Local Flavor


What’s happening in Cincinnati’s food and dining community.

There’s a new zipcode for the La Poste team: The owners of La Poste Eatery in Clifton—Bryant Phillips, Kelly Lough, Dave Taylor, and Jens Rosenkrantz—are set to open their second restaurant in Northside.

Formerly the site of Slims, the restaurant is to be called Django Western Taco, inspired by the coffin-dragging gunslinger Django (played by Franco Nero) in the 1966 Sergio Corbucci spaghetti western and, according to Phillips, “the coolest cowboy we could think of.”  Chef Dave Taylor describes the menu as “food from the American West” with chili, ribeye steak, authentic molcajete (a mixed grill served in a stone bowl), and tacos among some of the À la carte items (and priced so that you won’t need a fistful of dollars). Expect the “high energy, fast casual, down and dirty, mud-on-your boots” restaurant to be open six days a week, noon to midnight (later on weekends), with a full bar, rock ‘n roll soundtrack, and even a “cowboy shoot-‘em-up video game.”  Hell yes.
Django Western Taco 4046 Hamilton Ave. Northside

With nearly 30 years running the kitchens of popular, award-winning, Greater Cincinnati restaurants—including several years as Corporate Executive Chef for Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment—Chef Jimmy Gibson finally gets a shot at his own restaurant. Opening Tuesday December 6th, Jimmy G’s will feature a full menu of appetizers, hot bowls, cold plates, and main plates ranging in price from $8 – $45 with most items under $30. Look for classics such as shrimp cocktail with a fresh horseradish and chili sauce and dry aged steaks, to schmaltz fried chicken flaps served with warmed spiced foie gras vinaigrette, and a prime filet of rib eye rolled in a thin layer of garlic and herb paste, wrapped in a nearly diaphanous sheet of prime rib fatcap, and roasted. (Well hello there, superstar).

The subterranean dining room and bar evokes the feel of a swanky 70’s basement rec room while retaining elements of its former incarnation as Wah Mee Chinese restaurant with its signature keyhole doorway, shots of red paint, and lustrous black floor. Open 5pm -10pm Sunday through Thursday, and until 11pm Friday and Saturday. Closed Monday.

A great reincarnation for Starbucks: Chefs Sean Daly and Jim Cornwell have partnered with Jay Ashmore, owner of Dutch’s, the coolest bar and bottle shop in the city (Ashmore is also a partner in Daly’s restaurant Hugo), to open The Larder on the corner of Marburg Rd. and Erie Ave. Starbucks vacated the tiny corner store last spring; the threesome plan to eventually connect the neighboring store to Dutch’s. In the meantime, expect the part butcher shop, charcuterie, and specialty retail store (olive oils, vinegars, and imported dry goods will stock the shelves) to seat 15-20 people for light lunches of panini, cheese and meat boards, esoteric beers, and boutique wines with occasional beer and wine dinners in the evenings. Hours are to be determined. The Larder plans to open mid to late January. Check back here in a couple of weeks for the date and hours, as well as an announcement from Chef Sean Daly regarding good news for his restaurant Hugo.

Eli’s Comin’. I have loved his pulled pork sandwich and North Carolina style sauce since I first discovered Elias Leisring standing over a grill on Fountain Square one exceptionally warm spring day. This month he’ll open Eli’s BBQ in the Columbia-Tusculum neighborhood, a “real barbecue shack” featuring his love-me-tender pulled pork, smoked brisket, ribs, and turkey breast, and good-for-your soul food such as cornbread, mac ‘n cheese, and grits. The restaurant will seat around 30 people, with outdoor seating during the warm months.
Eli’s BBQ, 3313 Riverside Dr., (513) 307-8318

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