Best Of 2020

Best Big City Food Hall: Staff Pick

Best Big City Food Hall

When Kroger on the Rhine opened in September, it was the first Kroger location in downtown Cincinnati proper since 1969. The multi-floor concept — and we’re just talking about the Kroger here, not the attached garage or the market-rate apartments — brings to mind the food halls of larger American and even European cities. Food halls are not quite market houses, grocery stores or food courts, they’re a mix of all three and On the Rhine Eatery is Cincinnati’s first. It’s a trend that allows patrons to wander while snacking and drinking in a community space. Located on the second floor of the grocer, the food hall is home to five favorite local concepts: Eli’s BBQ, dope! Asian Street Fare, Django Western Taco, Queen City Whip and Kroger’s 1883 Café & Bar. You order from each restaurant independently and then bring your food to the tables at the center. There’s also a full-service bar so you can grab a glass of wine or cocktail while you dine. If there’s space on the outdoor patio — there are only a few coveted tables — it’s an excellent, elevated spot to watch the world go by. Kroger on the Rhine, 100 E. Court St., Downtown, ontherhineeatery.com.