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Eat, Drink and Give to Charity

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 2, 2008
Just when you thought it was safe to cut down on dining out, summer brings even more opportunities to eat and drink new things in new places. At least you can do some of it in the name of charity.  

Why Koka Coffee House Rules

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 25, 2008
We all have our favorite coffee houses, even those of us who are supposed to remain objective about these things. Mine is Koka Coffee House (1101 St. Gregory St., Mount Adams, 513-381-5652). It's my  

Some Like It Hot

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 18, 2008
There are few places, particularly in Northern Kentucky, where you can go and be transported to a 1940s/'50s Hollywood movie set complete with palm fronds, cabaret stage, ballroom and plush fan-b  

John Phillips Restaurant & Bar (Review)

Northern Kentucky gem offers Southern grace, stellar seafood

3 Comments · Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Described by staff as "casual, but upscale," John Phillips Restaurant & Bar is the new joint venture of Syndicate Owner John Whalen and Newport Police Captain Phillip Liles. Much more than a Ke  

Fast, Authentic Greek Lunch Downtown

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 28, 2008
I was once engaged to a Greek American man who introduced me to the art of Greek eating. There were a few rules you always had to follow, including eating all meals at long, communal tables with a  

BlackFinn (Review)

Where big appetites, Reds baseball and martinis collide

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Meat. Sports. Patriotism. Ball caps. If you like these -- that is, if you're American -- you'll love BlackFinn. If you don't, well, if you at least like people then you'll love the staff. Fo  

Review: Bellevue Bistro

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 14, 2008
The day I decide to have lunch at Bellevue Bistro (313 Fairfield Ave., 859-581-5600), I have about 90 things to do and 1,001 on my mind. Sitting in the small Kentucky coffee house with about a do  

Amma's Kitchen (Review)

Udipi re-emerges with the same divine vegetarian Indian cuisine

8 Comments · Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Amma's Kitchen in Roselawn might be a heaven of sorts, but this isn't immediately obvious from its decor. Instead, the ambience says purgatory, with stiff maroon booths, beige walls, industrial  

Where Birds (Occasionally) Fly

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 9, 2008
Indigenous to the wilds of West Norwood, The Speckled Bird Caf233 (1766 Mills Ave., 513-841-BIRD) is nestled on the corner of Carter and Mills. With its patchwork plumage of red brick, baby blue and  

Diner: Love Letter

Vegetarian fare at Mullane's is both lively and savory

0 Comments · Thursday, May 13, 1999
In this city, words like "tempeh" and "tofu" are rare sights on a menu. That's why I always experience a surge of vegetarian ecstasy every time I lay my eyes on the menu of Mullane's Parkside Cafe.