March 23, 2010 in Restaurants, Subfeature
Written and photographed by Courtney Tsitouris, author of www.epi-ventures.com, a blog about dining in and dining out in Cincinnati
While other Cincinnati restaurant owners stamp clever
slogans on their menus and hire PR directors to handle media outlets, Anne McManus
uses an old, often forgotten formula to run Carl’s Deli in Hyde Park – word of mouth. It’s a shocking
strategy and an edgy game plan given our changing times. But it’s just crazy
enough to work.
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March 4, 2010 in Restaurants
They’re calling it “Wheels on Wheels,” I’m calling it the best thing to happen to my lunch break in a long time. Cafe de Wheels, the burger truck taking Downtown and Clifton by storm has added another tool in its arsenal, Thursday afternoon Segway deliveries in and around Downtown.
In case you haven’t noticed, its been cold. Like really cold. And, although my hunger for the best burger downtown is nearly crippling, so is the 16 block roundtrip walk for Cafe de Wheels from my office during my lunch break.
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December 7, 2009 in Restaurants, Subfeature
Ah, the Budna Grill. For those of us who grew up in North College Hill the mere mention of the Budna stirs a wide variety of memories. The Budna was the name that sprawled across our chests on our soccer and little league t-shirts. It was the place where we had our first beers at the ripe old age of under-21. It had cheap drinks, terrible food, and a great jukebox. For whatever reason, no matter how dirty it was or bad it smelled we still kept coming back.
So about a year ago when I heard the Budna was for sale I was a little down. I was afraid that NCH might lose a little bit of it’s history. (I even thought about putting together a half baked attempt to buy the iconic bar. Needless to say that didn’t happen.) However, I couldn’t have been more excited when I heard about who purchased the location and the plans.
Continue reading “VanZandt Tavern: The new face of the old Budna Grill” »
November 4, 2009 in News, Restaurants
While Vine St. in downtown Cincinnati is hardly a scene out of The Andy Griffith Show, a fresh take on Americana cuisine is trying to bring a little Opie to your lunch. Mayberry, the new sitdown restaurant from the gourmands behind Findlay Market’s World Food Bar, opened for business this week at 915 Vine.
Owners Joshua Campbell and Corey Wietmarschen are serving classy but casual breakfast and lunch dishes that surprise with “simplicity and price.” Sandwiches, salads, and lunch entrees are $7-$8, not too shabby.
You can catch a bite at Mayberry Mon.-Fri. from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Maybe with enough pestering (something the BuyCincy staff excels at) we can get them to open for weekend brunch.
Here’s the opening menu:
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September 14, 2009 in Restaurants
Julie over at wine me, dine me is reporting that World Food Bar, Findlay Market’s foodie-haven of eclectic food, is opening a second location downtown on Vine St. between 9th and Court.
Though the Mon.-Fri. lunch crowd is sure to be the focus, there’s no word on complete hours yet. Here’s to a successful expansion!
August 24, 2009 in Restaurants
Greater Cincinnati has a new brewpub – and its not from a place you might expect. Vito’s Cafe in Ft. Thomas has just announced their in-house brewery operation, Red Ear Brewing Company.
Maybe more well known for their Italian cuisine and singing servers, the restaurant is starting its brewery operation one batch at a time. Brewmaster Matt Wehmeyer, son of owners Mary and Vito Ciepiel’s is starting out with Endless Summer Ale, a seasonal beer that will give way in autumn to what Matt describes as “something more bold.”
In the name of research, we might just have to go and try it.
July 27, 2009 in Restaurants
Gilpin’s Bagel & Deli has been serving up steamed bagels on 7th St. to the weekday lunch (8am – 2:30pm Mon.-Fri.) and weekend late night crowd (8pm – 3:30am Fri. and Sat.) since their March opening, but they are now gearing up to feed the masses with expanded hours and a delivery service. The shop has added Sunday brunch (10am – 1:30pm) and Wednesday and Thursday late night (8pm – 3:30am) hours.
Though we are certainly excited about that, we’re even more excited about getting a Gilpin’s sandwich delivered for lunch by Segway or late night via scooter.
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July 21, 2009 in Restaurants
I recently went through Milford – it’s such a cute neighborhood lined with shops. While there I decided to grab a bite at 20 Brix – I’ve heard so much about it…
Continue reading “20 Brix: Shopping day in Milford? Here’s where to dine!” »
July 8, 2009 in Restaurants
As its spot in our list of Cincinnati’s best vegetarian restaurants might indicate, Newport’s La Mexicana has a loyal following. And why not? The restaurant is affordable, tasty, and laid back, the perfect trifecta for a recession Friday evening out. Hidden along a stretch of Monmouth Street that is perhaps best known for “antique” shops and the infamous Brass Ass, La Mexicana doens’t get the recognition it deserves. For authentic burritos, sopas, and quesadillas, there are few rivals in the city.
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July 6, 2009 in Restaurants
I’m a huge breakfast fan! I love pancakes and sausage and bacon and eggs and french toast and syrup!!!! I really love it all.
Thus I love eating breakfast – I am typically a breakfast in the morning kind of girl – but sometimes I’ll even hit it up for lunch or dinner!
That said – I am not a fan of Ihop – I know I might be the only one – but I’m not. I like to find hole-in-the-wall places for yummy breakfasts. So here are some you might not know about!
They are also in a variety of prices – so you can pick your price point too!
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