CityBeat - Lunchline <![CDATA[Turquoise’s Upscale Mediterranean Satisfies - ]]>

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.

<![CDATA[Mad for Mike’s - ]]>

When the word gets out about Mad Mike’s Burgers & Fries (6420 Dixie Hwy., Florence, 859-647-6444), you’re not going to be able to push your way through the crowds to get in. Put the paper down now and go, and you can finish reading this when you get back. 


<![CDATA[It’s Time for Lime! - ]]>

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.

<![CDATA[Double Dose of Mediterranean - ]]> For years, Mythos was downtown’s “Greek place.” At the satellite locations, it was a quick stop for a gyro or, at the main location, a plate of spanikopita with a serviceable salad. Then, suddenly, Mythos was gone without a trace. Overnight, the feta and the baklava vanished, and those of us who like the occasional lamb in our lunchtime were left to wander the streets.]]> <![CDATA[Fast Good Food - ]]> <![CDATA[And the Best BLT in Town Goes To… - ]]> Summer is tomato season, and that makes the BLT the king of summer sandwiches. Bacon, lettuce and tomato are three ingredients that really complement each other — bacon giving the tomato the salt it always needs; lettuce adding color, crisp crunch and stability. Tomatoes. Red, ripe and robust.]]> <![CDATA[Shaan (Review) - ]]> My foodie neighbor loves the lunch buffet at Shaan Indian Cuisine and my CityBeat colleague, Karen Christopfel, wrote a glowing review of dinner there last year. I decided to give their lunch buffet a chance even though I am really not that into Indian food and I think that buffets are best left for tacky weddings. At Shaan, I was both surprised and impressed.]]> <![CDATA[ Keep on Food Truckin’ - ]]> <![CDATA[Naked Lunch - ]]> Social media is a powerful force these days, providing the means for the people of Egypt to shake their government at its very foundation. Here at home, Naked Pizza is using social media to shake up Americans’ love affair with pizza.]]> <![CDATA[Eat Lunch, Save the World - ]]> I will be the first to admit that I am not the most eco-friendly person out there. I am terrible about recycling and I am constantly reminded about my eco failures by my closest friends. Therefore, when I heard about Greek To Me Prassino, I knew that my broad carbon footprinting required that I try it out.]]> <![CDATA[Soup du Jour (Review) - ]]> It is definitely soup weather. Cold weather compels me to bundle up in thick, cozy blankets with bowls (or mugs) of hot, comforting soup. That’s just what I did (minus the thick, cozy blankets, sadly) when I visited Soup du Jour (6064 West Chester Road, West Chester, 513-874-7687) on a wintry, drizzly day last week.]]> <![CDATA[Washington Platform (Brunch Review) - ]]> Sunday is usually a day that you have to pry me off the couch, especially during football season. However, I had heard about the once-a-month New Orleans Jazz and Food lunch at Washington Platform (1000 Elm St., Downtown; 513-421-0110), and since whatever the Bengals did wouldn’t matter, I asked my friend Barbara to check it out with me.]]> <![CDATA[It's a Pho Lang Thang - ]]> When the weather gets brisker come winter, traffic at Findlay Market starts to dwindle. But a new eatery in the former Paula’s location is still bustling. ]]> <![CDATA[Taqueria Yolandita (Review) - ]]> <![CDATA[Jean-Paul's Paradiso (Review) - A slice of paradise in Anderson Township]]> Jean-Paul's Paradiso is tucked away next to a gas station in Anderson Township's small historic district. Inauspicious surroundings belie the delights waiting within. When you enter into the tiny space, you're greeted with the smells of freshly baked bread and pizza and a clear view of the kitchen.]]> <![CDATA[Sky Galley Restaurant (Review) - ]]> Airport dining usually conjures up thoughts of overpriced, processed fast food, but I discovered that could not be further from the truth when I recently had lunch at the Sky Galley Restaurant at Lunken Airport. Located in the charming Art Deco terminal, the Sky Galley is a throwback to a time when dining (and air travel) were both more relaxing and civilized than they are today.]]> <![CDATA[Caribe Carryout (Review) - Island Flavor To Go In Price Hill]]> So you want to bring something home for dinner but you can’t stand the thought of another pizza or bucket of chicken. You’ve had a million nights like this, right? Or you need a fast lunch but something more flavorful than the usual fast food? I have a great suggestion for you — Caribe Carryout.]]> <![CDATA[Rollin' and Bowlin': New Downtown Asian Lunching Options - ]]> We have two new Asian-inspired lunch options downtown — one with crowds queued up out the door and the other that hasn't quite been discovered yet. Both benefit from friendly staffing and fresh ingredients. The buzz belongs to Soho Sushi, near the Fourth Street entrance to Tower Place, but I also suggest trying Rice Rocket Asian Grill, the new "build your own bowl" spot on Main Street.]]> <![CDATA[Al-Amir Café (Review) - ]]> I’ll be the first to admit that I’ve been a bit of a wet blanket when it comes to Mediterranean food. I get the gyro every time, no exceptions. But I’m going to lunch at Al-Amir Café for my first food-writing assignment, so I figure it is time to broaden my horizons and step out of my comfort zone.]]> <![CDATA[Lucky John Slow Market (Review) - ]]> For some of us, weekday lunch means heating up last night's remnants or eating a cold can of soup (out of the can) while working at a cramped desk. Lucky John Slow Market in Walnut Hills is not for those quick weekday lunches. Eating at Lucky John means chatting with owner and chef John Clark, sipping an old-school bottled Coke from Mexico (no high fructose corn syrup) and pondering the menu offerings.]]>