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Will Your Culinary Concept Kill Your Restaurant?

12 Comments · Wednesday, March 24, 2010
"Dear 'concept' restaurant: It isn't the diner's responsibility to be in tune with your fad, unless you want to appeal to only the few who knew ahead of time that you have a 'niche.' When a customer is visibly uncomfortable with your concept, offer guidance. Or kiss that customer goodbye forever. Can you afford to do that? No, not really."  

Good Moves and Positive Change

1 Comment · Tuesday, March 2, 2010
The Dish brings you today's moments in optimism! Not all news is negative — no, no, no! Some of our favorite local dining spots are doing quite well, thank you, and expanding their operations. Here are updates on new locations for Bouchard's at Findlay Market and The Bonbonerie, Mr. Sushi opening downtown and chasing Cafe De Wheels through the city.  

My Cheesy Valentine

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Instead of the bizarrely scripted sugar bombs with flavors not found in nature, most grown-ups go the expensive chocolate route for Valentine's Day. But since we’re talking cheesy anyway, why not go for the real thing? Le vrai fromage! I spoke to three local cheese experts for their take on Valentine cheese.  

Dining in the New Year: Fresh Spots and Old Faves

0 Comments · Monday, January 4, 2010
What's old, new and different for the New Year? How about Ko-Sho, the sushi spot that was hidden on Ninth Street downtown, re-opening in Northside, Capri Tavola Calda opening downtown and Mullane's and Senate Restaurant getting ready to open in Over-the-Rhine.   

Hot Spots for Spirited Holiday Carousing

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 2, 2009
If you associate the holidays with drinking or just need to chemically alter yourself before or after family gatherings, here are details on four of the best places to live it up this season: Tonic on 4th, The Righteous Room, The Wine Cellar and the Blind Lemon.  

Work-Friendly Coffeehouses

2 Comments · Wednesday, November 11, 2009
If you work from home, you've probably done the coffeehouse circuit. It's a reason to put on civilian clothes and cast off the tired sweats that self-employed people sometimes come to resent. So when you make the trek in your best pair of jeans, where are the best places to find peace, quiet and instant Wi-Fi? Here are some suggestions.  

November Is for Foodies

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Your first November foodie fling should be Park and Vine's "Vegan Love Fest" Dinner Party Nov. 11. Get vegan Thanksgiving inspiration from local restaurants and food purveyors including Five Star Foodies, Lavomatic, Loving Cafe, Lucky John Market, Melt, Myra's Dionysus, Naturally Yours, Tucker's Restaurant and World Peace Jubilee.  

Newport Pizza Company (Lunch Review)

3 Comments · Wednesday, October 14, 2009
Sometimes after a night of imbibing several adult beverages all you want to do is spend the afternoon at the nearest pizza joint relaxing and watching some other people watch sports. So on a recent Saturday, my dining partner and I hit up the Newport Pizza Company to do just that. It turned out to be a great place.  

Wine, Dine and Go Green

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Pedal into fall on Cincinnati's third Queen City Bike Dine noon-5 p.m. Saturday at Park and Vine in Over-the-Rhine. This 20-mile bike tour includes vegan options at three local restaurants: The Hideaway, Five Star Foodies Commissary and Green Dog Cafe.  

Twisted Sisters Cafe (Lunch Review)

1 Comment · Wednesday, September 16, 2009
I love sandwiches. I’ve long felt that they’re perfect in many ways, especially as a lunch food: They’re hand-held, often incorporate all the food groups and can contain damn near any combination of ingredients you can think up.  

Kate's Kafe (Lunch Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 2, 2009
Breakfast-challenged me and my two partners in crime recently headed to Kate’s Kafe (10764 Montgomery Square, Sycamore Township, 513-489-7999) where I planned to get introduce to some food groups my past mornings lacked. Kate’s serves breakfast all day, with everything from French toast with amaretto and ice cream to breakfast wraps and bagels.  

Gilpin's Bagel & Deli (Lunch Review)

1 Comment · Wednesday, August 19, 2009
After seeing the little flyer hanging up in the CityBeat elevator every time I came to the office, I’m glad I finally got to visit Gilpin’s Bagel & Deli (37 E. Seventh St., Downtown, 513-421-GBAD). I was welcomed with a nice retro display outside when I arrived for a recent visit. There was grass turf spread out on the sidewalk with a nice seating area, including an amazing retro-style green couch. Gilpin’s really stuck out, which is hard to do in a place like downtown Cincinnati.  

World Food Bar (Lunch Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 12, 2009
After picking up some hot sandwiches at the new World Food Bar at Findlay Market (1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-342-1968), the only sounds emanating from our table were “mmm … mmmm” followed by: “Holy shit. Let’s go tell everyone how good this is.” It’s not surprising that the food was excellent, knowing chef/owner Joshua Campbell’s extensive background working in some of the finest restaurants in Cincinnati, Florida and the Bahamas.   

Summer Dining Deals, and Chickens in Your Backyard

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 5, 2009
Quick: During what month can you learn how to raise urban chickens in your own backyard and get $2 million in free food and wine from Jeff Ruby? Yep, it could only be August in Cincinnati.  

Rising Roll (Lunch Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2009
When I walked into Blue Ash's new Rising Roll an hour and a half after I'd called in my lunch order, I didn't expect to feel like I was walking into a relative's house. But I did. "There's our mystery girl!" the woman sweeping the floor said. "We were worried about you, thought you'd been in an accident."