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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   

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.