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Taste of Belgium Finds a Home

Over-the-Rhine favorite finds a new station in the Gateway District

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 10, 2012
So who was lucky enough to land the big, bold location with wrap-around windows at the corner of Vine and 12th, right next to the Ensemble Theater? I’m glad to say it’s Taste of Belgium Bistro. With their origins in Findlay Market, Jean Francois Flechet’s Taste of Belgium is an Over-the-Rhine original, and they deserve this spotlight location in the hottest dining district in town.  

Chung Ching (Review)

College Hill 'mom and pop' Chinese restaurant comes up big

9 Comments · Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Most people I know fully support “buy local/eat local” values. But as we start the new year, let’s take a minute to give respect to the bedrock of that idea: “mom and pop” businesses.   

Elements of Surprise

Reflecting on the year’s best — and worst — dining surprises

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Everybody gives their readers a year-end wrap up list of the best dishes they tried over the past 12 months, so I decided to surprise you. What follows are our Dining Team’s biggest surprises of 2011.   

Cincy by the Slice (Review)

New pizza-by-the-slice spot is creative and welcoming

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 21, 2011
The idea of “pizza by the slice” has been around in major metropolitan areas forever, but it seemed a long time coming to Cincinnati — at least for anyone other than the late-night crowd. Fortunately, Downtown was recently blessed with a by-the-slice pizza option open for lunch, dinner and late night snacking: Cincy by the Slice.   

Abigail Street (Review)

New Over-the-Rhine wine bar is a delightful slice of cool

2 Comments · Wednesday, December 14, 2011
I used to think ham was the furthest back piece of the pig I’d ever eat, since trotters don’t appeal to me. But, no! I’ve had pigtail. And I liked it. Don’t let the image of a curly pink spiral deter you. The pigtail I ate at the newly opened Abigail Street in the Gateway Quarter was discreetly uncorkscrewed into bits of delicious porky goodness.  

Iron Horse Inn (Review)

Longtime Glendale institution tweaks its menu

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 7, 2011
At the Iron Horse Inn in Glendale, there’s a new sheriff in town. His name is Chef Ernesto Luna, and he’s shaking things up a bit with a seasonal menu. As you dine at the Iron Horse, you’ll hear trains in the near distance and have a pretty good meal.    

Local 127 (Review)

Move to new location doesn’t change Local's core philosophy

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 30, 2011
Local foodies, step down from your window ledges and rest assured that while Local 127 has moved, it has not abandoned its commitment to a farm-to-table philosophy. In fact, Chef Steve Geddes said that the move into the space once occupied by JeanRo Bistro was partly designed to make the “table” a better match to the food.   

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.   

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.   

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.   

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.   

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.  

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.   

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.