Indian cuisine has become my latest
version of a Chinese takeout meal. It’s spicy, easy to share and
something I’d never try to make myself. Taj India is my latest find for
this new addiction, but I’m glad my friend and I decided to dine in
recently. Otherwise we wouldn’t have experienced one of Taj India’s
strong points: its excellent, friendly service.
The Blue Wisp Jazz Club is both a local
and national legend — a Jazz club that’s been operating for more than 30
years. Steve Schmidt, longtime Wisp musician, says that the recipe for
such long-standing success is “the dedication of all the people involved..."
Shoshannah and Doug Hafner opened Honey
in 2005. They’ve always been into serving fine food in a casual
atmosphere. On any night you’ll be greeted by a friendly staff and
probably a soundtrack with lots of local artists in the queue. On Tuesdays you can also choose from
between five $10 menu items.
The prospect of Greek food on a cold
January night sounded pretty inviting, but blublu really outdoes itself
in the inviting department. We arrived at the restaurant a little on the
early side for dinner, but the Nika family was already busy. Our
host/server still politely greeted and seated us before dashing back
behind the counter to ring up a carryout order and answer the phone.
The idea of “pizza by the slice” has been
around in major metropolitan areas forever, but it seemed a long time
coming to Cincinnati — at least for anyone other than the late-night
crowd. Fortunately, Downtown was recently blessed with a by-the-slice
pizza option open for lunch, dinner and late night snacking: Cincy by
Local foodies, step down from your window
ledges and rest assured that while Local 127 has moved, it has not
abandoned its commitment to a farm-to-table philosophy. In fact, Chef
Steve Geddes said that the move into the space once occupied by JeanRo
Bistro was partly designed to make the “table” a better match to the
My dad graduated from UC’s engineering
college in the early 1960s. A poor kid from the South, he lived at the
YMCA and regularly found himself at the dinner table of his soon-to-be
in-laws so he could get a square meal. Today’s students face many of the
same problems — high costs and low wages — but these days they have an
embarrassment of cheap, good food choices.
Brunch is mimosas, smoked salmon and
omelets with goat cheese, right? It’s a snooty menu served at a
civilized hour that accommodates hangover schedules, right? A state of
mind? Right? Right? Wrong. It struck me like a lightning bolt
when Kent Hugentobler, owner of Doris and Sonny’s Homelike Restaurant, sounded so confused when
I called anonymously to asked if they served brunch. “Well,” he said slowly, “we serve breakfast and lunch.”
“There’s no such thing,” the women at
Glier’s Goetta in Covington emphatically told me when I called to ask if
they knew anyone in town that sold vegetarian goetta. By definition,
she explained, goetta has pork in it. Ipso facto, there is no such thing
as vegetarian goetta.
Everyone’s heard of The New Adventures of
Old Christine (the CBS comedy series starring Julia Louis-Dreyfus).
Pretty soon everyone will know about the new culinary ventures of Vito’s
new/old chef — Leslie Richmond. Richmond has worked for Mary and Vito,
the owners of Vito’s Café, off and on since 2003. She recently came back
after a hiatus that included giving birth to her daughter, who is now 2