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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.
  

Queen Of Sweets

Aunt Flora serves old-school desserts and comfort food to the masses

1 Comment · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The winner of CityBeat’s 2012 Sugar Rush event was none other than Aunt Flora (Katrina Mincy) of the now closed Aunt Flora’s House of Soul and the newly opened The Cobbleria downtown. After winning everyone over with her peach cobbler, Flora isn’t retiring the rolling pin anytime soon.  

Familiarizing The Exotic

Crestview Hills bistro offers approachable take on Argentine cuisine

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 13, 2012
For more than seven years, Argentine Bistro has quietly showcased an assortment of authentic dishes of this exotic South American locale. It began as a tapas restaurant, but after several chefs and name changes, the bistro now offers a more conventional menu.  

It's A Jungle In Here

International foodie haven opens an even larger space in Eastgate

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 6, 2012
If Jungle Jim’s huge International Market in Fairfield wasn’t big enough for you, a second location in Eastgate boasts an even larger space at 215,000 square feet. This is the place to get everything from kangaroo meat to hookahs. And if you can’t find, say, the gluten-free eggrolls, either store’s employees will track them down for you.
  

In With The New

Fantastic seafood restaurant joins the fun in OTR

1 Comment · Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Cincinnati’s newest seafood restaurant is also its best. Welcome to Porkopolis, Anchor OTR. I love the scale of this restaurant. No, not the fish scales! The size and scope. It’s just right.  

Bottles and Bites

Marty’s Hops & Vines offers beer and wine expertise, tastings and expanded menu

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 23, 2012
On a Friday evening, College Hill wine and beer emporium Marty’s Hops & Vines is alive with spirited buzz. It’s the wine shop’s weekly wine tasting during which a wide demographic of customers sample six healthy pours accompanied with cubed cheese and crackers for a mere $10.  

Far East Flavors

Mason surprises with new Malaysian dining experience

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Malaysia is located so far from here most of my friends couldn’t point it out on a map. But lucky for us, Ohio just welcomed its first Malaysian restaurant right outside Cincinnati. In the belly of an old municipal building in Mason is the new restaurant Straits of Malacca.  

All's Well That Eat(s) Well

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Cooking for Martha Stewart has got to be a little like sharing your film project with Woody Allen, right? Surreal is the word Cincinnati chef and caterer Renee Schuler of Eat Well Celebrations and Feasts uses to describe her recent experience cooking for Martha, someone who set the bar for beautiful food when Schuler was growing up.  

Burnell's Exudes Cool Culinary Confidence

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
There’s a certain wave of reassurance that washes over a person while in the presence of someone radiating with confidence and passion for his craft.  Chef Nathan Jolley — who operates his tiny restaurant, Burnell’s, out of the former Mayberry location on Vine Street — is such a man.