Two Cincinnati Restaurants Named in Bon Appétit's ‘50 Best New Restaurants of 2022’ List

Cafe Mochiko and Mid-City Restaurant were the only restaurants in Ohio and Kentucky named on the list.

click to enlarge Offerings from Cafe Mochiko (left) and Mid-City (right). - Photo: instagram.com/mochikocincy | instagram.com/midcitycinti
Photo: instagram.com/mochikocincy | instagram.com/midcitycinti
Offerings from Cafe Mochiko (left) and Mid-City (right).

Cincinnati's dining scene has had tons of national recognition recently, and rightfully so.

Two local restaurants were named in Bon Appétit's “50 Best New Restaurants of 2022” list. Cafe Mochiko in East Walnut Hills and Mid-City Restaurant in Downtown both made the list, and the authors sang their praises.

The list was created by Bon Appétit’s staff and contributors who “crisscrossed the country in search of the 50 best new restaurants of 2022.”

“You could build a whole day in Cincinnati around Cafe Mochiko” wrote the author, suggesting you start your morning with a coffee and one of their delicious pastries. The author specifically instructors readers to order an Ube Halaya croissant or an Everything Cream Cheese bao. For lunch, the Hokkaido Smashburger and Cincinnati Tsukemen are both suggested by the author (with a long walk in between meals).

The author described Mid-City Restaurant as “intimate and idiosyncratic, not too fancy and not too dive-y, the kind of place that believes that excellent food, drink, and hospitality are more than enough of a 'concept' to build a restaurant around.” They suggest diners try the easy salad, baked Alaska and potato croquette. The author even says Mid-City's martini is so cold “it makes your teeth hurt.”

Cafe Mochiko and Mid-City were the only spots in Ohio or Kentucky to make the list.

Food + Wine recently shouted out Dorthy Lane Market’s buckeye candies as the best snack in Ohio and Reader’s Digest named Price Hill Chili on their list of "Best Traditional Restaurant in Every State.”

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