21 New and Coming Soon Cincinnati Restaurants to Try This Summer

Hungry? Good. Cincinnati has some buns in the oven. The pandemic appears to be in the rear-view mirror and the Queen City's dining scene is ready to pop off. Many restaurants have opened over the past spring and summer, and there are plenty more slated to open in the coming months. From a German brezelgarden to a Latin American brunch spot, barbecue hubs and a taco truck, here's where to head when you're craving something new.
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Somerset OTR
139 E. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine
Slated to open this summer, this literal urban oasis will transport visitors across the globe once they walk through the entrance gates. The forthcoming bar features a vibrant jungle atmosphere, with eclectic decor and unique seating throughout the space. Somerset will have two bars — a conservatory bar and a lounge bar, as well as an herb garden, space for a food truck and an outdoor cinema wall, according to their Instagram. 
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Somerset OTR

139 E. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine
Slated to open this summer, this literal urban oasis will transport visitors across the globe once they walk through the entrance gates. The forthcoming bar features a vibrant jungle atmosphere, with eclectic decor and unique seating throughout the space. Somerset will have two bars — a conservatory bar and a lounge bar, as well as an herb garden, space for a food truck and an outdoor cinema wall, according to their Instagram.
Photo: Facebook.com/somerset.otr
Bebo’s Burgers + Frappes
29 E. Court St., Downtown
From the team behind Lalo, BEBO’S opened in mid-June in the space formerly occupied by Dope!, Hop Ping Pig and Lalo on the recently revitalized Court Street. The eatery specializes in gourmet burgers and decadent frappes. The menu offers 12 burgers and sandwiches, ranging from the simple Old Fashioned burger with American cheese, LTP, onion and mayo to the more extravagant Crzy Rich Asian with provolone, gojuchang sauce, sweet pickled carrots, caramelized onion, mushroom and kimchi. They have a vegetarian chickpea patty for the non-meat-eaters. Frappes range from the Elvis with chocolate, banana, peanut butter and sugar cookies to Tea Time with Thai tea, cinnamon and Asian cookie sticks. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Bebo’s Burgers + Frappes

29 E. Court St., Downtown
From the team behind Lalo, BEBO’S opened in mid-June in the space formerly occupied by Dope!, Hop Ping Pig and Lalo on the recently revitalized Court Street. The eatery specializes in gourmet burgers and decadent frappes. The menu offers 12 burgers and sandwiches, ranging from the simple Old Fashioned burger with American cheese, LTP, onion and mayo to the more extravagant Crzy Rich Asian with provolone, gojuchang sauce, sweet pickled carrots, caramelized onion, mushroom and kimchi. They have a vegetarian chickpea patty for the non-meat-eaters. Frappes range from the Elvis with chocolate, banana, peanut butter and sugar cookies to Tea Time with Thai tea, cinnamon and Asian cookie sticks.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Gulow Street
1614 Hoffner St., Northside
Northside will soon welcome a new addition to the neighborhood. 
Gulow Street — set to open at the end of June — is a cozy yet sophisticated bar and restaurant located at the corner of Hoffner and Gulow streets (the establishment's namesake). Gulow Street's food menu is small but mighty, offering seven dishes ranging from breakfast to dinner, with stand-out items including sesame noodles, a pimento-stuffed breakfast sandwich, rigatoni bolognese and a cheeseburger. The cocktail menu sports four craft cocktails ranging in spirits from bourbon and vodka to gin. The bar/restaurant will also have a dog-friendly patio. 
Photo: Alex Mouch

Gulow Street

1614 Hoffner St., Northside
Northside will soon welcome a new addition to the neighborhood. Gulow Street — set to open at the end of June — is a cozy yet sophisticated bar and restaurant located at the corner of Hoffner and Gulow streets (the establishment's namesake). Gulow Street's food menu is small but mighty, offering seven dishes ranging from breakfast to dinner, with stand-out items including sesame noodles, a pimento-stuffed breakfast sandwich, rigatoni bolognese and a cheeseburger. The cocktail menu sports four craft cocktails ranging in spirits from bourbon and vodka to gin. The bar/restaurant will also have a dog-friendly patio.
Photo: Alex Mouch
Pig Candy BBQ Kitchen
5901 Kellogg Ave., California
Local couple Paul Montgomery and Christina Goehrig opened their restaurant Pig Candy BBQ on March 26, but the idea has been marinating for a little over half a decade. Montgomery and Goehrig bought the Kellogg Avenue building in which the restaurant sits — near Dead Low Brewing and the Lunken Airport bike path — five years ago. Built in 1913, it served as the local California, Ohio jail for many decades. Pig Candy specializes in smoked, barbecued meats with pulled pork, smoked and sliced turkey and grilled bone-in chicken thighs on the menu. Certain dishes have a Mexican-influence, like the pulled pork posole, barbecue quesadilla and grilled salsa; Montgomery says that each of these are his brother-in-law’s father’s recipes. The name “Pig Candy” comes from their specialty: a fluffy gluten-free waffle pressed with pulled pork and topped with peach maple glaze. Unlike some other barbecue joints, though, Pig Candy offers alternatives for those with dietary restrictions, including housemade vegan goetta and gluten-free waffles.
Photo: Provided by Pig Candy BBQ Kitchen

Pig Candy BBQ Kitchen

5901 Kellogg Ave., California
Local couple Paul Montgomery and Christina Goehrig opened their restaurant Pig Candy BBQ on March 26, but the idea has been marinating for a little over half a decade. Montgomery and Goehrig bought the Kellogg Avenue building in which the restaurant sits — near Dead Low Brewing and the Lunken Airport bike path — five years ago. Built in 1913, it served as the local California, Ohio jail for many decades. Pig Candy specializes in smoked, barbecued meats with pulled pork, smoked and sliced turkey and grilled bone-in chicken thighs on the menu. Certain dishes have a Mexican-influence, like the pulled pork posole, barbecue quesadilla and grilled salsa; Montgomery says that each of these are his brother-in-law’s father’s recipes. The name “Pig Candy” comes from their specialty: a fluffy gluten-free waffle pressed with pulled pork and topped with peach maple glaze. Unlike some other barbecue joints, though, Pig Candy offers alternatives for those with dietary restrictions, including housemade vegan goetta and gluten-free waffles.
Photo: Provided by Pig Candy BBQ Kitchen
Copper and Flame
1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Pour-your-own-drink concept Copper & Flame opened in the former Rook OTR space on June 3. The bar boasts 68 different taps of draft beer, plus craft cocktails and wine — all priced by-the-ounce and poured by the individual. Co-owner Kathy O'Connell says this concept allows customers to explore new styles of drinks and try as little or as much as they want. But don't expect to see familiar brews  — Copper & Flame is highlighting rare beer varieties that you likely won't find on draft lists around the neighborhood. Just load money onto an RFID card when you enter and use that to buy your drinks.
Photo: Facebook.com/CopperandFlameotr

Copper and Flame

1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
Pour-your-own-drink concept Copper & Flame opened in the former Rook OTR space on June 3. The bar boasts 68 different taps of draft beer, plus craft cocktails and wine — all priced by-the-ounce and poured by the individual. Co-owner Kathy O'Connell says this concept allows customers to explore new styles of drinks and try as little or as much as they want. But don't expect to see familiar brews — Copper & Flame is highlighting rare beer varieties that you likely won't find on draft lists around the neighborhood. Just load money onto an RFID card when you enter and use that to buy your drinks.
Photo: Facebook.com/CopperandFlameotr
Stellar Food Company
6663 Salem Road, Anderson Township
Fans of Stellar Street Eats soon can stop hunting down the food truck’s next location online, because the eatery-on-wheels is expanding with a static brick-and-mortar in Anderson Township. Operated by husband-and-wife duo Ashlee Rose and Ryan O’Neil, Stellar Street Eats is known for its burgers, wraps, steak sandwiches and cult-favorite pimento cheese. In fact, it's been named one of the top three Best Food Trucks in CityBeat's past three Best Of Cincinnati issues, and was in the top three Best Overall Burgers and Best Local Snack this year (for that pimento cheese). 
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Stellar Food Company

6663 Salem Road, Anderson Township
Fans of Stellar Street Eats soon can stop hunting down the food truck’s next location online, because the eatery-on-wheels is expanding with a static brick-and-mortar in Anderson Township. Operated by husband-and-wife duo Ashlee Rose and Ryan O’Neil, Stellar Street Eats is known for its burgers, wraps, steak sandwiches and cult-favorite pimento cheese. In fact, it's been named one of the top three Best Food Trucks in CityBeat's past three Best Of Cincinnati issues, and was in the top three Best Overall Burgers and Best Local Snack this year (for that pimento cheese).
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Yuca
700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Jeremy Faeth, co-owner and executive chef of popular Covington brunch restaurant Cedar, plans to open his second restaurant, Yuca, in Bellevue this summer. The eatery will take over the space formerly occupied by Fairfield Market. This new Latin-American restaurant will be open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, serving items like The Hangover, Cedar’s most popular dish. In The Hangover, you will find two sunny side-up eggs laying on a bed of spicy chorizo and homemade potatoes with pico de gallo and avocado on top. All of Yuca’s recipes are made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients. 
Photo: Francisco Huerta

Yuca

700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Jeremy Faeth, co-owner and executive chef of popular Covington brunch restaurant Cedar, plans to open his second restaurant, Yuca, in Bellevue this summer. The eatery will take over the space formerly occupied by Fairfield Market. This new Latin-American restaurant will be open for breakfast, brunch, and lunch, serving items like The Hangover, Cedar’s most popular dish. In The Hangover, you will find two sunny side-up eggs laying on a bed of spicy chorizo and homemade potatoes with pico de gallo and avocado on top. All of Yuca’s recipes are made from scratch with locally sourced ingredients.
Photo: Francisco Huerta
Tallstack Sammies
3428 Decoursey Ave., Latonia
From the brains and cleavers behind Butcher Betties' “retro meatcentric brand” comes Tallstack Sammies, a shop offering super tall Montreal-style smoked meat sandwiches. What is “Montreal-style smoked meat,” you ask? According to Wikipedia, it’s a Kosher deli meat similar to pastrami featuring salted, cured, hot smoked and steamed brisket. The new eatery is slated to open in July and is attached to Pandemonium art gallery, bar and live music venue.
Photo: Facebook.com/TallStackSammies

Tallstack Sammies

3428 Decoursey Ave., Latonia
From the brains and cleavers behind Butcher Betties' “retro meatcentric brand” comes Tallstack Sammies, a shop offering super tall Montreal-style smoked meat sandwiches. What is “Montreal-style smoked meat,” you ask? According to Wikipedia, it’s a Kosher deli meat similar to pastrami featuring salted, cured, hot smoked and steamed brisket. The new eatery is slated to open in July and is attached to Pandemonium art gallery, bar and live music venue.
Photo: Facebook.com/TallStackSammies
OLLA
302 W. MLK Jr. Blvd, Covington
The folks behind Covington’s Gutierrez Deli opened OLLA on June 1. The eatery serves up Mexican-style street food. The menu is stacked with tacos, burritos, nachos and “Guti fries,” with nine different meat/veggie options (including birria) to choose from, plus a couple of entrees, sides and drinks — both alcoholic and non. 
Photo: Facebook.com/OllaCov

OLLA

302 W. MLK Jr. Blvd, Covington
The folks behind Covington’s Gutierrez Deli opened OLLA on June 1. The eatery serves up Mexican-style street food. The menu is stacked with tacos, burritos, nachos and “Guti fries,” with nine different meat/veggie options (including birria) to choose from, plus a couple of entrees, sides and drinks — both alcoholic and non.
Photo: Facebook.com/OllaCov
Rosie’s Cocktails & Pies
300 E. Seventh St., Downtown
While temporarily closed due to a car accident involving the restaurant, Rosie’s is slated to reopen mid-July. From the team behind Crown Republic Gastropub and Losanti, this East Coast-style pizza spot takes over the space formerly occupied by Money Chicken. Rosie's features a unique style of pizza made with house dough, which is then layered with cheese, toppings and sauce on top — creating a light and crisp pizza from the crust to the center of the pie. Ingredients are either made in-house or sourced from Ohio-based businesses. They also offer a selection of craft cocktails, wine and beer. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Rosie’s Cocktails & Pies

300 E. Seventh St., Downtown
While temporarily closed due to a car accident involving the restaurant, Rosie’s is slated to reopen mid-July. From the team behind Crown Republic Gastropub and Losanti, this East Coast-style pizza spot takes over the space formerly occupied by Money Chicken. Rosie's features a unique style of pizza made with house dough, which is then layered with cheese, toppings and sauce on top — creating a light and crisp pizza from the crust to the center of the pie. Ingredients are either made in-house or sourced from Ohio-based businesses. They also offer a selection of craft cocktails, wine and beer.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger