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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.   

New Cincinnati Barbeque Joints (Review)

Warming up to Pinky Sue's Smokehouse and Riverside Barbeque & Drive Thru

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 3, 2010
With The Classy Pig in Ludlow, Pinky Sue's in Newport and Riverside Barbeque and Drive Thru on River Road in Sedamsville, suddenly Greater Cincinnati is sprouting some of the little barbeque gems that you find in so many other parts of the country. If Guy Fieri ever decides to return to Cincinnati for his 'Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives' show, he has to stop at these new spots.  

Shaan Indian (Review)

Saag specialists offering some of the area's best Indian cuisine

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 27, 2010
If I'm to be stuck anywhere awaiting tardy dining guests, I could ask for no better place than an Indian restaurant with a David Sedaris book. I was the only one in the Shaan dining room, save a steady stream of carryout customers. I had a pile of complimentary papardumm (fried, crisp, lentil wafers) and delicious accoutrements such as sweet tamarind, a pureed mint and a spicy onion chutney to keep me busy.  

Mecklenburg Gardens (Review)

Celebrate Cincinnati's German heritage at Corryville treasure

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2010
When you live in a city with an incredible German heritage, people sometimes ask whether it has great German restaurants. Before you suggest the famous one in that Italian city on the other side of the river, remember Mecklenburg Gardens. Sure, Hofbrauhaus has good beer, but Mecklenburg is a Cincinnati treasure.  

Europa (Review)

The flavors of Europe come alive in Covington

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 13, 2010
The Palmieris, the family most recently behind Angelina Fine Foods in Findlay Market, have another venture that's been flying a little below the radar since opening last June. It's Europa, located in the heart of Covington's MainStrasse area and bringing a taste of the old countries to Northern Kentucky.