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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These 14 Cincinnati Restaurants Have Been Featured on the Food Network or Travel Channel

The Queen City has enough great restaurants for you to dine like royalty every day of the week, but only a select…

By CityBeat Staff

    1213 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
    Featured on: Food Network’s Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives
    Part bar, part taco joint, all classy. Bakersfield specializes in gourmet tacos (short rib, pollo rojo, pastor, huitlacoche, etc.), crafted tortas, quality tequilas and whiskeys and hand-crafted margaritas made the old fashioned way, not from a pre-made mix. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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