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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.

Rohrer’s Tavern

In 1948, the only way to get to California from Washington, D.C., was U.S. 50. This made Route 50 something like the east-to-west aorta of travel and business activity, the National Road. But that traffic was taken away by the Interstate Highway System.
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