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Naked Tchopstix (Review)

Asian chain offers sushi, Chinese, Korean, Japanese and Southeast Asian cuisine

3 Comments · Wednesday, April 18, 2012
“Don’t judge a book by its cover.” I’m sure we’ve all heard that phrase applied to any number of situations, but I had to say it to myself when I learned I was to review a new restaurant named Naked Tchopstix. The name is just a bit twee and made me wonder how the food would be. I needn’t have worried — the food is absolutely amazing.   

The Bites of Spring

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Early spring has us all outdoors, exploring gardens, ballparks and eateries. If you’re not drifting through the daffodils or noshing on an outrageous hot dog topped with baked beans, Fritos, French-fried onions and cheese at the Machine Room Grille at Great American Ball Park, you should be exploring one of the following shiny new dining spots.   

Buz (Review)

New sister restaurant of The Green Dog feels at home in Columbia-Tusculum

0 Comments · Tuesday, April 3, 2012
Some weeks need to end on a good buzz, and I was delighted to head off to a brand new restaurant, Buz, in Columbia Tusculum, as last week wrapped up. Buz is the new sister restaurant of The Green Dog, and as we drove out Columbia Parkway there was a gorgeous bright rainbow in the sky that arched almost down to the diner’s doors.  

1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab (Review)

New OTR wine bar offers wine flights, handpicked parings and artisanal coffee

1 Comment · Tuesday, March 27, 2012
From the sire of Tazza Mia, Bob Bonder brings Cincinnati another coffee destination, but this time he’s added a full bar and tapas style dining. Located in the Gateway District on Vine Street, 1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab blends the best of both worlds — handpicked wine parings and artisanal coffee.   

Eli’s BBQ (Review)

No-frills affair is all about the food

4 Comments · Tuesday, March 13, 2012
First located at Fountain Square and Findlay Market under a rather dainty tent in the summer months this past year, Eli’s BBQ has graduated to the restaurant scene — and with honors. What was once a humble street vendor with one impeccably prepared item on the menu — the perfect pulled pork sandwich — is now nestled in the East End.  

Bakersfield OTR (Review)

Whiskey/tequila/taco spot joins the burgeoning Gateway scene

1 Comment · Tuesday, March 6, 2012
How lucky would you have to be to live in the Gateway District right now? We’ve raved about so many great places that have opened recently. Now it’s Bakersfield’s turn.    

Moerlein Lager House Celebrates Cincinnati’s Brewing History

0 Comments · Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Don’t call it a restaurant. Cincinnati riverfront’s new Moerlein Lager House is not just a restaurant — this becomes brazenly clear as soon as you step into the 15,000-square-foot (without even including the underground service level) beer mecca.  

JimmyG’s (Review)

Jimmy Gibson’s latest venture joins the ranks of Cincinnati’s best new restaurants

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 21, 2012
JimmyG’s offers fine dining fare in an audacious setting. The dining area’s refined red wood walls are adorned with the work of various local contemporary pop artists and the seating arrangement provides a similar contrast, with yellow seat cushions on white lattice-backed chairs paired with a fine dining table arrangement.   

Sonny's Three Meat Burger (Review)

Anderson Township family-owned business offers a true burger combo

4 Comments · Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Sonny’s Three Meat Burger in Anderson Township hasn’t been open terribly long (since late November last year) but a quick perusal on Google brings up many positive reviews from happy, satisfied customers. The customer satisfaction isn’t hard to understand once you’ve been to Sonny’s, eaten the food and experienced the superior level of service the employees provide.    

Honey (Review)

Northside's casual fine dining offers a special $10 Tuesday menu

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Shoshannah and Doug Hafner opened Honey in 2005. They’ve always been into serving fine food in a casual atmosphere. On any night you’ll be greeted by a friendly staff and probably a soundtrack with lots of local artists in the queue. On Tuesdays you can also choose from between five $10 menu items.  

Cafes Inside CAM, Taft Offer Tasty Treasures

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 24, 2012
These two museums don’t just have wonderful art — they also both have fantastic cafés. I recently undertook a mission to dine at both: CAM’s Terrace Café and the Lindner Family Café at the Taft Museum. I decided that I wouldn’t just eat at the cafés — I would also see what treasures the museums had to offer.   

blublu Restaurant (Review)

Mount Healthy eatery offers flavorful Greek cui

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 18, 2012
The prospect of Greek food on a cold January night sounded pretty inviting, but blublu really outdoes itself in the inviting department. We arrived at the restaurant a little on the early side for dinner, but the Nika family was already busy. Our host/server still politely greeted and seated us before dashing back behind the counter to ring up a carryout order and answer the phone.    

Taste of Belgium Finds a Home

Over-the-Rhine favorite finds a new station in the Gateway District

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 10, 2012
So who was lucky enough to land the big, bold location with wrap-around windows at the corner of Vine and 12th, right next to the Ensemble Theater? I’m glad to say it’s Taste of Belgium Bistro. With their origins in Findlay Market, Jean Francois Flechet’s Taste of Belgium is an Over-the-Rhine original, and they deserve this spotlight location in the hottest dining district in town.  

Chung Ching (Review)

College Hill 'mom and pop' Chinese restaurant comes up big

9 Comments · Tuesday, January 3, 2012
Most people I know fully support “buy local/eat local” values. But as we start the new year, let’s take a minute to give respect to the bedrock of that idea: “mom and pop” businesses.   

Elements of Surprise

Reflecting on the year’s best — and worst — dining surprises

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 28, 2011
Everybody gives their readers a year-end wrap up list of the best dishes they tried over the past 12 months, so I decided to surprise you. What follows are our Dining Team’s biggest surprises of 2011.