Our go-to pizza during the pandemic has definitely been from Taglio, and I was surprised to find that I had never reviewed them before. Their pepperoni and hot honey pizza is outstanding! It combines tomato sauce, mozzarella, Parmigiano Reggiano, pepperoni, basil, and Mike’s hot honey. And for the full experience, you have to try their Detroit deep dish ($26). This is my personal favorite, though more often than not we go with the traditional crust and get a half pepperoni and hot honey and half spinach and ricotta (tomato sauce, ricotta, mozzarella, fresh spinach, garlic). These two pizzas are my favorite of theirs, but they also have some other great topping combinations.

Detroit Deep Dish

Detroit Deep Dish

My kids enjoy their cheese pizza, but again more often than not they like to order the uncooked dough ball and prepare their own dinner. They also have to-go pizza kits with all of their fixings to make a full pie. Oh and don’t forget the to-go cocktails, growlers, wines, and craft beer. Ordering from their website is so easy and includes all of these options plus creative salads and appetizers as well. Just typing this up had me dreaming of placing my next order with Taglio!

Taglio Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

My family and I don’t often venture over to northern Kentucky, but there are definitely some great spots worthy of visiting. The Gruff, just over the suspension bridge in Covington, is definitely one such place. They specialize in brick oven pizza, as well as various fresh sandwiches and salads. We stopped in for brunch and found something for everyone in our family.

Gruff BLT

Gruff BLT

I’m not a big brunch fan, as I do not like eggs. However, I was happy to find a number of sandwiches, and even pizza, on their brunch menu! I had a hard time deciding, which is rare for me at brunch, and eventually went with the Gruff BLT with applewood smoked bacon, arugula, pickled green tomato, and black pepper aioli on toasted sourdough with a chopped salad ($12). This was a great sandwich, especially the pickled green tomato. The salad was simple but full of fresh ingredients!

Southern Chicken Biscuit

Southern Chicken Biscuit

My wife enjoyed the southern chicken biscuit with which came smothered in sausage gravy and topped with bacon and an egg ($12). I almost ordered this without the egg, but was happy when she shared a bite with me. This was very filling and tasty! My kids enjoyed the fresh veggie plate, and the hot dog (both $6). Overall we had a great visit to the Gruff and I definitely want to go back to sample some of the pizza.

Gruff Pizzeria & Delicatessen Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

I’ve been to various BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse in the past but was never a regular customer until they opened their latest Cincinnati outlet in Rookwood about a year and a half ago. Now it has quickly become a go-to spot for my family.

Inside

Inside

Inside the restaurant is quite large and we have yet to encounter a wait for a table despite it often being crowded. It is fairly loud inside, but that’s to be expected. And I love their large selection of draft beers.

Wedge Salad

Wedge Salad

I started with the wedge salad ($3.75) with iceberg, blue cheese, applewood smoked bacon, tomatoes, red onions, and blue cheese dressing. Nothing too out of the ordinary here, though I don’t recall having red onion on a wedge before. And there was plenty of it along with the other toppings that made it a great start to the meal.

Garlic Knots

Garlic Knots

My kids love their garlic knots. They were given complimentary ones to start the meal, and we had to order more for my son as he just couldn’t get enough.

Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts

Honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts

My wife really wanted to try their honey Sriracha Brussels Sprouts ($6.95). These were awesome! I highly recommend starting your meal with an order.

Classic Combo Pizza

Classic Combo Pizza

My dinner I went with the classic combo pizza ($12.50 for the 6″) with pepperoni, Italian sausage, mushrooms, and seasoned tomatoes. The deep-dish pizza did not disappoint! I have ordered this same thing on the majority of our visits.

Enlightened Barbacoa Cauliflower Pita Tacos

Enlightened Barbacoa Cauliflower Pita Tacos

My wife enjoyed the EnLIGHTened barbacoa cauliflower pita tacos with seasonal bistro grains ($10.75). Two thick pita shells are filled with roasted cauliflower and red peppers, sweet corn, jack and cheddar cheese, onions, tomatoes, greek yogurt crema, and cilantro. BJ’s has an entire section of EnLIGHTened meals that are low-calorie vegetarian options.

We look forward to dining in at BJ’s again when the COVID-19 pandemic is over.

BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

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.

Ramsey's Trailside Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato