Airport dining usually conjures up thoughts of overpriced, processed fast food, but I discovered that could not be further from the truth when I recently had lunch at the Sky Galley Restaurant at Lunken Airport. Located in the charming Art Deco terminal, the Sky Galley is a throwback to a time when dining (and air travel) were both more relaxing and civilized than they are today.
So you want to bring something home for dinner but you can’t stand the thought of another pizza or bucket of chicken. You’ve had a million nights like this, right? Or you need a fast lunch but something more flavorful than the usual fast food? I have a great suggestion for you — Caribe Carryout.
We have two new Asian-inspired lunch options downtown — one with crowds queued up out the door and the other that hasn't quite been discovered yet. Both benefit from friendly staffing and fresh ingredients. The buzz belongs to Soho Sushi, near the Fourth Street entrance to Tower Place, but I also suggest trying Rice Rocket Asian Grill, the new "build your own bowl" spot on Main Street.
I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been a bit of a wet blanket when it comes to Mediterranean food. I get the gyro every time, no exceptions. But I’m going to lunch at Al-Amir Café for my first food-writing assignment, so I figure it is time to broaden my horizons and step out of my comfort zone.
For some of us, weekday lunch means heating up last night's remnants or eating a cold can of soup (out of the can) while working at a cramped desk. Lucky John Slow Market in Walnut Hills is not for those quick weekday lunches. Eating at Lucky John means chatting with owner and chef John Clark, sipping an old-school bottled Coke from Mexico (no high fructose corn syrup) and pondering the menu offerings.
The Señor Roy's Taco Patrol menu is simple: Choose a meat to add to tacos, a burrito, a quesadilla, nachos or taco salad. Then add any of a number of salsas and extras. If you're not down with the unpredictable availability of mobile eateries, that's understandable, though they'll be less unpredictable with City Council recently voting to start a pilot program zoning off areas downtown for food trucks.
My husband and I recently enjoyed a lunch date while sampling what many have hailed as some of the "Best Oven-Fired Pizza" in Greater Cincinnati at The Works Brick Oven Restaurant near the bike trail in downtown Loveland. Within the walls of the city's landmark water filling station for steam trains, owners Scott and Jamie Gordon serve up homemade soup, fresh salad and unique sandwich offerings in addition to their signature brick oven pies.
I was walking up Vine Street downtown on a beautiful spring day when I was grabbed and dragged onto Garfield Place. In broad daylight! By barbecue smoke! Oh readers, I'll tell you, it wasn't pretty — but the ribs cooking at Fins and Feathers on Garfield Place were completely irresistible.
Saturday lunch is one of the best meals of the week. Totally low key and relaxed, it's a break from running errands — or a chance to plan the rest of the day. For me, it's taqueria time. And luckily I've found two new spots that, while off the beaten path, make authentic, truly delicious, simple lunches.
Carry-out lunch means fast food for many of my fellow downtown cubicle dwellers, but I stick to the indies. I have a few tried and trues nearby that I rely on, coincidentally all on Vine Street): Total Juice Plus, Mythos on the Square, Sunny Deli and Fred and Gari's.