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Bronte Bistro (Review)

More than typical bookstore cuisine

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
I’m not sure when it happened, but somewhere along the way I think that it became a rule that bookstores must provide food and beverage, in addition to literature. Almost all modern bookstores have cafés offering coffee, sweets and sandwiches. However, Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Rookwood Pavilion really goes the extra mile. Not only do they have specialty coffee drinks and desserts, they make substantial, healthy full meals and have a complete bar.   

Mad for Mike’s

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 22, 2011
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 back.     

Zab Thai (Review)

Former Beluga leaders rise from the ashes at a stellar new Loveland restaurant

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
I’m not a fan of strip-mall restaurants. They always seem a little sad and rarely have charm. Zab Thai has made me reevaluate my opinion, however. Once you walk in the front door and are saturated in amazing aromas, you forget that on one side of the restaurant is a Pilates studio, and on the other is a Great Clips. Instead, you start looking around at everyone else’s plates to see what they’ve ordered to make the place smell so darned good.   

Brunch with a View

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 16, 2011
View Cucina (2200 Victory Pkwy., 513-751-8439), housed on the fifth floor of Edgecliff Residences on Victory Parkway, has the feel of a hotel restaurant with the blend of elegance and comfort that the Stephens’ family of Bella Luna fame has mastered. With an expanse of windows showcasing a view of the river filling the space, the relatively small room feels much bigger.  

A Trattoria Tradition

Barresi's is the perfect spot for a cozy Italian dinner

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
Barresi’s has been around for ages — since 1963 — and I remember being very impressed back in 2005 when I heard that the original owners had sold the business to a young woman who’d started her career there bussing tables. Eventually she worked her way through culinary school and came back, loving the tradition of this neighborhood trattoria. She was right — there’s a lot to love at Barresi’s. Cutting edge it’s not, but for a cozy Italian dinner, it’s a good choice.   

Starving Student’s Guide to Cheap Eats (Clifton Edition)

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 9, 2011
My dad graduated from UC’s engineering college in the early 1960s. A poor kid from the South, he lived at the YMCA and regularly found himself at the dinner table of his soon-to-be in-laws so he could get a square meal. Today’s students face many of the same problems — high costs and low wages — but these days they have an embarrassment of cheap, good food choices.   

Blue Gibbon (Review)

Thirty years in, Paddock Hills restaurant remains a solid choice for Chinese food

1 Comment · Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I have an absolute passion for Chinese food. I have worked at or been involved with several Chinese restaurants for many years, so I have an educated palate for Chinese cuisine. Blue Gibbon Chinese Restaurant has been operated by the same family for over 30 years, so they obviously understand how to keep their customers coming back.   

It’s November? Already?

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 2, 2011
I am having a seasonal panic attack. November? How can this be possible? I just finished thinking about bug spray and sunscreen, and now I’m supposed to be thinking about wrapping paper and tinsel? Something is wrong here. Maybe the melting of the polar ice caps is speeding up time! We’re hurtling into the future without experiencing the present!   

Van Zandt (Review)

North College Hill restaurant & tavern offers tasty burgers, fresh ingredients and Wednesday trivia

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Many great restaurants call North College Hill home, and for the past couple years Van Zandt Restaurant and Tavern on Galbraith Road has, too. There is so much going for it — homemade breads, locally delivered meats and seafood and trivia on Wednesdays — but there is something missing that would make Van Zandt’s the king of the Hill.  

Genetti Talks New Life Post-Palace

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 26, 2011
I’d learned through an accidental slip of the lip that pastry chef Summer Genetti left The Palace this summer. She’d been a star at that fine-dining restaurant, and leaving was a tough decision. But for a young woman who’d started soaring ahead in her career soon after she started at age 18, the focus it had taken to get to the top was taking a toll. She’d grown up at work, in the kitchen, putting in an incredible number of hours and missing her twenties almost entirely.  

By Golly's (Review)

Typical tavern food with a twist

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
By Golly’s is known for its burgers, and we knew we had to try at least one of the 18 varieties on offer. Each burger is made with 10 ounces of beef and is served on a Kaiser roll.   

It’s Time for Lime!

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 19, 2011
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.   

Just Like Home

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Brunch is mimosas, smoked salmon and omelets with goat cheese, right? It’s a snooty menu served at a civilized hour that accommodates hangover schedules, right? A state of mind? Right? Right? Wrong. It struck me like a lightning bolt when Kent Hugentobler, owner of Doris and Sonny’s Homelike Restaurant, sounded so confused when I called anonymously to asked if they served brunch. “Well,” he said slowly, “we serve breakfast and lunch.”   

Tis the Season for Frisch’s Pumpkin Pie

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 11, 2011
I recently posed a question to my legion of Facebook admirers: “Pumpkin pie. Frisch’s?” And the response I got was basically, “There are others?” Point taken. In Cincinnati and its surrounding areas, the fall tradition that always outperforms our high-dollar sports teams is an 8-inch-round pie that retails for just under nine bucks.   

Enoteca Emilia (Review)

O’Bryonville restaurant transports diners to Northern Italy

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
I was truly excited to try Enoteca Emilia. After all, I used to live in Bologna, which is the capital city of the Emilia Romagna region of Italy, and I have always lamented the lack of Northern Italian restaurants in our area. Enoteca Emilia’s concept was enticing in that the owners were going to focus on small plates to encourage sharing, and feature cured meats and cheeses with sophisticated snacks, pizza, salads and pasta.