The Southern-sophisticated style and flavor of Sean Daly's restaurant Hugo (3235 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-321-4846) stem from the time he spent in Charleston, S.C., attending Johnson & Wales University. "It was either there or Rhode Island, so I picked the one with the better beach," he says.
Mynt Martini is mostly a place to have pricey specialty martinis in a swanky atmosphere. But, lucky for you, they serve tapas and sandwiches, too. Mynt has a couple things going for it: An unbeatable location on Fountain Square with patio seating and "Happy Days" specials until 8 p.m. on weekdays.
The Señor Roy's Taco Patrol menu is simple: Choose a meat to add to tacos, a burrito, a quesadilla, nachos or taco salad. Then add any of a number of salsas and extras. If you're not down with the unpredictable availability of mobile eateries, that's understandable, though they'll be less unpredictable with City Council recently voting to start a pilot program zoning off areas downtown for food trucks.
Molly Wellmann's research into classic cocktails from the 1700s through the 1950s, as well as the great chefs she works with, inspire her craft cocktails made with her own handmade bitters, liqueurs, juices and simple syrups. Lately, the completely self-taught mixologist and bartender has been making the rounds at private parties and events all over town.
These days, if you happen to get an unsolicited job offer just as you're starting to worry because your current gig is coming to an unexpected end, you have good luck. That or you've impressed the right person somewhere along the way. That's what happened to Chef Michael Peterson of The White House Inn upon the closing of NuVo.
I never realized downtown's lack of sushi options until just now. After Ko-Sho's move to Northside, downtown was left with almost no place for quality sushi other than Bootsy's. Perhaps because of the name, I expected Mr. Sushi to be basic and a little less than refined. I pictured a small place with few employees and tile floors. I couldn't have been more wrong.
You’ve seen the big black truck parked in various downtown locations during lunch or outside your local bar at night. But Café de Wheels also keeps busy by catering everything from surprise parties and weddings to estate sales.
If you've recently driven past Slims restaurant in Northside, you might have noticed a sign near the door at the corner of Hamilton and Blue Rock that reads "VOUT." That's the name of the a la carte, more laid-back version of Slims open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday. As with Slims, the hours are "5:30 'til the food's gone."
Kim Maurer, owner of Sidewinder coffee shop in Northside and co-owner of the recently opened Mayday, has a lot on her plate ... so to speak. But as frequenters of her hangouts can tell, she's not too busy to have a good time.
Sometimes I'm in the mood for a dive with cheap burgers and bad coffee, and other times I prefer a leisurely dinner and pricey food, where the cloth napkin is ever so gently placed in my lap by a waiter or waitress. What I usually want, though, is something comfortably in-between. Enter Bacall's Cafe.