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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.  

Something in the Flair

Two upcoming competitions bring “flair bartending” to Cincinnati

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 24, 2010
Some bartenders know people struggle with this decision of what bar or club they should attend. And because they want customers, some of them have upped their game. They don't think that just pouring and mixing drinks is enough for a customer. But what if they flipped a bottle of Three Olives Vodka over their shoulder to make your Cherry Bomb?  

Bombay Brazier (Review)

Doing authentic Indian cuisine to perfection

0 Comments · Tuesday, August 17, 2010
I've eaten at many Indian restaurants in town and I enjoy them all, but Bombay Brazier is different. This is a dining experience. The owners, G. and Rip, bring style and class to a cuisine popularized by buffets, Americanized dishes and rushed, over-crowded dining rooms  

Sultan's Mediterranean (Review)

While still finding its operational footing, Sultan's cuisine is creating a big buzz

1 Comment · Tuesday, August 10, 2010
We often lament that Cincinnati restaurants featuring very ethnic (or creative) menus seem to have difficulty gaining traction and a consistent audience. Fortunately, it looks like Sultan’s Mediterranean Cuisine might prove an exception to this regrettable rule. Ethnic cuisine is its bread and butter, or "pita and olive oil," if you will.  

Mynt Martini (Review)

Along with fancy drinks, this Fountain Square establishment offers plenty of quality food options

1 Comment · Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Mynt Martini is mostly a place to have pricey specialty martinis in a swanky atmosphere. But, lucky for you, they serve tapas and sandwiches, too. Mynt has a couple things going for it: An unbeatable location on Fountain Square with patio seating and "Happy Days" specials until 8 p.m. on weekdays.  

ForkHeartKnife (Review)

Offering simple delectables and street-theater seating

0 Comments · Tuesday, July 27, 2010
If there were ever a perfect vantage point to watch the kind of moments that make city life so fascinating, it's at ForkHeartKnife, the tiny kitchen at Main and Liberty that's owned and operated by some of the friendliest and most creative women in Over-the-Rhine. After two visits to ForkHeartKnife, I'm a big fan. It's just such a personal experience, like dining with friends.  

Tony's (Review)

Seafood and steak specialist Tony Ricci offers an elegant dining experience

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 21, 2010
Most people recognize Tony Ricci even if they can't place the name, and if you don't know his face just wait until he starts talking. He has a seductive, FM-deejay voice you've heard in the ubiquitous radio ads he made for former employer, Jeff Ruby. Working the room, Tony looks like he could play the smooth, well-connected manager of a high-end Vegas steakhouse in a Scorsese picture.  

Stone Creek Dining Company (Review)

New West Chester spot offers pleasant experience but standard fare

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Paul Sturkey's Mesh was one of the best restaurants in Greater Cincinnati, and its replacement certainly has some big shoes to fill. While Stone Creek Dining Company retains Mesh's good looks and fine dining prices, we wanted to see if the cuisine stood up to its predecessor's great reputation.  

Blue Elephant (Review)

A plethora of enviromentally-minded Thai, sushi and Italian

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 7, 2010
We've all been in that situation when we just can't decide what to eat. Sushi? Thai? Italian? Maybe just a bowl of cereal? In order to accommodate those quandaries, Blue Elephant in Hyde Park offers sushi, Thai and Italian. (Sadly, cereal hasn't quite hit the culinary scene just yet.)  

Dining on the Rails

Cincinnati Dinner Train offers a fun, nostalgic dining experience

0 Comments · Tuesday, June 29, 2010
Our Saturday night date begins surprisingly early. Our food will be prepared in BBQ Revue's kitchen and loaded onto the train just before departure, so we have to order entrées and desserts for our four-course, fixed-price dinner on Thursday. We're offered chicken, salmon or prime rib; dessert choices include cheesecake and chocolate cream pie. When Saturday rolls around, the parking lot is packed and a 40-year-old GP-30 diesel locomotive looms over Madison Road.  

Anthony Bourdain's Irresistible Impulses

Celebrity chef/author talks his new book, fame at 44 and several cuss words

0 Comments · Monday, June 21, 2010
Anthony Bourdain seems really normal, says "fuck" as much as you'd expect him to and answers whatever you ask, including stuff about his new book ('Medium Raw'), his show on the Travel Channel ('No Reservations'), America's food obsession and what it was like to get famous later in life (it's extra nice, apparently, with fewer drug fatalities). He'll be in town June 27 for "An Evening with Anthony Bourdain."   

Love, Loss and What I Ate

Loving and being passionate about good food until the bitter end

1 Comment · Tuesday, June 15, 2010
My neighbor Bud loved food. He'd lived all over the world during his military career and had an adventuresome palate he shared with his wife and two sons. The boys grew up not with an "Eat everything on your plate" mentality but with a "Taste everything! Why not?" philosophy that I admire. I'm happy to have savored some very special moments with someone who drank deeply of life and shared his love of it so freely.  

Ferrari's Little Italy (Review)

Little Italy goes big in Madeira, so bring a big appetite

1 Comment · Tuesday, June 8, 2010
For many of us, Italian food is synonymous with love and comfort. A steaming plate of pasta with a hunk of crusty bread to mop up a rich tomato sauce is like a hug from Mom and a rustling of the hair from Dad. As the adage goes, however, everything in moderation. Sometimes love can be too much, and my visit to Ferrari's Little Italy and Bakery left me feeling a little smothered.   

Mr. Sushi (Review)

Downtown sushi spot is just right

1 Comment · Tuesday, June 1, 2010
I never realized downtown's lack of sushi options until just now. After Ko-Sho's move to Northside, downtown was left with almost no place for quality sushi other than Bootsy's. Perhaps because of the name, I expected Mr. Sushi to be basic and a little less than refined. I pictured a small place with few employees and tile floors. I couldn't have been more wrong.