The Greater Cincinnati Originals (GCO) will hold their annual event, the Original Spring Mix, on May 9 at the Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State College. The chefs from the Cincinnati chapter of the national group Dine Originals will prepare five-course dinner and wine pairings, and guests will have a chance to meet the chefs and ask questions. A Chef's Community Table also will be available for avid foodies. Members of the organization include Andy's Mediterranean Grille, Behle Street Café, Bella Luna, Brown Dog Café, Daveed's at 934, Encore Bistro & Bar, The Grand Café, Jean-Robert at Pigall's, JeanRo Bistro, Pho Paris, Jimmy D's Steakhouse, Kona Bistro, Mesh, Mike & Jimmy's Chophouse Grille, Montgomery Inn Boathouse, Nicholson's, O'Bryon's Irish Pub, One Restaurant & Lounge, Polo Grille, Pompilio's, Pub at Crestview Hills, Red Restaurant, Universal Grille and Vinyl.
Cadillac Ranch Rock-N-Country Bar & Grill is scheduled to move into the former Hallmark store at Sixth and Walnut streets this summer.
Mongo's Mongolian Grill recently opened in Mason. Customers pick the ingredients for their meal -- such as vegetables, meats, seafood, rice, noodles, sauces and spices -- then the ingredients are stir-fried on an 8-foot grill. Owner Scott Snow plans to open three more Mongo's Mongolian Grill locations in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky over the next 18 months.
Chanaka Delanerolle -- owner of Teak, The Celestial and Mount Adams Fish House -- is opening a new restaurant in the old space that housed Watson Bros. Bistro & Brewery in Blue Ash. The new restaurant will offer sushi and a few western dishes such as lamb chops and steak as well as Thai and dishes from Malaysia, Cambodia and other Asian areas.
Mesh has a new spring menu in place that includes a sushi-style veggie roll appetizer, a marinated beet salad, a pan-seared tuna burger and the Citrus Explosion for dessert, which consists of orange cake, lemon cake and orange ice cream.
Save your babysitting money to use for dessert: One Restaurant & Lounge has a kids menu for ages 12 and under. It includes an antipasti plate with apples, cheese, fresh vegetable and dip, pappardelle pasta and the ever-popular chicken tenders and grilled cheese.
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