Known for its collection of more than 300 cookie jars, Riley’s Restaurant presents a menu brimming with hearty American fare. Breakfasters can greet a spinach-and-cheese frittata, a fluffy egg dish that bears spinach, portobello mushrooms, and melted swiss cheese on its soft yet substantial shoulders, accompanied by fruit and a fresh-baked muffin ($7.99).
Tan Thai serves up savory noodle dishes, authentic Thai entrees, and sweet curries in a relaxing, casual atmosphere. The menu showcases a smorgasbord of seafood specialties, including spicy salmon with basil and red curry ($14.95), as well as hot and spicy scallops, piled atop a mound of bamboo shoots, baby corn, bell peppers, basil, and red-chili sauce ($13.95). Tan Thai allows guests to customize meals with one of six protein choices—tofu, vegetables, pork, chicken, beef, or shrimp—and one of five levels of spiciness, ranging from the relatively mild level one, to the will-testing level five, capable of generating enough mouth heat to melt a harmonica. Personalize a plate of pad thai ($9.95–$11.95) or one of five colorful curries ($10.50–$12.50), such as the green, yellow, and red—inspired by Bangkok traffic patterns. Sip a refreshing thai iced coffee ($2.95) or nibble on a sweet treat of mango sticky rice ($4.95) in Tan Thai's cheery dining room adorned with serene, pale-yellow walls, comfy booth seating, and arched doorways.
The wood-paneled walls at SmoQ are full of vintage photos of renowned southern barbecue chefs, but that’s only one way the restaurant pays homage to the southern barbecue tradition. The other way is the smell, created by the molasses-brined chicken, hand-rubbed ribs, and spiced sausage basking in the wood smoker for up to 14 hours. The process infuses both succulent slabs of meat and the dining room with a sweet, smoky aroma.
SmoQ’s slow-cooked ribs earned praise from Cincinnati.com and were called “Best In Show quality” by Cincinnati Magazine, which also deemed the chicken wings “quite possibly the best in the city.” In addition to the meats, the chefs also send southern staples such as corn succotash to the smoker. At the end of the meal, SmoQ finishes in southern style with bread pudding crafted from Maker’s Mark sauce and glazed donuts.
Chefs at Dos Amigos pride themselves on the extensive menu of traditional Mexican favorites, as well as their smattering of unique dishes that customers can rarely find elsewhere. In addition to classics such as succulent carnitas and vegetarian-friendly spinach enchiladas, they harness the natural sweetness of seafood to forge house specialties including lobster chimichangas and fried-shrimp burritos. This family-owned-and-operated eatery also makes it easy to bring the whole clan, allowing kids to eat for $1 on Thursdays and hosting a daily happy hour ideal for atoning after misplacing your in-laws again.
At Expressions in Hair, a team of stylists snip and sculpt tresses into fashionable cuts, enhancing them with artful coloring and highlights. They also sew in extensions and micro-bead locks, while their nail techs employ a wide selection of shellac polishes when painting nails or marking which Hot Wheels are theirs. For patrons wanting to expel hair, an onsite aesthetician can wax everything from face and arms to back and legs.