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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The 9 Best Cincinnati Bathrooms to Take a Selfie

Over the past few years, Cincinnati has become rather well-known for its blossoming restaurant/bar scene. Local visionaries have opened our eyes to…

By CityBeat Staff

Mecca OTR
    1429 Walnut St., OTR
    Photo: Kellie Coleman
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Inside OTR's New Venezuelan Restaurant, Maize

Maize, a new Over-the-Rhine eatery which opened in early July, specializes in a unique fusion menu that honors traditional recipes from across…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 7 (tie): Maize
    1438 Race St., Over-the-Rhine, maizeotr.com
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