Barbecue in the Old Neighborhood


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).

The decoration is funky and fun ….

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

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).

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.

The restaurant sets one block from the Ohio River bank.

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

Mng Glry plt
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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