25 Staff-Favorite Greater Cincinnati Restaurants to Grab a Meal for Under $13

With inflation sending grocery costs soaring, high gas prices and a looming recession, the saying “a dollar doesn’t go as far as…

By CityBeat Staff

El Barril Mexican Sports Bar & Grill
    940 Pavilion St., Mt. Adams 
    Mount Adams welcomed this dining establishment to its quaint hilltop neighborhood last fall, taking over the space formerly occupied by Next Chapter. As its name suggests, the eatery is part restaurant — boasting both Mexican street food and bar bites — and part sports bar. Across the board, menu prices are pretty reasonable, but if you’re looking for a real bang for your buck, opt for the burger and taco combo ($12.99). The meal comes with your choice of burger (options include the breakfast burger with goetta, bacon, cheese, fried egg and Sriracha mayo or the El Barril Burger with guacamole, sauteed mushrooms, onions and American cheese), two tacos and a side of fries. (HB)
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A Glimpse Inside Newport's Flow Coffee's New Northside Location

This new Northside coffeeshop combines two of the neighborhood's favorite things: craft coffee and good music. Newport's flow (the name is stylized as…

By Maija Zummo

flow coffee in Northside
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Take A Tour of Over-the-Rhine's New Colorful Cocktail Bar Alice

While Alice, a new bar in Over-the-Rhine opened in late June, doesn’t take its name or inspiration from the one of Wonderland…

By Leyla Shokoohe

Alice OTR
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All the Tasty Dishes You Can Eat During Fall Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week returns Sept. 19-25 this fall, featuring $26, $36 and $46 three-course prix fixe menus from dozens of Cincinnati restaurants. $1 from…

By CityBeat Staff

OKTO Cincinnati
$36 3-Course Dinner
FIRST COURSE (choose one): Burrata cheese, Horiatiki
SECOND COURSE (choose one): Chicken or Veggie Gyro, Mousaka, Pastitsio
THIRD COURSE (choose one): Baklava, Greek Yogurt & HoneyComb
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See Inside Chef Jose Salazar and Deeper Roots' Bodega-Inspired Daylily Deli

Columbia Tusculum's Daylily Deli — chef Jose Salazar and Deeper Roots Coffee's New York-style bodega — has officially opened. The menu features…

By CityBeat Staff

Daylily Deli
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Take a Tour of Downtown's New French Brasserie Royce

Cincinnati’s Fountain Square’s newest addition, Royce, recently opened. The “modern French brasserie” opened at The Foundry, 3CDC’s $51 million development in the…

By CityBeat Staff

Royce at The Foundry
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30 Iconic Cincinnati Restaurants to Take Out-of-Towners

From classic staples like Skyline and LaRosa's to newer favorites such as Pearlstar and Pho Lang Thang, the Queen City has many…

By CityBeat Staff

Arnold's Bar & Grill
210 E. Eighth St., Downtown
Downtown's Arnold's Bar & Grill is renowned for being the oldest continuously operating drinking destination in Cincinnati — one of the oldest in America, in fact, at 160 years. There's the infamous Arnold's bathtub, reportedly used to make bootleg gin during Prohibition. There is even a rumor that this bar filled with spirits (as in alcohol) and other sorts of spirits (as in dead people).
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Some of the Spiciest Wings You Can Get During Cincinnati Wing Week Aug. 22-28

The second annual Cincinnati Wing Week is set to return Aug. 22-28. For seven days wing lovers will have the opportunity to…

By CityBeat Staff

RJ Four Mile Pig: Spicy Blackberry Wings
4450 Eastgate South Drive suite 100, Mt. Carmel  
Six smoked wings covered in Spicy Blackberry BBQ sauce with celery and ranch.
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30 of the Best Cincinnati Restaurants to Get A Meal For Under $15

Feelin' hungry for a bite that won't break the bank? We've got you covered. There are plenty of tasty local eateries to…

By CityBeat Staff

Cincy Steak and Lemonade
    2607 Short Vine St., Clifton
    Cincy Steak and Lemonade is the place to get the most bang for your buck. For under $15, you can get a massive gyro cheeseburger, fries and a drink. They also sell super colorful lemonades, with flavors ranging from rainbow to blue raspberry, and pina coladas. With only a few booths in the restaurant, it's a cozy spot for fast, casual bites.
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30 Greater Cincinnati Coffee Shops You've Got to Try

​​From cappuccinos to Americanos or the simply perfect piping hot cup o' joe, there are plenty of top-notch local options for coffee…

By CityBeat Staff

BLOC Coffee Company
    801 Mount Hope Ave., East Price Hill
    The shop primarily serves locally roasted Deeper Roots coffee. They also offer an all-day breakfast menu featuring items such as their Chipotle Egg Deluxe (egg, goetta, havarti, red onion, microgreens and Sriracha on an English muffin) and pastries either baked in-house or brought in from local bakeries. The majority of the coffee shop's proceeds go to BLOC Ministries, an organization that helps with job placement for formerly incarcerated people and supports safe houses for female sex workers, drug recovery programs and after-school programs for children in the neighborhood.
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See Inside Cincinnati’s First Gin Bar ‘Fifty Fifty Gin Club’ in Over-the-Rhine

Over-the-Rhine recently got a new bar. From the owners of HomeMakers Bar came Fifty Fifty Gin Club. The spot, which is Cincinnati’s…

By Maggy McDonel

See Inside Cincinnati’s First Gin Bar ‘Fifty Fifty Gin Club’ in Over-the-Rhine
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30 Greater Cincinnati Taprooms and Breweries to Grab a Drink

Look, we probably don’t need to do much to convince you to drink a beer (that is: if you do drink alcohol,…

By CityBeat Staff

Little Miami Brewing Company
    208 Mill St., Milford
    Founded by brothers-in-law Dan Lynch and Joe Brenner, Milford's Little Miami Brewing Company sits on the banks of its namesake river, pouring beers alongside a selection of brick-oven pizzas. The pizza selection includes everything from the classics, such as the margherita pizza all the way to daring and innovative options. If pizza is not your thing, Little Miami Brewing Company also offers other laid-back eats such as nachos, pretzel sticks, chili and salad. The small-batch brewery offers 16 different brews on tap, from classics to experimentals and seasonals made with real fruit.
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Everything We Saw During Glier's Goettafest at Newport's Festival Park

Glier's Goettafest held its first weekend of goetta-filled fun and food from July 28-31. The fest will continue Aug. 4-7 at Newport's Festival…

By CityBeat Staff

Glier's Goettafest July 31, 2022
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14 Cincinnati Restaurants and Bars That Have Closed This Year

Cincinnati's dining and bar scene is constantly changing, and while we love to see new places open up, it is inevitable that…

By CityBeat Staff

Boombox Buns
Over-the-Rhine’s source for homemade Chinese-style steamed buns, Boombox Buns, closed in February. Owner Nathan Friday announced in a social media post that the shop would close Feb. 19. Friday says he and his fiancée, Katie, have been working together on Boombox Buns for four and a half years. “The process of taking an idea from something on paper to a pop up, a pop up to signing a lease and hiring employees, to navigating a pandemic has been a wild ride,” he wrote. It continued, “It's hard to express the emotions of letting go of something that has been such a dominating force in your life."
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35 of Our Favorite Greater Cincinnati Bars and What to Order There

The joke is that “it’s always 5 o’clock somewhere.” And that somewhere is right here. Below, CityBeat staffers have compiled a list…

By CityBeat Staff

Sundry and Vice
18 W. 13th St., Over-the-Rhine, sundryandvice.com
              These bartenders are nothing short of artists working in the medium of booze.  Grab a spot at the bar and be mesmerized watching them create drinks with equal parts precision and passion. The cocktail menu organizes your choices as “Fresh & Playful,” “Light & Elegant,” “Lively & Restorative” and “Spirit Forward & Timeless.” Good luck narrowing it down. What to order: I can’t resist a Penicillin; whether or not it’s on the current menu, the bartenders will make a killer version of this classic combo of blended Scotch, ginger, honey and lemon. Night Cure, a bourbon drink, also has been a standout here since day one. (PM)
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12 Best Spots to Get Chili Around Cincinnati

Cincinnati is obviously known for our chili so the question is, where do I get some? Well, the answer is basically anywhere,…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 10 Best Chili (Non-Chain): The Chili Hut
    390 Loveland-Madeira Road, Loveland
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27 Specialty Grocers and Markets in Cincinnati You Should Have Visited By Now

The Greater Cincinnati area is home to dozens of international markets and specialty grocers offering products for every kind of meal. Many…

By CityBeat Staff

Al-Madina Market and Grill
     6 W. Corry St., Clifton
    This grocery-plus-restaurant boasts a humble yet comprehensive selection of Middle Eastern staples alongside its open kitchen. The chicken shawarma is lauded by savvy students from nearby University of Cincinnati's campus. Paired with the spicy garlic potato side dish, this chicken shawarma is a formidably flavorful meal.
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30 Cincinnati Breakfast and Brunch Spots You Have to Try

Whether it's a hungover weekend morning or a trip out with your kids (or both), there are many brunch spots to enjoy…

By CityBeat Staff

French Crust Cafe
    1801 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
    This charming French cafe from chef Jean-Robert de Cavel specializes in Parisian bistro classics, from quiche and croissants to omelets. The made-from-scratch creamy chicken soup is a favorite. Brunch is served Saturdays and Sundays, the eggs benedict is a favorite on the menu. To drink, grab a latte and/or mimosa and finish it all off with a French patisserie like a lemon tart or chocolate mousse.
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Take a Tour of Findlay Market's New Fish and Seafood Butcher Sen by Kiki

Sen by Kiki is a fish and seafood butcher shop “focused on sustainably and responsibly caught seafood." The name Sen translates to…

By Maggy McDonel

Take a Tour of Findlay Market's New Fish and Seafood Butcher Sen by Kiki
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25 of the Most Over-the-Top $7 Burgers You Can Get During Cincinnati Burger Week

Cincinnati Burger Week is back July 11-17, offering a week's worth of $7 burgers from tons of local restaurants. Here's a list…

By CityBeat Staff

Keystone Bar & Grill: Maple Bacon Donut Burger
 313 Greenup St., Covington
A seasoned beef patty, with bourbon-glazed bacon, caramelized onions, and American cheese on a Holtman’s maple iced donut.
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10 Best Places for Mac & Cheese in Cincinnati

Is there any comfort food more decadent than an ooey, gooey bowl of macaroni and cheese? We think not. And when you're…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 1: Keystone Bar & Grill
    249 Calhoun St., Clifton; 313 Greenup St., Covington
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Take a Tour of New Annata Wine Bar and Cellar in O'Bryonville

O'Bryonville recently got a new spot that is sure to impress wine lovers. Annata Wine Bar and Cellar had a soft launch…

By Maggy McDonel

Take a Tour of Recently Opened Annata Wine Bar and Cellar in O'Bryonville
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See Inside Downtown's Newly-Renovated Bromwell’s Härth Lounge

Being the oldest business in Cincinnati, Bromwell’s should be a familiar name to most locals –after all, it’s been around since 1819.…

By Brian Cross

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Cincinnati's Best Chicken and Chicken Sandwiches, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best Of Cincinnati®, wherein readers and staffers alike decide which bars are the booziest, which people are…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 1 Best Chicken Sandwich: The Eagle OTR
    1342 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
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28 Low-Key Cincinnati Bars For a Chill Night Out

A night out on the town doesn't have to mean navigating through crowded bars and dodging elbows — there are plenty of…

By CityBeat Staff

Covington Yard
 401 Greenup St., Covington 
Covington Yard is an outdoor gathering destination offering different dining and drinking options located inside shipping containers on the grounds. Current food vendors offer tacos, sliders and Korean barbecue. Grab a drink at their bar that features a rotating draft menu, specialty cocktails and alcoholic slushies. The yard is a hip place for friends, family and even pets to hang.
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28 of the Hottest New Bars and Restaurants in Cincinnati Right Now

Cincinnati's dining scene has been heating up, and, judging from the number of new restaurants set to debut later this year, it…

By CityBeat Staff

2835 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut
A new wine bar and cafe has entered the East Walnut Hills culinary scene, albeit with a tricky start. Symposium had a soft opening May 6 only to be closed down days later due to a leaky sink. The wine bar and cafe finally hosted its grand opening on May 11, and as co-owner J. Matt Nickels tells CityBeat in an email, the business has been going strong ever since. The space features a main dining room with a lounge known as The Nest, a private dining and event space called the Rumpus Room, an outdoor patio that currently seats 10 (weather permitting) and Symposium’s three bars. Each bar offers something different — one serves coffee, the other has drinks and the last, food. Cocktails known as “Birdtails” are delicious, imaginative and avian-inspired and include the Magpie Gin and Tonic, Macaw Mojito and Bird on a Wire espresso martini. For dinner, chef Aaron Owen offers small plates, canapés, charcuterie and cheese boards, all of which are collected as “American tapas.”
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Cincinnati's 25 Best Restaurants Right Now, According to Yelp

The Queen City is full of delicious restaurants and, subsequently, plenty of online food reviewers. These Yelpers have some interesting and intense…

By CityBeat Staff

1. The Eagle OTR
    1342 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
    "There is always a wait when we come to the Eagle, and for good reason!  Their menu is not high, but if you're looking for chicken this is the place to go!  Their fried chicken sandwich is excellent, and the southern chopped salad is amazing.  Their mac and cheese was alright, but I've had better.  The biscuits and spoon bread however were outstanding!" — Rachel G.
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See Inside New East Walnut Hills Wine Bar and Cafe Symposium

A new wine bar and cafe has entered the East Walnut Hills culinary scene. Symposium had a soft opening May 6 only…

By CityBeat Staff

See Inside New East Walnut Hills Wine Bar and Cafe Symposium
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26 of Cincinnati's Greatest Hidden Gem Restaurants You've Got to Try

While there are tons of hip new restaurants CityBeat covers, some of the best restaurants in Cincinnati are unsung heroes. They may…

By CityBeat Staff

Thai Express
    213 W McMillan St., Clifton
    This little gem brings authentic Thai cooking and culture to Cincinnati. Located in Clifton, Thai Express has been fueling students and professionals for decades. Their signature Pad Thai dish is a favorite among many, but do not be fooled; the number of delicious traditional dishes span way beyond that.
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24 Day-Drinking Destinations Across Cincinnati to Spend Your Weekend

The Queen City is bubbling over with swanky and hip bars to visit. But when the weekend rolls around and getting the…

By CityBeat Staff

    208 East 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
     The overgrown ivy at Rosedale, a shaded getaway in the middle of Over-the-Rhine, makes the space perfect for an Instagram photo. The small inside bar has a speakeasy-style aesthetic, with a fireplace and dark wood furnishings but the outside it where the fun is at. The large patio has a full bar, bocce ball courts and often other outdoor games to enjoy.
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