The Signs of Clifton

With well over 400 blog entries posted over eight-plus years, Gaslight Property has become an online history book of things that have endured and things that have changed.
And the photos in this blog entry definitely chronicle change. Due to the coronavirus, restaurants in the Gaslight District have completely switched over to carryout and delivery. It’s short term, but the neighborhood is very different, and very quiet.
On the positive side, the restaurants have shown tremendous resilience and the neighborhood has supported the restaurants, which will help to ensure that all of these small business will remain when we wake up on the other side of this.
While compiling a blog entry giving hours, addresses, contact information, and delivery options, I took photographs that helped me with the blog.
But I’m also making those signs their own blog entry. We could see them as depressing, but when everything reopens we will see these handmade signs as a testament to the resilience and support that make Clifton such a great neighborhood. We can get do this, and we will.

Where to Buy Food in the Gaslight District

Coronavirus has had a huge impact on small businesses, including restaurants. In the Gaslight District we’re fortunate to have more than a dozen restaurants and other food sources open for business on a carryout and delivery basis on Ludlow Avenue and nearby side streets. Some hours have stayed the same. Others have decreased, but only marginally, due to the current carryout environment, as things start to slow down around 8pm or 9pm. Hours and details are sure to remain fluid over the next few weeks. Some hours may expand, and some may contract, and it’s also likely that delivery options will expand.

This article includes what are referred to as “staples”—popular items that are mainstays in the restaurant menus. If you’ve never eaten at that restaurant, that serves as a suggestion; that food item is popular for a reason.

Links to Menus, Websites, and Facebook Pages. Each entry in this article contains a link to the menu as it appears on each restaurant’s website. Click the name of the restaurant at the top of each entry and it will send you to that page. If no menu appears on the website, you’ll still get a link to the restaurant’s website or Facebook page.

How far do they deliver? If you use DoorDash, UberEats, DoorDash, or GrubHub, the drivers will deliver anywhere, but the farther you drive the more it costs. Calling the restaurant directly and having them deliver the food directly saves money, and this article tells how far each restaurant delivers.

Clifton Market
319 Ludlow Avenue – 513.861.3000
Hours: Monday through Friday: 8am to 10pm
Saturday and Sunday: 8am to 11pm
On a recent Facebook post, Clifton Market posted this: “As mentioned in our last email, we have set aside Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 8 am to 10 am as shopping times for customers who are considered more vulnerable to the virus. During these time periods only customers who are seniors or have an underlying health condition can shop in the Market.”
Delivery Options: Clifton Market is also offering delivery service to those same at-risk customers. There’s enough detail to this situation that I created this link to this information; click this link to read more.

Gaslight Bar & Grill
345 Ludlow Avenue – 513.861.3663
Hours: Monday through Saturday 3pm to 8pm
Staples Include: Hamburgers, fish and chips, wings Greek spaghetti.
Delivery Options: Along with taking carryout orders over the phone, Gaslight informed us, “We use Uber Eats, and they have waived the Delivery Fee for independent, non-franchised restaurants across the US and Canada.”
They are happy to deliver curbside.
They deliver to both Clifton and Northside.

Sitwell’s Act II
324 Ludlow Avenue – 513.281.7487
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 10am–8:30pm.
Their kitchen opens at 11am every day.
Staples Include: A popular vegetarian item is the Greek Gyro. A popular meat item is pork belly buns. (And don’t forget, Sitwell’s still serves coffee drinks, including lattes and cappuccinos.)
Delivery Options: Along with carryout and curbside delivery, Sitwell’s uses Uber Eats, DoorDash, and GrubHub. If you call Sitwell’s, they can also deliver, AND that’s cheaper. They’ve been delivering in Clifton, Northside, Camp Washington, and OTR.

Ambar India
350 Ludlow Avenue – 513.281.7000
Hours: Ambar is open seven days a week. They open at 11am and stay open until 9pm.
Staples Include: Chicken Curry.
Delivery Options: Ambar India does not deliver.

Grill of India
354 Ludlow Avenue – 513.961.3600
Hours: They’re open seven days a week, from 11am to 10:00pm.
Delivery Options: Uber Eats, Grubhub

Biagio’s Bistro
308 Ludlow Avenue – 513.861.4777
Hours: They’re open Monday through Saturday. Hours are 11am to 8 or 9, depending on how busy they are.
Staples Include: Fettucini Alredo, Chicken Alfredo, Veggie Pasta
Delivery:  Biagio’s is carryout only.

265 Hosea Avenue – 221.0400
Hours: Monday through Friday 11am to 9pm
Saturday 11am to 9:30
Sunday 4pm to 9pm
Staples Include: The Bronx Bomber is their best-selling pizza.
Delivery Options: Along with carryout, Dewey’s is offering drive up service for carry out. No need to go in, just give them a call and they will bring it to your car.

Los Potrillos
316 Ludlow Avenue – 513.221.0313
Hours: Their hours have remained the same, and they are:
Monday – Thurs 11am – 10pm
Friday-Saturday 11am – 11pm
Sunday 11am – 9:30pm
Delivery Options: Grubhub and DoorDash

358 Ludlow Avenue – 961.6800
Hours: Open every day from 11am to 10pm.
Delivery Options: Along with carryout, Habanero offers curbside delivery, and you can also order food through Ubereats. Habanero’s Facebook page states, “Ubereats has suspended delivery fees for us and others!”

Proud Rooster
345 Ludlow Avenue – 513.281.4965
Staples Include: Omelets, Fried Chicken
Hours: Tuesday through Sunday 8 to 2
Delivery Options: They deliver if it’s close and if they’re not real busy.

Skyline Chili
290 Ludlow Avenue – 513.221.2142
Hours: Hours are currently 11am to 10pm every day of the week; they stop taking delivery phone calls at 10:40pm.
Delivery Options: Along with pickup, they do they curbside pickup, I was told.

Marakech Morrocan Cafe & Grill
341 Ludlow Avenue – 513.442.2233
Hours: Noon to 8pm every day.
Delivery Options: If you call them directly, they can deliver IF you live in Clifton. Another option is

Ardor Bakeshop
272 Ludlow Avenue – 513.221.2452
Hours: Ardor is new, and they’re still setting their hours, but they let me know that they will at least be open these hours:
Saturday and Sunday: 9am to 1pm
Thursday and Friday: 11 to 4

Bruegger’s Bagels
3317 Clifton Avenue – 513.221.2243
Hours: 6am to 4pm every day
Delivery Options: Bruegger’s recently added Door Dash

Hunan Bistro
321 Ludlow Avenue – 513.221.5333
To order online, click THIS LINK.
i was told over the phone that they deliver anywhere, but it affects the delivery fee.

Baladi Restaurant & Bakery
3307 Clifton Avenue – 513.221.7222
Hours: Tuesday through Thursday: 11am to 8pm
Friday: 11pm to 9pm
Saturday: 10am to 9pm
Sunday:  10am to 3pm
Delivery Options: GrubHub

The Whole Bowl
364 Ludlow Avenue – 513.751.2695
Hours: 11am to 9pm every day
Staples Include: The Big Bowl
Delivery Options: DoorDash, UberEats
Note also that customers are still able to purchase food at the walk-up window

Jagdeep’s Indian Grocery
356 Ludlow Avenue – 513.961.2699
Hours: 11:30am to 9pm every day
Don’t forget about Jagdeep’s!  Some of the staples there include vegetables, yogurt, beans, lentils, and rice. 

Kasim Sulton Plays the Ludlow Garage March 14th

Kasim Sulton’s Utopia will perform at the Ludlow Garage on Saturday, March 14.

The music that evening will have a strong Todd Rundgren connection. Along with recording dozens of solo albums, Todd Rundgen was a member of two important bands. One group, the Nazz, recorded three albums between 1968 and 1971.

The other band, Utopia, released its first album in 1974, and continued to reconvene for the next few decades. There has been some shifting personnel in Utopia, but some of the musicians have remained band members for long periods of time, including Kasim Sulton, who joined Utopia in 1976. By then Utopia had become a four-piece where all four band members wrote, sang, produced, and engineered material.

It was Sulton who wrote and sang lead on Utopia’s biggest hit, “Set Me Free,” from Adventures in Utopia (1980). During its career Utopia played many different styles of music. Some songs were short, concise, and catchy but quirky pop confections while others reflected a progressive rock style.

Sulton will be performing music from all the different phases of Utopia when he comes to the Ludlow Garage. If you like Todd Rundgren, you’ll hear a lot of Todd that evening. If you like smart, quirky pop music, you’ll hear that too. And if you like progressive rock, you’ll hear that as well. Click this link to find out more about this show and order tickets.

Marc Cohn Plays the Ludlow Garage March 25

An intimate venue like the Ludlow Garage is an ideal setting for a singer-songwriter, and it’s hosted some of the best, including Judy Collins, Michael Martin Murphey, and Rickie Lee Jones. At larger venues you tend to lose some of the subtleties and nuances of singer-songwriters, but the Ludlow Garage offers both immediacy and superb sound.

So Marc Cohn’s performance on March 25 promises to be a special one. His hit “Walking in Memphis” was nominated for a Grammy for best song and best male vocal performance in 1991, and it reached #13 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. Since then Cohn has written songs for himself and for other artists, including David Crosby, William Bell, and the Blind Boys of Alabama.

If you’re wondering how Marc Cohn became such an in-demand songwriter, part of the answer might lie in his album Listening Booth: 1970. The album is devoted to cover version of pop songs that were originally released in 1970, a year that served as Cohn’s musical awakening and year that inspired him to write music. You’ll hear songs by Van Morrison, CCR, Simon & Garfunkel, the Grateful Dead, and others. His rendition of Paul McCartney’s “Maybe I’m Amazed” is one of the highlights of the album:

To find out more about the show and order tickets, click this link to the Ludlow Garage’s website.

Sunday Brunch at the Ludlow Garage

Today I got together with a group of friends for Sunday brunch at the Ludlow Garage, which takes place every Sunday from 11am to 3pm. It was the first time for all of us, so everyone got something different and we did a lot of sharing. Turns out we picked a beautiful day to hang out there: the temperature got up to the high 50s – rare for the first day of March – and the sun was shining as bright as ever. Soon the Ludlow Garage will be opening the garage doors, adding that much more character to the establishment and to Ludlow Avenue. While we were sitting there today, it was easy to imagine the doors lifting and the sun warming the room.

We started our meal out with mimosas, Bloody Maries, and coffee…

…and then explored as many different options as we could on the menu. The menu for Sunday brunch alludes to the Ludlow Garage’s storied musical history, with such delicacies as Iggy Pop Tart Pancake and Humble Egg Pie on tap. The price was reasonable, the portions were generous, and – to cut to the chase – we’ll be back, for brunch, for concerts, for cocktails, and for the opportunity to sit upstairs while the doors are open on a beautiful spring day.