I really wasn’t sure what to expect when I
entered Turquoise (628 Vine St., Downtown). This Turkish/Mediterranean
restaurant, which opened in October, is owned by Levant Kurucay, who
previously owned Cafe Istanbul at Newport on the Levee.
It’s hard to believe that Nicholson’s
Tavern & Pub (625 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-564-9111;
nicholsonspub.com) has been around for more than 14 years. One of the
reasons they’ve lasted so long is that the owners are not afraid to
evolve. They are always looking for new ways to increase business and
promote excitement about the restaurant.
I’m not sure when it happened, but
somewhere along the way I think that it became a rule that bookstores
must provide food and beverage, in addition to literature. Almost all
modern bookstores have cafés offering coffee, sweets and sandwiches.
However, Joseph-Beth Booksellers at Rookwood Pavilion really goes the
extra mile. Not only do they have specialty coffee drinks and desserts,
they make substantial, healthy full meals and have a complete bar.
an absolute passion for Chinese food. I have worked at or been involved
with several Chinese restaurants for many years, so I have an educated
palate for Chinese cuisine. Blue Gibbon Chinese Restaurant has been
operated by the same family for over 30 years, so they obviously
understand how to keep their customers coming back.
The Banks district is finally starting to take shape with the Grand Opening
Wednesday of Johnny Rockets. Franchise owner Rick Thompson has
brought a unique version of Johnny Rockets to his new location across
from Great American Ball Park, as the restaurant is decked out in baseball memorabilia and
offers new menu items keeping with the theme.
In recent years, thanks to a couple of
national chains, burritos have become a basic in the American diet.
Given that popularity, Chef Gina Puopolo abandoned her fine dining
pedigree and opened up Lime Taqueria (522 Main St., 859-360-7420) in
Covington’s popular MainStrasse district. Lime lives on the cutting edge
of Mexican cuisine, and it’s a fine place to be.
truly excited to try Enoteca Emilia. After all, I used to live in
Bologna, which is the capital city of the Emilia Romagna region of
Italy, and I have always lamented the lack of Northern Italian
restaurants in our area. Enoteca Emilia’s concept was enticing in that
the owners were going to focus on small plates to encourage sharing, and
feature cured meats and cheeses with sophisticated snacks, pizza,
salads and pasta.
It‘s time for Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, so
who better to check in with than Cincinnati’s premier brewmaster, Greg
Hardman. Hardman, since purchasing the historic Christian Moerlein
Brewing Co. in 2004, has reinstated Cincinnati’s great brewing tradition
by restoring many classic brands and crafting new beers, like my
favorite, the Moerlein OTR Ale.
I’m pretty sure that Gov. John Kasich has
more important things to think about than his favorite restaurant. But
it is clear that Kasich thinks that Bob Evans is pretty damned cool.
During his campaign last year, it was reported that Kasich staffers had
to set all Bob Evans locations into the GPS devices in campaign cars,
although one staffer noted that it really wasn’t necessary since Kasich
knew where they all were located anyway.