2014 Greater Cincinnati Food Tour: Django

Friday came again marking the start of the weekend, and this time it brought along beautiful weather that was perfect for outdoor seating, taco eating and margarita drinking! So Natalie and I headed to Northside to try out Django Western Taco on the corner of Hamilton Ave. and Blue Rock St.

I’m a sucker for a good atmosphere with a deep appreciation for details, so I was instantly enamored with the string lights, canopy, wooden deck and fence and colorful flowers and patio seating. It was like hanging out at that one friend’s house with the really cool backyard set-up that you secretly envy but simultaneously appreciate being able to enjoy.

Django's outdoor patio

Django’s outdoor patio

We started with the guacamole–one order is more than enough to share between two people as we ended up having to get a box for what we were unable to finish. The tortilla chips have a light dusting (we agreed it tasted like barbeque) that created a uniquely satisfying flavor combined with the fresh ingredients in the guacamole.

Natalie ordered her staple shot, and I tried the house margarita– a fusion of tequila, fresh lime and, wait for it… jalapeño. The sweet and spicy and oh-so-refreshing beverage was served on the rocks in a salt-rimmed glass.

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My House Margarita. Mmmm.

For our meal we went with some of their fan-favorite tacos (just $3-$6 each). Natalie ordered one Chicken (salsa verde crema, cilantro) and one Fish (fried tilapia, slaw, chipotle-lime sauce, cilantro), while I went with a Chicken and an Al Pastor (marinated pork, pineapple, mint, cilantro).

Every ingredient tasted fresh, from the protein to the herbs. The mint garnish in the Al Pastor served up an unexpectedly stimulating flavor. I was more than pleased with my entire meal.


Natalie’s and my FEAST.

We were immediately greeted with friendly service upon walking in the door, waited on by a warm and talented staff throughout our entire lunch, and given a salutation of friends upon departure.

Django is casually hip–fitting right in with the rest of Northside. For food, service, and general atmosphere I’m giving them 5 stars. Depending on your client (will they be meeting you in a three-piece suit or a button-down and nice jeans?) it may or may not be the best spot for a meeting. Either way, it’s a great place to bring friends and family or even catch a happy hour after work with your colleagues.

I’ll definitely be returning for that guacamole and another jalapeno-infused margarita on the cozy back-patio.


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Another round at Keystone. Different Eisen lineup, same great food and service.

It was great day to job shadow at the Eisen Agency. The friendly team took me out to lunch at Keystone. I got to learn all about working in a PR and marketing agency while enjoying some fantastic food. I have to say, I was more than impressed.

On a quiet street in Newport, Keystone’s beautiful building is located in the perfect spot for lunch out with friends and family. The outdoor patio was great to relax in the cool summer weather. Plus, I ordered one of my favorite comfort foods, mac and cheese.20140718_121153

The fletwood mac dish did not disappoint. Tomatoes and mozzarella gave the mac and cheese a unique flavor. It was creamy, cheesy, and so tastefully presented. Each dish was served on a unique plate that gave every item it’s own personality. Keystone also serves delicious salads, wraps, and sandwiches that will remind you of your mom’s home cooking.

Our waitress greeted us with genuine smiles and fantastic service. We even learned about her heritage. Where else do you get to do that? She was quick and efficient and most importantly, our drinks were never empty.

We are giving Keystone a 5/5 for taste, presentation, ambiance, and service. We were so impressed, we took half our meals home for lunch tomorrow.

A big thanks to the Eisen Agency for teaching me some valuable tools for my career and introducing me to my new favorite lunch spot.

- Amy


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NSHMBA featured at Cincinnati.com

National Society of Hispanic MBAs little feature on Cincinnati.com: http://local.cincinnati.com/share/story/216384

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nhsmbaThe Greater Cincinnati chapter of the National Society of Hispanic MBAs (NSHMBA) today announced its seventh annual Executive Perspective event, sponsored by Accenture and The Kroger Co. This year’s panel will focus on “Excelling in a Digital World” by discussing how the digital workplace is changing the way business is conducted . Dan Molina, Executive Advisor for the Cincinnati chapter of NSHMBA and Infrastructure Global Capability Lead at Accenture says: Accenture is excited to join with Kroger to sponsor this event. The subject is one which will be of interest to everyone in today’s 24/7 business climate. The Executive Perspective provides a chance to learn from top executives who have helped their organizations Excel in a Digital World.”

What: Senior business leaders will offer perspectives on personal and corporate strategy. The panel, moderated by Kevin Dooley, managing director of Accenture’s Cincinnati and Dayton offices, includes:

• Dave Bartlett, Chief Technology Officer, GE Aviation
• Christopher T. Hjelm, Senior Vice President and Chief Information Officer, The Kroger Co.
• Lisa Knutson, Chief Administrative Officer, The E.W. Scripps Company
• Manny Rios, President & CEO, American Modern Insurance Group
• Andrew Wilson, Chief Information Officer, Accenture

When: The Executive Perspective: “Excelling in a Digital World”
Thursday, July 24, 2014
6 – 9 PM

Where: Westin Hotel
21 E. 5th St.
3rd Floor, Taft Ballroom

Attendance is free, but reservations are required. Please send questions about this event to president@cincinnati.nshmba.org


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Greater Cincinnati Food Tour- The Rookwood

Nestled within the former pottery studio of the world-renowned Rookwood Pottery Co., The Rookwood Bar & Restaurant naturally fosters a cozy atmosphere that similar bar/restaurant spots strive to create. The dark wood, exposed original brick kilns (that you can dine in! So neat) and warm lighting make you feel like you’re exploring an underground tavern–despite being perched high atop Mount Adams like a sentinel over Music Hall and the Cincinnati Museum Center.


So what kind of food can you expect from a place that used to make ceramics? Nothing that resembles clay, that’s for sure! Freshly prepared salads, sandwiches and soups as well as a handful of unique and tempting appetizers and desserts fill out the food menu, and you’ll find local craft beers from Madtree and Rhinegeist as a few of many worthy options behind the bar.

I recently had to cancel the California vacation I had planned for this month, so I ordered their Cali Club sandwich hoping it would be the next best thing. It. Did. Not. Disappoint.


Smoked turkey AND ham, BACON, guacamole, tomato and herb mayo graciously stacked between two slices of wheatberry wheat bread… I could practically hear the ocean with every bite.

The service was friendly and efficient. The attention to details like Natalie’s delicate shot glass, a recycled bourbon bottle used as a water pitcher and decorations such as an old typewriter take The Rookwood from a commodity lunch or drink location to a premium.

We’re giving them 5/5 on food, service, ambiance, and good place to take a client for lunch or cocktails.

This week our savory sojourn is taking us to Django Western Taco in Northside… follow up on Friday to read Amara’s review!




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Cove Federal Credit Union featured in today’s Cincinnati Business Courier

Nice media relations hit for our PR team and our favorite credit union: Cove Federal featured in today’s Cincinnati Business Courier: http://www.bizjournals.com/cincinnati/news/2014/07/10/local-credit-union-now-on-its-own-on-the-hunt-for.html

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Tom & Chee, Anyone?

Amara here for The Eisen Agency, back again for the Greater Cincinnati Restaurant and Food Tour! This week we took on a Cincinnati favorite - Tom & Chee.

IMG_20140627_123931_448What is Tom & Chee, you might ask? Exactly what it sounds like. Grilled cheese and tomato soup! Except at Tom & Chee it doesn’t stop there. If you’re ever wondering what it takes for a restaurant to get on Man vs. Food Nation and Amazing Eats, look no further. It takes pushing the envelope beyond the classic, not only to using grill cheese as croutons on a salad, but to a whole new level. Brimming with charisma and family fun, Tom & Chee takes grilled cheese to the point of the “Mint Summers Night” which involves chocolate mint candy, chocolate mascarpone, strawberries, mozzeralla, and a doughnut.


While we love the peppy, eclectic atmosphere Tom & Chee provides, it wouldn’t make the cut for a good location for a business meeting. However, it is a must-see for any out of town prospective hire you want to convince to LOVE Cincinnati. I mean, what could be better than making a new city feel like home than a nice grilled cheese and tomato soup? Maybe showing off the city’s fun side with a grilled cheese doughnut!

Tom & Chee, while Cincinnati native has been going viral, spreading it’s cheesy fingers throughout the United States. With 3 locations in Cincinnati, there are now 13 locations with 3 more “coming soon.”

Check back next week when Brandie and I take on Senate for some top-of-the-line 4th of July hotdogs!

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