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Banana Leaf Modern Thai (Review)

Bringing modern Thai cuisine to Mason

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Banana Leaf Modern Thai restaurant has so much going for it. The restaurant is located in a well-preserved historic building in downtown Mason. It is visually beautiful with boldly painted walls, stunning lighting fixtures and a gold-painted ceiling. Everything is in place for this to be a great dining experience. Everything, that is, except the food.  

Green Papaya (Review)

Offering quality Asian cuisine in a relaxing atmosphere

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 2, 2011
You have probably driven by Green Papaya on Wasson in Hyde Park and, as I had done for years, blankly stared at it as you waited for the longest light in the city to turn green. And, as you wait for said light, your mind will inevitably wander and you will take a mental inventory of similar Thai/Sushi places in the area. As I entered Green Papaya, I already knew what set it apart — ambiance.  

Sis's Family Affair (Review)

Scoring with hospitality but falling short with its menu

2 Comments · Wednesday, January 26, 2011
When someone offers you the option of “Good news first?” or “Bad news first?” which do you take? I’m the kind of person who likes to delay bad news as long as possible. So, on the good news front, Sis’s Family Affair in Newport has plenty to offer. The staff is unbelievably friendly, not only to the regulars but also to our table of newcomers.  

Rascals' NY Deli (Review)

Bringing authentic New York deli style to Blue Ash

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 19, 2011
What are the signs of civilization? Indoor plumbing, a literate population and a good deli, right? There’s something about a real deli that’s big city and major league. If you’ve never eaten at a genuine deli, how do you understand half the jokes on Seinfeld? The black and white cookie, the marble rye — these are deli things.  

Summit Restaurant (Review)

The Midwest Culinary Institute’s restaurant deserves high marks

0 Comments · Monday, January 10, 2011
The Summit’s a bit of a hidden gem, with attentive service that’s not at all rushed and top-notch food at a very reasonable price.  

Wine Guy Bistro (Review)

Rookwood wine shop and bistro offers quality vino and cuisine in a cozy atmosphere

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 5, 2011
The winter months make me a bit reflective, and a nice glass or four of wine is perfect for those moments. Who better to spend an evening reminiscing with friends than the Wine Guy?  

Best Bites of 2010

The best things CityBeat’s restaurant reviewers ate in 2010

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 29, 2010
CityBeat’s dining team had some pretty delicious moments in the running for their “Best Bite” finalists this year. Personally, I thought back to the creamy goat cheese my neighbor brought from Paris that we ate in her garden one spring night. Our other writers have some great memories too, as you will see.  

Brij Mohan (Review)

Indian sweets shop-turned-full restaurant delivers with flavorful all-vegetarian options

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 21, 2010
Brij Mohan started out as an Indian sweets shop in Sharonville and expanded in July to include a full dinner menu. They still have a few bugs to work out, but the food is top notch. And I needn't have worried about the satisfaction of my omnivorous husband. As it turned out, Brij Mohan doesn't need to offer anything more.  

MOTR Pub (Review)

Along with original live music, new OTR spot offers creative, scrumptious dining options

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 14, 2010
When you recall the Rock & Roll clubs of your youth, you might remember cover charges, smoky bars, sticky floors, cheap beers and drinking way too many shots. You might have grown up and become more responsible, but that doesn't mean you still don't like your live music. MOTR Pub is helping to put Main Street back on the entertainment map with free live music (Rock, Indie, Folk and more) every night and great food day and night. How many shots you choose to take is your business.   

Schoolhouse Restaurant (Review)

Class is back in session as reopened favorite again serves up homestyle goodness

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 7, 2010
The family-owned Schoolhouse Restaurant in Camp Dennison recently reopened after a kitchen fire in June. Luckily, the fire was contained and the dining room suffered only smoke and water damage. As before, this old schoolhouse teaches lessons in the language of home-style cooking. You're provided so many bowls of starters and sides with your entrée that you're guaranteed to catch on quickly.  

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.