Best Of 2022

Best Pickle Butter

The team behind Longfellow in Over-the-Rhine opened a new bar and restaurant called Mid-City on the recently revamped and pedestrian-friendly Court Street Plaza. It’s an unassuming but geographically accurate name for one of downtown’s best new spots to grab a classic cocktail (the list includes a Gibson, Manhattan and Tom Collins) and small plates. The food menu adapts to the seasons, and you can follow along on social media (@midcitycinti) to learn about specials. But one of the kitchen’s best inventions is the housemade pickle butter — a creamy, tangy mix of dairy and two kinds of chopped pickles. When applied to the warm slices of griddled bread, the butter melts and leaves behind little flavor bombs. It’s a great accessory to any of their fried veggie dishes or meaty skewers. The dessert menu, similar to the retro-flavored cocktail list, features a baked Alaska, or ice cream cake covered in decorative and torched meringue. A larger dining room is coming soon, and Mid-City also includes a nice side patio.