Do not be fooled by the quaint brick
building and steep steps that sit back off the street as you drive
toward Newport on the Levee on Monmouth Street; Strong’s Brick Oven
Pizzeria is not just another pizza joint.
Outside the balmy perimeter of
Margaritaville, conveniently nestled within the confines of the
Horseshoe Casino’s walls, sits steakhouse Jack Binion’s, Café Italia and
all-you-can-eat Spread Buffet. And each of these kitchens (plus the
banquet and event center catering) are overseen by Horseshoe Casino
Executive Chef Pete Ghione.
Any brewer worth his or her noble hops will tell you the
world of beer is rich with variety and complexity,
worthy of thoughtful pairings to both complement and elevate delicious
cuisine. And for beer fans, Cincinnati couldn’t be a more perfect venue
for exploring those pairings.
Crave offers everything from sushi to
steaks and ribs to seafood and even pizza. To do all these things well,
you’d think they would need a decked-out kitchen, a fully staffed sushi
bar and a dedicated pizza oven — maybe even wood-burning. Check, check
Chef Josh Campbell knows something about
spinning plates. Over a three-year span, he manned the World Food Bar at
Findlay Market, opened Mayberry’s original location on Vine Street,
tried his hand at a small grocery on Seventh Street and experimented
with a flatbread concept in The Skinny Pig. All but Mayberry are now
footnotes in Cincinnati’s culinary past.
With CityBeat’s Dining Guide hot
off the presses, you’d think there’d be nothing new to report on the
local eating front, but you’d be wrong. The food scene just keeps
booming, and you need a scorecard to know the players. Here’s some news,
and an important June-time reminder.
Sometimes, you’ve got to shake it up. You’ve got to let
go of the sure thing and explore something new or you’ll never broaden
your experiences. So make your New Dining Year Resolution now. Embrace change. There’s no reward without a
risk, so shake up your routine and go eat!
Chef Daniel Wright, who owns Senate with
his wife, Lana, is Food & Wine’s
People’s Choice for the Best New Chef in the Midwest. He has two hit
restaurants in the hottest neighborhood in town. He is days away from
becoming the father of twins. His mojo is working overtime.
If you live in Cincinnati and
you have out-of-town guests, you’re going to want to take them (or
they’ll want to be taken) to some rather famous Cincinnati
establishments. Jean-Robert’s Table, Skyline, and Graeter’s all have
national cache, and with good reason. But how about you surprise your
guests (and maybe yourself?) with something a little different?