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Mother’s Day Dish

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 1, 2012
Yes, it’s May again, and time to get ready for Mother’s Day! I have some advice: Do not buy your mom a present! It’s just one more thing that, when she eventually moves, you will have to carefully wrap in layers of bubble wrap, put in a box, attach the lid on with miles of tape and carry out to the truck.  

Hot Dog Showdown

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 24, 2012
All great artists struggle to create something new, something original. And so the biggest fear for artists is stumbling over themselves while attempting to come up with the next big thing. Chefs are no exception to this rule. For Adam Easterling and Jim Thompson, the solution is simple — just make the best things better.  

Naked Tchopstix (Review)

Asian chain offers sushi, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Southeast Asian cuisine

3 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2012
“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” I’m sure we’ve all heard that phrase applied to any number of situations, but I had to say it to myself when I learned I was to review a new restaurant named Naked Tchopstix. The name is just a bit twee and made me wonder how the food would be. I needn’t have worried — the food is absolutely amazing.   

The Bites of Spring

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Early spring has us all outdoors, exploring gardens, ballparks and eateries. If you’re not drifting through the daffodils or noshing on an outrageous hot dog topped with baked beans, Fritos, French-fried onions and cheese at the Machine Room Grille at Great American Ball Park, you should be exploring one of the following shiny new dining spots.   

Buz (Review)

New sister restaurant of The Green Dog feels at home in Columbia-Tusculum

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Some weeks need to end on a good buzz, and I was delighted to head off to a brand new restaurant, Buz, in Columbia Tusculum, as last week wrapped up. Buz is the new sister restaurant of The Green Dog, and as we drove out Columbia Parkway there was a gorgeous bright rainbow in the sky that arched almost down to the diner’s doors.  

1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab (Review)

New OTR wine bar offers wine flights, handpicked parings and artisanal coffee

1 Comment · Tuesday, March 27, 2012
From the sire of Tazza Mia, Bob Bonder brings Cincinnati another coffee destination, but this time he’s added a full bar and tapas style dining. Located in the Gateway District on Vine Street, 1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab blends the best of both worlds — handpicked wine parings and artisanal coffee.   

Eli’s BBQ (Review)

No-frills affair is all about the food

4 Comments · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
First located at Fountain Square and Findlay Market under a rather dainty tent in the summer months this past year, Eli’s BBQ has graduated to the restaurant scene — and with honors. What was once a humble street vendor with one impeccably prepared item on the menu — the perfect pulled pork sandwich — is now nestled in the East End.  

Bakersfield OTR (Review)

Whiskey/tequila/taco spot joins the burgeoning Gateway scene

1 Comment · Tuesday, March 6, 2012
How lucky would you have to be to live in the Gateway District right now? We’ve raved about so many great places that have opened recently. Now it’s Bakersfield’s turn.    

Moerlein Lager House Celebrates Cincinnati’s Brewing History

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Don’t call it a restaurant. Cincinnati riverfront’s new Moerlein Lager House is not just a restaurant — this becomes brazenly clear as soon as you step into the 15,000-square-foot (without even including the underground service level) beer mecca.  

JimmyG’s (Review)

Jimmy Gibson’s latest venture joins the ranks of Cincinnati’s best new restaurants

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 21, 2012
JimmyG’s offers fine dining fare in an audacious setting. The dining area’s refined red wood walls are adorned with the work of various local contemporary pop artists and the seating arrangement provides a similar contrast, with yellow seat cushions on white lattice-backed chairs paired with a fine dining table arrangement.   

Sonny's Three Meat Burger (Review)

Anderson Township family-owned business offers a true burger combo

4 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Sonny’s Three Meat Burger in Anderson Township hasn’t been open terribly long (since late November last year) but a quick perusal on Google brings up many positive reviews from happy, satisfied customers. The customer satisfaction isn’t hard to understand once you’ve been to Sonny’s, eaten the food and experienced the superior level of service the employees provide.    

Winter Inspiration

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 7, 2012
I’m writing this on a January afternoon and there’s a bright blue, cloudless sky outside. Weird, but in a good way, right? I never would have expected anything but grey snow during this time of year, but with the sun shining I feel energetic and inspired.    

Honey (Review)

Northside's casual fine dining offers a special $10 Tuesday menu

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Shoshannah and Doug Hafner opened Honey in 2005. They’ve always been into serving fine food in a casual atmosphere. On any night you’ll be greeted by a friendly staff and probably a soundtrack with lots of local artists in the queue. On Tuesdays you can also choose from between five $10 menu items.  

Knockin’ Off the Girl Scouts

4 Comments · Tuesday, January 31, 2012
A recent knock-off discovery angered up my blood so much that I began to wonder if there were any limits to what a chain decides to copy and sell at a cheaper rate. Taking on Chips Ahoy! is far from stunning. But a supermarket chain would never take on America’s most beloved cookie-sellers, The Girl Scouts of the United States of America. Or would they?   

Cafes Inside CAM, Taft Offer Tasty Treasures

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
These two museums don’t just have wonderful art — they also both have fantastic cafés. I recently undertook a mission to dine at both: CAM’s Terrace Café and the Lindner Family Café at the Taft Museum. I decided that I wouldn’t just eat at the cafés — I would also see what treasures the museums had to offer.