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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.  

Senate (Review)

Upscale take on street food makes the emerging Gateway Quarter district even tastier

4 Comments · Monday, March 29, 2010
Senate is the new place where the cool kids go, and I know why: It's fun, the menu doesn't take itself too seriously and its location is red hot. Senate's mission is to present upscale street food, and they've done a terrific job of planning a menu that's varied enough to suit most appetites but taken up a few notches so no one is disappointed.  

The Loving Cafe (Review)

Pleasant Ridge spot aims to nourish both body and soul

4 Comments · Tuesday, March 23, 2010
As with any cuisine not executed well, vegetarian and vegan food can be underwhelming. And overcompensating for meat-based proteins with tofu and soy simulations can be an even more dangerous culinary game. Such are the challenges that The Loving Cafe in Pleasant Ridge struggles with: to offer healthy and ethical fare that's fresh, flavorful and satisfying.  

Aroma Restaurant and Sushi (Review)

Chef Romuald Jung succeeds again

1 Comment · Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Somehow food has become an endurance contest — restaurants and diners in hot pursuit of the latest fad. Fortunately, Aroma Restaurant and Sushi bucks this trend. While exceedingly contemporary in design, the unspoken philosophy behind much of Chef Romuald Jung's menu makes us slow down long enough to appreciate the importance of smell, texture and memory in our dining experiences.  

Woe Is Me (Review)

Eastgate spot offers righteous Carolina-style barbeque and Southern sides

4 Comments · Tuesday, March 9, 2010
In desperate need of a sit-down meal at your Southern Grandma's house? Comfort food to soothe your soul? A pit stop at Woe Is Me/Three Boys & Stella Barbeque might be just what the doctor ordered. Armed with a smoker and her 97-year-old grandmother's recipes, Rhonda Royster and her family have a simple mission: Bring Carolina-style barbeque to Greater Cincinnati. The results? In a word: righteous!  

Jan's Chinese (Review)

Offering "authentic" dishes alongside more Americanized favorites

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 3, 2010
Jan's Chinese isn't exactly new. It used to be called Casual Wok and Grille and it's still tucked into the same unassuming, half-empty strip mall off Montgomery Road. The name change honors new head chef HJ Jan, a picture of whom dominates the entry vestibule like a broadly grinning Iron Chef.  

Ko-Sho (Review)

Move to Northside solves 'awareness problem' for great Japanese spot

2 Comments · Tuesday, February 23, 2010
Ko-Sho's previous downtown location was cryptic and easily passable, but it has remedied that awareness problem by relocating to the lively and highly visible business district of Northside. It's new look has had locals eagerly awaiting the restaurant's opening for months.   

Pera Mediterranean (Review)

Though still a work in progress, Pera offers a diverse, mostly delicious menu

3 Comments · Tuesday, February 16, 2010
I must have flunked my geography lessons. When I made plans to dine at Pera Mediterranean restaurant in Mount Lookout Square, I was thinking of the eastern Mediterranean — Greece and Turkey. I did not think I would pass through Italy.  

Mid-Day Rush at Half Day Café

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 10, 2010
I know I risk returning to work late if I eat at a sit-down restaurant on my lunch break, but sometimes I can't help it. I've had really good luck at one locally owned breakfast and lunch spot: Half Day Café in Wyoming. Their always-friendly servers seat you immediately, and the food comes out fast.