The Brunch Buzz at Honey

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Nothing is quite so civilized as brunch, a leisurely parade of egg dishes, fruit and champagne cocktails served in the company of fresh flowers. On a recent Sunday, when we decided to pretend like we were real people with lives that included something other than work, we got all this and more at Honey in Northside.  

Island Frydays (Review)

Trying something new at an authentic Jamaican restaurant

1 Comment · Monday, May 9, 2011
Though I had a couple bones to pick, Island Frydays is full of that cool Jamaican spirit. With good service, good food and good people, it’s a great place to go and try something different. Where else in Cincinnati can you find a full menu of Caribbean classics?  

Copper Blue (Review)

Succeeding with homemade fare and casual, comfy ambiance

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
What’s the best way to take on the big restaurant chains? Learn, succeed and then beat ’em at their own game! That’s what they’re doing at the new Copper Blue (A Grub Shack) in Milford. Copper Blue goes up against all the casual chain restaurants in the area and comes out a winner.  

Aunt Flora [Aunt Flora's House of Soul, Owner]

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Aunt Flora of Aunt Flora’s House of Soul (7207 Montgomery Road, Silverton, 513-791-7437) is not only a CityBeat favorite but a bona fide celebrity. She (and her famous cobblers) have appeared on The Martha Stewart Show, and recently she was a contestant on Oprah Winfrey’s Search for America’s Next TV Star.  

Noms for Moms

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
May is all about Mom! They both start with M, right? If you are a mom, then you can say May is “all about me!” Taking your mama out for a Mother’s Day meal is a common way to celebrate, but with so many options, it can be hard to choose. As always, I’m here to help.  

Lavomatic (Review)

Quality ingredients continue to make it a downtown favorite

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 27, 2011
The dining scene in the Gateway District is getting better all the time. Senate is a huge hit and the owners are opening a second destination next door. A Tavola Pizza is opening any day now, and I’ve heard rumors of more plans in the works. Lavomatic Café put the first fork on the neighborhood’s table and they haven’t lost their luster.  

Joshua Steven Campbell [Chef, Mayberry]

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Chef Joshua Steven Campbell of the Mayberry restaurant (915 Vine St., Downtown, 513-381-5999) and the Mayberry Foodstuffs grocery store/market (203 Seventh St., Downtown, 513-621-5555) is a native Cincinnatian, but his culinary travels have taken him to far-away places like the Royal Thai Culinary Academy in Bang Saen, Thailand, and Graycliff in Nassau, Bahamas.  

The Lost Supermarket

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2011
At one time I successful careers as an Associate Desserts Technician and a Pre-Certified Delicatessenal Culinarian. At least, that’s what it says on my résumé. In layman/non-bullshit terms, I worked behind the counter at the deli/bakery combo station at the Kroger store on Harrison Avenue in Westwood. Kroger recently announced it would be closing the store.  

Blinkers Tavern (Review)

Offering casual American tavern fare with creative, upscale twist

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2011
When it was announced that Chalk Food Wine in Covington was closing its doors this year, it left an empty spot in our stomachs (or hearts, for you sentimental types). Sandy Meyer and Gary Ginn with their chef Jon Spencer, they created a menu and had Blinkers Tavern open, breathing new life into the space.  

Ginger Rhodes [Principal, Hughes High School]

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Hughes High School is a Clifton landmark. The building is indeed remarkable, but what is even more impressive are the students and staff that call the building a second home. The gargoyles keep watch over the exterior, but one woman, principal Ginger Rhodes (and her staff, of course), keeps the interior running like clockwork.  

Waffles of Freedom!

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 20, 2011
Did you even know that there was a café at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center? Neither did Jean Francois Flechet until he had a chance to propose opening a satellite site of his Belgian waffle empire there. Well, maybe Taste of Belgium hasn’t reached empire status, but it’s certainly growing in local impact.  

Naked Lunch

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Social media is a powerful force these days, providing the means for the people of Egypt to shake their government at its very foundation. Here at home, Naked Pizza is using social media to shake up Americans’ love affair with pizza.  

Holy Grail (Review)

Local restaurant's third location christens The Banks

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
A decade and a half after planning began, we finally have evidence of The Banks' existence with the opening of the Holy Grail Tavern and Grille. Located directly across from Great American Ball Park, this spot is guaranteed to be packed for our boys of summer and will be a hotspot to root on our beloved and beleaguered Bengals in the fall and winter.  

China Gourmet (Review)

Longstanding Cincinnati Chinese restaurant remains a classic

1 Comment · Wednesday, April 6, 2011
In the next few months, CityBeat’s dining crew is going to periodically revisit some classic Cincinnati restaurants. What defines a classic? Well, if longevity is a factor, Hyde Park’s China Gourmet certainly qualifies. They’ve been serving fine Chinese cuisine since 1977. In an era when restaurants close within months of opening, the fact that China Gourmet is still going strong in its fifth decade is an amazing testimony to its ownership.  

David Taylor [La Poste]

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 6, 2011
David Taylor’s tastes range from the international to the simplest of comfort food. His home cooking is mostly one-dish suppers made in his grandmother’s cast-iron fried chicken pan. His meals at La Poste are also straight from the heart — honest food like pork shank with white beans and kale.