Restaurants

Eric Werner
"Friends don't let friends go to Starbucks," reads a sign at Sitwell's Coffeehouse. No, good friends take friends to Sitwells Coffeehouse in Clifton (324 Ludlow Ave.). Well actually, calling Sitwells just a coffeehouse is a bit of an understatement. It's more of a coffeehouse-bar-diner-bistro-type-place-thing. It has a traditional coffeehouse feel with wireless for local students and business people, chalk menus and a potpourri of mismatched tables and chairs. However, Sitwells also packs a full lunch and dinner menu, both of which are vegetarian friendly.

I ordered the Spinach Parmesan Artichoke Quesadilla ($5) and it was delicious; the garlic flavored wrap was a nice touch. My brother ordered the winsomely named Big Ass Pocket Pita Burrito ($7)-a pita overflowing with spinach and other greens. We split a yogurt parfait ($5), which contained more fruit than yogurt. It may be a bit pricey but blueberries, blueberry sauce, strawberries, cantaloupe and granny smith apple slices nestled on a bed of creamy vanilla yogurt was well worth the Lincoln. Desert included a slice of Lemon Apricot tea-cake ($4), which was extremely moist and sweet.

In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, Sitwell's also serves specialty drinks. In fact, most of their drinks have as many ingredients as their meals. In the hot drink department, the Strange Cocoa ($5.50) caught my eye: Dorste's Dark Dutch Cocoa in steamed milk with Absolut vodka, Peppermint Schnapps and whipped cream. As far as cocktails go, there's the Multiple Orgasm ($6). Sitwell's apparently has a thing for wily names. This cocktail is a blend of Absolut vodka, Amaretto Disaronno, Dark Crème de Cacao, Grand Marnier and vanilla ice cream served in a shake (for two of course).

If you go to Sitwell's on a Wednesday around 7:00 pm, you'll have the pleasure of listening to one of Cincinnati's premiere gypsy jazz bands, the Faux Frenchmen.

Sitwell's understands that what makes a restaurant unique comes down to minute details. From quirky names to the fact that the bathroom keys are tied to a whisk and a ladle to using spinach and tomato salads instead of useless mint as a garnish, Sitwell's has got the wit that lies at the essence of being a coffeehouse-restaurant-bar-bistro-café-type-thing.