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Chi-nnati's Pizza (Review)

Where Chicago meets Cincinnati, in pizza form

11 Comments · Wednesday, July 15, 2009
I’ve whined in the past about Cincinnati’s mediocre pizza offerings. Sure, there are some exceptions — Dewey’s springs to mind — but for the most part, nothing here wows me. So, would Chi-nnati, a new Cincinnati-Chicago hybrid, become my new pizza Mecca?  

Cincinnati's Queen of Soul

Aunt Flora puts heart and soul into her food

2 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2009
“Soul food blesses your whole body,” says Katrina “Aunt Flora” Mincy. “It uplifts your spirit. Whoever prepares it puts everything in their heart and soul into it.” Aunt Flora, as Katrina prefers to be called, has put her soul into soul food, and after a visit to her daughter’s Court Street restaurant, Flo’s Plate Full of Soul, I’m grateful for Flora’s philosophy.  

Totally Authentic

Eating progressively — and very well — in Oakley

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Hugo’s tiny, savory corn fritters ($9) are the perfect first course for our Taste of Oakley. Hugo’s slant on Southern cuisine is sophisticated but totally approachable, and the bar area offers a comfortable spot to share a starter without committing to three courses.  

The Newport Syndicate (Review)

A Piano? Fuhgeddaboutit! Restaurant needs more polish.

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
After watching all eight seasons of the Sopranos and Godfather I, II and III, I know a little bit about syndicates. They who help you out in a jam and then expect to be repaid. The first few times they send an enforcer, they aren’t there to kill you — they’re there to warn you.   

Iris BookCafe (Review)

Over-the-Rhine shop fills a void on Main Street

0 Comments · Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Julie Fay and her business partner, Mike Markiewicz, had been involved in various aspects of Cincinnati’s Main Street arts and entertainment district since the early 1990s. After St. Theresa’s Textiles moved from a building that Fay owned, she decided to open a “destination business” that would bring people to the area.   

Karma Asian Bistro (Review)

Newlyweds open fine East Side destination

1 Comments · Wednesday, February 25, 2009
In my favorite movie, 'The Big Lebowski,' Maud's chauffeur tells an old vaudeville joke that starts with a litany of miseries and wraps up with the punch line, "But you know me — I can't complain." Well, lately, faithful readers, that joke has been my life. What's up with my karma?  

Fatburger (Lunch Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, February 11, 2009
If you like your burger with a little Magic seasoning, then you already know about Fatburger (3158 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-871-8722). This Southern California-based chain is partly owned by Magic Johnson and other celebs - including Kanye West, Pharrell, Queen Latifah and Montel Williams - and is franchising across the country.   

Dingle House Irish Pub (Review)

West Chester spot offers up camaraderie and cold beer

1 Comments · Wednesday, January 14, 2009
I used to wonder why some bars brand themselves as Irish pubs when they're not. Wouldn't it be easier to be Fred's Bar and not O'Malley's Olde Ale House? Our team of pub wonders took in the area's latest Irish-themed spot, and we arrived to a shiny, new, crowded house on a Friday evening. The mood of the place was very festive, and I liked the look of some fried oysters on their way to a patron at the bar.  

Vito's Café (Review)

Chef Romy finds new home in Fort Thomas

1 Comments · Wednesday, December 17, 2008
I gave Vito's a rave review in 2007, and it has only improved with the addition of Chef Romuald Jung, late of the Palace Restaurant at the Cincinnatian Hotel. Chef Romy's talent and love of food and family outgrew the corporate confines of hotel dining. He's found a welcome home with Victor and Mary Ciepiel in Fort Thomas, and his influence has made already excellent food grand.  

Rookwood Bar & Restaurant (Review)

Return of Mount Adams institution is a welcome addition to the heart of Cincinnati

0 Comments · Wednesday, November 12, 2008
There have been several reincarnations of the Rookwood restaurant, but this time they might have gotten the karma right. It's a solid serendipity of setting, menu and price point, a welcome addition to the heart of Cincinnati.