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Diner: Hot and Proud

Vincenzo's has everything a good Italian place should

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 10, 2004
You know what I like best about going to Italian restaurants? Their predictability. Vincenzo's on Chester Road in Sharonville is like that -- a solid Italian menu with all the usual suspects. Chef   

Diner: Simplicity and Elegance

Pamper yourself with a visit to the Brandywine Inn in Monroe

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 20, 2004
I recently took a trip back in time and memory to the Brandywine Inn in Monroe. I visited what is a wispy shadow of the way things once were and are seldom so again -- a restaurant that's about pas  

Diner: Nostalgia on a Bun

Burger joints conjure up collective memories

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 1, 2004
Honestly, what could be more iconic than the American hamburger? It's basic: a smashed ground meat patty, cooked in some way, served on a bread product. That's it. The rest is up to us. What w  

Diner: Still Waiting

Xochimilco in Bevis offers the usual in Mexican fare

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 28, 2004
I've had Mexican food all my life. Both of my parents were from southern Arizona and, in the days before McD's, Mexican food was their fast food. When they moved to the Midwest, they decided to mak  

Diner: Around the Corner

Delight Thai in Symmes Township is, well, delightful

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 30, 2004
Strip malls grow like weeds in the northern suburb where I live, and I always wonder what else on earth they could possibly find to put in them. I mean really how many salons and dollar stores do w  

Diner: Pot to Trot

Fondue restaurant Melting Pot burns away skepticism by cooking up amazing meals

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 9, 2004
To say I was skeptical about going to a fondue restaurant would be an understatement. I mean, how good can a restaurant be that only serves fondue? And how, possibly, could it make it just serving   

Diner: Work in Progress

DiPaolo's in Oxford shows potential, but there's room for improvement

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 12, 2004
I like Elliot Jablonski's restaurants, really I do. What's better than a hearty breakfast at Sugar 'n' Spice before a Xavier game, or eating on the patio in Hyde Park at The Vineyard, or watching t  

Diner: Family, Friends and Food

Blue Ash's Baltic is a happy, comfortable experience with Eastern European fare

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 14, 2004
A provocative statement opens the menu at Baltic in Blue Ash: "Eating is a necessity; knowing how to eat is an art." Not being a literalist, I understood the message clearly. In fact, I once consid  

Diner: Food's the Thing

Nothing distracts from the menu at Mangia Osteria in Mount Adams

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 24, 2004
I often wonder why people live in Mount Adams. Now I know why I might move there -- Mangia Osteria on St. Gregory. In an age where restaurants insist on furnishing dining rooms with anything and ev  

Diner: Standard Fare

A trip to the Black Forest triggers existential food questions

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 3, 2004
Whose standards? That's what I'd like to know. Mine? Yours? My mother's? My editor's? I guess, since I'm the new guy, I haven't had this problem -- until now. It never occurred to me that I'd have