Zach and Josh Weprin and their childhood
friend, Stephan Harman, are beating the odds. Nearly three years ago,
the young trio founded Fusian, a fast casual sushi restaurant with
locations in downtown Cincinnati, Dayton and, slated to open in
February, the Ohio State University campus in Columbus.
In 2012, food trends like “weird Chinese”
and “Asian hipster cuisine” hit a fever pitch in New York City. With the
advent of Quan Hapa and neighboring Japanese izakaya hot spot Kaze, the
trend’s finally supplanted itself in Over-the-Rhine, albeit, with less
Besides just out in the community, you
can now see signs of the Latino growth in neighborhood supermarkets. Two
decades ago, to find authentic Mexican and Latin American ingredients
and other food products not made by Taco Bell in Greater Cincinnati, you
had to really search.
Nothing screams artisan or handcrafted
food like a flannel-shirted, tattooed server. Remove the pageantry from
the building, please, and just give us the weird cuts of beef or spruced
up hot dog served alongside a Prohibition-era cocktail.
It’s unusual to find a restaurant in the
Cincinnati area that’s a permutation of both Italian and Argentine
cuisine, but Alfio’s Buon Cibo (Italian for “Good Food”) aims to the wed
the two regions together.
Drinking is tough to do well. No, I’m not
talking about when you let your beer run down your chin. People, that
is completely outside my area of expertise. I’m talking about having the
confidence it takes to order a good cocktail.
Owners Dave Hart and Dustin Miller had
always dreamed of opening a coffee shop together. Lifelong friends and
Ohio natives, the two spent a few years on separate journeys living in
and being inspired by different states along the West Coast and working
in multiple restaurants and cafes along the way.
I’ve always had some sense of “beef
jerky” over my lifetime. It’s always been in gas stations and convenient
stores. And I’m certain I’ve eaten jerky before. Not en masse, but a
bit. And not on a dare, even.
Whether your favorite version of A Christmas Carol
stars Alastair Sim or Donald Duck, there’s something endearing about
Scrooge’s change of heart and Tiny Tim’s blessing. And how about that
Christmas goose? The Golden Lamb has it!
I once lived in the Ukrainian Village
neighborhood of Chicago where delis selling pierogies and Russian
delicacies were on every street corner. With the exception of a couple
of places, Cincinnati’s been devoid of good Eastern European food, until
Flush with the success of their
two-year-old Findlay Market bakery-cafe, co-owners Stefan Skirtz and Andrew Johnston
snipped a yellow ribbon last month, ushering in their second venture, S
& J Cafe at the Main Library, located on the downtown library’s
People love Dojo at Findlay Market for
their gelato. I am hopeless in the face of their delicious affogato.
This espresso/gelato float has gotten me through many a difficult day.
On a recent visit, Dojo owner Michael Christner advised me that he was
about to up the ante.