25 Black-Owned Cincinnati Restaurants You Should Have Tried By Now

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

By CityBeat Staff

Just Q'in
    975 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
    Owned by Matt Cuff, Walnut Hills barbecue joint 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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All the Wild $5 Chicken Wing Baskets You Can Try During January's Cincy Wing Week

From Taco Week and Pizza Week to Burger Week, you're likely no stranger to CityBeat's range of week-long devotions to America's favorite foods. But this January, there's a new…

By CityBeat Staff

Berd's Grill & Bar
    Berd's Bone-In Wings: Served with your choice of sauce: Classic Buffalo, Hot Buffalo, Extra Hot Buffalo, Spicy Garlic, 24 Karat Gold, Sweet BBQ, SYMMES TAVERN BBQ, Sweet Heat BBQ, Chipotle BBQ, Kickin Korean BBQ, Caribbean Jerk Rub or Cajun Rub. All Wing orders include Celery and Choice of Ranch or Blue Cheese.
    Take-out available.
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These 17 Much-Anticipated Greater Cincinnati Restaurants Are New or Opening Soon

2021 is looking up, at least when it comes to our culinary offerings. The Queen City is stacked with recent restaurant openings…

By CityBeat Staff

Pampas Argentine Gastropub
    2038 Madison Road, O'Bryonville
    Taking inspiration from his heritage, Ignite Entertainment founder Juan Imeroni opened Pampas Argentine Gastropub, a new eatery that offers an approachable taste of the Argentine countryside in November. The ambiance blends the culture and flavors of two of his other local establishments: Che and Butcher and Barrel. Chef Patrick Bowling — formerly of Jean-Robert's Table and Restaurant L — is at the helm. The menu features meat dishes inspired by the “gaucho” experience in the flatlands of South America as well as salads and charcuterie. They boast a diverse list of cocktails as well, including the simple yet traditional Fernet y Coca.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Inside O'Bryonville's New Pampas Argentine Gastropub

The dynamic team behind Cincinnati restaurant group Ignite Entertainment has breathed new life into the former Eighth & English space in O'Bryonville.…

By CityBeat Staff

Exterior of restaurant
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The 25 Best Things We Ate in Cincinnati This Weird Year

Despite a rather restrictive year, it's safe to say our personal culinary endeavors went virtually unharmed over the course of the pandemic,…

By CityBeat Staff

Parlor Pizza Project at Oakley Wines
    4011 Allston St., Oakley
    On Sundays, Oakley Wines teams up with Parlor Pizza Project to throw a tasty little pizza party pop-up. They typically feature two or three different 10-inch pizza options weekly, which you can eat either at the shop or take to-go. It was late August when I visited, and they had a local sweet corn and heirloom tomato pie available. The crust was chewy and crispy and the toppings were deliciously balanced between sweet, savory and delightfully fresh. — Hailey Bollinger 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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16 Cincinnati Breweries and Wineries That Will Deliver Alcohol to Your Door

Lazy and thirsty? Don't feel like leaving your house to venture into the cold weather during a pandemic? Greater Cincinnati breweries —…

By CityBeat Staff

Rhinegeist
    1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
    Head to shop.rhinegeist.com/collections/cincinnati to order Rhinegeist beer for pick-up or delivery. The brewery says, "The process is simple: just visit shop.rhinegeist.com, place an order and select 'Local Delivery' at checkout. Delivery days are Monday through Friday, deliveries beginning at noon. All orders placed before 9 a.m. on delivery days will be delivered the the same day, orders placed after 9 a.m. will be delivered on the following delivery day. Check out the graphic for delivery range and zip codes. There is $30 minimum for delivery orders — merch from the web store is included. Let’s roll." (This is all local delivery only; not Ohio-wide.) If you want to pick-up, you can do that, too. Just a reminder that if you place your order within an hour of taproom closing, it won't be available until the next day.
    Photo: Facebook.com/rhinegeist
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Greater Cincinnati Restaurants Serving Steamy Bowls of Ramen, Pho and Other Noodly Soups

Winter is here, and as the pandemic — and chilly air — has most of us cooped up inside, it's a perfect…

By CityBeat Staff

Zundo Ramen & Donburi
    220 W. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
    Slurp-worthy bowls make Zundo the go-to for ramen in Over-the-Rhine. The restaurant, which opened in fall of 2018, offers traditional 14-hour broth, along with flavor-amping ingredients like pork belly and soft-boiled egg with custardy yolk. Meanwhile, donburi choices range from pork katsu to curry to unagi. The large selection of sake pairs perfectly with anything from the food menu. Order online for pickup at zundootr.com. The restaurant is opening a second location in Mason soon. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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25 Greater Cincinnati Restaurants That Closed Their Doors in 2020

The financial and emotional strain of the pandemic has affected just about every aspect of the humanity, and the local beverage and…

By CityBeat Staff

Kaze
    1400 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
    Kaze and its 36 Chambers Bar ended business operations at the start of 2020. The OTR Japanese restaurant and bar was purchased by The Thunderdome Restaurant group — which also owns Currito, CityBird, Bakersfield and other Cincinnati favorites — in July of 2019. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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17 New Suburban Cincinnati Restaurants That Opened This Year

The Queen City's culinary flair spans far beyond Over-the-Rhine and downtown. This year, Greater Cincinnati welcomed a handful of new eating and…

By CityBeat Staff

Best New Restaurant
    1. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com
    2. The Governor, governordiner.com
    3. Fifty West Burger Bar, fiftywestbrew.com
    4. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com
    5. Khora, khorarestaurant.com
    6. Galactic Fried Chicken, galacticfriedchicken.com
    7. Pepp & Dolores, peppanddolores.com
    8. Dear Restaurant & Butchery, dear-restaurant.com
    9. Taqueria 251, taqueria2five1.com
    10. OTR Chili Co., otrchilico.com
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Emily Frank of Share: Cheesebar's Step-by-Step Family Recipe for Making Latkes with a Lotta Love

We spent the day with Emily Frank of Pleasant Ridge's Share: Cheesebar and her family a couple years ago to get an…

By CityBeat Staff

Emily Frank of Share: Cheesebar's Step-by-Step Family Recipe for Making Latkes with a Lotta Love
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Inside Festive-as-Heck Miracle Holiday Bar Pop-Up at Pleasant Ridge's Overlook Lodge

Overlook Lodge's holiday bar pop-up Miracle returned in November, gracing us once again with a festively immersive yuletide celebration — and boasting…

By CityBeat Staff

At the end of every one-hour reservation, guests are graced with a whimsical snow fall
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These Delicious New Greater Cincinnati Restaurants & Bars Opened Their Doors in 2020

2020 was quite the year, to put it ever so simply. But despite the struggle, some beautiful (and delicious) things rose from…

By CityBeat Staff

These Delicious New Greater Cincinnati Restaurants & Bars Opened Their Doors in 2020
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Northern Kentucky Restaurants & Bars with Heated Patios for Sipping and Snacking

Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear issued a handful of "significant and surgical steps" designed to combat the surging number of COVID cases in…

By CityBeat Staff

Braxton Brewing Co.
    27 W. Seventh St., Covington
    Braxton Brewing Co. opened its much-anticipated rooftop patio and bar in 2019, but the space has now been covered to keep the chilly weather out. The 5,000-square-foot deck features plenty of seating, a full bar and some pretty neat views of Covington and downtown Cincinnati. Braxton is also offering 2-hour reservations of heated “igloobars” for private parties of up to 8 for $30. Each features its own style with unique tables, chairs, couches and pillows.
    Photo via Facebook.com/BraxtonBrewingCompany
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Here's a Slice of All The Tasty $9 Pies You Can Try During Cincinnati Pizza Week

Pizza lovers rejoice: The fifth-annual Cincinnati Pizza Week returns this fall. From Nov. 9-15, pizza enthusiasts will have the opportunity to visit participating Cincinnati…

By CityBeat Staff

Taft’s Brewpourium & Apizza
    4831 Spring Grove Ave., Spring Grove Village
    10? For The People Pie
    A 10” Tomato Pie with mozzarella with your choice of two of the following toppings: bacon, banana pepper, mushroom, onion, pepperoni or sausage
    Photo: Provided
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Inside Downtown's New Khora, One of America's "Most Anticipated" Restaurants of the Year

Back in 2019, both Food & Wine and Vogue magazines named a forthcoming Cincinnati eatery to their lists of the "most anticipated" American restaurant openings of…

By CityBeat Staff

Back in 2019, both Food & Wine and Vogue magazines named this Cincinnati eatery to their lists of the "most anticipated" American restaurant openings of 2020.
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All the Food You Can Try During Cincinnati's Inaugural Asian Food Week This November

While this year's super popular Asian Food Fest was moved from its traditional May date to August, and then canceled until 2021,…

By CityBeat Staff

Vietnamese
    1. Pho Lang Thang, pholangthang.com
    2. Wild Ginger, wildgingeroh.com
    3. Quan Hapa, quanhapa.com
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Inside Braxton's First Cincinnati Location — in Pendleton's Former 3 Points Urban Brewery

Braxton Brewing Co. has taken over the former 3 Points Urban Brewery taproom in Pendleton and transformed it into Braxton Brewing Company…

By CityBeat Staff

Inside Braxton's First Cincinnati Location — in Pendleton's Former 3 Points Urban Brewery
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25 Different $2 Tacos You Can Eat During Cincinnati Taco Week Oct. 12-18

What's better than Taco Tuesday? Taco Everyday. And that's what's happening Oct. 12-18 during 2020 Cincinnati Taco Week. The third-annual Taco Week…

By CityBeat Staff

Fuzzy's Taco Shop
    165 W. McMillan St., CUF // Carry-Out Available
    Shredded Brisket Taco: Shredded brisket served on a soft corn tortilla and topped with garlic sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, cilantro, and feta.
    Breakfast Taco: Egg & cheese served on a flour tortilla with choice of bacon, potato or Chorizo
    Shredded Chicken Taco: Shredded chicken served on a soft corn tortilla and topped with garlic sauce, lettuce, tomatoes, shredded cheese, cilantro, and feta.
    Photo: Fuzzy's Taco Shop
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Inside Nation Kitchen & Bar's Westwood Location, Tucked Inside a Historic Firehouse

Nation Kitchen & Bar's  much-anticipated new, second location will host its grand opening on Friday, Oct. 9. The restaurant is located in…

By CityBeat Staff

Exterior of the new Westwood Nation Kitchen & Bar, housed in a revitalized historic firehouse
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Inside Downtown's Veteran-Owned and Lager-Focused Rebel Mettle Brewery

Cincinnati's Central Business District recently welcomed its first craft brewery in almost two decades. Rebel Mettle opened its doors on Sept. 12 in…

By CityBeat Staff

Central Avenue entrance
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Pumpkin and Fall-Flavored Beers to Sip this Season from Greater Cincinnati Breweries

The autumnal season is officially upon us, and the flavors of fall have arrived — in coffees, in baked goods and, of…

By CityBeat Staff

SATURDAY OCT. 3
    Graeter’s Pumpkin Pie Ale Tapping at Braxton Brewing Co.
    Braxton Brewing Co, and Graeter's have once again teamed up for a sweet seasonal beer release: Grater's Pumpkin Pie Ale. The beer, inspired by the scoop shop's Pumpkin Pie ice cream flavor, is brewed with fresh pumpkins, lactose and pumpkin pie spices. The brewery says, "Notes of golden brown pie crust are created by brown sugar and a combination of malts, making this beer an ode to a timeless harvest staple and your favorite flavors of fall." The brewery will be celebrating the limited seasonal release with a Pumpkin Pie Ale tapping at the Covington taproom at noon on Oct. 3. They'll also be dishing out various flavors of Graeter's ice cream. Braxton Brewing Co., 27 W. Seventh St., Covington, braxtonbrewing.com.
    Photo: Provided by Braxton Brewing Co.
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A Sneak Peek Tour Inside Over-the-Rhine's E19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque

A new addition to Over-the-Rhine's Elm Street will be opening soon: E19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque. Founded by owner Richard Cooke, the…

By CityBeat Staff

Exterior of E19
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All the Delicious Dishes You Can Eat During Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week This Fall

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week returns Sept. 28-Oct. 4, offering a variety of specially crafted three-course dinners (and sometimes lunches) at your favorite…

By CityBeat Staff

Butcher and Barrel
    $36 3-Course Dinner // Dine-In and Carry-Out Available
    6oz Skirt-Steak: With a roasted butternut purée, topped with chimi butter (second course option)
    GCRW Cocktail: Maker's full Monty 
    Photo: Butcher and Barrel
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Inside Agave & Rye Craft Taqueria's Epic New Rookwood Location

Covington-based craft taqueria and tequila and bourbon hall Agave & Rye is expanding its regional fleet to share its "epic dining experience" with…

By CityBeat Staff

Exterior of Agave & Rye Rookwood
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20 Ways to Celebrate Cincinnati's Citywide Oktoberfest This Year

It's that time of year again: Folks are dusting off their lederhosen, Alpine hats and steins and celebrating Oktoberfest. And while Zinzinnati's…

By CityBeat Staff

Moerlein Lager House
    
    115 Joe Nuxhall Way, The Banks
    The Lager House has a special Oktoberfest menu, featuring items like a German sausage platter and Jagerschnitzel, as well as eight German beers, which will be available until Oct. 3. 
    They’re also welcoming folks to celebrate in their socially distanced Oktoberfest-edition backyard beer garden, which will be offering brews and a small selection of their specialty menu via a concessions window throughout three weekends: Sept. 18-20, Sept. 25-27 and Oct. 2-4. 
    They will also be hosting guests for the World's Largest Chicken Dance via Zoom on Sept. 19, and the World's Largest Toast via Zoom on Sept. 26.
    Additionally, the inaugural non-competitive 5K Volksmarch walk kicks off from Moerlein Lager House at 10 a.m. on Oct. 3 — the last day of Moerlein's Oktoberfest celebration. Following the walk, Moerlein will be open for refueling. 
    Photo via Facebook.com/MoerleinLagerHouse
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Inside Covington's Haven Café, a Health-Focused Coffeeshop with Mindful Ingredients

When Sabyle Zeringis made the choice to start living a healthier lifestyle, she struggled to find coffeeshops in her area that used…

By CityBeat Staff

Inside Covington's Haven Café, a Health-Focused Coffeeshop with Mindful Ingredients
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20 New Cincinnati Restaurants and Bars Opening This Fall

The Queen City is ever-changing and growing, and even after a rather challenging year, our culinary scene is still moving full-steam ahead.…

By CityBeat Staff

Nomad
    225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
    Bellevue bar and eatery Nomad is opening its doors this September. They will serve craft cocktails and beer, but the main attraction will be the boozy (and virgin) milkshakes and tater tot baskets. The space is meant to bring together the adventurers in life to relax, connect and reflect on their journeys. Eventually a vintage double-decker bus will be parked in the courtyard to provide an eclectic seating option, but for now, they will utilize the space for more breezy, string-lit seating. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Clifton's Good Plates Eatery Serves Simple Food with Bold Flavors in the Former Cilantro Bistro

Despite the pandemic, a new restaurant has blossomed, taking over the space formerly occupied by long-standing Clifton/CUF favorite Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro. Good Plates…

By CityBeat Staff

Good Plates Eatery officially opened its doors on Aug. 12, taking over the space formerly occupied by long-standing Clifton/CUF favorite Cilantro Vietnamese Bistro.
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Inside MainStrasse's Green House Bar, a Vibrantly Chic New Drinking Destination in Covington

After 26 years, MainStrasse's Pachinko Bar has transformed into a chic and breezy West Coast-inspired drinking establishment called Green House Bar. The…

By CityBeat Staff

Owned by husband and wife duo Amy and Tom Fessler, when designing the space and menu, they found a great deal of inspiration from a vacation to California's Venice Beach.
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Inside Walnut Hills' Esoteric Brewing, Cincinnati’s First Black and Filipino-Owned Brewery

Walnut Hills' long-awaited Esoteric Brewing will host its grand opening the weekend of Sept. 4-5, adding to an already packed local craft…

By CityBeat Staff

Walnut Hills' long-awaited Esoteric Brewing will host its grand opening the weekend of Sept. 4-5.
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