Best Of 2017

Best New Restaurant In A Familiar Spot: Bridges

Best New Restaurant In A Familiar Spot

Northside favorite Melt is moving down the road into bigger digs, but luckily, something just as good has come along to satiate the lunch crowd and neighboring Northside Tavern’s evening congregants. Bridges offers up fresh, invigorating Nepalese food from the Hamilton Avenue hangout, their first brick-and-mortar restaurant. Think Indian food, but lighter in texture and spice level. Their dal — hearty spiced lentil soup — is a must-try, and they offer a creative twist on samosas, filling the doughy potato dumplings with chicken or cheese and bacon. Bridges can bring the heat, too — ask for the hot peppers and spicy salsa. Wash it all down with their hot milk chai or a lassi, a tasty, semi-sweet yogurt shake. Don’t forget to say hi to restaurant owner Ashak Chipalu and his mom, Rose, who may seem familiar to you: They’re the friendly folks who ran a stand at Findlay Market serving the same delicious food based on Rose’s recipes. A family of immigrants, the goal of the eatery is to “bridge the gap” by connecting Cincinnati diners with South Asian tastes and spices. Bridges, 4165 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-374-9354,