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CityBeat dining writers reveal their favorite experiences of 2008

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 30, 2008
Bailouts, cash infusions and unemployment lines. These are scary words for scary times, and scary times call for … comfort food. We’ve just been through a season of belt-tightening and the new year looks like we might need to take it in another notch, but I had an epiphany over a plate of potato gnocchi and veal and ricotta meatballs.  

Oleg’s Tavern (Review)

Ukrainian native serves up authentic German Food in Mason

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 23, 2008
Who knew a fella from the Ukraine would be cooking up a storm of authentic German food in Mason. Oleg Makhayev, the owner of Oleg’s Tavern, is a native of Kiev, Ukraine. He’s lived in the States for about seven years and cooked at Jag’s in West Chester before opening his own restaurant last year.   

Vito's Café (Review)

Chef Romy finds new home in Fort Thomas

1 Comment · Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I gave Vito's a rave review in 2007, and it has only improved with the addition of Chef Romuald Jung, late of the Palace Restaurant at the Cincinnatian Hotel. Chef Romy's talent and love of food and family outgrew the corporate confines of hotel dining. He's found a welcome home with Victor and Mary Ciepiel in Fort Thomas, and his influence has made already excellent food grand.  

Iron Horse Inn (Review)

Glendale establishment sets the bar high but doesn't quite make it

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Nothing beats dinner in the cozy dining room of a restaurant located in an historic house when the weather turns cold. As I waited for my step-dad outside the Iron Horse Inn, the smell of a fire burning in a distant fireplace and melted candle wax stirred up images of Christmas dinners and drinks by the fire in northern Ohio.  

Hyde Park Tavern (Review)

All-purpose pub is good for friending or dating

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 3, 2008
While Hyde Park Tavern underwent new ownership last year and has a new fall menu with several wonderful gourmet options (including a great wine list), it's still very much a pub. There are the loud TVs, the loud talkers and the visceral, sports-inspired.  

Holiday Nourishment

Eating a (reasonably priced) Christmas dinner out this year

4 Comments · Wednesday, November 26, 2008
You know the scene: A jangled Parker family makes their way to a Chinese restaurant on Christmas Day, still mourning their turkey's fate as a plaything for 785 "Notafinga!" bloodhounds. Create your own Christmas story with one of these seven recommendations for dinner out on Dec. 25.  

Straight, No Chaser

CityBeat convenes a bourbon tasting panel

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 19, 2008
Tom Waits, George Thorogood, Charles Bukowski, Mike Figgis, Ray Carver and even W.C. Fields have portrayed bourbon as the “binge drinker’s best friend.” But store shelves are now packed with small-batch, artisanal American whiskies — selling at prices that rival the best single malt scotches and finest cognacs.  

Rookwood Bar & Restaurant (Review)

Return of Mount Adams institution is a welcome addition to the heart of Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2008
There have been several reincarnations of the Rookwood restaurant, but this time they might have gotten the karma right. It's a solid serendipity of setting, menu and price point, a welcome addition to the heart of Cincinnati.  

Gordo's Pub & Grill (Review)

Where Joe Six-Packs go to kick back with a Jean-Robert Burger

4 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
I'm a lover of things that can’t be put in a box and escape all attempts to define them. This has included people, art, literature, cities and a variety of spiritual and political movements, but it hasn’t included bars — at least not until I went to Gordo’s Pub & Grill. Smack in the middle of Norwood on Montgomery Road, Gordo’s looks like just another neighborhood bar with neon beer signs in the window.  

Mac's Pizza Pub (Review)

Some of the best pizza in the country is right here in Clifton Heights

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Life seems to be in short supply of pleasant surprises these days. I counted myself very lucky to be on the receiving end of one when I visited Mac's Pizza Pub. I had put off my visit until the last minute for a number of reasons, one being that I was afraid it would be filled with my students from UC and I would have to order a pop instead of a beer.  

From Trolley Car to White House

Marvin Smith’s Ollie’s Trolley is a West End landmark

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Will Mr. Smith go to Washington? That’s Marvin Smith, who is the Ollie behind Ollie’s Trolley, the West End landmark dining car. Ollie has catered five of soon-to-be-president-elect Obama’s campaign events and has pictures to prove it.  

Mixx Ultra Lounge (Review)

New Over-the-Rhine hot spot is for the hip, not the hungry

7 Comments · Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Think New York City circa 1990. The clubs are hopping, music throbbing and the velvet ropes define the line between cool and uncool, who gets in and who stays out. Each person in our foursome went through this time warp when we had dinner at Mixx Ultra Lounge.  

deSha's (Review)

Montgomery favorite sports new menu that's just ducky

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 8, 2008
Writing a dining review is a great gig, right? Hey, I can't complain. But sometimes it can be challenging, especially when the assignment isn't on your home turf. "Symmes Township?" I asked my editor. "Surely, you are not sending this city girl to Symmes Township?" "Don't call me Shirley," she replied.  

Tousey House (Review)

Reopened Northern Kentucky landmark remains a classic

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 1, 2008
As you sit by the fire in one of The Tousey House's dining rooms, you can almost feel the energy of the last 186 years, the life span of this Kentucky federal-style home.  

Edgecliff Room (Review)

Walnut Hills room with a view offers good food, gracious service and an enticing patio

2 Comments · Wednesday, September 24, 2008
Places like the Edgecliff Room fascinate me. Cincinnati doesn't have many of these animals — restaurants attached to a living space. These places seem like they would be most successful in densely populated urban areas like Chicago or New York.