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M Marks The Spot

Hyde Park’s wood-fired eatery offers casual, inventive dining

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 5, 2013
A little more than two months old, M uses its freshly-imported European oven as a centerpiece for its casual dining concept, with nearly everything but the desserts spending some bit of time basking in blissfully blistering heat.
  

Taste Something New

Leah Joos and Jen Lile follow their dreams and taste buds to open Kitchen 452

3 Comments · Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Leah Joos and Jen Lile would like you to try new things. The chefs/owners of the newest lunch spot in East Walnut Hills, Kitchen 452, want to introduce people to things they may not have thought to cook at home and to taste things they think they dislike.  

Persian Persuasion

Iranian family brings authentic dining experience to West Chester

3 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Cincinnati, until recently, lacked an authentic Persian restaurant. Finally, in November, the Iranian Mostofi family opened Persian Nights in West Chester, making it the only restaurant of its kind from here to Columbus.  

Clifton's Fab Pho Landmark

Cilantro's Darren Phan expands fresh Vietnamese menu at new location

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Eat well. Eat fresh. Eat often. These three sentences serve as both tagline and personal philosophy for local restaurateur Darren Phan, owner of Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro, Clifton’s 9-year-old brothy, herby, vermicelli-filled landmark.  

Omnivorous Options

The Elusive Cow offers pub grub everyone can feel good about

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Right down the road from Virgil’s Café in Bellevue is a newly opened (since November) neighborhood burger joint, The Elusive Cow. Originally, I had heard that it was a vegan or vegetarian pub, but one look at the menu made it clear: This restaurant is much more than that.  

Izakaya Style

Kaze revives Cincinnati Color Building with authentic Japanese food and drink

9 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The build-out at Kaze is breathtaking. The old Cincinnati Color building on Vine Street is such a landmark that it would have been dreadful had it been torn down, and Kaze saved it.   

Fusian Dreams of Sushi

Fast casual restaurant rolls up quality, sustainable, quick cuisine

1 Comment · Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Zach and Josh Weprin and their childhood friend, Stephan Harman, are beating the odds. Nearly three years ago, the young trio founded Fusian, a fast casual sushi restaurant with locations in downtown Cincinnati, Dayton and, slated to open in February, the Ohio State University campus in Columbus.  

Haute Asian

Quan Hapa serves Eastern drinks and cuisine in a hip gastropub setting

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 9, 2013
In 2012, food trends like “weird Chinese” and “Asian hipster cuisine” hit a fever pitch in New York City. With the advent of Quan Hapa and neighboring Japanese izakaya hot spot Kaze, the trend’s finally supplanted itself in Over-the-Rhine, albeit, with less outlandishness.  

Gateway Gourmands

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Nothing screams artisan or handcrafted food like a flannel-shirted, tattooed server. Remove the pageantry from the building, please, and just give us the weird cuts of beef or spruced up hot dog served alongside a Prohibition-era cocktail.
  

Bicontinental Bites

Former Bella Luna chef opens Italian-Argentine eatery

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 2, 2013
It’s unusual to find a restaurant in the Cincinnati area that’s a permutation of both Italian and Argentine cuisine, but Alfio’s Buon Cibo (Italian for “Good Food”) aims to the wed the two regions together.
  

Dishing Out 2012

Local foodies, trends and ingredients make Cincy's dining scene shine

5 Comments · Wednesday, December 26, 2012
As we wrap up 2012 in Cincinnati, we’ve got a helluva story to tell — and some bragging to do. I write about drinks and dining, and I can’t even get around to all the new places that are opening.  

Coffee And Community

OTR welcomes anticipated new coffee shop to the neighborhood

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Owners Dave Hart and Dustin Miller had always dreamed of opening a coffee shop together. Lifelong friends and Ohio natives, the two spent a few years on separate journeys living in and being inspired by different states along the West Coast and working in multiple restaurants and cafes along the way.  

Puff Piece

Blue Ash bistro focuses on sweet and savory pastries

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 11, 2012
I once lived in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago where delis selling pierogies and Russian delicacies were on every street corner. With the exception of a couple of places, Cincinnati’s been devoid of good Eastern European food, until now.
  

A Baker's Story

Skirtz & Johnston offer scratch-made breads and pastries at new café

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 4, 2012
Flush with the success of their two-year-old Findlay Market bakery-cafe, co-owners Stefan Skirtz and Andrew Johnston snipped a yellow ribbon last month, ushering in their second venture, S & J Cafe at the Main Library, located on the downtown library’s mezzanine level.  

Bos Is Back

Northside pub returns with updated menu and design

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 27, 2012
In some big cities there are only vestiges of bygone era neighborhood taverns, but Northside’s Boswell’s has found a way to trump decay and reemerge with an unexpected second act.