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How to Get to Abigail Street

By Maija Zummo · May 1st, 2013 · Television
tv_abigailstreet_cameronknightAbigail Street - Photo: Cameron Knight
Cincinnati’s dining scene has been getting a lot of national press the past couple years, and much of that has been on food-based television shows. The Sugar Cupcakery in Milford, Camp Washington Chili, Aglamesis Brothers and Graeter’s, among others, have all been recently featured. Another press perk was when Jose Salazar, formerly of The Palace, won Food & Wine Magazine’s “People’s Best New Chef: Great Lakes” in 2011 and then Dan Wright of Senate and Abigail Street took the award in 2012. 

Speaking of Salazar and Wright, both award-winning chefs are currently cooking in the kitchen at Over-the-Rhine’s Abigail Street, so it’s no surprise to us the restaurant is being featured on America’s Best Bites (4:30 p.m. Saturday, The Cooking Channel).

The show, hosted by Natalie Forte, is in its first season, and Abigail Street’s Chef Wright and his wife Lana will be featured on the third episode. Forte travels around the nation looking for hidden gems and favorite local haunts, showcasing the best chefs and select recipes. More refined than the standard diners, drive-ins and dives TV amalgamation, each 30-minute episode features one restaurant and highlights favorite dishes. 

Chef Wright prepared tuna, tagine and octopus for the cameras, which were here in January, with an accompanying recipe for his Wood Grilled Octopus with Merguez and Hummus on cookingchanneltv.com. (Although you may just want to have him make it for you.) Restaurant shots of Wright preparing the dishes will be interspersed with interviews with him and Lana about life, food and Abigail Street.

WEDNESDAY MAY 1

Manhunt (8 p.m., HBO) – CIA insiders reveal the details behind the decades-long secret war waged against Osama bin Laden. A 2013 Sundance Film Festival Official Selection documentary.

Modern Family (9 p.m., ABC) – Phil discusses real estate during career day and comes face-to-face with his nemesis, Gil Thorpe (Rob Riggle).

The tooth fairy accidentally overpays Lily. 

The Americans (Season Finale, 10 p.m., FX) – “Married” KGB agents Philip and Elizabeth fear a Moscow-mandated meeting might be a set-up. 

THURSDAY MAY 2

The Office (9 p.m., NBC) – In a special one-hour episode, Dwight gets his black belt in karate, Andy maybe leaves Dunder Mifflin for showbiz and Jim pops by Scranton.

Parks and Recreation (Season Finale, 9:30 p.m., NBC) – Leslie celebrates one year on city council while April gets some life-changing news. A discovery prompts Andy to become a man of action: his FBI special agent alter ego. 

FRIDAY MAY 3

Maron (10 p.m., IFC) – Marc Maron of WTF with Marc Maron podcast fame gets the Louis C.K. treatment — a fictionalized eponymous sitcom loosely based on his life experiences, neuroses and comedy career.  

SATURDAY MAY 4

Saturday Night Live (11:30 p.m., NBC) – Zach Galifianakis hosts SNL for his third time with musical guests Of Monsters and Men. 

SUNDAY MAY 5

Game of Thrones (9 p.m., HBO) -– Strategic unions abound: Robb considers a “compromise” to smooth things over with House Frey; Tywin Lannister plans his own new strategy. Jon prepares to climb the wall with the Wildings.  

Mr. Selfridge (9 p.m. PBS) – Harry Selfridge (Jeremy Piven) is convinced by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle to hold a séance at the store. 

Veep (10 p.m., HBO) – An embarrassing photo of Selina surfaces. Gary brings his girlfriend — and her catchphrase — to lunch. 

What Would Ryan Lochte Do? (10 p.m., E!) – He golfs drunk, pees in pools and wears a lot of clothing with his name on it. This week, a British love interest arrives to “lock down Lochte.” Jeah!

Mad Men (10 p.m., AMC) – Pete does something awkward to a client, Roger appears shirtless and Don makes some intense facial expressions. Bobby’s OCD could manifest in more redecorating.

MONDAY MAY 6

Rihanna 777 (8 p.m., FOX) – A behind-the-scenes look at Rihanna’s “777 Tour” — 150 journalists on a jet with her for seven shows in seven countries in seven days. They dubbed the experience “plane-a-geddon” and “the 666 tour.”

TUESDAY MAY 7

Ke$ha: My Crazy Beautiful Life (11 p.m., MTV) – A bus breakdown threatens the next show; Ke$ha’s mom pees her pants.


CONTACT MAIJA ZUMMO: mzummo@citybeat.com

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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