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We Like It Strong and Hot

French Press
Café 45140
With no paper filters to absorb the essential oils, this popular method delivers a deep, dark, full-bodied brew. We recommend this three-way: French press + French roast + French toast at Chefs Tami Whitfield and Joe Kirchmayer’s adorable café along the Loveland Bike Trail. • 123 Railroad Ave., Loveland, (513) 748-5500 

A Pub, Reborn

Maybe it’s because he is delighted to have a new chef, all of seven months on the team. Maybe it’s because the menu has taken a new farm-to-table direction, a trend the new chef is noted to feverishly support. Or maybe it’s both. Because when we ask our server “What do you recommend?” he unleashes a soliloquy:

The Pelican Brief

New England clam chowder is a dish subjected to abuse. The famous stew (attributed to French-Canadian fisherman before it became an icon of American regional cuisine) is more often than not a glutinous pudding encumbered by potatoes and slight on clams, even in respectable eateries.