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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.   

Tano Bistro (Review)

Despite a few lapses, Loveland spot a wonderful addition to suburban dining scene

2 Comments · Tuesday, February 9, 2010
Ghostly snow devils swirl around the darkness of Loveland Avenue West, but a steamy window with "Tano" scrawled across it glows with a homey, diffuse light, beckoning us out of the cold. Inside, we find a warm space filled with convivial guests for whom the holiday season is still in full swing. It will be fun to see how Tano Bistro evolves as the seasons change, but for now it's a great place to shelter from the cold.  

Campbell's Barn (Review)

Offering menu diversity but little real country cuisine

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The barn that houses Campbell's restaurant has been a long-time fixture on State Route 125 for Eastsiders. Built nearly 20 years ago, it was originally launched as a reception hall and later used as a dance studio. As a previous patron of both of these former establishments, I was more than a little curious.  

Suzie Wong's on Madison (Review)

Far Eastern cuisine is reinvented on busy Walnut Hills corner

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Many of the buildings in historic DeSales Corner in East Walnut Hills were built specifically to cater to the German immigrants and parishioners of St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church. Owner Alex Chin seems to embrace this same philosophy of serving the community by opening for lunch and dinner seven days a week and offering delivery service to nearby neighborhoods. By the looks of the crowd on a snowy Tuesday night, I'd say the neighborhood is returning that fond embrace.  

Crosstown Chicken Smackdown

The Hitching Post and Ron's Roost face off in a fried chicken battle royale

3 Comments · Tuesday, January 19, 2010
Welcome to the East Side/West Side Crosstown Chicken Challenge, pitting two long-time legends against each other in a crispy smackdown! We're gathering buckets of golden brown deliciousness for a discerning crew of tasters to eat and rate. Napkin under your chin? Let's begin!  

The Quarter Bistro (Review)

Making 'dinner and a movie' night almost perfect

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 13, 2010
Now that the holidays are over and out-of-town friends and family are sleeping in their own beds, a relaxing dinner out is called for. The Quarter Bistro in Mariemont, with its warm and intimate red decor, answered the call for a friend and me on recent chilly evening.  

Roma Italian (Review)

White Oak eatery offers good service, a casual atmosphere and Italian food done American-style

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 6, 2010
Among the sea of strip malls we know as the West Side, Roma Italian restaurant stands out visually because of its three-story-tall illuminated signage and its inherited West Side landmark status. The familiar site might be part of the reason for the crowd that fills this home-style Italian joint right around dinnertime, but it's the extensive menu of good hearty food that will keep them coming back.  

The Shape of Food to Come

Wrapping up the decade in dining and looking at what lies ahead

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 30, 2009
“The Aughts” never really caught on, and why would they? When we were freaking out in anticipation of Y2K, we thought our biggest problem might be a computer glitch. Now the TSA scans you down to your toe jams and the Arctic ice retreats faster than the value of your over-mortgaged starter home. But how about on the food front?  

Wise Owl (Review)

West Chester’s Wise Owl offers tapas and wise wine-selecting assistance

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Billed by a friend as a tapas restaurant and wine bar, the hubs and I arrived at The Wise Owl around 8 p.m. on a Saturday night prepared to fill our tummies with delectable morsels and some quality vino. While we were more than impressed with the expanse of the wine menu, we were somewhat let down by the limited selection of only half a dozen small plates.  

Mayberry (Review)

Cozy new downtown eatery has some drool-worthy offerings

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Mayberry, which calls its niche "grassroots American food," has been open for just over a month for breakfast and lunch. It's in a great location, right between Hamburger Mary's and Scotti's on Vine Street, but is so small that it's easy to overlook. Now open for dinner as well, the tiny diner is quite welcoming, complete with candlelight.  

ZZ’s Pizza (Review)

The return of a neighborhood favorite

2 Comments · Wednesday, December 9, 2009
I didn’t know what to expect from the newly re-opened ZZ’s Pizza, as I had never been to the original incarnation of the Walnut Hills eatery, which closed in 2005. On a recent rainy evening, I settled for a parking meter a little farther away than I would have liked and hoped our experience at ZZ’s would be a redeeming one.  

La Mexicana (Review)

Newport classic makes up for nondescript decor with delicious authenticity

5 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
I generally judge the authenticity of a Mexican restaurant not by decor or signage but by salsa and mole sauce. So when we got the salsa — a nice mix of tomatillos and jalapenos with a lovely cilantro aftertaste — I was pretty happy. La Mexicana indeed is one of the most authentic Mexican restaurants in the area.  

Siam Orchid (Review)

Bellevue eatery needs a tune-up

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 25, 2009
Siam Orchid is tiny but inviting and in a great location. Neighbors in Bellevue like to get out and support their local eateries, so I hope this restaurant polishes its rough edges and earns their patronage.