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Cumin (Review)

The new menu is chic, fun and flavorful

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Cumin Eclectic Cuisine is an East Side hideaway I’d heard good things about but hadn’t visited until their recent menu change was announced. A stop confirmed all the positive predictions: Cumin is indeed chic, eclectic, fun and flavorful.  

Noce's Pizzeria (Review)

Doing New York-style pizza right

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 9, 2009
A slice of authentic New York pizza is hard to come by in a city like Cincinnati. Surely there is no lack of pizzerias that claim to offer a “New York style” pizza, but there is rarely agreement as to which place is the real deal. If you’ve had a true New York slice, you won’t argue when we say that Noce’s Pizzeria is Cincinnati’s latest addition that does offer the real deal.  

Café Mediterranean (Review)

Mediterranean food gets interesting again in Anderson Towne Center

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Before Café Mediterranean, my attitude toward Mediterranean food was becoming a bit jaded. It was that cynical "if you’ve seen one stuffed grape leaf, you’ve seen them all" mentality.  

Grammer's Embraces Historical Significance

Persevering with innovative events and free popcorn

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Where in Greater Cincinnati can you find a beer festival one week, indoor bike races the next, weekly wiffleball games and flamboyant, sweaty dance parties in honor of Queen's Freddie Mercury all in one place? Why, Grammer’s bar of course.  

House of Sun (Review)

Enjoying a Chinese staycation in Sharonville

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 19, 2009
If there's no vacation in the budget this year, there are still loads of opportunities to expand your dining horizons. You can flavor your staycation with authentic Chinese cuisine at House of Sun, where brunch rivals the best dim sum I've had in any city.  

Finding a Study Diet

Three restaurant picks for UC back-to-schoolers

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Gangs of students and their parents are swarming UC’s campus these days. They’re there to get oriented — figure out where to buy books, how to register, where to work out, how to scope out the frat party with the best beer. You know, college stuff.   

Cactus Pear (Review)

Tex-Mex mainstay is still great after all these years

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Every now and then, instead of reviewing the latest thing we revisit a timeless classic. This month, Cactus Pear in Clifton won the nod. Why the Pear? Because it offers consistently good Tex-Mex cuisine and service, great outdoor dining and some of the strongest Margaritas and Mojitos known to humankind.  

Bottle Shock in Ripley

Weekend vineyard tripping in the hinterlands? Believe it

1 Comment · Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Meranda-Nixon? Kinkead Ridge? Most people outside of Cincinnati — and many people in Cincinnati — haven't even heard of them. But they're two rapidly-growing vineyards in Ripley, an hour east of town, that are producing some of the most refined, complex and sophisticated bottles you'll find anywhere in the country.  

Cold Turkey (Review)

Downtown after hours and hungry? Try going Cold Turkey

2 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2009
If you've lived in Cincinnati for any amount of time, you've heard some variation of the most common complaint about downtown: "There's nothing to do at night." It's another one of those false perceptions that you can only discredit by going out and seeing for yourself (like "downtown is unsafe" or "Cincinnati is boring").   

Chi-nnati's Pizza (Review)

Where Chicago meets Cincinnati, in pizza form

11 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I’ve whined in the past about Cincinnati’s mediocre pizza offerings. Sure, there are some exceptions — Dewey’s springs to mind — but for the most part, nothing here wows me. So, would Chi-nnati, a new Cincinnati-Chicago hybrid, become my new pizza Mecca?  

Pergola (Review)

Fort Thomas spot combines atmosphere, casual fare and high-end dishes

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2009
As you round the bend on North Fort Thomas Avenue in the sleepy burg of Fort Thomas, Pergola Restaurant & Bakery looks like an oasis of sorts. The large outdoor patio calls to you with its umbrellas and Florida-style bar. It's hard for anyone to pass up.  

Kanak (Review)

New Indian spot from Ambar group proves that Montgomery's in!

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 1, 2009
When Kanak India opened in Montgomery six months ago, I was excited. Owned by the same family that owns Ambar on Ludlow Avenue in Clifton, I knew it would be good. Not surprisingly, it's a lot like Ambar. Which is fine, because we all love Ambar.  

Meals for Deals

In tough economic times, eating out doesn't have to be out of the question

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Sure, there's a global recession imposing on many aspects of our lives, but the savvy diner can still get good eats on a budget. A number of local restaurants have responded to the recession with great deals for you. Now it's your turn to respond to those deals. Go out to eat — it's fun!  

Padrino (Review)

Italian options make it worth the daytrip for city dwellers

1 Comment · Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Hunter, Richard and Court Thomas, owners of 20 Brix in Milford, have done what any good financial manager advises: diversify. Last March they opened Padrino a few doors down from 20 Brix, extending Milford’s available restaurant options to a include a family-style, inexpensive Italian option.   

Wildflower Café (Review)

Offering a pleasant ambiance and organic, locavore options

2 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Halfway through the storm, it occurred to us that there was nowhere we’d rather wait it out than Wildflower Café. Maybe it was the warm yellow light, the wind blowing through windows no one had bothered to shut or the clanging and clinking of glasses and silverware from the 20-some diners next to us, all nestled together in one room.