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by Anne Mitchell 11.07.2011
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Drinking Tip: Sparkling Cinnamon Apple Cocktail

Morton's The Steakhouse's holiday cocktail

For those curious (and we know you are), here's the recipe for Morton's The Steakhouse's Sparkling Cinnamon Apple holiday cocktail I mentioned in last week's Dish column. Created by Morton’s Vice President Wine & Spirits Tylor Field and Mixologist/Certified Sommelier Sara Fasolino, it just might be the cure for seasonal panic attacks.

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by Bill Hatfield 10.27.2011
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Rockets Launched at The Banks

Sports-themed diner next to Great American Ball Park

The Banks district is finally starting to take shape with the Grand Opening Wednesday of Johnny Rockets. Franchise owner Rick Thompson has brought a unique version of Johnny Rockets to his new location across from Great American Ball Park, as the restaurant is decked out in baseball memorabilia and offers new menu items keeping with the theme.

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by Anne Mitchell 10.25.2011
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Free Scary Pancakes

Free stuff for kids!

Scary pancakes!IHOP has a Halloween event happening Friday. Kids 12 and under get a free Scary Face Pancake as part of its "No Tricks — Just Treats" promotion.  Halloweeners get to design their own Jack O’Pancake with toppings that sound even less nutritious than maple syrup. But hey, it’s a holiday! 

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by Anne Mitchell 10.17.2011
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Smashburger Opens Wednesday in Highland Heights

New Burger Restaurant Near NKU

The first Northern Kentucky location of Smashburger opens this Wednesday, October 19, at 2515 Wilson Avenue in Highland Heights. The burgers are “smashed-to-order,” which I assume means “flattened by a spatula on the grill” and is unrelated to bovine collisions of any other sort. Smashburger develops a sandwich that “highlights the distinctive flavors” of the areas where they open, and this NKU location will feature a “Bluegrass Smashburger,” with Wild Turkey Bourbon barbecue sauce, applewood-smoked bacon, melted cheddar bar cheese and fried banana pepper rings on a toasted buttered bun. This is in addition to grilled or crispy chicken sandwiches, grilled hot dogs, sides like rosemary and garlic French fries, fried pickles, Haystack Onions and Veggie Frites (flash-fried asparagus spears, carrot sticks and green beans) and things to wash it all down, including IBC root-beer floats in frosted mugs, Haagen-Dazs shakes and – yes – beer! So check it out live or get more info on the web at www.smashburger.com.

by Anne Mitchell 10.12.2011
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Izzy's on 'Man vs. Food' Tonight

Sandwich versus Man

It's Man vs. Reuben tonight as local eater Adam Turer of Anderson Township takes on a 5 1/2-pound Reuben sandwich from Izzy's. Do ya think he had a potato pancake with that? Seriously, I could have caught on fire without anyone noticing in the dry cleaner's this morning when someone connected with this episode arrived to pick their shirt up and everyone was starstruck. So it's a big sandwich! But tune in and see what happens tonight at 9 on the Travel Channel.

Here is a clip highlighting the show's previous Cincinnati stop at Tom + Chee.

And here is one on its visit to Findlay Market.

by Eli Samuel Johnson 08.25.2011
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Local 127 Offering Sunday 'Family Meal'

Local chef Steve Geddes is giving Cincinnatians the option to have an expertly prepared family-style meal with the all-new “Family Meal” at Local 127 (413 Vine St., Downtown), scheduled for Sundays when the options for eating out are sparse. The very first Family Meal took place last Sunday and featured chicken three ways — a buttermilk drumstick, confit thigh and panko encrusted breast — with whipped potatoes and chicken gravy and cornbread which, sorry, Ma, was the best I’ve ever had. Not to mention the plum crisp for dessert.

Local 127 prides itself on a “farm-to-table” philosophy, which means most of the produce is from regional farms if not from the nearby Findlay Market. The Family Meal will change just as the regular menu does — what’s in-season is what’s served — but Geddes is hoping that by letting some of his closest friends pick the premise for Family Meals dishes the concept of a family-style meal will really be driven home. While friends won’t be able to choose everything from sides to seasoning, they will be able to suggest their favorite homestyle classics. This coming Sunday a braised beef dish will be offered, while meatloaf is on the menu two Sundays from now.

Although Local is still working on the ins and outs of the deal, this is what we can tell you: For 20 bucks a head, diners can experience rustic, down-home cooking at its finest in a bistro setting every Sunday from here on out. Check out Local 127’s Facebook page on Sundays for more details. Local is also offering its normal dinner menu on Sundays, which features smartly crafted dishes composed of the freshest ingredients, but this deal is hard to beat.

The restaurant recently moved to a new location at 413 Vine St.

by 05.06.2011
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The Blind Cafe Hosts Dinners Today and Tomorrow

The Blind Cafe, a national sight awareness group, is hosting a dinner at the North Presbyterian Church in Northside tonight and tomorrow. The Blind Cafe dinners work to break the social barriers that blindness can inhibit on both the seen and unseen.

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by Bill Hatfield 05.03.2011
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Judging the Best of Taste of Cincinnati

Food gluttony usually occurs on the last Thursday of November or maybe Jesus’ B-day, but at 9 in the morning on a Monday in May? However, food gluttony is exactly what I just experienced.

I had been asked to represent CityBeat as a judge at the annual Best of Taste of Cincinnati competition. Never mind that I was a our default representative as everyone else on our dining section team was busy, I was still pretty damned psyched to be one of the judges.

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by 04.18.2011
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Eat Local with the CORV Food Guide

Last week, CityBeat published our annual Green Issue, and tucked inside was the 2011 Central Ohio River Valley Local Food Directory.

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by Bill Hatfield 12.30.2010
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Oprah Taps Local Chef for Show

Katrina Mincy, also known as Aunt Flora, the chef and owner of Aunt Flora’s House of Soul, has been selected by Oprah Winfrey as one of 10 finalists for a new reality show, Your OWN Show: Oprah’s Search for America’s Next TV Star, which is set to debut next week on the new Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN).

Aunt Flora beat more than 9,500 other entrants who submitted online audition tapes, as well as thousands more who applied at open auditions across the nation, to be selected as one of the finalists. Oprah introduced the finalists today on her syndicated daytime talk show, seen locally on WCPO-TV (Channel 9).

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