The Greater Cincinnati Originals (GCO) will hold their annual event, the Original Spring Mix, on May 9 at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State College. The chefs from the Cincinnati chapter of the national group Dine Originals will prepare five-course dinner and wine pairings, and guests will have a chance to meet the chefs and ask questions. A Chef's Community Table also will be available for avid foodies. Members of the organization include Andy's Mediterranean Grille, Behle Street Café, Bella Luna, Brown Dog Café, Daveed's at 934, Encore Bistro & Bar, The Grand Café, Jean-Robert at Pigall's, JeanRo Bistro, Pho Paris, Jimmy D's Steakhouse, Kona Bistro, Mesh, Mike & Jimmy's Chophouse Grille, Montgomery Inn Boathouse, Nicholson's, O'Bryon's Irish Pub, One Restaurant & Lounge, Polo Grille, Pompilio's, Pub at Crestview Hills, Red Restaurant, Universal Grille and Vinyl.
Cadillac Ranch Rock-N-Country Bar & Grill is scheduled to move into the former Hallmark store at Sixth and Walnut streets this summer.
The Nashville-based restaurant serves smoked ribs, steaks and even a grilled bologna sandwich.
Mongo's Mongolian Grill recently opened in Mason. Customers pick the ingredients for their meal -- such as vegetables, meats, seafood, rice, noodles, sauces and spices -- then the ingredients are stir-fried on an 8-foot grill. Owner Scott Snow plans to open three more Mongo's Mongolian Grill locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky over the next 18 months.
Chanaka Delanerolle -- owner of Teak, The Celestial and Mount Adams Fish House -- is opening a new restaurant in the old space that housed Watson Bros. Bistro & Brewery in Blue Ash. The new restaurant will offer sushi and a few western dishes such as lamb chops and steak as well as Thai and dishes from Malaysia, Cambodia and other Asian areas.
Mesh has a new spring menu in place that includes a sushi-style veggie roll appetizer, a marinated beet salad, a pan-seared tuna burger and the Citrus Explosion for dessert, which consists of orange cake, lemon cake and orange ice cream.
Save your babysitting money to use for dessert: One Restaurant & Lounge has a kids menu for ages 12 and under. It includes an antipasti plate with apples, cheese, fresh vegetable and dip, pappardelle pasta and the ever-popular chicken tenders and grilled cheese.
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