One of Over-the-Rhine’s most popular destinations, A Tavola (1220 Vine St.), is opening a second location in Madeira. The new shop, at 7022 Miami Road, will open in December. I think it’s great that the center of the city has so much goodness going on that we can export it to the ’burbs.
And if you’ve had trouble getting into A Tavola on busy evenings, you can try Saturday lunch. Lunch service starts at 11 a.m., perfect for pre- or post-Findlay Market shopping. Be sure to try A Tavola’s roasted cauliflower appetizer — voted in a poll of just me — as “Most Surprisingly Delicious Thing on the Menu.”
On a much sadder pizza-related note, the owner of Cosmic Pizza (7 Woodsdale Ave., Hartwell), Rich Evans, was shot and killed during a robbery attempt in June. Evans is survived by his wife and three very young children — ages 8, 5 and 18 months — who were on the premises at the time of the shooting. Recently, the Hartwell Kroger and Springdale’s SmoQ both held fundraisers for the Evans family. There’s also a donation page set up by Cosmic Pizza’s neighbors at gofundme.com/3ac52k.
Bouquet Restaurant (519 Main St., Covington) is one of the unique, intimate little treasures we’re lucky to have on our local dining scene. Chefs Stephen Williams and Bhumin Desai use local ingredients to make some of the prettiest, most delicious food around.
They just launched a new website — with photos that made me drool — that tells the story of their farm-to-table commitment, features the farmers they are working with and just generally makes you weak with hunger.
Check it out at bouquetrestaurant.com.
Speaking of farm-to-table, Local 127 (413 Vine St., Downtown) was a pioneer in the concept and is still going strong. They have a Burger & Beer special during happy hour (5-7 p.m.) — a house-ground burger and fries with a pint of local beer for $14. If you’ve given up beer for bikini season, a seasonal mojito or a sophisticated Pimms Cup might hit the spot. And if you’re in the “bikini be damned” mindset, add an order of duck confit poutine for just five bucks. Wait one hour before swimming!
The best $5 I spend every Tuesday is at Eli’s BBQ stand at the Strauss Troy Market at Fountain Square. I have been preaching about Eli’s since I was a lone voice in the wilderness. Now there’s a choir of believers out there.
Well, let me make that choir sing Hallelujah. Eli says he will be managing the eats at The Famous Neons Unplugged (208 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine) starting July 3. Favorite bar + favorite food = happy people, right? Eli won’t be cooking at Neons every night, but when he’s not, he’ll line up the folks who will. Example? Ryan Santos of Please, featured in CityBeat’s June 19 cover story. Also, Eli is so busy with his booming success that he is hiring help. Contact Eli’s BBQ (3313 Riverside Drive, East End) at 513-307-8318 if you are interested.
The Contemporary Arts Center (44 E. Sixth St., Downtown) is not the first place you think of when you think of food, but as part of their “One Night, One Craft” series, they are screening the film Jiro Dreams of Sushi on Monday, July 15 at 6 p.m. with sushi rolling lessons from Fusian and AIGA.
Mondays are always free at the CAC, and this event will be popular. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s hard to imagine — Jiro is a sushi master who is totally dedicated to his art. His quest for perfection is almost spiritual. The Fusian guys are a lot more relaxed than Jiro — but a lot more fun, too. The sushi rolling starts at 6 p.m. and everything is free except the cash bar. For details about this event and the other nights in the series, check the CAC on Facebook.
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