Best Of 2018

Best Riff on a Deli Classic: Salazar OTR

Best Riff on a Deli Classic
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Hailey Bollinger

Of course, you can’t go wrong with pretty much anything they dish out at Jose Salazar’s cozy, eponymous Salazar OTR, but it’s almost impossible to resist the salmon entrée, an elevated take on a bagel with smoked salmon. You get a perfectly cooked piece of king salmon with an “everything” crust (poppy seeds, sesame seeds, etc.) plated with cream cheese dumplings, pickled Fresno chilies, crispy and thin bagel chips, tangy caper berries and a bit of dill sauce. Salazar OTR, 1401 Republic St., Over-the-Rhine, salazarcincinnati.com.