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Diner: House that Beer Built

Christy's and Lenhardt's serves authentic Hungarian and German in a former Moerlein mansion

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 9, 2005
I have to confess that Hungarian cuisine is not at the top of my favorite-foods list. I had a roommate from Hungary once who kept a treasured tin of high-octane Hungarian paprika in the kitchen lik  

Diner: Mangia, Mangia

Pitrelli's serves up a taste of the Old Country in Mason

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 16, 2005
When it comes to Italian restaurants, I am definitely hard to please. Three-quarters Italian, my blood runs thick from Calabria and Apulia in the deep Italian south -- a vibrant, sunburned land whe  

Diner: Bombs Away

Sake Bomb in East Hyde Park is growing up fast

0 Comments · Wednesday, January 19, 2005
I first visited Sake Bomb a few months ago, right after it opened, and have been talking it up ever since. With good sushi, an unpretentious atmosphere and sake bombs going off everywhere (I'll exp  

Diner: Ko-Sho, No Show

Downtown's Ko-Sho serves authentic Japanese to a select few

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 22, 2004
Ko-Sho Japanese Restaurant has an awareness problem. From the street, it looks unvisited, and it's hard to tell it's open, let alone that it's a restaurant. Many people I polled, including colleagu  

Diner: All-You-Can-Meat

Chung Kiwha in Florence falls short on atmosphere and variety

0 Comments · Wednesday, December 1, 2004
Dinner at Chung Kiwha will stick with you long after you've left. Step into the dining room and the smell of meat cooking will become one with your clothes. Chung Kiwha, open since 1998 in Florenc  

Diner: Jazz It Up

Newport's fledgling UpStarCrow has room to grow

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 3, 2004
Ominous rumblings about UpStarCrow, a self-described "Jazz and Blues Dinner Club" with a "casual atmosphere" that opened in June across from Newport on the Levee, had already reached me. After a fr  

Diner: Frowning Upon Pretension

The Phoenix offers service and civility from another era

0 Comments · Wednesday, October 13, 2004
I keep thinking about a recent dinner I had at the Phoenix, sifting through what it was that I enjoyed so much about my experience. The attentive, professional service? The comfortable, old-world d  

Diner: Turf's Up

The Polo Grille opens where horses once roamed

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 22, 2004
Saddle up! We're off to Cincinnati's northern suburbs where subdivisions and strip malls are chewing up fields and forests at a staggering clip, bound for the recently opened Polo Grille on Mason-M  

Diner: Going Home Again

Donna's Diner offers an eclectic menu of comfort food

0 Comments · Wednesday, September 8, 2004
Located at the epicenter of Covington's restaurant scene, across from Scalea's, Donna's Diner occupies an underserved segment in Cincinnati's restaurant scene -- the small, neighborhood restaurant/  

Diner: Evolution

Nicola's new chef and menu represent some big steps forward

0 Comments · Wednesday, August 11, 2004
It's always intriguing to watch restaurants evolve over time. Nicola's, which opened in 1996, bringing fine dining and authentic Italian cuisine to downtown, this year took some big steps forward, r