Ikea Cincinnati- some pretty tasty cheap eats

It seems strange to be recommending a furniture store for some tasty and cheap food, but if you’re hungry and in West Chester, Ikea’s cafeteria style restaurant isn’t a bad bet. 

I was doing a little furniture shopping yesterday after work and I thought I’d grab a quick bite to eat.

The cafeteria is very bright and clean and amazingly enough, completely furnished with Ikea furniture.  It has a nice ambiance and not crowded at all.  The weeknights at Ikea are not busy so the line for food was very short.
IkeaFood.jpgThere are quite a few choices of meals to choose from with most being only $4.99.  The most popular dish seems to be the Swedish meatballs.  Almost every tray that I saw had one of the Swedish meatball platters on them.  So, I too chose the Swedish meatballs platter and an apple cake and a drink.  All for less than $10.00.  The meatballs come with mashed potatoes and a lingonberry sauce.

The Swedish meatballs are smaller than you’d think from the picture but quite tasty.  They have a slightly dry and crunchy exterior like they had been deep-fried.  That’s probably the secret because everything tastes good when they’re deep-fried!  The meatballs come with a gravy that also works well with the mashed potatoes.  The ligonberry sauce tastes pretty much like cranberries but not quite as tart.

I apologize for the pictures of my half eaten meal.  That’s just a testament of how good the food is.
For a drink I recommend the Ligonberry juice from the fountain.  It’s not carbonated and not too sweet.  The apple cake was good too, only $2.29 for a slice.
It took me a few seconds to figure out where to put the tray when I was finished.  The area to put tray is slightly walled off, but is marked with a sign.  You place your tray in racks just like in college!
IkeaFood3.jpgI’ll have to stop back for their .99 breakfast!  Review of the $.99 breakfast to come! 🙂

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  • Reply cinplify.com May 8, 2008 at 11:43 am

    Ikea Cincinnati- some pretty tasty cheap eats.

    Looking for cheap eats? Try the Ikea in West Chester. Here’s a quick review of my experience with the Swedish meatballs.

  • Reply MB May 10, 2008 at 1:01 am

    I’ve heard about IKEA’s insanely cheap but yet good breakfast. The IKEA around here doesn’t have it, but apparently it is hugely popular in Europe due to the price.
    My experience eating at IKEA…

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