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Cincinnati Restaurant Reviews

Cincinnati cuisine is so much more than chili. There are great restaurants in town that will provide you with exceptional food in a wonderful atmosphere. This blog is a collection of reviews and personal observations from the current Cincinnati dining scene.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

Kim Chi in Cincy

As anyone who has a taste for Asian cuisine in the Cincinnati area knows, probably the best place to find Korean food is Riverside Korean in Covington. The Post has just reported that the brother of Riverside's owner is opening his own place in downtown Cincinnati in the space that used to be Aioli.

This is great news for lovers of international cuisine, as well as for downtown. One thing that may be a welcome change is that the Aioli space is well laid out and spacious. If you've eaten at Riverside, you know that the space is cozy, to put it mildly.

It's All Happening in CVG

Here's some great news from our friends down in Louisville. The good folks behind the Molly Malone's Irish Pub and Restaurant are going to save the space formerly occupied by Jack Quinn's in Convington. The new spot will be called Molly Malone's of Covington.

I've been missing Jack Quinn's--it was a true Irish pub, much more authentic than Nicholson's (even though Nicholson's is supposedly Scottish, that place feels about as Scottish as a Frontgate catalog). I'd go to Jack Quinn's for their great fish and chips, and their live music. I hope that Molly Malone's doesn't stray too far from Quinn's proven formula. The only reason that place went out of business was mismanagement.

Has anyone been to Molly Malone's in Louisville and want to report on what it was like?

Monday, July 02, 2007

Profile of Ruby

I've not mentioned anything about the whole Jeff Ruby-OJ kerfuffle on purpose. Mainly because it was celebrity gossip, not restaurant news. But I did enjoy this article from the Louisville Courier Journal, profiling Mr. Ruby. It gives some good insights into his personality, and I feel I understand him a bit more.

It's often said that you can't hate a person after you understand where they come from. I've said some less than laudatory things about Jeff Ruby here, but I've never met him. I'm going off his public persona. So I'm glad I got a chance to read about him with this article.

I think that the spread of his empire to Louisville, Belterra and further outside of Cincinnati has produced mixed results in his original restaurant, the Precinct. But I still think that's a great steakhouse. It's hard to eat at any of his restaurants and not think about him, which I don't think is necessarily a good thing. I'd like to judge a restaurant on its own merits, but he makes that difficult. The same holds true with Jean-Robert de Cavel, but they just happen to be the two most important restaurateurs in the city.

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