Food & Wine Names Cincinnati One of the 'Most Exciting Up-and-Coming Big Cities for Food Lovers'

"It's an exciting time for food in our country, with places like Cincinnati, where a constellation of food entrepreneurs is spurring a renaissance."

click to enlarge Findlay Market - PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Findlay Market

Cincinnati's impressive restaurant scene has received recognition from the culinary and entertainment outlet Food & Wine as one of the seven "Most Exciting Up-and-Coming Big Cities for Food Lovers."

Editors chose the seven best up-and-coming culinary destinations. This list was part of a larger selection of Food and Wine's "Next Great Food Cities 2022." Along with the seven up-and-coming cities, four "Small Cities with Impressive Food Scenes Worth Checking Out" were picked.

"Each met the criteria with their creativity, innovation, diversity, and deliciousness," Food & Wine editor-in-chief Hunter Lewis said in a press release. "It's an exciting time for food in our country, with places like Cincinnati, where a constellation of food entrepreneurs is spurring a renaissance."
Cincinnati boasts a diverse range of international flavors that were featured in Food & Wine editor David Landsel's write-up of the city's food scene. He mentioned restaurants like Looqma, a Lebanese pop-up kitchen, and Kiki College Hill, which offers authentic and delicious Japanese dishes.

click to enlarge Anjou cocktail bar. - PHOTO: HAILEY BOLLINGER
Photo: Hailey Bollinger
Anjou cocktail bar.
On the drinks front, Landsel mentioned East Walnut Hills cocktail bar, Anjou, calling it lush place to find "cocktails in a salon-like environment."

Tradition in food is comparable to religious tradition for some locals. "There is something very special about a weekend morning in Cincinnati's Findlay Market," writes Landsel.


Landsel also wrote about Cincinnati chefs like James Beard-nominated Jose Salazar, praising him for being a committed culinary fixture in Cincinnati with his three local restaurants: Salazar, Mita's and Goose & Elder.

It seems that Cincinnati continues to be growing its culinary influence with a constantly-adapting restaurant scene that isn't slowing down anytime soon.

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