Cincinnati, until recently, lacked an
authentic Persian restaurant. Finally, in November, the Iranian Mostofi family
opened Persian Nights in West Chester, making it the only restaurant of
its kind from here to Columbus.
Eat well. Eat fresh. Eat often. These
three sentences serve as both tagline and personal philosophy for local
restaurateur Darren Phan, owner of Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro, Clifton’s
9-year-old brothy, herby, vermicelli-filled landmark.
Right down the road from Virgil’s Café in
Bellevue is a newly opened (since November) neighborhood burger joint,
The Elusive Cow. Originally, I had heard that it was a vegan or
vegetarian pub, but one look at the menu made it clear: This restaurant
is much more than that.
Nothing screams artisan or handcrafted
food like a flannel-shirted, tattooed server. Remove the pageantry from
the building, please, and just give us the weird cuts of beef or spruced
up hot dog served alongside a Prohibition-era cocktail.
Zach and Josh Weprin and their childhood
friend, Stephan Harman, are beating the odds. Nearly three years ago,
the young trio founded Fusian, a fast casual sushi restaurant with
locations in downtown Cincinnati, Dayton and, slated to open in
February, the Ohio State University campus in Columbus.
It’s unusual to find a restaurant in the
Cincinnati area that’s a permutation of both Italian and Argentine
cuisine, but Alfio’s Buon Cibo (Italian for “Good Food”) aims to the wed
the two regions together.
In 2012, food trends like “weird Chinese”
and “Asian hipster cuisine” hit a fever pitch in New York City. With the
advent of Quan Hapa and neighboring Japanese izakaya hot spot Kaze, the
trend’s finally supplanted itself in Over-the-Rhine, albeit, with less
Owners Dave Hart and Dustin Miller had
always dreamed of opening a coffee shop together. Lifelong friends and
Ohio natives, the two spent a few years on separate journeys living in
and being inspired by different states along the West Coast and working
in multiple restaurants and cafes along the way.