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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.  

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.