Today we made our first stop in Finneytown, where we visited P&T Restaurant. P&T is located in a small strip mall along Winton Rd. just north of Cross County Hwy where it has been dishing up Cincinnati-style chili and diner fare for over 50 years. The interior features dark wood paneling and aging naugahyde booths with a 5-stool lunch counter at the back. The restaurant appears tidy with a steady stream of regulars filing in and out for their P&T lunch fix. We sat ourselves at the lunch counter and perused the large menu featuring breakfast, sandwiches, dinners, and chili before placing our usual chili orders. Read on to find out how P&T stacked up against the competition.Overall Rating:
The chili was just okay for me today. They refrigerated the hot sauce which made my food taste somewhat cold. The portions were a bit small for the price. Marcie and The Boss Man were the classic definition of a “Mom and Pop Diner” and friendly as all get out. I don’t think I would go out of my way for the chili; however, I am willing to bet the sandwiches and breakfast food is ridiculous.
Stepping into P&T Restaurant is definitely like taking a step back in time. The decor evokes a 60’s neighborhood diner, as does the staff which also does not appear to have changed in the last 50 years. Service was friendly which helped make up a bit for the slow kitchen — P&T was probably the slowest place we’ve visited to get our chili in front of us and our orders came out in haphazard, piecemeal fashion. My bowl of chili was a little underwhelming. Very greasy and on the bland side for my tastes, though it did come out piping hot. My cheese coneys were run-of-the-mill. The hotdogs were more flavorful than average, but the cheese left a lot to be desired. Overall a fun place to visit, but the chili doesn’t warrant a special trip.
This place could use a bit of work to bring it up to repeat visits. It’s your typical diner located in a strip mall, which is good, but there are some definite knocks against it.
Cheese: Obviously bagged and out of a fridge. Fail.
4 Way: The portion size was solid, but the noodles were served cold, yet soft. Not a huge puff of cheese on top, but I also didn’t think I got cheated. Chili was flavorful, decently meaty, and a good amount of chili on top of the noodles.
Coney: Meh. The bun wasn’t steamed, the dog wasn’t good, and the cheese was bagged.
Oyster Crackers: Given upon request. Generic in name, but good in taste.
Hot Sauce: I’ve never seen hot sauce served like this, as it’s apparent that they poured it into old ketchup bottles. I’m pretty sure that it’s Frank’s Red Hot though, just poured fvrom the large restaurant style bottles in the back.
Service: This may truly be a mom and pop coney shop, with Mom working the front and Pop cookin’ it up in the back. Gotta love that. But, they are also the only employees that we noticed. This lead to slow service, staggered food delivery, but also genuine hospitality. The waitress even introduced herself and “The Boss” in the back. I was out of there with my typical 4-way and a coney for under $7. Overall I’m going to give them a solid 5. If they made a few changes I could see myself returning, if not for the hominess alone.
Service: 3 Too slow
Dried out cheese: 2
Quantity: 2 Too small
Overall rating: 3
P&T gets 2 stars from me. The only good thing about our lunch at P&T’s was the stop at Graeter’s on the way home.