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“OK by Any Standards”

Walt's Hitching Post
Ranked #1 of 15 Restaurants in Fort Wright
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Steakhouse
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Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Bar scene
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Valet Parking, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Cincinnati, Ohio
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274 reviews
216 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
“OK by Any Standards”
Reviewed August 12, 2013

Wife and I have been wanting to go to Walt's since it re-opened. This place has a lot of history going back to No Ky's prime time of fabulous dining establishments in the 50's and 60's. This place was one of them. It has history with us personally, too, as it is the place where we had our rehearsal dinner in 1975. So we were eager to try. The place inside was decorated in the same manner as before, and while one would not consider it modern and updated, it does fit the decor and design of the building. The room we were seated in was decorated in a thoroughbred motif. Very friendly staff and our waiter John, knew his stuff and the menu. We ordered one of the signature dishes to try and see what they were like - so we ordered and split the half rack of ribs and white meat chicken. $3.00 charge to go all white meat, but while that may seem high, we're used to it. The other parts would simply go to waste by us anyway. So why not get what you want? I will caution you that if you are expecting ribs similar to Montgomery Inn, these are not the same. These are served "Memphis style", which means they are meant to chew off the bone, not fall off. And they were just that - chewy. Good sauce, but chewy. The chicken is cooked over a hickory wood fire, and it had plenty of hickory flavor, almost bordering on too much. Mashed potatoes were creamy and tasted very good. House salad was typical, but was fresh and crisp. The bread was the best part - a toasted soft rye smothered in salted butter - Yum !! Generous portions and very good service. The big question is: would we ever go back? Probably not, but not because it's a terrible place or anything like that. It is just not our style of ribs and chicken. On a scale of 1-10, 10 being the best, I'd rate it at a 6.

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
Fort Thomas, Kentucky
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244 reviews
157 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
“Good Place”
Reviewed August 6, 2013

The food is very good but the service is great. It's the little things that they do. Table is constantly being cleared of dirty dishes, servers wait for the customer to walk by.... bottom line, they get it. CUSTOMER IS TO BE TAKEN CARE OF!!!!!!!

Visited August 2013
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Thank Thomas G
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Burlington, Kentucky
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48 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“An ok Atmosphere but the foods really below par and Pricey to boot”
Reviewed July 28, 2013

I was all pumped up to eat at the reopened Walt’s. It had gotten good reviews from the local eating critic, was suppose to be being run by local restaurant experts and I love to support the local places. Unfortunately Walt's is not "Back". First they tried to sit us (a party of six ) at a counter like booth which had everyone sitting side by side facing away from each other - obviously NG to even suggest. They did get us a new table, the help was friendly but the food was underwhelming to say the least and very very pricey. I got the Walt's famous Ribs - they were terrible. Tough, chewy and bland which matched the consistency of my baked potato which was a "gummy" brown. I should have sent this back but i never send food back unless for a refund. The wedge salad was only barely average - similar to what I can do myself at home and was at almost eight bucks. You are going to pay premium prices for subpar food. Walt’s may have been better off to stay closed. And yes - they really did serve my beer in a boot when i asked for a glass.

  • Visited July 2013
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Cincinnati, OH
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85 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Hoped for better”
Reviewed July 9, 2013

We were looking forward to going back to Walt's because we had had many very good meals there before they closed. Unfortunately, we were disappointed this time. The restaurant might have been renovated, but it seemed dark and the decor looked out-of-date. The noise level was very high. The half chicken entree was small with hardly enough meat to satisfy an adult appetite. There is a ridiculous up-charge if you want to substitute a different salad or side dish. The salads that came with dinner were very small. And last but not least, I was over-charged for my beer by a dollar. All in all, it was not the dining experience we had hoped for or remembered from the past. Now we can say we've been there, but we won't be going back.

  • Visited June 2013
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5 Thank RivrVuMan
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Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Best Ribs in the region”
Reviewed July 7, 2013

After being closed for several years, Walt's Hitching Post has reopened with new owners but with the same recipes. The ribs are perfect and better than ever! Great service and instead of those little per packaged wipes after a messy rib dinner they offer hot towels! Casual, delicious and well priced. Welcome back Walt's.

  • Visited July 2013
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1 Thank Janet A
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