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
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chef Michael Shields opened BrewRiver GastroPub with local craft beer and thoughtfully paired cuisine in mind. You will find no Budweiser, Guinness or other popular (inter)national brands here, only a rotating list of his more than 50 hand-picked, locally brewed draughts, bottled and canned beers.
Shanghai Mama’s was closed for nine
months following a fire last October. There was some despair among
downtowners as the months dragged on. Call it the dark night of the
soul. But Mama’s back, and I’m happy to report that she’s better than
Today, gourmet dining is wheeled around in carts or prepared to
order in trucks. Local food vendor Jamie Williams jumped on the
bandwagon and launched Cincy Bag Ladies in the spring of 2012 with one
mission: Let people eat without plates.
By 2006, phase one of the Gateway Quarter
redevelopment plan was well underway. Crime quickly gave way to safer,
brightly lit streets. Hints of a flourishing arts district soon took
root. Emerging from “The Quarter’s” fresh renovation came its first new
restaurant, Lavomatic Cafe, a name that pays homage to its predecessor, a