Shanghai Mama’s was closed for nine
months following a fire last October. There was some despair among
downtowners as the months dragged on. Call it the dark night of the
soul. But Mama’s back, and I’m happy to report that she’s better than
Today, gourmet dining is wheeled around in carts or prepared to
order in trucks. Local food vendor Jamie Williams jumped on the
bandwagon and launched Cincy Bag Ladies in the spring of 2012 with one
mission: Let people eat without plates.
Lisa Kagen is an artist, a chef, a parent and an entrepreneur — and all of those
identities factor heavily into the operation of her two Northside
businesses: Melt Eclectic Deli and Picnic and Pantry, a market that
serves healthy, sustainable groceries and prepared foods.
Tim Lambrinides opened Silver Ladle on Sixth Street back in March. The new “fast casual” restaurant serves a variety of hearty sandwiches, a dozen soups, fresh salads, gluten-free options and, of course, its own twist on Cincinnati-style chili and coneys.
In a sense, Emily Frank is living vicariously through her food truck. C’est Cheese, pronounced “say cheese”
(but it’s OK if you never get it right — few do), is a gourmet grilled
cheese truck. A year in the making but only really a couple weeks
old, C’est Cheese hit Cincinnati’s ground running.
Maybe we’ve done
enough for this summer, and it’s time to chillax. But then we’d miss out
on the Farmers Markets, City Flea at the gorgeous new Washington Park
and planning for September and the MidPoint Music Festival. This town is
on a roll, people!
The reopening of Maribelle’s could not
come any sooner. I was eager to see the old recipes I once gushed over
with friends as well as what the old tavern would look like juxtaposed
with the cavalier Boca across the street.
For Chef David Bach, Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming film, Django Unchained,
can’t come soon enough. The movie, which opens in December, pays homage
to the same ’60s Spaghetti Western that had inspired Bach and a posse
of established local culinary artists to open the new Northside
restaurant, Django Western Taco.
“Lost in the Supermarket” has been on
hiatus for a few months. For the column,
I mostly play the “food rube,” searching the aisles of average
neighborhood grocery stores for “everyday” items that strike me (and
maybe you) as “weird” or “gross.” I investigate the food item and taste
it so you don’t have to.
When David and Liz Cook of
Daveed’s at 934 decided this year to try a new concept in Loveland,
Daveed’s Next, the Mount Adams space Daveed’s
had occupied at 934 Hatch St. was not vacant long. Mantra on the Hill
opened in late May, lead by Chef Yajan Upadhyaya, originally chef/owner
of Cumin in Hyde Park.