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Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Where's the Caspian?

I was flipping through the latest issue of CiN Weekly this morning and came across a new restaurant they wrote up, The Caspian (far left). It apparently opened March 10 at 3299 Montgomery Road in Loveland, dishing up Mediterranean and Persian food. (I'm embarrassed to admit it, but I had to do some googling to locate the Caspian Sea. To save you the trouble, just know that it's surrounded by Iran and the -stans -- Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Turkmenistan -- and Russia. I'm intrigued to try the grilled kabobs, falafel, stews and gyros.

I only hope The Caspian meets a better fate than some of the former ethnic restaurants up north -- Aralia (Sri Lankan) in Loveland (formerly downtown); The Kolache Factory in Mason; Phoenicia on Montgomery Road at I-275...

Let's just hope that Samarkand Cafe at Fields Ertel manages to stay afloat (top right photo). I've only been there once, for takeout pilav (pilaf) and some meat dumplings, but I think it'd be better to eat in. Mm, pilaf...greasy lamb rice and a big chunk of lamb!


at 1:07 PM Anonymous Greg said...

I still have a Christmas present gift certificate to Phoenicia sitting at home. That hurts

at 1:45 PM Anonymous Anonymous said...

While a few ethnic restaurants have closed "up there," many continue to thrive. There are Indian restaruants in Sharonville, Evendale, Mason and West Chester. Chopsticks Vietnamese is in West Chester. Red Square, a deli that serves some Russian food, is now in West Chester. Thai at Arloi Dee in Mason and Delight Thai Cafe in Loveland. Japanese at Bistro Ginza in Mason and Soho and Akira in West Chester. And others, too, that I can't name off the top of my head.

at 3:20 PM Blogger Julie Gaw said...

Greg, I feel your pain. We had two $25 gift certificates to Phoenicia when we pulled into the parking lot last year and it seemed kinda dark...and I was thinking, hm, wouldn't it suck if they had already closed? and sure enough, they had. use 'em quick!

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