Best Of 2017

Best Tripe Bowl: Fortune Noodle House

Best Tripe Bowl

On some level, Chinese food is a foreign flavor to an American tongue, but at Clifton’s Fortune Noodle House, the foreign gets authentic with a big bowl of beef tripe noodles. Conveniently located on the corner of Calhoun and Clifton streets, Fortune is perfectly situated for international students at the University of Cincinnati to get a taste of home and for locals to try something new. Inspired by classic Chinese noodle houses, owners Steven Sun and his wife Rachel serve a La Mian-style of handmade noodles, a practice that dates back to the 1500s. The noodles are hand-pulled and stretched out into strands, then paired with everything from vegetables, squid and shredded pork to the aforementioned beef stomach. The texture and folds of the tripe, along with the chewy and dense noodles, soak up the complex flavors of the soup. Other uncommon menu items include selections like a marbled tea egg, sliced lotus root, pig ear, beef tendon and even the chef’s special sautéed pig kidney. A caveat: After eating the tripe noodle stew, you may or may not sweat it out in your sleep. Fortune Noodle House, 349 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights, 513-281-1800, fortunenoodles.com.