Best Of 2018

Best Cheese Pull: The Rhined

We all know that food commercials set unrealistic expectations. Your Papa John’s pizza will never look like the one on TV because the one on TV was concocted by a food stylist and Photoshop magic. Take, for instance, the “cheese pull,” when someone grabs a slice in an ad and the impossibly gooey cheese stretches from the pie to your mouth. If you want melty, cheesy goodness you can actually eat, head to OTR cheese shop The Rhined. Every Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. this neighborhood artisan cheese shop hosts Raclette Night (at least through spring). They take a giant halved cheese wheel, heat the side until it’s golden and bubbly, then scrape off that liquid gold — and crusty cheese rinds! — with a knife. This glorious puddle of cheese is accompanied by boiled fingerling potatoes, ham, housemade pickles, whole-grain mustard and some dressed arugula — so you can tell yourself it’s a salad. If you can’t make it to the shop (or are just dairy free), follow @therhined on Instagram for some drool-worthy food porn. Cheesus crust! The Rhined, 1737 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine, therhined.com.