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Dancing Wasabi (Review)

Suviving a move to Hyde Park with excellence intact

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Those of you dancing your way through the summer heat with cool drinks and sushi should be sure to waltz over the Dancing Wasabi’s new location in Hyde Park. The space is just off Hyde Park Square in what used to be Beluga and has something for everyone. There’s an outside patio to enjoy when this heat spell breaks.  

The Skinny Pig (Review)

Mayberry’s Joshua Steven Campbell opens latest venture

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Skinny Pig? Seriously? That’s an oxymoron if I ever heard one! That was the conversation playing in my head as I drove up to Skinny Pig, the latest restaurant venture of Joshua Steven Campbell, who is well known by many area foodies for his restaurant Mayberry and store Mayberry Foodstuffs.  

The Brunch Buzz at Honey

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 11, 2011
Nothing is quite so civilized as brunch, a leisurely parade of egg dishes, fruit and champagne cocktails served in the company of fresh flowers. On a recent Sunday, when we decided to pretend like we were real people with lives that included something other than work, we got all this and more at Honey in Northside.  

Joshua Steven Campbell [Chef, Mayberry]

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Chef Joshua Steven Campbell of the Mayberry restaurant (915 Vine St., Downtown, 513-381-5999) and the Mayberry Foodstuffs grocery store/market (203 Seventh St., Downtown, 513-621-5555) is a native Cincinnatian, but his culinary travels have taken him to far-away places like the Royal Thai Culinary Academy in Bang Saen, Thailand, and Graycliff in Nassau, Bahamas.  

Naked Lunch

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Social media is a powerful force these days, providing the means for the people of Egypt to shake their government at its very foundation. Here at home, Naked Pizza is using social media to shake up Americans’ love affair with pizza.  

The Grove (Review)

Northside eatery’s diner vibe is not reflected on the menu

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2011
If Northside had a Mini-Me, surely it would be The Grove. Terry and Amanda Vincent opened The Grove in the space I used to call “Kay’s-Ray’s-that Mexican place that was supposed to open” on Dec. 1, 2010. Like Northside in general, The Grove could use a little sprucing up. But isn’t that part of the community’s (and restaurant’s) charm?  

La Poste (Review)

New Clifton spot delivers with knowledgeable staff, clever decor and simple, quality dishes

0 Comments · Monday, November 22, 2010
Occupying the hole Tink's left in the Clifton dining scene, La Poste plays on the theme of the site's original business, a post office, in everything from the menu categories to the mailbag that's a wall decoration near the front door. La Poste offers the whole package: good, expertly prepared ingredients; access to good wine (and expert wine knowledge); and a server who is table-side the moment you make eye contact.  

Aroma Restaurant and Sushi (Review)

Chef Romuald Jung succeeds again

1 Comments · Tuesday, March 16, 2010
Somehow food has become an endurance contest — restaurants and diners in hot pursuit of the latest fad. Fortunately, Aroma Restaurant and Sushi bucks this trend. While exceedingly contemporary in design, the unspoken philosophy behind much of Chef Romuald Jung's menu makes us slow down long enough to appreciate the importance of smell, texture and memory in our dining experiences.  

Suzie Wong's on Madison (Review)

Far Eastern cuisine is reinvented on busy Walnut Hills corner

0 Comments · Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Many of the buildings in historic DeSales Corner in East Walnut Hills were built specifically to cater to the German immigrants and parishioners of St. Francis DeSales Catholic Church. Owner Alex Chin seems to embrace this same philosophy of serving the community by opening for lunch and dinner seven days a week and offering delivery service to nearby neighborhoods. By the looks of the crowd on a snowy Tuesday night, I'd say the neighborhood is returning that fond embrace.  

Queen Mary Family Restaurant (Review)

God save the Queen

3 Comments · Wednesday, September 30, 2009
At the end of my time as a regular restaurant reviewer at CityBeat, I had hoped to go out with a bang. The blogosphere used phrases like "impressed," "OMG" and "fantastic" to describe the Queen Mary Family Restaurant, so I was excited to discover new ethnic, culinary challenges and deliver them to you with a final bow and flourish. Well, you know what they say about best-laid plans.