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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.  

Cheap Eats

Area features a bevy of fabulous, wallet-friendly eateries

0 Comments · Thursday, May 19, 2011
Here’s a good problem to have: There are so many fabulous little places out there to find Cheap Eats in Cincinnati that narrowing down the choices for the Dining Guide just about drove me crazy. I had a few arbitrary rules. No chains were allowed, not even local chains. Sorry Skyline!  

Meals on Wheels

Local food trucks feed hungry hordes

0 Comments · Thursday, May 19, 2011
Food trends usually arrive in this town long after they sweep other cities. Blame Cincinnatians’ tendency to be skeptical and critical. But every now and then amongst all the bust there is a boom. Sometimes the perfect storm of an ailing economy, creativity and a helpful public servant come together. What the hell are we talking about? Food Trucks!  

Leaning Local

0 Comments · Thursday, May 19, 2011
Anyone who reads CityBeat’s dining section knows that we try not to cheerlead for restaurants unless they truly deserve it. We’re honest in our assessments, and that’s what gives our dining section credibility. One thing that’s part of our dining coverage’s philosophy, though, especially under my watch, is that we lean towards local. There are so many great locally owned and operated restaurants here in our fair city that I don’t need to encourage you to spend your dining dollars at big chains.  

Veggie Friendly in Porkopolis

Cincinnati now offers numerous vegetarian-friendly restaurants

0 Comments · Thursday, May 19, 2011
Things certainly have changed since I ate exclusively vegetarian. There were very few vegetarian-friendly restaurants in this city of flying pigs, let alone vegetarian-only restaurants. Now there are surprises — like a special vegetarian and vegan fine-dining menu at Primavista, Myra's Dionysus and more.  

Bragging Rights

Nine local, independent restaurateurs describe what they do best

0 Comments · Thursday, May 19, 2011
Cincinnati has 320 reasons to be proud of its dining scene — that’s the number of local restaurants in CityBeat’s annual Dining Guide. We’ve got amazing Asian cuisine, bodacious burger joints, fantastic fine dining and even delicious dives. You name it, we’ve got somebody who does it, and does it well.   

A Unique Dining Experience

Restaurants step up to provide students hands-on learning experience

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 18, 2011
Benihana Japanese Steakhouse, Palomino and Lavomatic, three busy downtown restaurants, recently hosted 10 Hughes STEM High School students for an unforgettable learning experience. Hughes STEM High School in Clifton, with its focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), ups the educational ante by incorporating a one-week intersession course twice a year to provide students with “outside of the box” educational experiences.  

Island Frydays (Review)

Trying something new at an authentic Jamaican restaurant

1 Comment · Monday, May 9, 2011
Though I had a couple bones to pick, Island Frydays is full of that cool Jamaican spirit. With good service, good food and good people, it’s a great place to go and try something different. Where else in Cincinnati can you find a full menu of Caribbean classics?  

Copper Blue (Review)

Succeeding with homemade fare and casual, comfy ambiance

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 4, 2011
What’s the best way to take on the big restaurant chains? Learn, succeed and then beat ’em at their own game! That’s what they’re doing at the new Copper Blue (A Grub Shack) in Milford. Copper Blue goes up against all the casual chain restaurants in the area and comes out a winner.