Best Of 2019

Best Cod Sandwich: Afishionados

Finding affordable fresh fish in the Cincinnati area is somewhat difficult, especially if you don’t want to pay Whole Foods prices. Tucked next to the entrance to the Florence Mall, Afishionados opened in November after relocating from Friendly Market. Alongside bakery Memorie Makers and olive oil company Kentucky Olive, the three businesses operate as Olde Kentucky Market. Afishionados fishmonger/co-owner John LaFontaine, aka Captain John, cut his teeth working for high-end fish market Keegan’s before opening Afishionados in 2014. In the new space, Captain John has expanded the business into more of a casual restaurant, replete with a dining room to eat cooked Scottish salmon, bowls of chowda and a cod sandwich. He coats the cod with panko and fries it until it’s extra crispy. Cod can be a boring, flavorless fish, but his exceeds expectations. Priced at only $9 — it comes with a side — it’s one of the best things on the menu. Afishionados, 2164 Florence Mall, Florence, a-fish-ionados.com.