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Aunt Flora's House of Soul (Review)

Down-home Southern fare is scrumptious and surprisingly healthy

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 1, 2010
Every so often I stumble onto a restaurant that makes me say “Wow, that was insanely good!” Aunt Flora’s House of Soul in Silverton is the embodiment of that statement. Aunt Flora (aka Katrina Mincy) and her gregarious husband, Ron, opened their new restaurant in August on Montgomery Road in a slightly hard-to-find storefront that used to house a Chinese restaurant.  

Chestnuts Roasting on a Local Fire

Nectar's Julie Francis helps us create a locally sourced holiday meal

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 24, 2010
Nowadays, I'm more likely to make a gift than buy a gift, and I'm twice as likely to dine with my friends than to give them presents. Of course, when I do give gifts, they tend to be food related. So when I sat down to think about a local foodie holiday, I decided to consult with Julie Francis . She's not Santa, but in Cincinnati food circles when you think "local" you think of Julie.  

La Poste (Review)

New Clifton spot delivers with knowledgeable staff, clever decor and simple, quality dishes

0 Comments · Monday, November 22, 2010
Occupying the hole Tink's left in the Clifton dining scene, La Poste plays on the theme of the site's original business, a post office, in everything from the menu categories to the mailbag that's a wall decoration near the front door. La Poste offers the whole package: good, expertly prepared ingredients; access to good wine (and expert wine knowledge); and a server who is table-side the moment you make eye contact.  

Mai Thai (Review)

Submit to the tasty pleasures of this Florence gem

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 17, 2010
I'm letting you in on one of my "Bet you didn’t know about this place" places, since it's starting to become more and more well known anyway. And it deserves to! Mai Thai is located just across the road from the quirkiest hotel in, well, just about anywhere: the Wildwood Inn. Even if the exotic setting isn't enough to entice you to Florence Y'all, the food at Mai Thai should be.  

Go With the Phro

Local sisters create cruelty-free 'ice cream' out of compassion for all eaters

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 9, 2010
With a name like Smucker's, it has to be good. And so it follows that, with a last name like Swallow, you're bound to make food (or porn). Luckily, sisters Meg and Ellen Swallow went into the food business, creating Phro*ZEN, their own line of vegan ice cream — or vegan "frozen dessert" to be exact, since there ain't no cream in their cruelty-free concoctions.   

New Cincinnati Barbeque Joints (Review)

Warming up to Pinky Sue's Smokehouse and Riverside Barbeque & Drive Thru

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 3, 2010
With The Classy Pig in Ludlow, Pinky Sue's in Newport and Riverside Barbeque and Drive Thru on River Road in Sedamsville, suddenly Greater Cincinnati is sprouting some of the little barbeque gems that you find in so many other parts of the country. If Guy Fieri ever decides to return to Cincinnati for his 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' show, he has to stop at these new spots.  

Shaan Indian (Review)

Saag specialists offering some of the area's best Indian cuisine

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
If I'm to be stuck anywhere awaiting tardy dining guests, I could ask for no better place than an Indian restaurant with a David Sedaris book. I was the only one in the Shaan dining room, save a steady stream of carryout customers. I had a pile of complimentary papardumm (fried, crisp, lentil wafers) and delicious accoutrements such as sweet tamarind, a pureed mint and a spicy onion chutney to keep me busy.  

Mecklenburg Gardens (Review)

Celebrate Cincinnati's German heritage at Corryville treasure

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2010
When you live in a city with an incredible German heritage, people sometimes ask whether it has great German restaurants. Before you suggest the famous one in that Italian city on the other side of the river, remember Mecklenburg Gardens. Sure, Hofbrauhaus has good beer, but Mecklenburg is a Cincinnati treasure.  

Europa (Review)

The flavors of Europe come alive in Covington

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The Palmieris, the family most recently behind Angelina Fine Foods in Findlay Market, have another venture that's been flying a little below the radar since opening last June. It's Europa, located in the heart of Covington's MainStrasse area and bringing a taste of the old countries to Northern Kentucky.  

Butterbee's American Grille (Review)

Sports-centric eatery offers championship-caliber aura and eats

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 6, 2010
Looking for a casual, clean and comfy place to cheer the Reds on during the playoffs or to gather with your Fantasy Football friends during a weekend nail-biter? With so many sports bars in the Greater Cincinnati area, it can be tough to find one that combines both the perfect atmosphere for relaxing and a great selection of game-time food.  

Joe's Diner (Review)

New incarnation of popular retro-diner space in OTR goes 'no frills' route

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 29, 2010
I have such fond memories of Joe's in a previous incarnation, as The Diner on Sycamore. Saturday nights, the girls and I would begin our evening with a few delicious nibbles, have some wine, then make our way up the hill to Milton's. My good memories gave me high expectations. But, like projecting experiences with a former flame onto the present one, it's not especially fair.  

The Classy Pig (Review)

Ludlow’s unpretentious new barbecue utopia

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2010
If hickory smoke were a sacrament, The Classy Pig would be a chapel. It's a little small to be an actual church, but at Classy Pig, there’s true devotion to barbecue. This unpretentious new dining spot in a classic storefront in beautiful downtown Ludlow, Ky. has got a whole lotta smokin' goin' on.  

Jean-Robert's Table (Review)

Famed local chef Jean-Robert de Cavel's latest venture lives up to expectations

0 Comments · Tuesday, September 14, 2010
The opening of Jean-Robert's Table was a much-anticipated event in Cincinnati dining — so much anticipated, in fact, that I think we might have visited a bit soon. Sooner than we usually do for a CityBeat dining review. So with that caution in mind, how was master chef Jean-Robert de Cavel's new adventure? Very good.  

Star Lanes (Review)

Dinner at Newport’s new boutique bowling alley transcends typical gutter grub

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 8, 2010
The new Star Lanes at Newport on the Levee is connected to (and shares a kitchen and menu with) the restaurant Toro. I have to admit that I wasn't looking forward to eating at a crowded, noisy bowling alley, even if it was supposed to be a semi-classy "boutique" bowling experience, but I was surprised.  

Poco a Poco (Review)

Bringing tapas, energetic vibe and Latin flair to Hyde Park Square

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 1, 2010
New flavors are popping up everywhere in Cincinnati, and Poco a Poco is a recent example. This Latin American eatery in the space formerly occupied by Red seemed like the perfect spot for a summer night. So after strolling the streets of Hyde Park Square, we decided to unplug and give this new spot a whirl.