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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  

Diner: Review: Thai Namtip

Hidden gem worth the West Side excursion

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 18, 2007
The Setting: A comfortably shabby strip mall in the exotic locale of Monfort Heights, near the heart of Cincinnati's West Side. The Cast: Michelle Yi, alumnus of CBS' Survivor: Fiji and UC's   

Diner: Review: Encore

New spot in Wyoming is a work in progress

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Among stately homes with well-manicured lawns, Encore Bistro & Bar emerges modestly from the shady trees. With its creamy exterior and broad roofline, this Encore clearly isn't like its siblings  

Diner: Review: Moy's Pacific Rim

Kenwood Asian spot offers an uneven eating experience

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 4, 2007
Tucked into a strip mall in the sprawl of Kenwood, I've probably driven past Moy's Pacific Rim 100 times without stopping. A lot of other people have probably driven past it, too. It's a diffi  

Diner: Island Eating

An urban foodie traverses the culinary wilds of an American theme park

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 27, 2007
By Lora Arduser "Kings Island ... Kings Island," said I to myself. "I don't seem to remember hearing of it before. Name of the asylum, likely." Unlike Twain's character, Hank Morgan, I h  

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