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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.