Barbecue in the Old Neighborhood

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Medical problems are going to keep me from going on my normal vacation trip this fall, but I wanted to do something special and decided to take one day a week during the month of September to go some place a little different for lunch and then browse in an antique store.  This week, we went to a restaurant called Eli’s Barbecue .  It’s located in the East End section of Cincinnati where I grew up on what is now called Riverside Drive (in my day, it was Eastern Avenue).

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The decoration is funky and fun ….

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…with old LP records being played on a turntable inside.

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There’s a big tent for outdoor dining, but my daughter and I prefer to eat inside and see the traffic going by the front windows on busy Eastern Avenue (oops – I mean Riverside Drive).

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Barbecue is the specialty and the heady smell of the outside smoker fills the entire neighborhood.  We like the pork barbecue and baked beans – and an Orange Crush goes well with this meal.

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The restaurant sets one block from the Ohio River bank.

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The back view of the building shows the changes that have come to Eastern Avenue and the things that have stayed the same.
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After lunch we went to a small town called Milford and I found this pretty plate at an antique shop.

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It was a perfect vacation day.

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Lillian Applegate Westfelt was a mother of 4, grandmother of 6, and great-grandmother of 3. She was an 86-year-old widow living in a nice little bungalow with her oldest daughter and a beagle-dachsund named Addie. She passed away in November, 2018.

17 thoughts on “Barbecue in the Old Neighborhood”

  1. It’s a good idea even if not doing it as a substitute for travel. We tend not to go to things close to home and miss out of a lovely time.

  2. I think that is a marvelous way to have a vacation, besides no suitcases needed. Last year we visited several neighborhoods where I grew up, visited King school in Akron where I went to 1st and 2nd grade, then on to Cuyahofa Falls. It was a good trip and as I told hubby after, “I laid a lot,of ghosts to rest.”

  3. That’s just a great idea! The food sounds so delicious. If the weather is nice, I’d be tempted to continue into October, though one can never be sure in Ohio. What a beautiful vacation souvenir you found!

  4. It sounds like you had a wonderful day. Barbecue and orange crush – what a great combination. Your plate is so pretty! I hope you get your medical problems resolved soon.

  5. Lillian I was so excited to see this post. I drive by this place every night on my way home from work. I work in the Clifton area and, I come down Collins to Eastern, whoops I mean Riverside Drive. The smell it so enticing, especially on Tuesday evenings when I work until 800 pm and am starving. I have been so tempted to stop in to see if I could get a carry out. I am going to have to stop in soon.
    I also love your plate. It is a beauty. I love shopping for plates. I especially like plates with fruit and drag my husband to every little shop when we go on vacation just to look at plates. Happy vacation day to you, sounds like a lovely day.

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