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Cold Turkey (Review)

Downtown after hours and hungry? Try going Cold Turkey

2 Comments · Wednesday, July 22, 2009
If you've lived in Cincinnati for any amount of time, you've heard some variation of the most common complaint about downtown: "There's nothing to do at night." It's another one of those false perceptions that you can only discredit by going out and seeing for yourself (like "downtown is unsafe" or "Cincinnati is boring").   

Rookwood Restaurant (Brunch Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Breakfast food is one of those things that everyone likes. We want to eat breakfast not only in the morning, but at lunchtime or even in the middle of the night. But it’s at least a good reason to get out of the house on a Sunday morning (or afternoon), especially if you’re going to the reborn Rookwood restaurant in Mount Adams.  

Meals for Deals

In tough economic times, eating out doesn't have to be out of the question

0 Comments · Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Sure, there's a global recession imposing on many aspects of our lives, but the savvy diner can still get good eats on a budget. A number of local restaurants have responded to the recession with great deals for you. Now it's your turn to respond to those deals. Go out to eat — it's fun!  

Bootsy's (Lunch Review)

1 Comments · Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Jeff Ruby's newest production, Bootsy's, recently began serving lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. While Bootsy's typically has more of an after-work party vibe, a midday meal there could be just the mini vacation that keeps you from going batty during a long day at the office. Lunch here is a bit of a production. We were brought to the dining room for the main attraction. It was gleaming with psychedelic lighting, and the staff, like ushers, scurried about, taking care of business.   

Summer Hot, Coffee Cold

Advice for enjoying the best iced coffee this summer

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 27, 2009
With summer coming we’ll all be spending time at more third places — places where we hang out and socialize other than home or work. But between our trips to the ice cream parlor, the neighborhood pool and the park, the classic third place — the neighborhood coffee shop — won’t be forgotten.   

Blind Moose (Review)

Lodge-like ambiance inspires Northern Exposure flashbacks

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Over the course of about eight months I watched almost every episode of the ’90s television series Northern Exposure. I was obsessed. That might explain why I recently felt so at home in a booth at The Blind Moose.   

Fuel (Lunch Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I recently read an article about making biodiesel fuel out of spent coffee grounds. The grounds yield stable oil that can be extracted and converted into a roasted-smelling fuel. Well, cars don’t run on coffee yet, but there is a place in Greater Cincinnati that exemplifies a kinship between cars and coffee.  

Cool and Copacetic

A fantasy meal for the (barely) working man on a budget

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 29, 2009
Given my status as a college student, supporting myself by working three days a week at a part-time job, I don’t have the time or money to try many of the upscale dining spots Cincinnati has to offer. So consider this the fantasy meal for the working (er, barely working) man.  

Virgil's Cafe (Review)

Bellevue cafe serves creative, well-prepared food without a high price tag

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 22, 2009
Chef Matthew Buschle focuses on fresh local and seasonal ingredients and is obviously passionate about what he does. He took on the huge project of turning a run-down apartment building into an inviting space.  

Tea N’ Bowl (Lunch Review)

0 Comments · Wednesday, April 8, 2009
Though I’ve been happy to see a few small ethnic restaurants pop up along McMillan Avenue in Clifton Heights during the past few years, I’ve found it hard to stray from my old favorites like Thai Express and Red Pepper. So I was happy to be assigned to review the quaint and colorful Tea N’ Bowl (211 W. McMillan, 513-421-9111).