The outdoor bier garden has food and beer, too, with picnic style tables. Great for families or groups of friends. Winner of “Best German.”
200 E. Third St., Newport, 859-491-7200. Open 7 days. $7-$30.
Flavor: Zinzinnati’s German heritage lives on at Mecklenburg’s — even the scallops have a German accent, with a sauce spiced up by Dusseldorf mustard. New to the menu is hasenpfeffer, as Chef Mark Fuller makes the menu his own. And you can please a vegetarian here with portabella spaetzle.
Flair: Mecklenburg Gardens is a Cincinnati landmark dating back to 1865 that owner Tom Harten rescued from abandonment in 1996. Now, as Tom says, they’re “alive and well after 145 years.” Enjoy happy hour in the Garden and look for live music most Friday and Saturday nights, including an Old German Brass Band Quartet.
302 E. University Ave., Corryville, 513-221-5353. Open Monday-Saturday. $18-$22.
Flavor: Who knew a hockey-playing Ukrainian would be cooking up a storm of authentic German food in the ’burbs? Actually, his establishment offers Eastern-European fare, as the traditional food of the Ukraine is influenced by Russian, German, Jewish and Polish cuisines. And his deep, rich sauerkraut will give any German grandma a run for her money.
Flair: It’s not easy to find this place, tucked in a strip mall south of Fields-Ertel Road behind a Morningstar coffee kiosk. The one-room venue is simple but spacious with an open kitchen and latticework on the ceiling that reminds one of Mecklenburg Gardens. The warmth of the place comes mostly from the graciousness of Oleg himself, who can be found cooking, serving and managing the register as the situation demands.
11929 Montgomery Road, Sycamore Twp., 513-774-0700. Open Tuesday-Sunday. $9-$14.
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