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Diner: Review: Hugo

Oakley has a new Southern-accented treasure

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 20, 2007
The Southern states have a storied past, but there's no denying a certain charm. An instinctual sense of hospitality has survived the Civil War and decades of battering hurricanes, and Hugo, nam  

Diner: The Gospel of Good Food

Mary Jo McMillin channels her love of food into a new cookbook

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 13, 2007
"We had a mission," says Mary Jo McMillin, chef/owner of Oxford's former foodie haven, Mary Jo's Cuisine. "We were converting people and proselytizing and spreading the gospel of eating well  

Diner: Review: Vito's Cafe

Excellent food combines with contagious friendliness at Fort Thomas classic

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 6, 2007
I have a confession to make: When my editor said that I'd be reviewing Vito's Café, I scrambled to think of an excuse not to go. "My goldfish died!" "My computer died!" "My appetite d  

Diner: Review: Dancing Wasabi

Turning up the heat in Mount Lookout

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 30, 2007
At Dancing Wasabi, owner/sushi chef Charlie Choi brings the heat -- from his Kimchi Soup to his long list of special sushi rolls, many of which contain a powerful punch of the hot stuff -- even w  

Diner: Review: Pho Paris

Relocated favorite suspends one in a magic bubble of inviting flavors

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 23, 2007
I hadn't been to Pho Paris since its move to Scalea's old location in Covington. I was immediately charmed. The space is warm and inviting and the staff attentive without being fussy -- just th  

Diner: We Live Here

Otto's owners Paul and Emily Weckman live the 'old-fashioned way'

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Paul and Emily Weckman's young twin boys explain that the reason they're allowed to climb up behind the fountain and sit on the Buddha statue's lap is because, "We live here." And they do.   

Diner: The Nosh Pit

Kitchen Surgery Part II

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 16, 2007
Last month my column echoed a theme that seems to keep building in the national press. Since that column, olives have been recalled for botulism, milk for being over-fortified or under-pasteurized a  

Diner: Review: Southview

Levee spot gets on the Soul Train and moves in the right direction

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 9, 2007
Review by Anne Mitchell When a restaurant is headed in the right direction, there are benchmarks. If recently opened Southview follows those benchmarks, they're on the way to becoming a very goo  

Diner: Review: Sully's Saloon

Action-packed downtown newcomer needs to focus on food

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 2, 2007
If you check out the Web site, you'll see why Sully's Saloon, a new downtown restaurant, is a popular destination. The "wildest Irish pub on Earth" appears to have non-stop action. There's T  

Diner: Review: The Palace Restaurant

Wows with awe-inspiring food and stellar service

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 25, 2007
He swears it was the suit. My husband insists that what we now refer to as The Lucky Suit should get credit for one of the finest dining experiences we've ever had. Ever. Where did this occur,  

Diner: Review: Beluga

Hyde Park favorite offers the perfect balance

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2007
Snorkeling recently off the northeast coast of Puerto Rico, we found a large conch hidden in the seaweed. The ship's mate broke it open, slicing its fresh meat into tender, paper-thin morsels,   

Diner: Review: Tropicana

Jeff Ruby spot delivers stellar food in a fun but understated atmospher

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2007
I have to admit something, readers: I was determined not to like Jeff Ruby's Tropicana. Until last weak I'd never eaten at any of Ruby's five local restaurants, which include Carlo & Johnny, T  

Diner: Review: The Hideaway

Hidden gem won't be hidden in Northside for long

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 4, 2007
The Hideaway is aptly named. In fact, it's easy to miss. Our dining companion arrived several minutes before us and actually called to say I'd given her the wrong address. But it's there -- set  

Diner: Suburban Gem

Roberto's belies its strip-mall location with an adventurous menu and elegant ambiance

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 28, 2007
At the end of a modest strip mall in Loveland --which also houses a brightly lit Subway franchise, an unoccupied storefront, a weight-loss center and a Chinese restaurant -- sits Roberto's Inter  

Diner: Palate Pleaser

The Cincinnati International Wine Festival is a wine lover's paradise

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 21, 2007
I frequently see people milling about in the wine section of the local supermarket -- or even in the area's better wine shops -- reading the promotional hang tags or shelf-talkers while juggling