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Big Move for Boca

2 Comments · Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Big news: Boca’s moving downtown to the home of the long-loved and lamented Maisonette on Sixth Street. My reaction is, “Yay!” in a word, but for everyone of a certain generation who says yay, there are dozens of younger people who say, “Huh?” People who started college this year were born in 1993. I have underwear that’s older than they are.  

Ali Baba (Review)

Mediterranean Grill features a bevy of delights

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I’ve been on a Mediterranean food kick lately where there is no such thing as “too much hummus.” So the opportunity to try Ali Baba Mediterranean Grill couldn’t have come at a better time. Owner and cook Bahaa Dawoud, a native of Palestine, opened Ali Baba in July of this year. This is Dawoud’s first restaurant and he is passionate about bringing people together through food.    

Todd Kelly [Chef, Orchids at the Palm Court]

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 27, 2011
I used to have a rule: Never eat in a hotel, and never sleep in a restaurant. In downtown Cincinnati, though, that rule is made to be broken. Orchids at the Palm Court in the Hilton Netherland Plaza is world-class. Executive Chef Todd Kelly was named Chef of the Year by the American Culinary Federation.  

Taste This: Let's Review

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 27, 2011
In honor of my hectic schedule and MidPoint’s 10th fest, I’ve decided to celebrate the 21-month anniversary of Lost in the Supermarket with a round-up of some of the horrible things I’ve consumed so that you don’t have to. Taste test results have ranged from “Oh my God, how can people eat this?” to “Not too bad,” which is akin to five stars here.  

Jimmy Gibson [Chef FB's]

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 20, 2011
I interview a lot of chefs, and there is always a common thread: They don’t have time to dine out. This is especially true for Jimmy Gibson. While most chefs toil in a well-equipped, professional-grade kitchen, Gibson is making Whole-Hog Waffles and chicken wings using a two-burner electric hotplate, a Panini press and a smoker.  

Meritage (Review)

Glendale's latest stellar dining option

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 20, 2011
With legacy eateries like Grand Finale and the beloved Friendly Stop, Glendale’s always been a great neighborhood for dining. Now it’s added a new option this fall with Meritage. Owners Tom and Kriste Fowee, the chef, opened their doors in early August. The grey-clad building is just north of the center of Glendale on the way to Tri-county.  

An Asian Brunch Experience

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Since 1977, the Wong family has held court at Oriental Wok locations around Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Their Fort Mitchell location (317 Buttermilk Pike, 859-331-3000) has it all: a gong at the door, a relaxing fishpond, a quirky, lovable owner and a Sunday brunch buffet ($12.95).    

La Badiya (Review)

Friendly and low-key, Erlanger restaurant is a Mediterranean delight

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
I’m glad to report that La Badiya has redeemed the Country Kitchen’s sins. This friendly, low-key restaurant makes good, authentic fresh food that really is from somebody’s grandmother’s recipes; somebody’s Turkish grandmother. And guess what the Turkish word for grandmother is? Anneanne. I like it. We had a wonderful dinner at La Badiya.   

Greg Hardman [Christian Moerlein Brewing]

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
It‘s time for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, so who better to check in with than Cincinnati’s premier brewmaster, Greg Hardman. Hardman, since purchasing the historic Christian Moerlein Brewing Co. in 2004, has reinstated Cincinnati’s great brewing tradition by restoring many classic brands and crafting new beers, like my favorite, the Moerlein OTR Ale.   

Rise To Fall

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 14, 2011
The recent Do Downtown Restaurant Week was a big hit, at least for me. I had an exceptional three-course prix fixe dinner at Orchids at the Palm Court for just $35. It was elegant and delicious, and I couldn’t figure out why the place wasn’t packed. Well, if you are sorry you missed that deal, there’s another chance right away with Greater Cincinnati Independent Restaurant Week. Twenty-five local, independent restaurants will feature three-course meals for $26.11.  

Sankalp (Review)

Sharonville restaurant offers impressive variety of Indian street food

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 7, 2011
To my delight, Sharonville has a wealth of Indian eateries. The corridor of Reading and Lebanon Roads alone houses a half-dozen; some strictly vegetarian, and others offering delights for the carnivorous among us. With my intrepid husband in tow, I made my way there recently to sample Sankalp Indian Restaurant.   

Leslie Richmond [Vito's Cafe]

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Everyone’s heard of The New Adventures of Old Christine (the CBS comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus). Pretty soon everyone will know about the new culinary ventures of Vito’s new/old chef — Leslie Richmond. Richmond has worked for Mary and Vito, the owners of Vito’s Café, off and on since 2003. She recently came back after a hiatus that included giving birth to her daughter, who is now 2 years old.  

Goetta for Vegans

10 Comments · Wednesday, September 7, 2011
“There’s no such thing,” the women at Glier’s Goetta in Covington emphatically told me when I called to ask if they knew anyone in town that sold vegetarian goetta. By definition, she explained, goetta has pork in it. Ipso facto, there is no such thing as vegetarian goetta.  

Bayou Fish Bar (Review)

Southern-style fish bar needs to shore up its consistency

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
The building located at 527 York Street in Newport has not been kind to its recent restaurant tenants. Since Mokka moved a few years ago, this address has been home to NuVo and Pinky Sue’s Smoke House, both of which disappeared quickly after arrival. There is now another new restaurant hoping to break this string of bad luck.  

Taste This: SPAM

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 31, 2011
In some ways, SPAM is the Paris Hilton of the supermarket. It’s always there, it’s a perpetual punchline, everybody knows its name and no one really knows why it’s so popular. SPAM’s moments in contemporary pop culture have been mocking — it’s the name given to all the “junk” in our email, while a silly musical, Spamalot, put SPAM’s name in lights on Broadway.