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Orchids, Bistro Grace, Red Feather among best U.S. restaurants


Open Table diners have rated three Cincinnati restaurants as among the nation's best in recently released year-end lists.

Orchids at Palm Court downtown at the Hilton Netherland Plaza Hotel has been included in the Top 100 Restaurants in America, the only area dining spot so recognized. According to Open Table, these restaurants represent "the establishments where creativity, consistency and hospitality meet at every meal, every day." See the full list here.

Meanwhile, two fairly new bistros have been named among Open Table's Top 100 Neighborhood Gem Restaurants in America: Bistro Grace in Northside and Red Feather in Oakley. This list "honors the welcoming spots at which diners celebrate both the everyday and the exceptional. The list of honorees is determined after analyzing more than five million reviews of nearly 19,000 restaurants across the country." See the full list here.

 

Funding for Everything But The House a testament to Cincy startup scene


The Tech Cocktail website describes a new round of venture capital funding for Everything But The House as "a testament to the rise of Cincinnati's tech scene." EBTH recently raised $13 million in Series A funding, which will help the online estate and consignment sale company expand into as many as 50 markets over the next several years. It currently operates in Cincinnati, Columbus, Indianapolis, Louisville, Lexington and Nashville. "By having access to the resources in Cincinnati, we’ve been able to recruit top talent and attract two top-tier venture capital partners to help support our future growth," CEO Andy Nielsen tells Tech Cocktail. "We are proud to call Cincinnati home." Read more here.

Where to eat if you're heading home to Cincinnati


Apparently a fan of the monthly Cincinnati Night at Edward's restaurant in Tribeca, NYC, Village Voice "Fork in the Road" columnist Adam Robb visited us recently to dig a little deeper beyond the Edward's menu of Skyline, Montgomery Inn, LaRosa's and Graeter's favorites. As a service to ex-pat Cincinnatians in New York City, he offers a number of hip dining recommendations for those "making the trip Midwest for the holidays to see your family." Read more here.

Cincinnati one of 8 candidates for "next Silicon Valley"

Cincinnati is one of eight U.S. cities identified as potential "next Silicon Valleys" in a Huffington Post report on new destinations for "burgeoning techies" that was produced in conjunction with Citi Group. Cincinnati "may not seem like the next tech hub from the outside, but it actually is exactly where major investors are flocking," the piece says. It also touts the work The Brandery has done to lead the startup community here, referencing the glowing 2013 profile of the organization at Entrepreneur.com. Read more here.
 

OTR included in "Best Architecture in the Midwest"

A photo slideshow titled "Seeking Frank Lloyd Wright: Best Architecture in the Midwest" includes Over-the-Rhine, which Conde Nast Traveler describes as "a case study in successful urban renewal, thanks in part to its notable architecture." The writer also gives a shout-out to the University of Cincinnati's student recreation center, designed by California-based architecture firm Morphosis. See the slide show here.

XU basketball player a driving force

Xavier's 6-foot-10 senior Matt Stainbrook has been in the news lately, but only partially because he's the second leader scorer on XU's 8-2 hoops team. He's the cover boy of Xavier Nation magazine, which describes him as "silly, serious, goofy, intense." And his late-night excursions as an Uber driver in and around Cincinnati prompted a ride-along video from ESPN. Go Muskies!

Better parking ideas for big cities

Cities can change the "politics of parking" by using new parking meter technology to reinforce community planning concepts and push economic development — from giving residents a discount to earmarking meter revenue for better public services. No specific mention of Cincinnati, but some interesting ideas to chew on. Read more here.

Congress passes bill after Cincinnati push

Cincinnati government affairs guru Chip Gerhardt pushed the U.S. House of Representatives to pass the ABLE (Achieving a Better Life) Act last week, allowing people with disabilities to set up savings accounts with no tax on the earnings, similar to 529 college savings accounts, to cover housing, transportation and other expenses. Speaker of the House John Boehner was an active supporter. The bill now goes to the Senate for consideration. Read about Gerhardt's efforts on behalf of his teenage daughter and thousands of others with disabilities here.

Cincinnati is deeply rooted

Census Bureau data reveals that Cincinnati is slightly more "rooted" than the average large U.S. city. Governing magazine analyzes several measures — length of housing tenure, whether people lived in the state where they were born, recent migration data — to determine which cities' residents have particularly deep local roots and wonders how those roots determine a city's civic character. Read more.

How idealism threatens to derail transit projects

"Perfect" can be the enemy of "good" when it comes to new urban transit projects, some of which are being derailed by an unlikely source: transit advocates. Salon looks at why the proposed streetcar line in Arlington, Va., was recently scuttled and how transit projects in Austin, Houston, New York City and Cincinnati face their own hurdles. Read more.

Bach and Boombox declassifies the classics

Cincinnati-based Bach and Boombox declassifies the classics, mixing the Beastie Boys with Beethoven. Read more.
 

Cincinnati beer named one of 100 best on the planet

Rhinegeist Truth, a Cincinnati-brewed India Pale Ale, has been named one of the 100 best beers in the world by lifestyle magazine Men's Journal. Read more.

What it takes to build a startup city: Meet 7 mayors promoting entrepreneurship

Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley, for the first time in history, has included operational support for Cincinnati’s startup ecosystem in the city’s budget. Read more.

Cincinnati restaurant makes Playboy's 101 Best Breakfasts list

The Echo in Hyde Park came in at No. 17 on Playboy's "101 Best Breakfasts in America: The Midwest" list. See the list.

The real-life inspiration for the Super Friends' Hall of Justice is in danger

When the Super Friends of the classic 1970s cartoon series gather at the Hall of Justice, Cincinnatians find it eerily familiar—after all, the hideout drew inspiration from the Queen City’s Union Terminal. But now the art deco masterpiece is in need of some super friends itself. Read more.
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