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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.  

Good Eatin'

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.