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How veggie friendly is Cincinnati?

By Rick Pender · May 28th, 2003 · The Dish
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I left my vegetarian-friendly heart in San Francisco: In a recent study, the PETA organization rated the top 200 VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY CITIES, with San Francisco nabbing the No. 1 spot. (How many "fill-in-the-blank"-friendly lists are they on?). No surprise that the former Porkopolis didn't make it into the top 20. And yes, we did get out-ranked by it-ain't-chili-without-meat cities such as Houston and Austin, Texas, but at least Cincinnati did not rank at the bottom with the five cities where vegetarians are mistaken for animal doctors: Sioux Falls, S.D.; Green Bay, Wisc.; Wichita, Kan.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Jackson, Miss. ...

A fine example of our love-of-the-loin: An e-mail from a reader bemoans the closing of the downtown Longhorn Steakhouse (four other locations remain open) stating: "Sigh, I loved that place."

Although no love lost for local veggies, how many more downtown doors must close before we all realize that the vitality of Greater Cincinnati -- hey! municipalities and townships! -- is interdependent with the vitality of the city? Now that's a meaty issue worth bustin' some chops about. As a recent guest from San Francisco -- a photographer and first-time visitor to Cincinnati -- said after an active weekend tour of restaurants, parks, city views and architecture: "What a beautiful city! I left my vegetarian-friendly heart in San Francisco: In a recent study, the PETA organization rated the top 200 VEGETARIAN-FRIENDLY CITIES, with San Francisco nabbing the No.

1 spot. (How many "fill-in-the-blank"-friendly lists are they on?). No surprise that the former Porkopolis didn't make it into the top 20. And yes, we did get out-ranked by it-ain't-chili-without-meat cities such as Houston and Austin, Texas, but at least Cincinnati did not rank at the bottom with the five cities where vegetarians are mistaken for animal doctors: Sioux Falls, S.D.; Green Bay, Wisc.; Wichita, Kan.; Birmingham, Ala.; and Jackson, Miss. ...

A fine example of our love-of-the-loin: An e-mail from a reader bemoans the closing of the downtown Longhorn Steakhouse (four other locations remain open) stating: "Sigh, I loved that place." ...

Although no love lost for local veggies, how many more downtown doors must close before we all realize that the vitality of Greater Cincinnati -- hey! municipalities and townships! -- is interdependent with the vitality of the city? Now that's a meaty issue worth bustin' some chops about. As a recent guest from San Francisco -- a photographer and first-time visitor to Cincinnati -- said after an active weekend tour of restaurants, parks, city views and architecture: "What a beautiful city! I'm surprised it's not filled with people reveling in its glory!" OK, so I've digressed a bit, but I considered the statement a vitamin shot in our apathetic arm. ...

You've been lost in the herbs the past few months if you aren't aware of the impact JEAN-ROBERT AT PIGALL'S has had on diners in Cincinnati. Besides being a talented chef and smart businessman, more importantly Jean-Robert de Cavel and his wife Annette are parents who, nearly one year ago, lost their baby daughter to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). In an effort to raise awareness and understanding of this mysterious and heartbreaking experience, Jean-Robert, Annette and over 50 Tristate businesses have teamed up with the Sudden Infant Death Network of Ohio in a fund-raiser for continued research, education, support and, someday, the elimination of SIDS. During the week of June 13-19, you can contribute to this important work by dining at participating area restaurants or shopping at retail establishments who are donating portions of their receipts in BUILDING HOPE FOR VICTORY OVER SIDS. All participating businesses will be listed in promotional ads in many visible publications, or log on to the Web site: www.7daysforsids.com.

 
 
 
 

 

 
 
 
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