From the category archives:


On The Road: Piggie Park, Columbia, South Carolina

October 16, 2009

I have wanted to try Maurice Bessinger’s Piggie Park for a while. Maurice’s Barbecue is a mustard-based barbecue, and as I am sure you can tell from the name, primarily pork. On our recent vacation, we planned on stopping at the original in Columbia, SC as we traveled from relatives in Rock Hill, SC to […]

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The Palace Restaurant

October 5, 2009

If there is a a type of restaurant I should never, ever review, it is a place like The Palace. It is fine dining restaurant located in the Cincinnatian hotel. Let me explain. I loved the fact that The Maisonette existed, and was proud that Cincinnati had a place that was 5-star for as long […]

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Ruthai’s Thai Kitchen

September 24, 2009

Ruthai’s Thai Kitchen is a little mom & pop Thai place in Mt. Lookout square. We have been going to this restaurant since it opened. Initially we went because it was closer than Teak, and we could walk to it. But it did not take long to get hooked on the spring rolls, tasty entrees, […]

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Take the Cake Cafe: Savories

August 13, 2009

I already reviewed Take the Cake once, but this time I wanted to look at the savory side of Take the Cake. In addition to the great sweets they have every day, Take the Cake Cafe has daily specials they offer for lunch. The specials change every day, and usually get updated on their web […]

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Putz’s Creamy Whip

July 2, 2009
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Cincinnati is blessed with a number of really good ice cream places. The quality of Graeter’s,  Aglamesis Brothers, and Schneider’s Sweet Shop is undeniable, even if folks argue what the best is. But you know, sometimes you just want a soft-serve ice cream. There is nothing like the old-time “Creamy Whip”, “Whippy-Dip” or whatever you choose to […]

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Five Guys Burger and Fries

June 19, 2009

Five Guys just opened up on Calhoun in Clifton Heights. Not sure if today was the first day, but it is still listed as “Coming Soon” on their web site. In case you miussed it from the name, this place specializes in burgers and fries. The restaurant is riddled with rave reviews, and lists of […]

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Fincher’s Bar-B-Q in Macon, GA

May 29, 2009

Yesterday my in-laws arrived with a pound of pulled pork and a pound of Brunswick stew from Fincher’s Bar-B-Q in Macon, GA. This is by far my favorite barbecue, and is really my first barbecue. I took this picture at Fincher’s in December. Look at that sign. When you see a sign like this there […]

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Take the Cake: Sweets

May 28, 2009

Take the Cake has been around for a fairly long time. I first encountered it on Main Street and was sad to see them move to Northside (right after we moved to the neighborhood, I tried not to take it personally).  I only made it to their first Northside location once, but have made several […]

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Best is a Bad Word, Even When Applied to Pizza

May 27, 2009

Now I am not trying to say it’s like dropping the f-bomb, or saying Pepsi, but I am not a big fan of “Best of” lists. The reason is that “Best”, in my opinion, is imprecise and one-dimensional. It fails to tell me any details, and can end up being more than a little subjective. […]

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Taste of Cincinnati 2009

May 26, 2009

I used to go about every other year to the Taste of Cincinnati, but this is the first time I made it since it was moved from Central to Fifth. Two years ago I had a pretty good excuse, my son was born on the Sunday of Taste. Last year there was all the coordination […]

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