Breakfast-challenged me and my two partners in crime recently headed to Kate’s Kafe (10764 Montgomery Square, Sycamore Township, 513-489-7999) where I planned to get introduce to some food groups my past mornings lacked. Kate’s serves breakfast all day, with everything from French toast with amaretto and ice cream to breakfast wraps and bagels.
Gangs of students and their parents are swarming UC’s campus these days. They’re there to get oriented — figure out where to buy books, how to register, where to work out, how to scope out the frat party with the best beer. You know, college stuff.
As you round the bend on North Fort Thomas Avenue in the sleepy burg of Fort Thomas, Pergola Restaurant & Bakery looks like an oasis of sorts. The large outdoor patio calls to you with its umbrellas and Florida-style bar. It's hard for anyone to pass up.
Hunter, Richard and Court Thomas, owners of 20 Brix in Milford, have done what any good financial manager advises: diversify. Last March they opened Padrino a few doors down from 20 Brix, extending Milford’s available restaurant options to a include a family-style, inexpensive Italian option.
There are many signs of a good restaurant — the loosening of the belt, the phrase “I’m stuffed,” silence at a table full of people concentrating on the flavors of their meals — but my favorite is when you’re reading the menu at the end of your meal to plan the next one.
My fantasy progressive meal is actually for my friend, who is in a constant search for good Chinese in this town. While my dinner isn’t straight Chinese, I think the Asian-based theme fits the bill for her fantasy meal. We start with Cilantro’s Cold Rolls.
He looked like a Tony, but when a regular came in and addressed our host as Bill, I realized my mistake. I asked the woman at the cash register and she informed us that Bill Fuerst bought Tony’s 8th Street Deli (326 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-564-9866) about three years ago and decided to keep the name.
I was practically gushing as we came through the door of Vitor's new home in the former Rondo's space, a quaint 1864 European-looking building complete with an outside terrace that will offer seating in the summer under newly planted grapevines.
Aqua has undergone some evolutionary changes recently. It's still pretty much a creature of the sea, ahe sushi bar still gleams in the front window. But a change in staff (the former Sous Chef Josh Munchel is now the executive chef and Doug Kornrumph came on as general manager in January) seems to have spawned a change in attitude. The waters feel a little warmer and more welcoming at this new incarnation of the restaurant.
I couldn't have asked for a more cinematic entrance to Jean Paul's Paradiso. As my friend and I entered the brightly lit shop, we noticed a man sitting behind the counter looking at the television hanging from the ceiling in one corner. He (Jean Paul) seemed completely oblivious to the perfectly shaped pie he cradled in his hands.