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Late-Night Junk Food Go-Tos Expand into Apparel

What do you get when you mix fashion with fast food? Disintegrating leggings and diarrhea? OK, yes, but I’m talking about the Taco Bell-inspired line of clothing that dropped at cheap shopping mall staple Forever 21 this week. This collab features taco-laden T-shirts and bodysuits that look like sauce packets, plus hoodies, jackets and phone cases covered in the restaurant’s logo and menu items. The collection of men and women’ clothing and accessories nearly sold out immediately, and, yes, I know because I tried to cop some. Also worth noting: The sizing only goes up to a large, which in Forever 21 land fits the average 10-year-old, forcing most to decide between either eating T-Bell or wearing it. Meanwhile, if pizza is more your thing, Pizza Hut is using its newly developed delivery case technology to create a coat that will keep you as warm as a large stuffed-crust pepperoni. Made from the same material as the restaurant’s pizza delivery pouches, the parka boasts three layers of insulation, a windowed pouch for your cell phone (a.k.a. easy delivery ordering access) and pockets for parmesan, pepper and, of course, a pizza slice. With October being National Pizza Month (let’s not even go there with all these new fake holidays), everyone who places an online order with the Hut — or tweets pizza and fire emojis to @pizzahut — will be entered in a drawing to win this pizza parka. Talk about wearing your heart on your sleeve!

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Jimmy Fallon Isn’t Here for Your Politics

For people who haven’t stayed up late enough to catch the Jimmys, James, Stephen, Seth or any other nightly talk show hosts in decades, many have been vocal about the politicizing of late-night

prefer a more woke host. Well, don’t expect him to start riffing hard on White House shenanigans any time soon, because in an interview on Today, Fallon explained that he’s more of a #TonightShowHashtags guy and it’s staying that way. “I don’t really even care that much about politics,” Fallon told Today. “I gotta be honest. I love pop culture more than I love politics. I’m just not that brain.” Dude sounds like a frat bro trying to explain why he couldn’t identify a photo of Mike Pence in one of Leno’s old “Jaywalking” segments.

“The Dress” of 2015 Replaced by Apparent Color-Morphing Shoes

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TV. Remember the good old days of Johnny Carson? That man never spoke of the government or talked current events! But there is one late-night host who answers those calls to “Stick to telling jokes!” and “Keep politics out of it!” and it’s Jimmy Fallon. While Jimmy Kimmel occasionally uses his monologue to draw attention to health care or call out hypocritical politicians, Fallon plays charades with Wonder Woman. Good-Time Jimmy memorably invited Donald Trump on the show last fall, kept the interview light and playfully tousled his “hair,” much to the chagrin of those who felt the appearance helped normalize D.T. just ahead of Election Day. At the risk of mimicking a president who talks about ratings like penis size, Fallon’s Tonight Show ratings are starting to sink and many believe viewers

It was a simpler time back in 2015. Barack Obama was our president. Parks and Recreation was still on TV. Lemonade was just a twinkle in Beyoncé’s eye. And instead of watching the world burn, we all turned our collective attention to a washed-out photo of “The Dress,” whose color changed depending on the viewer. Black and blue? White and gold? Everyone had a different take on The Dress. Now we have “The Shoe,” a pic of a white and pink Vans sneaker in circulation which, when viewed in weird lighting conditions, kind of looks gray and teal. Basically, when people see funny colors and lighting, our eyeballs try to auto-correct. Sometimes the result is seeing a color that’s not accurate. But… really? Of course when you apply Kardashian levels of Photoshop and filters the colors look different. Alas, The Shoe is no Dress. Is this just a desperate attempt to reclaim a more innocent time?

Eminem Condemns Trump in Fire Freestyle

Move over Mariah Carey, Marshal Mathers is beefing with the president now! During the BET Hip-Hop Awards earlier this week, viewers were treated to the viewing of Eminem freestyle rapping about Trump. Unlike Fallon, Em is never one to shy away from politics, and here he spits bars on topics like “the wall,” NFL protests, Puerto Rico, the Las Vegas shooting, racism and Donnie T’s penchant for extravagant trips on the taxpayer’s dime. And if you’re a fan his and a Trump supporter, Em says, “Fuck you.” Did Eminem get kind of hot? What is happening? With fellow Michigander Kid Rock possibly running for a spot in the Senate, could we see Eminem throw his hat in the ring? I can’t help but wonder, “But Slim, what if you win, wouldn’t that be weird?” Contact T.C. Britton:

This Week in Questionable Decisions... 1. Ivanka and Melania Trump got in a pissing match over which is the real First Lady. 2. Former Chicago Bears player and coach Mike Ditka claimed there has been “no oppression in the last 100 years,” questioning the NFL player protests. 3. Dunkin Donuts to the north, Tim Horton’s debuted a Buffalo spice latte promising the taste of chicken wings in your morning coffee. 4. Fidget spinners have made it to space and you’re still living in your parents’ house. 5. Sports announcer Al Michaels made a joke about Harvey Weinstein during the Sunday Night Football, saying, “The Giants are coming off a worse week than Harvey Weinstein and they’re up 14 points.” 6. There’s a famous Breaking Bad scene in which meth-cooking Walter White frustratingly throws a pizza onto his own roof. Apparently fans visit the IRL White family house and reenact the scene so often, the homeowners had to erect a wrought iron fence. 7. Avocados are the cornerstone of the Millennial diet, but all that “good fat” is still fat. So if you want your guac with a little less of it, you’re in luck because diet avocados exist now. 8. Roger Goodell’s wife defended the NFL commissioner and clapped back at critics using a fake Twitter account. 9. Forever “Blossom” to me, Mayim Bialik suggested she doesn’t encounter sexual harassment because she dresses modestly and doesn’t diet. 10. While giving himself credit for calling the families of fallen soldiers, Donald Trump said past presidents had not done so, which is not true.

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Everyone knows the concept of “one size fits all” is a trap. Most products have done away with the phrase because humans have weird-ass bodies that are all over the place in terms of sizing. You’ll still find it used on items like hats, gloves or socks and one item that’s a bit more intimate: condoms. These sexual raincoats have been around for centuries, but besides slight differences between brands, they’ve always come in one standard shape and size. Now, one Bostonbased business is selling custom-fit condoms, with a range of 60 sizes, 10 lengths and nine ahem circumferences. And they couldn’t come at a better time! With women under threat of losing hormonal birth control coverage on employer insurance and abortion access dwindling each day, condoms might be the last shot at safe sex. However, a bespoke rubber would almost definitely need to be purchased by the penis-haver (or

require an awkward encounter with one’s partner and some measuring tape), meaning the responsibility would lie with the dude. So we’re all probably screwed (in more ways than one).


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Polarization and Audience Bias By B e n L . K au f m a n

We’re in our second week at UC’s adult ed program where I lead a class on media ethics and missteps. It’s never been more challenging or fun. My only question was where to start this annual class for the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI). I only teach in the fall; elections provide so much material that no one has to do homework. Our overarching narrative is at once simple and devilishly complex: What do news media do to avoid bias or the appearance of bias. Our working definition of bias includes reporting that avoids choosing sides in any controversy; it’s not the same as giving all sides the same amount of space or time or ignoring an imbalance of failure and achievement. Questions about fairness, news judgment and other aspects of ethics — and missteps — fill out our discussions.         Last year, our class faced the primary and presidential campaigns and finished after the election. That was a wild ride. We could not imagine it getting crazier. It has, given the sheer volume of Donald Trump’s wild fabrications and belligerent counterpunching at anyone who displeases him. It appears that he believes anything Fox News tells him, and nothing provokes him more than bad news about appointees that takes cable TV’s attention from him. A recent study by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center’s Journalism Project suggests that what appears to many Americans as news media bias can be no more than reporting what is going badly for the president. At the same time, journalists are questioning traditional news judgment; responding to Trump’s every tweet and ad hoc statement deflects attention from what his administration is doing or failing to do. It’s all Trump, all of the time. He’s a genius at self-promotion. This reflects Trump’s modus operandi — he likes what seems to be chaos around him — and the inability of shrunken newsroom staffs to pursue traditional watchdog journalism. The best of surviving dailies and internet investigative journalism can’t match what we were accustomed to for decades. Before ad income tanked and owners began to fire tens of thousands of men and women in their newsrooms, it was a rare federal department that wasn’t covered by a knowledgable reporter. At least we had an idea what the government was doing or failing to to do. Not now. Those were older veterans whose heads were the first on the chopping blocks.

Now we have a president whose entire concept of government is about him, what he thinks and says; a modern Sun King (le Roi Soleil). No one — irrespective of partisanship — should be surprised that fewer than one-third of stories about Trump’s early presidency were about his policy agenda. That’s a new low, compared to news coverage of recent past presidents. Half of stories at the start of Obama’s presidency were about his policy agenda, and the total was even higher for Bush in 2001 and Clinton in 1993. Part of the problem, of course, was the lack of specificity in Trump policy proposals; there was little to report other than department-by-department proposals to reduce federal regulations. A related problem was whether to take Trump seriously or literally when he said he’d do something. Even his closest advisors — beyond family — were unsure. All of this comes through in the Pew study. NPR summarized the study this way: “Compared to other recent presidents, news reports about President Trump have been more focused on his personality than his policy, and are more likely to carry negative assessments of his actions. … Researchers studied news stories from the early months of Trump’s presidency, determining whether each story evaluated Trump overall in a positive or negative light. “If a story had at least twice as many positive as negative statements, Pew said it had an overall positive assessment of the president. The reverse was also true for stories with a negative assessment.  “Fully two-thirds of news stories about Trump from his first 60 days in office were negative by that definition — more than twice the negativity seen in stories from the first 60 days of Bill Clinton, George W. Bush or Barack Obama’s presidencies.” If we go back to those chaotic early months with Trump driving the 24/7 news cycle, events rarely generated favorable coverage. It began with false White House assertions about inauguration crowds and slide downhill in a fact-free universe promoted by the president and his aides. A typical falsehood was the president’s recent claim that a hospitalized senator couldn’t vote and that’s why efforts to kill Obamacare failed. Nope. The senator said he wasn’t in hospital. He didn’t call the leader of his party a liar, but he could have.

Early news stories reflected how White House staff and appointees engaged in knives-drawn leaks at some rival’s expense. These often were men and women who had the president’s ear; what they said was newsworthy. It was hard, then, to generate positive stories about Trump or what his fragmented administration — with its confused foreign policy and often leaderless departments — was doing. Put another way, keeping journalists’ attention almost solely on him was a brilliant way to deflect any remaining energy from wondering what else was happening. As Amy Mitchell, director of journalism research at Pew and study leader put it, news

“Those negative/positive numbers don’t mean news outlets themselves have a particular lean; rather, their audiences do.” media bias isn’t a conclusion from the study. “Our data show that outlets with left and more mixed audiences did cover more negatively assessed elements of Trump’s early presidency, while media with right-leaning audiences covered more positively assessed,” she said. “Whether one or all of these are inline or out-of-line with reality is beyond the capacity of this research.” Rather, she said, the study is trying to measure what kinds of messages people are consuming when they get their daily news and whether Americans’ polarization would be reflected in the news they choose to consume. Pew researchers found that news stories about Trump were more negative at news outlets with left-leaning audiences (56 percent negative) and mixed audiences (47 percent) than at outlets with right-leaning audiences (14 percent).       The number of sources cited seemed to be related to a story’s overall positive or negativity: “Stories with a greater mix of voices were more likely to have an overall negative sense of the president’s actions or statements.”   Or as Pew put it, those negative/positive numbers don’t mean news outlets themselves have a particular lean; rather, their audiences do. Contact Ben L. Kaufman: letters@

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Go Away, Gun-Free Zones

The Ohio Legislature is halfway to decriminalizing concealed guns in no-carry zones BY JA M ES M c N A I R


Business and law enforcement groups have condemned State Rep. John Becker’s bill. P H OTO : O hio H o u se

example, is a fifth-degree felony punishable by six to 12 months in prison (a third-degree felony if done “knowingly”). Ignoring a “no-guns” ban on private property is considered criminal trespassing, a fourth-degree misdemeanor that rates up to 30 days in jail. Becker, however, regards that as a misguided tarring of concealed handgun licensees, or, as he sees them, the “cream of the crop of the citizenry.” His bill would decriminalize those violations and would instead leave it up to school officials, store employees or bartenders to ask that violators vacate the premises. If the gun-person stays, then Becker’s “jerk clause” would kick in, and the violator would face a disorderly conduct charge, a fourth-degree misdemeanor. Nowhere does Becker cite the number of people charged with toting their guns into Ohio’s gun-free zones. CityBeat tried to tap into those statistics but learned that the state doesn’t compile them. Becker calls his bill the Decriminalization Effort for Ending Notorious Deaths (DEFEND). On his website, he says that his “gun bills” resonate the most with the public. “It appears HB 233 has good prospects in the Senate,” he posted. “I’m confident that it will also get signed into law.”

Republicans hold a 24-to-9 majority in the Ohio Senate. But the business establishment and its lobbyists maintain closer ties to senators than to House members at the state level. With police, sheriff and prosecutor groups expressing misgivings about the House version of the bill, the Senate’s response could be a close call. State Sen. Cecil Thomas, D-North Avondale, says the bill “creates a problem where there is no problem.” “If I don’t want you on my premises with a firearm, I shouldn’t have to say, ‘Look, you’ve got to leave,’ ” says Thomas, who spent 27 years in the Cincinnati Police Department. “What happens if we get into a heated discussion over the issue? I’ve got to try to argue my position knowing you’re armed. What’s to say that that won’t set you off? “It’s disturbing to see a bill like this, especially in light of what occurred in Las Vegas,” he says, referring to the murder of 58 concert-goers and wounding of about 500 others at an outdoor concert Oct. 1. Mike Weinman, director of government affairs for the Fraternal Order of Police of Ohio, says his group opposes the bill and the shift of responsibility from the concealed weapon owner to people not accustomed to dealing with armed visitors.

“It creates a dangerous scenario,” he says. “Who knows how it could escalate?” Becker’s 65th House District includes Milford, the Clermont slice of Loveland and the northwestern third of Clermont County. He took office in 2013. A GOP precinct committeeman since 1993 and a party state committeeman from 2004 to 2012, Becker is known for his conservative fiscal and social views. As he has written in his Becker Report online, he favors gun rights, religious freedom and shielding providers of health care services to the poor from malpractice lawsuits. He opposes abortion, unfunded educational mandates and “socialized health care.” Becker also wants the least amount of government as possible. On taxes and regulations, he writes, “let’s start with zero and negotiate from there.” But his characterization of concealed gun carriers as the “cream of the crop” of society puzzles Joe Rosato, director of government affairs for the Ohio Restaurant Association. “If they’re truly the creamof-the-crop citizens, they should be able to follow the law,” he says. Many members of Rosato’s organizations CONTINUES ON PAGE 13

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he Ohio Legislature is marching toward passing a Clermont County representative’s bill that would decriminalize taking legally concealed weapons into gun-free zones such as schools, restaurants, courthouses and open-air arenas that serve alcohol. House Bill 233 was approved in July by a Republican-dominated Ohio House of Representatives that fast-tracked the measure. Not even 50 days had passed since it was introduced by Eastgate-area Rep. John Becker, who calls himself “one of the few who walk the talk when it comes to supporting conservative legislation.” As the bill neared a vote, it drew the usual support from gun-rights groups and opposition from their usual foes. Remarkably, though, it was condemned by groups normally in synch with Republican causes. The Ohio Association of Chiefs of Police, the Ohio Chamber of Commerce, the Ohio Council of Retail Merchants, the Ohio Manufacturers’ Association and others testified against the bill. “This would allow an individual to intentionally bring any instrument capable of inflicting death into a place that prohibits weapons and face absolutely no repercussions,” said Don Boyd, director of Labor and Legal Affairs for the Ohio Chamber, before a House committee on July 5. Over the objections of the business and law enforcement groups, all but two House Republicans — and all of those from Southwest Ohio — voted for the bill. Only one Democrat, from far eastern Ohio, voted for it. It is now before the Senate. Ohio legalized “concealed carry” in 2004 during the Bob Taft administration. The law takes pains to keep hidden weapons — that is, those of civilian license-holders — out of police stations, courthouses, schools, churches and places where alcohol is consumed. It also gives businesses and property owners the right to prohibit weapons, concealed or not. Those provisions have teeth. Taking a concealed gun into a school or a concert, for


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Federal Judge Temporarily Blocks HUD From Leaving the Alms BY N I C K SWA R T S E L L

More than 100 residents living in affordable housing at the Alms in Walnut Hills will get to stay in their homes for now. A federal judge on Oct. 12 granted a preliminary injunction that keeps the Department of Housing and Urban Development from pulling out of the building. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Black’s ruling doesn’t end the case, but keeps HUD from immediately ending its subsidies — and with them, residents’ leases — until courts rule on the lawsuit against the federal housing department. That decision is the latest in a long battle to shore up conditions at the former luxury hotel and several other buildings, which a state court placed in receivership with Indianapolis-based developer Milhaus after city inspections found terrible conditions in the properties under New Jerseybased owners PF Holdings. Despite the receivership, HUD moved in July to pull its Housing Assistance Payments, or HAP contract, from the building after it failed several HUD inspections. HUD did not meet with residents before giving notice it was abating its HAP contract with the Alms. Officials did meet with residents last month, but refused to answer questions or give statements about the Alms and the potential loss of housing in the building. The abatement triggered a lawsuit from the Alms Residents Association, Legal Aid of Greater Cincinnati and the Greater


Residents hope to stay in the building, but its owners want to sell. P H OTO : nick swartsell

Cincinnati Homeless Coalition. Residents and the city of Cincinnati say Milhaus — which has spent roughly $1 million on upkeep and maintenance on the building, including more than $700,000 in major repairs to electrical systems, elevators and other problem areas — has mitigated many of the worst problems there. Following oral arguments Oct. 6 between HUD lawyers and attorneys representing the Alms Residents Association from Legal Aid, U.S. Southern District of Ohio Judge

Timothy Black agreed with tenants. “All exigent health and safety items identified by HUD (in inspections) … have been remedied,” Black wrote in the 32-page ruling issued Oct.12, noting that the city has not issued orders to vacate the building. Attorneys for HUD said Oct. 6 that forcing the department to keep its subsidies in the Alms deprives it of a powerful stick it can use to force landlords to remedy terrible CONTINUES ON PAGE 13

Fight over Tensing Trial Media Access Leads to $56,000 Legal Bill

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A Columbus law firm defending actions by Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge Leslie Ghiz to regulate news coverage of the second Ray Tensing murder trial in June has sent a $56,723 bill for its work, an amount that will be borne by county taxpayers. Normally, the county prosecutor’s office represents county judges in legal matters. But since the office of Prosecutor Joe Deters was already involved in the Tensing trial, the legal work was outsourced to Isaac Wiles Burkholder & Teetor. All three Hamilton County commissioners approved the hiring in June. Ghiz was sued three times

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in connection with the trial. Several news organizations filed suit before the trial started, complaining about the judge’s ban on cameras and electronic recording devices that are routinely present in Ohio courtrooms. The Cincinnati Enquirer filed subsequent lawsuits for completed juror questionnaires and a transcript of a conversation between Ghiz and jurors during jury deliberations. “It’s frustrating that the judge refuses to abide by the law and apply the law in a manner that protects the public’s right to know what’s going on in her courtroom,” Enquirer lawyer Jack Greiner said in July.

The first two lawsuits went to the First District Court of Appeals, which issued a ruling in the first and is still considering the second. The third, filed with the Ohio Supreme Court, was withdrawn in July after the transcript of the Ghiz-jury conversation was provided. On Sept. 26, the Isaac Wiles invoice of $56,723 was sent to Hamilton County Administrator Jeffrey Aluotto for payment. Almost all of the 248 hours billed by the Isaac Wiles firm were for $200 to $250 per hour. They covered a period ending July 31. While Isaac Wiles has defended two different Tensing trial judges against media-access

complaints, Hamilton County taxpayers were spared the cost of the first occasion but billed for the second. For its work in the first Tensing trial last fall, Isaac Wiles received $29,698. That amount was paid with money from Deters’ so-called Law Enforcement Trust Fund, which is funded entirely with cash and assets seized in criminal cases. As of June 30, that fund — also known as a forfeiture fund — had a balance approaching $1.8 million. Deters’ spokeswoman Julie Wilson did not respond to the question of why forfeiture money wasn’t used to pay the more recent bill.

Last year, the Ohio General Assembly passed legislation prohibiting cities from setting their own minimum wages. That’s hamstrung efforts by Democrats on Cincinnati City Council to set requirements that employers pay above Ohio’s $8.10 an hour minimum wage. But Councilman Chris Seelbach is proposing legislation that may provide a partial end-run around the State House. At an Oct. 12 news conference outside City Hall, Seelbach announced he was introducing an ordinance that would tie job-creation tax incentives given to companies creating new jobs in Cincinnati to fair wages for their employees. Companies would only get the incentives — which allow employers to keep part of the earnings tax they would normally pay to the city — if they agree to pay their workers $12.50 an hour starting January 1 next year. That requirement will rise to $15 an hour starting January 1, 2019. “We don’t want to be subsidizing through tax breaks jobs that put people in poverty,” Seelbach said. “If you’re making $8.15 an hour, that’s less than $16,000 a year before taxes. We are reinforcing that we’re only going to subsidize jobs that allow a person to not worry about being homeless or putting food on the table.” Others including Councilman Wendell Young and council candidates Derek Bauman, Brian Garry and Michelle Dillingham agree. “The right thing to do is to make sure workers on projects subsidized by the city should be given survival wages, not poverty wages,” Dillingham said at the news conference. The city has made 39 job creation tax credit deals over the past five years totaling about $95 million. The formula for these deals is simple: the number of jobs and the average annual wage of the jobs created or retained. Usually, individual salary or wage information for each job isn’t disclosed, so council doesn’t know the minimum salaries for low-end jobs. “We’re 100 percent sure that there are (jobs getting the incentives that don’t pay high wages), but we don’t ask,” Seelbach says. Currently, the city simply accepts the average wage of all the jobs in an incentive package. “We ask the average salary, and if you’re creating a job, you get a tax break,’ Seelbach said. “This will ensure we’re asking that question. 



have liquor licenses. In his testimony before the House in July, he said they are quite content with the current law’s prohibition against people taking concealed weapons into bars. “Why then would we want to make it easier for people to have hidden, loaded guns in places where alcohol is served?” Rosato asked. “We know that guns and alcohol do not mix. There is strong evidence that alcohol increases a person’s likelihood of violent aggressive behavior — the type of behavior that can be deadly when a gun is involved.” Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neil says he has no concerns about the bill. Clermont County Sheriff Robert Leahy opposes it in its current form. Warren County Sheriff Larry Sims had no comment. Nor did a spokeswoman for Cincinnati Public Schools. Also not responding to CityBeat’s requests for comment was Bill Coley, a Republican state senator from Liberty Township. He is chairman of the Senate Government and Oversight Reform Committee, the DEFEND bill’s first stop in the upper chamber.

conditions like those found at the Alms in the wake of PF Holdings’ ownership. “Owners of Section 8 housing properties across the country are going to know that they can leave their properties in such disrepair that they don’t have to spend any money” if HUD isn’t allowed to leave, Bill King, an attorney for HUD, said during oral arguments. Black sided with residents and slammed HUD for not meeting with them before trying to pull out of the building. “HUD had already decided to ‘opt-out’ of the HAP Contract and had secured funds for voucher assistance,” he wrote. “These circumstances strongly evidence that HUD’s mind was already made up prior to the September 22, 2017 meeting.” Attorneys for Alms residents say they’re committed to staying in their homes. “Plaintiffs are united in their desire to remain at the Alms,” Legal Aid’s Virgina Tallent said during oral arguments, likening Milhaus’ receivership to a marathon — one HUD initially agreed to. The developer hopes to find a permanent buyer for the building next year.

Contact James McNair at jmcnair@city­, 513-914-2736 or @jmacnews.

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Where to Eat


The New York Times recently recommended an impressive schedule of eating, drinking and sightseeing in Cincinnati over a 36-hour period. Now, sightseeing is all well and good, but we’re here to focus on the eating and drinking aspect. Our annual Dining Guide offers recommendations for where to eat now (new restaurants and hotspots), where to eat next (culinary stops that are unexplored or coming soon) and where to eat brunch (classic diners, hip haunts, boozy breakfasts and chic destinations), plus elevated bar bites and appetite-busting bloody marys. There are also multiple pages of restaurant listings, divided by cuisine, so you can plan different places to dine for at least 36 hours — and many, many more. O c t. 18 – 2 4 , 2 0 1 7   |   C i t y B e at. c o m




“Fine dining” used to be a term used exclusively for white-tablecloth restaurants — those with the finest ingredients, exceptional service and, usually, the bill to prove it. But today, Cincinnati’s dining scene is consistently raising the bar on dining out, whether for lunch, dinner or small plates and cocktails. Even the pizza parlors and sandwich joints are elevating the art of casual cuisine into a “fine” experience, with atypical preparations, fresh ingredients and attention to detail (minus the prix-fixe price tag). The following crop of highlighted eateries exemplifies some of our favorite of-the-moment restaurants — those that are new, trendy or just really, really good. It’s where to eat now.



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Eighth & English P H OTO S: H A I L E Y B O L L I N G E R

Eighth & English O’Bryonville | Seafood

After just six months in operation, this seafood-centric, Italian-accented spot has established a niche in O’Bryonville’s business strip. A selection of excellent, homemade pasta dishes — including a popular black spaghetti with poached lobster — anchors the dinner menu along with several fish entrées. They’ve just added a raw bar, and the mostly Italian wine list includes uncommon selections that complement the menu quite deliciously. And don’t miss the toasted angel food cake dessert, served with fresh strawberries. 2038 Madison Road,

Findlay Market OTR | French / Casual / Pizza

Our historic city market is becoming a dining destination. Starting when Jean-Robert de Cavel opened his tres chic bistro, French Crust a year ago, a few other restaurants also have made it possible to enjoy meals even when the market is not open. French Crust serves breakfast, lunch and very popular weekend brunches along with Parisian-style dinners Thursday through Saturday. Epicurean Mercantile Company — or EMC — opened earlier this year as a muchappreciated neighborhood grocer while also offering freshly cooked meals daily until 7 p.m. Order one of the 10-ounce burgers or a spectacular fried green tomato BLT and chow down indoors or on the patio. In September, Harvest Pizzeria expanded from its three Columbus-area locations to occupy a corner opposite French Crust. It serves lunch and dinner six days a week. In addition to good pizza, go for small plates and appetizers such as bruschetta and unusual salads.;; Northside | New American

Casa Figueroa Pleasant Ridge | Mexican / Latin

No contest, this was my favorite addition to the summer’s dining options, and I’ve been back several times — even though Pleasant Ridge isn’t in my usual orbit. The food offers more than tacos — although those are delicious — and drinks that range from low-alcohol refreshment to complex, boozy spirits. (The mezcal old fashioned made with mole bitters is the stuff that dreams are made of.) All this in colorful, comfortable, varied surroundings both indoors and out. If you can resist the tacos, try the scrumptious sea scallops entrée. 6112 Montgomery Road,

Cooking with Caitlin (CWC) Wyoming | New American

Court Street Lobster Bar Downtown | Seafood

Some complain about the prices — $19 for a sandwich? But we’re talking high-quality lobster rolls here. They make two styles, dubbed Maine and Connecticut. The former is a cold lobster salad on a perfect roll; the latter piles warm

Taft’s Brewpourium Apizza Spring Grove Village | Pizza

Speaking of authentic New England fare newly available here, we can now get for-real New Haven pizza. Yes, that’s a thing: thin-crusted, coal-fired, not very cheesy but loaded with olive oil and made by off-the-boat Italian immigrants and their descendants. It originated on Wooster Street in New Haven, Conn., which has been a pizza destination for generations. And now you can try it in the ’Nati in the newly opened Taft’s Brewpourium, the second location of OTR brewery Taft’s Ale House. Don’t miss the house specialty: white pizza with clams (clams, parmesan, garlic, parsley, extra virgin olive oil, pecorino and oregano). By the way, it’s pronounced A-BEETS by the Italian-Americans who run those Wooster Street pizzerias. 4831 Spring Grove Ave.,

Bouquet Restaurant & Wine Bar Covington | Farm to Table

A pillar of Covington’s MainStrasse dining strip, Bouquet merits a visit whenever the seasons change. Chef Stephen Williams leads a kitchen that epitomizes farm-to-table cooking, and Bouquet’s website lists more than two-dozen local purveyors of produce, fish, dairy products and meats. For fall, look for pumpkin risotto with kale, mushrooms and pepitas (pumpkin seeds), and a tasting menu that features roasted root vegetable salad and a hefty stew called pasta fagioli. 519 Main St.,


Another welcome addition to the ’burbs, this one is in a refurbished carwash and opened over the summer. You’ll fi nd a cozy, fun and very friendly experience thanks to the family-run operation by chef Caitlin Steininger — from Cooking with Caitlin, Steininger’s longtime catering business — along with her parents, sister and nieces. They do a down-home kind of shareable dinner menu on Fridays and Saturdays and brunch every Sunday. The bite-size biscuits may sell out before you get there, so go early. At least you can be sure they won’t run out of the fantastic Char Cheddar Burgers, covered in housemade cheese sauce. 1517 Springfield Pike,

lobster on one of those rolls and oozes melted butter on top. You can probably tell which one I favor from that description, right? Other lobster treats include bisque, lobster mac and cheese and lobster BLT. 28 W. Court St.,


Chef Shoshannah Hafner waxes poetic when talking about her style of cooking, which she calls “comfort food that is simple and artfully done.” And she cannot contain her joy that after three years of toiling happily enough in a tiny kitchen, The Littlefield will more than double her cooking space this fall with an expanded kitchen. Now she will have the space to smoke and braise meats and to add a deep-fryer for light fried foods. The Littlefield has a unique neighborhood vibe — if there’s another place in town where the food and drink are this good and the ambiance is so casual and welcoming, I don’t know about it. Expect an expanded menu soon. 3934 Spring Grove Ave.,


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The Littlefield

Court Street Lobster Bar (left) / Cooking with Caitlin






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So you’ve already eaten three square meals today, but where are you eating tomorrow? We’ve collected some of the newer restaurants that have opened — and a few that are coming soon — to add to your radar or weekend dining plans.


Three Dogs Kouzina P H OTO S: H A I L E Y B O L L I N G E R

COMING SOON! Little Miami Brewing Company 208 Mill St., Milford. More info: Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey 1201 Broadway St., Pendleton. More info: boomtownbiscuitbar. Mashed Roots Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., OTR. More info: mashedroots.

Three Dogs Kouzina Mount Healthy | Mediterranean

Chicago native John Strehle and his wife Eileen Darragh opened Three Dogs Kouzina in Mount Healthy in September. The authentic Greek menu relies on recipes and traditions gleaned from generations of Strehle’s large, extended family. Traditional dishes include gyros, pastitsio, moussaka, dolmades, spanokopita, Greek chicken, daily soups (Darragh provides most of the soup recipes) and housemade sausage sandwiches. Baklava, apricot tarts or cheesecake provide the perfect end to the meal. Family photos taken from Strehle’s childhood-visit to his home village in Greece add a homey touch to the restaurant, and Mediterranean-style blue and white striped umbrellas beckon you to dine outside on the patio. 7417 Hamilton Ave.,

Sartre OTR | French

Share: Cheesebar Pleasant Ridge | Tapas

season. The small but carefully curated cheese selection consists of 25 to 30 varieties, and Frank is constantly getting in new products. She says her current favorites are Challerhocker from Switzerland or Landaff from Jasper Hill farm in Vermont. “I love TeaHive, too, which has a rind rubbed with black tea and bergamot,” she says. “And mimolette! Or ubriaco. Or an Ohio-made chèvre from Mackenzie Creamery that comes in a cup with a sour cherry bourbon sauce.” This fall Frank will be offering fondue and raclette, a Swiss dish of melted cheese served with potatoes and tiny pickles. 6105 Ridge Ave.,

Crewitts Creek Kitchen & Bar Independence, Ky. | Comfort Food

Owner Kristie Poe describes her restaurant as “OTR mixed with eclectic Southern comfort food,” and the extensive menu does have something for everyone, from buttermilkmarinated fried chicken to eight different kinds of macaroni and cheese, signature burgers, sloppy Joes, po’ boys, and tacos. There are 20 beers on tap behind the 28-seat bar, featuring craft and local brews as well as “the good old standbys.” Desserts include chocolate bread pudding, cobbler of the month and a Baileys brownie for those 21-and-up — a Baileys liqueur-infused buttercream-topped brownie with Baileysinfused chocolate ganache, caramel, whipped cream and a cherry. 2037 Centennial Blvd.,

Ferrari Barber & Coffee Co.

Paleolicious Downtown | Gluten-Free

This completely gluten-free cafe serves “Greenwiches,” sandwiches wrapped in lettuce that are “so packed with flavor, you don’t miss the bread,” says founder Rebecca Denney. The recently opened space also serves made-from-scratch soups in flavors like Mediterranean lemon chicken, rustic ham and bean and vegan black bean with fire-roasted tomatoes. Paleolicious has a full espresso bar that uses housemade paleofriendly caramel, raspberry, pumpkin and mocha sauces to flavor lattes, and serves Bulletproof Coffee — coffee blended local Grass-Fed Gourmet’s vanilla-cardamom Cocoghee. Denney also features other local producers, including PaleoPrimal for gluten-, dairy-, soy- and refined-sugar-free brownies, muffins and scones and Skinny Piggy Kombucha. 321 Walnut St.,

Sweets & Meats BBQ Mount Washington | Barbecue

Food truck owner and MORTAR Cincinnati graduate Kristen Bailey opened a carry-out location of her Sweets & Meats BBQ, featuring scratch-made smoked meats, sides and desserts. Her specialties include sliced brisket, baby-back ribs, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole and banana pudding. “Our food truck is still in operation but we’re focused primarily on private events, food truck rallies and festivals,” she says. Sweets & Meats also offers catering from the new location. 2249 Beechmont Ave.,


Downtown | Coffee Shop

In the 1950s, Italian immigrants and brothers Emilio and Fausto Ferrari inherited a barbershop on Garfield Place and called it Fausto Ferrari Barber Shop. It quickly became a favorite stomping ground for locals. Brothers Tony and Austin Ferrari, grandsons of Emilio and great nephews of Fausto, grew up getting their haircut in the shop and frequently stopped by for lunch and a chat. Fast-forward to today and

the brothers have reopened the barbershop, adding an espresso bar featuring locally based Deeper Roots coffee as well as tea from San Francisco’s Leaves & Flowers. If you’re looking for a truly authentic Italian taste, there’s also San Pellegrino Sanbitter sodas and Balconi Italian brioche Snack al Latte, a favorite snack cake of Italian bambini. 5 Garfield Place,


Part retail shop/part dine-in restaurant, Share is the second foray into cheesy goodness for Emily Frank of C’est Cheese food truck fame. Pick up your favorite cheeses as well as fresh bread, olives, wine and other accoutrement needed to assemble the perfect plate at home, or dine in and the staff will prepare a cheese and charcuterie board for you to enjoy with friends over a glass of wine or craft beer. On Sundays, the shop also offers soft pretzels from Covington’s Wunderbar served alongside housemade beer cheese, perfect for football


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Jim Cornwell, the culinary mastermind behind Dutch’s in Oakley, has opened a French-inspired eatery in the newly renovated barrel room on the first floor of Rhinegeist Brewery. Named after the French writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, Cornwell has designed a menu that focuses on contemporary French cuisine rooted in classic technique with dishes such as a confit pork leg served with chickpea “frites,” and moules frites with Calabrian chili, ’nduja, fi ngerlings and chervil. The semi-seasonal menu includes options for vegetarians, pescatarians and carnivores alike, with rotating oyster and raw bar selections. Sartre’s extensive wine, cocktail and beer list features rare and unique brews from upstairs neighbor Rhinegeist and cocktails like a Negroni with Watershed’s four peel gin and a “French(ish)” absinthe service with Copper & Kings absinthe blanche, a sugar cube, ice water and orange peel. 1910 Elm St.,

Poke Hut OTR 1509 Race St., OTR. More info: facebook. com/pokehutotr.

Share Cheesebar (left) / Ferrari Barber & Coffee Co.


Nine Giant burger

Hi-Mark bahn mi

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Elevated Bar Bites


Long gone are the days when bars served only cold potato skins and limp french fries. Today, “pub grub” doesn’t have to be a dirty word (or two). Local drinking establishments are applying a craft cocktail mentality to their kitchens and kitchenettes, offering streamlined menus that play with bold flavor combinations, add swagger to comfort food dishes and upend the expectations for what you’re likely to eat when you’re drunk and your defenses are down. Please, step away from the pizza rolls and toward the truffled popcorn…

Dutch’s Hyde Park | 3378 Erie Ave.,

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The East Hyde Park bar, bottle shop and larder can be overwhelming at first. Dutch’s has a backyard-style patio (with bocce ball), a walk-up window with rare craft beers for purchase that are almost impossible to find anywhere else in Cincinnati, a bustling bar and a menu that changes daily. And the flavors on the menu are as rare and exquisite as the beer list: octopus and barley soup, smoked wagyu beef on Japanese milk bread and Brussels sprouts with lamb bacon. This is not just a neighborhood wine shop. After indulging in a luxurious prosciutto and buffalo milk mozzarella sandwich, served with a side of the truffled popcorn, followed by a tomato and sweet red pepper salad with whipped ricotta and mint, you may demand that your boyfriend refer to you as “Marie Antoinette” and carry you back to the car.


Hi-Mark East End | 3229 Riverside Drive,

Brought to you by the owners of Eli’s BBQ and the Lang Thang Group (Quan Hapa, Pho Lang Thang), Hi-Mark’s sports bar decor balances perfectly with its Asian-fusion soul food. And after trying anything on the menu, you’ll wonder why a barbecue/Asian/ sports bar wasn’t done in Cincinnati sooner. The most unique dishes are the smoked pork bánh mì, Lang Thang chili fries and a Southern-fried chicken thigh sandwich. Each sandwich is served on a huge garlic

bread-like bun and loaded with flavor. The smoked pork bánh mì, slathered in Eli’s BBQ sauce, will make you shed a tear of joy — it’s everything there is to love about Eli’s pulled pork sandwich with a Vietnamese twist: do chua, cucumber and cilantro. And if you’re looking for classic Americana flavors, opt for the Psychobeer Cheese, made with MadTree Psychopathy IPA and served with local Hen of the Woods potato chips.

Knockback Nat’s Downtown | 10 W. Seventh St., 513-621-1000

With painfully hip bars cropping up downtown daily, sometimes all you want to do is go to a place where everybody knows your name. Enter Knockback Nat’s. This in the ninth year that Natalie Zelina-Lay (the bar’s namesake Nat) has owned the bar and the ninth year they’ve offered wings so good the Travel Channel included the sports bar on 101 More Amazing Places to Chow Down. “We started smoking brisket, pork and rib specials over the years and people were coming to eat through word of mouth,” says Zelina-Lay says. “Then we were on the Travel Channel and things exploded. ...There’s great smoked wings out there, but it’s cool people keep coming back to ours.”

Longfellow OTR | 1233 Clay St.,

While a bar first, it’s impossible to ignore the divinity that is Longfellow’s menu. The bar itself, loosely designed after a Japanese izakaya, is home to Evan Wallis, previoulsy a cook at OTR eateries Please and Salazar.

Longfellow radishes P H OTO : H A I L E Y BOLLINGER

“Izakayas are little neighborhood spots — long, with a couple seats on the side where you’re surrounding the bartender,” says proprietor Mike Stankovich. “It’s usually sake and beer with whatever food they’re offering that day.” With Wallis’ experience and Stankovich’s vision, Longfellow just had their first pop-up dinner in early September featuring a menu of Japaneseinspired dishes like squash blossom stuffed with homemade silken tofu. This autumn will usher in another flavor to the rotating Longfellow menu: curry. Aiming for Wednesday and Thursday releases, Wallis has been crafting new curries from scratch weekly. They recently featured a Thai- and Indian-style red curry paste with beef and pumpkin, though Longfellow doesn’t just focus on the meats. “We try to rotate between having vegan, vegetarian and meat curries,” Stankovich says. Outside the various culinary happenings, Longfellow’s menu features cheese and charcuterie, European-style bar snacks like radishes and butter or boquerones and throw-backs like liverwurst with saltines.

Marty’s Hops & Vines College Hill | 6110 Hamilton Ave.,

Half bottle shop, half bar and bistro, Marty’s feels like stepping into the living room of an old family friend — one that just so happens to have their walls lined with hundreds of bottles of wine. A knowledgeable staff and detailed menu helps the ship run smoothly. The draft list includes a pairing menu with a twist, recommending which cheesecake

or pizza to nibble on with which local beer. I paired my Rhinegeist Fluffberry (which truly is fluffy) with beer cheese, the house salad and a pizza titled The Bad Idea (Or Is It?). This isn’t your run-of-the-mill bar pizza: cheese, ham, pepperoni, salami and prosciutto are sprinkled liberally on top of thick crust. And the beer cheese is made with beer from Brink Brewing Co., another College Hill favorite. I sat at the bar with Marty himself, a vivacious character I highly recommend stopping in to meet. A man dedicated to his establishment, he cheered on the night’s absurdly talented Jazz trio until they finished late in the evening.

Nine Giant Brewing Pleasant Ridge | 6095 Montgomery Road,

Nine Giant Brewing’s gourmet beers and comfortable taproom might be the reason you haven’t caught wind of their extensive, scratch kitchen-made fare. If you haven’t stopped into the brewery for dinner, you’ve been missing out — the food is so fresh they don’t even own a freezer. With offerings ranging from fried housemade pickles to a creamy falafel and kale salad, Nine Giant caters to a palate range as wide as its craft beer variety. The extremely juicy house cheeseburger — made with grass-fed beef and topped with secret sauce, beer cheese, caramelized onions, lettuce, pickles and tomato jam — is rivaled only by the Tuesday Burger Night special. It rotates each week. Ask for extra napkins when you get any of their burgers though — the meat is so tender you’re going to need them.  

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Your Way BY AU S T I N G AY L E

What type of Sunday bruncher are you? Pick the description that best fits you and then decide where to dine.

The Echo’s Flying Pig (left) / Quan Hapa’s Spam and rice P H OTO s: hailey bollinger

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Classic: You’re a greasy spoon, breakfast-served-all-day kind of morning person. You want diner coffee with shelf-stable creamer and the ability to choose between a perfect cheese omelet with a side of goetta or a double-decker club.


Hip: Is brunch a social activity for you? Perhaps you have a brunch outfit? Can you use the meal name as a verb: “You wanna brunch tomorrow?” Head to a place to see and be seen.

The Echo


Quan Hapa

Mecca OTR

Hyde Park | 3510 Edwards Road,

OTR | 1637 Vine St., tuckersrestaurantotr

OTR | 1331 Vine St.,

OTR | 1429 Walnut St., meccaotr

The bar-top seating, vintage swivel chairs and vinyl booths keeps the atmosphere rooted in the 1950s, while The Echo’s mix of 20-year regulars and hungover college students brings multiple generations together. “It’s very representative of Cincinnati as a whole,” says owner Stephanie Surgeon. “You see every kind of person in here. It really is like a microcosm of the city.” After 22 years of ownership (the original Echo was opened as a sandwich shop by Louise Schwartz in 1945), Surgeon still can’t pinpoint her personal favorite off the menu. It’s a cross between Steph’s Sampler — two eggs, two hotcakes, bacon, sausage and your choice of toast — or the Flying Pig Sandwich, which is ham, bacon and Swiss cheese between two slices of French toast. The customer favorite at the Echo, however, is easier to pinpoint. “When it comes to brunch, I’d say the house favorite is the Hot Mess, which is appropriately placed in the ‘Hangover Helper’ section of our menu,” Surgeon says. The dish consists of home fries, scrambled eggs, bacon, sausage and cheddar cheese beneath a layer of sausage gravy.

A Cincinnati staple for more than 70 years, Tucker’s was recently named one of the Midwest’s 38 essential eateries by Eater. com. That’s because the urban diner has long withstood the test of time, effectively adapting to Over-the-Rhine’s evolving population while surviving adversity — like the 2015 kitchen fire that shut the restaurant down for more than a year. Joe Tucker mans the grill while wife Carla oversees the front-of-the-house (Joe’s parents, E.G. and Maynie Tucker, opened Tucker’s in 1946), serving classic comfort food and diner dishes with a twist, from scratch-made biscuits and gravy to briochebun French toast and a BLT with veggie bacon. Both locals and tourists alike have fallen for Tucker’s nostalgic take on brunch. “We have people that come here at least once a day, sometimes twice a day,” Carla says. “We have weekend regulars. We’ve got regulars that have been coming for 50 years.” Other Classics: Sugar n’ Spice (4381 Reading Road, Paddock Hills,; Price Hill Chili (4920 Glenway Ave., Price Hill, pricehillchili. com); and Parkside Café (1026 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills,

While highly regarded for its ramen and okonomiyaki, Over-the-Rhine’s Quan Hapa is drawing significant interest for its Asian spin on brunch. Served 11 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays, the menu centers on executive chef Mapi De Veyra’s take on congee, essentially rice porridge and a popular breakfast choice in East Asia. De Veyra’s chicken congee includes crumbled chicken meatballs, green onions, fried shallots, cilantro, sesame oil and sourdough toast from Sixteen Bricks. The vegan congee follows a similar recipe, replacing the chicken meatballs with shitake mushrooms, enoki mushrooms and crushed cashews. The congee has previously drifted on and off the menu, but due to a recent rise in demand, it’s here to stay. “Everybody has been asking for it, so we had to put it back on the menu,” De Veyra says. Alongside the congee, Quan Hapa offers a staple to most Hawaiian and Asian breakfast tables — Spam, eggs and rice — plus brunch cocktails, like a Hapa Mary, which combines Thai basil-infused vodka, tomato, Sriracha and kimchi. They say you can’t beat the classics, but Quan Hapa puts that mantra to the test.

Mecca OTR parked a food trailer in its giant patio this summer — The BOX — serving $2 hamburgers. And they’ve taken that super streamlined approach to Sunday morning, when managers and siblings Kelsey and Ryan Iker serve mid-morning cocktails and breakfast sliders to a collection of established regulars there to debrief the week (and the night before). Mecca’s breakfast burger features a housemade patty topped with a fried egg and American cheese between two English muffins, while bartender Kelsey offers her take on a bloody mary and Orange Julius. The Orange Julius is a concoction of booze, orange juice and coconut milk, while the bloody mary is made of vodka, tomato juice and hot sauce dressed with a celery stick, olive and Mexican candy rim. “We’re not trying to do anything crazy,” Kelsey says. “We’re just taking everything back to the basics.” Other Hip Spots: Cheapside Café (326 E. Eighth St., Downtown,; Commonwealth Bistro (621 Main St., Covington, commonwealthbistro. com); and Sleepy Bee Café (3098 Madison Road, Oakley,

Wunderbar’s rotating brunch (left) / Coppin’s mussels P H OTO s: hai l e y bo l l i n g er

Boozy: Are you still hungover (or possibly drunk) from the night before? Are you looking to get drunk now? If liquid brunch is more up your alley than chewing your food, it’s a boozy brunch you’re after. (And please see the bloody mary sidebar on page 25.)

Wunderbar Covington | 1132 Lee St., facebook. com/wunderbar.covington.3

Nation Kitchen & Bar Pendleton | 1200 Broadway St.,

Nation’s bottomless brunch would surely cause Carrie Nation — the famous

Other Boozy Breakfasts: Revolution Rotisserie (1106 Main St., OTR, has $20 bottomless mimosas; Chapter Mount Adams (940 Pavilion St., Mount Adams, has $18 bottomless mimosas; and BrewRiver GastroPub (2062 Riverside Drive, East End, has $20 bottomless mimosas.

Coppin’s Restaurant & Bar

Senate Blue Ash

Covington | 638 Madison Ave.,

Blue Ash | 1100 Summit Place Drive,

Self-described as a “food and beverage operation with rooms on top,” Coppin’s combines excellent, locally inspired dishes with well-prepared cocktails to create a chic brunch experience inside Hotel Covington every weekend. For those with a sweet tooth, Coppin’s French toast comes topped with bananas foster, walnuts and cinnamon. For something more savory, general manager Billy Grise is a fan of the McCoppin’s, a breakfast sandwich featuring chorizo, egg, arugula and pimentadew cheese. “I think our biscuits and gravy are also a huge highlight,” Grise says. “The biscuits are made in house, and just like the McCoppin’s, the English muffins are made in house. I just love our biscuits. They’re awesome.” Stepping outside of standard brunch offerings, the menu also includes a cauliflower sandwich with ranch tzatziki and buffalo sauce on Sixteen Bricks quinoa toast, and a pot of mussels made with Braxton Brewing Company’s Storm cream ale and local Napoleon Ridge Farms chorizo, served with a side of grilled bread. Coppin’s also just introduced large format cocktails — enough for four people to enjoy.

An extension of the Over-the-Rhine location, Senate in Blue Ash brings a novel Sunday brunch menu to the ’burbs. In addition to a rotating seasonal selection that currently consists of candy apple pancakes, Senate’s brunch menu includes the fan-favorite Goetta Superstar, a breakfast sandwich stuffed with goetta, scrambled eggs, American cheese and avocado served on toasted brioche with breakfast potatoes. The eatery’s Hipster Toast is a combination of avocado and fried eggs on top of Blue Oven Bakery’s Bad Boy bread. Senate’s Blue Ash location also attends to the those in search of an alcoholinspired Sunday morning, offering bottomless mimosas at $20, bloody marys and a specialty cocktail: The Reese Witherspoon. While the actress’ claim to fame is Legally Blonde, Senate’s take on Reese includes peanut butter bourbon, vanilla simple syrup, Reese’s Puffs cereal milk and coffee bitters. Other Chic Spots: French Crust Café (1801 Elm St., Findlay Market,; Metropole (609 Walnut St., Downtown,; and Otto’s (521 Main St., Covington,

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Wunderbar provides a safe haven to those interested in hangover remedies who can’t quite remember their karaoke performance from the night before. A German-inspired bar and eatery, Wunderbar offers $3 mimosas and $4 bloody marys alongside a rotating brunch menu, which ranges from classics like corned beef hash and eggs to their hard-shell breakfast tacos. “Typically we use brunch to venture out into new ideas and try some different things,” says owner Nathan Chambers. The menu has also included eggs benedict, omelets and a countryman breakfast, which he describes as “every breakfast meat you could imagine all piled onto a plate.” Regardless of what’s coming off the griddle, Chambers operates with the hungover close to his heart. “Like at most brunches, everyone’s pretty much hungover,” he says of the typical Wunderbar brunch crowd.

temperance warrior for whom the bar is named — to roll over in her grave. For just $28, guests can grab endless mimosas, screwdrivers and bloody “carries” alongside any brunch dish. “I think our atmosphere is the one that kind of divides us from the rest,” says executive chef Kayla Robison. “It’s like a bar, a Saturday night bar at 10 o’clock in the morning. It’s a lot of fun.” Nation’s Hangover Burger, a personal favorite of Robison, features a burger patty, goetta, ham, cheddar cheese, onion, tomato and a fried egg between two English muffins (it can be made vegetarian on request). Following a similar theme, the Brunch Wrap Supreme calls on nearly every imaginable brunch favorite. Invented by a very hungover sous chef, it includes smoked sausage, bacon, pepper jack cheese, queso, scrambled eggs, tater tots and jalapeño relish pressed inside a tortilla.

Chic: Why should your dining expectations for Sunday morning differ from those you have for Saturday night? You are looking for quality, creativity and craft cocktails, you classy broad.



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Appetite-Busting Bloody Marys BY M A I JA Z U M M O

Crazy Fox Saloon

Incline Public House

Maplewood Kitchen & Bar

Northside Yacht Club

The Anchor-OTR


P hoto : H ailey B ollinger




The bloody mary has a couple of origin stories. It was either invented in 1921 at Harry’s New York Bar in Paris (and later perfected by the same bartender in the 1930s at the St. Regis Hotel in Manhattan) or invented by Vaudeville actor and comedian George Jessel as a basic blend of vodka and tomato juice after an all-night drinking binge. But the name? No one’s really sure… and it really doesn’t matter. A bloody by any name can still help a hangover — especially if it comes with a snackable garnish. The following bars and restaurants are upping the ante with their extreme bloodys, combining food and booze in creative and frequently extravagant ways.

Crazy Fox Saloon Newport | 901 Washington Ave., 859-261-2143 The Drink: Sunday Bloody Mary

The Dish: “As for the origin story, I was working a particularly slow day shift when a regular came in asking for a bloody,” Moore says. “I put every last bit of pickled veggie we

Incline Public House Price Hill | 2601 W. Eighth St., The Drink: The Ultimate Mary The Details: Served only during Sunday brunch, the Incline’s Ultimate Mary goes big. The mix is made a couple times a week, so there are two options — regular and spicy — and both are chunky and full of flavor with a few secret ingredients, including housemade pickles. For garnish? There’s bacon, jumbo shrimp, a pickle, an olive, a cherry tomato, celery and housemade crispy onions. The Dish: “Our standard bloody is garnished with lime and olive and served in a 10-ounce glass during the week,” says bar manager Kevin Geers. “On Sunday we go all out. During brunch, we don’t offer any appetizers...To compensate for that, we serve all bloodys in pint glasses and have the Ultimate as a belly-satisfying option.”

Maplewood Kitchen & Bar

Northside Yacht Club

The Anchor OTR

Downtown | 525 Race St.,

Northside | 4231 Spring Grove Ave.,

OTR | 1401 Race St.,

The Drink: Roasted Tomatillo Bloody Mary

The Drink: Yacht Club Bloody

The Drink: Longshoreman’s Bloody Mary

The Details: This mix switches it up by going green. Tito’s vodka is blended with housemade roasted tomatillo bloody mary mix and house-pressed Super Green juice (spinach, pineapple, romaine, kale, parsley, celery), served with a garnish of kale, an olive, a cheese cube, tomato and celery. The Dish: “When developing this bloody mary, we wanted to create a signature drink that captured the West Coast, fresh vibe of the restaurant,” says Tony Dornbusch, food and beverage director of the Thunderdome Restaurant Group. “The entire Maplewood cocktail and mimosa program was inspired by the in-house cold-pressed juices, so we knew that our signature bloody mary had to include one of our juices. The Super Green adds a bit of earthiness to balance the tart and tangy tomatillo.”

The Details: Co-owner and chef Jon Weiner’s secret homemade bloody mix (made fresh every Sunday) is infused with Tito’s vodka and citrus juices and then topped with an obscene smörgåsbord of meat: a house breakfast sausage slider, American hickory bacon, a house-smoked Amish wing and a piece of celery for good measure. The mix is balanced — not spicy or salty — but there are hot sauces available if you want to kick it up a notch. The Dish: “We noticed a lot our clientele comes in visibly hungover for Sunday bunch,” says co-owner Stuart MacKenzie, “so Dr. Jon thought the best hangover cure would be a stiff bloody mary with a homemade mix, bacon, a smoked wing and a warm breakfast sandwich slider. Fun fact: The slider is served on a special Sixteen Bricks bun they make especially for us.”

The Details: A well-composed cocktail with spice, acidity and sweetness. The housemade bloody mix consists of tomato juice, horseradish, pickle and olive juice, four different hot sauces, citrus, spices and a touch of umami with Old Bay seasoning and Worcestershire sauce. The garnish showcases the restaurant’s fresh seafood, with the option to add a lobster claw, shrimp or an oyster (or all three) for an upcharge. The Dish: “The Longshoreman is our original cocktail,” says chef and owner Derek Dos Anjos. “It has been on our cocktail list since day one and won’t be going anywhere. Bloody marys perfectly complement seafood with the acidity and brightness. The name is in homage to the Bloody Thursday of 1934, where longshoremen went on strike all along the Pacific Coast.” 

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The Details: The Crazy Fox might have the craziest bloody mary in town with toppings ranging from cinnamon rolls and sliders to sushi and falafel. The mix for the Sunday special is made from scratch each week with San Marzano and fire-roasted tomatoes, roasted red pepper, garlic and sweet onions, plus secret spices. Horseradish, hot sauce and Worcestershire are added based on personal preference. For garnish, bloody mary mastermind and bartender Brandon Moore opts to play on a theme — like adding a Buffalo chicken slider when the Bengals played the Bills — or whatever pops into his head. But there is always, always a piece of kale.

had on it, topped it with a Grippo’s chip, and the rest is history.”



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Where to Eat


Still hungry? Here’s more food... Restaurant listings are compiled from CityBeat dining reviews and are edited for space. Indicates winners from CityBeat’s 2016 Best of Cincinnati ® issue.

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BAR & GRILLS/ BR EWPUBS Arnold’s Bar and Grill Open since 1861, Arnold’s is the oldest continuously running tavern in town. A Cincinnati classic, it serves up a nice range of lunch and dinner options — pasta, sandwiches and burgers, plus vegan and gluten-free options — at bargain prices. 210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-421-6234,


BrewRiver GastroPub Chef Michael Shields, who earned his chops under Emeril Lagasse, opened BrewRiver GastroPub with craft beer and thoughtfully paired New Orleans-leaning

Incline Public House With a 1,400-square-foot deck for soaking in vistas and cocktails, IPH’s name is derived from the actual Cincinnati Incline that existed there from the late 1800s to the 1940s. Their upscale twist on pub food features sandwiches, salads, epicurean appetizers and a slew of craft cocktails and draft beers. 2601 W. Eighth St., Price Hill, 513-251-3000,

Keystone Bar & Grill This neighborhood joint offers a variety of tasty comfort food, like huge plates of pasta, a rockin’ quesadilla menu, build-your-own-burgers and weekend brunch. But where it really shines is its macaroni and cheese menu: nine specialty selections of ooey, gooey carbs smothered in tasty dairy and named after famous bands. Multiple locations including 313 Greenup St., Covington, Ky., 859-261-6777; 249 Calhoun St., Clifton Heights, 513-221-5397; 3384 Erie

Ave., Hyde Park, 513-3212150,

Moerlein Lager House Moerlein Lager House celebrates Cincinnati’s brewing tradition in a giant restaurant and brewery with sweeping views of downtown and the riverfront. Offers a large something-for-everyone menu of burgers and pastas, plus fancier dishes like filet mignon and squash wellington. Tours of the in-house brewery available. 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Downtown, 513-421-2337,

MOTR Pub MOTR Pub does two things really well: rocks your face off with loud music and sweaty crowds and serves up one hell of a burger. But fret not veg-heads — you can get a veggie burger or vegan BLT. 1345 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-3816687,

Northside Yacht Club The fare might be best described as bar food with a creative twist. Fan favorites include short-rib grilled cheese, smoked chicken wings with housemade sauce and award-winning

poutine with duck fat gravy. 4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, 513-541-0528,

Taft’s Ale House Housed in a renovated 1850s-era church, Taft’s is named after William Howard Taft, the 27th president of the United States and native Cincinnatian. The working brewery and restaurant features meat platters, salads and sandwiches that focus on tri-tip beef — similar to prime rib — and a special kids’ menu. 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-3341393,

Wurst Bar in the Square Mount Lookout’s Wurst Bar in the Square has trickedout sausages showcasing local meats from Wassler’s Meat Market, along with vegetarian dogs and a carefully selected lineup of craft beer and mixed drinks. 3204 Linwood Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-321-0615,

BAR BECUE/ HOMESTYLE The Eagle OTR The Eagle is nested inside a retired post office and

has a relatively small menu, comprised of fried chicken, sandwiches, snacks and several side dishes. The chicken is free-range, all natural and sourced from Ohio farms. 1342 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-8025007,

Eli’s BBQ Eli’s specialty, the pulled-pork sandwich, is a good intro to his amazing barbecue sauce, and you can move on from there to hickory-smoked ribs, smoked turkey or an all-beef hot dog topped with pulledpork crispins and coleslaw. 3313 Riverside Drive, East End; south side of Findlay Market, 133 W. Elder St., Over-the Rhine, 513-5331957,

Just Q’in Owner Matt Cuff launched his pursuit of cooked meats by entering (and winning) barbecue competitions in South Carolina. If you don’t want pork, brisket, chicken or ribs, you can get wings, rib tips or even do a platter of sides since each one is only a couple bucks. 975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills; 6901 Valley Ave., Newtown, 513-452-MEAT,

Pontiac With pimento dip served with Ritz crackers, Cheerwine and Red Neck Frito Pie, barbecue palace Pontiac takes low-class grub to a self-aware, higher level. Along with their pulled pork, their Texas-style brisket, turkey, smoked kielbasa and barbecue veg are a beautiful thing. 1403 Vine St. Overthe-Rhine, 513-579-8500,​

Ron’s Roost A West Side institution since 1960, Ron’s Roost is known for its famous fried chicken, authentic sauerbraten and the giant fiberglass rooster that stands sentry on the roof. 3853 Race Road, Bridgetown, 513-574-0222,

Silver Spring House Dubbing itself “The Chicken Joint,” Silver Spring House definitely serves up some delicious chicken. If you’re not in the mood for chicken, you can choose pork ribs, salmon, burgers and a variety of sandwiches. 8322 E. Kemper Road, Montgomery, 513-489-7044,

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Serving only local beers on draft, Arthur’s is a relaxed gathering place on Hyde Park Square. The menu includes salads, soups, sandwiches and — their specialty — burgers with deals on “burger madness” days. 3516 Edwards Road, Hyde Park, 513-871-5543; 8221 Beechmont Ave., Anderson, 513-388-0152,

cuisine in mind. 2062 Riverside Drive, East End, 513-861-2484,


BISTROS/CAFES Bistro Grace The impressive Bistro Grace offers quality from-scratch entrées on artsy, square plates. Mainstays for the seasonally adjusted menu include deviled eggs, a duck or steak dish, a vegetarian special and the Grace Burger, with white cheddar, aioli and beer-battered onion rings. 4034 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-541-9600,

The BonBonerie Have your cake and eat it too as the BonBonerie crew shows off their savory skills. Scones, tea and quiche adorn the café menu, but the real treat is for those with a sweet tooth. The bakery menu features tortes, cakes, pastries and old-fashioned cookies to please everyone. 2030 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-321-3399,

Brontë Bistro

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Brontë, located inside Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Rookwood, is a cozy,


relaxed location to enjoy a book and a great meal. It has a lot to offer, including coffee, a full bar, starters, salads, sandwiches, homecooked entrées and dessert. 2692 Madison Road, Norwood, 513-396-8970,

Brown Dog Café An casual cafe with an everchanging, eclectic menu featuring sustainable Hawaiian fish, steaks, wild game, appetizers, vegetarian dishes, homemade pastas and desserts. 1000 Summit Place, Blue Ash, 513-7941610,

Café de Paris Feast on lunch and breakfast selections like salade niçoise, croque madame or a satisfying café bagel, topped with scrambled egg, fresh butter and a slice of tomato. Follow lunch with a Parisian espresso in the colorful and quaint downtown escape in the heart of Garfield Park. 17 Garfield Place, Downtown, 513-651-1919, searchable on Facebook.

Cheapside Café With a menu featuring kale salads, breakfast sandwiches with pimento cheese and modern espresso drinks (like the bubbly chinotto, with housemade tonic, espresso and soda), along with an interior decked out with a white floor, rustic wood seating and live plants, the ambiance feels decidedly West Coast. 326 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-345-6618, facebook. com/cheapsidecincinnati.

Dilly Located in the heart of historic Mariemont, Dilly bistro and bottle shop serves lunch and dinner daily. Paying tribute to their origins as a deli, you’ll also find satisfying sandwiches, housemade soups and their famous beer cheese. Eat or sip a glass of beer or wine on their giant two-level English-courtyardstyle patio. 6818 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, 513-5615233,

Essencha Tea House With an extensive menu of green, black, white, oolong, herbal and rooibos teas, the

tea selection (which you can sample for free) is about as vast as the café menu, which features edibles like kimchi crepes, a cold smokedsalmon sandwich and a matcha goddess salad. 3212 Madison Road, Oakley, 513533-4832,

Green Dog Café Sustainable, organic and stylish. Many selections are Mexican- or Mediterraneaninspired. The poultry is locally pastured, the fish is organic and sustainably sourced, the pork is antibiotic free and the restaurant itself focuses on environmentally friendly processes and products. 3543 Columbia Parkway, Columbia Tusculum, 513-321-8777,

Hang Over Easy A legit breakfast and brunch spot to cure your hangover. Try the chicken and chorizo skillet with peppers, onions, home fries, melted queso and egg, all scrambled up and cooked in a skillet, served with toast. Or the Walk of Shame, fried egg, cheese, sausage and bacon

served on a grilled Holtman’s donut. 13 W. Charlton St., Corryville, 513-221-5400,

Inspirado at Madison Gallery Inspirado is Spanish for “inspired” or “full of inspiration,” which is evident in the form of the super-eclectic menu with dishes like Cemita, a Mexican braisedpork shoulder sandwich; Prawn Laska from Malaysia; Aloo Jeera, an Indian appetizer with potatoes, chickpeas and coriander; and a good old Kentucky Hot Brown. 715 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., 859-2617600,

Maplewood Kitchen and Bar Maplewood serves up dishes and ingredients that would be right at home on the West Coast: cold-pressed juices, superfood salads, egg-white omelets and somewhat nutritious cocktails, like the roasted tomatillo bloody mary. 525 Race St., Downtown, 513-421-2100,

Mokka Whether it’s their corncereal-battered French toast topped with bananas and crème brûlée or their eggy arsenal of inventive frittatas, Mokka makes a mean breakfast. 500 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., 513-6662315,

O Pie O While originally famous for their sweet pies, O Pie O’s restaurant also does savory — pot pies, quiche, empanadas, etc. And they serve breakfast, lunch and dinner with a selection of both types. 1527 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills, 513-2743238,

Purple Poulet Dayton, Ky.’s Purple Poulet brands itself as a Southern bourbon bistro, emphasis on the bourbon — and the hospitality and service. They boast an extensive bourbon collection and the spirit is woven into many of their dishes. 603 Sixth Ave., Dayton, Ky., 859-916-5602,

Quarter Bistro A romantic bistro offering seasonal cuisine and sophisticated ambiance. The 18-hour short ribs are to die for and the interesting taco selections — Korean barbecue pork, vegetarian wheat crumble, mahi fish — are divine. 6904 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, 513-271-5400,

Ruth’s Parkside Café Located in a factory bay at the American Can Building, Ruth’s offers diners a mix of comforting, well-known classics from the owners’ former restaurant Mullane’s, such as the spinach sauté and red beans and rice, as well as new dishes. Everything is from scratch, and there is plenty for vegetarians and carnivores alike. 1550 Blue Rock St., Northside, 513542-7884,

Sleepy Bee Café A family-friendly breakfast and lunch spot. Much of Sleepy Bee’s food is sourced locally from farms with bee-friendly practices. Expect a healthy wait on weekends for healthy and

hearty brunch fare. 3098 Madison Road, Oakley, 513533-2339; 9514 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, 513-2412339,

Somm Wine Bar They serve half glasses of wine (half full, that is), perfect if you’re indecisive, sampling or pretending not to drink very much. And Somm’s snacks range from marinated olives, mixed nuts and pickled vegetables to bondookies. 3105 Price Ave., Price Hill, 513-244-5843,

York Street Café Built in the 1880s, the building holds a beautifully decorated eclectic café, a lounge with live music and an art gallery, along with a terribly romantic garden patio. Order a Conversation Board, with samplings of different appetizers, and let the words flow. 738 York St., Newport, Ky., 859-261-9675,

BURGERS/DOGS Americano Burger Bar Americano has taken the American staples we all love

and elevated them with international flavors. They have 10 burgers on the menu, plus German- or Chicagostyle hot dogs, Russian slaw, New England clam chowder and starters like wings and beer cheese 545 Race St., Downtown, 513-345-6677,

BurgerFi A fast-casual burger chain serving grass-fed beef burgers and multiple veggie burger options, including a quinoa burger and a Beyond Meat burger. Hand-cut fries and draft beer round out the menu. 161 E. Freedom Way, Downtown, 513-832-2817,

Flipdaddy’s Burgers & Beers A classic joint offering craft beer (135 tap handles at their four locations) and 16 signature burgers. Add a kick to your dish with the Chuck Norris, a locally sourced beef patty topped with fire-roasted green chile and jalapeño compote, lettuce and pepper jack cheese. Multiple locations including

165 Pavilion Parkway, Newport, Ky., 859-4312337; 7453 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, 513-272-2337,

Gordo’s Pub & Grill What’s not to love about a pub with more than 100 microbrews and incredible gourmet burgers? Their two standbys are the JeanRobert, with grape compote and goat and blue cheeses and the Gordo’s burger, topped with Boursin cheese, poblano peppers, onions and smoked bacon. A Xavier hangout. 4328 Montgomery Road, Norwood, 513-3511999,

Quatman Café A no-frills burger joint with two locations — an original in Norwood and a second in Mason — that frequently wins best burger accolades from local publications (including this one). Another famous dish? Their mock turtle soup. 2434 Quatman Ave., Norwood, 513-7314370; 224 W. Main St., Mason, 513-229-0222,

Sammy’s Craft Burgers & Beer Sammy’s uses a custom blend of all-natural brisket and sirloin that is handpattied, grilled with house seasoning and served on a bun with french fries. Unique toppings include beer dcheese, teriyaki sauce and grilled mango. 4767 Creek Road, Blue Ash, 513-7459484; 6691 Western Row, Mason, 513-486-3772,

Senate Pushers of beer, wine and gourmet street food. Senate’s mission is to present upscale street food. The menu plays heavily on hot dogs, from gourmet Chicago dogs to more interesting dog-of-the-days. 1212 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513421-2020; 1100 Summit Place Drive, Blue Ash, 513769-0099,

Terry’s Turf Club There’s no other character on the Cincinnati dining scene quite like Terry, and his little juke-joint is a legend — the hard-to-miss exterior glows

with friendly neon signs. The short but sweet menu centers on burgers — big, beautiful hamburgers including a tender-as-butter filet mignon burger with béarnaise. 4618 Eastern Ave., East End, 513533-4222, searchable on Facebook.

Tickle Pickle Back-alley, Earth-conscious, locally sourced Rock & Roll burgers are exactly the kind of thing one would expect to find in Northside. And Tickle Pickle happens to serve just that. 4176 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-954-4003,

Zip’s Café Zip’s has been doing burgers right since 1926, and generations of East Side Cincinnatians call Zip Burgers their favorite. A classic Zip Burger comes with fresh, flamebroiled meat from local butcher Avril-Bleh & Sons, nestled in a toasted honeyegg bun from Klosterman Baking Company. 1036 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-871-9876,

A delicate balance of fresh and familiar. (513) 271-5400 • WWW.QBCINCY.COM

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CASUAL/NEW AMERICAN 20 Brix Cutting-edge cuisine with more than 100 wines. The menu uses seasonally and locally sourced ingredients to craft a New American menu with French and Southern accents, like in the fried gulf coast oysters and steak frites. 101 Main St., Milford, 513831-2749,

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Working closely with local sources, Bouquet’s farmto-table approach means a fresh, frequently rotating menu packed with seasonal ingredients. Elegant small plates, entrées and thoughtful wine pairings set the stage for an intimate dining experience. 519 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-491-7777,

Buz Features full table service, a bountiful wine selection and an environmentally friendly menu in an elegant, exposed-brick dining room. Pick from a whimsical list of “Bar D’Oeuvres,” artful pizzas and entrées. 3543 Columbia Parkway, Columbia Tusculum, 513-533-2899,

Commonwealth Bistro

Commonwealth Bistro is seriously good. For dinner, entrées toe the line between contemporary and comfort food, with dishes like Kentucky-fried rabbit with

creamed collard greens, burgoo ravioli and a burger with Duke’s Mayo on a Sixteen Bricks bun — they even serve Ale-8-One soda. 621 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-916-6719,

Coppin’s at Hotel Covington There’s a strong local identity to the location and the menu, with nods to history and the new South, the bourbon and the banter that starts at the Roebling Bridge. For starters, Duke’s Mayonnaise, a kitschy favorite of the Garden and Gun magazine set, binds aged cheddar and roasted pimento peppers to make the Pimentadew cheese. Hotel Covington, 638 Madison Ave., Covington, 859-9056800,

Cork & Cap Tucked in a corner at one end of Hyde Park Square is Cork & Cap, an establishment that opened more than a year ago with a wine bar focus that has rapidly evolved into a nice little restaurant. A selection of grilled pizza anchors the menu, with a couple of salads, casual small plates and a section of “mains” that range from burgers and sandwiches to one salmon entrée. 2637 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-321-5227,

CWC The Restaurant CWC is from Cooking with Caitlin, chef Caitlin Steininger’s longtime catering business. The menu

isn’t extensive, with seven items listed as “shareables” or “starters” and a halfdozen “Mains,” like the Char Cheddar Burger covered in a housemade cheese sauce. 1517 Springfi eld Pike, Wyoming, 513-407-3947,

E+O Kitchen E+O stands for “Earth + Ocean,” and the menu, which encompasses lunch, dinner and weekend brunch, is based on wholesome and organic ingredients. 3520 Edwards Road, Hyde Park, 513-832-1023,

Grand Finale Operating at the same historic building since 1975, Grand Finale serves up everything from steak and lobster to crepes and outrageous desserts. 3 E. Sharon Road, Glendale, 513-7715925, grandfi

Krueger’s Tavern The menu is broken up into snacks, sandwiches, sausages, burgers, “greens” and sides. There’s an appealing tomato pesto jar appetizer, meatball sandwich, crispy polenta and an awesome crunchy housemade veggie burger. 1211 Vine St., Overthe-Rhine, 513-834-8670,

Maribelle’s eat + drink With a homey feeling, diners can see — and actually eat — inside the kitchen. Some favorites include a Brussels sprouts starter with toasted walnut, shaved fennel and

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a sunny-side up egg; burger with cheese curds and duckfat bacon mayo; and a turkey sandwich with peach butter and tomato on a pretzel bun. 3235 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-321-9111,

The Mercer OTR The Mercer OTR fills the niche for those diners looking for easy parking, a sense of space, delicious flavor and gracious service in OTR. The menu is wide, but the chef excels in seafood and mushrooms in combination, like in the branzino: two crisp filets perched on fregola sarda and maitake mushrooms. 1324 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-4215111,

Metropole With a menu focused on dishes cooked in a custombuilt wood-burning fireplace, the restaurant is a showcase for the area’s sustainable farmers and producers, and the menu features an ever-changing list of hearthroasted meat and fish, along with vegetables, grains and housemade charcuterie. Inventive craft cocktails feature housemade shrubs and tonic. 609 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-578-6660,

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Otto’s does lunch and dinner, but it’s definitely a happening brunch spot. For brunch, Benedict Otto’s substitutes fried grit cake and smoked salmon for the English muffin and ham of a traditional eggs Benedict. 521 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-4916678,

Panino By day, Panino is more of a lunch spot in which hungry customers can order sandwiches to go, but at night the place lights up with table service, a full menu, cocktails and beer. The front-ofhouse includes a cold case filled with local cheeses and meats, giving off a classic deli vibe. 1313-1315 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-3810287, fi

Pleasantry Their motto — “Sip slow. Drink easy. Eat right.” — feels so doable in this calm, inviting space that a person could return to for breakfast, lunch and dinner… all in the same day. Dinner service is

from 5 to 10 p.m., featuring proteins like ocean trout, pork and cauliflower, and a wine list with organically produced and minimally processed vino. 118 W. 15th St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-3811969,

Please Tucked away on Clay Street in Over-the-Rhine, Please serves modern and artful small plates. Chef Ryan Santos helmed Please as a gypsy pop-up from 2011 to 2016 and the design of the cozy brick and mortar is note-perfect down to the very instagrammable bathroom (search #pleasepotty for guest selfies with the abstract hand-painted wall tile). 1405 Clay St., Overthe-Rhine, 513-405-8859,

The Presidents Room The Presidents Room restaurant inside The Phoenix has a traditional feel, but with some whimsical touches that welcome a younger crowd. The menu is modern American with Italian and German influences. 812 Race St., Downtown, 513-721-2260,

Red Feather Kitchen Red Feather serves up from-scratch housemade dishes using the best possible ingredients. Described as New American, the chef-driven menu reflects a diversity of global influences; small plates range from shrimp and grits to fava bean agnolotti and entrées run the gamut from a burger with boursin cheese and candied bacon. 3200 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-407-3631,

Salazar The eponymous restaurant from chef Jose Salazar mixes old and new to create an approachable yet refined farm-inspired menu. Salazar offers creative dishes including cured and potted items, like housemade rillettes and chicken liver mousse. There are also comfortable choices like burgers, fish and a vegetarian option. 1401 Republic St., Overthe-Rhine, 513-621-7000,

Tela bar + kitchen Serving both lunch and dinner six days a week, Tela does steady business and

really rocks on weekends. The pub-grub slant is apparent at the top of the dinner menu, with items such as pretzel nuggets, chicken wings and poutine. What brings this fare to a higher level might be such twists as preparing the wings as confit or adding housemade beer mustard to the poutine. 1212 Springfi eld Pike, Wyoming, 513-821-8352,

Teller’s of Hyde Park Located in the historic Hyde Park Savings and Loan building, Teller’s offers a unique ambiance, 30 beers on tap, a plethora of wine and a comprehensive menu with pastas, pizzas, salads, steak and more. They also offer a back patio and the option to eat inside of a bank vault. 2710 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-321-4721,

Trio Bistro Trio offers something-foreveryone American-style menu items with an upscale twist. Choose from many great salads — including an award-winning chopped Cobb — sandwiches, gourmet pizzas and seafood and pair your meal with a nice glass of wine from the extensive wine list. 7565 Kenwood Road, Kenwood, 513-9841905,

Wildflower Café Wildflower is dedicated to producing the freshest and best-quality food at an honest price. Foods are local, sustainable and seasonable to offer peak freshness. 207 E. Main St., Mason, 513492-7514, wildfl

Zula You could dine every night for a week and sample a new pot of mussels from a different locale around the world each time. Preparations include classic French, Mediterranean, Thai and New Orleans, among others. 1400 Race St., Over-theRhine, 513-744-9852,

DELIS/ TAKEAWAY Alléz Bakery This bakery has a small but mighty team. The menu features lunch sandwiches — chicken salad with tarragon, marinated beet and prosciutto with rapini pesto— served


with a seltzer and a bag of chips. 1208 Main St., Overthe-Rhine, 513-381-6700,

Avril-Bleh & Sons A historic Cincinnati butcher and meat market with attached deli and takeout established in 1894. During the summer months, they bring a grill onto the street for fresh-grilled sausage lunches. 33 E. Court St., Downtown, 513-241-2433,


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Grand Central Deli Grand Central is not a straight-up Jewish deli — it spins New York deli cuisine and injects it with a bygoneera theme and atypical deli items. They offer more than a dozen sandwiches, appetizers, sides, cocktails and a grab-and-go counter. 6085 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, 513-531-3354,

Revolution Rotisserie Revolution specializes in hormone-free, preservative-free roasted Amish chicken on a number of pita sandwiches named after revolutionaries. 1106 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513381-0009,

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The Gruff

This OTR artisan cheesebar recently started serving a “sandwich of the week,” featuring some awesome selection of cheese. An it’s raclette night every Wednesday through April! 1737 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-655-5938, the-rhined.

The Gruff is a gourmet market/deli, a bar and a pizzeria/restaurant all working in tandem. The restaurant does brick-oven pizzas, salads and hot and cold sandwiches, with Graeter’s ice cream and Covington’s Piebird pies and milkshakes for dessert. 129 E. Second

Total Juice Plus has been serving natural fruit smoothies, wraps and fresh-squeezed juices to the weekday downtown population for more than two decades. 631 Vine St., Downtown, 513-784-1666,

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Frenchie Fresh Frenchie Fresh is a fastcasual French-American sandwich/street food shop

Meredith Trombly, Louis Snowden and their staff do all the hard parts — finding the best locally sourced ingredients and cooking 40-50 delicious and beautifully presented dishes every day. 1801 Race St., Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine, 513-381-3774,

Izzy’s A Cincinnati tradition, Izzy’s serves a Reuben we can all be proud of. Sandwiches such as the Reuben-ator and the Izzy’s Mex showcase their delicious corned beef. Multiple locations including 800 Elm St., Downtown, 513-721-4241; 610 Main St., Downtown, 513-241-6246,


For more than 25 years, Fred & Gari’s has been a bustling favorite of the downtown lunch crowd, with its ’80s-throwback neon sign, house-roasted meats and homemade dessert. 629 Vine St., Downtown, 513784-9000, fredgaris.

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Dutch’s established itself as a wine and bottling shop and open-air pony keg in 1947 and expanded into a deli/ grocery. They embrace both old-world techniques and the new wave of domestic artisans. Thursday is Burger Night, with a special onenight-only gourmet topped burger available from 6 p.m. until they sell out. 3378 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-8711446,

located in a strip mall. Even the “plain” version of Frenchie’s Mac & Chez is not plain — it comes with penne pasta, leek, celery, mushroom and a creamy béchamel sauce. 3831 Edwards Road, Norwood, 513-366-3960,


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Taking its blazing neon “We May Doze, But Never Close” sign to heart, the Anchor Grill stays open 24/7, offering round-the-clock breakfast fare along with lunch and dinner comfort-food classics. 438 Pike St., Covington, Ky., 859-431-9498, searchable on Facebook.

Blue Ash Chili This family-owned chili parlor, established in 1969, not only offers traditional Cincinnati-style chili with coneys and 3-, 4- and 5-ways, but also a menu loaded with sandwiches, burgers, salads and sides. 565 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, 513-9846107,



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As with any good local diner, there’s Cincinnati-style chili in bowls, on coneys and 3-ways, plus classics like allday breakfast, double decker sandwiches and homemade pie. 4154 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-541-0847, searchable on Facebook.

Camp Washington Chili A great place for breakfast, lunch or dinner, Camp Washington Chili features greasy-spoon breakfast offerings, double-decker sandwiches, Cincinnatistyle chili, coneys and even a few salads. 3005 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington, 513-541-0061,

Covington Chili The recently renovated Covington Chili parlor serves authentic Greek cuisine, while still keeping the divebar atmosphere that those who grew up slurping down its spaghetti know and love. 707 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., 859-261-6066,

Dixie Chili Founded in 1929 by “Papa Nick,” Dixie Chili has classic, secret-ingredient Cincinnati-style chili with cheese and onions on spaghetti. Multiple locations including 733 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., 859-2915337; 2421 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., 859-4317444,

The Echo Opened as a sandwich shop in 1945 by Louise Schwartz, the Echo now offers seasonal features and has a liquor license. And, as always, it serves up homemade pie. 3510 Edwards Road, Hyde Park, 513-3212816,

Hathaway’s The old-fashioned flavors of the soda fountain are found at Hathaway’s, including the best darn chocolate shake in town. You’ll feel like you’ve stepped through a time portal to the 1950s (the diner opened in 1956). 441 Vine St., Carew Tower, Downtown, 513621-1332, hathawaysdiner.

Pepper Pod Open 24 hours a day so you can get your fried-pickle fix whenever the craving hits — and once you have the Pepper Pod’s fried pickles, the hankering will hit you often. Greasy spoon dining at its best, the Pepper Pod is a Newport legend. 703 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., 859-431-7455.

Pleasant Ridge Chili A local multi-generational chili joint that recently celebrated 50 years. Offers chili to go and late-night eats (until 4:30 a.m.), like french fries topped with everything from chili to cheese to gravy. 6032 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, 513-5312365,

Price Hill Chili Generations of West Side patrons have grown up on this iconic, family-owned restaurant’s diverse, fairly priced menu. 4920 Glenway Ave., Price Hill, 513-4719507,

Sugar n’ Spice Huge, fluffy omelets and “wispy-thin” pancakes have made Sugar n’ Spice a bona fide breakfast institution for 75 years. One of the city’s most popular places for people of all ages and socio-economic groups to dine and socialize. 4381 Reading Road, Avondale, 513-242-3521,

Tucker’s Truly an Over-the-Rhine institution (same family


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since 1946!) and an “everyman” restaurant. Solid, Midwestern staples for hungry, working people. Features a full breakfast menu complete with a variety of omelets, pancakes and egg dishes. 1637 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513954-8920, tuckersrestaurantotr.

AFRICAN Elephant Walk Injera & Curry House Elephant Walk Injera & Curry House boasts a large, double-sided menu — Northern Indian on one side, traditional Ethiopian on the other. But what’s really awesome is the 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m. daily lunch buffet. 170 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-526-1555,

Habesha While it looks like kind of a hole-in-the-wall from the outside, the cuisine is on par with Ethiopian eateries in Washington., D.C. — which is saying a lot. 5070 Crookshank Road, Westwood, 513-429-4890,

Teranga An African/American fusion restaurant with a diverse and affordable menu. Find $5 meals, like the Senegalese Senburger, or full diners like grilled tilapia and Jamaicaninspired oxtail with rice and peas. 8438 Vine St., Hartwell, 513-821-1300,




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“Eat well. Eat fresh. Eat often.” These three sentences serve both as a tagline and as a personal philosophy for local restaurateur Darren Phan, owner of Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro, Clifton’s brothy, herby, vermicelli-filled landmark. 235 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-2811732,

Fortune Noodle House

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Inspired by classic Chinese noodle houses, owners Steven Sun and his wife Rachel serve a La Mianstyle of handmade noodles, a practice that dates back to the 1500s. The noodles are hand-pulled and stretched out into strands, then paired with everything from vegetables to squid and shredded pork to tripe. 349 Calhoun

St., Clifton Heights, 513-2811800,

Green Papaya If you’re a Thai food fan, this mainstay — locally owned by Bangkok-born husband and wife Sak Kertpet and Sunee Panichluechachai — focuses on unique sushi rolls, curries and noodle dishes. 2942 Wasson Road, Hyde Park, 513-731-0107; 4002 Plainville Road, Mariemont, 513-561-7282,

Izen’s Drunken Bento Nestled in the student area of Clifton Heights, Izen’s casual décor (there’s a wall of exposed textured 2-by-4 beams you can graffiti) complements its selection of fresh sushi, $6 ramen and more than a dozen Korean entrées at less than $15. 212 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-381-5905, searchable on Facebook.

Kaze With a distinct bar and dining room, favorites are the pork belly buns, pork belly ramen and the vegetarian Kato roll with chimichurri sauce. The huge patio and attached bar do one of the city’s best daily happy hours, with $5 specialty cocktails, discounted sushi rolls and half-price wine bottles on Sunday. 1400 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-898-7991,

KungFood Chu’s AmerAsia Quaint and comfortable with a huge beer list, AmerAsia offers all the usual Chinese dishes and chef specialties, but the food is anything but the usual. Chef Chu makes it all from scratch. Enjoy it all while taking in the eclectic décor of Kung Fu movie posters and paper lanterns. 521 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., 859-261-6121,

Le’s Pho and Sandwiches The menu is simple yet extensive, offering both traditional Vietnamese dishes as well as those that cater to less adventurous palates. The dish you will most often find in front of Le’s customers is the pho. 3 E. Court St., Downtown, 513-721-9700, searchable on Facebook.

edition features traditional ramen with pork belly, spinach, bamboo, sweet corn and a soft-boiled egg in tonkotsu, miso or shoyu broth (the friendly young chef will also make vegetarian ramen upon request). 209 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-721-6999.

Oriental Wok Transcending the typical Chinese American menu since 1977, Oriental Wok and the Wong family offer upscale, innovative, fresh and delicious chef-prepared cuisine that’s never boring. 317 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, Ky., 859-331-3000; 2444 Madison Road, Hyde Park, 513-8716888,

Pho Lang Thang Located in the heart of Findlay Market, Pho Lang Thang offers dishes like hot pho soup, spring rolls and the ever-popular banh mi sandwiches, which come sprinkled with assorted pickled vegetables and your choice of meat or tofu. 114 W. Elder St., Findlay Market, Over-the-Rhine, 513-3769177,

Quan Hapa “Hapa” is the word for a mixed-race Asian or Pacific Islander — the perfect nomenclature considering the street food-focused menu is an iteration of the best dishes and spirits from the Philippines, Vietnam, Japan and China. 1331 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513421-7826,

Riverside Korean Restaurant For authentic Korean dishes, Riverside Korean Restaurant is an excellent choice. All entrées are served with a delightful selection of traditional side dishes called Ban Chan. Floor tables available. 512 Madison Ave., Covington, Ky., 859-291-1484,

Shanghai Mama’s Shanghai Mama’s menu gives you the option of mixing and matching proteins with starches. The noodles are homemade, thick and rustic and very delicious. And Mama’s is very vegetarian-friendly. 216 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-241-7777,

Maki Express Ramen House

Thai Express

After a recent modern makeover, the new, streamlined

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Thai food. Everything is cooked in one of the two giant iron woks, and nothing on the menu is outside a nearby University of Cincinnati student’s budget. 213 W. McMillan St., Clifton, 513651-9000, thaiexpresscincinnati.

CARIBBEAN Caribe Carryout A Caribbean carryout that offers up real-deal spicy empanadas with nine handmade fillings ranging from vegetarian to seafood. If you’re indecisive, go with the super combo: two flavors of stew and two empanadas for less than $10. 2605 Vine St., Corryville, 513-221-1786,

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CAJUN/CR EOLE Allyn’s Café There are Tex-Mex treats like enchiladas and chimichangas; Cajun specialties like fried gator, jambalaya, plenty of blackened proteins — featuring “the finest seasoning this side of New

Dee Felice Café Along with spicy New Orleans-style dishes, you’ll enjoy great live Jazz performed on a raised stage behind the bar. The star dish here is the crawfish étouffée, a generous pile of crawfish tails with vegetables and spicy sauce over rice. 529 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859261-2365,

Knotty Pine on the Bayou Louisiana cooking featuring alligator, lobster bisque, oysters, fried catfish and frog legs with a mess of sides. Be sure to ask about the nightly special. 6302 Licking Pike, Cold Spring, Ky., 859781-2200, searchable on Facebook.

Mardi Gras on Madison A café featuring classic Cajun and Creole dishes. 1524 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills, 513-8739041, mardigrasmad.

Swampwater Grill Southerners will feel right at home. An ample lineup of classic Louisiana favorites like jambalaya, gumbo, po’ boys and red beans and rice are paired with a selection of slow-smoked ribs, barbecue chicken and pulled pork.

3742 Kellogg Ave., East End, 513-834-7067, swamp­

BRITISH/CELTIC Cock & Bull Public House Cock & Bull serves awardwinning fish and chips and better-than-average pub grub, including excellent crab cakes and gourmet burgers. Multiple locations including 2645 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-533-4253; 601 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-5814253; 275 E. Sharon Road, Glendale, 513-771-4253,

Nicholson’s They’re known for their fish and chips, but their menu also offers duck-fat fries, a Scotch egg and shepherd’s pie. If you’re not hungry, check out one of their 90 single-malt scotches, craft cocktails or draft beer. 625 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-564-9111,

FR ENCH/ BELGIAN French Crust Café French Crust Café and Bistro is as jaunty and friendly as its owner, chef Jean-Robert de Cavel. For breakfast, brunch or lunch there’s a variety of quiches, sandwiches on croissant or baguette, omelets and, of course, a croque monsieur. At dinner, more bistro classics tempt diners, from appetizers of snails and beef tartare to mains ranging from duck leg confit to steak frites. Findlay Market, 1801

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Island Frydays is the definitive restaurant to break out of culinary monotony, featuring authentic Caribbean cuisine made by former University of Cincinnati football captain and Jamaican native Leo Morgan. You really owe it to yourself to stop by and taste its curry and jerk dishes. 2826 Vine St., Corryville, 513-498-0680,

Orleans” — and red beans and rice; and standard pub grub like hot wings, fries and sandwiches. 3538 Columbia Parkway, Columbia Tusculum, 513-871-5779,


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Le Bar a Boeuf Jean-Robert de Cavel’s Le Bar a Boeuf (French slang for ‘beef bar’) specializes in ground meat served with potatoes and veggies, with a selection of sauces, cheese and garnishes to dress. 2200 Victory Parkway, East Walnut Hills. 513-751-2333,

Jean-Robert’s Table The casual, upscale menu of French-American cuisine includes foie gras, duck breast and the French Chateau Burger with blue cheese, caramelized onions, tomato and bacon on a fluffy brioche bun. For lunch, the best-bangfor-your-buck, four-course $15 French Lunch Tray is available only at the bar. 713 Vine St., Downtown, 513-621-4777,

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Taste of Belgium


Hot, fresh Belgian waffles are made from a thick dough and coarse Belgian beet sugar, which caramelizes on the cast iron press. At dinner, the sophistication goes up a notch with mussels, steak frites and Belgian specialties. Multiple locations including 16 West Freedom Way, The Banks, 513-396-5800; 1133 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-396-5800; 2845 Vine St., Corryville, 513-396-5800; 3825 Edward Road, Rookwood, Norwood, 513-3965800,

GER MAN Bauer European Farm Kitchen Bauer European Farm Kitchen is a truly unique exploration of German cuisine with French accents — a farm-to-table, Alsatianinfluenced eatery that no one has done here before. The sausage, charcuterie, steaks and chops are all dryaged in house. 435 Elm St., Downtown, 513-621-8555,

Katharina’s Café-Konditorei Katharina’s is a family-run operation, with much of the staff hailing from Mainz, a small town in Germany. The traditional German menu is bilingual and offers breakfast, lunch and dinner — Holzfällersteak, Jägerschnitzel and, of course, cake — in an authentic environment. 736 Washington Ave., Newport, Ky., 859-291-2233,

Mecklenburg Gardens For a taste of Zinzinnati’s German heritage, Mecklenburg Gardens showcases some of the best German cuisine the city has to offer. Their specialty is wienerschnitzel, a tender, pan-fried veal cutlet topped with lemon; it’s served with mashed potatoes and cabbage. 302 E. University Ave., Corryville, 513-2215353,

Wunderbar! The authentic Germaninspired menu features

housemade wursts with locally sourced meats. The rotating sausage menu is written on a blackboard behind the bar, but a must-try is the Riesen Brezel, a gigantic, plate-sized pretzel that easily complements any of the bar’s more than 35 beers. 1132 Lee St., Covington, Ky., 859-815-8027, facebook. com/wunderbar.covington.3.

INDIAN Ambar India Perhaps the classiest of the Indian restaurants along Ludlow Avenue in Clifton, Ambar touts a neat and simple dining room with white tablecloths and consistently good service. 350 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513281-7000,

Amma’s Kitchen Amma’s serves only vegan and vegetarian Indian food, but you won’t miss the meat when the flavors are this complex. In fact, the lunch buffet is completely vegan on Wednesdays. 7633 Reading Road, Roselawn, 513-8212021,

Bridges Bridges is the first full Nepalese restaurant in the area. On a menu behind the counter, diners will find options to build their own bowls or combos, with additional soups, sides and samosas — all for under $15. Diners can choose from meat options like grilled chicken tikka masala or haku chuala (smoked chicken) or vegan dishes including cauliflower

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and potatoes or aloo wala. 4165 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-374-9354,

Dusmesh Sitting at the bottom of Ludlow Avenue right across from Cincinnati State, Dusmesh is a foodie favorite, offering Northern Indian food made fresh with organic produce. BYOB with no cork fee. 944 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513221-8900,

Grill of India While it might be the only Indian dinner buffet in town, Grill of India’s evening buffet offers not one but two buffet tables and an advertised 36 items. 354 Ludlow Ave., Clifton 513-961-3600, grillofindia­

Indi-Go Like many restaurant ventures of late, Indi-Go follows the same fast-casual, assembly-line approach as Chipotle. Options range from basmati rice bowls and naan wraps to pizzas and salads. 3392 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-9545850,

Shaan Indian Cuisine Located in Hyde Park, Shaan Indian Cuisine provides Northern Indian specializing in saag dishes, like the chicken saag and the saag paneer. 3880 Paxton Ave., Hyde Park, 513-5333100,

Swad The former owners of Dusmesh opened this spot that’s friendly to all: glutenfree eaters, vegans, bringyour-own-beer types and those who just love excellent garlic naan. 1810 W. Galbraith Road, North College Hill, 513522-5900,

ITALIAN/PIZZA Adriatico’s Adriatico’s has a huge draft beer selection and 64-ounce growlers to go, plus spicy, garlicky sauce, oversized pepperonis and the superthick crust that their pizzas are known for. 113 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513281-4344,

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strikes a resounding chord of authenticity while redefining the perfect pie. Their playful selection of signature pizzas — such as the Fig + Prosciutto, Sweet Pea + Bacon or Sausage + Sage — are a blend of the familiar coupled with the exotic. 1220 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513246-0192; 7022 Miami Ave., Madeira, 513-272-0192,

Betta’s Italian Oven Familiar favorites include antipasto, soups, salads and Italian and NYC-style sandwiches, but pizza is the real word. The wood-fired oven produces tasty, thin-crust pies. 3764 Montgomery Road, Norwood, 513-6316836,

Dewey’s Pizza A hip neighborhood pizza chain with craft beers, seasonal salads, specialty toppings and a window where kids (and adults) can watch the pizzas being hand-tossed. Multiple locations including 3014 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-731-7755; 7767 Kenwood Road, Kenwood,

513-791-1616; Newport on the Levee, Newport, Ky., 859431-9700,

Fireside Pizza With the family-friendly vibe, old school Ms. Pac-Man game and the fact that it’s located inside an actual historic firehouse, Fireside’s appeal transcends its nicely singed wood-fired pizzas. 773 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills, 513-751-3473,

Forno Osteria + Bar Forno serves “Italian comfort food.” In addition to a selection of red- and whitesauced pizzas, the menu lists six pasta plates and five meat- and fish-based entrées. 3514 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-818-8720,

Goodfellas Pizzeria Goodfellas makes their dough fresh every morning and their sauce in-house. They also offer subs, calzones and a multitude of delectable dipping sauces. s1211 Main St., Over-theRhine, 513-381-3625; 603

Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-916-5209,

Mac’s Pizza Pub It’s kind of a collegiate Chuck E. Cheese. There are games, live music, sports and food — good food with vegan options. They make their own dough and pizza sauce in-house, hand-shred the cheese and use fresh and locally sourced ingredients whenever possible. Multiple locations including 205 W. McMillan St., Clifton Heights, 513-2416227; 6309 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, 513-271-6227; 604 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-431-6227,

MOD Pizza A super-fast chain of pizza parlors that serves individual artisan-style pies. 3208 Vandercar Way, Oakley, 513351-0064,

Newport Pizza Company The pizzas are excellent, of course, and the vegetarian options are much better than average since Newport Pizza roasts most of their

veggies themselves. 601 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., 859-261-4900,

Palomino An upscale Italian chain with a view of Fountain Square. It’s happy hour every day in the bar! 505 Vine St., Fountain Place, Downtown, 513381-1300,

Pompilios This restaurant has been offering classic family Italian since 1933. Can’t go wrong with any pasta dish. Play a game of bocce ball on the back court or grab a beerand-burger special in the attached Colonel Pomp’s Tavern. 600 Washington Ave., Newport, Ky., 859-5813065,

Scotti’s Family-owned for more than a century, Scotti’s must be doing something right. Their large menu features just about every pasta imaginable and nearly 20 different varieties of veal dishes. 919 Vine St., Downtown, 513-721-9484,

Sotto Located under Boca restaurant, the Tuscan-inspired Sotto offers a more approachable atmosphere and price point than its upstairs neighbor. Menu items include handmade pasta, housecured salami and big-ticket items like Bistecca Fiorentina, a grilled creekstone porterhouse steak with daily sides. 118 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-977-6886,

Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria The eatery’s signature Pizza Alla Vodka is a must-order every time you go. The dough is thin with beautiful, crisp air pockets that bulge out of the golden, charred and chewy crust. 336 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., 859-291-6836,

Taglio In Italian, “pizza al taglio” means “pizza by the slice” and this restaurant focuses on large slices of gas-fired New York-style pizza (hand-tossed, thin crust, real cheese). They make

all of their meats in-house and import the ricotta and mozzarella from Italy. 3531 Columbia Parkway, Columbia Tusculum, 513-321-0454,

Via Vite Via Vite showcases chef Cristian Pietoso’s casual take on Northern Italian cuisine. Crispy, stone-fired pizzas and hearty pastas hearken to the motherland, while entrées like 12-hour braised lamb shank with white polenta and rosemary lead the diner on a classic Italian journey. 520 Vine St., Fountain Square, Downtown, 513-721-8483, facebook. com/viavite.

MEDITERRANEAN Aladdin’s Eatery Healthy Lebanese-American eats from a friendly franchise. 3664 Edwards Road, Hyde Park, 513-871-8333; 9344 Union Centre Blvd., West Chester, 513-874-1302,

Abigail Street The Mediterranean-inspired menu of small plates revels

in Italian, Spanish, Turkish and Greek influences, with unique twists. Wines are available on tap, by the bottle or the glass. 1214 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513421-4040,

Andy’s Mediterranean Grille Expect maximum Mediterranean flavor at Andy’s, from the signature Shish Tawook, a marinated chicken kabob, to authentic stuffed grape leaves and many varieties of baklava and Turkish coffee. 906 Nassau St., Walnut Hills, 513-281-9791,

House of Grill Covington’s House of Grill is the Cincinnati (and Dayton) area’s only bona fide Persian restaurant. While you’re there sipping your tea, stay for a kebab, falafel sandwich, saffron ice cream, Kashko-Bademjaan eggplant dip, happy hour-priced local draft beers and monthly belly dancing performances. 14 E. Fifth St., Covington, Ky., 859-206-6324,

Mirage Mediterranean Owned by two ArmenianAmerican brothers, Mirage features authentic family recipes that have been passed from generation to generation. Most dishes hail from around the Black Sea, including kebabs, Russian borscht, Khinkali dumplings and Mikado cake. 11381 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-469-0089,

MEXICAN/ TEX-MEX/LATIN AMERICAN B&A Street Kitchen B&A Street Kitchen’s menu consists of Mexican-influenced urban comfort food, everything from tacos and hot dogs on bolillo buns to 16 craft sodas on draft. The best part about B&A is their focus on vegan and vegetarian items. 1500 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-3456670,

Bakersfield Part bar, part taco joint, all classy. Bakersfield specializes in gourmet tacos (pollo

rojo, pastor, huitlacoche, etc.), quality tequilas and whiskeys and hand-crafted margaritas made the oldfashioned way, not from a pre-made mix. 1213 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-5790446,

Casa Figueroa The menu skews mostly Mexican (heavy on really good tacos), with eventual plans to move toward a more pan-Latin cuisine. The best tacos are Baja fish, smoked duck confit and chicken and chorizo. 6112 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, 513631-3333,

Ché The South American Ché offers a slew of Argentine eats, like grilled meats and empanadas. 1342 Walnut St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-3458838,

The Comet A neighborhood bar with tons of bottled beer options and a limited Mexican-inspired menu available from 4 p.m.-1 a.m. Choose chicken, beef or jerked tofu for your burrito or

have the same in a quesadilla, nachos or tacos. 4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-5418900,

Django Western Taco This neighborhood taqueria has moved to cozier digs up the street from its original home, serving a similar taco-focused menu. 4172 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-978-0619, facebook. com/djangonorthside.

El Camino This Puerto Rican and Cuban street-food-inspired eatery serves up easy Latin American dishes. 1004 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, 513376-8328, elcaminocincy.

Frida 602 The restaurant, named after the legendary painter Frida Kahlo, has Kahlo’s portrait and famous unibrow emblazoned all over the place. The menu is categorized into antojitos of chips and salsas, salads, nachos and several kinds of tacos. 602 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-815-8736,



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Gomez Salsa Gomez’s walk-up taco window in OTR has it all: mahi-mahi tacos with slaw and Baja sauce, chips with pineapple salsa, taco salad bowls and owner Andrew Gomez’s greatest invention, the Turtle Shell. 107 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine, 513381-1596; 2437 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills, 513-954-8541,

La Mexicana Home of some of the city’s best tacos: tacos al pastor with delicious marinated pork shoulder, barbacoa, carne asada, lengua (tongue) and sesos (brains; they wash down perfectly with a cerveza). 642 Monmouth St., Newport, Ky., 859-261-6112.

Lalo Lalo refers to itself as “Chino Latino” cuisine because Asia has a lot of Spanish and Latin influence. The menu is divided into tacos, burritos, tortas, rice bowls, specialty plates, soups and salads, with dishes like ceviche, a black bean quesadilla with kale and bibimbap. 709 Main St., Downtown, 513-3814848, lalo­

Mazunte Taco fillings range from shredded pork to crispy braised chicken, and specialties include Memelitas (open-faced topped tortillas), corn husk tamales and corn empanadas with queso Oaxaca. It’s a refreshing and authentic culinary surprise, considering the restaurant’s location in a Madisonville strip mall. 5207 Madison Road, Madisonville, 513-7850000,

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Chef Jose Salazar is a continent away from his mamita and the hand-cranked mill she still uses to grind corn for arepas and empanadas, but his restaurant, Mita’s, is a tribute to her spirit and to Spanish and Latin American food. 501 Race St., Downtown, 513-421-6482,

Nada Modern Mexican. Outstanding guacamole tops beerbatter-fried hake on crisp, Baja-style tacos and fried avocado tacos are stuffed with chipotle bean puree, pickled cabbage and red onion and maple. 600 Walnut St., Downtown. 513-721-6232,

SOUTH AMERICAN Alfio’s Buon Cibo Italian for “good food,” the restaurant aims to wed Italian and Argentinian cuisine. The menu is dotted with Italian (ravioli, risotto) and Argentinian (empanadas, grilled lamb with chimichurri) dishes, but steers more toward the former. 2724 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513-3210555,

Boi Na Braza Brazilian Steakhouse with a lot of fancy meat on sticks delivered tableside by gauchos, plus a salad bar. 441 Vine St., Downtown, 513421-7111,

FINE DINING Boca A trip to chef David Falk’s Italian/French gemstone is an experience to be savored as much as the food itself. Take your time, invest a few hours and allow him and his attentive, knowledgeable staff to unfold an epic tale of two or three courses, plus dessert. 14 E. Sixth St., Downtown, 513-542-2022,

The Celestial Steakhouse Whether you choose braised beef short ribs or brown butter poached sea bass, the entrée selection will not leave you disappointed. Desserts include a classic crème brulee and chocolate-crusted cheesecake. 1071 Celestial St., Mount Adams, 513-2414455,

Nicola’s Restaurant One of Cincinnati’s top, Zagat-rated restaurants, its housemade pastas and secondi piatti are among some of the thoughtfully conceived dishes transporting patrons to the heart of Italy. Indulge in wine-paired tasting menus, or cap off your meal with a dessert. 1420 Sycamore St., Overthe-Rhine, 513-721-6200,

Orchids at Palm Court Nestled inside Carew Tower’s historic Art Deco Hilton hotel, Orchids hosts a breathtaking feast for the eyes — a perfect backdrop for weekly seasonal menus of refined elegance made with local ingredients, including some from the hotel’s rooftop beehive and herb garden. 35 W. Fifth St., Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel,

Downtown, 513-421-9100,

The Palace Restaurant Seasonal menus of fine, upscale fare at a four-diamond restaurant — including a menu just for vegetarians and vegans. 601 Vine St., The Cincinnatian Hotel, Downtown, 513-381-3000,

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Primavista With a breathtaking city view, Primavista wins frequent reader’s choice and magazine awards such as “most romantic,” “best date spot” and “best dining with a view.” They offer fine Italian dishes from all regions, specializing in veal and fish, with sauces made in-house. 810 Matson Place, Price Hill, 513-2516467,

Restaurant L Whenever you can swing it, Restaurant L is a unique way to spend a pampered evening. The three-course dinner menu — or Menu Gourmand — features a sophisticated seasonal selection blending French soul with contemporary flair (and optional wine pairings). There’s an à la carte bar menu if you’re not up for the prix fixe dining room extravagance. 301 E. Fourth St., Downtown, 513760-5525,

STEAKHOUSES/ SEAFOOD The Anchor-OTR Located in a historic building at the corner of Washington Park, Anchor-OTR offers impressive-quality seafood. 1401 Race St., Overthe-Rhine, 513-421-8111,

thoughtfully crafted fare somewhere in the city outside of Over-the-Rhine, downtown or parts of Covington. 2038 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-386-7383,

Jag’s Steak and Seafood This upscale steakhouse and piano bar does everything from innovative meals to craft cocktails and extensive wine choices to live music. 5980 West Chester Road, West Chester, 513860-5353,

Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse

An American steakhouse with Argentinian flair. 700 Race St., Downtown, 513-954-8974,

Modeled after a 1940s New York Art Deco steakhouse. If you love steak you have about a zero-percent chance of being let down with one of Ruby’s — they dry-age their own. There are several non-steak options on the menu, including good seafood dishes. 700 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-784-1200,

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There are several ways to enjoy tender, buttery lobster meat — in a creamy bisque or as an ingredient in poutine; as part of the decadent lobster mac and cheese; or in one of two styles of lobster rolls. 28 W. Court St., Downtown, 513-246-0184,

Eighth & English This seafood-centric, Italianflavored eatery — which goes by the nickname 8 & E — is a godsend for those looking for innovative,

A Dutch-inspired steakhuis. Start with smoked whitefish pâté or bitterballen, a mixture of ground meat, rolled in panko breadcrumbs and then deep fried. For dinner, try the Faroe Island salmon or a Dutch filet. 530 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-3607008,

Maury’s Tiny Cove Maury’s has been packed full of flavor and West Side tradition since 1949. The extensive menu consists of all the classic steakhouse

options: tender, juicy steaks, seafood and chicken cooked just right, plus pasta, Atomic Age sides and a perfect martini. 3908 Harrison Ave., Cheviot, 513-662-2683,

The Precinct The Precinct, housed in a historical Romanesquestyle former police precinct, was the first in a long line of Ruby steakhouses. You can’t go wrong with a sirloin or porterhouse, named after current and past Cincinnati sports greats. 311 Delta Ave., Columbia Tusculum, 513321-5454,

Prime Cincinnati Upmarket chophouse and lounge offering elevated steakhouse fare and cocktails in a stylish space downtown. 580 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-579-0720,

Washington Platform Established in 1875 (and reestablished in 1986), the saloon is home to an annual oyster festival, lobstapalooza and crab carnival. 1000 Elm St., Downtown, 513-421-0110,

VEGETARIAN/ VEGAN The Elusive Cow Focused on sustainable and organic farms, the food supports the omnivore in us all, including dishes with bison, tofu, fish and, of course, hamburgers. 519 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, Ky., 859-291-0269,

Happy Chicks Bakery The Northside café and bakery offers sweets and light lunch options, including sandwiches, salads and soups, that are all freshly prepared from non-processed foods and are free from preservatives and animal products. 4035 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-386-7990,

Melt Eclectic Café Vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free diners aren’t an afterthought at Melt. But no worries — the carnivorous can feast, too. A plethora of sandwiches, wraps, soups and salads tempt every palate. 4100 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-818-8951, melt-cincy.

Rooted Juicery + Kitchen From coolers housing a rainbow display of juices to vegan meal bowls to a mini bakery, Rooted is out to prove that plant-based eating offers a vast variety of flavors and quality options. 3010 Madison Road, Oakley, 513-351-2900; 6844 Wooster Pike, Mariemont, 513-2710432,

The Whole Bowl It’s a walk-up window serving a single recipe: a bowl of brown rice, beans, black olives, cheese, avocado slices and lemon-garlic Tali Sauce. 364 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-751-2695,

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STUFF TO DO FREAKY FOOD MASCOTS In honor of TV food guy and scientist Alton Brown’s stop at the Aronoff Center on Saturday for his “Eat Your Science” tour — and the forthcoming Halloween holiday — we’ve made a list of some of history’s most bizarre anthropomorphic edibles and creepy food mascots. (All would also make terrifying costumes, especially Jared.) • Stay Puft Marshmallow Man — Ghostbusters. “I am become death, the destroyer of worlds…” • Count Chocula — Has two buckteeth instead of fangs? Friends with Franken Berry, a strawberry cereal that turned kids’ poop pink. (True. Google it.) • California Raisins — Looks like purple scrotum with legs. Why do they have faces? Also have an unsettling minstrel show quality about them. • The Jack in the Box Clown — WTF. Has no mouth to eat Jack in the Box burgers (helpful in 1990s during the fast food chain’s major E. coli outbreak). Wouldn’t be surprised if he was a serial killer.

WEDNESDAY 18 ART: Iris Van Herpen: Transforming Fashion is on view at the Cincinnati Art Museum. See feature on page 48.

THURSDAY 19 ONSTAGE: The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, based on Mark Haddon’s novel of the same name about a boy wrongly accused of murdering his neighbor’s dog, opens at the Cincinnati Playhouse. See feature on page 51.

• Big Boy — Sorry. Nostalgic 1950s version because a) childhood obesity b) dead eyes c) tweezed-to-hell brows d) turd hair; new streamlined Indie version because he has no nose. • Chester Cheetah — Actually, he cool. #bringbackcheetospaws • Jared from Subway — Pedophile. • Chiquita Banana Lady — Stop making my bananas sexy. • Land O’ Lakes — For sure racist. Like Cowboy and Indian frat party. • Hamburger Helper Hand — Dis­ membered hand. Carries spoon. • Vlasic Stork — Hat! Bowtie! Pince nez glasses! No pants???

Music: Lydia Lunch and Weasel Walter Experimental and confrontational icon Lydia Lunch’s trailblazing avant-garde career in the arts began with Teenage Jesus and the Jerks, which Lunch formed in New York City congruent to the emergence of Punk in the ’70s. While short-lived and releasing very few recordings, Lunch and the group cemented their place in music history as a guiding force in NYC’s underground but influential No Wave scene, a noisy and progressive movement that made Punk seem like Classic Rock. Lunch’s artistic curiosity and impulsivity led her to branch out in numerous other directions, producing like-mindedly radical work in experimental film, spoken word and literature (among many other projects and collaborations). Lunch’s current musical project finds her continuing to explore the fringes of spoken word and improvisational sounds with multi-instrumentalist Weasel Walter, founder of extreme Industrial Punk Jazz band The Flying Luttenbachers. While Walter plays guitar with Lunch in the retrospective project Retrovirus, he improvises on drums in their

Ongoing Shows VISUAL ART: Swoon The Canyon: 1999-2017 Contemporary Arts Center, Downtown (through Feb. 25, 2018)

current collaboration, which is touring as under the banner “Brutal Measures,” the title of the pair’s 20-minute freeform soundscape recorded and released last year. 9 p.m. Thursday. $10. Northside Yacht Club, 4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, — MIKE BREEN Onstage: Seussical No writer better captures the whimsical nature of childhood than Dr. Seuss. This musical, featuring the Cat in the Hat, Horton the Elephant, Yertle the Turtle and The Grinch, captures all of that quirkiness. “There is so much joy and life in these stories,” says director Vince DeGeorge. “My job has been to honor the humanity that is the driving force behind the famous original material.” Composer Stephen Flaherty graduated from the University of Cincinnati’s College-Conservatory

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of Music in 1982; today. he has numerous Broadway credits, including Anastasia, Once on This Island and Ragtime. It should be fun to see Seussical performed by another generation of CCM students. Through Oct. 29. $31-$35. Patricia Corbett Theater, CCM Village, University of Cincinnati, ccm. — RICK PENDER Comedy: Sean Donnelly “New York made me better faster,” says Sean Donnelly, who grew up on Long Island. While he could have started in Long Island and worked his way toward the city, he didn’t see the point. “I could go up several times a week in the city and audiences can be tougher there, so you build that muscle faster.” Being in expensive New York meant still having a day job six years into doing comedy. At first he talked about stand-up with

his co-workers. He stopped that practice at his final job, as he became annoyed with the same old questions. “Now when I travel and I get in a cab, I lie,” he says. “I tell people I’m in insurance. No one wants to ask you questions about insurance.” Showtimes Thursday-Sunday. $8-$14. Go Bananas, 8410 Market Place Lane, Montgomery, gobannascomedy. com. — P.F. WILSON

FRIDAY 20 MUSIC: Reinvigorated New Jersey Industrial/Hip Hop project Dälek heads to Northside Yacht Club. See Sound Advice on page 60. CLASSICAL MUSIC: The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra concludes its three-year Pelléas Triology with Claude Debussy’s Pelléas et Mélisande. See feature on page 50.

ART: A Burning: Community Campfire Developed by People’s Liberty’s Megan Trischler and Chase Public’s Scott Holzman as an event to run alongside the “Camp/Cave/ Water” installation currently on view at PAR-Projects’ Northside exhibition space, A Burning is a community gathering in which participants are encouraged to burn artifacts that represent something they’d like to let go of. Typewriters from Chase Public will be onsite to allow participants to get their thoughts out, and Indigo Hippo will provide artmaking supplies for the construction of more physical objects. 6:52-10 p.m. Friday. Free. PAR-Projects, 1662 Hoffner Street, Northside, — MARIA SEDA-REEDER CONTINUES ON PAGE 4 6

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Attraction: Grass Roots: Art of Nature The Krohn’s 2017 Fall Show Grass Roots: Art of Nature examines the many ways in which nature has inspired artists throughout history. Framed copies of pieces by artists of all levels — from local to world-renowned — hang throughout the space surrounded by chrysanthemums (as painted by Monet), cypress trees (as rendered by van Gogh) and vibrant plants of all sorts in autumnal colors. Through Oct. 29. $4 adults; $2 kids 5-17; free 4 and under. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, cincinnatiparks. com. — EMILY BEGLEY

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EVENT: John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous You’ve seen him on Saturday Night Live as an evening correspondent for “Weekend Update.” Now, see him perform onstage at the Aronoff Center. John Mulaney is an Emmy award-winning writer and stand-up comedian best known for his bit on being bullied at a younger age for being Asian-American; the thing is, he’s not even Asian. Expect additional commentary on how middle schoolers terrify him and how that feeling you get when people cancel plans is equivalent to doing drugs. 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Friday. $25-$35. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown. — ALISON BAXTER Halloween: Captain’s Extreme Tour at USS Nightmare Looking for some particularly intense maritime monsters? Hop aboard the USS Nightmare after hours

this weekend and embark on the Captain’s Extreme Tour. Following regular tours earlier in the evening, the boat’s spectral crew ups the ante with more darkness and more special effects — “perfect for the adrenaline junkie” (and not recommended for children under 17 or the faint of heart). Vampires, clowns and Captain William S. Mitchell himself await throughout the ship’s dozens of haunted scenes, and they’re all anticipating the opportunity to unleash unbridled horrors. 11 p.m.-1 a.m. Friday and Saturday. $30. USS Nightmare, 101 Riverboat Row, Newport, Ky., — EMILY BEGLEY

SATURDAY 21 MUSIC: Endlessly creative and inventive MC/wordsmith Open Mike Eagle comes to Northside’s Chameleon. See Sound Advice on page 60. MUSIc: Low Cut Connie brings its mutant mad-Punk blend to MOTR Pub. See Sound Advice on page 61.

Event: Zombie Ball: Dance of the Undead Throw on your finest tattered clothing and hobble into this undead party in incredibly slow zombie fashion, because this party isn’t just for the two guys who still watch The Walking Dead. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum hosts its third-annual Zombie Ball, complete with gruesome activities to sink your teeth into. Take a whirl on a haunted hayride, grimace for the camera in a zombie photo booth and enjoy drinks throughout the night in conjunction with a horror-themed buffet. You and your zombie love can even upgrade to a Zombie Romance Package, where you’ll pull up to the event’s “blood-red carpet” in a hearse provided by Brown-Dawson-Flick Funeral Home — for an authentically morbid experience. 7-11 p.m. Saturday. $30 individual; $50 couples; $75 Zombie Romance Package. Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum, 1763 Hamilton Cleves Road, Hamilton, — ERIN COUCH

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FRIday 19 HALLOWEEN: Kings Island’s Halloween Haunt Kings Island may offer familyfriendly fall fun with their Peanutsfilled Great Pumpkin Fest (through Oct. 29), but all bets are off when the sun goes down, when a host of ghoulish creatures — from clowns to chainsaw-wielding fiends — are unleashed throughout the park. Halloween Haunt is back with 10 haunted attractions, three outdoor scare zones and three live shows that put freaky phantoms in the spotlight. Live out your Lone Wanderer alter-ego in the Falloutesque Wasteland; become a pawn in a board game from hell at a Board to Death attraction; and see your worst IT-induced nightmares come to life in a CarnEvil scare zone. And if you still haven’t found out what’s in the shed, make sure to take a ride on the park’s newest coaster, Mystic Timbers. Friday and Saturday nights through Oct. 28. Tickets start at $31.99. Kings Island, 6300 Kings Island Drive, Mason, — EMILY BEGLEY

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SATURDAY 21 EVENT: Alton Brown: Eat Your Science Science, music and food? Now that’s Good Eats. Your favorite Food Network starturned-scientist Alton Brown returns to the stage for his second tour, “Eat Your Science,” where you’ll gladly endure two hours of edible science complete with extraordinary culinary demonstrations, quirky live music, a game-show element and Brown’s peculiar musings titled “If I Were a Food God.” This time around, Brown hints he’s going to play a little game with the audience: In true Cutthroat Kitchen style, Brown will randomly select a audience member to aide his demonstrations, so read up on some of Brown’s bestselling cookbooks, because you might just be the lucky contender. 7:30 p.m. Saturday. $39-$125. Aronoff Center for the Arts, 650 Walnut St., Downtown, — ERIN COUCH

HALLOWEEN: Halloween Masquerade & Noir The Southgate House transforms into a paranormal party spot on Saturday as the Pandora Society takes over the entire building with a Halloween masquerade. Don your darkest disguise or something slightly sexy for this night of noir, emceed by Loren the Black and drag queen/high priestess of horror Stixen Stones. There will be DJs upstairs, sideshows in the lounge and bands

— including Death Rockers The Kentucky Vampires, Electronic duo Curse of Cassandra and Gypsy Jazz band The Marmalade Brigade — on the main stage in the Sanctuary. Other ghoulish delights include costume contests, vendors and more spooky fun. 7 p.m. doors; 8 p.m.-2 a.m. Saturday. $15-$20. Southgate House Revival, 111 E. Sixth St., Newport, Ky., — MAIJA ZUMMO


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EVENT: The City Flea Crafters, creatives, makers and more descend on Washington Park Saturday for the City Flea. Stroll, shop, socialize and snack your way through the afternoon and bring a list of who’s been naughty or nice to check some gifts off early — it’s the last normal Flea before the Holiday Market on Dec. 16. 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday. Free admission. Washington Park, 1230 Elm St., Overthe-Rhine, thecityflea. com. — MAIJA ZUMMO



Couture Shock

Inspired by science, Iris van Herpen’s sculptural styles push fashion and technology forward BY K AT H Y S C H WA R T Z

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s fashion art? That debate finally might be coming to a rest with New York’s Museum of Modern Art just opening its first clothing design show in more than 70 years. Now the Cincinnati Art Museum turns the question around and introduces a fresh discussion. Iris van Herpen’s cutting-edge designs, some created with the aid of 3D printing, certainly are art. Are they fashion? Cincinnati Art Museum Chief Curator Cynthia Amneus, who also is the museum’s curator of fashion arts and textiles, is responsible for bringing Iris van Herpen: Transforming Fashion to town. The touring exhibit, which originated in van Herpen’s homeland of the Netherlands in 2012, features 44 visionary outfits and nine pairs of fierce-looking shoes. Amneus, who has proven the local popularity of clothing exhibitions with the bridal gown survey Wedded Perfection and the Rudi Gernreich showcase The Total Look, knows some visitors will shake their heads over the lack of wearable looks in this latest display. Clouds of “refinery smoke” billow from a dress and nearly engulf one mannequin. A barely-there skeleton clings to another form. Coils of dark acrylic encircle another torso like snakes. But even the wildest styles highlight van Herpen’s experimentation and likely influence on future fashion. “I think of her as an artist who happens to make things that are on the body,” Amneus says. “We are an art museum, showing the most innovative and avant-garde examples of her work.” In 2010, van Herpen became the first designer to send a 3D-printed garment down a runway, and the rippling top, intended to represent the limestone scales left when water evaporates, is included in the show. The 33-year-old draws her inspiration from nature and natural phenomena and turns to technology, nontraditional materials, architects and other collaborators as needed to make her ideas reality. She has created many beautiful pieces — the visual energy of her Voltage collection could make your hair stand on end — but van Herpen is more interested in figuring things out than making clothes pretty, Amneus says. In fact, Transforming Fashion has much in common with the museum’s current Ana England: Kinship exhibit and that artist’s investigations of molecules,

fossils and waves. Transforming Fashion is one part couture show, one part science fair. There’s even a station where visitors can touch some of the tantalizing 3D-printed materials, plastics and hand-burnished, hand-pleated steel mesh that van Herpen has used in her creations. The names of van Herpen’s collections — for instance, Mummification, Crystallization, and Radiation Invasion — convey whatever science or phenomenon influenced her. She captured the emotions she felt while skydiving in a collection titled Capriole, a word meaning “leap.” Magnetic Motion was inspired by a visit to CERN (the European Organization for Nuclear Research) and the Large Hadron Collider. Her desire to represent the push and pull of those magnetic forces in a clear dress led to her groundbreaking 3D printing of a transparent plastic. One of her earliest collections, Chemical Crows, is based on a flock of birds near her Amsterdam studio. She made those dresses all by hand but was no less inventive, using the spines from children’s umbrellas to form collars that suggest patterns of flight. “The way that she works is like an artist,” Amneus says. “She has an idea, a concept. ‘OK, how do I make this happen?’ ” Van Herpen is not driven by technology, Amneus says. It’s merely a tool for her art. “She will play around with 30 or 40 different materials, 30 or 40 different techniques, and sometimes she will choose the handmade version over the technology, even though the technology might be faster, because the handmade technique brings to fruition what’s in her head.” Visitors can play a guessing game over which pieces were 3D-printed. The big clear collar that mimics a cool splash? It’s handmade. In a video in the exhibit, art collector/ designer/brewery heiress Daphne Guinness is repeatedly doused with black and clear water, and van Herpen chooses which still frame she wants to work with. We then see her using a heat gun, scissors and pliers on a sheet of PET plastic — the same material used in soda bottles — to recreate every drip. She is asked in the video how much she is willing to compromise. “I don’t like to compromise,” she responds. But she does like to experiment. At one point, van Herpen talks about technology like 3D printing, as well as her fascination with nature and natural materials. “We

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are still wearing wools and silks,” she says, “but I really wonder if that is something we will still do in the future. It does trigger my imagination. What else can we wear?” Van Herpen is marking 10 years since she launched her brand after internships with Alexander McQueen and the Dutch fiber artist Claudy Jongstra. “She was making fashion (in those internships) but wanted to build, to construct,” Amneus says. “She wanted to make things, not just sew. It was clear which way she was going.” And van Herpen’s work is indicative of which way fashion is going, Amneus believes. Eventually, 3D printing and other

technology will trickle down from haute couture to ready-to-wear clothes, she says. She points to the prevalence of Fitbits and smartphones. “Who thought we’d be wearing technology? Who thought we’d have the internet in our pocket?” Amneus asks. Van Herpen, she says, is now looking at 4D printing of “smart cloth” that will warm up if it senses the wearer is cold. “It’s coming. We will be wearing this stuff,” Amneus says. “I have no doubt about that.” Iris Van Herpen: Transforming Fashion is on view at Cincinnati Art Museum through Jan. 7, 2018. More info:


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JR, the young French street artist who on the road. As they begin their trip, the film pastes large photographic portraits on outlets us realize it will not just be about them. door structures, proved quite a hit when the In one village, they find an elderly woman Contemporary Arts Center organized his living in one of several threatened homes first U.S. solo museum show in 2013. formerly occupied for miners. It’s part of her The story-telling humanism of his work family heritage and she wants to stay. JR, with Varda’s assistance, creates a photoenergized people, as did the dramatic effect poster of her to put on the outside wall; she’s of his black-and-white work. He empowers overwhelmed. They also find historic photos and collaborates with his subjects, who are of miners, which are turned into wall murals. often societal outsiders because of their age “We wanted to pay homage to you, on a large or their economic and political status. His scale,” Varda tells the woman. work elevates them — often literally, as when There are similarly moving encounters he places their picture on the roof or side of and undertakings; you might be harda house or on a water tank or train car. His work has proved so impactful he won the TED Prize, given to someone with a “wish to change the world.” That prize, as well as the CAC show, was quite an honor, but it’s topped by JR’s latest achievement — the opportunity to collaborate with the French director Agnés Varda, at age 89 his elder by 55 years, on the new essayist documentary Faces Places. It opens Friday at the Mariemont Theatre and is simply wonderful. Artist JR working with director Agnés Varda on a mural The Belgian-born Varda P H OTO : co u rtesy o f cohen m e d i a g ro u p is one of the greats of French New Wave cinema, pressed to pick a favorite. In one small town, known for 1961’s Cléo from 5 to 7 and 1984’s they choose a joyful café waitress as their Vagabond, both about women, and a 2000 subject and place a large image of her in the documentary The Gleaners and I. Like JR, square. Her boss muses that she’s already she has a background in still photography the town’s most photographed person — and likes to work with non-professionals. customers snap smart phone pictures of (She was married to director Jacques Demy, her or with her. who died in 1990.) So you can see how she But there’s also a subtle, melancholy sense could find JR’s work with cameras and imto the film. Varda quietly contemplates morages intriguing. tality, as when she tells JR after meeting and Faces Places is many things. Co-directed photographing some people: “Every new perby the two, it’s a film about art and photograson I meet seems like the last one.” Yet she phy and the reasons for making images. It’s can also be wry about her aging. She needs also a look at the relationship of cinema to injections into her eye to fight a disease, but still photography, art to life. Taking place tells JR that having watched Luis Buñuel’s in rural France and featuring everyday 1929 Surrealist film An Andalusian Dog — citizens whom JR and Varda choose to with its shocking eye-slicing scene — has photograph, it’s about the French spirit. It’s prepared her. And when JR asks her about also a road-trip movie — a couple roaming an “old friend” — New Wave filmmaker about with his unique photo van, a traveling Jean-Luc Godard — she corrects him: “Say studio and development lab in which overlongtime friend. It’s nicer for older people.” size photo-posters slide out through a slot on (Actually, Godard play a crucial, surprising the van’s side. JR is a dapper hipster with his role in the film.) hat and sunglasses — his enthusiasm cheers So keeping in mind Varda’s request to JR, Varda. But her own sense of style — bowllet’s say that Faces Places is a classic of the shaped hair that’s white on top and auburn French Longtime Wave. It will be appreciaround the edges — is pretty hip, too. ated for a long time. Faces Places begins playfully, in classic New Wave fashion, showing scenarios Contact Steven Rosen: srosen@ where the two did not first meet — a bakery,



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The Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra’s Naomi O’Connell, the mezzo who sings three-year Pelléas Trilogy collaboration Mélisande, performed the role in the play with director and production designer staged for last year’s Pelléas presentation. James Darrah concludes this weekend with “She’s an actress who sings and a singer who performances of Claude Debussy’s opera acts, and that’s just what I want,” Langrée Pelléas et Mélisande. says. Baritones Phillip Addis and Brian MulTwo years ago, this trilogy — three ligan take on Pelléas and Golaud, respectively. separate compositions based on Maurice Darrah returns for this final installment, Maeterlinck’s 1893 French-language but Langrée believes staging should be Symbolist play — began with Arnold minimal — it’s all about the words. “What Schoenberg’s tone poem. Last year featured the characters are saying to each other, Gabriel Fauré’s incidental music, originally what they’re sharing, is what’s important,” intended to be performed with the play. Langrée says. “It doesn’t need movement Now comes Debussy’s opera, which the CSO is presenting with the Cincinnati Opera. It predates the other two by having had its debut in 1902. This work occupies a special place for CSO music director Louis Langrée. “It’s like people you have a special chemistry with,” he says. “I deeply love every note, every phrase and text, and the silence.” Debussy was determined that his music not overwhelm the text, Louis Lengree (left) and James Darrah rehearse for Pelléas. writing that “in opera, P H OTO : L E E S N O W there is always too much singing.” Langrée agrees, to distract you.” Referring to the famous saying he’s asking the singers to prepare scene in which Pelléas rhapsodizes about by speaking the text first, then speak it in Mélisande’s hair, Langrée says the sensualDebussy’s rhythms and then finally to sing ity isn’t in the length of the hair. “This isn’t it. “The music isn’t a cane to help them,” he sponsored by L’Oréal. It’s symbolism! If the says. “It’s having the natural expression of expression is right, there is nothing to do, the singing.” there is nothing to explain. But don’t come expecting bravura arias or “I’m eager to see how far we can go with grand choruses. Langrée wants audiences this piece, which needs a lot of individual atto come to performances as they would for tention and collective care,” he continues a play. “I even feel that if you leave thinking, Playing Schoenberg’s and Fauré’s musical ‘Oh, this singer has such a beautiful voice,’ it’s settings for Pelléas provided the CSO musiwrong. Something will be missing.” cians with a basis on which to work with Langrée acknowledges that first-time Debussy’s score, which is not only different listeners can find Pelléas a challenge, but from theirs but also from his other work. he insists that the French opera’s ambiguDebussy’s opera should be a fitting culity will draw them in. “It’s not a traditional mination to the trilogy, combining theater opera with a linear plot, and it’s not enterand music. It is billed as a lyric drama in tainment. It’s about lost souls searching for five acts and twelve tableaux. light. It’s about hope.” Langrée advises concertgoers to imLoss is certainly a major theme for all of merse themselves in the musical language the characters. In the first act, Mélisande and the poetic one, which he says are is lost when Prince Golaud, separated actually the same. “If there is poetry, then from his hunting party, finds her. He marthere’s music. The music is very precise; ries her without knowing who she is. His once you’re sensitive to it, you’re there. The half-brother Pelléas and Mélisande forge a beginning phrase is like once upon a time. relationship, but are they really lovers? It’s the immersed part of the iceberg.” As a composer, Debussy sets the text as people would speak. And he transforms Pelléas et Mélisande will be performed natural settings — a forest, a cave, a stream 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Music Hall. Tickets/more info: — into dreamlike soundscapes.


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A mystery opens Thursday at the CincinHe eventually decided to invite his friend, nati Playhouse, where tales of Sherlock playwright Simon Stephens, to tackle the Holmes have often been well received. This task. “I loved his writing and I was fairly one is quite different, however — although confident that his bleak nihilism and fasThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nightcination with random violence would steer Time sounds like a case that would have enhim round the obvious pitfall of sentimenticed Holmes and Watson. The truth is, this tality,” Haddon wrote in the same essay. tale has its own fascinating and circuitous Stephens’ adaptation debuted at path to the Playhouse. London’s National Theatre in 2012 and Curious Incident began as a 2003 novel won seven Olivier Awards. The show’s by British author Mark Haddon. Instead Broadway production in 2014 won five Tony of the Victorian sleuth, Haddon’s central Awards, including best play. Rights recently character is the 15-year-old Christopher became available for more productions, and Boone, a Sherlock Holmes fan. He’s brilliant and sweet, a math whiz and a logical thinker living in Swinton, England; he also has daunting personality issues with social interactions and relationships. When Christopher’s neighbor’s dog is murdered (with a garden pitchfork, no less) and he is wrongly accused, he sets out to solve the case, which involves a 250-mile solo trip to London. Haddon was a well-established children’s writer Nick LaMedica plays Christopher Boone at Cincinnati Playhouse. (16 of his books for young P H OTO : J E R RY N AU N H E I M readers had sold well), but his publisher felt that this the Playhouse staging is one of nine this story might have broader appeal, so it was season, making it the fourth most frequentissued in two forms: as a novel for young ly mounted show in the U.S. adolescents and a traditional work of adult The London and New York productions, fiction. Both succeeded and The Curious Inboth staged by renowned British director cident of the Dog in the Night-Time became Marianne Elliott, employed spectacular via bestseller. sual effects to represent the inner workings In an April 2004 essay for The Guardian, of Christopher’s mind. At the Playhouse, Haddon wrote, “The book has simple landirector Marcia Milgrom Dodge follows a guage, a carefully shaped plot and invites different course for Cincinnati audiences. you to enter someone else’s life. And these, “In our production, the cast and creative I think, are the aspects of the book that apteam will utilize the techniques of cunning peal to young readers. stagecraft and heightened behavior to “But the book, I hope, does something bring the story to vivid life,” said Dodge for more than that. …It isn’t entirely comforta blog post on the Playhouse’s website. “No able. It’s about how little separates us from high-tech approach for this production, but those we turn away from in the street. It’s rather an approach that will allow these about how badly we communicate with one seemingly ordinary characters to make another. It’s about accepting that every life their relationships with Christopher meanis narrow and that our only escape from ingful and fulfilling, however complicated this is not to run away…but to learn to love and messy.” the people we are and the world in which On Oct. 30, the Playhouse will present a we find ourselves.” discussion about autism. While that term Haddon was frequently approached about is not used in Haddon’s novel or Stephens’ making a movie of Christopher’s story. “It play, it’s clear that Christopher’s disposiseemed impossible to me that such a radicaltion is on that spectrum. ly first-person novel set entirely in the head of a single character could be translated into The Curious Incident of the Dog in the a radically third-person medium without doNight-Time runs Thursday through Nov. ing irreparable damage,” he wrote in another 11 at Cincinnati Playhouse. Tickets/more info: Guardian essay (April 2013).




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‘Marshall’: The Biopic as History Lesson BY T T S T ER N - E N Z I

Chadwick Boseman has cornered the that Marshall is the supreme definition of a market on African-American historic particular type of black man living during figures. Having rousingly brought Jackie his time. Marshall strides through the segreRobinson (42) and James Brown (Get gated world like a defiant man, one who recOn Up) to life, he’s going for a hat trick in ognizes the limitations others want to place Reginald Hudlin’s Marshall, embodying the on him but will not allow that to happen. He charismatic and forceful civil rights lawyer will be treated as the exact kind of man that Thurgood Marshall. he is — a brilliant and quite gifted iconoclast, The film is set long before Marshall’s time a black man far better than any man, black as the country’s first African-American or white, he will ever encounter. Supreme Court justice, before even his In that way, Marshall is the story of a career-defining work as head counsel for black founding father, the leader of a new the NAACP, where he spearheaded the chalAmerican revolution that reminds us of the lenge to school segregation that led to the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. (Marshall died in 1993 at age 84.) You could argue that Boseman’s epic march through the black pantheon could conclude here, but you would have to assume that Martin Luther King Jr. looms like Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Richard III or Henry V. Until then, thanks to director Reginald Hudlin (Boomerang), we have Boseman in fine form, L-R: Josh Gad, Chadwick Boseman and Sterling K. Brown in Marshall playing Marshall as a man P H OTO : B a rry W etcher who very easily could be seen as somewhat out of true intentions behind the Declaration of his time. There is a hip, militant flow to this Independence and the Constitution and film’s rendering of Thurgood Marshall that dares to force the system of law to adhere to could strike modern viewers as little more those principles. than a Black Lives Matter updating of the But the film is operating within a someman, a superhero minus the cape and secret what conventional framework. This feels identity or a legal lone ranger crossing the like an episode from a procedural legal country righting race-based wrongs. drama with a bromantically mismatched Based on an actual court case from 1940, pair of lawyers. Gad settles into the role Marshall receives his latest assignment of the sidekick, which tweaks the routine from the NAACP’s Walter White (Roger dynamic of the white savoir with a black Guenveur Smith), who dispatches him to partner cheering from the sidelines. BoseConnecticut to defend Joseph Spell (Sterling man masters the difficult trick of playing K. Brown), a chauffeur accused of raping and the cockiness to the hilt, while subtly pullattempting to murder his socialite employer ing Gad inside that impenetrable bubble (Kate Hudson). Once the great defender arjust enough for the two of them to form a rives, he’s blocked from speaking in court by meaningful bond. the judge (James Cromwell), which leads to The true revolutionary stroke of genius him having to draft local lawyer Sam Friedhere is the decision by screenwriters Jacob man (Josh Gad) to serve as his mouthpiece. and Michael Koskoff to set their story durTo say Friedman is reluctant would be a ing something other than Brown v. Board of huge understatement on many levels. And Education. Getting to see Marshall before Marshall’s attitude doesn’t make it easy, that signature case, and appreciate his either. He’s a legal Tony Stark, all attitude, undeniable confidence so close to the start backed up by a sense of infallibility capable of his career, is the perfect introduction to of flummoxing anyone unfortunate enough the man. That elevates this from being a to cross paths with him inside a courtroom. pedestrian tale. That Hudlin’s movie seems To top it off, he’s ready when the moment ordinary in every other way allows for calls for it to knock a foe or three out with the Marshall’s extraordinary, larger than life butterfly grace and power punching capabilities of a heavyweight champion. persona to captivate us all the more. (ConAll of that obscures the more basic notion tinuing in theaters.) (PG-13) Grade: B


‘AHS: Cult’ Exploits Our Greatest Fears BY JAC K ER N

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American Horror Story is a tricky series. charismatic and has the uncanny ability to Every year I get sucked into the creepy, relate to others, which he uses to manipucampy anthology, trying to follow clues laid late them into carrying out his own agenda out to tease the next season, guessing at — which seems to be inciting chaos to gain the possible theme. I look forward to seeing control. Seeing as how he indoctrinates which stars are returning (like the talented followers from all backgrounds, it’s unclear Evan Peters and Sarah Paulson) and which if the hate he spews is even genuine. If only new actors sign on (Alison Pill and Billy Peters would break free from the cult that Eichner join this season). Despite being is this series and offer his talents elsewhere. disappointed by the past few seasons, I alCult manages to touch on some of the real ways root for the series and give it a chance fears and issues of today, like gun violence, no matter how many times it lets me down. immigration and deportation, attacks on Maybe — just maybe — Ryan Murphy and minorities, male fragility, white feminism, friends can catch lightning in a bottle again, recapturing the scary magic of Murder House (Asylum was also fantastic). Alas, no such luck. The seventh installment of the anthology, American Horror Story: Cult (10 p.m. Tuesdays, FX, through Nov. 14), is another disjointed terror tale that packs a punch but leaves a sour taste. Taking place in the political aftermath of the 2016 election, Cult employs concepts like phobias, Evan Peters as Trump supporter Kai Anderson liberal stereotypes and the P H OTO : f rank ocken f e l s / f x hive mentality to spin this season’s horror story. Paulson and Pill star as Ally and Ivy, a misinformation by way of compromised, couple living a picturesque life as moms to biased journalism and, straight out of 2016, son Oz and restaurant owners in Michigan, evil clown sightings — but it’s all style and when the election of Donald Trump threatno substance. It addresses real horrors but ens everything they hold dear. Meanwhile, neglects to offer any real commentary. not too far away in the same city, Peters’ Kai American Horror Story always teeters Anderson celebrates the unexpected win, on the verge of self-awareness, and here we activated by a figure like Trump. As Ally beget a heavy helping of humor in a “This is gins to fall apart, consumed by a laundry list the future liberals want” kind of way. One of phobias and real, tangible terror, Kai rises character has a “no cisnormative pet names as an underground ringleader, assembling a rule” that her son defies by naming his male local crew of not just Trump supporters, but guinea pig “Mr. Guinea”; another screams any misfit left unsatisfied by their situation. “Get woke” while beating a pussy-grabbing The result is not unlike Trump himself Trump supporter. I can appreciate jabs at — garish and over-the-top, but ultimately the stereotype of triggered, safe-space needempty. As each character turns against one ing liberals, but is it all just a joke? Murphy is another, we’re left without any sympathetic anything but subtle, but I yearn for him to go characters. The nonlinear storyline is used deeper than the shock-and-awe imagery. as a crutch, not effectively — viewers are Cult tries to hit close to home but ulticonfused in order to continue tuning in to mately misses the mark. In a recent episode, figure it out why any human would be comthe opening scene depicting a mass shootpelled to act the way these characters do. ing was edited in light of the recent violence The only redeeming aspect of the show in Las Vegas, with the more gruesome is Peters’ performance (and the interior elements removed. Clearly, many are living set decorating is pretty fab, too). When in a true American horror story — why not Trump wins, like so many “deplorables,” give viewers an escape or offer real cultural Kai is ignited to capitalize on the fear. He, critique instead of simply holding up a too, represents a new brand of so-called funhouse mirror? conservatism, and runs for city council to





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Harvest Pizzeria OTR 1739 Elm St., OTR, 513-381-0087,; Hours: 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Friday-Saturday; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday.

and three pizzas. Small plates ($6-$9) encompass everything from mixed olives with marcona almonds and herbs to pimento cheese with biscuits and pickles. Our table ordered bruschetta topped with whipped cheese, cherry tomatoes and candied prosciutto, among other ingredients. It was good enough almost to fight over. The other small plate we passed around was skillet-cooked Brussels sprouts in a cream and honey sauce topped with panko bread crumbs. Another hit. All four of the salads ($5-$12) come in half or whole sizes, something I truly appreciate if I’m going to be eating a main course later. My farmer’s salad with butter Bibb lettuce, carrots, snow peas, cucumbers, radishes and cherry tomatoes had just the right amount of buttermilk herb dressing, another thing on my “thank you” list for restaurant salads. I have sent back many a soggy salad because of too much dressing. One of our party has a severe sensitivity to carbohydrates and couldn’t partake of the pizza, so she got a burger in lettuce wrap. The kitchen did a nice job accommodating her with a bun-less version of its

All-American burger ($13), with bacon, cheddar and other toppings. The rest of us selected our 12-inch pizzas: fennel sausage (with three cheeses and red onion), roasted garlic (dotted with spicy chilies and topped with arugula salad) and margherita (tomato and cheese with basil), at prices ranging from $12.75 for the margherita to $15.75 for the sausage. The wood-fired ovens must have been backed up because we waited for what felt like an unusually long time between our appetizers and the appearance of the pies. Meanwhile, we talked over the din — it was a noisy environment — and sipped from a good selection of local and regional craft beers along with a few wines by the glass. Bar manager Jamie Clements has put together an interesting cocktail list, but we were all drinking lighter that night. I’d like to go back and try some of his whiskeybased drinks. At last, our pizzas started to appear and we passed them around the table for everyone to try the various combos. Sausage is hard not to love on a pizza, and except for a couple of vegetarians among us, we

approved of the Harvest version. Highest compliments went to the roasted garlic pie, even though the potent Calabrian chilies unexpectedly zapped a few taste buds. I liked it best, too, and for some reason didn’t have a single piece of the chilies in my slices, though I wouldn’t have minded a bit of a kick. “My new favorite pizza,” one of our companions announced after we had polished off the last bit of crust. We tried two desserts: the Buckeye Brownie ($7), served hot in an iron skillet and garnished with peanut butter, vanilla sea salt and vanilla ice cream; and Butterscotch Budino ($6), creamy pudding with hazelnuts and caramel sauce. I didn’t mind sharing the brownie with our friends but felt a little reluctant to let go of the pudding, a favorite dessert of mine. General manager Seth made a gracious, attentive host to our large table and the servers did right by us, too. Based on the one visit, I’d say Harvest Pizzeria OTR will fit in splendidly as a Findlay Market neighbor.

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’m hard-pressed to think of a more universally beloved food than pizza. Humans have been enjoying some version of grilled or baked flatbread with toppings for thousands of years. We have so many places around town that serve pizza — not to mention an entire aisle of frozen ones at Kroger — because we just can’t seem to get enough of the stuff. But one part of our city that has somehow managed to thrive for decades without it: Findlay Market. Until now. Because the market has become as much of a dining and entertainment destination as a place for people to do their weekly grocery shopping, a pizzeria makes perfect sense, and the new Harvest Pizzeria OTR fills the void. Its Elm Street location represents the first venture outside the Columbus area for a company called Grow Restaurants. Grow Restaurants owner Chris Crader established two Harvest Pizzerias in downtown Columbus and a third in the suburb of Dublin. Cincinnati wasn’t really on the radar until longtime employee/chef Taylor Barnes told Crader he wanted to return to his hometown. In perhaps one of the best “good boss” stories I’ve ever heard, Crader said he would open a Harvest Pizzeria in Cincinnati where Barnes would be chef. So that’s what happened, according to Taylor’s older brother, Seth Barnes, now general manager at Harvest OTR. “Taylor and I had a dream of working together, running a restaurant, and here we are two years later living out our dream,” Seth says. To check out how they are doing, and of course to rate the pizza, my husband and I brought seven friends with us to Findlay Market on a Friday night. The pizzeria had only been open for business a couple of weeks and we probably accounted for onequarter of the customers. While the market area slowly expands from a daylight-only stop, dinner and late-night venues might be a little slow in getting cranked up. But Harvest does add something important to the mix: an excellent version of one of Cincinnati’s favorite foods with plenty of tasty small plates, burgers, drinks and desserts for those who want more than the pie. Having a large party meant we were able to try quite a few of the menu items, including a couple appetizers, two salads, a burger




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2637 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, 513321-5227, corkandcapofhydepark. com Tucked in a corner at one end of Hyde Park Square is Cork & Cap, an establishment that opened more than a year ago with a wine bar focus that has rapidly evolved into a nice little restaurant. A selection of grilled pizza anchors the menu, with a couple of salads, casual small plates and a section of “mains” that range from burgers and sandwiches to one salmon

entrée. There are also charcuterie and cheese offerings that you can mix and match. Given that Cork & Cap started as a wine bar, wine lovers will be happy to know that your grapey choices are many and varied. Clever minds organized the 70-bottle list into a dozen descriptive categories. I was impressed by the attentiveness and knowledge — especially about the wines — of every staffer we encountered. Dinner was simple but satisfying: My friend and I each had a grilled Caesar salad that topped a nicely charred grilled romaine with croutons, diced tomatoes, shaved parmesan, herbs and a creamy dressing ($9), and then we split a grilled pizza. I love the smoky flavor of grilled romaine, as well as other grilled lettuces, such as radicchio, and this version hit all the right notes. Our wild mushroom pizza ($15) came bubbling hot with a finish of arugula salad, which reminded us of how pizza often is served in Italy. (Pama Mitchell)

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6085 Montgomery Road, Pleasant Ridge, 513-531DELI, Grand Central Delicatessen is a bar and deli that blends an Art Deco speakeasy with modern touches. Menu items are named after ’20s slang with interior flourishes like an antique gravity soap dispenser in the bathroom and vintage-looking globe pendant lights, but the bar is contemporary, as is the Indie Rock soundtrack. Grand Central is not a straight-up Jewish deli — it spins NYC deli cuisine and injects it with a bygone-era theme and atypical items like guacamole-stuffed peppadews and spinach dip. They offer more than a dozen sandwiches, most of which are made with Boar’s Head meats. The Remus is named after Cincinnati bootlegger George Remus and comes with Genoa salami, prosciutto, mortadella, capicola, provolone and roasted red peppers on ciabatta bread. They have three kinds of tuna salad sandwiches, including a vegan tuna ($6.50) with chickpeas, celery, nutritional yeast, onions, lemon juice and kelp granules folded into vegan mayo and set on Sixteen Bricks sourdough. As far as vegan sandwiches go, this was one of the best I’ve tasted anywhere. The rest of the expansive menu features appetizers, sides, cocktails and a deli counter in which you can get sandwiches and sides like goetta potato salad to go. (Garin Pirnia)

CLASSES & EVENTS WEDNESDAY 18 Sweet and Savory Brunch — Learn how to take pastry or bread dough and use it to make dishes like sweet cream puffs or savory scones with bacon, cheddar cheese and chives. 6-9 p.m. $65. Midwest Culinary Institute at Cincinnati State, 3520 Central Parkway, Clifton, Four Nights of Nostalgia — Krohn celebrates Cincinnati days gone by with Four Nights of Nostalgia. This time, guest speaker Molly Wellmann tells tales of Lafcadio Hearn, journalist and writer, and serves a special cocktail. Adults only. 6-7:30 p.m. $15. Krohn Conservatory, 1501 Eden Park Drive, Eden Park, Crab Carnival — Washington Platform hosts its 17th-annual Crab Carnival with an entire menu devoted to steamed or chilled crab; crabbatizers; crab soups, salads and sandwiches; and crab in other creative iterations. Through Nov. 12. Prices vary. Washington Platform & Saloon, 1000 Elm St., Downtown, Stocks and Soups — This hands-on workshop explains the process of making stock, why stocks can be nutritious and how to cost-effectively prepare stocks and soups. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $75. Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Indian Hill,


Murder Mystery Dinner Train — All aboard the LM&M railroad for a night of mystery and a multi-course meal. Suspicious characters will board the train and a mystery will unfold as you travel through Southwest Ohio. The ride stops at the Golden Lamb for buffet dinner and cash bar before you return to the train to solve the mystery. 6:15 p.m. boarding. $84.95. LM&M station, 127 S. Mechanic, Lebanon, mystery.html. Taps & Tarot — Celebrate the season with Taps & Tarot, Fibonacci Brewing’s popular mystical event series. Get a reading by Sarah Hayes and drink beer. 6-10:30 p.m. $15 readings. Fibonacci Brewing, 1445 Compton Road, Mount Healthy, bonaccibrewing.

SATURDAY 21 Pizzeria Locale DoughMaking Class — Learn to make dough from scratch at the pizzeria. Tickets include a pizza and budino with your choice of beer, wine or soda. RSVP required. 10:30-11 a.m. $25. Pizzeria Locale, 7800 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-339-0063. Fall Smash at Jungle Jim’s — Celebrate the flavors of fall with hard cider, pumpkin beer and local food trucks. Presale sampling tickets

Boos & Brews Halloween Bar Crawl — Drink your way through OTR and downtown in your sexiest or scariest costume. Tickets include an LED bracelet indicating when to head to the next venue, a detailed map of participating bars, a halftime party at Shooks, food and drink specials and access to an after-party at The Drinkery. Noon-9 p.m. $16.99$25.99. Tickets and more info at

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SUNDAY 22 Bittersweet: food + music — Velveteen Chocolate and concert:nova pair for this sweet exploration of food and music. As concert:nova kicks off its 11th season, indulge in a multi-course meal prepared by Dutch’s chef Patrick Hague and Velveteen Chocolate. Seating details to be announced. Dutch’s, 3378 Erie Ave., Hyde Park,

TUESDAY 24 The Forgotten Flavor of Lamb — The second installment of this popular class demystifies cooking lamb. Learn fundamental cookery skills, including searing and roasting, plus common cuts, varietals and popular ways to cook lamb. 6:30-8:30 p.m. $90. Turner Farm, 7400 Given Road, Indian Hill,



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Streetcar Brewery Tour — Cincy Brew Bus uses the Cincinnati Connector to visit three local breweries, incorporating tastings, tours, history and architecture. 1 p.m. Friday. $20-$35. Meets at Taft’s Ale House, 1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine,

include 20 tasting samples and a commemorative fall smash. 3-7 p.m. (food trucks open at 11 a.m.). $20; $25 starting Oct. 16. Jungle Jim’s, 5440 Dixie Highway, Fairfi eld,



haunted evening of costumes and craft beer. Taste brews from Cincinnati’s top microbrewers and dance to some ’70s Halloween songs from Gee Your Band Smells Terrific. It’s a costume party, so come dressed to impress. 6:30-10 p.m. $25 through Oct. 18; $30 after. Ault Park Pavilion, 5090 Observatory Circle, Hyde Park,

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Ballet + the Bard — Get a sneak peek of the Cincinnati Ballet’s production of Romeo & Juliet before it takes the stage at Music Hall. This behind-the-scenes YP event includes Sam Adams beer, Dewey’s Pizza and a partnership with the Cincinnati Shakespeare Company. 6-8 p.m. Free with pre-registration. Cincinnati Ballet Center, 1555 Central Parkway, West End,

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Groovie Times Are Here Again

Guitar Pop legends Flamin’ Groovies return to shake some more action BY S T E V E N R O S E N

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f you browse around online or at local shops selling vintage prints, you might come across a certain concert poster from Cincinnati’s Ludlow Garage, Jim Tarbell’s iconic, long-lamented Rock club. It’s going for $150 on eBay now. The ornately decorated blue-and-white flyer is for Jan. 9-10, 1970 shows featuring Holland’s Golden Earring (“Radar Love”) and two Detroit-area bands now considered among the greatest ever: Iggy and the Stooges and MC5. The headliners? Flamin’ Groovies from San Francisco. If you’re wondering what they sounded like, this Friday, the band returns to Greater Cincinnati, this time to play Newport, Ky.’s Southgate House Revival. Though the Groovies have had long stretches of inactivity and break-ups since that 1970 Ludlow Garage show, the group’s key members have kept playing and staying true to its pioneering vision of lean, evocative, guitar-driven Power Pop, chiming Folk Rock, British Invasion Pop and bluesy, straight-ahead Rock & Roll. Even during the years when the Groovies didn’t tour or record, the band’s name has stayed alive as a kind of spiritual presence. Flamin’ Groovies has also endured due to their wide-rippling influence on popular music, helping shape everything from Power Pop, Garage Rock and Punk to Roots Rock and the ’80s “College Rock” that led to Alt and Indie Rock. The Flamin’ Groovies on the road today consists of the band’s two co-leaders — guitarists/vocalists/songwriters Cyril Jordan and Chris Wilson — and a new rhythm section featuring Chris von Sneidern on bass and drummer Tony Sales. This edition of the Groovies is the result of Jordan — who co-founded the band in 1965 with Roy Loney — reuniting in 2013 with Wilson, whose initial stint with the group coincided with its golden era, during which the Groovies produced the seminal 1976 Guitar Pop classic “Shake Some Action.” Wilson and Jordan reunited at the request of illustrious Australian band the Hoodoo Gurus for their festival series called Dig It

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Up! After the Groovies played Australia, the two musicians stayed together and, just last month, released a new album, Fantastic Plastic. (Bassist George Alexander, another founding Groovie, was part of the Australian shows and plays on the new album.) Speaking from his home near Portland, Ore., Wilson sounds confident about this new phase in the band’s career. “We accepted this offer to do this tour in Australia and I’d already been approached by some acquaintances in Japan who wanted us to do a few dates there,” he says. “We had a good time and thought we’d keep going from there. Things are going very well indeed.” Fantastic Plastic includes 10 originals co-written and -performed by Wilson and Jordan, plus covers of The Beau Brummels’ “Don’t Talk to Strangers” and NRBQ’s “I Want You Bad.” Album opener “What the Hell’s Goin’ On” features Wilson’s urgent, agitated vocals and loud, crunching guitar riffs akin to classic Rolling Stones tunes like “Brown Sugar” or “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” (“That’s intentional,” Wilson says), but the very next track, “End of the World,” showcases a softer, haunting quality, with Jordan handling the lead vocals for a particularly lovely melodic passage. When the group members combine their voices for

harmony and unison singing, as they do on the gorgeous “She Loves Me” and “Lonely Hearts,” it sounds like it’s 1965 again. In the 1960s, Wilson heard many of the acts of the era that were defining the changing music of the time. “I worked at the Club 47 coffeehouse in Cambridge, Mass., a wonderful venue for that kind of music,” he says. “Anything with 12-string guitars I was enamored of then, and still am.” Folk is a style of music that holds more appeal for Wilson than Punk. In 1976, a young Ramones opened for the Groovies in London, just as Punk was breaking. It was a pivotal moment for Punk, whose fans showed appreciation by hurtling spit at musicians they felt epitomized the new sound. “Their music wasn’t my cup of tea, but bless them — they knew how to play it,” Wilson says of The Ramones. “They played with all their might and got covered in people’s spit. I never saw such a thing in my life. I was horrified. Johnny Ramone came off the stage at The Roundhouse in London and said, ‘I couldn’t even hold on to my guitar pick.’ ” Among the Groovies’ other accomplishments was to release — in 1968 — one of the first Rock & Roll EPs. Nowadays, the longer-than-a-single/shorter-than-an-

album format is a common occurrence. CityBeat spoke to Jordan for a story about the EP trend in 2013. “We put out the first independent EP, Sneakers, on our own label, Snazz Records,” Jordan said. “It was a 10-inch record with seven songs (because) that’s how much money we had.”  Resuming their career in the 21st century, the Flamin’ Groovies’ legacy flashes before the musicians’ eyes. “You can’t help looking back on it all and drawing parallels,” Wilson says. “When we’re on the road now, it’s like we’re 28 again, crammed in a vehicle and making ourselves laugh because we’re so freakin’ miserable from driving six hours straight again. It has a lot of the old days in it — the good old, bad old days.” But it’s worth it, Wilson says, when the band plays “Shake Some Action” and sees the response. “We have to play it live every show because everybody will be singing along with gusto,” he says. “That is very heartening, I think. If it does people some good, what a wonderful thing that is.” Flamin’ Groovies play The Southgate House Revival on Friday. Tickets/more info:


Vote Now for the 2017 CEAs BY M I K E B R EE N

After a one-year break, the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards return this year for a 20th-anniversary celebration of Greater Cincinnati musicians. The ceremony takes place Nov. 19 at a first-time CEA venue — Over-the-Rhine’s beautiful Memorial Hall. But before we get to that, your help is needed to determine the winners. This year’s CEA ballot is available now at The public is invited to cast votes in 17 categories, ranging from genres like Bluegrass, Punk, Jazz and Hip Hop to those honoring Singer/Songwriter, Best Live Act, Best Music Video and Best Cincinnati Ambassador, a returning category honoring those who’ve helped strengthen and promote Cincinnati’s musical reputation on both a local and national scale. This year’s Ambassador nominees are The National, Eric Nally, Bootsy Collins, Mad Anthony, Dawg Yawp and MOTR/ Woodward Theater booking maven Dan McCabe. The Cincinnati Entertainment Award nominees are determined by an initial public nomination poll, as well as a nominating committee of local-music experts that includes writers, DJs and booking agents/ promoters. Winners in the three final categories — Album of the Year, New Artist of the Year and Artist of the Year — are determined by the committee and not voted on by the public. Up for 2017 Album of the Year honors are releases by The Yugos, Jess Lamb and the Factory, Lift the Medium, Suck the Honey, Brian Olive and Dawg Yawp. The Yugos and Dawg Yawp join JSPH, Mad Anthony, Jeremy Pinnell and The Upset Victory in this year’s Artist of the Year category. The 2017 CEA nominees for New Artist of the Year are Lung, Carriers, Soften, Sylmar, Suck the Honey and Joesph. Stay tuned for the latest CEA updates, including information on tickets, performers and other 2017 ceremony details.

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About a Card While Kurt Cobain notoriously developed a disdain for fame, he did have a good sense of absurdist humor. So it’s difficult to know if he’d be disgusted by the exploitation or delighted by the ridiculousness of several items tied to his legacy (in various, sometimes routine ways) that recently went on the auction block. In service of an “unnamed family member,” Julien’s Auctions has offered fans a chance to own several of Cobain’s personal possessions, including Nirvana’s Video Music Award trophy for “Smells Like Teen Spirit” (the bid for which reached $32,500 as we went to press), a Xeroxed flier from Mudhoney’s first show in 1988 (with Cobain’s scribbles on the back) and Cobain’s crusty, beatup Blockbuster video rental card, which at press-time had already scored a $1,500 high bid.

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Music Biz Sucks Too Harvey Weinstein’s sexual assault scandal verified what many have long assumed about Hollywood power-wielders. But there has been a rash of subsequent sexualassault allegations that shows such behavior is much more widespread. In the Indie music world, relatively obscure musicians like Alex Calder and The Gaslamp Killer lost bookings due to accusations, while it was revealed that Matt Mondanile of the band Real Estate left the group last year partly due to sexual-assault allegations (his current project, Ducktails, had shows cancelled in light of the news).

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• Alive and Well in Ohio, the eighth album by one of Southwestern Ohio’s fi nest (and most widely acclaimed) Rock bands of the past decade, Buffalo Killers, is being released nationally by the Alive Natural Sound label this Friday. The album’s lively, organic sound was concocted by the band at its Howler Hills Farm analog studio (located between Dayton and Cincinnati) and includes some of singers/songwriters/ brothers Zachary and Andy Gabbard’s best work to date. The end result is a particularly potent strain of vintage-styled Rock & Roll that is strikingly melodic and warmly psychedelic. Buffalo Killers are promoting the release of Alive and Well in Ohio (available in digital, CD and vinyl formats) with free appearances at a trio of Ohio independent record stores this weekend. Before Saturday performances at Columbus, Ohio’s Used Kids Records (1 p.m.) and Dayton, Ohio’s Omega Music (7 p.m.), the quartet will play a little closer to its Cincinnati fan-base. On Friday, the band plays Loveland, Ohio’s Plaid Room Records (120 Karl Brown Way, at 7 p.m. (

Here’s a brain-teaser so incredibly mystifying it could lead to institutionalization — in a partnership between iconic Heavy Metal cult heroes Iron Maiden and onetime popular video game Angry Birds, who exactly benefits? Last year’s Angry Birds movie seemed to suffer from being released more than a year (or, in current pop-cultural time, a century and a half) after the mobile-game sensation’s popularity peaked, so perhaps making Maiden’s “Eddie” monster mascot a character (“Eddie the Bird”) in the game’s Halloween update is just desperate flailing by the game’s maker, Rovio.


• Dynamic Indie Folk collective Young Heirlooms — which is nominated for the Folk/Americana and Best Live Act Cincinnati Entertainment Awards this year — is finally set to release its much-anticipated new full-length, The Hammer. The album is the first Young Heirlooms full-length since their 2013 self-titled debut, as well as their first release featuring the current six-piece lineup, which has Laura Bock (vocals/ mandolin), Chris Alley (drums), Kyle Elkins (bass) and Steve Hauke (pedal steel/lap steel) joining founders/singers/songwriters Kelly Fine and Christopher Robinson.


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Albums from Young Heirlooms, Buffalo Killers Due Friday

Young Heirlooms’ latest collection of sublime, gorgeous and uniquely spun Folk/ Americana will be available in a limitededition vinyl version (pressed by Soul Step Records) at Friday’s album release show at Woodward Theater (1404 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, Showtime is 8 p.m. and tickets are $7 in advance through or $10 at the door on the day of the show. The Lovers and Chicago-area singer/songwriter Lupe Carroll open. (




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10/24 20 watt tombstone, dead man string band, swamP hawk


Open Mic with Billy & Amy 8-11

10/20 jeremy Porter & the tucos, ben knight and the welldiggers, lost coast; flamin’ groovies, tiger sex, nP Presley & the ghost of jesse garon

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Friday • Northside Yacht Club If you’ve ever wondered what would happen if Reese’s got bored with peanut butter and chocolate and turned its attention to Hip Hop and Industrial music, you’re about 20 years too late. Back in the late ’90s, Newark, N.J. native Will Brooks began cross-pollinating Hip Hop with a variety of disparate yet oddly complementary influences, including the Industrial clang and roar of Einstürzende Neubauten, the visceral volume of My Bloody Valentine, the bombastic cut-andpaste of Public Enemy and the experimental swirl of Can. Under the name Dälek (pronunciation guide: “Die-a-lek”), Brooks, Alap Momin (Oktopus), Joshua Booth and a rotating cast of DJs and electronic manipulators embarked on a 13-year stretch of confusing Hip Hop purists and enthralling unsuspecting audiences — the group opened for Grandmaster Flash, De La Soul and Pharcyde, as well as Melvins, Tool, Mastodon and Godflesh. Between 1998 and 2011, Dälek churned out six full-length albums, a rarities comp, a live collaboration with The Young Gods and a half-dozen split collaborations with a variety of like-minded sonic adventurers. In 2010, Dälek released its Untitled album and worked with Metal/Hardcore/Punk outfit Starkweather on its This Sheltering Night album. At that point, Dälek and Oktopus were the only original members of the group, and Oktopus moved to Berlin shortly after. In 2011, Dälek announced that the group was on “permanent hiatus.” In 2015, Brooks resuscitated the Dälek brand with longtime turntablist DJ rEK and electronic conjurer Mike Manteca. The trio assembled its blazing comeback album, 2016’s Asphalt for Eden, which was soon followed up by Endangered Philosophies, released earlier this fall on Ipecac Records. Both albums are a return to form for Dälek, sounding like a fire drill on hell’s upper floors with an accompanying soundtrack

Open Mike Eagle P H OTO : E M A R I T R A F F I E

Open Mike Eagle

Saturday • Chameleon For the sake of expediency and efficiency, it’s easiest to label Open Mike Eagle’s music “Alternative” or “Indie” Hip Hop — he himself offered a handy introductory descriptor by titling his 2010 debut solo album Unapologetic Art Rap. But the Chicago-raised/L.A.based writer/musician/MC’s work is so richly layered and uniquely imaginative, those labels seems insufficient. While he is an obvious scholar of Hip Hop using many of the same tools of the trade, Eagle is not one for limiting himself to the basic toolkit. Drawing from an expansive base of knowledge and bolstered by a dedication to varying approaches and perspectives, the way Eagle puts words and concepts together is unparalleled. That’s not to say that Rap’s history isn’t littered with ingenious creators — Eagle just has that rare quality that suggests he could have taken his intriguingly artful way with words into any number of creative disciplines and been just as much of a compelling artistic figure. Eagle’s path to the underground Hip Hop world offers insight into the perceptive, cerebral, offbeat and funny wordsmithery and storytelling that would come. Growing up a fan of Hip Hop but also genres like Metal and Alternative music, Eagle went on to earn a degree in psychology from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he became friends with comedian Hanni-

Low Cut Connie

Saturday • MOTR Pub The story of Low Cut Connie’s birth is nearly as improbable as the Indie Rock band’s subsequent success. American piano pounder Adam Weiner, influenced by Jerry Lee Lewis and Iggy Pop, was doing solo gigs under the name Ladyfingers, while British drummer/ guitarist Dan Finnemore exhibited his Punk roots in an equally solo fashion as Swampmeat. The pair were booked at a warehouse gig in England and found themselves stranded together on a stalled freight eleva-

Low Cut Connie P H OTO : M a r a Ro b i n s o n

tor for four hours, where they got drunk and talked about their various musical predilections, eventually vowing to work together in some future capacity. Against all odds, Weiner and Finnemore combined their estimable talents for 2010’s Get Out the Lotion, an album’s worth of their individual songs that the duo cranked out in a studio over a single fevered weekend. They didn’t even have a name for the band when they did the sessions; Weiner ultimately named their collaboration after a provocatively bloused waitress from his childhood. Finnemore relocated to the States and Low Cut Connie became a full-fledged sensation with the release of its sophomore album, 2012’s Call Me Sylvia, which made a number of critics’ best-of-the-year lists and got a further endorsement from President Barack Obama when he announced that Low Cut Connie’s “Boozophilia” was on his Spotify summer playlist. After the release of Call Me Sylvia, original member Neil Duncan left and was replaced by James Everhart and Will Donnelly, who joined in time for some typically relentless touring and the recording of 2015’s Hi Honey. The album, which included contributions from early fan Merrill Garbus (tUnEyArDs), Dean Ween and members of Sharon Jones’ Dap-Kings, marked the last with founding member Finnemore, who returned to England. With the addition of Larry Scotton and Lucas Rinz, Low Cut Connie has become a formidable quintet, but the band still centers around Weiner’s mutant mad-Punk blend of Jerry Lee Lewis, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins and Ben Folds, sounding like Boogie Woogie Glam Rock being pumped out in a chicken-wire dive bar. The band’s latest, Dirty Pictures (Part 1), is an expansion and celebration of everything that Low Cut Connie has done, is doing and still wants to do. Who else could open a heartfelt piano ballad with the line “All my friends got herpes in Montreal”? Nobody but Low Cut Connie, buddy. (BB)

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bal Buress. He then moved to L.A. and was introduced to the inclusive, socially conscious Project Blowed collective, which helped him sharpen his skills through open mics and workshops. Blending his lyrical dexterity and dazzling rhyme-scheming with a strongly melodic undercurrent, Eagle began turning heads on a broader scale with his first solo album, which included guest appearances by Burress and like-minded MCs Busdriver and Serengeti. In 2014, Eagle released the widely acclaimed Dark Comedy, which cemented his status as a major force in Indie Rap with its perfect balance of shrewd societal observations, anxious but cutting humor and manic flood cultural references. It is undoubtedly the only Hip Hop album to name-drop Weird Science, The Royal Tenenbaums, Steven Wright, In Living Color, John Lennon and the Koch brothers — and that’s just on the opening track. A couple of years ago, Eagle and comedian Baron Vaughn developed the stand-up showcase The New Negroes, which found the pair and various guests performing live at comedy venues across the country. Comedy Central bought the rights to the show for a series, which Eagle and Co. are currently developing for TV. Eagle hasn’t slacked off on his music career, either. Last month he released the remarkable Brick Body Kids Still Daydream, a concept album about the mammoth Chicago housing project Robert Taylor Homes that was demolished a decade ago. Using a comicbook superhero motif , Eagle deftly weaves weighty tales about the 30,000 unceremoniously displaced residents (many of whom are still unaccounted for), crafting a form of social commentary that manages to be personal, political, poetic and morbidly funny. Prior to Eagle’s Saturday-night performance at Chameleon, he is slated to appear at Everybody’s Records in Pleasant Ridge for a “Cash Mob,” a recurring community effort designed to draw attention to independent local establishments. The 1-5 p.m. event will also feature a storytelling segment presented by Cincy Stories. (Mike Breen)



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Wednesday 18 20th Century Theater - The Floozies with The Funk Hunters and Late Night Radio. 8 p.m. Funk/Electronica. $17, $20 day of show. Bromwell’s Härth Lounge Open Mic with Billy & Amy. 8 p.m. Various. Free. Knotty Pine - Dallas Moore. 10 p.m. Country. Free. The Listing Loon - Ricky Nye. 8:30 p.m. Blues/Boogie Woogie. Free. Mansion Hill Tavern - Losing Lucky. 8 p.m. Roots. Free. Marty’s Hops & Vines Mike Biere. 7 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Memorial Hall - Arlo

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Lydia Lunch and Weasel Walter plus No Heat and Megan Miller & Inbreeder. 9 p.m. Experimental/Improv/ Spoken Word. $10. Octave - Mungion and UV Hippo. 9 p.m. Rock/Jam/ Groove/Funk. Cover. The Redmoor - Cincinnati Contemporary Jazz Orchestra presents Conrad Herwig: The Latin Side of Hancock. 7 p.m. Latin/Jazz. $20.


Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - On the Sun. 8 p.m. Rock/Soul/ Roots/Funk/Various. $5.

MOTR Pub - The Duke of Surl with Wizard Knight. 9:30 p.m. Rock. Free.

Urban Artifact - Lipstick Fiction, Office Party and Bi. 9 p.m. Rock/Various. Free.


Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Dead Horses with Maria Carrelli. 8 p.m. Bluegrass. $10, $12 day of show. Woodward Theater - Manilla Road. 8 p.m. Metal. $15.


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Northside Tavern - Shiny Old Soul. 9 p.m. Rock/ Roots/Various. Free.

Tour featuring Abe Guthrie, Sarah Lee Guthrie and Terry Al La Berry. 8 p.m. Folk/ Americana. $45-$80.

Southgate House Revival (Lounge) Chuck Cleaver and Mark Utley with Wonky Tonk. 8 p.m. Singer/Songwriter/Various. Free.


MOTR Pub - Angela Perley and the Howlin’ Moons. 10 p.m. Alt/Roots/Rock/Various. Free.

Woodward Theater - The Obsessed with Cobalt. 8 p.m. Metal. $20.

FRIDAY 20 Arnold’s Bar and Grill -

H My Brother’s Keeper. 9 p.m. Americana. Free.

Blue Note Harrison - Sullivan & Janszen. 9 p.m. Rock. Free. Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - Steve Schmidt Trio. 8 p.m. Jazz. Free.

Arnold’s Bar And Grill Dottie Warner and Wayne Shannon. 7:30 p.m. Jazz. Free.

The Comet - Health&Beauty, Famous Laughs and Ofir. 10 p.m. Indie/Rock/Various. Free.

Knotty Pine - Kenny Cowden. 9 p.m. Acoustic. Free.

HSeeds. 8 p.m. Soul/Afro-

Latitudes Bar & Bistro Ricky Nye & Bekah Williams. 6 p.m. Blues/Jazz. Free. The Mad Frog - Elisium. 8 p.m. Rock/Metal/Progressive. $7, $10 day of show. Madison Live - City of the Sun. 8 p.m. Indie/Post Rock/ Various. $12, $14 day of show. Madison Theater - Q102 Bosom Ball with The Revivalists, Lights and LP. 8 p.m. Rock/Pop/Various. $35.


Common Roots - Blvck

Folk/Alt/Various. Free.

Crow’s Nest - The 9th Street Stompers. 10 p.m. Roots/Blues/Swing. Free. The Greenwich - Brandon Meeks. 9:30 p.m. Jazz/Gospel/Soul. $10. Hillside Gastropub - Sonny Moorman Group. 8:30 p.m. Blues. Jag’s Steak and Seafood - The Sly Band. 9 p.m. Pop/ Dance/Various. $5. Jim and Jack’s on the River - Jason Owens Band.

9 p.m. Country. Free. Knotty Pine - Bad Habit. 10 p.m. Rock. Cover. Live! at the Ludlow Garage - Donavon Frankenreiter and Matt Grundy. 8 p.m. Singer/ Songwriter. $20-$45. Madison Theater - Hyryder with Jahman Brahman and Ed McGee. 9 p.m. Dead tribute/Rock/Jam/Various. $10, $12 day of show. Mansion Hill Tavern - Mistermann & the Mojo Band. 9 p.m. Blues. $4. Marty’s Hops & Vines Roy Peters. 9 p.m. Various. Free. Memorial Hall - Linkin’ Bridge. 8 p.m. A Cappella. $25-$40. MOTR Pub - This Pine Box. 10 p.m. Alt/Rock. Free.


Northside Yacht

HClub - Dälek with Street

Sects, Massive Nights and Destruction Squad. 8:30 p.m. Industrial/Alt/Hip Hop/Various. $10, $12 day of show. Octave - Vibe Street. 11 p.m. Electronic/Jam/Funk/ Bluegrass/Various Peecox Erlanger - Saving Stimpy. 9:30 p.m. Rock. $5.

Rick’s Tavern - 3 Piece Revival with School of Rock. 7 p.m. Rock/Various. $5. Rohs Street Café - John the Silent. 8 p.m. Americana/ Various. The Show on 42 - Pandora Effect. 9:30 p.m. Rock. Cover. Silverton Cafe - Shock Therapy. 9 p.m. Alice Cooper tribute. Free. Southgate House Revival (Revival Room) - Jeremy Porter and the Tucos with Ben Knight and the Well Diggers and Lost Coast. 9 p.m. Roots/Americana/Various. $5. Southgate House

H Revival (Sanctuary) -

Flamin’ Groovies with Tiger Sex, NP Presley and the Ghost of Jesse Garon. 9 p.m. Pop/Rock/Various. $18, $20 day of show. Symphony Hotel & Restaurant - Ricky Nye & Bekah Williams. 8 p.m. Blues/Jazz. Free.

Urban Artifact - Let It

H Happen, Current Events, Pluto Revolts and Beloved Youth. 8 p.m. Rock/Alt/Various. Free.

- Anuhea & Sammy J featuring Mahi. 8 p.m. Reggae. $15-$35.

Di Adaia. 5 p.m. Latin/Salsa/ Dance/Various. $15. BB&T Arena - Newsboys with Sidewalk Prophets, 7eventh Time Down, Blanca, Derek Minor, Adam Agee and more. 6 p.m. Christian/ Rock/Pop/Hip Hop/Various. $18-$100.

7:30 p.m. Rock. $53-$103.

Madison Live - Heart Means More, Mascots, Mister Mason and The Atwoods. 7:30 p.m. Alt/Rock. $8, $10 day of show.

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant Jim Connerly Quartet. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum).

Madison Theater - The Scotty Bratcher Band and Jericho Woods. 8 p.m. Blues/Rock/Country. $15-$20.

H Roots of a Rebellion. 8

Mansion Hill Tavern - Jay Jesse Johnson. 9 p.m. Blues. $3.

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Marty’s Hops & Vines Working Title. 9 p.m. Steampunk. Free.

MOTR Pub - Ricky Nye and Chris Douglas. 8 p.m. Blues/ Boogie Woogie. Free.

McCauly’s Pub - Phoenix Rising. 9 p.m. Rock. Free.

Northside Tavern - Know Prisoners. 9 p.m. Reggae/ Soul/Various. Free.

U.S. Bank Arena - Foo

H Fighters with The Struts.

Woodward Theater -

HYoung Heirlooms (album

release show) with The Lovers and Lupe Carols. 8 p.m. Indie/Folk/Pop/Various. $7, $10 day of show.

SATURDAY 21 Arnold’s Bar and Grill - The Tadcasters. 9 p.m. Americana. Free. Belterra Casino - Blue Oyster Cult. 8 p.m. Rock. $30. Blue Note Harrison - DV8 and Flipside. 9 p.m. Rock Bogart’s - Motionless In White with The Amity Affliction, Miss May I and William Control. 7 p.m. Metal/Rock/ Various. $69. Bromwell’s Härth Lounge - FrenchAxe. 8 p.m. Jazz. Free. Chameleon - Open Mike

H Eagle with Ronin, Vibe-

One and Juan Cosby. 8 p.m. Hip Hop. $8.

MOTR Pub - Low Cut

HConnie with The Yawpers. 10:30 p.m. Rock/Pop/ Roots/Alt/Various. Free.

Northside Tavern - The

H Hiders with The Boxcar Suite. 10 p.m. Indie/Roots/ Various. Free.

Peecox Erlanger - Saving Stimpy. 9:30 p.m. Rock. $5. Rick’s Tavern - LDNL. 10 p.m. Hip Hop/Dance/Various. Cover. Rohs Street Café - Kylie Gardocki and The Band. 8 p.m. Various. Silverton Cafe - Night Owls. 9 p.m. Blues/Soul/Rock. Free.

The Comet - Killii Killii, Grlwood and Twenty First Century Fox. 10 p.m. Rock/ Punk/Indie/Prog/Various. Free.

The Underground - Battle Of The Bands 2017 Round 2 with Joshua Scales, Matt St. George, B-Sides and more. 7 p.m. Various. Cover.

Common Roots - Willow Tree Duo. 8 p.m. Americana. Free.

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Delhi Pub - Ambush. 10 p.m. Rock. Free. The Greenwich - Gabrielle Stravelli. 8 p.m. Jazz. $8. Jag’s Steak and Seafood Pete Dressman & The Soul Unified Nation Band. 9 p.m. Rock/Various. $5.

Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant Andrea Cefalo Quartet. 9 p.m. Jazz. $10 (food/drink minimum). Westside Venue - Amy Sailor Band. 9 p.m. Country.

Japp’s - Ricky Nye. 7 p.m. Blues/Boogie Woogie. Free.


Jim and Jack’s on the River - Dan Varner. 9 p.m. Country. Free.

Hater - Music Concert

Knotty Pine - Bad Habit. 10 p.m. Rock. Cover. Live! at the Ludlow Garage

20th Century The-

Benefit For Mexico & Puerto Rico with Son Del Caribe, Kumbia Latina, Latin Beat Project, Orquesta Kandela, Armadura Musical and Karlo

Bogart’s - 311 with

p.m. Alt/Rock/Pop/Reggae/ Rap. Sold out.

Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - Slick Willie & Jerry Girton. 9:30 p.m. Acoustic. Free. Southgate House

H Revival (Revival Room)

- James Weston, Warrick & Lowell and Randy Steffen. 8 p.m. Roots/Americana. $10, $12 day of show. Southgate House

H Revival (Sanctuary) -

Wayne “The Train” Hancock with Joe’s Truck Stop. 8 p.m. Roots/Country/Various. $10, $12 day of show.

Urban Artifact - Mighty Midwest Music Showcase. 8 p.m. R&B/Hip Hop.

MONDAY 23 20th Century Theater -

HThe Strumbellas. 8 p.m. Alt/Rock/Roots/Pop. $20, $22 day of show.

Northside Tavern - Northside Jazz Ensemble. 10 p.m. Jazz. Free.

TUESDAY 24 The Comet - Lung with

HJess Lamb & the Factory and Silent Tongues. 10 p.m. Rock/Indie/Various. Free. Southgate House Revival (Lounge) - 20 Watt Tombstone with Dead Man String Band and Swamp Hawk. 8 p.m. Free. Urban Artifact - Free-

Hdom Nicole Moore, Eddy Kwon, Marjorie Lee and The Phasmids. 8 p.m. Various.



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