So you’ve already eaten three square meals today, but where are you eating tomorrow? We’ve collected some of the newer restaurants that have opened — and a few that are coming soon — to add to your radar or weekend dining plans.
OTR | French
Jim Cornwell, the culinary mastermind behind Dutch’s in Oakley, has opened a French-inspired eatery in the newly renovated barrel room on the first floor of Rhinegeist Brewery. Named after the French writer and philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre, Cornwell has designed a menu that focuses on contemporary French cuisine rooted in classic technique with dishes such as a confit pork leg served with chickpea “frites” and caper and tonnato sauce, and moules frites with Calabrian chili, ’nduja, fingerlings and chervil. The semi-seasonal menu includes options for vegetarians, pescatarians and carnivores alike, with rotating oyster and raw bar selections. Sartre’s extensive wine (about 80 by the bottle), cocktail and beer list features rare and unique brews brought down from upstairs neighbor Rhinegeist and craft cocktails like a Negroni with Watershed’s four peel gin and a “French(ish)” absinthe service with Copper & Kings absinthe blanche, a sugar cube, ice water and orange peel. Reservations available. 1910 Elm St., sartreotr.com.
Three Dogs Kouzina
Mount Healthy | Mediterranean
Chicago native John Strehle and his wife Eileen Darragh opened Three Dogs Kouzina in Mount Healthy in September. The authentic Greek menu relies on recipes and traditions gleaned from generations of Strehle’s large, extended family. Traditional dishes include gyros, pastitsio, moussaka, dolmades, spanokopita, Greek chicken, daily soups (Darragh provides most of the soup recipes) and housemade sausage sandwiches. Baklava, apricot tarts or cheesecake provide the perfect end to the meal. Family photos taken from Strehle’s childhood-visit to his home village in Greece add a homey touch to the restaurant, and Mediterranean-style blue and white striped umbrellas beckon you to dine outside on the patio. 7417 Hamilton Ave., threedogskouzina.com.
Pleasant Ridge | Tapas
Part retail shop/part dine-in restaurant, Share is the second foray into cheesy goodness for Emily Frank of C’est Cheese food truck fame. Pick up your favorite cheeses as well as fresh bread, olives, wine and other accoutrement needed to assemble the perfect cheese plate at home, or dine in and the staff will prepare a cheese and charcuterie board for you to enjoy with friends over a glass of wine or craft beer. On Sundays, the shop also offers soft pretzels from Covington’s Wunderbar served alongside housemade beer cheese, perfect for football season. The small but carefully curated cheese selection consists of 25 to 30 varieties, and Frank is constantly getting in new products. She says her current favorites are Challerhocker from Switzerland or Landaff from Jasper Hill farm in Vermont. “I love TeaHive, too, which has a rind rubbed with black tea and bergamot. It's delish,” she says. “And mimolette! Or ubriaco. Or an Ohio-made chèvre from Mackenzie Creamery that comes in a cup with a sour cherry bourbon sauce.” This fall Frank will be offering fondue and raclette, a Swiss dish of melted cheese served with potatoes and tiny pickles. 6105 Ridge Ave., sharecheesebar.com.
Crewitts Creek Kitchen & Bar
Independence, Ky. | Comfort Food
Owner Kristie Poe describes her restaurant as “OTR mixed with eclectic Southern comfort food,” and the extensive menu does have something for everyone, from buttermilk-marinated fried chicken to eight different kinds of macaroni and cheese, signature burgers, sloppy Joes, po’ boys, and tacos. There are 20 beers on tap behind the 28-seat bar, featuring craft and local brews as well as “the good old stand-bys.” Desserts include chocolate bread pudding, cobbler of the month and a Baileys brownie for those 21-and-up — a Baileys liqueur-infused buttercream-topped brownie with Baileys-infused chocolate ganache, caramel, whipped cream and a cherry. 2037 Centennial Blvd., facebook.com/crewittscreek.
Ferrari Barber & Coffee Co.
Downtown | Coffeeshop
In the 1950s, Italian immigrants and brothers Emilio and Fausto Ferrari inherited a barbershop on Garfield Place and called it Fausto Ferrari Barber Shop. It quickly became a favorite stomping ground for locals. Brothers Tony and Austin Ferrari, grandsons of Emilio and great nephews of Fausto, grew up getting their haircut in the shop and frequently stopped by for lunch and a chat. Fast-forward to today and the brothers have reopened the barbershop, adding an espresso bar featuring locally based Deeper Roots coffee as well as tea from San Francisco’s Leaves & Flowers. If you’re looking for a truly authentic Italian taste, there’s also San Pellegrino Sanbitter sodas and Balconi Italian brioche Snack al Latte, a favorite snack cake of Italian bambini. 5 Garfield Place, ferraribarbercoffeeco.com.
Downtown | Gluten-Free
This completely gluten-free restaurant serves “Greenwiches,” sandwiches wrapped in lettuce that are “so packed with flavor, you don’t miss the bread,” says founder Rebecca Denney. The recently opened restaurant also serves made-from-scratch soups in flavors like Mediterranean lemon chicken, rustic ham and bean, and vegan black bean with fire-roasted tomatoes. Paleolicious also features a full espresso bar that uses housemade paleo-friendly caramel, raspberry, pumpkin and mocha sauces to flavor lattes, and serves Bulletproof Coffee, coffee blended with grass-fed butter (also known as ghee). “We use (Grass-Fed Gourmet’s) Cocoghee, made locally with a vanilla cardamom flavor,” says Denney. Denney also features other local producers, including PaleoPrimal for gluten-, dairy-, soy- and refined-sugar-free brownies, muffins and scones; Skinny Piggy Kombucha and Rosebud Ranch organic spices, seasonings and jams. Although the restaurant is considered carryout, there are several tables located nearby for seating. Scripps Center, 321 Walnut St., facebook.com/paleoliciouscincy.
Sweets & Meats BBQ
Mount Washington | Barbecue
Food truck owner and MORTAR Cincinnati graduate Kristen Bailey opened a carry out location of her Sweets & Meats BBQ, featuring scratch-made smoked meats, sides and desserts. Her specialties include sliced brisket, baby-back ribs, macaroni and cheese, sweet potato casserole and banana pudding. “Our food truck is still in operation, but we’re focused primarily on private events, food truck rallies and festivals, with the occasional food truck lunch for establishes partners,” Bailey says. Sweets & Meats also offers catering from the new location. 2249 Beechmont Ave., sweetsandmeatsbbq.com.
Little Miami Brewing Company — Opening in late November, the Little Miami Brewing Company will be housed in an open and airy warehouse along the Little Miami Scenic Trail serving craft beer — up to 16 of its own rotating brews — and brick-oven pizza. Brew master and native Cincinnatian Jim Strelau is returning to his hometown to oversee the beer roster after spending 15 years brewing in Colorado and Arizona. There will be four separate beer series: the Classic Series, featuring clean, session beers with high drinkability; the Lupulin Series, which celebrates and honors hoppy pale ales; the Experimental Series, with fun and boundary-pushing beers; and the Fruit Series, which will feature fresh, local and seasonal fruit. For pizza, LMBC’s pie will consist of hand-tossed dough, made fresh daily from imported Italian flour, and freshly grated cheeses. The river-view patio is dog friendly and will seat about 40. 208 Mill St., Milford. More info: littlemiamibrewing.com.
Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey — The name kind of says it all. This comfort-food-focused eatery (and drinkery) is scheduled to open in January 2018. The menu was designed by chef Christian Gill, who will be appearing on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show Guy’s Big Project premiering Nov. 5. Photos of dishes on Instagram include cast-iron creations like peaches and biscuits topped with fresh vanilla bean ice cream and the Oregon Trail, with roasted sweet potatoes, caramelized onions, cabbage, black kale, bulgogi sauce, eggs and more. Opening at 1201 Broadway St., Pendleton. More info: facebook.com/boomtownbiscuitbar.
Mashed Roots — Utilizing the Findlay Kitchen, this fast-casual “Cuban-Brazilian-Puertorican” spot currently has a booth at Findlay Market but will be transitioning to a brick and mortar near Taft’s Ale House in March. Though small in stature, Mashed Roots' mofongo bowls pack a flavorful punch. A staple to Latin and Caribbean kitchens, the signature bowls are constructed of either mashed plantains or yucca and then filled with a range of well-marinated meats and veggies. Currently at Findlay Market, 1801 Race St., OTR. More info: facebook.com/mashedroots.
Poke Hut OTR — Slated to open this fall, Poke Hut will serve the currently very trendy Hawaiian poke (poh-keh) bowl with raw or cooked fish, like tuna or salmon, over rice or greens with assorted toppings — kind of like a deconstructed sushi bowl. Other menu items will include burritos, pokrittos and bubble tea. Opening at 1509 Race St., OTR. More info: facebook.com/pokehutotr.