Author: Julie Niesen

Cocktail Hour: Homemade Cocktail Onions

Cocktail Hour: Homemade Cocktail Onions

I have more fun making cocktails than drinking them.    Everyone has their cooking niche, and though I think I’ve got some skills all around, I get the geekiest when I’m talking about creating items for cocktails.  I’ve made my own maraschino cherries, my own […]

AAA Four Diamond Results

AAA Four Diamond Results

It’s another good year for Cincinnati restaurants and AAA Four Diamond ratings.  Six restaurants received Four Diamonds, the second-highest rating by AAA.  The longest running Four Diamond-award winner in Cincinnati is The Palace. Boca Restaurant Daveed’s at 934 Nicola’s Restaurant Orchids at Palm Court The […]

News Roundup: Mama’s, Roxy’s and Dusmesh

News Roundup: Mama’s, Roxy’s and Dusmesh

A few tidbits of news, brought to you by this view: I’m in San Francisco for work and this is my office view right now.  I love Cincinnati, but man, that view. Shanghai Mama’s will reopen on February 1, adding another option back to Cincinnati’s […]

Review: Aponte’s New Jersey Style Pizza
Enzo’s in OTR Gets New Manager, Menu

Enzo’s in OTR Gets New Manager, Menu

Enzo’s, a mainstay of Race Street for almost five years, has a new manager and a new menu. Terry Lee, the former owner of OUTSIDE and a fixture of Over-the-Rhine for nearly as long as Enzo’s, has taken over management duties and added his own […]

La Petite Pierre’s Dining Room: Open!

La Petite Pierre’s Dining Room: Open!

La Petite Pierre, a fantastic little French place on Camargo Road in Madeira usually promotes “fill the pot” events– that is, you can bring in your pot and they’ll fill it with whatever delicious traditional French dish they’ve prepared, and you take it home to […]

Mini-Review: Trio

Mini-Review: Trio

I used to go to Trio all the time.  It was a favorite of my former in-laws’, and we celebrated many birthdays there in the early years of the Aughts.  I swear, during that time their menu rarely changed, and once I no longer had […]

Review: Thai Taste

Review: Thai Taste

West Siders, please let me know if I’m incorrect in this (and I know you will), but I stand by this statement: The West Side doesn’t have many good, independent restaurants. There. I said it. And in talking with a bunch of West Siders last […]

Review: Chef’s Cafe

Review: Chef’s Cafe

My friend Brian always has the best restaurant recommendations.  They’re not always something I’d pick myself, are usually right under my nose (but I’ve never noticed them) and are usually pretty good.  Chef’s Cafe was his most recent pick, found on Fields Ertel Road– not […]

MoCA in East Walnut Hills Closes

MoCA in East Walnut Hills Closes

Several readers have asked about MoCA in East Walnut Hills, as it closed rather abruptly. Here’s what I found out. MoCA, a mainstay of East Walnut Hills for four years, closed December 30 due to “irresolvable differences” with the landlord. According to a post by […]

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