Clendon Springer and a Final Cut Steakhouse Giveaway

September 21, 2010

Clendon Springer at Final Cut Steakhouse

As an emerging local food star, Chef Clendon Springer is capturing the attention of hungry diners all over the Tristate. He sat down with me in his restaurant at Hollywood Casino, just twenty minutes outside of Cincinnati, to talk about gambling, emptiness and why he cooks like a man.

Note to readers: I’m giving away a precipitately $50 dollar Final Cut Steakhouse gift certificate to one reader. Anyone who legitimately comments on this post will be entered to win. Anyone who retweets or tweets about this post will also be entered. Contest ends Thursday, September 23 at 9 am. The winner will be chosen at random by random.org.

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Mark September 21, 2010 at 2:51 am

I’d love to check out the manly food at Final Cut. Great read, thanks for sharing.

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S Howard September 22, 2010 at 8:34 am

What a great article about a (now)local chef. I wanted to go to chef school when I was young, and I have regretted not going ever since. I look forward to eating this mans food, and hopefully some day meeting him.

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Josh O. September 21, 2010 at 3:15 am

Count me in!

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FLFoodSNOB September 21, 2010 at 11:24 am

I know it’s not #ff but y’all should follow this lady @Epiventures! She is remarkable! And Her blog is bangin!

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Sheri September 21, 2010 at 5:21 am

Great article, food sounds amazing! I love the way you write, such detail and feeling. Thanks for letting us in!

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Jen September 21, 2010 at 5:41 am

Sounds like the perfect place for a “staycation.” Thanks for sharing.

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5chw4r7z September 21, 2010 at 6:53 am

I’d comment for free but bribes work too.

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Courtney September 21, 2010 at 7:06 am

Oh darn, I said legitimate comments. Oh well, better luck next time! (Just kidding, naturally)

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Jayne Homsher September 21, 2010 at 7:48 am

I want to come now just because I found out Clendon’s homeland is St. Lucia. I will never forget the people of St. Lucia and the most wonderful bread and the smell of the yeast in St. Lucia. Nothing this good exists in the US that I have found. Clendon you are a special guy and please, please continue to honor your homeland in ways you can with your cooking at the Final Cut. How about an exotic fruit desert in honor of St. Lucia or a wonderful salad course paying homage to the St. Lucia spirits of the rain forest!

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Josh September 21, 2010 at 8:29 am

Thanks for the write up! Makes me wanna give it a shot. Bonus that it’s only about 20 minutes from me. :)

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msred513 September 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm

RT @Epiventures: My interview with Hollywood Casino chef… plus win a $50 Final Cut Steakhouse gift card –> http://epi-ventures.com/interviews/clend

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steven September 21, 2010 at 5:53 pm

Great article

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Christi September 22, 2010 at 7:11 am

I would love to try the Final Cut Steakhouse! Those ribs are making me hungry :)

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John September 22, 2010 at 7:14 am

wonderful article. sounds like a GRADE A restaurant. This man is living MY dream. Kudos!!!

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Nicole September 22, 2010 at 7:15 am

Gambling and steak…I’m not sure my wallet can handle it!

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Alan Hazelbaker September 22, 2010 at 7:16 am

After watching an episode of Man v. Food, I have a whole new appreciation and desire to eat as many bone in ribeyes as I possibly can. Considering the restaurant on the episode was in the Niagra Falls area, this looks like a much better option considering gas prices. It is always nice to have options…

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Stacey W. September 22, 2010 at 7:18 am

I’ve been to Final Cut once before and would love to go again! Best and biggest filet minon you’ll find anywhere.

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Jack Finke September 22, 2010 at 7:23 am

I love a rib eye steak cooked hot on the outside and Medium Rare on the inside. That with a really hot baker and a good Merlot would take me to heaven!

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Traci September 22, 2010 at 7:30 am

I love this place! great atmosphere!

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Bill September 22, 2010 at 7:31 am

Good job, I worked with Clendon at Kenwood Country Club, could tell he would make it big here in Cincinnati.

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Courtney September 23, 2010 at 8:20 am

Congrats, Bill! I selected your number on random.com which means you’ve won $50 to Final Cut Steakhouse! I’ll contact you soon to hook you up.

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Pat September 22, 2010 at 7:35 am

wish that I had a job to be able to take my wife there and try this restaurant!

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Ollie B Wallace September 22, 2010 at 7:37 am

Great article that someone enjoys cooking at Final Cut.
Good Luck!!

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kathy belluomini September 22, 2010 at 7:44 am

gosh that steak sure looks good. I have walked past the final cut and it looks so high class, sophisticated, pretty.

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Tom September 22, 2010 at 7:45 am

Only if tip included

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Phil September 22, 2010 at 7:55 am

Can’t wait to try it. It sounds incredible!

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Bill Vorbroker September 22, 2010 at 8:01 am

The food is pretty good. I suggest trying the crabcake appetizer, the spinach salad, and another salad served in a bowl of cheese, lol.

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Dave September 22, 2010 at 8:05 am

Great article. If I hadnt read it I would have thought the restaurant was a place to sit and eat hotel food. I haven’t been to Hollywood since the remake from Argosy, but your article, the restaurant and the club make me want to make a night of it soon.

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TonyS September 22, 2010 at 8:08 am

Had dinner there not long after Final Cut opened, and had the bone-in filet, it was excellent, as was the rest of the meal. It wasn’t cheap, but I definitely plan to go back.

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Rebecca September 22, 2010 at 8:14 am

Kudos to Clendon Springer, whom I understand is one of the tri-states best chefs. I’ve not had the pleasure, thus far, of dining at the Final Cut Steakhouse but I’m sure it will be coming in the very near future. Truly, a great story, Courtney!!!!

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Steve McGill September 22, 2010 at 8:17 am

I’ve had the privilege & pleasure of dining at the Precinct & the “House of Prime Rib” in S.F. in the last year. The Hollywood Casino Restaurant sounds like another ultimate dining destination. With or without the gift certificate I suspect I’ll be checking it out.

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Nathan Guard September 22, 2010 at 8:22 am

I lived in Lawrenceburg, IN my entire life until I recently moved to West Chester, OH to be closer to work. My wife and I visit Hollywood Casino occasionally to either gamble with friends or eat with my Mom, Dad and grandmother who still live in Lawrenceburg. We have not tried your restaurant yet in the pavillion and – I’ll go ahead and say it; the $50 gift certificate would be a nice added bonus to try it to see if we will put it in our rotation. Thank you!

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Michelle Howard September 22, 2010 at 8:30 am

This article made my mouth water!

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Dan Phirman September 22, 2010 at 8:31 am

The bone-in KC Strip is awesome!! I’d love to go back for another.

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Ronbo September 22, 2010 at 8:34 am

Mmm. Nothing like a good steak. I’ll have to give them a try next time I’m out there!

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Patricia September 22, 2010 at 8:39 am

Love these chef snippets. I can’t believe I haven’t been out to Hollywood yet. My to-do list in this city is ever-growing!

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Patricia September 22, 2010 at 8:39 am

Love these chef snippets. I can’t believe I haven’t been out to Hollywood yet. My to-do list in this city is ever-growing!

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Annette T. Gillen September 22, 2010 at 8:42 am

Been looking for a new steak house to try out. I never even considered the casino. Thanks for printing an article to highlight the new choices. Thanks Chef Springer for bringing us the wonderful selection.

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judy September 22, 2010 at 8:43 am

I am impressed and intrigued! Ruby’s is my mainstay when I’m craving a steak; but next time, I’ll make the trek to the Hollywood Casino to check out the final cut!

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Vince Morano September 22, 2010 at 8:46 am

Great article!

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R Mooney September 22, 2010 at 8:51 am

I’ve been to the Marquee Grill and the Passport Buffet, and liked them both. Looks like I’ll have to try Final Cut as well!

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Dan B. September 22, 2010 at 8:58 am

I have always been partial to a particular steakhouse here in town and would love to see if someone new could give them a run for my money.

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Ian September 22, 2010 at 10:13 am

This looks like a place to try. It will be interesting to see how it compares to Ruby’s.

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Michael A. September 22, 2010 at 11:05 am

I’ve been to Final Cut 3 times since it’s opened. Once for my parents 50th wedding anniversary, once for a work event and lastly for friends visiting from NY. My friends commented how great a steak they had in this casino restaurant. This is every bit as good as a Ruby restaurant, and I’ve eaten at them all, with the price point to match. Excellent job Chef!!

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Gary Sweeten September 22, 2010 at 12:14 pm

MY nephew cooks an unusual Rib and calls it “Pig Wings”. Do you have anything like that on your menu?

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Lisa September 22, 2010 at 12:21 pm

Very interesting article. I would enjoy visiting and comparing with Jeff Ruby’s establishments. The Hollywood Casino is a fun place to go. Just visited last Saturday “Boogie Nights” in Hollywood for a friends birthday. Next time I will have to stop in and try Chef Springer’s creations.

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Randi September 22, 2010 at 12:43 pm

I have eaten there twice since June and both time the filet mignon has been excellent! The sides are big enough for everyone to share and the desserts are to die for.

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Frank Hutson September 22, 2010 at 2:55 pm

I love to cook and my wife says I should have pursued this avocation. Unfortunatly, I am left with reading all that I can and learning and trying different things much to her demise. Enjoyed the article.

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Cara September 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

Final cut sounds like it would be a wonderful place to grab a meal before a night of gambling. Chef Clendon sounds like he is on his way to stardom!

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Adrienne September 22, 2010 at 4:18 pm

I have been wanting to try Final Cut Steakhouse. I have heard good things about it from friends who have tried it.

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Maris September 22, 2010 at 5:34 pm

Haven’t been to Hollywood since they changed the name of it, but have heard several VERY positive things about the food, this gives those comments some meat. Gonna have to go try it . . .

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Chris September 22, 2010 at 5:40 pm

I can’t wait to try out this place. It look delicious!

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Cathy September 22, 2010 at 5:42 pm

We have been to Final Cut twice. We love it!!! The food is awesome!!!!!!!

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Bill Evans September 22, 2010 at 6:27 pm

Sounds like a great addition to Hollywood….would love to try it soon

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AUDREY September 22, 2010 at 7:37 pm

I love a good steak!!

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Beth September 22, 2010 at 8:05 pm

I enjoyed the article about Mr.Clendon Springer at Hollywood Casino, really makes you want to run over there to try and thick juicy perfectly cooked steak..Yummy

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Beth September 22, 2010 at 8:06 pm

I enjoyed the article about Mr.Clendon Springer at Hollywood Casino, really makes you want to run over there to try a thick juicy perfectly cooked steak..Yummy

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Doggy September 22, 2010 at 9:55 pm

ЎHola!
No estб seguro de que esto es verdad:), pero gracias a un cargo.

Doggy

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RLF September 23, 2010 at 1:58 am

You will not find a better steak in the area.
Also, be sure to order the house salad if for nothing else the flavored pecans-Wonderful.
Not cheap, but worth it.

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Jim Raleigh September 23, 2010 at 4:51 am

I always like a good steak. A friend once told me lettuce is what food eats. I will be heading down to give the steak a taste first of next month

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Amy September 23, 2010 at 5:14 am

I have eaten at Final Cut and it has always been exceptional. I have never had a steak as tender and well cooked as I have at Final Cut. The service and atmosphere are first class.

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Kelly September 23, 2010 at 5:22 am

My parents live fairly close and have visited Hollywood to eat at Final Cut- I chuckle at the name, however the food sounds promising. I would love to give it a try sometime in the near future. I like more steakhouse options that arent Outback or the traditional chain.

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Bruce Kleimeyer September 23, 2010 at 5:55 am

Haven’t had a good steak in awhile. Would love to try it!

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justmarylou September 23, 2010 at 6:12 am

Great article Courtney! sounds like a good guy and wow, that is a lot of people to cook for.. amazing.. if I can drag my husband to a casino, will have to check it out.

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Courtney September 23, 2010 at 8:34 am

Thanks to all the commenters and tweeters! The lucky winner is Bill (the fist Bill) — who I’ll be contacting shortly!

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