Commonwealth Bistro

As an Appalachia transplant to the Midwest, there are times that I long for the down-home flavors of the South. Whenever these urges arise, though, I’m lucky enough to have a Mecca to Southern cooking close at hand. Serving up elevated and exceptionally-crafted renderings of classic Southern fare – such as terrine, biscuits, rabbit and…

Mita’s

One of Cincinnati’s premier fine dining fixtures – Mita’s – offers guests an escape into the exotic and elegant flavors of Latin America. Featuring South American comfort food classics like pozole and upscale eats such as blue marlin ceviche, Mita’s stands at the forefront of Cincinnati’s culinary arts scene. In February, I had the luxury…

Marrakech Moroccan Cafe & Grill

My wife and I love debating our favorite restaurants in Cincinnati, and we enjoy discussing what single eatery best sums up the Queen City. One question we continually come back to – and one we’ve had to answer when friends and family come around – is what must-eat establishment makes the best go-to dining spot…

Lima Limon

On Friday, November 18, my wife and I journeyed South of the border to one of the top Hispanic restaurants in the greater Cincinnati area. Located in an unassuming strip mall in Florence, KY, Lima Limon offers authentic Peruvian cuisine, quite a rare find for the Queen City. Boasting an expansive menu with unique eats,…

Gilpin’s Steamed Grub

My wife and I almost always go out for dinner on Tuesday evening. There are never any crowds, it’s a great way to take a break from cooking and it allows us to disconnect from the start of another busy workweek. On Oct. 11, however, my wife was feeling under the weather, so instead of…

Melt Eclectic Cafe

With Oktoberfest in town, my wife and I decided to ditch downtown on Saturday, September 16, and head to Cincinnati’s rock’n’roll neighborhood. Known as a haven for the edgy and artistic, Northside also boasts a diverse food scene. Amidst the coffee shops and cafés, diners and drive-thrus, visitors and locals alike can find some of…

Collective CAC & Hello Honey

To kick off our late-summer vacation, my wife and I decided to go on an afternoon date to the Contemporary Arts Center in downtown Cincinnati on Saturday, September 3. We hadn’t been to the museum for a while, and we were excited to see the new exhibits and installations. To start our afternoon date, we…

SuRa Korean Cuisine

In a city with a proportionally high number of Korean restaurants, SuRa Korean Cuisine in Mason has plenty of stiff competition. It doesn’t offer the most authentic eating experience – like Riverside Korean Restaurant in Covington – or the quickest and cheapest food – like the Red Sesame Korean BBQ food truck – and it…

Fresh Table

Fresh Table is the hidden gem of Cincinnati’s farm-to-table food scene. Located at the Race Street entrance of Findlay Market, this unassuming vendor features some of the best quality food in the Queen City. When my wife and I moved to Cincinnati in the summer of 2014, we did most of our grocery shopping at…

Roebling Point Books & Coffee

On Monday, August 15, I interviewed local author Donna Vitucci at Roebling Point Books & Coffee for a Northern Kentucky Tribune article on her recent novel and her work at the Covington Ladies Home. This was the first time I had ever been to Roebling Point, and I was delightfully impressed with the atmosphere and…

Sleepy Bee Cafe

Whenever my wife and I feel inclined to go out for breakfast, we always have one place in mind: Sleepy Bee Cafe. Located in East Cincinnati’s Oakley neighborhood, right across the street from the limestone monolith of St. Cecilia’s Catholic Church, this unassuming restaurant offers the highest quality morning fare in the city. After nearly…

Fortune Noodle House

When most people hear that a new Chinese restaurant is opening up near a university, images of cheap, greasy take-out food come to mind. I was no exception to this rule. When I found out a couple of months ago that Fortune Noodle House was setting up shop on the corner of Calhoun and Clifton…