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Diner: Holiday Cheer

Local spots to enjoy a happy hour of food and drinks

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Now that we have Thanksgiving out of the way we can concentrate on some real celebrating. 'Tis the season to socialize, after all, so on your way out the office door make a stop with coworkers a  

Diner: Review: Via Vite

Nicola's owners spice up Fountain Square with new concept

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 20, 2007
I always had the unsettling feeling that something was missing in Fountain Square's recent transformation. Oh, I know downtown has become more vibrant than it's been in years, but I still felt   

Diner: Review: Cactus Pear (Kenwood)

Old favorite amps up the welcoming atmosphere

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 7, 2007
To celebrate our daughter's birthday, we head out to Blue Ash's Cactus Pear, a veritable institution after 10 years in Cincinnati, an eternity in the restaurant business. It's tucked in a cor  

Diner: Review: Mama Vita

Loveland spot loves the carbs, and so will you

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 31, 2007
First impressions can be deceiving. Mama Vita's Ristorante Italiano, for instance, first appears to be just another neighborhood Italian joint. You see, Mama doesn't try to awe her patrons wit  

Diner: Let's Do Brunch!

CityBeat's dining writers brave rulebooks and ghosts to bring you our favorite brunch spots

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Brunch is a civilized affair and as such has rules. · It should be eaten outdoors, weather permitting. · There should be linen and fresh flowers. · Women should be encouraged t  

Diner: Review: Apsara

Owner of Mount Adams dining icons takes sushi to the suburbs with mixed results

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2007
When Chanaka Delanerolle opens a new restaurant, people in Cincinnati tend to take notice. A native of Sri Lanka, Delanerolle already owns three stalwarts of the local dining scene: The Celestial  

Diner: Review: Molly Malone's (Covington)

New Irish import could use a little more old country flavor

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 3, 2007
When I prepare to go to a new restaurant I often look for a menu online. I genuinely get excited by descriptions like "steamed mussels in garlic white wine, fresh herbs and cream" or "chicken   

Diner: Review: Morton's

Relocated steak restaurant is a smashing (and pricey) success

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Morton's The Steakhouse has a new location. Now perched above Fountain Square, its second-floor windows face Vine and Fifth streets, providing a wonderful view of the enormous fish hovering over  

Diner: Review: Silver Spring House

Mason favorite offers good food with a big side of commotion

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 12, 2007
After taking part in CityBeat's barbeque tasting panel last spring (see 2007 Best of Cincinnati, issue of March 28), I accepted the task of reviewing Silver Spring House with more than a little   

Diner: Hot Food and Hospitality

Shirley Copeland has been serving up White Castle 'slyders' for 41 years

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 5, 2007
Shirley Copeland is a woman with many families: her children and grandchildren; her church family; and her co-workers and customers at the Northside White Castle where she's worked for 41 years  

Diner: Review: Sabor Peruano

The South American retreat serves up hearty and satisfying Peruvian food

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 29, 2007
A visit to Sabor Peruano in Fairfield provides something that is becoming increasingly rare in Cincinnati: an authentic, no-frills ethnic menu offering strange and unfamiliar dishes unadulterated  

Diner: Review: Allure

New Montgomery spot lives up to its name

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Allure: "To entice by charm or attraction." That's what the dictionary says anyway. And I must admit that Allure -- the restaurant -- certainly hit the mark when I visited. Set off the main d  

Diner: Vodka Shmodka

CityBeat's tasting panel picks its top neutral spirits

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I've never really understood vodka drinkers. I mean, drinking vodka is practically a cultural necessity in Russia and Poland; whether it's made from potatoes or wheat, it's their national drin  

Diner: Review: Four Seasons Boatyard and Grill

Summer is the season to set sail for seafood in Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 8, 2007
Several years ago, I suffered terrible gastro-intestinal distress after ingesting some less-than-fresh clams at a chain restaurant in Las Vegas. I initially blamed the restaurant for my discomfor  

Diner: Review: Boi Na Braza

Downtown's new temple of meat adds sizzle to the Square

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 25, 2007
At a valet parking station across from Fountain Square, a personable young attendant asks where we're headed. We tell him Boi Na Braza. "Pace yourselves!" he advises knowingly. (Note: Excelle