Author: Julie Niesen

What do you do with extra pork belly?

What do you do with extra pork belly?

I picked up a few pounds of meat for a friend who couldn’t get to Avril-Bleh before their 5 PM closing time. I spied some dry-aged steaks. “How much a pound?” “13.99.” I didn’t intend on buying anything, but I ended up with two steaks. […]

Review: Kung Food Chu’s AmerAsia

Review: Kung Food Chu’s AmerAsia

Often, a confusing restaurant is bad.  We’ve all walked into places and thought, “What are they thinking?”  In some cases, like Kung Food Chu’s AmerAsia, confusing is good.  Is it a craft beer bar? Is it an Asian restaurant? It’s both. I’ve been encouraged for […]

What’s For Dinner retiring, eat well cafe and takeaway to open

What’s For Dinner retiring, eat well cafe and takeaway to open

O’Bryonville’s staple, What’s for Dinner, owned by Mary McMahon and Toni Davena, will be closing due to the retirement of their owners (congratulations, ladies!). In its place, Renee Schuler, who owns eat well celebrations and feasts will be opening a cafe, eat well cafe and […]

Cocktail Hour:  True and Untrue and the Ramos Gin Fizz

Cocktail Hour: True and Untrue and the Ramos Gin Fizz

Another year, another Tales of the Cocktail on the record books. I attended, and will be sharing bits and pieces of what I learned over the coming weeks. The best session I attended was True/Untrue, hosted by David Wondrich (my favorite cocktail writer), Wayne Curtis (my new favorite […]

Downtown Cincinnati Restaurant Week

Downtown Cincinnati Restaurant Week

So where are you heading for Restaurant Week? So many good choices, yet only a few days to try them all. Here’s what I have my eye on: Local 127 is one of the most underrated restaurants in the city.  Steve Geddes does farm-to-table in […]

Review: Django Western Taco

Review: Django Western Taco

Tacos are the new cupcake. In a town where just a few years ago you couldn’t find a decent, authentic taco– or even just a really good, not-super-authetic taco– we now have a different taco option for every day of the week. Whether it’s the […]

ZZ’s Pizza Closes, New Concept to Follow

ZZ’s Pizza Closes, New Concept to Follow

Ben Chassagne and the owners of the Summit Restaurant Group, which owns ZZ’s Pizza, have decided that after almost two years in Walnut Hills, they will be closing on their second anniversary, October 28th. Says Chassagne, “As much as I love and believe in Walnut […]

Shanghai Mama’s Officially Open

Shanghai Mama’s Officially Open

Shanghai Mama, the longtime late night favorite, is now open with a full liquor license– they consider themselves “officially open”.  They’re open until 3 AM on Fridays and Saturdays and you can check out their new menu at their revamped website.

Cocktail Hour: Pisco Sour

Cocktail Hour: Pisco Sour

It’s time for Tales of the Cocktail, the biggest get-together for bartenders, cocktail enthusiasts and spirits in the country. I’m here for the second time, covering the event for my WMDM readers. You’ll see a few posts throughout the week! Do not be afraid of […]

Enzo’s in OTR Catches Fire

Enzo’s in OTR Catches Fire

As I was driving home from a lunch meeting, I noticed a ton of fire trucks, including firefighters in full gear, a ladder truck with the ladder out, and a lot of people milling around. After some social media questioning, Cincinnati Metro had the scoop– […]

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