Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Yat ka Mein is worth the trip

Chinese restaurants are sadly under-represented in my restaurant reviews. Considering how many there are, you’d think I’d review them more often. But it’s hard to pick out which are different or better enough to reward a closer look. I always say, anyway, that the best Chinese restaurant is the one on your way home from … . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Yat ka Mein is worth the trip

Campbell’s Scoop: Review: The food speaks for itself at Sotto

Sotto, the new Italian restaurant Downtown, is named for its location in a basement that was once La Normandie. Sotto means “under,” and I have been remembering the name by thinking of the term sotto voce, or under the breath. It’s a term from theater and music that means lowering your voice to emphasize something … . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Review: The food speaks for itself at Sotto

Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Yard House is wide-ranging

“Have you been to Yard House before?” our server asked, as servers at chain restaurants often do. “No? Well, we have great food and a whole lot of beer and loud music. That’s what we do.” That was the whole of the spiel welcoming us to the newest restaurant at The Banks, except she told … . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Yard House is wide-ranging

Campbell’s Scoop: Review: El Coyote goes to town

Lately I’ve been having odd fits of nostalgia. In general, I like living in 2013, but the other day I had an urge to make a phone call with a rotary dial. I’ve been considering getting my hair cut in a shag again, and I think the most exciting concert coming to town has got … . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Review: El Coyote goes to town

Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Treasures await visitors to Zula

Chef Vik Silberberg, a native of Israel, has several places in his restaurant’s refrigerators and pantries where he caches extra supplies of some essential ingredients. That way, if the cooks run out of, say, salmon, he can bring out a supply from its hiding place and save the day. He calls them his “zulas.” It’s … . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Treasures await visitors to Zula

Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Wyoming gets a new dining destination at DiStasi

It’s been a long time since Wyoming has been a dining destination. For residents and people driving through on Springfield Pike, there’s Gabby’s and Half Day Cafe. But ever since Sturkey’s became Encore and then fizzled out, there hasn’t been anything to draw other people to the neighborhood for dinner. Now the owner of Gabby’s, … . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Wyoming gets a new dining destination at DiStasi

Campbell’s Scoop: Lunch at Kitchen 452

I’ve always thought that we have a shortage of  restaurants that are defined by the personalities of their owners. Places that are different from each other the way people are different from each other, where you know you’ll see the same person every time, someone who has a big stake in how your meal turns … . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Lunch at Kitchen 452

Campbell’s Scoop: Seasons 52: scenery trumps what’s served

The large parcel of land at the corner of Smith and Edwards, across from Rookwood Commons, was empty for more than a decade as an eminent domain case about the property dragged on and several houses remained all by themselves in the middle of a cleared… . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Seasons 52: scenery trumps what’s served

Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Incline Public House has casual feel and top-notch vista

You don’t have to be rich to get a good view in Cincinnati. Though you’ll usually pay a premium for homes with views, there are unexpected spots all throughout the area where you’ll suddenly get a glorious vista spread out before you. But restaur… . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Incline Public House has casual feel and top-notch vista

Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Barresi’s adds a dash of new to Italian classics

I have been enjoying myself immensely recently as I try a series of new restaurants that are creating a modern dining scene – places like Kaze, Metropole and M. Like a lot of the eating-out public, I am excited by restaurants that offer something new… . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Barresi’s adds a dash of new to Italian classics

Campbell’s Scoop: Review: WG fits needed spot on banks

Wine Guy Bistro, a small casual dinner chain based in Columbus, changed its name a few months ago, and their new location on The Banks opened as WG Kitchen and Bar. The change was to make sure it was known they serve food as well as wine. They should h… . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Review: WG fits needed spot on banks

Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Peak experiences for foodies at Kaze

In Japan, as our server at Kaze told us, you pour drinks for the people you’re with, and they pour for you. It’s surprisingly hard to get the hang of this. During dinner at the new restaurant on Vine Street, I kept pouring my own sake and water. It… . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Peak experiences for foodies at Kaze

Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Bouquet keeps getting better

In my first review of Bouquet, the little place in Covington that chef/owner Stephen Williams started on a shoestring, I said it was a restaurant I expected to develop over time, like the bouquet of a fine wine. I could not have been more right. At the… . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Bouquet keeps getting better

Campbell’s Scoop: Quan Hapa: Casual touch, serious Asian

Dining review The inspirations for Quan Hapa, the new Asian gastropub on Vine Street, include the izakaya drinking and snack pubs of Japan, the small restaurants and street food stalls found throughout Asia, the Vietnamese-American family backgrounds o… . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Quan Hapa: Casual touch, serious Asian

Campbell’s Scoop: Review: M – simple but still sophisticated

It’s 18 degrees out and the wind is blowing hard, the kind of night that makes the world feel hostile and difficult. At the entrance to M restaurant in Hyde Park, lanterns shooting up gas flames are an irresistible invitation to come inside, and once… . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Review: M – simple but still sophisticated

Campbell’s Scoop: Alfio’s Buon Cibo: Two cuisines live side by side

DINING REVIEW “Well, that’s redundant,” said my South American friend when I told him I was going to an Italian-Argentine restaurant. The national menu of Argentina, a nation of immigrants, is as Italian as it is Spanish. Pizza and pasta are as c… . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Alfio’s Buon Cibo: Two cuisines live side by side

Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Metropole’s cuisine impresses

I hope that the sheer excellence of Metropole, the new restaurant Downtown – with its wonderful food touched by the flames of burning wood in an ancient but absolutely contemporary way, the sensitive adaptation of an old building and the challenging … . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Metropole’s cuisine impresses

Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Steinhaus: A fresh take on German fare

DINING REVIEW Steinhaus offers itself as a new kind of German restaurant: more authentic, less stereotyped and more modern than many American German restaurants. It is owned by Detlef and Karen Koeppe CQand takes the place of German Cuisine, the German… . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Steinhaus: A fresh take on German fare

Campbell’s Scoop: Kitsch works for new Chuy’s

DINING REVIEW I’ve always thought a fun job would be buyer of stuff to decorate chain restaurants. Someone had a good time with the new Florence location of the Mexican chain Chuy’s. In the bar, there are whole schools of painted wooden fish hangin… . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Kitsch works for new Chuy’s

Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Exemplar’s new menu offers a surprise

Your body is sitting at a table in a dining room whose English Tudor decor is well-done, but frankly pretty square, a restaurant where you may very well have eaten with your grandparents and Hungarian mushroom soup has been on the menu for a couple of … . . . → Read More: Campbell’s Scoop: Review: Exemplar’s new menu offers a surprise

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