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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   

Oceanaire (Review)

Seafood spot is a major league addition to downtown dining

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2008
There were two Cincinnati Reds at tables near us at The Oceanaire Seafood Room the other night, Adam Dunn and Corey Patterson. Professional athletes -- you'd have to be one to polish off the por  

Blue Agave (Review)

Springdale spot offers a tequila experience you can actually remember

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2008
"What is a blue agave?" my step-dad asked. The young woman behind Blue Agave's cash register motioned in Vanna White fashion toward the plants in small pots on the wall behind her. "Agave is   

John Phillips Restaurant & Bar (Review)

Northern Kentucky gem offers Southern grace, stellar seafood

3 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Described by staff as "casual, but upscale," John Phillips Restaurant & Bar is the new joint venture of Syndicate Owner John Whalen and Newport Police Captain Phillip Liles. Much more than a Ke  

York Street Cafe (Review)

Newport classic is still crazy after all these years

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 4, 2008
York Street Cafe is an old favorite of mine, and it hasn't lost its charm.   

Diner: A Not So Secret Ingredient

Nectar's Dinner Club a smashing success

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Chef/owner Julie Francis of Mount Lookout Square's Nectar restaurant has found a unique way to connect with her customers. Nectar's Dinner Club is a monthly affair with a special five-course men  

BlackFinn (Review)

Where big appetites, Reds baseball and martinis collide

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Meat. Sports. Patriotism. Ball caps. If you like these -- that is, if you're American -- you'll love BlackFinn. If you don't, well, if you at least like people then you'll love the staff. Fo  

Pomodori's (Review)

Wood-fired brilliance still produces one of the area's best pizzas

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I visited an old friend the other day: Pomodori's Pizza. Still snugly tucked between Shirley's Laundromat and the Stop and Go, this little spot brings back fond memories of my early college day  

Knotty Pine on the Bayou (Review)

Northern Kentucky classic lives up to its eclectic reputation

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 7, 2008
When your GPS can't tell you how to get there, your destination is off the beaten path. But Knotty Pine on the Bayou is definitely worth the trip. We were amazed to see the size of the weeknigh  

Amma's Kitchen (Review)

Udipi re-emerges with the same divine vegetarian Indian cuisine

8 Comments · Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Amma's Kitchen in Roselawn might be a heaven of sorts, but this isn't immediately obvious from its decor. Instead, the ambience says purgatory, with stiff maroon booths, beige walls, industrial