Giminetti Baking Company has been baking and supplying bread to area restaurants since 1985. And for nearly the last 20 years they have also been serving breakfast and lunch at their spot in Walnut Hills that previously served as an RC Cola factory. The restaurant specializes in sandwiches, pizzas, soups, and salads.

Inside

Inside

On my first visit, I felt like I had to try one of the Giminetti Original sandwiches, and went with the top of the list, the Chevre ($7.95 with chips and a pickle spear). This combines salami, smoked turkey, goat cheese, roasted peppers, onion, tomato, and pesto on a ciabatta roll. This was a very good sandwich and I loved the combination of ingredients.

Chevre Sandwich

Chevre Sandwich

Overall there are over a dozen sandwich offerings and a handful of pizza options that should suit any taste. I will definitely be back to try some more!

Giminetti Baking Company Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

If you haven’t been to Karrikin in the past, I can’t wait for them to fully open to the public so you can fully experience the space as I did in the past. Karrikin is a Cincinnati based craft distillery and restaurant in Fairfax that has a wonderful selection of spirits, sodas, beer, and food all crafted in house.

Outside

Outside

The craft sodas are all caffeine-free and have some fun flavors in addition to the traditional cola. Their hard sodas mix together these sodas with some of their spirits and those are available on draft and in cans. They have also started canning a couple of the beer offerings.

Draft Wall

Draft Wall

The spirits are made on the largest copper pot still in the state of Ohio. These include vodka, brandy, gin, rum, and agave spirits.

Still

Still

The keylime sparkling spirit was a quick favorite of ours, and their citra IPA is solid!

Draft Flight

Draft Flight

Their food is also really good and most of it is set up for sharing. On our first visit, we just had the cheese board with local  Urban Stead cheeses, nuts, and bread.

Cheese Board

Cheese Board

While you can still get delivery or carryout from Karrikin, the full experience inside the open distillery and restaurant should not be missed!

Karrikin Spirits Company Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I’ve reviewed the Gomez Salsa OTR walk-up window before, but now that they have a location closer to home, we have enjoyed their food more often. Their Walnut Hills location features a full dining area and bar. The menu is unchanged though, turtles, tacos, burritos, and bowls.

Outside Gomez Salsa

Outside Gomez Salsa

Orders are placed at the counter, and food is prepared just a fast as it is in OTR.

Menu at Gomez Salsa

Menu at Gomez Salsa

The dining room has plenty of seats, plus a bar with plenty of draft beer choices and cocktails.

Inside Gomez Salsa

Inside Gomez Salsa

For me, there is nothing better on the menu than a turtle, aka the Turtle Shell. They take a burrito sized tortilla, stuff it with all the goodies – rice, beans, sour cream, lettuce, salsa, meat, veggies, cheese, or anything else you’d like – then we seal it all up with an extra cheesy, tostada crunch!

Turtle from Gomez Salsa

Turtle from Gomez Salsa

They offer 5 styles to choose from, my favorite is the southwestern (rice, black beans, fajitas, spicy crema, corn salsa, Verde salsa, lettuce, and cheese) with chicken. Give it a try, you will not be disappointed!

Gomez Salsa Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

As Nick & Tom’s website indicates, they have been a west side tradition since 1988. I have eaten there numerous times over the years as it is one of the closest restaurants to my in-laws’ house. They often are packed solid on weekend evenings, including my most recent visit with my wife. We took a few minutes without the kids to have a quieter dinner date while the kids played with their grandparents. Surprisingly we found a wait for a table on a random Saturday in January. But we were able to find a table in the bar by the time we ordered a drink at the bar.

Inside

Inside

My wife and I shared the Biehl Street Sprouts ($10) with crispy Brussels sprouts, bacon, pecans, and goat cheese. These were delicious and I highly recommend them! The Brussels sprouts alone would have been good but add in the smoky bacon with the sweeter pecans and goat cheese and these should not be skipped!

Biehl Street Sprouts

Biehl Street Sprouts

For dinner, I had the Mediterranean Pasta with chicken ($13.50). This combination of feta, sun-dried tomatoes, black olives, pepperoncini, basil, oregano, and garlic on vermicelli pasta is a Cincinnati Magazine Silver Spoon Award winner. Though the award seems to be from 10 years ago, the flavors are still a pretty good combination. The addition of a well-seasoned chicken breast was a good choice and I wouldn’t recommend having the pasta without it.

Mediterranean Pasta

Mediterranean Pasta

Overall Nick & Tom’s is a solid restaurant, made even better by the lack of other good choices in the immediate area. We will definitely be back.

Nick & Tom's Restaurant & Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Happy New Year! Below is the list of cities that I visited in 2019 with at least one night spent in each place.

  • Cincinnati, Ohio *
  • Orlando, Florida
  • New Smyrna Beach, Florida
  • West Chester, Ohio
  • Nashville, Tennessee
  • Silverthorne, Colorado
  • Copper Mountain, Colorado
  • Aurora, Colorado
  • Denver, Colorado *
  • Richmond Heights, Missouri
  • Carbondale, Illinois
  • Williamstown, Kentucky *
  • Santa Barbara, California
  • Valencia, California
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks, California
  • Yosemite National Park, California
  • San Francisco, California
  • Saugatuck, Michigan
  • South Haven, Michigan
  • Kingston upon Thames, United Kingdom
  • Captiva, Florida
  • Oregon, Ohio
  • Seven Springs, Pennsylvania

* Those cities marked with an asterisk were visited multiple times on non-consecutive days.

See also: 2018 | 2017 | 201620152014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

My family and I stopped into Press on Monmouth for a quick Saturday lunch. It took us a few moments to place our orders at the counter, due to the surprisingly lengthy amount of choices on the menu. Once placed we were given a number for a table and we found a seat at a hightop table near the back of the spacious restaurant.

Inside

Inside

Our orders were quickly delivered to our table with a smile. I went with the Cubano sandwich served with pork, ham, pickle, mustard, and swiss on a grilled and pressed roll with pasta salad on the side ($10). This was a true to form traditional Cuban sandwich and was well prepared. I was satisfied with my choice and would happily order this again. Nothing of note, just a very solid Cuban.

Cubano

Cubano

My wife had the grilled chicken sandwich with smashed avocado, bacon, cheddar, and chipotle sauce on ciabatta and dressed greens on the side ($11.50). She was also happy with her selection and commented on the wonderful addition of chipotle sauce to compliment the sweeter flavor of the avocado.

Grilled Chicken Sandwich

Grilled Chicken

We had a great first visit to Press on Monmouth and will gladly return in the future when in Northern Kentucky.

Press on Monmouth Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

My parents have lived out in Loveland for roughly 30 years. I spent a lot of my youth there and have been amazed by the growth of the historic downtown business district. The bike trail that runs through the center of town has always been a hit, and many of the restaurants are located very nearby. None are closer to the trail than Ramsey’s Tailside. My family and I have met my parents are Ramsey’s a couple of times now.

Fajita Bowl

Fajita Bowl

On the first visit, I tried the fajita bowl with brown rice, black beans, fire-roasted corn salsa, shredded cheddar cheese, fresh grilled onions and peppers, and topped with fresh guacamole and sour cream ($9 + $4 for chicken). Overall I found the bowl to be appropriately sized, though, for the most part, I found it to be fairly bland in flavor. I think spicing up the rice, chicken, and even the salsa would be beneficial to this dish.

Zucchini Noodle Thai Bowl

Zucchini Noodle Thai Bowl

My wife had the zucchini noodle Thai bowl with zucchini noodles, bell peppers, mushrooms, and sauteed onions in a Thai peanut sauce ($9 + $4 for chicken). The flavor of this bowl was a lot better than the fajita bowl. The Thai sauce was plentiful and very good!

Tacos

Tacos

On a second visit, I tried the chicken tacos topped with fire-roasted corn salsa, shredded cabbage, cotija cheese, and chipotle cilantro lime dressing. This was also served with brown rice and black beans ($13). I liked this more than the fajita bowl but still felt that it was missing a little something. With that said our service has been excellent and the location along the trail is great.

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Mesa Loca is a brand new restaurant in Hyde Park, occupying the former home of Cock & Bull, on the corner of Erie & Edwards. The inside space has been nearly completely gutted and the result is a much more open concept with plenty of tables in two different rooms. The horseshoe-shaped bar remains, and the kitchen is in the same place as before, but otherwise, the space feels completely different!

Inside

Inside

The small back patio also has some improvements, especially in the lighting department. And there a couple of fire pits for those cooler fall evenings. It doesn’t look like the space is completely finished yet, so I look forward to seeing what that looks like come springtime. Not to mention the best patio space on Hyde Park Square, which has already seen improvements with new speakers and lighting.

Back Patio

Back Patio

A group of parents left the kids behind to enjoy a free sneak peek of the space last night. All six of us started with a premium margarita ($13), that was prepared fresh upon ordering, including juicing the fruits, so there are no prepared mixes to be found in this drink. You can also mix in a flavor option including blood orange, mango, and pomegranate, all of which are also made in house. These were so good that we all ended up having three each as the evening went on.

Premium Margarita

Premium Margarita

The manager stopped by to let us know about the new concept that they opening with. Rather than hand menus to the table, the staff would like to get to know the personalities and tastes of their guests and bring out dishes that they would recommend for the group. They were very accommodating of food allergies and preferences and always made sure there was something vegetarian in each course for one of the parents in our group. Of course, there are still menus available if the guests would prefer to go that route, but we all enjoyed relaxing and letting the staff do the work for us.

Crispy Pollo Frito & Skirt Steak

Crispy Pollo Frito & Skirt Steak

We started with a trio of salsa ($11), guacamole ($10), shrimp ceviche ($13), pickled veggies ($6), and a caesar salad ($8). Each of these was shared with the table and I really enjoyed the salsas, especially their Verde and the mango habanero. From there two sizzling skillets of queso were dropped at our table, along with tortillas to make miniature quesadillas. The chorizo queso fondito was full of flavor ($10), though a little tough to get out of the pan due to the crispy edges.

Green Beans

Green Beans

From there the main course was served including crispy pollo frito ($14), Allen Brothers skirt steak ($18), and green beans on the side ($7). The fried chicken dish was surprisingly delicious due to the tangy and spicy sauce that was served on top. The steak was flown in from Allen Brothers in Chicago and was a huge hit of the table. The green beans were an added bonus, cooked perfectly, and well spiced.

Red Molcajete

Red Molcajete

As if that weren’t enough, the staff asked if we had saved any room and then presented the red molcajete ($36), which is essentially a giant bowl of fajitas. We had shrimp, chicken, and steak served with peppers and onions all on top of a pond of Rojo salsa. Fresh tortillas were served on the side, though it was just as easy to scoop out a serving onto your plate and eat it with a fork. Our vegetarian friend was served tacos on this bonus course ($9), which later we found on the menu along with a wide variety of other taco selections.

It seems like Mesa Loca understands the neighborhood and is trying to go a little higher end to serve as a great spot for date night, but there are also plenty of affordable items on the menu that can be shared among friends for a nice dining experience. They also seemed to cater well to children, as there were a number of kids dining with their parents while we were there. I am sure that we will absolutely be back very soon.

Mesa Loca Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Near the eastern edge of downtown, at the base of the somewhat new Holiday Inn, sits the Spoon & Cellar restaurant. My wife and I stopped in for a date night dinner on a chilly November evening before a concert at the nearby Taft Theatre. We had an OpenTable reservation and upon our arrival, we were immediately seated and quickly drinks and a complimentary dish of bruschetta arrived. It was a nice touch and we are off to a great start to our meal.

Bruschetta

Bruschetta

We also decided to split the spinach and artichoke dip starter with a nice pale ale based cheese dip and lavash crisps ($10). We were quite happy with this started and it was more than enough for our table of two.

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

Spinach & Artichoke Dip

I also spied the french onion soup on the menu ($5), and I had to give it a try. The tasty soup was covered in a large melted mount of gruyere cheese and plenty of soggy croutons.

French Onion Soup

French Onion Soup

With so much food already, I decided to order a handheld sandwich for dinner. The cellar club sandwich comes topped with roasted turkey, crispy pancetta, lingonberry chutney, lettuce, tomato, and garlic aioli on sourdough with fries on the side ($11). This was a pretty standard club sandwich, though the lingonberry chutney added a nice sweetness.

Cellar Club Sandwich

Cellar Club Sandwich

My wife ordered the crab cakes from the starter menu as her meal ($8). The plate would be ideal for 2 to share but wouldn’t provide a lot for larger groups. For her, it was the perfect sized meal after already filling start to our meal. Overall I think she would have tried something else on a future visit as she was not overly impressed by these crab cakes.

Crab Cake

Crab Cakes

Overall we had a good first visit to Spoon & Cellar. I don’t think this will be a regular location for our family meals, but it would be nice for future date nights. Especially when going to a show and play nearby.

Spoon & Cellar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

My wife and I don’t make it downtown or to OTR very often with a busy life full of kids’ activities, and more importantly finding kid-friendly restaurants. While Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey seems to be kid-friendly and even offers a limited kids menu, we decided to finally check out this spot and made it a Sunday brunch date instead. Boomtown occupies a now busy corner of the Pendleton neighborhood, just to the east of OTR.

Outside

Outside

We arrived around 11am to find that there was a wait for a table for two. We put our name on the list and took a quick walk around Pendleton to see all of the other places that we need to add to our list of places to visit. Our table was ready within 15 minutes, so we headed back to be seated at a communal table somewhat near the busy bar.

Yukon Sandwich

Yukon Sandwich

I had the Yukon Sandwich, fried chicken, sawmill gravy, smoked cheddar, and bacon on a biscuit ($11). This was very good! The chicken was perfectly seasoned and the gravy was wonderful. It would be much too messy to eat as a traditional sandwich, so I was glad to see a knife was provided to aid in cutting the “sandwich” up into bite-size pieces.

Oregon Trail

Oregon Trail

My wife had the Oregon Trail, which is a vegan dish, that combines sweet potatoes, Brussel sprouts, kale, carrots, scallions, poblano, and bulgogi glaze with a biscuit on the side ($10). The glaze made this dish, with its savory flavor that mixed well all of the sauteed vegetables. It was a lot of food for the price, which I found a tad high initially. But after eating the entire Yukon Sandwich and being sufficiently full on that dish alone, I then considered the price tags on their food to be on par with other restaurants in the area, to which this is a great addition!

Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato