Point:
Pretty pricey. My meal (the Double Cheeseburger called out as a special in the menu) ran me $7.25 including steak fries. The SLOTM gang all paid somewhere in the $10-$12 dollar range including tip (to KC, or is it Casey?) our waitress.Photos:
These really explain the experience...enjoy.
Matt prepares to flip (and lose) my gold canadian dime I had in a cup (along with other change). Heads Madisonville, tails Norwood (cause the Eagle's 'merican dammit!)
We landed initially at "The Corner Kitchen" or "The Bramble Patch" depending on which sign you believed as you entered. I choose to believe the permanent branding up top, not some cardboard and sticky letter creation Budweiser sent over because their case quota got hit last week.
This pile of human hair greeted us as we crossed the street. Promising...
SLOTM gang, looking tough. "Swing and a miss!" Yes they were open at noon on Wednesday. No, they do not serve food. Only chips and beer. Apparently a lot of beer, based on the box collection out (Can you spell "alcoholism?").
Next Up...The Arena Lounge. Open at lunch, only serves alcohol. File this info away in case you ever have a really hard morning...you know which street to visit to find others who have had a really hard morning (or life).
We also considered Angilo's Pizza, but decided since the bartender at The Corner Kitchen (The Bramble Patch) suggested Demetrios IV, we shouldn't deviate. This shiny Lexus greeted us at the edge of Demetrios IV...SLOTM don't role with the Lexus crowd (I guess).
A shot of the laminating work. Of note: The Grecian columns adorning both the sides and middle of the menu. Yes, that's ivy growing up each column. It subliminally conveys a message of age and splendor. If possible, click and enlarge to check out the kids menu. The bottom item is Cheese Stix and fries (w/ a drink) for $4.95. Cheese Stix? That's pretty SLOTM. (I know what you're thinking. Yes, cheese stix are a balanced meal. Dairy anyone?)
Best Line In a Menu Ever: Any sandwich with three (3) items will be 75c extra. Except Turkey, 75c extra; Swiss Cheese, 75c; Egg, tomato, or cheese, 75c
Huh? Isn't that all the stuff you'd get extra?
The slaw had some kick...not sure what it was, but it was good.
Every meal (except mine) came with a bowl of soup (but the menu made sure to mention that you had to ASK for the bowl or it wouldn't come). Today's soup was chicken noodle, and Stevie had chicken while dVal had noodle.
Real Sandwich...this immediately upped the SLOTM quotient. Yea, that's hardboiled egg on that roast beef sandwich.
The chopped sirloin dinner (one of two "specials" called out on the laminated menu) was enjoyed by mc. Strangely enough, the "dinner" was actually a served on a bun and looked remarkably like a hamburger...
This was the weirdest SLOTM order ever recorded. Stevie went for a corned beef with swiss cheese and a fried egg. The middle blocks of white were the cheese, while the top white was the egg. KC (Casey) looked at him with a questioning stare when he ordered this (as did the rest of us).
kranson went with the rueben, x-tra sauerkraut (because he loves the Germans, and David Hasselhoff, because Germans love David Hasselhoff. It's logic. Learn it.)
And yours truly, with a beautiful action shot of some serious condiment consumption. Yes, I love ketchup. You hear me INTERNET? I love ketchup. There, I said it.
Perspective. This photo was not altered in any way in photoshop. The sandwich could not fit in the mouth of a regular human.
This was the to-go box of roast beef dVal took home from his sandwich. That's a second meal right there.
Nothing says upscale Greek restaurant like a Koi pond in the flowerbed outside the front door.
This was just too good to pass up. Apparently Eastern Hills Dry Cleaners accepts the Kroger Plus card (note the decal on the window of the van). Crossroads is currently investigating accepting the Kroger Plus card as well. I'm not sure what we'd do with it, but we like accepting things around here.
I can only hope (and pray) I've somehow captured the magic that was the SLOTM March excursion. Join us next month for another exciting installment. Will my smoking habit come into play? Will we find more human hair outside our car? Can Stevie come up with a weirder sandwich combination? Tune in...
Labels: Demetrios IV, SLOTM March