After 20 years and numerous awards—including a 2004 Tony award for Best Regional Theater—Playhouse in the Park’s producing artistic director Ed Stern is stepping down from the Playhouse this year to direct his own “active retirement.”
Nicola’s Please, just let me lie on the floor and let them pour into my mouth any of their homemade pastas. They’re wondrous. 1420 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 721-6200, nicolasrestaurant.com
Jean-Robert’s Table The skate wing alone is reason enough to come back again and again. 713 Vine St., downtown, (513) 621-4777, jrtable.com
Boca The caramelized Brussels sprouts should be on exhibit at the Smithsonian. 114 E. 6th St., downtown, (513) 542-2022, bocacincinnati.com
Rascals’ NY Deli A real Jewish deli in Cincinnati! Thank God. No, really, thank God. 9525 Kenwood Rd., Blue Ash, (513) 429-4567, rascalsdeli.com
The Precinct A genuine gentlemen’s steakhouse. And great steak is a real bonus. 311 Delta Ave., Columbia-Tusculum (513) 321-5454, jeffruby.com/precinct.php
Greyhound Tavern It’s a long wait for that Southern fried chicken, and worth every minute of it. 2500 Dixie Highway, Ft. Mitchell, (859) 331-3767, greyhoundtavern.com
Jo An Their sushi and sashimi are ethereal. Save the airline fare to Tokyo and spend it here. 3940 Olympic Blvd., Erlanger, (859) 746-2634, joanjapanese.com
Pit To Plate Let me dine alone so I can make a complete mess eating the fabulous ribs and brisket. 8021 Hamilton Ave., College Hill, (513) 931-9100
A Tavola Real crust. Real imagination. Real pizza. 1220 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 246-0192, atavolapizza.com
Suzie Wong’s A cold day? The Hong Kong Wonton Noodle Soup will blast that cold away. 1544 Madison Rd., East Walnut Hills, (513) 751-3333, suziewongs.com
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