Photo: Crispy Chicken Legs with Gochujang Sauce (photo by Ross Van Pelt RVP Photography)
Mark your calendar. Clyborne will open on April 10, bringing the experience of urban dining to the suburb of Mason, OH. This is the second restaurant in Greater Cincinnati by Scott Schmidt, a 30-year hospitality veteran. The culinary team comprises chef-heavyweights: Aimee Saling, Mark Bodenstein and Will Wadsworth. Expect elevated New American cuisine, chef-driven, with a heavy emphasis on scratch-cooking.
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Meet Salimah Mari Abdul-Hakim of L. Mari Catering. She’s out to make her mark in Cincinnati’s food scene, and I have a feeling she’s going to make a big dent! She cooks, she hustles, and she connects with people through her food. As a graduate of MORTAR, a business accelerator for local entrepreneurs of color, she has earned nothing but high praise from Derrick Braziel, MORTAR’s co-founder and managing director. Look out Cincinnati.
Click here for more: L. Mari Catering Brings Multicultural Dishes Made With Love and Soul
After living away from Cincinnati for 20 years, Seven Hills grad, Ned Elliott, comes home to open a restaurant. His restaurant, Foreign & Domestic, is expected to open in Over-the-Rhine this August, marking an expansion of the Foreign & Domestic brand which Elliott started in Austin, TX, nearly eight years ago. You can look forward to a menu that’s “new American with a French twist,” but uniquely Cincinnati.
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On Valentine’s Day, while couples file into restaurants to splurge on dinner, why not indulge in the main attraction – chocolate? Surprise your love interest with decadent sweets, or take that special someone on a fun shopping trip at one of Greater Cincinnati’s chocolate and sweets shops.
Here are nine sweet spots to get you started:
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Just when you thought the dining scene couldn’t get any hotter, a host of exciting new restaurants are poised to open in Greater Cincinnati this year. Most of them are by chefs and restaurateurs we already know and love — some expanding their stakes while others striking out on their own for the first time. There are a couple of brand new entries, including a Louisville-based restaurant looking to join the Cincinnati community. If you like to eat out, 2018 is going to be another very good year.
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In the blink of an eye, 2017 is almost on its way out. There are plenty of dining options if you’re looking to ring the dinner bell before ringing in the New Year. Many of the restaurants offer hard-to-resist prix fixe menus, while others make the a la carte option available. Call or go online to make reservations as soon as possible as this is an extremely busy time for restaurants. Here are nine restaurants to help you end the year on a top (and delicious) note:
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There were so many great restaurants that opened this year, it was frankly, hard to narrow it down to just nine. Let me just say before going any further, there are many other wonderful restaurants outside of this list.
The restaurants featured here have a few things in common; for one thing, they are built on the foundation of experienced chefs and restaurateurs. For example, Brad Bernstein, chef and owner of Postmark, is a 3rd generation restaurateur.
The restaurants also echo a few national trends. I’ll give you 3 examples:
- Demand for clean and locally sourced food: We continue to see a deepening relationship between chef and farmer.
- Desire to simplify and go back to the basics: Chefs are simplifying classics including comfort food – giving them a fresh interpretation.
- The return to – I’m happy to say – the craft of cooking: This translates to more restaurants making food from scratch, ranging from pasta to pickles.
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Why wait for a table when you can simply call or order online on your smart phone, and have your steak dinner delivered to your door? Two budding entrepreneurs, Sammy Caraballo and Logan Gundolf, see this growing consumer need and started Steak It Eazy to do just that — serve the home connoisseur restaurant-quality food. Their concept aligns with an emerging national trend of “restaurants” with no dine-in option. For the operator, there’s less overhead and more focus on food quality. The customers, in turn, get more affordable good food. Win-win.
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Taking a break from cooking this Thanksgiving but haven’t yet made dinner reservations? Many restaurants are closed for the holiday and the ones that are open tend to fill up quickly. Staples like Orchids at Palm Court, Parkers Blue Ash Tavern and The National Exemplar have long sold out, but there are still some good options available. You would want to move fast though — call the restaurants sooner rather than later.
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Chako Bakery Cafe is the kind of sunny, charming place that just draws you in. Along with Chako‘s warmth and irresistible baked goods, you may find it hard to leave! More than anything, I love how this former nurse from Japan can reinvent her life and career in Covington in just a couple of years. The Center for Great Neighborhoods of Covington‘s Chef Fellowship Program has been instrumental in helping Chako transition successfully from a home-based chef. The rest is sheer hard work. Chako tells me she starts work at 4 am and doesn’t finish until 11 pm.
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