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JimmyG’s (Review)

Jimmy Gibson’s latest venture joins the ranks of Cincinnati’s best new restaurants

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 21, 2012
JimmyG’s offers fine dining fare in an audacious setting. The dining area’s refined red wood walls are adorned with the work of various local contemporary pop artists and the seating arrangement provides a similar contrast, with yellow seat cushions on white lattice-backed chairs paired with a fine dining table arrangement.   

Sonny's Three Meat Burger (Review)

Anderson Township family-owned business offers a true burger combo

4 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Sonny’s Three Meat Burger in Anderson Township hasn’t been open terribly long (since late November last year) but a quick perusal on Google brings up many positive reviews from happy, satisfied customers. The customer satisfaction isn’t hard to understand once you’ve been to Sonny’s, eaten the food and experienced the superior level of service the employees provide.    

Honey (Review)

Northside's casual fine dining offers a special $10 Tuesday menu

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Shoshannah and Doug Hafner opened Honey in 2005. They’ve always been into serving fine food in a casual atmosphere. On any night you’ll be greeted by a friendly staff and probably a soundtrack with lots of local artists in the queue. On Tuesdays you can also choose from between five $10 menu items.  

Cafes Inside CAM, Taft Offer Tasty Treasures

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
These two museums don’t just have wonderful art — they also both have fantastic cafés. I recently undertook a mission to dine at both: CAM’s Terrace Café and the Lindner Family Café at the Taft Museum. I decided that I wouldn’t just eat at the cafés — I would also see what treasures the museums had to offer.   

blublu Restaurant (Review)

Mount Healthy eatery offers flavorful Greek cui

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The prospect of Greek food on a cold January night sounded pretty inviting, but blublu really outdoes itself in the inviting department. We arrived at the restaurant a little on the early side for dinner, but the Nika family was already busy. Our host/server still politely greeted and seated us before dashing back behind the counter to ring up a carryout order and answer the phone.    

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.