There are four new and noteworthy places to fuel up this month, whether your fuel of choice is caffeine, sugar or joie de vivre. French Crust Café and Holtman’s Donuts
are two much-anticipated newly opened Vine Street destinations downtown
and are definitely worth a special trip.
Jay Porter is the
founder of the now-defunct The Linkery, a farm-to-table restaurant in
San Diego, and recent posts on his blog, jayporter.com, have caused a
stir in the dining world. The posts were follow-ups to a New York Times
article on The Linkery’s decision to be a tip-free restaurant with
fixed service charges, divided among servers and kitchen staff, added to
There are some great, hip taco joints in town, but sometimes I like to get my lomo
on the down-low. Warning to drivers: Do not tailgate in the vicinity of
taquerias. I have been known to spot salsa verde with my peripheral
vision and slam on my brakes.
Talking with Lindsay Laubenstein could
drive you to drink — in a good way. Her enthusiasm for cocktail culture
is contagious. Laubenstein, vice president of the Southern Ohio
Bartenders’ Guild and currently behind the bar at Igby’s, recently developed the cocktail menu at Barrio
Tequileria, and previously tended bar at Enoteca Emilia.
Rhinegeist head brewer Jim Matt had to
order new pint glasses just a week after the opening of Over-the-Rhine’s
newest craft brewery. “People liked them so much that the first
1,500 walked out the door,” Matt says, noting that all eight kegs they
sold at nearby Neons were gone by 9 p.m. opening night.
One of Over-the-Rhine’s most popular
destinations, A Tavola (1220 Vine St.), is opening a second location in
Madeira. The new shop, at 7022 Miami Road, will open in December. I
think it’s great that the center of the city has so much goodness going
on that we can export it to the ’burbs.
If passion has a flavor, Jose Navales cooks some damn tasty food. Navales has the fervor that comes with being a convert — someone who has seen the light. He used to work for a restaurant supplier...Now, he’s authentic to the bone.
I had an epiphany recently when I stopped to order my favorite iced coffee from BLOC Coffee Company in Price Hill and their ice machine was on the fritz. “Try it cold, without ice,” the barista suggested. “Some of our customers like it better that way.”