Owners Dave Hart and Dustin Miller had
always dreamed of opening a coffee shop together. Lifelong friends and
Ohio natives, the two spent a few years on separate journeys living in
and being inspired by different states along the West Coast and working
in multiple restaurants and cafes along the way.
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
Flush with the success of their
two-year-old Findlay Market bakery-cafe, co-owners Stefan Skirtz and Andrew Johnston
snipped a yellow ribbon last month, ushering in their second venture, S
& J Cafe at the Main Library, located on the downtown library’s
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.
If Jungle Jim’s huge International Market
in Fairfield wasn’t big enough for you, a second location in Eastgate
boasts an even larger space at 215,000 square feet. This is the place to
get everything from kangaroo meat to hookahs. And if you can’t find,
say, the gluten-free eggrolls, either store’s employees will track them
down for you.
On a Friday evening, College Hill wine and
beer emporium Marty’s Hops & Vines is alive with spirited buzz.
It’s the wine shop’s weekly wine tasting during which a wide demographic
of customers sample six healthy pours accompanied with cubed cheese and
crackers for a mere $10.
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.