It may seem like the Cincinnati dining scene is exploding — a never-ending expansion of excellent eats — originating with a glut of gourmet in Over-the-Rhine and downtown and bursting into the far-flung suburbs. And that’s because it is.
Good food is everywhere in Cincinnati. OTR might have been one of the first neighborhoods with an award-winning culinary cluster, but now other dining destinations are following suit, with locations like Share: Cheesebar from the owners of C’est Cheese food truck set to open in Pleasant Ridge, O Pie O’s new full-service sweet-and-savory pie café in East Walnut Hills and all the recent restaurant activity in Covington, with Frida 602 and Son & Soil and the coming-soon Commonwealth Bistro. And you know Holtman’s Donuts started in Loveland, right?
In this year’s Dining Guide, we’re taking a look at some of these edible expansions. First up, literally expanding menus, with a rundown of some of our favorite chef-prepared multi-course tasting menus. Then, cityslickers who went suburban with new locations — Macaron Bar and Sleepy Bee Café — followed by a piece on Blue Oven Bakery, which is jumping on the both-coasts artisanal toast trend, and a preview of Cincinnati’s first movie theater/gastopub dining experience, Eastgate Brew & View.
Then there are the restaurant listings — delicious details on more than 300 local eateries, from bars and grills and ethnic eats to pizza places and fine dining destinations — something for every craving. Turn to a page, close your eyes and put your finger down at random to pick where to have dinner tonight.
In a city with such a wonderfully saturated dining scene, you’d need to write a book to even begin to cover everything, but at 30 pages, this Dining Guide should be a fine start.