From the sire of Tazza Mia, Bob Bonder
brings Cincinnati another coffee destination, but this time he’s added a
full bar and tapas style dining. Located in the Gateway District on
Vine Street, 1215 Wine Bar and Coffee Lab blends the best of both worlds
— handpicked wine parings and artisanal coffee.
First located at Fountain Square and
Findlay Market under a rather dainty tent in the summer months this past
year, Eli’s BBQ has graduated to the restaurant scene — and with
honors. What was once a humble street vendor with one impeccably
prepared item on the menu — the perfect pulled pork sandwich — is now
nestled in the East End.
Don’t call it a restaurant. Cincinnati riverfront’s new Moerlein
Lager House is not just a restaurant — this becomes brazenly clear as
soon as you step into the 15,000-square-foot (without even including the
underground service level) beer mecca.
JimmyG’s offers fine dining fare in an
audacious setting. The dining area’s refined red wood walls are adorned
with the work of various local contemporary pop artists and the seating
arrangement provides a similar contrast, with yellow seat cushions on
white lattice-backed chairs paired with a fine dining table arrangement.
Three Meat Burger in Anderson Township hasn’t been open terribly long
(since late November last year) but a quick perusal on Google brings up
many positive reviews from happy, satisfied customers. The customer
satisfaction isn’t hard to understand once you’ve been to Sonny’s, eaten
the food and experienced the superior level of service the employees
Shoshannah and Doug Hafner opened Honey
in 2005. They’ve always been into serving fine food in a casual
atmosphere. On any night you’ll be greeted by a friendly staff and
probably a soundtrack with lots of local artists in the queue. On Tuesdays you can also choose from
between five $10 menu items.
These two museums don’t just have
wonderful art — they also both have fantastic cafés. I recently
undertook a mission to dine at both: CAM’s Terrace Café and the Lindner
Family Café at the Taft Museum. I decided that I wouldn’t just eat at
the cafés — I would also see what treasures the museums had to offer.
The prospect of Greek food on a cold
January night sounded pretty inviting, but blublu really outdoes itself
in the inviting department. We arrived at the restaurant a little on the
early side for dinner, but the Nika family was already busy. Our
host/server still politely greeted and seated us before dashing back
behind the counter to ring up a carryout order and answer the phone.
So who was lucky enough to land the big, bold
location with wrap-around windows at the corner of Vine and 12th, right
next to the Ensemble Theater? I’m glad to say it’s Taste of Belgium
Bistro. With their origins in Findlay Market, Jean Francois Flechet’s
Taste of Belgium is an Over-the-Rhine original, and they deserve this
spotlight location in the hottest dining district in town.
The idea of “pizza by the slice” has been
around in major metropolitan areas forever, but it seemed a long time
coming to Cincinnati — at least for anyone other than the late-night
crowd. Fortunately, Downtown was recently blessed with a by-the-slice
pizza option open for lunch, dinner and late night snacking: Cincy by
to think ham was the furthest back piece of the pig I’d ever eat, since
trotters don’t appeal to me. But, no! I’ve had pigtail. And I liked it. Don’t let the image of a curly pink
spiral deter you. The pigtail I ate at the newly opened Abigail Street
in the Gateway Quarter was discreetly uncorkscrewed into bits of
delicious porky goodness.
At the Iron Horse Inn in Glendale, there’s
a new sheriff in town. His name is Chef Ernesto Luna, and he’s shaking
things up a bit with a seasonal menu. As you dine at the Iron Horse,
you’ll hear trains in the near distance and have a pretty good meal.