Take a Tour of Café Alma, Pleasant Ridge's New Mediterranean Breakfast and Lunch Spot

Health-focused Mediterranean restaurant Café Alma recently opened its doors in the former Molly Malone's Irish Pub in Pleasant Ridge. The cafe says on…

By Maggy McDonel

Café Alma interior.
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The Best Breakfast and Brunch Spots in Cincinnati, According to CityBeat Readers

CityBeat has been in the business of curating the Best Of Cincinnati® for more than 25 years, highlighting the city’s most outstanding selections…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 2 Best Brunch: Taste of Belgium
  Multiple locations including 16 West Freedom Way, Downtown; 1135 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
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These Are Cincinnati's Best Bars, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike decide which bars are the booziest, which people are…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 6 Best Overall Bar/Club: Longfellow
    1233 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine
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Cincinnati's Best New Restaurants as Ranked by CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike pick which bars are the booziest, which people are…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 1 Best New Restaurant: Decibel Korean Fried Chicken
    922 E McMillan St., Walnut Hills
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These are Cincinnati's Best Restaurants, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike decide which bars are the booziest, which people are…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 3 Overall Restaurant: Pepp & Dolores
    1501 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
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30 Hip Foodie Restaurants Located in the Cincinnati Suburbs

While downtown and Over-the-Rhine offer many Instagrammable restaurants, bakeries and bars, there are other hip Cincinnati eateries located outside the city center.…

By CityBeat Staff

The Governor
    231 Main St., Milford
    Milford’s The Governor diner feels like a bit of Over-the-Rhine out in the suburbs. With subway tile, industrial decor and a walk-up window — where you can grab a boozy slushie to go to enjoy in the DORA district — the menu offers modern fare for brunch, lunch and dinner. There are salads, soups, a fun invention called the fromelette (basically a giant frittata) and sandwiches like an Asian-inspired fried chicken sandwich and a burger on a donut bun. While the meats are exciting — braised short rib, smoked salmon salad, housemade pastrami — vegetarians aren’t an afterthought here, either.
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Take a Tour of Alcove, MadTree's New Over-the-Rhine Restaurant and Event Space

MadTree Brewing has opened its multi-level Over-the-Rhine bar, restaurant and event space called Alcove. The menu focuses on farm-to-table dishes created by…

By Maggy McDonel

Take a Tour of Alcove: Madtree's New Over-the-Rhine Restaurant and Event Space
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30 Iconic Cincinnati Restaurants to Take Out-of-Towners

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

By CityBeat Staff

 Scotti’s Italian Restaurant
     919 Vine St., Downtown 
     Family-owned since 1912, Scotti’s has solidified itself as a Queen City staple. Their large menu features just about every pasta imaginable and nearly 20 different varieties of veal dishes. Finish off your meal with a bottle of wine and you’ll be full for days. Multi-colored tiles plaster the walls, and candles drip layer upon layer of wax on Chianti bottles at every table, providing a little light to the otherwise dimly lit dining room.
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24 Cincinnati Pubs and Taverns to Visit for a Perfect Pint

Whether you're looking to celebrate your Irish heritage or you're just looking for a relaxed spot to grab a drink, Cincinnati has…

By CityBeat Staff

O'Malleys in the Alley
    25 W. Ogden Place, Downtown
    O'Malleys in the Alley is a straightforward imbibing experience with homemade dishes that have stood the test of time. Accessible via the shaded alleyway on Ogden Place, the bar offers drink specials and its proximity to Great American Ball Park makes it a must before Reds games.
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Everything We Saw at Cincinnati's Beer-Fueled Bockfest Celebration This Weekend

Cincinnati's favorite debaucherous celebration of dark beer, springtime and goats took over the city this past weekend. Bockfest was held March 4-6 at the…

By CityBeat Staff

Everything We Saw at Cincinnati's Beer Fueled Bockfest Celebration this Weekend
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30 Must-Try Fish Fry Feasts in Cincinnati

It’s the Lenten season in Cincinnati, which can only mean one thing: fish fry Fridays are back (that, and someone you know…

By CityBeat Staff

Braxton's Garage Beer Fish Fry
Braxton's taproom is hosting a Garage Beer Fish Fry. Grab your favorite Braxton drafts, along with Braxton-beer-battered seasonal fish nuggets or sandwich served with fries and homemade tartar sauce. 5-9 p.m. March 4. 331 E. 13th St., Pendleton.
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25 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

Streetside Brewery
4003 Eastern Ave., Columbia Tusculum
    From their taproom/brewery along Eastern Avenue in Columbia Tusculum, Streetside Brewery blends craft and community. With beers like their imperial strawberry cheesecake German brew We've Strayed from the Light, this brewery has developed a niche for having your cake and drinking it, too. The taproom frequently hosts food trucks and programmed events. Well-behaved dogs are allowed on the patio.
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See Inside Downtown's Newly Opened La Cantina Mexican Restaurant

The former Cheapside Cafe space downtown is getting new life thanks to local Crown Restaurant Group (Crown Republic Gastropub, Losanti, Rosie’s Cocktails &…

By CityBeat Staff

La Cantina serves a self-described mix of "contemporary, authentic Mexican cuisine and cocktails."
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20 Cincinnati-Style Chili Parlors You Should Have Tried By Now

If you’ve lived in Cincinnati for any amount of time, you’ve likely stumbled into the center of a debate between die-hard fans…

By CityBeat Staff

Dixie Chili
    733 Monmouth St., Newport; 3716 Dixie Highway, Erlanger; 2421 Madison Ave., Covington
    With a location in Newport, another in Covington and one in Erlanger, Dixie Chili has become an integral part of Northern Kentucky culture; each location a local landmark in its own right. Founded in 1929 by “Papa Nick,” Dixie Chili has classic, secret-ingredient Cincinnati-style chili with cheese and onions on spaghetti. Traditionally, Dixie’s offerings are dominated by Wisconsin cheddar, and the garlic is a great counterbalance to the dairy, making it one of the area’s favorite chili joints.
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Cincinnati’s Top 25 Breweries According to Yelp

Once one of the largest brewing boomtowns in 19th-century America, the Queen City was home to major pre-Prohibition beer kingpins and, in…

By CityBeat Staff

20. Locoba by Platform
1201 Main St., Over-the-Rhine
    "Excellent place for caffeine and craft beer. Never too packed for a stop in. Great choices and offerings." — Kelsey O.
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26 Cute Cincinnati Date Ideas Under $30 That Are Actually Good

The Queen City is overflowing with cute date ideas that won't break the bank. From $10 trips to the conservatory to tons…

By CityBeat Staff

Take a Tour of the American Sign Museum
 $15 per person 
 Explore a museum featuring over 100 years of signage. This 20,000-square-foot museum has everything from pre-electric signs to beautiful art-deco neon signs to modern plastic-faced signs. 
1330 Monmouth Ave., Camp Washington.
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25 of Cincinnati's 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

Pepp & Dolores
    1501 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
    Pepp & Dolores is inspired by Sunday dinners at Thunderdome co-founders Joe and John Lanni's grandparents' house.The menu features housemade pastas — like spaghetti limone, a butternut and mascarpone pasta and a lobster and squid ink pasta — along with a focus on shareable dishes, salads and bread.
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35 Black-Owned Cincinnati Restaurants You Should Have Tried By Now

From barbecue joints to Caribbean cuisine and bakeries to Southern-style eats, the Queen City is full of delicious Black-owned eateries to explore. 

By CityBeat Staff

Alabama Que
    2733 Short Vine St., Corryville
    Alabama Que was founded by Dwan Ward in 2008, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and former UC football player. An Alabama native, Ward’s restaurant oozes Southern charm and a food truck was added to the business to keep up with growing demand. Some meat options include smoked chicken, beef ribs, smoked salmon and their famous turkey tips.
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Columbia Tusculum's Bandito Food Park Burger-and-Taco Cantina Brings the Charm of the Outdoors Inside

A new taco restaurant and event space has opened in Columbia Tusculum. Bandito Food Park calls itself a "one-of-a-kind restaurant and event venue…

By Maija Zummo

Columbia Tusculum's Bandito Food Park Burger-and-Taco Spot Brings the Charm of the Outdoors Inside
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OTR StillHouse Offers a Surprisingly Massive Outdoor Escape and Award-Winning Spirits. Let's Take a Tour

The OTR StillHouse is a distillery, winery and brewery in one. Located in a former 1890s ice manufacturing warehouse, it’s also home…

By CityBeat Staff

The OTR StillHouse is a distillery, winery and brewery in one located in a former 1890s ice manufacturing warehouse.
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Cincinnati's 25 Best Cocktail Bars According to Yelp

Cincinnatians like to drink, and sometimes we like to be classy about it. To keep up with the demand, plenty of hip…

By CityBeat Staff

21. Longfellow
1233 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine
    "The menu is thoughtful and complementary to the well crafted drinks, and the prices are completely reasonable. Come early and grab a table outside for some incredible people watching." — Dustin H.
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15 Mocktails and Non-Alcoholic Beverages from Greater Cincinnati Bars That Aren't Just Soda

You don't have to drink to have a good time, even if you're hanging at a bar. Plenty of local watering holes…

By CityBeat Staff, Kara Driscoll

Anjou
    2804 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills
    Named after Margaret of Anjou, wife of King Henry VI, this cocktail bar aims to offer “familiar flavors introduced in a different way,” says co-owner Chris Wolfe. And the drinks live up to that credo with colorful compositions and botanical incorporations. There are two clever mocktails on the menu. The Once an Island is made with masala, pomegranate, spiced maple, ginger, non-alcoholic bitters, house yuzu and smoked cinnamon. For something more tropical, there's the Spencer, made with mint, lime, seltzer and pineapple-mango shrub.
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Spot the Cake in These Hyperreal Food Recreations from Cincinnati's Fat Ben's Bakery

As Surrealist René Magritte would say: This is not a pipe. And these food items aren't what they look like. Instead, they are…

By CityBeat Staff

Cake chicken nugget and fries
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Inside Starlight Doughnut Lab's New Norwood Bakery

Norwood has recently gotten a little sweeter with the addition of over-the-top donut maker Starlight Doughnut Lab. Owner/baker Ben Greiwe opened up…

By Maija Zummo

See Inside New Brick-and-Mortar Starlight Doughnut Lab in Norwood
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25 Hidden Bars, Lounges and Speakeasies in Cincinnati

The Queen City may be packed with nightlife options, but there are a few local gems that are challenge to find. From…

By CityBeat Staff

Comfort Station
    793 E. McMillan Ave., Walnut Hills
    From the team behind OTR’s Sundry and Vice comes Comfort Station. This cocktail bar is located in a century-old Walnut Hills rest area. Without much signage outside, guests enter via the original women's room door — now painted a beautiful bright blue — into an industrial and airy space with skylights, inventive cocktails and a living plant wall. A back patio and lounge creates an indoor/outdoor feel.
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Cincinnati Loves Its Bagels. Here Are 10 of Our Favorites

During cold and chaotic mornings, there's something comforting about a fresh, warm bagel — and you can find plenty of them in…

By CityBeat Staff

Bagel Brothers
    347 Calhoun St., Clifton
     Family owned and operated, Bagel Brothers has been serving Clifton since 1990 with cheap options for breakfast, lunch and pastries baked fresh daily. With 14 different flavors sourced from local vendors, Bagel Brothers also offers a variety of cream cheeses made in-house from scratch.
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Twitter Goes Horny for Joe Burrow's Post Bengals Win Press Conference Glasses

The Cincinnati Bengals won their first playoff game in 31 years on Saturday, after defeating the Las Vegas Raiders 26-19 at Paul…

By CityBeat Staff

Twitter Goes Horny for Joe Burrow's Post Bengals Win Press Conference Glasses
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The New Cantina Agave in Northside Offers Latin-Inspired Food, Cocktails and a Late Night Menu

Cantina Agave is a new Latin-inspired dining and drinking destination in Northside. Located in the former Taqueria 251 space, the menu includes…

By CityBeat Staff

The restaurant serves Latin-inspired bite and cocktails.
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These 23 Soups from Cincinnati Restaurants Are Guaranteed to Warm You Up

It's cold and whether you're trying to warm up, cut calories or you're like us and just genuinely love it, it's soup…

By CityBeat Staff

Noodle Soup from Fortune Noodle House
    349 Calhoun St., Clifton
    This Clifton eatery specializes in hand-pulled noodles, the star of its menu. In a soup, the noodles soak up the broth but stay chewy, a quality unique to fresh, homemade noodles. Options range from pork rib noodle soup to beef tripe and noodle and a veggie noodle soup with bok choy, Chinese cabbage and carrot.
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25 of the Hottest New Restaurants and Bars That Opened in Greater Cincinnati in 2021

The pandemic has not been kind to the hospitality industry. While many bars and restaurants have been able to weather the storm…

By CityBeat Staff

Cafe Mochiko 

    1524 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills
    This Japanese-style pop-up run by Elaine Townsend and Erik Bentz has been a local favorite for years, and the duo opened their first storefront in East Walnut Hills in spring of 2021. The shop specializes in a fusion cuisine known as “yoshoku,” which borrows elements from Asian and Western cooking styles. A pastry chef, Townsend focuses on the daytime baked goods, crafting items including a delicious ube halaya (purple yam) croissant, various melonpan and loaves of shokupan. At night, the dinner menu offers options like a Hokkaido Smash Burger, shoyu ramen and intermittent specialities including a beloved Cincinnati-chili-style ramen.
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