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Dishing Out 2012

Local foodies, trends and ingredients make Cincy's dining scene shine

5 Comments · Wednesday, December 26, 2012
As we wrap up 2012 in Cincinnati, we’ve got a helluva story to tell — and some bragging to do. I write about drinks and dining, and I can’t even get around to all the new places that are opening.  

Puff Piece

Blue Ash bistro focuses on sweet and savory pastries

0 Comments · Tuesday, December 11, 2012
I once lived in the Ukrainian Village neighborhood of Chicago where delis selling pierogies and Russian delicacies were on every street corner. With the exception of a couple of places, Cincinnati’s been devoid of good Eastern European food, until now.   

Bos Is Back

Northside pub returns with updated menu and design

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 27, 2012
In some big cities there are only vestiges of bygone era neighborhood taverns, but Northside’s Boswell’s has found a way to trump decay and reemerge with an unexpected second act.   

Queen Of Sweets

Aunt Flora serves old-school desserts and comfort food to the masses

1 Comment · Tuesday, November 20, 2012
The winner of CityBeat’s 2012 Sugar Rush event was none other than Aunt Flora (Katrina Mincy) of the now closed Aunt Flora’s House of Soul and the newly opened The Cobbleria downtown. After winning everyone over with her peach cobbler, Flora isn’t retiring the rolling pin anytime soon.  

Familiarizing The Exotic

Crestview Hills bistro offers approachable take on Argentine cuisine

0 Comments · Tuesday, November 13, 2012
For more than seven years, Argentine Bistro has quietly showcased an assortment of authentic dishes of this exotic South American locale. It began as a tapas restaurant, but after several chefs and name changes, the bistro now offers a more conventional menu.  

In With The New

Fantastic seafood restaurant joins the fun in OTR

1 Comment · Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Cincinnati’s newest seafood restaurant is also its best. Welcome to Porkopolis, Anchor OTR. I love the scale of this restaurant. No, not the fish scales! The size and scope. It’s just right.  

Far East Flavors

Mason surprises with new Malaysian dining experience

0 Comments · Tuesday, October 16, 2012
Malaysia is located so far from here most of my friends couldn’t point it out on a map. But lucky for us, Ohio just welcomed its first Malaysian restaurant right outside Cincinnati. In the belly of an old municipal building in Mason is the new restaurant Straits of Malacca.  

Burnell's Exudes Cool Culinary Confidence

1 Comment · Wednesday, October 3, 2012
There’s a certain wave of reassurance that washes over a person while in the presence of someone radiating with confidence and passion for his craft.  Chef Nathan Jolley — who operates his tiny restaurant, Burnell’s, out of the former Mayberry location on Vine Street — is such a man.  

Will Your Culinary Concept Kill Your Restaurant?

12 Comments · Wednesday, March 24, 2010
"Dear 'concept' restaurant: It isn't the diner's responsibility to be in tune with your fad, unless you want to appeal to only the few who knew ahead of time that you have a 'niche.' When a customer is visibly uncomfortable with your concept, offer guidance. Or kiss that customer goodbye forever. Can you afford to do that? No, not really."  

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