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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.