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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.   

Cityside Pub and Grill (Review)

Burgermania in Newport means cheap, creative eats at

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 17, 2008
Establishments like Cityside help keep our wallets lined, but they're also a much-needed alternative to some of the more homogenized cheap eats out there. The menu here is an interesting mix for a bar and grill.  

Sorrento's Pizza (Review)

Family institution has been a Cincinnati staple for more than 50 years

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The only thing thicker than blood is pizza sauce. Combine the two and you have a recipe for Sorrento's Pizzeria. Pizza has often been synonymous with one family in our city, the LaRosas, but the De Luca family has been spinning dough just as long.  

Terry's Turf Club (Review)

Terry Carter rides a simple burger concept to stellar results

3 Comments · Wednesday, August 20, 2008
Get with this, OK? Burger joint. Black-and-white linoleum tiles on the floor, more neon hanging around than you'll see at the county fair. Bowls of peanuts, shells on the floor, jukebox on the wall.   

Tony's on the River (Review)

Travel to New Richmond for good food and a stellar view of the Ohio River

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 13, 2008
He doesn't look like Matt Damon, but Tony DeFrancesco could teach the Talented Mr. Ripley a thing or two about playing multiple roles on a Tuesday night in a semi-full restaurant on the Ohio River, all the while dodging the path of a mewing cat in heat.  

Rusty Bucket Corner Tavern (Review)

Rookwood spot tries to accommodate a wide variety of diners

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 6, 2008
I find myself wanting to dine casually much more often these days. I'm happiest eating at the bar with paper napkins, and if I don't have to dress up I'm pretty close to bliss.  

Relish Modern Tapas (Review)

Mason hot spot does more than just food

2 Comments · Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I know, it's a strange title for a review on a new tapas restaurant, but with martinis such as the French Kiss (topped with creamy pineapple juice and brewing with Stoli Vanilla vodka, Chambord and champagne) I would be remiss if I didn't mention the drinks at Relish Modern Tapas first.  

NuVo (Review)

A culinary dream come true on the Street of Dreams

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Make plans to go to NuVo. You owe it to yourself to try this surprising new restaurant in the most unlikely of locations: Dream Street in Florence. Seriously, Dream Street is hardly Monastery St   

The Summit (Review)

Cincinnati State culinary students build on-site restaurant with stellar results

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 9, 2008
It would be easy to assume The Summit was named for its location -- the top of a hill where the Cincinnati State & Technical College campus overlooks Central Parkway and Ludlow Avenue. But that w  

Coco's (Review)

Covington favorite reopens with a new 'beer fusion' menu

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2008
From a distance, under the slightly fluorescent streetlights in front of Coco's, Jimmy Salzarulo (aka "Jimmy the Weasel") looks a bit like Jean-Robert de Cavel. Maybe it's the hair. Maybe it