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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.  

Dancing Wasabi (Review)

Suviving a move to Hyde Park with excellence intact

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Those of you dancing your way through the summer heat with cool drinks and sushi should be sure to waltz over the Dancing Wasabi’s new location in Hyde Park. The space is just off Hyde Park Square in what used to be Beluga and has something for everyone. There’s an outside patio to enjoy when this heat spell breaks.  

Pho Saigon (Review)

Delivering a unique spin on Vietnamese cuisine

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 10, 2011
Pho Saigon can be found in the uninspiring shopping strip across Mall Road from Florence Mall. It’s easy to miss — you’re more likely to spot the JoAnn Fabrics next door. The interior has tall apricot vinyl booths along its midsection, and that’s where we found ourselves on a recent hot summer night, with our guest of honor: a neighbor, this one celebrating his 30th birthday.  

Seven Decades and Counting

Bond Hill staple Sugar N’ Spice turns 70

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 3, 2011
For a restaurant to even survive their first year, that must be like aging a decade. Five years? To a lot of eateries, that’s getting past the young, vulnerable years and making it into adulthood. So you’d think that a restaurant celebrating its 70th anniversary would be ready for the rest home, but Sugar N’ Spice is alive, well and going strong.  

Tumi Cafe (Review)

Serving up tasty Peruvian-style cuisine in Mount Washington

2 Comments · Wednesday, July 27, 2011
One of my favorite things about this job is getting to try new foods and different cuisines. Lately, we have been fortunate that more exotic, ethnic restaurants have been popping up around town. Tumi Café is a kitschy yet urbane four-table restaurant serving Peruvian-style cuisine that would fit in as perfectly in New York City as it does on Beechmont Avenue in Mount Washington.  

QBG at FB's (Review)

Late-night hot-spot FB's adds menu of innovative, homemade dishes

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 19, 2011
FB’s in downtown Cincinnati has what it takes to keep people coming back: a menu full of innovative, homemade dishes that they call QBG (Quality Bar Grub), a friendly staff and a unique atmosphere. Be prepared to leave your ideas of bar food at the door; this, my friends, is quality bar grub that will exceed expectation.  

smoQ (Review)

Delivering Southern-style BBQ and more in Springdale

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 13, 2011
At smoQ the motto is, “If it’s legal, we’ll smoQ it!” They mean it, too. Nearly everything on the menu is smoked, right down to the apples and peaches on two of the desserts. My intrepid family and I visited on a Monday night, ready for some barbecue and Southern-style food. We must have just beaten the rush because the place filled up almost immediately.  

A Tavola (Review)

A stellar addition to Over-the-Rhine

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Pizza is America’s favorite food. It attracts almost everyone and offers so many possibilities in terms of toppings, crust and preparation. Most pizza places are content to be mundane, and many of those that strive for greatness sadly fall short. Despite the arguments over thick crust vs. thin crust or traditional toppings vs. gourmet toppings, we're always looking for a great new pizza place.  

Sung Korean Bistro (Review)

Get your spice on at this chic downtown spot

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 29, 2011
Sung’s been mentioned in several recent “Look Who’s Eating” features in CityBeat; it’s a place where chefs go on their night off. The space is quite chic — although a little on the loud side — and the crowd on the night of our visit was hopping with at least three tables celebrating special occasions. I also noticed several lone diners who looked like they were enjoying a comfortable evening.  

Artful Culinary Adventure

Arts & Lettuce’s secret dinner club is a unique dining experience

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 22, 2011
Aimed at providing a “creative and unique dining experience in a non-traditional setting,” Arts & Lettuce secludes 12 people twice a month (one meat night and one vegetarian) in a secret location with a broad thematic menu of unrevealed specific courses (dinner prices range from $40-$45.)  

The Skinny Pig (Review)

Mayberry’s Joshua Steven Campbell opens latest venture

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Skinny Pig? Seriously? That’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one! That was the conversation playing in my head as I drove up to Skinny Pig, the latest restaurant venture of Joshua Steven Campbell, who is well known by many area foodies for his restaurant Mayberry and store Mayberry Foodstuffs.  

Symphony Hotel (Review)

Fancy and worry-free dining awaits before Music Hall performances

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 8, 2011
The Symphony Hotel and Restaurant is quite the Cincinnati secret. Tucked away on 14th Street, adjacent to Music Hall, the hotel began as a mansion in 1871, built by a local music instructor and was later converted into the current hotel and restaurant. Dining at the Symphony makes you feel, well, fancy.  

Stuffed on Vine (Review)

With new restaurant’s home-cooked goodness, you can’t help but leave full

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Opening a restaurant in our current economic condition is bold. Opening a restaurant in our current economic condition when you’ve never owned or managed a restaurant before is doubly bold. Charlena (Cee) Calloway and Michael Daniels think they have what it takes to succeed with Stuffed on Vine, and I must agree with them.  

Trattoria Roma (Review)

Picky Italian eaters need to check out this Sixth Street restaurant

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 25, 2011
Trattoria Roma, which for years was directly across Walnut from the Aronoff Center, recently moved around the corner to join the new Cincinnati Restaurant Row on Sixth Street. Honestly, I wasn’t a big fan of the old Trattoria Roma, but my opinion has changed after a couple of visits to the new location.