December 06, 2019

22 Cincinnati Eateries Offering Can’t-Miss Specialty Dinner Nights Every Week

From $1 oysters or bottomless mussels to made-from-scratch pastas and five buck burgers, these Queen City eateries offer mouthwatering specials for every night of the week.

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Nicola’s
1420 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine
Nicola’s had fallen off my radar, but news of a recently hired executive chef gave me good reason to revisit the fine Italian restaurant. It has been at the same downtown/Over-the-Rhine location for 22 years, making owners Nicola (Nick) and Maureen Pietoso true pioneers in the area’s eventual renaissance. In June, executive chef Jack Hemmer came on board. He had cooked at Nicola’s a few years ago and left for other local kitchens, including a stint as executive chef at Mercer OTR when it first opened.   
He and his team retained some fan-favorite menu items that he said “absolutely deserve” keeping, such as a couple of pastas — tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce and four-cheese gnocchi — along with a goat cheese salad. And since June, Hemmer has developed several intriguing appetizers, pastas and entrées. He said that on the fall menu he especially recommends the duck leg and octopus starters; tortelloni pasta with a mélange of ingredients that “balance savory, sweet, spice and acidity;” and a pan-seared branzino entrée.
We took our server’s recommendation and split a couple orders of gnocchi ($18-$28) as an intermediate course. We agreed that the dish had been over-salted, which bothered some of us (including me) more than others. After more wine and waiting, our main dinner arrived. Several of my companions scarfed up more pasta, from the Bolognese ($15-$25) to risotto Milanese ($18-$28), while two of us went with fish entrées. Between the branzino ($34; my choice) and my friend’s Atlantic sole ($34), I preferred the latter. The fish was tender and flaky, and I liked the preparation with sautéed cauliflower, Marcona almonds and wine-soaked raisins. (Pama Mitchell)
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

Nicola’s

1420 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine
Nicola’s had fallen off my radar, but news of a recently hired executive chef gave me good reason to revisit the fine Italian restaurant. It has been at the same downtown/Over-the-Rhine location for 22 years, making owners Nicola (Nick) and Maureen Pietoso true pioneers in the area’s eventual renaissance. In June, executive chef Jack Hemmer came on board. He had cooked at Nicola’s a few years ago and left for other local kitchens, including a stint as executive chef at Mercer OTR when it first opened.
He and his team retained some fan-favorite menu items that he said “absolutely deserve” keeping, such as a couple of pastas — tagliatelle with Bolognese sauce and four-cheese gnocchi — along with a goat cheese salad. And since June, Hemmer has developed several intriguing appetizers, pastas and entrées. He said that on the fall menu he especially recommends the duck leg and octopus starters; tortelloni pasta with a mélange of ingredients that “balance savory, sweet, spice and acidity;” and a pan-seared branzino entrée.
We took our server’s recommendation and split a couple orders of gnocchi ($18-$28) as an intermediate course. We agreed that the dish had been over-salted, which bothered some of us (including me) more than others. After more wine and waiting, our main dinner arrived. Several of my companions scarfed up more pasta, from the Bolognese ($15-$25) to risotto Milanese ($18-$28), while two of us went with fish entrées. Between the branzino ($34; my choice) and my friend’s Atlantic sole ($34), I preferred the latter. The fish was tender and flaky, and I liked the preparation with sautéed cauliflower, Marcona almonds and wine-soaked raisins. (Pama Mitchell)
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
SUNDAY
Sunday Sauce at Oakley Wines
4011 Allston St., Oakley
Very few things go better with wine than pasta, so every Sunday at Oakley Wines, chefs David Jackman and Lydia Jackman host a pasta pop-up featuring homemade creations. Oakley Wines changed ownership last year when Stephanie and Dave Webster, who also own The Rhined cheese shop in OTR, were ready to expand their brand. They opened The Rhined in 2017 and acquired Oakley Wines in September 2018. Oakley Wines had featured a small plates menu since before the ownership change but putting food front-and-center at the wine bar was one of the Websters’ new priorities. 
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

SUNDAY

Sunday Sauce at Oakley Wines
4011 Allston St., Oakley
Very few things go better with wine than pasta, so every Sunday at Oakley Wines, chefs David Jackman and Lydia Jackman host a pasta pop-up featuring homemade creations. Oakley Wines changed ownership last year when Stephanie and Dave Webster, who also own The Rhined cheese shop in OTR, were ready to expand their brand. They opened The Rhined in 2017 and acquired Oakley Wines in September 2018. Oakley Wines had featured a small plates menu since before the ownership change but putting food front-and-center at the wine bar was one of the Websters’ new priorities.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
SUNDAY
$1 Wing Sunday at Pontiac Bourbon & BBQ 
1403 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
This restaurant features a quirky coupling of barbecue and Tiki-style cocktails along with more than 100 bourbon varieties, 10 draft beers and an assortment of popular bottles and cans. Wings are just $1 on Sundays.
Photo via Facebook.com/pontiacbbq

SUNDAY

$1 Wing Sunday at Pontiac Bourbon & BBQ
1403 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
This restaurant features a quirky coupling of barbecue and Tiki-style cocktails along with more than 100 bourbon varieties, 10 draft beers and an assortment of popular bottles and cans. Wings are just $1 on Sundays.
Photo via Facebook.com/pontiacbbq
SUNDAY
Burger Night at Bishop’s Quarter
212 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland
Bishop’s Quarter experiments with a new craft burger every Sunday for just $5.
Photo via Facebook/BishopsQuarter

SUNDAY

Burger Night at Bishop’s Quarter
212 W. Loveland Ave., Loveland
Bishop’s Quarter experiments with a new craft burger every Sunday for just $5.
Photo via Facebook/BishopsQuarter
MONDAY
Bolo Night at Nicola’s
1420 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine
Nicola’s housemade pastas and secondi piatti transport patrons to the heart of Italy. On Mondays, you can enjoy the tagliatelle alla bolognese and a house salad for $15.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger

MONDAY

Bolo Night at Nicola’s
1420 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine
Nicola’s housemade pastas and secondi piatti transport patrons to the heart of Italy. On Mondays, you can enjoy the tagliatelle alla bolognese and a house salad for $15.
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
MONDAY
All-You-Can-Eat Ribs at Trotta's Steak and Seafood
441 Sixth Ave., Dayton
This steakhouse is located in the heart of Dayton, Kentucky, offering an upscale feel while still maintaining a laid-back vibe. Owner Kathleen Trotta opened Trotta’s after traveling and working at many restaurants across the United States. Being from the area, she thought it’s exactly what the neighborhood needed. Trotta’s features a menu of quality hand-cut, dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood. The restaurant offers nightly specials throughout the week like all-you-can-eat ribs on Mondays and all-you-can-eat crab legs on Wednesdays.
Photo via Facebook/TrottasSteakandSeafood

MONDAY

All-You-Can-Eat Ribs at Trotta's Steak and Seafood
441 Sixth Ave., Dayton
This steakhouse is located in the heart of Dayton, Kentucky, offering an upscale feel while still maintaining a laid-back vibe. Owner Kathleen Trotta opened Trotta’s after traveling and working at many restaurants across the United States. Being from the area, she thought it’s exactly what the neighborhood needed. Trotta’s features a menu of quality hand-cut, dry-aged steaks and fresh seafood. The restaurant offers nightly specials throughout the week like all-you-can-eat ribs on Mondays and all-you-can-eat crab legs on Wednesdays.
Photo via Facebook/TrottasSteakandSeafood
SUNDAY/MONDAY/TUESDAY
Burger Madness at Arthur’s
3516 Edwards Road, Hyde Park; 8221 Beechmont Ave., Anderson
On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, you can get any of Arthur’s burgers for $9.49 — fries included. The restaurant’s current selection includes a classic burger, a 5-ounce “Sally” burger, a vegetarian black bean burger and a turkey burger.
Photo via Facebook.com/ArthursCafe

SUNDAY/MONDAY/TUESDAY

Burger Madness at Arthur’s
3516 Edwards Road, Hyde Park; 8221 Beechmont Ave., Anderson
On Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, you can get any of Arthur’s burgers for $9.49 — fries included. The restaurant’s current selection includes a classic burger, a 5-ounce “Sally” burger, a vegetarian black bean burger and a turkey burger.
Photo via Facebook.com/ArthursCafe
TUESDAY
Bolo Night at Forno Osteria
3514 Erie Ave, Hyde Park
Tuesday night is bolo night at Forno Osteria. Beginning at 5 p.m., try a bowl of bolognese, a fresh salad and bread for $12.
Photo via Facebook.com/fornoosteriabar

TUESDAY

Bolo Night at Forno Osteria
3514 Erie Ave, Hyde Park
Tuesday night is bolo night at Forno Osteria. Beginning at 5 p.m., try a bowl of bolognese, a fresh salad and bread for $12.
Photo via Facebook.com/fornoosteriabar
MONDAY/TUESDAY
Family-Style Fried Chicken at Greyhound Tavern
2500 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell
The family-style fried chicken special is available every Monday and Tuesday at Kentucky’s historic Greyhound Tavern. The special begins at 4 p.m. and includes half a chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cole slaw and biscuits — all for a reasonable $16.50. 
Photo via Facebook.com/greyhoundtavern

MONDAY/TUESDAY

Family-Style Fried Chicken at Greyhound Tavern
2500 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell
The family-style fried chicken special is available every Monday and Tuesday at Kentucky’s historic Greyhound Tavern. The special begins at 4 p.m. and includes half a chicken, mashed potatoes, gravy, green beans, cole slaw and biscuits — all for a reasonable $16.50.
Photo via Facebook.com/greyhoundtavern
TUESDAY
Taco Tuesday at Veracruz
3108 Price Ave., Price Hill
Taco Tuesday means $2 tacos at the family-owned Veracruz Mexican Grill in the Incline District of Price Hill. All menu items are marinated, prepared and cooked on-site.
Photo: Provided

TUESDAY

Taco Tuesday at Veracruz
3108 Price Ave., Price Hill
Taco Tuesday means $2 tacos at the family-owned Veracruz Mexican Grill in the Incline District of Price Hill. All menu items are marinated, prepared and cooked on-site.
Photo: Provided