35 New Cincinnati Bars & Eating places You Could Have Missed Over the Pandemic

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Subito

311 Pike St., Downtown

Downtown’s new The Lytle Park Hotel opened to the public this past June, along with their in-house, upscale Italian eatery Subito and sophisticated rooftop lounge, Vista at Lytle Park. Subito’s menu focuses on homemade pastas, stone-oven pizzas, fresh seafood, steaks and antipasta. Head to their bar for a selection of white, red and sparkling wines — including their own house sparkler by Ohio River Valley. They also boast spirits and cocktails.

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Subito

311 Pike St., Downtown

Downtown’s new The Lytle Park Hotel opened to the public this past June, along with their in-house, upscale Italian eatery Subito and sophisticated rooftop lounge, Vista at Lytle Park. Subito’s menu focuses on homemade pastas, stone-oven pizzas, fresh seafood, steaks and antipasta. Head to their bar for a selection of white, red and sparkling wines — including their own house sparkler by Ohio River Valley. They also boast spirits and cocktails.

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
” itemprop=”image” />Cedar

701 Main St., Covington

Scratch-made brunch spot Cedar opened its doors last summer in Covington’s former Main Street Tavern space. With co-owner and chef Jeremy Faeth at the helm, the eatery’s mission is to take diners on a one-hour vacation through food and experience. The menu elevates classic dishes through local, housemade elements, like spreading homemade bacon jam and green olive-garlic aioli on their Cedar Burger, and serving sandwiches on bread from Sixteen Bricks, a local artisan bakery. With funky combinations like spicy candied bacon in cocktails, omelets topped with shrimp and crab cream sauce, or infusing lamb into their chorizo gravy, it’s clear Cedar brings fresh ideas to the table.

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Cedar

701 Main St., Covington

Scratch-made brunch spot Cedar opened its doors last summer in Covington’s former Main Street Tavern space. With co-owner and chef Jeremy Faeth at the helm, the eatery’s mission is to take diners on a one-hour vacation through food and experience. The menu elevates classic dishes through local, housemade elements, like spreading homemade bacon jam and green olive-garlic aioli on their Cedar Burger, and serving sandwiches on bread from Sixteen Bricks, a local artisan bakery. With funky combinations like spicy candied bacon in cocktails, omelets topped with shrimp and crab cream sauce, or infusing lamb into their chorizo gravy, it’s clear Cedar brings fresh ideas to the table.

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
” itemprop=”image” />Rosie’s Cocktails & Pies

300 E. Seventh St., Downtown

From the team behind downtown’s Crown Republic Gastropub and Over-the-Rhine’s boutique steakhouse Losanti, Rosie’s Cocktails & Pies opened to the public on April 28. The East Coast-style pizza spot opened in the space formerly occupied by Money Chicken.
Rosie’s features a unique style of pizza made with house dough, which is then layered with cheese, toppings and sauce on top — creating a light and crisp pizza from the crust to the center of the pie. Ingredients are either made in-house or sourced from Ohio-based businesses. Along with a small variety of house pizzas and build-your-own options, the menu features a few appetizers and salads, like fried mozzarella balls (using homemade mozzarella), wings and meatballs; a Caesar salad; an antipasti salad, topped with deli meat; and cheese roll-ups. For dessert, enjoy the eatery’s homemade gelato. Rosie’s also has a menu of craft cocktails (including one that comes on fire!) and a selection of wine and beer.

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Rosie’s Cocktails & Pies

300 E. Seventh St., Downtown

From the team behind downtown’s Crown Republic Gastropub and Over-the-Rhine’s boutique steakhouse Losanti, Rosie’s Cocktails & Pies opened to the public on April 28. The East Coast-style pizza spot opened in the space formerly occupied by Money Chicken.
Rosie’s features a unique style of pizza made with house dough, which is then layered with cheese, toppings and sauce on top — creating a light and crisp pizza from the crust to the center of the pie. Ingredients are either made in-house or sourced from Ohio-based businesses. Along with a small variety of house pizzas and build-your-own options, the menu features a few appetizers and salads, like fried mozzarella balls (using homemade mozzarella), wings and meatballs; a Caesar salad; an antipasti salad, topped with deli meat; and cheese roll-ups. For dessert, enjoy the eatery’s homemade gelato. Rosie’s also has a menu of craft cocktails (including one that comes on fire!) and a selection of wine and beer.

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” itemprop=”image” />Khora at Kinley Hotel

37 W. Seventh St., Downtown

Downtown Cincinnati’s new Kinley Hotel is home to Khora, an eatery hailed by Vogue and Food & Wine magazine as one of the “most anticipated” American restaurant openings of 2020. Helmed by chef Edward Lee and executive chef and Cincinnati native Kevin Ashworth, the menu puts “a modern Midwest spin on classic recipes.” Named for the ancient grain khorasan, the dishes play heavily on pasta, including a riff on Cincinnati chili. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner — approachable during the day with a “destination restaurant” vibe at night. It has been open since October.

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Khora at Kinley Hotel

37 W. Seventh St., Downtown

Downtown Cincinnati’s new Kinley Hotel is home to Khora, an eatery hailed by Vogue and Food & Wine magazine as one of the “most anticipated” American restaurant openings of 2020. Helmed by chef Edward Lee and executive chef and Cincinnati native Kevin Ashworth, the menu puts ::a modern Midwest spin on classic recipes.:: Named for the ancient grain khorasan, the dishes play heavily on pasta, including a riff on Cincinnati chili. It serves breakfast, lunch and dinner — approachable during the day with a ::destination restaurant:: vibe at night. It has been open since October.

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” itemprop=”image” />Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge

1432 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine

Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge, which officially opened last summer, features bottles from women and minority winemakers, as well as eight wines on tap, live music, a limited selection of spirits and beer, and small plates from local businesses.

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Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge

1432 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine

Nostalgia Wine & Jazz Lounge, which officially opened last summer, features bottles from women and minority winemakers, as well as eight wines on tap, live music, a limited selection of spirits and beer, and small plates from local businesses.

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1905 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine

Founded by the minds behind Cincinnati’s LGBTQ+ Tea Dance series, e|19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque — located across from Rhinegeist — opened last fall. In a press release, the establishment says it aims to bring together “high-caliber music, exceptional customer service, and top-notch entertainment in a beautiful, inspiring setting.” Owners say the goal is to make “e|19 a much sought-after venue for this underserved community and provide a safe, diverse and inclusive entertainment space.”

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e|19

1905 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine

Founded by the minds behind Cincinnati’s LGBTQ+ Tea Dance series, e|19 Lounge Bar & Discothèque — located across from Rhinegeist — opened last fall. In a press release, the establishment says it aims to bring together ::high-caliber music, exceptional customer service, and top-notch entertainment in a beautiful, inspiring setting.:: Owners say the goal is to make ::e|19 a much sought-after venue for this underserved community and provide a safe, diverse and inclusive entertainment space.”

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” itemprop=”image” />Kanji

1739 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine

Local restaurateur behind Clifton’s Drunken Bento and Drunken Taco, Inho Cha recently opened his third Cincinnati restaurant with Kanji in Findlay Market in the former Harvest Pizzeria space. The restaurant’s menu focuses on sushi and Korean cuisine and was inspired by Cha’s desire to plant more of his South Korean roots in the Queen City, offering a glimpse into the culture and flavors of his home country.

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Kanji

1739 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine

Local restaurateur behind Clifton’s Drunken Bento and Drunken Taco, Inho Cha recently opened his third Cincinnati restaurant with Kanji in Findlay Market in the former Harvest Pizzeria space. The restaurant’s menu focuses on sushi and Korean cuisine and was inspired by Cha’s desire to plant more of his South Korean roots in the Queen City, offering a glimpse into the culture and flavors of his home country.

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Galactic Fried Chicken

624 Sixth Ave., Dayton, Kentucky

Former food truck Galactic Fried Chicken opened a brick-and-mortar in Northern Kentucky’s Dayton neighborhood at the very start of the pandemic, right next door to Unataza Coffee. The restaurant, owned by Shane Coffey and his wife Kathy McDonald, serves fried chicken, chicken tenders and sandwiches, along with a variety of sides ranging from mac and cheese to deviled eggs, fries and salads. They also offer a vegetarian option of fried jackfruit nuggets.

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Galactic Fried Chicken

624 Sixth Ave., Dayton, Kentucky

Former food truck Galactic Fried Chicken opened a brick-and-mortar in Northern Kentucky’s Dayton neighborhood at the very start of the pandemic, right next door to Unataza Coffee. The restaurant, owned by Shane Coffey and his wife Kathy McDonald, serves fried chicken, chicken tenders and sandwiches, along with a variety of sides ranging from mac and cheese to deviled eggs, fries and salads. They also offer a vegetarian option of fried jackfruit nuggets.

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” itemprop=”image” />Green House Bar

424 W. Sixth St., Covington

A well-known MainStrasse watering hole turned over a new leaf. After 26 years, Pachinko Bar has transformed into a chic and breezy West Coast-inspired drinking establishment called Green House Bar. The new bar and restaurant opened in August and offers a trendy spot for visitors to “kick back, relax, have good conversation and a little tomfoolery.” The menu offers several seasonal cocktails, like Recession Proof with CBD seltzer and vodka, and The Green House, a vodka, lemon and lavender cocktail, plus classic cocktails, craft nonalcoholic beverages and a petite list of wines. In addition to sips, they also have a few light bites like pimento cheese and Tommy Dip.

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Green House Bar

424 W. Sixth St., Covington

A well-known MainStrasse watering hole turned over a new leaf. After 26 years, Pachinko Bar has transformed into a chic and breezy West Coast-inspired drinking establishment called Green House Bar. The new bar and restaurant opened in August and offers a trendy spot for visitors to ::kick back, relax, have good conversation and a little tomfoolery.” The menu offers several seasonal cocktails, like Recession Proof with CBD seltzer and vodka, and The Green House, a vodka, lemon and lavender cocktail, plus classic cocktails, craft nonalcoholic beverages and a petite list of wines. In addition to sips, they also have a few light bites like pimento cheese and Tommy Dip.

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
” itemprop=”image” />Ivory House

2998 Harrison Ave., Westwood

This West Side eatery opened its doors in July and prides itself on specializing in “familiar food, elevated,” offering a fresh take on nostalgic-inducing dishes. The menu offers nearly 10 small plates like smash sliders and tomato bruschetta, as well as eight different steak options, and lunch dishes like the vegan club, lobster roll tacos and a pimento grilled cheese. They also offer a pretty delicious brunch menu.

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Ivory House

2998 Harrison Ave., Westwood

This West Side eatery opened its doors in July and prides itself on specializing in “familiar food, elevated,” offering a fresh take on nostalgic-inducing dishes. The menu offers nearly 10 small plates like smash sliders and tomato bruschetta, as well as eight different steak options, and lunch dishes like the vegan club, lobster roll tacos and a pimento grilled cheese. They also offer a pretty delicious brunch menu.

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
” itemprop=”image” />Saint Francis Apizza

3392 Erie Ave., Hyde Park

Saint Francis Apizza opened in Hyde Park in February. Formerly known as Parlor Pizza Project, the team had to rebrand after just over a month in the new shop due to a trademark issue. Owner Alex Plattner, a Cincinnati native, has made pizza for many years, from when he lived in Minneapolis to after he moved back to Cincinnati in June 2020. Parlor Pizza Project did a series of Sunday night dinner pop-ups at Oakley Wines from August 2020 to January 2021 as well before opening the brick-and-mortar shop in Hyde Park. The new pizzeria offers a variety of house pies, like the pepperoni and olive and the Fancy White Pie, as well as a weekly special on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Customers can also build their own.

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Saint Francis Apizza

3392 Erie Ave., Hyde Park

Saint Francis Apizza opened in Hyde Park in February. Formerly known as Parlor Pizza Project, the team had to rebrand after just over a month in the new shop due to a trademark issue. Owner Alex Plattner, a Cincinnati native, has made pizza for many years, from when he lived in Minneapolis to after he moved back to Cincinnati in June 2020. Parlor Pizza Project did a series of Sunday night dinner pop-ups at Oakley Wines from August 2020 to January 2021 as well before opening the brick-and-mortar shop in Hyde Park. The new pizzeria offers a variety of house pies, like the pepperoni and olive and the Fancy White Pie, as well as a weekly special on Wednesdays and Thursdays. Customers can also build their own.

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” itemprop=”image” />Mochiko

1524 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills

The Japanese-style pop-up has been a local favorite for years, and recently opened its own storefront in East Walnut Hills. The shop specializes in fusion cuisine known as “yoshoku,” which borrows elements from Asian and Western cooking styles. Some savory dishes and sweet treats on Mochiko’s menu include melonpan and ramen kits. The eatery is currently offering takeout and first-come, first-served guests in their “Quick Dine-In Noodle Bar” — you have 15 minutes to finish your meal.

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Mochiko

1524 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills

The Japanese-style pop-up has been a local favorite for years, and recently opened its own storefront in East Walnut Hills. The shop specializes in fusion cuisine known as “yoshoku,” which borrows elements from Asian and Western cooking styles. Some savory dishes and sweet treats on Mochiko’s menu include melonpan and ramen kits. The eatery is currently offering takeout and first-come, first-served guests in their “Quick Dine-In Noodle Bar” — you have 15 minutes to finish your meal.

Photo: Francisco Huerta
” itemprop=”image” />Eishaus

117 Park Place, Covington

Covington’s Roebling Point district got a little bit sweeter this past fall with the opening of German-inspired ice cream, eats and coffee window Eishaus. The creamery features the unique frozen treat “spaghetti eis,” an ice cream dish with ice cream “noodles” and toppings that resemble sauces and meatballs. They even have a locally-inspired treat that looks a Cincinnati chili 3-way.

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Eishaus

117 Park Place, Covington

Covington’s Roebling Point district got a little bit sweeter this past fall with the opening of German-inspired ice cream, eats and coffee window Eishaus. The creamery features the unique frozen treat “spaghetti eis,” an ice cream dish with ice cream “noodles” and toppings that resemble sauces and meatballs. They even have a locally-inspired treat that looks a Cincinnati chili 3-way.

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Fifty West Burger Bar

7605 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township

Fifty West Brewing Company continues to build upon their Columbia Township empire with the addition of the new Fifty West Burger Bar, an homage to the 1950s roadside root beer stand. Offering a variety of proteins from flat-top hot dogs to burgers (including the vegetarian-friendly ‘Beyond patty’), each is offered in 12 different ways and named for the 12 different states U.S. Route 50 travels through.

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Fifty West Burger Bar

7605 Wooster Pike, Columbia Township

Fifty West Brewing Company continues to build upon their Columbia Township empire with the addition of the new Fifty West Burger Bar, an homage to the 1950s roadside root beer stand. Offering a variety of proteins from flat-top hot dogs to burgers (including the vegetarian-friendly ‘Beyond patty’), each is offered in 12 different ways and named for the 12 different states U.S. Route 50 travels through.

Photo: Savana Willhoite
” itemprop=”image” />Teak OTR

1200 Race St., Over-the-Rhine

After closing its doors in Mount Adams in 2017, the owners of Teak Thai have reopened in a fresh, new space across from Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine. The eatery is known for its top-notch Thai cuisine — including their incredibly popular pad Thai — and their sushi offerings. Talented longtime chef John Lee from the Mount Adams location joined the new Teak OTR, and brought his sushi expertise with him.

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Teak OTR

1200 Race St., Over-the-Rhine

After closing its doors in Mount Adams in 2017, the owners of Teak Thai have reopened in a fresh, new space across from Washington Park in Over-the-Rhine. The eatery is known for its top-notch Thai cuisine — including their incredibly popular pad Thai — and their sushi offerings. Talented longtime chef John Lee from the Mount Adams location joined the new Teak OTR, and brought his sushi expertise with him.

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” itemprop=”image” />Haven Cafe

332 Scott Blvd., Covington

This Covington coffee shop opened up in August and offers natural coffee, pastries and baked goods from local spots like Brown Bear Bakery, as well as light bites like avocado toast. In addition to your typical coffee-based bevs, you can also order creative and tasty sips like the matcha lemonade, mint mocha latte and the chagachino (made with chaga mushroom powder).

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Haven Cafe

332 Scott Blvd., Covington

This Covington coffee shop opened up in August and offers natural coffee, pastries and baked goods from local spots like Brown Bear Bakery, as well as light bites like avocado toast. In addition to your typical coffee-based bevs, you can also order creative and tasty sips like the matcha lemonade, mint mocha latte and the chagachino (made with chaga mushroom powder).

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” itemprop=”image” />Oakley Fish House

3036 Madison Road, Oakley

Oakley Square welcomed a deliciously nostalgic addition over the course of the pandemic, taking over the space formerly occupied by long-time eatery Habits Cafe. Though Oakley Fish House, from the team behind Teak OTR, opened its doors in November, owner Chanaka De Lanerolle says it took roughly 14 months to build out the space into their new home. The eatery takes inspiration from De Lanerolle’s former Mt. Adams Fish House, which closed about a decade ago. The menu includes what you would want in a seafood-oriented establishment, with a couple of landlubber offerings.

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Oakley Fish House

3036 Madison Road, Oakley

Oakley Square welcomed a deliciously nostalgic addition over the course of the pandemic, taking over the space formerly occupied by long-time eatery Habits Cafe. Though Oakley Fish House, from the team behind Teak OTR, opened its doors in November, owner Chanaka De Lanerolle says it took roughly 14 months to build out the space into their new home. The eatery takes inspiration from De Lanerolle’s former Mt. Adams Fish House, which closed about a decade ago. The menu includes what you would want in a seafood-oriented establishment, with a couple of landlubber offerings.

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The Standard

434 Main St., Covington

The dynamic duo behind popular Covington dining and drinking destinations Otto’s, Frida and Larry’s opened their most recent project, The Standard, breathing life into a familiar corner in the neighborhood. Co-owner Emily Wolff says that when the opportunity to embark on a new journey to transform the former garage and filling station on the corner of Fifth and Main streets presented itself, they were all in. The Standard’s food menu features bright and playful flavors that complement the warmer season. The Standard has both indoor and outdoor seating, with plenty of patio space beneath the garage’s canopies and beyond to spread out and socially distance.

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The Standard

434 Main St., Covington

The dynamic duo behind popular Covington dining and drinking destinations Otto’s, Frida and Larry’s opened their most recent project, The Standard, breathing life into a familiar corner in the neighborhood. Co-owner Emily Wolff says that when the opportunity to embark on a new journey to transform the former garage and filling station on the corner of Fifth and Main streets presented itself, they were all in. The Standard’s food menu features bright and playful flavors that complement the warmer season. The Standard has both indoor and outdoor seating, with plenty of patio space beneath the garage’s canopies and beyond to spread out and socially distance.

Photo: Savana Willhoite
” itemprop=”image” />Sugar n’ Spice

1203 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine

Cincinnati’s cult favorite breakfast eatery Sugar n’ Spice opened up their Over-the-Rhine location in the former Joe’s Diner in July of 2020. The Paddock Hills eatery, which opened in 1941, is well-known for its “wispy thin” pancakes, vibrant decor and rubber duckies that come with every meal — elements that traveled to its second branch. You can expect all of your favorites from the original location and more.

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Sugar n’ Spice

1203 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine

Cincinnati’s cult favorite breakfast eatery Sugar n’ Spice opened up their Over-the-Rhine location in the former Joe’s Diner in July of 2020. The Paddock Hills eatery, which opened in 1941, is well-known for its ::wispy thin:: pancakes, vibrant decor and rubber duckies that come with every meal — elements that traveled to its second branch. You can expect all of your favorites from the original location and more.

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” itemprop=”image” />Nomad

225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue

Bellevue bar and eatery Nomad opened its doors in September. They serve craft cocktails and beer, but the main attraction is their boozy (and virgin) milkshakes, tater tot baskets and tacos. The bar offers a dreamy, string-lit patio for outdoor dining and drinking, as well as seating inside — including a pretty sweet game room with a big comfy couch.

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Nomad

225 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue

Bellevue bar and eatery Nomad opened its doors in September. They serve craft cocktails and beer, but the main attraction is their boozy (and virgin) milkshakes, tater tot baskets and tacos. The bar offers a dreamy, string-lit patio for outdoor dining and drinking, as well as seating inside — including a pretty sweet game room with a big comfy couch.

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” itemprop=”image” />The Emery

6914 Wooster Pike, Mariemont

Looking Glass Hospitality Group — the team behind TAHONA Kitchen+Bar, S.W. Clyborne Provision & Spirits, Fretboard Brewing & Public House and Toast & Berry — opened their latest restaurant in December 2020 in Mariemont Square. Described as a “polished-casual” restaurant, “the menu is seafood-leaning but also includes fare from the garden and farm,” says a release. The 5,800-square-foot eatery features a second-floor dining room and cocktail lounge with a first-floor pub and outdoor patio. It also features a saltwater aquarium as a “centerpiece” on the second floor.

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The Emery

6914 Wooster Pike, Mariemont

Looking Glass Hospitality Group — the team behind TAHONA Kitchen+Bar, S.W. Clyborne Provision & Spirits, Fretboard Brewing & Public House and Toast & Berry — opened their latest restaurant in December 2020 in Mariemont Square. Described as a ::polished-casual:: restaurant, ::the menu is seafood-leaning but also includes fare from the garden and farm,:: says a release. The 5,800-square-foot eatery features a second-floor dining room and cocktail lounge with a first-floor pub and outdoor patio. It also features a saltwater aquarium as a ::centerpiece:: on the second floor.

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” itemprop=”image” />Good Plates Eatery

235 W. McMillan St., Clifton

Good Plates Eatery opened just last year, but it has already made an impression on Cincinnatians, winning multiple awards in the Best Of Cincinnati 2021 issue. The casual space is perfect for a quick lunch with several sandwiches to choose from like the toasted turkey basil or cold fried chicken and a variety of healthy quinoa bowls and salads. They now offer local craft beers, seltzers, canned cocktails, and a long list of non-alcoholic sodas.

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Good Plates Eatery

235 W. McMillan St., Clifton

Good Plates Eatery opened just last year, but it has already made an impression on Cincinnatians, winning multiple awards in the Best Of Cincinnati 2021 issue. The casual space is perfect for a quick lunch with several sandwiches to choose from like the toasted turkey basil or cold fried chicken and a variety of healthy quinoa bowls and salads. They now offer local craft beers, seltzers, canned cocktails, and a long list of non-alcoholic sodas.

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” itemprop=”image” />Zapata Cantina

801 Madison Ave., Covington

Zapata Covington, which opened its doors last fall, offers a modern take on Mexican cuisine, with small plates and street-style eats like tacos. In addition to bites, the cantina’s beverage program focuses on tequila and mezcal, with popular bourbon-based cocktails swapped out for agave-based liquors.

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Zapata Cantina

801 Madison Ave., Covington

Zapata Covington, which opened its doors last fall, offers a modern take on Mexican cuisine, with small plates and street-style eats like tacos. In addition to bites, the cantina’s beverage program focuses on tequila and mezcal, with popular bourbon-based cocktails swapped out for agave-based liquors.

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” itemprop=”image” />Esoteric Brewing Co.

900 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills

Walnut Hills’ long-awaited Esoteric Brewing hosted its grand opening in early September. Cincinnati’s first Black- and Filipino-owned brewery, the team revitalized the 1930s Art Deco Paramount Building, which was once a department store but had been fallow for decades. The brewery offers an elevated beer drinking experience, using locally sourced and grown ingredients and creates “a sumptuous experience that changes the way you think about beer.”

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Esoteric Brewing Co.

900 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills

Walnut Hills’ long-awaited Esoteric Brewing hosted its grand opening in early September. Cincinnati’s first Black- and Filipino-owned brewery, the team revitalized the 1930s Art Deco Paramount Building, which was once a department store but had been fallow for decades. The brewery offers an elevated beer drinking experience, using locally sourced and grown ingredients and creates “a sumptuous experience that changes the way you think about beer.”

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OTR Chili Co.

1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine

Housed in the old Sartre space in the Rhinegeist Brewery building, OTR Chili Company is a retro diner-style spot offering self-proclaimed “authentic Cincinnati chili” in addition to burgers, salads and shakes. The chili menu features all the classics: a 3-, 4- or 5-Way made with 100% beef and secret spice blend, plus a vegetarian way. They also offer Impossible burgers and some incredible pies. For booze fans, you can add a shot of bourbon to your malted chocolate or vanilla shake.

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OTR Chili Co.

1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine

Housed in the old Sartre space in the Rhinegeist Brewery building, OTR Chili Company is a retro diner-style spot offering self-proclaimed ::authentic Cincinnati chili:: in addition to burgers, salads and shakes. The chili menu features all the classics: a 3-, 4- or 5-Way made with 100% beef and secret spice blend, plus a vegetarian way. They also offer Impossible burgers and some incredible pies. For booze fans, you can add a shot of bourbon to your malted chocolate or vanilla shake.

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Dear Restaurant & Butchery

2710 Erie Ave., Hyde Park

This Hyde park eatery and butcher shop takes over the space formerly occupied by Teller’s of Hyde Park — the historic space was once a bank. The menu ranges from Wagyu beef tartare, charcuterie and oysters to main dishes like lamb sugo and duck — or opt for a shareable dish like the truffled chicken cushion or chicken-fried mushrooms. The eatery also boasts a pretty great patio.

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Dear Restaurant & Butchery

2710 Erie Ave., Hyde Park

This Hyde park eatery and butcher shop takes over the space formerly occupied by Teller’s of Hyde Park — the historic space was once a bank. The menu ranges from Wagyu beef tartare, charcuterie and oysters to main dishes like lamb sugo and duck — or opt for a shareable dish like the truffled chicken cushion or chicken-fried mushrooms. The eatery also boasts a pretty great patio.

Photo: Facebook.com/DearHydePark
” itemprop=”image” />Pata Roja Taqueria

1208 Sycamore St., Pendleton

Pata Roja Taqueria has found a permanent home in Pendleton on Saeso’s patio space. The restaurant specializes in food inspired by Mexico City such as al pastor and bistec street tacos and bean stew with sausage. The bar patio provides outdoor seating to enjoy in the summer months. Grab a drink from Saeso’s back bar “The Cantina,” offering margaritas, house cocktails and a variety of cervezas to pair with your meal — enjoyed for dine-in or to take and enjoy at home.

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Pata Roja Taqueria

1208 Sycamore St., Pendleton

Pata Roja Taqueria has found a permanent home in Pendleton on Saeso’s patio space. The restaurant specializes in food inspired by Mexico City such as al pastor and bistec street tacos and bean stew with sausage. The bar patio provides outdoor seating to enjoy in the summer months. Grab a drink from Saeso’s back bar “The Cantina,” offering margaritas, house cocktails and a variety of cervezas to pair with your meal — enjoyed for dine-in or to take and enjoy at home.

Photo: Facebook.com/PataRojaTacos
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1208 Sycamore St., Pendleton

If you’re looking for an otherworldly escape without leaving the city, or a cocktail menu that takes the work out of ordering, Saeso might just be your new neighborhood bar. Christy Wulfson and Michael Guilfoil, the duo behind the petite Pendleton bar, created a space where they’d like to sit and enjoy a cocktail and invited you to join. You can linger, say yes to that second drink and bask in the terracotta glow.

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Saeso

1208 Sycamore St., Pendleton

If you’re looking for an otherworldly escape without leaving the city, or a cocktail menu that takes the work out of ordering, Saeso might just be your new neighborhood bar. Christy Wulfson and Michael Guilfoil, the duo behind the petite Pendleton bar, created a space where they’d like to sit and enjoy a cocktail and invited you to join. You can linger, say yes to that second drink and bask in the terracotta glow.

Photo: Brian Rineair
” itemprop=”image” />Taqueria 251

4110 Hamilton Ave., Northside

Situated in the Gantry Apartments building in the heart of Northside, Taqueria 251 is designed as an homage to “famous Mexican individuals that have shaped Mexico throughout time,” says owner Emilio Santos Sada. The menu offers authentic Mexican fare and street food alongside cocktails and traditional drinks with an avant-garde twist.

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Taqueria 251

4110 Hamilton Ave., Northside

Situated in the Gantry Apartments building in the heart of Northside, Taqueria 251 is designed as an homage to “famous Mexican individuals that have shaped Mexico throughout time,” says owner Emilio Santos Sada. The menu offers authentic Mexican fare and street food alongside cocktails and traditional drinks with an avant-garde twist.

Photo: Facebook.com/Taqueria251
” itemprop=”image” />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. 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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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. 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
” itemprop=”image” />Rebel Mettle Brewery

412 Central Ave., Downtown

Rebel Mettle opened its doors on Sept. 12 in downtown’s Historic West Fourth District. The lager-focused brewery was founded by U.S. Air Force veteran Michael Brown, who shares a passion for brews and his community. The brewery’s offerings are centered around lagers, an approachable style of beer that “can be slightly malty while having a light taste.”

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Rebel Mettle Brewery

412 Central Ave., Downtown

Rebel Mettle opened its doors on Sept. 12 in downtown’s Historic West Fourth District. The lager-focused brewery was founded by U.S. Air Force veteran Michael Brown, who shares a passion for brews and his community. The brewery’s offerings are centered around lagers, an approachable style of beer that ::can be slightly malty while having a light taste.::

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
” itemprop=”image” />Morsel and Nosh

4183 Hamilton Ave., Northside

The long-anticipated Morsel and Nosh, located in Northside, offers folks a treasure trove of fine cheeses and cured meats. The shop features specialty groceries such as fresh produce and pantry items, and the deli offers grab-and-go soups, sandwiches and salads. Charcuterie and cheese boards are available as well as made-to-order dishes in Morsel and Nosh’s kitchen. Food items are offered in various diets such as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Morsel and Nosh

4183 Hamilton Ave., Northside

The long-anticipated Morsel and Nosh, located in Northside, offers folks a treasure trove of fine cheeses and cured meats. The shop features specialty groceries such as fresh produce and pantry items, and the deli offers grab-and-go soups, sandwiches and salads. Charcuterie and cheese boards are available as well as made-to-order dishes in Morsel and Nosh’s kitchen. Food items are offered in various diets such as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.

Photo: Catie Viox
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Northern Row Brewing

111 W. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine

Over-the-Rhine’s Northern Row taproom and patio opened last spring. With 13 taps of their own beers, the brewery also offers a full bar and cocktail menu using their housemade spirits. Their brews range from lighter varieties like the fruit peach beer “Preacher” or the kolsch-style “Barrister,” to darker suds like the barrel aged imperial stout “Boozer.” Choose from a generous menu ranging from roast beef and cheddar sliders to a stuffed acorn squash, chili mac or, on Sundays, try the “Holy Toledo it’s a Breakfast Burrito.”

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Northern Row Brewing

111 W. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine

Over-the-Rhine’s Northern Row taproom and patio opened last spring. With 13 taps of their own beers, the brewery also offers a full bar and cocktail menu using their housemade spirits. Their brews range from lighter varieties like the fruit peach beer “Preacher” or the kolsch-style “Barrister,” to darker suds like the barrel aged imperial stout “Boozer.” Choose from a generous menu ranging from roast beef and cheddar sliders to a stuffed acorn squash, chili mac or, on Sundays, try the ::Holy Toledo it’s a Breakfast Burrito.::

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
” itemprop=”image” />North High Brewing

2427 Erie Ave., Hyde Park

This Columbus-based brewery opened up a taproom and restaurant in partnership with coworking space chain COatch, which occupies the two above floors. North High Brewing’s Hyde Park location has 16 beers on tap, wine plus a full bar. Their menu features scratch-made pizzas like the meaty Porkopolis pie or cauliflower crust Leo-“No-Dough,” shareables like balsamic bruschetta and “Jar a Pickles,” plus a range of salads, subs and wings with seven sauce options.

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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North High Brewing

2427 Erie Ave., Hyde Park

This Columbus-based brewery opened up a taproom and restaurant in partnership with coworking space chain COatch, which occupies the two above floors. North High Brewing’s Hyde Park location has 16 beers on tap, wine plus a full bar. Their menu features scratch-made pizzas like the meaty Porkopolis pie or cauliflower crust Leo-::No-Dough,:: shareables like balsamic bruschetta and ::Jar a Pickles,:: plus a range of salads, subs and wings with seven sauce options.

Photo: Hailey Bollinger
” itemprop=”image” />MashRoots

5903 Hamilton Ave., College Hill

The Puerto Rican-inspired restaurant has recently opened a brick-and-mortar in College Hill. Known originally as a pop-up shop in the area, MashRoots offers Latin American cuisine in a fast, casual approach to dining. Its most iconic menu item is the “build-your-own Mofongo bowl,” which allows customers to hand-select ingredients for the famous Puerto Rican dish. MashRoots is available now for dine-in or carry-out.

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MashRoots

5903 Hamilton Ave., College Hill

The Puerto Rican-inspired restaurant has recently opened a brick-and-mortar in College Hill. Known originally as a pop-up shop in the area, MashRoots offers Latin American cuisine in a fast, casual approach to dining. Its most iconic menu item is the “build-your-own Mofongo bowl,” which allows customers to hand-select ingredients for the famous Puerto Rican dish. MashRoots is available now for dine-in or carry-out.

Photo: Facebook.com/MashRoots.Cincy
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