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Green Dog Café

Green Dog Café
Environmentally conscious, sustainable, organic and oh-so-chic: Keep reading to learn about the local eatery that's all these things and more.

 

112111HEALTH.jpgYou can call her a visionary: Just don't call her late to dinner. Mary Swortwood, chef partner at Green Dog Café, opened the doors to her environmentally-conscious, sustainable and organic restaurant before it was trendy and cool to be eco-chic and allergy conscious.

 

She began the chef-owned and -operated business on September 1, 2009, after owning and selling Brown Dog Café and Tinks. "I'm a chef at heart and wanted to get back in the kitchen," she says.

 

The idea was to offer a broad menu "to address people who merely want fresh, good food," she says, "or who are conscious of issues due to allergies with wheat, gluten or dairy."

 

Swortwood says she's dedicated to sourcing as much of her food as possible from local, small artisans and focuses on organic or sustainable products. "Controlling the amount of pesticides used in processing food is important to many of today's consumers," she says. "And while it is important to have fresh foods and to stay away from pesticides, fresh food simply tastes better. My style has always been to let the blend of fresh foods create the flavors of the dish."

 

Located at 3543 Columbia Parkway, near the corner of Columbia Parkway and Delta Avenue, the location was selected because it's convenient to downtown, Hyde Park, Mariemont, Mt. Lookout and other Eastern suburbs, Swortwood says. "Columbia Tusculum is a great neighborhood," she says. "And located on Rt. 50, there are more than 50,000 cars that pass the center daily. Having easy access and ease of parking is important to our clients."

 

The most popular item on the menu? Swortwood says it's probably the Green Chow Bowl, made with fresh sautéed spinach, mushrooms and brown rice. "It is a filling dish, it's vegan and feels like comfort food now in the changing season of fall," she says. "Second is the Turkey Burger. We grind our own fresh turkey and serve it on a freshly made bun."

 

Next on the horizon for Swortwood is expanding into the neighboring space. "The expansion, called Buzz, will be a table service restaurant and bar," she says. According to Swortwood, the space is small and intimate and will seat 50 to 60 people.

 

The Green Dog concept is casual and walk-up, but Swortwood says the neighborhood needs a table service restaurant that is, in her words, "kicked up a notch." "We will have music later in the week and weekends," Swortwood says. "The menu will feature flatbreads, fresh fish, some meat items and an extensive appetizer list."

Amy Scalia -

 

Amy Scalia, a Cincinnati native, is the editor in chief and publisher of Cincy Chic. Send her an e-mail at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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