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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.  

Mead-eorology

Local mead hall offers a glorious taste of Vikingdom

3 Comments · Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Cincinnatians would have to cross an ocean and endure multiple layovers to behold the crippled remains of an authentic Viking mead hall, where epic heroes like Beowulf spent their Friday nights getting hammered and exchanging tales from the Warfield. Or you take in the mead hall experience at Woodstone Creek, Cincinnati's own neighborhood-friendly meadery.  

Cincinnati's Queen of Soul

Aunt Flora puts heart and soul into her food

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2009
“Soul food blesses your whole body,” says Katrina “Aunt Flora” Mincy. “It uplifts your spirit. Whoever prepares it puts everything in their heart and soul into it.” Aunt Flora, as Katrina prefers to be called, has put her soul into soul food, and after a visit to her daughter’s Court Street restaurant, Flo’s Plate Full of Soul, I’m grateful for Flora’s philosophy.  

Summer Hot, Coffee Cold

Advice for enjoying the best iced coffee this summer

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2009
With summer coming we’ll all be spending time at more third places — places where we hang out and socialize other than home or work. But between our trips to the ice cream parlor, the neighborhood pool and the park, the classic third place — the neighborhood coffee shop — won’t be forgotten.   

Blind Moose (Review)

Lodge-like ambiance inspires Northern Exposure flashbacks

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Over the course of about eight months I watched almost every episode of the ’90s television series Northern Exposure. I was obsessed. That might explain why I recently felt so at home in a booth at The Blind Moose.   

Troy's Cafe (Review)

Doing 'simple food' well

1 Comment · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I think a foodie friend recently said it best: "I'm no longer interested in the 'complicated' food. What I like best are restaurants with simple menus where they do simple food well." I don't know if she was channeling me or we’re channeling a general food trend that's building, but I wholeheartedly agree. And, as if on cue, Troy's Cafe walked into my life.