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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.  

Heat Beneath Our Wings

CityBeat team of tasters judges the area’s best hot wings

1 Comment · Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Whenever I say “hot wings,” I want to say it in a James Brown voice, something with swagger and, well, heat. Hot wings! Sorta like “Hot damn!” but you can say it in front of little kids. We gathered wings from seven venues and put them to the test.  

Say Yes to Cocktails With Dinner

Four Roses and Daveed's show how bourbon cocktails can work with a meal

0 Comments · Monday, May 24, 2010
I've always considered cocktails an early evening libation suitable with finger foods but not the main course. Apparently, though, pairing cocktails and fancy food is a hot trend in the restaurant business. To learn more about it, a few dozen local bourbon lovers recently climbed the narrow spiral staircase to Daveed's upstairs dining room and tasted through a selection of Four Roses bourbons and cocktails.  

View (Review)

New Walnut Hills restaurant offers a highly memorable dining experience

1 Comment · Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Do you recall the time when one dined in hotels with well-appointed lobbies? Elevator rides taken to a dining room nestled between living quarters where one imagines very highbrow things happening? Me neither. Upon arriving at View restaurant in the Edgecliff Private Residences on Victory Parkway, however, I was transported to a more sophisticated time.   

Silver Spring House (Review)

Enjoying a relaxed, comfortable and fairly priced chicken joint

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 11, 2010
When you give your restaurant a tagline like "The Chicken Joint," you damn well better make some kick-ass poultry, right? Well, that’s the gauntlet thrown down by Symmes Township stalwart Silver Spring House, which has stood on the corner of Kemper and Snyder roads since 1988. That 20-plus year history represents an eternity in the restaurant biz, so the owners are obviously doing something right to keep pulling in the customers.  

Otto-matic for the People

Chef de Cuisine Molly Thompson finds her way at Otto's in Covington

0 Comments · Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Molly Thompson is originally from Paris, Ky. She started waiting tables at Otto's, a wonderful bistro in MainStrasse, and worked her way into the kitchen while also graduating from the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State in April. She talks about her career choices and her passion for food.  

Vout (Review)

Slims continues speaking its own language with 'side project'

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 27, 2010
If you've recently driven past Slims restaurant in Northside, you might have noticed a sign near the door at the corner of Hamilton and Blue Rock that reads "VOUT." That's the name of the a la carte, more laid-back version of Slims open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday. As with Slims, the hours are "5:30 'til the food's gone."  

Annabel's (Review)

Breakfast/lunch spot has a fresh, creative menu full of surprises

1 Comment · Monday, April 19, 2010
I set out to find treasure in Mount Lookout Square, and I found a real gem. Annabel's is a cozy little jewel — a great neighborhood eatery with a fresh, creative menu that's full of surprises. The first thing I noticed is how abso-freaking-lutely cute the place is. Surrounded by attractive and stylish diners, I was thankful I'd spruced myself up for my treasure hunt.   

Red Onion Cafe (Review)

Not quite the 'Maisonette of Monroe,' but plenty of satisfying, beautifully-presented dishes

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 13, 2010
On a drizzly Thursday evening, there's a 40-minute wait at Monroe's Red Onion Cafe. A specials chalkboard mentions Shrimp Scampi, Lake Perch and Boeuf Bourguignon. A veritable mission statement is on the menu cover: "Food is what we are all about ... we cook from scratch ... we take pride in our craft." Craft? We can't wait to get seated.  

Bacall's Cafe (Review)

Foods for all moods and something for (almost) everyone

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 6, 2010
Sometimes I'm in the mood for a dive with cheap burgers and bad coffee, and other times I prefer a leisurely dinner and pricey food, where the cloth napkin is ever so gently placed in my lap by a waiter or waitress. What I usually want, though, is something comfortably in-between. Enter Bacall's Cafe.