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Recession Taking a Toll on Local Eateries

The local restaurant carrousel continues to spin

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Gajah Wong West, a Little Indonesia in the middle of Northside, opened its doors three years ago and will close them at the end of this summer. Rumor has it that Gajah is another casualty of the recession, joining other supposed economic casualties like Pigall's, Kona Bistro, Edgecliff Bistro and Fresh, to name a few.   

The Newport Syndicate (Review)

A Piano? Fuhgeddaboutit! Restaurant needs more polish.

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
After watching all eight seasons of the Sopranos and Godfather I, II and III, I know a little bit about syndicates. They who help you out in a jam and then expect to be repaid. The first few times they send an enforcer, they aren’t there to kill you — they’re there to warn you.   

Basilico Organic (Review)

A blissful restaurant with good food and palpable sincerity

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 1, 2009
Last week I had the pleasure of dining at Basilico Organic, the first USDA-certified organic restaurant in the Midwest. Everything that touches your lips is free of pesticides, antibiotics, preservatives and hormones.   

Dusmesh (Review)

Standing apart from the many local Indian food establishments

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 25, 2009
This location used to house India Palace, so it's not a new location for an Indian restaurant. But Dusmesh stands out by bringing something more to the table.   

Iris BookCafe (Review)

Over-the-Rhine shop fills a void on Main Street

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Julie Fay and her business partner, Mike Markiewicz, had been involved in various aspects of Cincinnati’s Main Street arts and entertainment district since the early 1990s. After St. Theresa’s Textiles moved from a building that Fay owned, she decided to open a “destination business” that would bring people to the area.   

Vitor's Bistro (Review)

A West Side classic comes of age

3 Comments · Wednesday, March 11, 2009
I was practically gushing as we came through the door of Vitor's new home in the former Rondo's space, a quaint 1864 European-looking building complete with an outside terrace that will offer seating in the summer under newly planted grapevines.  

Only in Cincinnati

Nick Tolbert’s Midnight Gourmet Cooking goes national — again

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 4, 2009
One look at Nick Tolbert's life and the cynical line you often hear, "You just can't get anything done in this city," fades away. In 2008, American Public Television affiliates approved Tolbert's 'The Midnight Gourmet' cooking show for programming.   

Karma Asian Bistro (Review)

Newlyweds open fine East Side destination

1 Comment · Wednesday, February 25, 2009
In my favorite movie, 'The Big Lebowski,' Maud's chauffeur tells an old vaudeville joke that starts with a litany of miseries and wraps up with the punch line, "But you know me — I can't complain." Well, lately, faithful readers, that joke has been my life. What's up with my karma?  

Gravy (Review)

New Goshen establishment is a nice breakfast destination

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 18, 2009
Ah, gravy. When I think of gravy, I'm reminded of the smell of my grandma's house from my childhood. Not that she cooked much. It was actually the musty smell of the old house saturated with years of cigarette smoke. But it always reminded me of gravy.  

Aqua (Review)

Local favorite tweaks its already strong formula

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Aqua has undergone some evolutionary changes recently. It's still pretty much a creature of the sea, ahe sushi bar still gleams in the front window. But a change in staff (the former Sous Chef Josh Munchel is now the executive chef and Doug Kornrumph came on as general manager in January) seems to have spawned a change in attitude. The waters feel a little warmer and more welcoming at this new incarnation of the restaurant.   

G. Bailey's (Review)

The menu is surprising and thoughtful, and the prices are reasonable

3 Comments · Wednesday, February 4, 2009
Named after George Bailey in 'It's a Wonderful Life,' G. Bailey's is a new venture by the company that operates the Golden Lamb in Lebanon and carries the tagline "It's a Wonderful Place." If you're looking for a cheap place in your neighborhood that has good, fresh food and lets you take a trip back in time with the music and some of the food choices, check it out.   

Jean Paul's Paradiso (Review)

Stellar food in a distinctive atmosphere

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I couldn't have asked for a more cinematic entrance to Jean Paul's Paradiso. As my friend and I entered the brightly lit shop, we noticed a man sitting behind the counter looking at the television hanging from the ceiling in one corner. He (Jean Paul) seemed completely oblivious to the perfectly shaped pie he cradled in his hands.  

Longworth's Tavern (Review)

Mount Adams establishment's reopened kitchen serves up more than just a tasty burger

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 21, 2009
There it was, high atop Mount Adams on St. Gregory Street: Longworth's Tavern, the long-standing neighborhood bar and grill touting two floors, a patio and a recently reopened kitchen. Hoorah! We braved the brisk temperature and the steep hill to indulge in an evening of excessive food and drink.   

Dingle House Irish Pub (Review)

West Chester spot offers up camaraderie and cold beer

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I used to wonder why some bars brand themselves as Irish pubs when they're not. Wouldn't it be easier to be Fred's Bar and not O'Malley's Olde Ale House? Our team of pub wonders took in the area's latest Irish-themed spot, and we arrived to a shiny, new, crowded house on a Friday evening. The mood of the place was very festive, and I liked the look of some fried oysters on their way to a patron at the bar.  

Bootsy's Produced By Jeff Ruby (Review)

Bootsy's is a welcome addition to downtown nightlife

8 Comments · Wednesday, January 7, 2009
If there's a heaven for hairdressers, fashionistas, people on first dates and older women from Miami recovering from cosmetic surgery, Bootsy's Produced by Jeff Ruby would be it.