Not-so-new and noted
I’ve been lax in my Foodie Report blogging duties lately (although I’m sure most readers haven’t noticed or cared) so here are some quick reviews of some new-ish places at which I’ve dined recently. (Note: Although my bio on the left indicates I’m a vegetarian, I sometimes succumb to seafood cravings, especially when there are few vegetarian options, so I should probably change it to avoid getting attacked.)
-Seny, East Walnut Hills: For all the hype, I wasn’t that impressed with Seny. But maybe it was just what I ordered -- sautéed shrimp, potato and herb croquettes and slow-roasted stuffed mushrooms, which arrived topped with bacon, although the menu didn’t indicate that. If I were more of a meat-eater, I probably would have found more to choose from. (My favorite part of the meal was probably my glass of sangria.) And the service was weirdly over-attentive, with multiple servers stopping by our table (maybe someone was new and in training)? As far as local tapas places go, I had a better experience at Latitudes Café in Milford last year, but I’d be willing to give Seny another chance. I wouldn't recommend it to strict vegetarians, though.
-Greenup Café, Covington: I had brunch there a few weeks back but didn’t choose the most adventurous thing on the menu (buttermilk pancakes with bananas, blueberries and maple butter), so I really need to go back. Almost everything on the brunch menu is under $10, and its cozy, colorful interior and prime location in Covington's walkable Riverside Historic District can’t be beat.
-Twist Lounge & Bar, downtown: My small plate of crab salad (served on porcelain spoons) was superb, but my plum martini was way too sweet – it basically tasted like a liquid Jolly Rancher. Wonderful, cozy atmosphere here too, and not too crowded, even during happy hour on a Friday. I felt like I was hanging out in someone’s very well-furnished living room. It sure would be nice to be relaxing in front of that fireplace right now...