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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.    

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.    

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.  

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.   

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.   

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.  

Moonshine Whiskey and Wild, Wild Women

Passionate, creative microdistilleries offer distinctive flavors the big guys don't

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 24, 2011
My daddy was a bootlegger. Well, not exactly — he never sold the applejack, or “hard cider,” that he distilled in our cellar when I was a little girl, and he always told us that it was “strictly for medicinal purposes.” But now it looks like dad was ahead of his time. Bootlegging’s on the rise — legal, legit and oh so delicious.