You know you’re getting old when you
determine where you will eat based on ease of parking. That is precisely
why I have not been to Mount Adams in years. Aside from parking, I
really don’t have the T&A to get into the hot nightspots anyway.
Luckily, for brunch there is a reasonable expectation of a parking spot
and no expectation of cleavage.
At the Iron Horse Inn in Glendale, there’s
a new sheriff in town. His name is Chef Ernesto Luna, and he’s shaking
things up a bit with a seasonal menu. As you dine at the Iron Horse,
you’ll hear trains in the near distance and have a pretty good meal.
View Cucina (2200 Victory Pkwy., 513-751-8439), housed on the
fifth floor of Edgecliff Residences on Victory Parkway, has the feel of a
hotel restaurant with the blend of elegance and comfort that the
Stephens’ family of Bella Luna fame has mastered. With an expanse of
windows showcasing a view of the river filling the space, the relatively
small room feels much bigger.
Many great restaurants call
North College Hill home, and for the past couple years Van Zandt
Restaurant and Tavern on Galbraith Road has, too. There is so much going
for it — homemade breads, locally delivered meats and seafood and
trivia on Wednesdays — but there is something missing that would make
Van Zandt’s the king of the Hill.
I interview a lot of chefs, and there is always a common
thread: They don’t have time to dine out. This is especially true for
While most chefs toil in a well-equipped, professional-grade kitchen,
Gibson is making Whole-Hog Waffles and chicken wings using a two-burner
electric hotplate, a Panini press and a smoker.
Since 1977, the Wong family has held court at Oriental Wok
locations around Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati. Their Fort Mitchell
location (317 Buttermilk Pike, 859-331-3000) has it all: a gong at the
door, a relaxing fishpond, a quirky, lovable owner and a Sunday brunch
FB’s in downtown Cincinnati has what it takes to keep people coming back: a menu full of innovative, homemade dishes that they call QBG (Quality Bar Grub), a friendly staff and a unique atmosphere. Be prepared to leave your ideas of bar food at the door; this, my friends, is quality bar grub that will exceed expectation.
The Symphony Hotel and Restaurant is quite the Cincinnati secret. Tucked away on 14th Street, adjacent to Music Hall, the hotel began as a mansion in 1871, built by a local music instructor and was later converted into the current hotel and restaurant. Dining at the Symphony makes you feel, well, fancy.
Benihana Japanese Steakhouse, Palomino and Lavomatic, three busy downtown restaurants, recently hosted 10 Hughes STEM High School students for an unforgettable learning experience. Hughes STEM High School in Clifton, with its focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), ups the educational ante by incorporating a one-week intersession course twice a year to provide students with “outside of the box” educational experiences.
Hughes High School is a Clifton landmark. The building is indeed remarkable, but what is even more impressive are the students and staff that call the building a second home. The gargoyles keep watch over the exterior, but one woman, principal Ginger Rhodes (and her staff, of course), keeps the interior running like clockwork.