Sushi Bears rolls fully cooked seafood and traditional sushi rolls under the direction of Chef Dan, whose passion for healthful eats led him to hold weekly sushi-making classes at Findlay Market. Sushi Bears’ menu includes smoked-salmon philly rolls and tempura-fried sushi. Chef Dan also hosts sushi-rolling parties in private homes.
Next Chapter channels a lively predecessor—Chapter 13, a popular neighborhood bar from the '70s and early '80s—in both name and emphasis on entertainment, according to Campbell's Scoop, a blog penned by Cincinnati Enquirer restaurant critic Polly Campbell. Though it serves a small menu of upscale bar fare, including signature sandwiches and fried appetizers, the space centers on a predominant bar with a focus on special events and live entertainment. Diners can sample the pub’s wares and happy-hour specials inside the recently renovated, 130-year-old building or throw drink coasters at passing cars from a large, outdoor patio.
The chefs at Kiji Steakhouse aren’t just chefs. They are also performance artists, animatedly chopping, flipping, and setting food afire mere feet away from guests. At tableside hibachi grills, they prepare filet mignon, lobster tail, chicken, and shrimp marinated in a spicy garlic sauce. Even more chefs work behind the scenes in the kitchen, blanketing meats in teriyaki sauce, and encasing edibles in crispy tempura batter.
Soho Sushi’s menu features a variety of perfectly prepared rolls and sea-centric fare in a casual dining environment. Soak up soy sauce with a bevy of bites that include signature rolls such as the spicy salmon, twined with cream cheese, scallion, carrots, and sesame seeds ($6.50), or the steak with jalapeño, asparagus, scallion, and yakisoba sauce ($6.50). If pre-selected recipes don’t suit your sense of rugged individualism, craft your own crazy roll concoction. Pick a wrap ($4–$5), add a meat ($1.50–$3), choose a veggie, and top it off with garnishes such as eel sauce or tempura crunch before flinging the tasty bites into your primary head-hole with an excessively complicated fish launcher. No matter where patrons sit, the friendly, attentive serving staff will try to meet any request, except for those beginning with "I dare you to…" Sample the sea’s natural bounty of fresh fish with today’s Groupon to Soho Sushi.
Don't let the name mislead you. Though the restaurant is called Mr. Sushi, the menu is expansive and includes traditional dishes from all over eastern Asia. Those seeking noodles to twirl around a fork or spell "I love sushi" with can choose from pad thai, lo mein, or udon. Korean favorites such as beef short rib kalbi and bul kogi slide onto tables alongside hibachi steak or salmon teriyaki. And of course, there's the sushi, served in combinations selected by the chef in maki or atop sticky rice.