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Still Truckin'

Cincinnati' s favorite mobile eateries explore new options

1 Comment · Wednesday, March 13, 2013
Food trucks arrived in Cincinnati only three years ago, but already a few are expanding into brick-and-mortar locations. While some of these changes are in hopes of transitioning into a fecund restaurant business, others are just trying to survive in a competitive market in a city with limited spots to park and do business.   

M Marks The Spot

Hyde Park’s wood-fired eatery offers casual, inventive dining

0 Comments · Tuesday, March 5, 2013
A little more than two months old, M uses its freshly-imported European oven as a centerpiece for its casual dining concept, with nearly everything but the desserts spending some bit of time basking in blissfully blistering heat.   

Persian Persuasion

Iranian family brings authentic dining experience to West Chester

3 Comments · Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Cincinnati, until recently, lacked an authentic Persian restaurant. Finally, in November, the Iranian Mostofi family opened Persian Nights in West Chester, making it the only restaurant of its kind from here to Columbus.  

Clifton's Fab Pho Landmark

Cilantro's Darren Phan expands fresh Vietnamese menu at new location

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Eat well. Eat fresh. Eat often. These three sentences serve as both tagline and personal philosophy for local restaurateur Darren Phan, owner of Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro, Clifton’s 9-year-old brothy, herby, vermicelli-filled landmark.  

Omnivorous Options

The Elusive Cow offers pub grub everyone can feel good about

1 Comment · Tuesday, February 5, 2013
Right down the road from Virgil’s Café in Bellevue is a newly opened (since November) neighborhood burger joint, The Elusive Cow. Originally, I had heard that it was a vegan or vegetarian pub, but one look at the menu made it clear: This restaurant is much more than that.  

Gateway Gourmands

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 9, 2013
Nothing screams artisan or handcrafted food like a flannel-shirted, tattooed server. Remove the pageantry from the building, please, and just give us the weird cuts of beef or spruced up hot dog served alongside a Prohibition-era cocktail.   

Izakaya Style

Kaze revives Cincinnati Color Building with authentic Japanese food and drink

9 Comments · Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The build-out at Kaze is breathtaking. The old Cincinnati Color building on Vine Street is such a landmark that it would have been dreadful had it been torn down, and Kaze saved it.   

Fusian Dreams of Sushi

Fast casual restaurant rolls up quality, sustainable, quick cuisine

1 Comment · Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Zach and Josh Weprin and their childhood friend, Stephan Harman, are beating the odds. Nearly three years ago, the young trio founded Fusian, a fast casual sushi restaurant with locations in downtown Cincinnati, Dayton and, slated to open in February, the Ohio State University campus in Columbus.  

Bicontinental Bites

Former Bella Luna chef opens Italian-Argentine eatery

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 2, 2013
It’s unusual to find a restaurant in the Cincinnati area that’s a permutation of both Italian and Argentine cuisine, but Alfio’s Buon Cibo (Italian for “Good Food”) aims to the wed the two regions together.   

Haute Asian

Quan Hapa serves Eastern drinks and cuisine in a hip gastropub setting

1 Comment · Wednesday, January 9, 2013
In 2012, food trends like “weird Chinese” and “Asian hipster cuisine” hit a fever pitch in New York City. With the advent of Quan Hapa and neighboring Japanese izakaya hot spot Kaze, the trend’s finally supplanted itself in Over-the-Rhine, albeit, with less outlandishness.  

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