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Turquoise’s Upscale Mediterranean Satisfies

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 21, 2011
I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I entered Turquoise (628 Vine St., Downtown). This Turkish/Mediterranean restaurant, which opened in October, is owned by Levant Kurucay, who previously owned Cafe Istanbul at Newport on the Levee.  

Mad for Mike’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
When the word gets out about Mad Mike’s Burgers & Fries (6420 Dixie Hwy., Florence, 859-647-6444), you’re not going to be able to push your way through the crowds to get in. Put the paper down now and go, and you can finish reading this when you get back.     

It’s Time for Lime!

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
In recent years, thanks to a couple of national chains, burritos have become a basic in the American diet. Given that popularity, Chef Gina Puopolo abandoned her fine dining pedigree and opened up Lime Taqueria (522 Main St., 859-360-7420) in Covington’s popular MainStrasse district. Lime lives on the cutting edge of Mexican cuisine, and it’s a fine place to be.   

Double Dose of Mediterranean

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
For years, Mythos was downtown’s “Greek place.” At the satellite locations, it was a quick stop for a gyro or, at the main location, a plate of spanikopita with a serviceable salad. Then, suddenly, Mythos was gone without a trace. Overnight, the feta and the baklava vanished, and those of us who like the occasional lamb in our lunchtime were left to wander the streets.  

Fast Good Food

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
According to recent research, typical Americans consume three hamburgers each week. Unfortunately, many of them are gulped down from drive-thru lanes at fast-food restaurants. If we eat so many of these quintessentially American sandwiches, why don’t we take the time to at least seek out quality? With the recent opening of Flippin’ Jimmy’s we can get a pretty damn good burger for basically the price of fast food.  

And the Best BLT in Town Goes To…

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Summer is tomato season, and that makes the BLT the king of summer sandwiches. Bacon, lettuce and tomato are three ingredients that really complement each other — bacon giving the tomato the salt it always needs; lettuce adding color, crisp crunch and stability. Tomatoes. Red, ripe and robust.  

Shaan (Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
My foodie neighbor loves the lunch buffet at Shaan Indian Cuisine and my CityBeat colleague, Karen Christopfel, wrote a glowing review of dinner there last year. I decided to give their lunch buffet a chance even though I am really not that into Indian food and I think that buffets are best left for tacky weddings. At Shaan, I was both surprised and impressed.  

Keep on Food Truckin’

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 8, 2011
A few years ago, one of the best things about visiting other cities was exploring their food truck options. Not only do they almost always have really good, cheap and fast food, but they provide a great option for talented chefs to show off their creations to the public without the massive expense of a storefront restaurant. Now, thanks mainly to the efforts of Councilmember Laure Quinlivan, we actually are seeing an explosion of food trucks here in Cincinnati.  

Naked Lunch

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Social media is a powerful force these days, providing the means for the people of Egypt to shake their government at its very foundation. Here at home, Naked Pizza is using social media to shake up Americans’ love affair with pizza.  

Eat Lunch, Save the World

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 30, 2011
I will be the first to admit that I am not the most eco-friendly person out there. I am terrible about recycling and I am constantly reminded about my eco failures by my closest friends. Therefore, when I heard about Greek To Me Prassino, I knew that my broad carbon footprinting required that I try it out.  

Soup du Jour (Review)

3 Comments · Wednesday, February 9, 2011
It is definitely soup weather. Cold weather compels me to bundle up in thick, cozy blankets with bowls (or mugs) of hot, comforting soup. That’s just what I did (minus the thick, cozy blankets, sadly) when I visited Soup du Jour (6064 West Chester Road, West Chester, 513-874-7687) on a wintry, drizzly day last week.  

Washington Platform (Brunch Review)

0 Comments · Monday, January 10, 2011
Sunday is usually a day that you have to pry me off the couch, especially during football season. However, I had heard about the once-a-month New Orleans Jazz and Food lunch at Washington Platform (1000 Elm St., Downtown; 513-421-0110), and since whatever the Bengals did wouldn’t matter, I asked my friend Barbara to check it out with me.  

It's a Pho Lang Thang

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 5, 2011
When the weather gets brisker come winter, traffic at Findlay Market starts to dwindle. But a new eatery in the former Paula’s location is still bustling.   

Taqueria Yolandita (Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I am about to reveal my secret favorite Mexican eatery. If you think you can guess it, you can’t. You’ve probably never heard of it. You might have driven past it and never noticed that it’s there. But, believe me, it’s worth a stop. Taqueria Yolandita can’t really be called a taco “truck.” It’s more like a taco trailer.  

Jean-Paul's Paradiso (Review)

A slice of paradise in Anderson Township

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Jean-Paul's Paradiso is tucked away next to a gas station in Anderson Township's small historic district. Inauspicious surroundings belie the delights waiting within. When you enter into the tiny space, you're greeted with the smells of freshly baked bread and pizza and a clear view of the kitchen.