Cover Story: WHERE TO EAT:2006

Your ultimate guide to navigating the local dining scene

 
Graham Lienhart


Where to Eat: 2006



Where to Eat 2006: Your Ultimate Guide to Navigating the Local Dining Scene

So many restaurants, so little time. That's my simple conclusion drawn from spending the past few weeks working to create CityBeat's 2006 Where to Eat issue. With 900-plus restaurants in Greater Cincinnati, even if you're eating out every night of the week that's three year's worth of meals before you'd run out of places to go.

Even with all these choices, though, I'd wager that the majority of us are little acquainted with most of the area's restaurants. It's easy to fall into well-worn grooves, going back to places we like (and likely ordering the same thing we had the last time).

I know this because I'm just as entrenched as the next person. Just ask the servers at my well-worn grooves — Slims, Cumin, Delight Thai Café, etc.

A few diagnostic questions: How many times did you eat out in the past year? And how many of those meals were at places you hadn't been before? If you're in a restaurant rut, help is at hand: CityBeat's annual Where to Eat issue is about to tell you where you need to be eating now.

What follows isn't a comprehensive listing, but rather recommendations of standout places drawn from the shared dining experiences and culinary expertise of CityBeat's meal-obsessed food writers — Lora Arduser, Chris Kemp, Emily Lieb, Anne Mitchell and myself.

We've broken down our favorite restaurants not into cuisine-based categories like Italian or Indian but instead into daily-life categories like "Where to take out-of-towners" and "Where to go on a first date." As in past issues of Where to Eat, we've also included the inside scoop on where a select group of local food personalities like to eat.

For 2006, however, we've expanded the scope beyond just well-known chefs to include a range of people from different professions whose lives all revolve around food in one way or another. See page 32 for "Tips from the Pros."

As you examine these categories, I'm sure you'll be comparing our choices with your favorites. One of the most entertaining things for me about being a food writer is a ritual I call Dueling Lists, which usually takes place once people learn that I review restaurants. They ask me my favorite restaurants, but this is really just a pretext for them to name their favorites, which they speedily do, leading to discussion and debate.

In addition to the Where to Eat categories below, make sure you check out CityBeat's annual dining guide in this section for further restaurant coverage. It contains 220 or so of our favorite places for the next time you've got a hankering for anything from burgers to vegetarian, and everything in between. The guide begins on page 8.

We hope you'll use this issue to get out of any restaurant ruts you're in and try someplace new and different. And if we missed something — if you think there's a better place for that first date or you know of some comfort food with more rib-sticking power than what we've identified — write me at [email protected]. I'd love to compare lists.

— CRAIG BIDA

Where to Take Out-of-Towners
When friends or relatives are in from out of town — especially if they're from a coast or a big city somewhere — it's fun to show off what's uniquely Cincinnati. Whether it's family coming in for a visit or friends just passing through, these places will make an impression.

FINDLAY MARKET, 1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-665-4839. Lots of cities have bustling markets, but as far as an urban center that transcends social, economic, ethnic and racial boundaries, it's hard to find Findlay Market's equal anywhere. Whether it's a sausage from Kroeger & Sons or a plate of ribs from Mr. Pigs and a sidewalk Jazz show, Findlay is a local treasure any food- and history-loving out-of-towner is sure to appreciate.

SLIMS, 4046 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-836-6161. It's so satisfying when someone from out of town says, "I wish we had someplace like this back home!" This happens a lot at Slims, which has a one-of-a-kind melding of fresh, expertly prepared food, communal tables and a funky artsy vibe that's more San Francisco or Portland than Midwest.

CAMP WASHINGTON CHILI, 3005 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington, 513-541-0061. Cincinnati chili is a key part of the Queen City experience for out-of-towners, so take them to where they've been serving Cincinnati-style chili with fresh ground beef and a secret spice mix since 1940. Don't be surprised if your out-of-town guest isn't instantly converted by the runny brown sauce over their noodles and the mountain of shredded cheese atop. Cincinnati-style chili is an acquired taste, but you can bet your guest won't forget the experience.

ARNOLD'S BAR AND GRILL, 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-421-6234. Arnold's is Cincinnati when it doesn't know anyone is looking. Unpretentious, good food, a covered patio strung with festive lights and a Jazz band playing on a back-porch-turned-stage make the bar and grill, established in 1861, a downtown landmark and a great way to connect with local history.

MONTGOMERY INN, multiple locations. Ribs galore! It was good enough for Bob Hope to call all the way from California just for take-out, so it has to be worth sharing with your friends. Tell 'em to get ready to wear a bib.

PRIMAVISTA, 810 Matson Place, Price Hill, 513-251-6467. The Italian food and wine are wonderful, and the view of the downtown skyline is sparkling and spectacular. The new Cincinnati sign on the Cinergy Convention Center will remind them where they actually are. Have a little civic pride with your osso bucco!

MOKKA, 527 York St., Newport, 859-581-3700. Looking for an out-of-the-ordinary breakfast spot for those houseguests? Take them to Mokka for the Smoked Salmon Avalanche, Santa Fe Frittata or Mokka French Toast made with crunchy corn flake batter, and they might never leave.

ORCHIDS AT PALM COURT, 35 W. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-421-9100. Even the most hard-to-please guests will be wowed by a meal at Orchids in the fabulous Omni Netherland Plaza Hotel. Between the immense, highly detailed Art Deco dining room and chef Christopher Calhoun's remarkable food, they'll be talking about this back home.

Where to Get Real Comfort Food
When you're craving simple, rib-sticking food like Mom made (or maybe didn't make?), there's no shortage of places to head in these parts. Check out any of these places for a meal that will make you feel like you're curling up in your favorite flannel blanket.

BBQ REVUE, 4725 Madison Road, Madisonville, 513-871-3500. A heaping plate of ribs and brisket smothered in a divine barbecue sauce with a shameless pile of macaroni and cheese is practically the definition of comfort food. As if it weren't enough, you can polish off your meal with soft-serve at BUDD'S, a restored New York Central dining car serving ice cream in the parking lot.

GREYHOUND TAVERN, 2500 Dixie Hwy, Fort Mitchell, 859-331-3767. Enjoy the Kentucky comfort of a Hot Brown with a side of mashed spuds or onion rings the size of doughnuts. The family-style fried chicken special, offered on Mondays and Tuesdays, includes half a chicken, hot biscuits, green beans, slaw and mashed potatoes with gravy. It couldn't be any closer to a Sunday dinner at Grandma's.

MOKKA, 527 York St., Newport, 859-581-3700. Feed your inner child some awesome crunchy corn flake French toast. If your inner child is a Cincinnatian, the Goetta Avalanche will be soul food.

GREEN DERBY, 846 York St., Newport, 859-431-8740. Say it loud, say it proud: Southern Fried Chicken, Breaded Pork Chops, Meatloaf, Ham and Redeye Gravy, homemade cream pies. Now, didn't that feel good? Imagine how good eating it will make you feel.

HATHAWAY'S, 411 Vine St., Carew Tower, Downtown, 513-621-1332. Feel like a kid again as you relive those long-ago shopping trips with Mom. Yes, you can still get a grilled cheese and a milkshake.

INDIGO, 2637 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-321-9952. Pizza and pasta are the ultimate comfort foods, even if your college days are long gone. Indigo's White Pizza on a wheat crust and the Down Home Chicken Calzone (an Italian version of chicken pot pie) nicely fill all those little empty corners in your stomach.

BIAGIO'S BISTRO, 308 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-861-4777. Take a wheelbarrow along — you'll need it for the leftovers. This is the perfect neighborhood spot for a plateful of steaming pasta.

Where to Splurge
Prepare not only to drop some serious coin at these august establishments, which occupy the upper levels of Cincinnati's dining stratosphere, but also to be dazzled. What else were you going to spend your paycheck on anyway?

JEAN-ROBERT AT PIGALL'S, 127 W. Fourth St., Downtown, 513-721-1345. Save up your pennies and see what all the hype is about. Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel is Cincinnati's celebrity chef for a reason.

ORCHIDS AT PALM COURT, 35 W. Fifth St., Downtown, 513-421-9100. The chef's tasting menu with wine pairings is elegant, exquisite and expensive, but worth it.

DAVEED'S AT 934, 934 Hatch St., Mount Adams, 513-721-2665. Surrender yourself the hands of Chef David Cook for a blind tasting menu with wine pairings. From foie gras to the best duck you've ever had, the progression of surprises is sure to restore your sense of adventure in dining.

BOCA, 3200 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-542-2022. Upscale yet understated with expertly prepared food and stellar service, Boca is a haven for Cincinnati's food-loving movers and shakers.

THE CELESTIAL STEAKHOUSE, 1071 Celestial St., Mount Adams, 513-241-4455. If dining on Popcorn Seared Black Tailed Ostrich with a glass of red wine in one hand and a panoramic view of the city skyline isn't splurging, then we don't know what is. The food, the view, the service — everything is top notch.

BARRESI'S, 4111 Webster Ave., Deer Park, 513-793-2540. One of the city's finest treasures, Barresi's has been offering outstanding Italian cuisine for more than 40 years. Service comes complete with candlelight, white tablecloths and a table crumber, making you feel like a star.

GERMANO'S, 9415 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-794-1155. Germano's has a dizzying array of options from excellent seafood and veal to pasta with 17 sauce options. But if you really want to impress your dining partners, order off the menu. If the ingredients are in the kitchen, Chef Germano is happy to conjure up whatever dish you desire.

Where to Feel Like You're Not in Cincinnati
Even the most die-hard Cincinnati fans need a getaway sometime. A meal out can provide the perfect change of optic to see the world in a whole new light. Here are our favorite places around town that somehow manage to make you feel like you're someplace else.

DAVEED'S AT 934, 934 Hatch St., Mount Adams, 513-721-2665. Intimate setting, classy, colorful ambience, and your waiter just might be an actor off, off, off Broadway. Is this Greenwich Village?

PHO PARIS, 3235 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-871-1234. If the heavenly Vietnamese/French menu isn't enough to transport you, the simple art deco interior with square light fixtures, black chairs and white tablecloths is sure to spirit you away from the Midwest for an evening.

SHANGHAI MAMA'S, 216 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-241-7777. Crowded at lunchtime, Shanghai Mama's place really comes alive after midnight, when it feels like a decadent, big-city, late-night treat. Friday and Saturday it's open until the wee hours, serving up food and drink to weary post-clubbers and chefs and servers from downtown restaurants looking for a bite to eat and a rest for weary feet.

TINK'S CAFÉ, 3410 Telford Ave., Clifton, 513-961-6500. A stylish, hip place with excellent food. For the next best thing to being in a Woody Allen movie, head to Tink's on a Monday for some live gypsy Jazz from the Faux Frenchmen and food off Sean Daly's South Carolina-influenced menu.

TAQUERIA MERCADO, 6507 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield, 513-942-4943; 3207 Dixie Hwy., Erlanger, 859-426-5804. Catering to the growing local Hispanic population, Taqueria Mercado comes complete with a Mexican store and bakery. Best known for their tacos — which you can order with carne asada, pork, chicken, chorizo, tripe or tongue — the restaurant also offers delicacies like goat soup and a killer ceviche tostado.

JUNGLE JIM'S INTERNATIONAL MARKET, 5440 Dixie Hwy., Fairfield, 513-674-6000. If people eat it somewhere, you can probably find it here. With literally acres of foodstuffs from around the world, Jungle Jim's is more melting pot than supermarket, attracting shoppers from all over the Midwest, many of whom come for the different ethnic specialties. It's not often in Cincinnati that you hear people speaking Spanish, Chinese, Arabic and English in the same place.

Where to Go on a First Date
There's nothing like an enjoyable meal shared together in pleasant surroundings to bring two people together. Head to one of these places to increase your odds of making it to date No. 2.

YORK ST. CAFÉ, 738 York St., Newport, 859-261-9675. The room is filled with conversation starters. (Built as a pharmacy in 1880, the café is decorated in an eclectic style, with original shelving and woodwork crammed with quirky kitsch.) The Mediterranean plate is made for sharing (the appetizer equivalent of a first-date kit); if you find yourself sharing dessert, it might be love. If none of that works, there's a selection of bottles of wine for $1 on Wednesdays and Sundays.

VINEYARD CAFÉ, 2653 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-871-6167. Because my friends had a first date here and they're still together, Vineyard Café is one for one. Good odds. A nice, quiet place where you can actually hear each other talk.

THE COMET, 4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-541-8900. Great bar with excellent burritos and giant beer selection. Take your date here and run the gamut of tests: Do they pick the same songs you like on the jukebox? Can they shoot a respectable game of pool? Do they pick the right salsa? OK, you're good to go.

THE TERRACE CAFÉ AT THE CINCINNATI ART MUSEUM, 953 Eden Park Dr., Mount Adams, 513-639-2986. A good idea any day, but especially on the final Wednesday evening of each month when they offer a three-course tasting menu with wine and a museum tour. A great way to show off your more cultured side.

AMBAR INDIA, 350 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-281-7000. Ambar has the perfect level of spice (1-10) for your budding romance. And the lively neighborhood crowd provides protection from those awkward, first-date moments.

GERMANO'S, 9415 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-794-1155. Anyone who's seen Lady and the Tramp knows that there's nothing like a big bowl of pasta to set the sparks flying. Germano's offers the perfect combination of elegance and comfort to let your romance work itself out.

LA PETITE PIERRE, 7800 Camargo Road, Madeira, 513-527-4909. What could be more romantic than French? French food served in a cozy atmosphere, which is just the combination you'll get at La Petite Pierre. With dishes like Roasted Garlic Gnocchi with Wild Mushrooms, Olives, Tomatoes, Baby Spinach and White Truffle Cheese, you'll have your date eating out of your hand in no time.

Where to Go That's Worth a Drive
Cincinnati can be an insular kind of place. I know folks who rarely venture beyond the 275 loop. But over the horizon, there's some surprisingly good eating to be had. So, load up some CDs in the car and head out across hill and dale to these dining destinations. They're well worth the trip.

MURPHIN RIDGE INN, 750 Murphin Ridge Road, West Union, Ohio, 877-687-7446. It's an enjoyable drive out through Adams County's Amish country to Murphin Ridge Inn, where you'll find country-style food that's both sophisticated and genuine. Here, serving vegetables grown in their own gardens isn't an attempt to be trendy; it's just good common sense.

EL MESON, 903 E. Dixie Dr., West Carrollton, Ohio, 937-859-8229. This fun, quirky and colorful place just outside of Dayton features cuisine from all over Latin America. Enjoy savory tapas, sultry sangria and drop-dead delicious margaritas. Live music on the weekends.

NORTH MARKET, 59 Spruce St., Columbus, Ohio, 614-463-9664. A wonderful, eclectic market in the Short North area of Cool-umbus features cuisine from Greece, Vietnam, Italy, Great Britain, China, Mexico and Thailand all in one place. Make sure to stop by Jeni's Fresh Ice Creams for crazy flavors like Thai chili paste and goat cheese and figs and wine. Bizarre, yet wonderful!

THE WINDS CAFÉ, 215 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs, Ohio, 937-767-1144. With its roots in the health-conscious 1970s, The Winds is a place for food purists with a sense of whimsy and an ability to appreciate menu items with such titles as "Duck You Can Eat with a Spoon." Local ingredients and creative events like an annual seven-course garlic dinner make this a regional destination. While you're in Yellow Springs, take some time to poke around this crunchy, culturally diverse little town that's also home to Antioch University.

HOLLY HILL INN, 426 North Winter St., Midway, Ky., 859-846-4732. Chef Ouida Michael puts Midway on the map by combining her culinary magic with local ingredients to offer entrees such as Buttermilk Poached Breast of Kentucky Pheasant with Salsify Purée and Bacon Wrapped Saddle of Kentucky Raised Rabbit. Enjoy the surroundings — a historic building built in 1845 in the heart of Bluegrass Country.

BLUE MOON BISTRO, 520 E. Fifth St., Dayton, Ohio, 937-586-4250. Serving "American cuisine with a twist," Blue Moon is well worth a trek north. Try the Purple Potato Pierogi appetizer and their signature dish, a filet mignon stuffed with saga blue cheese and served with a green peppercorn sauce, onion rings and mashed potatoes. You'll go home full.

DRAGONFLY NEO-V, 247 King Ave., Columbus, Ohio, 614-298-9986. A quick glance at the menu shows this ain't your parents' vegetarian restaurant. Dragonfly offers sophisticated fare such as the Portobella Leek Tart with a star anise sauce and the Wild Walnut Ricotta Ravioli, while retaining their commitment to local, organic growers. Cited by USA Today as one of the top 10 vegetarian restaurants in the country.

Where to Get the Best View of the Kitchen
If you like to cook, it's fascinating to get a glimpse into the world of the restaurant kitchen. Here are some places where you get to see it all happen in front of your very eyes.

DEWEY'S PIZZA, multiple locations. Watching dough fly off the fingertips of the college kids behind the glass walls of Dewey's is strangely reminiscent of going to the zoo, except you're the one who wants to be fed.

PALOMINO, 505 Vine St. Downtown, 513-381-1300. Pizzas emerging from the brick oven, meats turning slowly over the rotisserie and white chef hats zigzagging with the urgency of E.M.T. workers make kitchen watching truly a spectator sport at Palomino.

SLIMS, 4046 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-836-6161. No local restaurant highlights the connection of means to ends better than Slims. The counters are piled with fresh produce, the windowsills are lined with cookbooks and the bright and cheery kitchen-as-stage is manned (and womanned) by happy, healthy actors cooking your food.

LA MEXICANA, 642 Monmouth St., Newport, 859-291-3520. Fast-paced burrito and taco action in a tiny kitchen. The best view is from one of the balcony seats.

BIAGIO'S BISTRO, 308 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-861-4777. Biagio's one-man show includes five burners, homemade pasta and garlic. The action is so close the chef can practically hand the food right to you.

JO AN JAPANESE RESTAURANT, 3940 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger, 859-746-2634. A plate of sashimi, a dab of wasabi and a container of warm sake make for an elegant meal, but sitting at the sushi bar and watching the chefs prepare these amazingly beautiful plates is downright chic.

Where to Eat if You're a Carnivore
Since we're up there on the food chain, we might as well enjoy it, right? Here are some of the best places in town to sample the pleasures of the flesh.

OLLIE'S TROLLEY, 1607 Central Ave., Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-6100. The juicy, seasoned burgers and sweaty barbecued ribs that come out of that little red trolley will make meat lovers turn cartwheels.

THE PRECINCT, 311 Delta Ave., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-321-5454. If you must have your steak, then you might as well have the best. The Precinct has been doing it for more than 20 years, and my steak-obsessed friends say they're still the top of the heap.

THE CELESTIAL STEAKHOUSE, 1071 Celestial St., Mount Adams, 513-241-4455. The recently re-vamped Celestial is a steak lover's dream, serving hand-cut slabs of beef like the 18-ounce bone-in strip steak, 18-ounce Frenched bone-in rib eye, 28-ounce Porterhouse and the pièce de résistance, a 10-ounce Kobe filet with fried leeks and exotic mushrooms.

KNOTTY PINE ON THE BAYOU, 1802 Licking Pk., Cold Spring, 859-781-2200. If you want your meat to have a little attitude, Knotty Pine is the place. The Pine offers grilled blackened steaks and fish, a smoky chicken and sausage gumbo, crawfish boils and the occasional fried alligator appetizer.

EL COYOTE, 3041 Dixie Hwy., Edgewood, 859-331-6767; 7404 State Road, Anderson Township, 513-232-5757. The area's pioneer Tex-Mex also offers fabulous steaks and a dynamite grilled pork chop served with mashed sweet potatoes or garlic mashed potatoes. There are meaty fajitas, enchiladas, empanadas, and quesadillas, too.

SEBASTIAN'S, 5209 Glenway Ave., Price Hill, 513-471-2100. The only place in town that offers an order of meat as a side dish. Also offering gyros, a Greek sausage sandwich and Greek hot dogs, this West-side family-owned Greek eatery knows how to keep its carnivores happy.

WIENER HAUS, 2809 Dixie Hwy., Crestview Hills, 859-341-3240. OK, hot dog, here we go! At the Weiner Haus, they grill 'em all, from best to wurst! Italian, Polish, garlic franks, Chicago style and more.

Where to Eat if You're a Vegetarian
It's not always easy being green. Vegetarian options in many restaurants are often unappealing. Not so at these area restaurants that offer outstanding, and tasty, vegetarian alternatives.

MYRA'S DIONYSUS, 121 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights, 513-961-1578. The oldest vegetarian restaurant in the city, Myra's has been spooning up some of the city's most wholesome food since 1977, serving a Moosewood-like menu with dishes such as black beans and rice, vegetable curry, red bean mole, soups du jour, salads and sandwiches. As shiny new storefronts appear as part of the Clifton Heights redevelopment project, Myra's remains a patch of homegrown charm.

MELT, 4165 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-681-6358. You know it's a good place when you can see the fresh produce on display. Homemade seitan, slaw, soup and melted sandwiches served on wholesome Shadeau breads will conspire to make you eat healthy and enjoy it. Try the vegetarian cheese steak or the salad with toasted walnuts, gorgonzola, poached gingered pears and maple balsamic vinaigrette.

UDIPI, 7633 Reading Road, Roselawn, 513-821-2021. Entirely vegetarian, entirely delicious. The puffy batura bread at this Southern Indian restaurant is like something out of Willie Wonka's magic oven. The menu is not descriptive, the servers aren't loquacious, but you'll enjoy your selection, even if you eenie-meenie-minie-moe.

KONA BISTRO, 3102 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-842-5662. Kona straddles the fence between vegetarian and meat-loving fare. One bite of your Asian tofu just might leave your pork chop-ordering friend wondering if the grass isn't greener on your side.

MANNA VEGETARIAN DELI, 633 Main St., Downtown, 513-241-8343. With everything from a curried tofu "chicken" salad and veggie burgers to vegan BBQ ribs, macaroni and cheese and collard greens, Manna artfully combines vegetarian and southern cuisine.

Where to Go for Gourmet Fast Food
When you're short on time but the idea of cardboard-tasting, mass-produced fast food turns you way off, don't despair. There are numerous places around to pick up a quick, quality meal that won't disappoint your taste buds.

CHIPOTLE, multiple locations. Chipotle makes simply the best burrito in town. They have fresh, delicious ingredients, including amazingly tasty Niman ranch pork that's been slow braised with thyme, bay leaf and juniper berries.

TATTIE'S GOURMET TO GO, 6006 Wooster Pk., Fairfax, 513-561-8646. They're waiting, and they want to be fed. Let Tattie help. Grab some real food that's better than homemade tonight. How about some Pork and Fennel Stew or savory Cassoulet or one of Tattie's delicious sandwiches.

POTLUCK CARRYOUT, 4163 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-542-2444. Potluck is a perfect picnic on the go. Time went into preparing the curried chicken salad, pot roast, soups and sandwiches, but your lunch will only take a few minutes to consume. Order at the counter, grab a seat and servers will bring your food. Or get your food to go. If it's nice, sit outside at one of Northside Tavern's courtyard tables.

WHAT'S FOR DINNER DELI, 3009 O'Bryon St., O'Bryonville, 513-321-4404. There are plenty of sandwiches made to order, but maybe you'd rather have a slice of lasagna or homemade casserole. This place is like Mom's kitchen in the aftermath of a big party, with all of the leftovers neatly displayed in a smorgasbord of a deli.

FRUITIES, 426 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-246-0330. Along with homemade soups, sandwiches and a full menu of signature smoothies like Smoothie a La King with milk, banana, peanut butter and yogurt, Fruities offers a gourmet salad bar worth bumping your head into a sneeze guard for. Along with the usual items you'll find sautéed asparagus, roasted salmon and roast slices of eggplant, red pepper, sweet potato and zucchini.

SALT OF THE EARTH, 4760 Red Bank Expressway, Madisonville, 513-272-3650. Jim Jennings and Debbie Johnson have created a little piece of southern France in their sunny Madisonville store. Enjoy a sandwich or lunch entrée there or pick up the black bean and corn tortilla cake or a pound of orzo salad with roasted vegetables for dinner. ©

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