Eat well. Eat fresh. Eat often. These
three sentences serve as both tagline and personal philosophy for local
restaurateur Darren Phan, owner of Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro, Clifton’s
9-year-old brothy, herby, vermicelli-filled landmark.
Here’s the big secret, for those who
haven’t tasted “Greek yogurt” — while some claim it’s creamier (maybe,
barely), less sweet and more sour, it really tastes practically exactly the same as regular supermarket yogurt.
Right down the road from Virgil’s Café in
Bellevue is a newly opened (since November) neighborhood burger joint,
The Elusive Cow. Originally, I had heard that it was a vegan or
vegetarian pub, but one look at the menu made it clear: This restaurant
is much more than that.
One of the very first things I had to
learn when I became British-by-marriage was how to brew tea properly. It
was soon apparent that English tea with milk is one of those things you
mess with at your peril.
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.