Show Mom you care or carefully remember Mother's Day with a For You, Mom bouquet, a 26-stem combination of roses, gerbera daisies, carnations, mini-carnations, baby’s breath, and vibrant greens ($50.75). Or, gift a minimalist glass-bubble bowl filled with a few simple seasonal blooms ($30). A dozen roses ($60) are fail-proof blooms for any occasion, including Constitution Day, Secretary's Day, and Overseas Electronics Day. The friendly flower whisperers at Ruttle & Neltner boast an impressive 55 combined years of creating eye-catching arrangements and will be happy to work with you to design a creative and customized nine-inch bouquet vase ($35+) or other vased arrangement ($45+).
Though the original Nuvo shuttered in 2009, chef Mark Bodenstein could not shake the feeling that he had more work to do. So in late 2013, he decided to breathe some life back into his old concept, flexing his creativity with an everchanging prix fixe menu of imaginative and aesthetically astonishing plates. As Cincinnati Magazine put it, "This is food you'll be thinking about for days."?
Though he cooks with meat, Bodenstein believes that veggies are more dynamic. To this end, his staff finds greens wherever they can find them, whether that's from the onsite garden or nearby farms. Here are some of the less familiar plants that might grace the plates at Nuvo At Greenup.
Maitake mushrooms: In the United States, they're known as hen of the woods. In Japan, their name means "the dancing mushroom." These huge, scalloped mushrooms are easily found by foragers and savored for their rich umami.
Wheat berries: This is what wheat looks like before it's ground into flour. Rich with fiber, protein, and B vitamins, these berries add a barley-like texture to soups and stews.
Nasturtium: The blossoms of this plant are edible, but the flavorful leaves taste peppery and bittersweet.
Fiddlehead ferns: The tightly coiled tips of this fern add grassy brightness to dishes but are only available for a short time period?in the early spring, when ferns are just growing new shoots.
Located at Covington's perfectly-grilled core, the comic-book-themed WhackBurger aims to knock out and lock up hunger with a single powerful weapon: burgers. Burgers so massive that, as Cincinnati Magazine said, they "would still appear large when grasped by Andre the Giant's fist." As if those piled-high patties weren't enough of a handful, the kitchen still sends out every burger with a choice of side, ranging from the traditional (fresh-cut fries with house-made ketchup) to the offbeat (jambalaya, broccoli slaw).
While the walls are covered in comics and superhero-inspired murals, the menu is more like a choose-your-own-adventure novel. In addition to weighing your side options, there's a choice of patty: beef from nearby Heringer Meats, turkey, or a vegetarian black-bean patty made in house. Finally, you'll choose one of more than a dozen topping styles. With bacon and peppercorn mayo, even the Classic is far from standard-issue, but and wilder possibilities take inspiration from Cajun, Cuban, Mediterranean, and German cuisines.
Montgomery Inn has seen a lot of famous faces over the years; Johnny Cash, Brittany Spears, Cameron Diaz, countless professional athletes, and every US president since Gerald Ford. The real stars, though, are the restaurant's award-winning ribs. Founders Ted and Matula Gregory started serving them in the late 1950s using Matula's homemade barbecue sauce. The ribs were an instant hit with diners and earned their first official accolades from the Cincinnati Post in 1968.
Years later, Montgomery Inn has expanded both its menu?specialties now include housemade Saratoga chips and barbecued spring chicken?and locations, but the ribs still steal the show. In recent years, they've been lauded by The Today Show, CNBC, and Fox News. The restaurant has even their own grocery line, so customers can enjoy their ribs and sauces at home.
Chef Rima had a lot of luck with the homestyle recipes at her restaurant The Porch. So when an opportunity came up to expand, she took a cue from Hollywood executives and created a spinoff restaurant, Rima's Diner. The diner has a 1950s feel, with photos of Elvis and Marilyn looking over guests as they dig into plates of crusty chicken pot pie or country-fried pork tenderloins. Her desserts are just as traditional. She decorates german-chocolate, strawberry, and coconut cakes with simple yet beautiful layers of creamy frosting and slices of fresh fruit. When the sun is out, guests can take their fare to the outdoor patio to enjoy the sunshine and be better informed when talking to strangers about the weather.
Main Bite's inviting atmosphere allows guests to dig into the eatery's distinctive brand of American small plates with friends and family. With many ingredients sourced from local vendors, the menu's selection of "bites" caters to groups looking for fresh food to share. Beginning bites include sundried tomato artichoke dip and blue cheese bruschetta. Heartier portions fall in the "main bites" category and include bavarian braised beef over smashed rustic potatoes, or maple bourbon pork roast with chipotle sweet potatoes. These small plates leave plenty of room for cake truffles and gelato, a specialty cocktail such as the Cider Spice, or one of several coffee or dessert martini selections.