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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  

Diner: Review: Eddie Merlot's

New Montgomery spot follows in that fine steakhouse tradition of outsized personality

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I can't help recalling the movie Who Framed Roger Rabbit when I think of the name of one of our newest steakhouses, Eddie Merlot's. Oh wait, that was Eddie Valiant. As it turns out, this Eddie  

Diner: Review: Lavomatic Cafe

The Gateway Quarter adds another jewel as Jean-Robert cleans up again

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 16, 2008
How do you make dirty laundry hip and trendy? I guess one way would be to sell it on eBay, but the Jean-Robert de Cavel family found a tastier approach with its latest venture, Lavomatic Cafe, a   

Diner: Review: Chalk

Ever-expanding Jean-Robert Restaurant Group adds another intriguing endeavor

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Chalk Food + Wine is the second Jean-Robert Restaurant Group endeavor on Greenup Street in Covington. Situated just two doors up from Greenup Café in the space formerly occupied by Pho Paris  

Diner: Smoking Out Stealth Food

We're finally digesting the deadly realities of Big Food's hidden power brokers

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 2, 2008
It might be too early to name the moment but not to notice that the moment is coming. The way we think about what we digest is on the verge of a major overhaul. The signs are everywhere: Jamie Oli  

Diner: Mystical Alchemy

The Cincinnati Wine Festival has great taste ... and tastes great, too!

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 26, 2008
When I was a kid, there was often a gallon jug of Gallo's Hearty Burgundy on the floor beside my father's chair at dinnertime. Like many wine drinkers of a certain age, that was my introduction