McAlister’s – Blue Ash

Working in Blue Ash, I’ve heard about McAlister’s but I’ve never actually been there. However, as I was stalking their menu, I noticed something. The nacho description – it appeared to be a description of perfect nachos. My nacho-loving, foodie self flocked to McAlister’s, right before Christmas to scout out these intriguing nachos.

Because my college attending daughter loves free food, she met me there. Teen people are good for that. 😉

Blue Ash is crazy during lunch time – uber busy. Luckily, we got there around 2ish so…we were dining almost solo! I like the simple set up – order at the counter, get your drink and a number and the food is brought out to you.

I got nachos (surprised?) and an Iced Tea…apparently, they’re known for that, too.

MA iced tea

It was damn awesome iced tea! Fresh, perfect brew and super cold.

MA perfect nachos

Just take a look – tortilla chips, layered with melted cheese AND shredded cheese, chili, black olives, jalapenos, tomatoes, green onions, sour cream and GUACAMOLE! Boom – perfect nachos! And, I believe they were only 7.99!

My daughter got a half Reuben and a half potato. I raised her right.

MA Reuben and potato

That is a 1/2 potato – seriously! It was HUGE!

MA reuben

I was too focused on my nachos to try hers but neither the sandwich nor the potato stood a chance.

My daughter and I were both in love with McAlister’s – it’s a deli, doing things simple and right. The bonus? ALL of the above (plus, my daughter’s tea) was under $20!

So, you nacho junkies – GET to McAlister’s for your nacho fix!

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Hofbrauhaus – Newport

We were invited to celebrate with some awesome friends at the Hofbrauhaus a few weeks ago. It’s been quite a few years (maybe, 8 years?) since we’ve been there. Perfect opportunity to blog about German food things!

I would say that I don’t like german food but that’s not true – I like sauerkraut, goetta, pretzels and German style potato salad.  And, I really love to scream “WIENER SCHNITZEL!”. Does that count? So – I was willing to give Hofbrauhaus new foodie eyes.

We were on a super long wait – but, I think that has to do more with the beer than the food. 😉

I didn’t get beer – oddly enough, just not in the mood. We were just back from vacation and I had an evening full of margaritas while in Destin. Wasn’t quite ready to drink much of anything.

What do you do when you’re Americans in a German restaurant? Order Pretzels for an appetizer!


The pretzels were delicious (needed more salt but I say that about most things) and the bier cheese? So frickin’ yum!

The husband ordered the Wurstlplatte (I think that means a bunch of wienies on a plate) but got potato pancakes instead of mashed potatoes. I approved of his substitution.

Mett Platter

That potato pancake was awesome – super crispy outside but creamy on the inside. It did need a sauce (not ketchup).

I was having a hard time deciding on something. My mind just was constantly yelling, “Wiener Schnitzel” because my inner 5-year-old was on fire.

My brain shut down and I got my go to…A Reuben. Yes, I know. Branching out of my comfort zone.


Loved the swirl rye. The corned beef was okay. Fries were horrendous. Honestly, my Reuben at McGuire’s (in destin) was better than this one. And that one is made by the Irish! The husband had no issues polishing off the other half. We’re both suckers for 1000 island.

I suppose I don’t really dislike German food. I love some aspects of it. But I have a tendency to gravitate toward more bold flavors (hence, my love of Mexican) and german is a smidgen bland.

I had a great time with great friends and the Hofbrauhaus is always quite the experience. But, if the hubby and I are choosing a date night restaurant, this isn’t it.

Hofbrauhaus Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato