Inside Florence's La Torta Loca, A Hidden Gem of Mouthwatering Mexican Street Food

La Torta Loca is a charming little Mexican eatery tucked in a Florence strip mall that packs in as much flavor as…

By CityBeat Staff

Exterior of La Torta Loca
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21 Dog-Friendly Cincinnati Bars Where You Can Drink With Your Furry Friend

A trip to your local watering hole shouldn't mean leaving your furry friend at home. Greater Cincinnati is home to dozens of…

By CityBeat Staff

The Woodburn Brewery
    Armed with a lineup of clever brews, this East Walnut Hills brewery frequently hosts fundraisers and other events to benefit local pet rescues and animal welfare organizations. Dogs are always welcome to chill at Woodburn — both in the taproom and on the patio — where they will receive many pets. 
    2800 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Cincinnati's 25 Most Romantic Restaurants To Take Your Sweetheart

From a cozy basement trattoria hidden beneath the city streets to upscale restaurants boasting spectacular views of the city, award-winning steakhouses and…

By CityBeat Staff

Orchids at Palm Court
    35 W. Fifth St., Downtown
    Nestled inside Carew Tower’s historic Art Deco Hilton hotel, Orchids hosts a breathtaking feast for the eyes — a perfect backdrop for the seasonally attuned menu that takes advantage of seasonal produce and combines those ingredients with top-quality seafood and meat from a variety of sources. The AAA five-diamond menu features creative, fresh cuisine paired with an award-winning wine list and delicious desserts.
    
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Inside Over-the-Rhine's La Ofrenda, a Cinematic Mexican-Inspired Tequila Bar

La Ofrenda, Spanish for “offering,” provides an intimate glimpse into owner Jacob Trevino’s childhood, spent 20 miles north of the Mexican border…

By CityBeat Staff

The dimly lit and cinematic tequila establishment near Findlay Market has a colorful altar at its center, inviting guests to experience Mexican heritage while celebrating their own story and where they came from
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Everyone We Saw at Cincinnati's This Is Brunch! Celebration

This Is Brunch! returned to downtown Cincinnati's The Phoenix on Jan. 25, offering a Saturday soiree full of sweet and savory bites…

By CityBeat Staff

Everyone We Saw at Cincinnati's This Is Brunch! Celebration
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These 19 Cincinnati Ramen and Pho Joints are Serving Up Some Steamy Noodz

Noodle-slurpin' weather is upon us and, thankfully, there appears to be no shortage of options when it comes to getting that warm,…

By CityBeat Staff

Zundo Ramen & Donburi
    220 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
    Slurp-worthy bowls make Zundo the new go-to for ramen in Over-the-Rhine. The restaurant’s traditional 14-hour broth, along with flavor-amping ingredients like pork belly and soft-boiled egg with custardy yolk, underpin the ramen options, like the stellar tonkotsu. Meanwhile, donburi choices range from pork katsu to curry to unagi. The large selection of sake pairs perfectly with anything from the food menu.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Inside Ruby's Chocolates, a Wonderland of Sweet Treats in Oakley

Oakley just got a little bit sweeter with the recent opening of Ruby's Chocolates. After 10 years of crafting made-from-scratch treats in…

By CityBeat Staff

Inside the colorful space
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A Sneak Peek of Mon Petit Choux, a Patisserie and Lunch Bistro Opening on Court Street Downtown

The owner of Cheviot’s Maribelle Cakery is breaking out of her cake mold to bring French pastries to downtown’s Central Business District.…

By CityBeat Staff

Mon Petit Choux will be in a light, airy space at 24A W. Court St. downtown. The shop will focus primarily on pastries. Expect classic French delicacies including, but not limited to: fruit tarts, eclairs, macaron towers, croquembouche and cream puffs, the shop’s purposely misspelled namesake.
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Inside Over-the-Rhine Italian Eatery Pepp & Dolores

Thunderdome Restaurant Group — the team behind The Eagle, Bakersfield, Currito and Maplewood Kitchen and Bar — opened their newest concept, an…

By CityBeat Staff

Thunderdome Restaurant Group — the team behind The Eagle, Bakersfield, Currito and Maplewood Kitchen and Bar — has opened their newest concept, an Italian eatery called Pepp & Dolores, at 1501 Vine St. in Over-the-Rhine.
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21 Healthy Cincinnati Restaurants to Help You Keep Your New Year's Resolutions

Whether you're staying on track for your dieting goals or you're simply looking for something fresh and light, these Queen City eateries…

By CityBeat Staff

Maplewood Kitchen and Bar
    525 Race St., Downtown; 5065 Deerfield Blvd., Mason
    Maplewood serves up dishes and ingredients that would be right at home on the West Coast: cold-pressed juices, superfood salads, egg-white omelets and somewhat nutritious cocktails, like the roasted tomatillo bloody mary. Made with Tito’s vodka, house tomatillo bloody mary mix and cold-pressed Super Greens juice (kale, celery, spinach, romaine and pineapple), it’s topped off by a purple cabbage accouterment. Helmed by Thunderdome, popular Metropole menu items include avocado benedict, vegan power bowl and the housemade veggie burger.
    Photo via Facebook.com/MaplewoodKitchen
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Inside East Hyde Park's China Gourmet, a Culinary Staple for Over Four Decades

China Gourmet has been in East Hyde Park since 1977. Back then, Bing and Jean Moy left mainland China for Hong Kong…

By CityBeat Staff

April’s Seafood Noodle Stir-Fry (shrimp and scallops with veggies over stir-fried noodles; $26 or $15 for a half-order)
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Cincinnati's Most Anticipated New Restaurants and Bars Opening in 2020

New year, new Queen City restaurants and bars to add to your bucket list. From an upscale brewery and a vintage bus…

By CityBeat Staff

Esoteric Brewing Co.
    The team behind East Walnut Hills’ forthcoming Esoteric Brewing Co. is in the process of renovating a century-old building on the corner of East McMillan Street and Gilbert Avenue. They plan to offer an elevated beer drinking experience, using locally-sourced and -grown ingredients and creating “a sumptuous experience that changes the way you think about beer.”
    Photo via Google Maps
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Everyone We Saw at 3 Points Urban Brewing's New Year's Eve Party in Pendleton

"First Midnight" returned to Pendleton's 3 Points Urban Brewing on New Year's Eve to send off the decade in style. Hosted by…

By CityBeat Staff

Everyone We Saw at 3 Points Urban Brewing's New Year's Eve Party in Pendleton
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These 27 Restaurants Are Some of the Oldest in Cincinnati

While it's hard to ignore Cincinnati's booming restaurant scene, it's incredibly important to pay homage to the restaurants that have stood the…

By CityBeat Staff

Zip’s Cafe
    1036 Delta Ave., Cincinnati
    Zip’s Cafe was founded in 1926, meaning that it has been running for a whopping 93 years. Well known for their tasty and tangy burgers, they serve up everything from their famed Zip’s Burger, to more bold patties, like the “The Flying Pig” and the “Train Wreck.” Aside from their burgers, they also offer fish sandwiches, ruebens, barbecue, chili, soups and more. They don’t skimp out on vegetarians, either, offering both a garden and a bean patty option. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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We’ll Miss These 19 Cincinnati Restaurants That Closed in 2019

These shuttered Queen City eateries are gone, but never forgotten. In a city where new restaurants open at every turn, it's easy…

By CityBeat Staff

Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club
    860 Elm St., Ludlow
    Northern Kentucky’s Ludlow Bromley Yacht Club was considered a “total loss” after a barge struck the floating restaurant in the early morning hours of Oct. 2, dragging some of it down the river and sinking the rest. That effectively ended the marina's season, as you might expect — and led to questions about whether the attraction would reopen at all. According to owners Steve and Andrea Gott, “while the future for LBYC remains unclear and there are a lot of challenges to face, all I can say is thanks from the bottom of our hearts & I WILL BE BACK.”
    Photo: Phil Heidenreich
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Everything We Saw at Wyoming Meat Market's Wagyu Beef Butchering and Tasting Event

Want to see how an old school butcher slices up a side of beef? The Wyoming Meat Market recently demonstrated how to…

By CityBeat Staff

Full house, full bellies
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The 25 Top New Restaurants to Open in Cincinnati in 2019

From rooftop eateries with scrumptious dishes and a retro steakhouse to fried chicken spots, taco hubs and more, 2019 was a year…

By CityBeat Staff

Losanti
    1401 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
    The boutique steakhouse from the team behind downtown’s Crown Republic Gastropub took over the former Anchor-OTR space. Its name is a reference to the original Cincinnati settlement of Losantiville, which dates back to 1788. The steakhouse opened in the fall and has revamped the space to offer a non-traditional take on the typical white-tablecloth concept, featuring casual seating arrangements for diners, a bar and a patio that overlooks Washington Park and Music Hall. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Inside Over-the-Rhine's Losanti, a Boutique Steakhouse in the Former Anchor-OTR Space

Billing itself as a “boutique steakhouse,” Losanti has revamped the space near Washington Park that used to be The Anchor-OTR and given…

By CityBeat Staff

A colorful back wall features a mural by regional artist Atalie Gagnet, whose terrific outdoor works are some of the most striking in mural-rich Cincinnati.
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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…

By CityBeat Staff

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
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The 25 Hottest Patios in Cincinnati for Cold-Weather Drinking

From toasty fire pits to tented spaces with heaters, these Queen City bars and eateries are keeping their patios warm and cozy…

By CityBeat Staff

Pins Mechanical Company
    1124 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
    The winter weather is nothing to worry about at Pins — they have special winter cocktails which you can enjoy around the fire pits on their rooftop patio, plus 35 beers on tap. From the Columbus-based Rise Brands, the group behind 16-Bit, this Over-the-Rhine bar has pinball machines and duckpin bowling lanes, plus other “old school” entertainment options like foosball, bocce ball and shuffleboard. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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26 Late-Night Dining Destinations in Cincinnati You Should Visit This Weekend

Whether you're famished after a long night of drinking with pals, or you're simply a night owl with an appetite — there…

By CityBeat Staff

13th Street Alley
    126 E. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine
    Get a taste of Philly in Cincy via a window in OTR where Philly cheesesteak reigns supreme. But seriously, this little eatery is overflowing with wraps and bowls to get you through the day. Want some fries with that? Here, you definitely do.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Everyone We Saw at Bourbon & Bacon at Northern Kentucky's New Riff Distilling

CityBeat's annual Bourbon & Bacon event took place last night (Dec. 5) at Newport's New Riff Distilling. The intimate event featured rare bourbons,…

By CityBeat Staff

Everyone We Saw at Bourbon & Bacon at Northern Kentucky's New Riff Distilling
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Northside Bourbon Bar and Bistro The Littlefield Gets a New Chef and New Menu

Ownership of what started as a bourbon bar with a small menu remains in the hands of a quartet of Northsiders, who…

By CityBeat Staff

The Littlefield bourbon bar and bistro opened in 2014
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25 Cincinnati Restaurants That Are Still Worth Writing About After 25 Years

The local food scene has been a cornerstone of CityBeat coverage since the beginning in 1994, albeit originally in slightly more obtuse…

By CityBeat Staff

Pompilios
    600 Washington Ave., Newport
    This restaurant, where the toothpick scene in Rain Man was filmed, has been offering classic family Italian food since 1933. You really can’t go wrong with any pasta dish. Play a game of bocce ball on the back court in the warmer months or grab a burger in the attached Colonel Pomp’s Tavern.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Here's Where to Party on Thanksgiving Eve in Cincinnati

You might not think of Nov. 27 as a holiday, but the day before Thanksgiving is known to be the biggest bar…

By CityBeat Staff

Thanksgiving Eve Party at The Birdcage
    The all-inclusive LGBTQ lounge The Birdcage, which opened downtown last year, will host its Thanksgiving Eve party with the help of DJ Jules. 9 p.m.-2:30 a.m. Nov. 27. The Birdcage, 927 Race St., Downtown, thebirdcagecincinnati.com
    Photo via Facebook/BirdcageCincy
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25 Iconic Cincinnati Restaurants to Take an Out-of-Towner

From classic staples like Skyline and LaRosa's to new favorites such as Sotto and Pho Lang Thang, the Queen City has many…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 5 Breakfast: Sugar n’ Spice Restaurant
    4381 Reading Road, Paddock Hills
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Inside Oakley's New Condado, the Build-Your-Own Taco Bar's Second Cincinnati Location

Since 2014, Condado Tacos' build-your-own-taco concept has taken Columbus’ taco-loving population by storm, starting with their first location on North High Street. Today,…

By CityBeat Staff

Interior of the new eatery
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24 Black-Owned Eateries To Try During Cincinnati Black Restaurant Week

Cincinnati Black Restaurant Week returns for its second-annual event, celebrating 24 black-owned and -operated restaurants and offering dining specials across the city.…

By CityBeat Staff

Just Q'in
    975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
    Just Q’in is “committed to the mission of Faith, Love and BBQ,” and offers their smoked brisket, ribs, chicken and more coupled with classic barbecue sides. 
    Photo:  Lindsay McCarty
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21 Cincinnati Restaurants to Visit When You’re Broke AF

These local eateries may be light on the wallet, but they're heavy on the flavor. When you're on the hunt for a…

By CityBeat Staff

Tortilleria Garcia
    5917 Hamilton Ave., College Hill
    Tortilleria Garcia opened their second Cincinnati location in spring of 2019. The eatery will change everything you think you know about tacos. One might assume that the highlight of a taco is the protein or the salsa, but once you take a bite of a fresh corn tortilla made by restaurant owner Omar Garcia and his team, you’ll come to understand that — if made with respect for tradition and natural ingredients — what was once a mere vessel for taco fillings is now the centerpiece of the meal. Menu options here run the gamut from tamales, nachos and burritos to tacos, rotisserie chicken and fresh corn tortillas by the pack. (Note to self: Taco Tuesdays offer $1 tacos, less than half the standard price.) Recipes are inspired by those of Garcia’s mother and grandmother and the Mexican family farm where they grew corn when he was a child.
    Photo: Paige Deglow
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Inside Pho Lang Thang's New OTR Location — Bigger, Boozier and Just as Delicious

Pho Lang Thang has been serving excellent Vietnamese eats since opening in Findlay Market in 2011. This fall, they got the chance…

By CityBeat Staff

The exterior of Pho Lang Thang's new location
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