33 Black-Owned Greater Cincinnati Restaurants You Need to Try ASAP

From hearty Southern-style breakfasts to traditional West African dishes, açai bowls to barbecue and authentic tacos, Cincinnati's Black-owned eateries are a vital…

By CityBeat Staff

Pata Roja Taqueria
52 E. Court St., Downtown
Taqueria Pata Roja got its start in 2019 as a food truck that could typically be found behind Bar Saeso in Pendleton. From there it grew in popularity, becoming known for its authentic street tacos and Mexican dishes. With this success, owner Derrick Braziel decided to put down roots in downtown Cincinnati. In February, Braziel opened Pata Roja in its new brick-and-mortar spot in Court Street Plaza. Pata Roja’s new space is modeled after the iconic taquerias of Mexico City, with colorful tiles and a central focus of the trompo, a meat rotisserie that’s front and center in the kitchen, which will be used to roast pork for the authentic tacos al pastor. On the menu, guests will find a variety of street tacos, including the al pastor and the popular campechano, which combines several meats into one taco, as well as frozen margaritas and fresh salsas.
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Photos: Inside Walnut Hills' Newest Restaurant, The Aperture

The Aperture is the real deal, a first-rate addition to our city’s dining firmament. Not downtown or in Over-the-Rhine, The Aperture is…

By Pama Mitchell

The Aperture, 900 E. McMillan St., Walnut Hills
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All the $5-$7 Meal Deals You Can Get During the First-Ever Cincinnati Chili Week

It’s almost time to eat chili and win prizes, Cincinnati. The inaugural Cincinnati Chili Week is happening Monday-Sunday, Feb. 19-25 and will…

By Katherine Barrier

Gold Star Chili
Multiple locations
SPECIALS: Two cheese coneys for $5; any regular 3-way, 4-way or 5-way for $6; and chili burger and fries for $7

Gold Star will also be giving 100 lucky winners free chili for a year. More info.
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Photos: Inside Cobblestone OTR's Romantic Valentine's Day Pop-Up

Cobblestone OTR is inviting all hopeless romantics (or even just those who appreciate a good themed party) to celebrate Valentine's Day at…

By Ashley Moor

Cobblestone OTR's Cupid's Corner pop-up
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Greater Cincinnati Fish Frys You Need to Try

It’s the Lenten season in Cincinnati, which can only mean one thing: It's Fry-day Fish Fry Season. So many churches — plus…

By Katherine Barrier

Chloe’s Eatery
2872 Lawrenceburg Road, North Bend
Chloe’s Eatery will be open on Ash Wednesday (Feb. 14) from 4-8 p.m. to serve up its limited-time breaded cod sandwich. Following Ash Wednesday, the fish sandwich will be available only on Fridays through March 29.
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Photos: All of the Drunken Fun We Spotted During the Cincy Beerfest

Presented by Fifty West Brewing and The Party Source, the Cincy Beerfest brought over 150 local craft brews to the Duke Energy…

By CityBeat Staff

Cincy Beerfest took place on Feb. 2 and 3 at the Duke Energy Convention Center
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Photos: Take a Tour of The Banks' New Irish Pub, Red Leprechaun

There's a new place to raise a pint at The Banks. Red Leprechaun Irish Pub, located at 20 W. Freedom Way between…

By Katherine Barrier

Red Leprechaun Irish Pub | 20 W. Freedom Way, The Banks
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Cheap Eats: 25 Greater Cincinnati Restaurants Where You Can Get a Meal 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

Gomez Salsa
107 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine; 2437 Gilbert Ave., Walnut Hills
This Mexican-style eatery offers walking tacos for $6 each, as well as bowls and burritos starting at $12. But perhaps the most mouthwatering of all its affordable offerings is the Turtle — owner Andrew Gomez’s greatest invention. Take a tortilla, stuff it with rice, beans, sour cream, lettuce, salsa, meat, veggies and cheese, layer in a tostada for crunch, put some cheese on the top and then brown it. It’s a fat little crunchy burrito envelope that’s worth every penny of its $12 price tag.
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Here's Some of the Delicious Food Deals You Can Get During Cincinnati's Asian Cuisine Week

Asianati's Asian Cuisine Week, featuring more than 50 Asian Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky restaurants, is back for its fifth year. From…

By Katherine Barrier

Lalo Chino Latino Kitchen
26 W. Court St., Downtown
MENU: Asian Street Tacos for $10
Lalo’s Chicken Plate for $12
Mexi Miso Ramen for $12
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10 Appetizing Food and Dining Stories that we Devoured in Greater Cincinnati in 2023

The top food and dining stories from 2023 include new restaurants, themed pop-ups and even the arrival of Malört in Ohio. Keep…

By Katherine Barrier

Ohio Held its Nose With the Arrival of Malört on its Shelves
By Madeline Fening
Malört, a liquor with a botanical bitterness courtesy of wormwood (think of it as if someone watered bitter herbs with gasoline and then bottled the runoff), finally made its way onto Ohio shelves this April. Production of Malört started in Chicago in the 1930s before bouncing to Kentucky and Florida, but the hard-to-find spirit has most commonly been found in Chicago, where it developed a cult following. Chicagoans have been throwing back shots of the stuff with an Old Style beer for years, calling the boilermaker a "Chicago Handshake." Ohioans can now get a taste of the unruly spirit, thanks to a partnership between Jeppson’s Malört and Heidelberg Distributing.
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Photos: Inside Cobblestone OTR's Enchanting Holiday Pop-Up

In search of a cozy spot to host a festive get-together with friends or family before the end of the holiday season?…

By CityBeat Staff

The Winter Wonderland at Cobblestone Holiday Pop-Up
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We Miss These Greater Cincinnati Restaurants That Closed in 2023

It was undoubtedly a rough year for many of Greater Cincinnati's restaurants in 2023. From rising food costs to labor shortages and…

By Katherine Barrier

Nomad
Bellevue bar and grill Nomad, which was best known for its milkshakes (both boozy and virgin) and tater tot baskets, closed at the end of November after about three years in business. The owners say a combination of factors, including too many bad-weather days and rising food costs, forced them to permanently close.
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The Hottest New Restaurants and Bars in Greater Cincinnati

Over the last year, the Greater Cincinnati area welcomed a lot of new and exciting restaurant and bar concepts to the local…

By CityBeat Staff

Razzo
1201 Broadway St., Over-the-Rhine
Pendleton welcomed a new pizza and natural wine bar in the former Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey space this October. Razzo, which means “rocket” in Italian, is owned by Michael Guilfoil and Christy Wulfson, the team behind Bar Saeso and the Airbnb The Carriage House. Wulfson and Guilfoil created a cozy, neon-lit space with a bar, dining room and patio. The Italian menu, featuring Roman-inspired pizzas (a pan-baked version known for its rectangular slices and interesting toppings) and natural wines by the glass, plays into the Italianate architecture around Pendleton and the neighborhood’s European feel, as well as the team’s personal love of Rome. You’ll also find various pasta dishes on the menu and gelato for dessert.
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The 24 Best Greater Cincinnati Restaurants Right Now, According to Yelp

At CityBeat, we know a thing or two about picking the best restaurants in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, but Yelpers have some…

By CityBeat Staff

Alcove
1410 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
“Great food and atmosphere. Had bread and cheese boards, fish of the day, and sliders, along with a basil rosé and paloma cocktails, sauvignon blanc and Tropical PsycHOPathy. All were great, but I was especially impressed with the fish. It was perfectly cooked and was served on a vinaigrette cabbage base that went well and mashed edamame. Overall a great experience!” -Dan P.
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Eat, Drink and Be Cozy at These Greater Cincinnati Restaurants and Bars With Heated Igloos and Patios

It's getting cold out here in Cincinnati, but just because the mercury's dropping doesn't mean you have to move the party inside.…

By CityBeat Staff

Braxton Brewing Co. (Covington)
27 W. Seventh St., Covington
Keep cozy in one of 10 heated rooftop igloos featuring a ski-resort theme. Order piping hot pizza from Dewey’s to enjoy in the igloo, and to drink, Braxton has 15 beers on tap, as well as two wines (a red and white option), High Noon vodka sodas and a small selection of liquor. You can reserve an igloo for $35 for a two-and-a-half-hour time slot. Each one seats up to eight people and includes a Bluetooth speaker.
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Greater Cincinnati Comfort-Food Restaurants Better Than Dinner With Your Dysfunctional Family

With the holidays coming up, you might be spending a lot of time and dinners with your family — and depending on…

By CityBeat Staff

Soul Secrets
1434 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
This OTR spot doesn’t just offer soul food – their recipes tell the story of owner Candice Holloway’s family. "Our recipes – that's what we bring to the table. They're historic, they're traditional, they are original, they're from scratch, they are made with love,” Holloway told CityBeat. A look at the menu shows entrees that, in a lot of the South, would just be called good ol’ home cooking, like fried chicken, shrimp and grits, fried whiting and catfish. On the side, there’s macaroni and cheese, collard greens, sweet potatoes and cornbread — the kinds of dishes prepared for the family and that you’d hope for when someone offers to “fix you a plate.”
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25 Restaurants Featured on Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives Within Driving Distance of Cincinnati

Welcome to Flavortown. Guy Fieri is well known for his hit show Diners, Drive-Ins & Dives, on which he travels all over the…

By CityBeat Staff

Big Jays Place
930 Hempstead Drive, Finneytown
Season 38, Episode 1
Big Jays Place in Finneytown offers a menu bursting with flavor from its Caribbean comfort food dishes, like the Soul Food Plate, featuring jerk chicken, macaroni and cheese, collard greens and cilantro rice, or the half-pound Jerk Burrito, which comes with a choice of shrimp, jerk chicken or salmon. But what Big Jays is best known for is its oxtail, which Fieri got to try on his visit, saying, “If you don’t like oxtail, then come on down here to the oxtail conversion program.”
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All the $10 Pizzas You Can Enjoy During Cincinnati Pizza Week

Things are about to get cheesy in Cincinnati. Cincinnati Pizza Week returns Monday-Sunday, Nov. 6-12 and with it brings $10 pizza deals…

By Katherine Barrier

Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria
336 Monmouth St., Newport; 1990 N. Bend Road, Hebron; 10336 US Highway 42, Union; 1 E. High St., Lawrenceburg; 8974 Reading Road, Reading
Old World Pepperoni: This 10-inch Old World Style pizza begins with a base of sliced mozzarella, homemade red sauce and pepperoni. It’s then baked to perfection in Strong’s Italian brick oven.
Almost Famous Hot & Spicy: A 10-inch pie featuring buffalo cream sauce, mozzarella, jalapeños and bacon and topped with Grippo’s BBQ Chips for an amazing, crunchy kick.
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Cincinnati Bartenders and Servers Share Ghostly Experiences From Work

We've all heard the stories, or maybe you've experienced it yourself: It's the witching hour, a bartender is closing up for the…

By CityBeat Staff

A ghost walks into a bar...
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The 25 Best Indian & Nepali Restaurants in Greater Cincinnati, According to Yelp

Here at CityBeat, we like to recommend restaurants, especially if you're searching for places like Greater Cincinnati's best Indian restaurants. But Yelpers also have a…

By CityBeat Staff

Ambar India Restaurant
350 Ludlow Ave., Clifton
“Ambar is hands down the best Indian restaurant in Cincinnati. I have tried many and always come back to Ambar. I've never had a saag mushroom at any Indian restaurant ever as delicious as Ambar's. The garlic naan is perfect and the chicken tikka masala is top notch. Servers are friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is intimate and quiet enough for casual conversation. Definitely recommend Ambar if you're looking for some great Indian cuisine.” -Colleen A.
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West Side Cincinnati Restaurants You Need to Try ASAP

The West Side of Cincinnati has a reputation for being stodgy and old-school, but we think that really couldn't be further from…

By CityBeat Staff

Cancun Mexican
6385 Glenway Ave., Green Township (Western Bowl); 5034 Glencrossing Way, Westwood (Glenway Crossing); 5686 Harrison Ave., Dent
Cancun is one of the best large-menu, do-it-all Mexican joints in town. Maybe it’s hard for a restaurant to go wrong with the rich, spicy and bold flavors paired with a tangy refreshing margarita, but Cancun is definitely doing it right. After all, they’ve been successful enough to open nine area locations over the years, including the one attached to Western Bowl. The margaritas hit hard, so keep that in mind if you’re planning on bowling a few rounds after dinner.
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We Can't Wait to Try These $2.50 Tacos During Cincinnati Taco Week

This October, forget Taco Tuesday. Cincinnati is celebrating a whole week of tacos. Running Monday-Sunday, Oct. 9-15, Cincinnati Taco Week will bring…

By CityBeat Staff

Bandito Food Park & Cantina
3543 Columbia Parkway, Columbia Tusculum
#1 The Creamy Dude Seriously: Crispy-fried chicken tender, creamy Dude Seriously hot sauce, fried onion rings and Takis on a flour tortilla.
#2 El Chavos: Birria-style chicken tacos, corn, onions, cilantro and consommé broth.
#3 The Flying Bandit: Pork carnitas, crispy onions and chipotle BBQ.
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Strip Mall Eats: 18 Greater Cincinnati Strip Mall Restaurants Worth a Visit

There is something inherently charming about dining at strip mall restaurants. In most cases, the experience offers a no-frills, laidback way to…

By CityBeat Staff

Tavern on the Bend
5471 N. Bend Road, Green Township
Craving craft beer, mac & cheese and a stacked burger? Tavern on the Bend is your spot. This pub may appear modest with its paper plates and plastic cutlery, but quality ingredients and a creative bar menu keep people coming back. Mac & cheese varieties include Philly steak mac and lobster mac, while burgers, veggie burgers, hot dogs and chicken sandwiches come topped with everything from jalapeño bacon to roasted Mexican street corn. (KE)
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The 25 Best Mexican Restaurants in Greater Cincinnati, According to Yelp

Here at CityBeat, we like to recommend restaurants, especially if you're looking for places like the best Mexican restaurants in Cincinnati. But…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 2: Mazunte Taqueria
5207 Madison Road, Madisonville
“The beer battered tacos are my favorite, and I've had fish tacos both in Mexico and South America. Theirs are the best—the dinners are authentic ranchero Mexican and not swimming in cheese sauce as most entrees are served in our Americanized Tex Mex restaurants. It's a wonderful little eatery with outdoor seating for two or ten or more.” -Mary M.
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Kid-Friendly Restaurants in Greater Cincinnati Adults Will Love Too

Greater Cincinnati is filled with kid-friendly restaurants that will also appeal to their caregivers. From places with added entertainment like circus performers,…

By CityBeat Staff

Bircus Brewing Co.
322 Elm St., Ludlow
Ludlow, Kentucky's nonexistent craft beer scene sent in the clowns, leading to the launch of Bircus Brewing Co., a branch of an original concept from Ghent, Belgium. Pronounce it like 'beer-cuss,' a hybrid of beer and circus, as the brew shares the limelight with carnival performances at the taproom. Performers can do everything from breathing fire to flying on the trapeze.
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We Can't Wait to Try These Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week Meal Deals

Greater Cincinnati Restaurant Week is nearly here, and you can enjoy a ton of specially-priced meals for a good cause from some…

By CityBeat Staff

Butcher & Barrel
700 Race St., Downtown
$46 Dinner

First Course: Choice of Chorizo Meatballs (romesco sauce, goat cheese, balsamic-fig jam, basil, grilled ciabatta; Tomato Bruschetta (black pepper ricotta, marinated heirloom tomatoes, lemon arugula, balsamic; or Tuna Tartare (fried avocado, hearts of palm, jalapeño and lime crema, jasmine rice, chicharrones)
Second Course: Choice of Grilled Caesar Salad (grilled romaine hearts, house Caesar dressing, parmesan, garlic croutons); Wedge Salad (chopped romaine, marinated heirloom tomatoes, red onion, blue cheese dressing, applewood bacon, hard-cooked egg, blue cheese crumbles, peppercorn ranch available); Cacio E Pepe Salad (arugula, prosciutto, pine nuts, preserved lemon and pecorino vinaigrette, crushed black pepper; or Chorizo Clam Chowder
Third Course: Choice of Steak Milanesa (breaded sirloin cutlet, lemon-basil risotto, wild mushroom demi, lemon arugula, sunny egg, charred lemon; Grilled Salmon (Papas Brava, grilled asparagus, avocado chimichurri, charred lemon); Grilled Chicken Napoleon (crispy gnocchi, baby spinach, wild mushrooms, caramelized onions, smoked provolone, red pepper romesco sauce, garlic breadcrumbs; Steak Frites (+$12) (10-oz. skirt steak, crispy French fries tossed in beef tallow and chives, with barrel sauce on the side)
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The Best Sports Bars to Watch the Game in Greater Cincinnati, According to Our Readers

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

By CityBeat Staff

No. 9 Best Sports Bar: Lucius Q
1131 Broadway St., Pendleton
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Greater Cincinnati Hidden Gem Restaurants You Need to Try

While there are tons of hip new restaurants CityBeat covers, some of the best restaurants in Cincinnati are unsung heroes. They may not…

By CityBeat Staff

The Birch
702 Indian Hill Road, Terrace Park
The Birch is smartly charming and sweetly nice in its style and menu, but to assume that the restaurant is just for those in the surrounding ‘burbs would be selling both it and yourself short. When you come to The Birch, perhaps beckoned by its signature spring green door, you’ll be greeted with delicious food, hip decor, music and bocce ball on their outdoor patio. The menu consists of light and fresh options, like sandwiches, soups and salads, complemented by a wide selection of wine and local brews. They also offer a subscription service, delivering a hand-selected case of wine based on your tastes to your door each month.
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15 Things To Do in Cincinnati This Weekend (Aug. 25-27)

There's a lot going on in Cincinnati this weekend. A Who Dey inspired vendor market, various art exhibit openings, an Oktoberfest extravaganza…

By Katie Griffith

Who Dey Vendor Market
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Aug. 26

A Bengals-inspired market is coming to West Side Brewery to kick off football season. Unique Bengals gifts and merchandise from local artists and businesses will be offered throughout this Who Dey celebration.  
10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Aug. 26 at West Side Brewery 3044 Harrison Ave., Cheviot.
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These Old Photos of Past Northern Kentucky Restaurants Have Us Feeling Nostalgic

Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky's culinary landscape has changed dramatically just within the last decade, let alone the last several decades. Looking back…

By Katherine Barrier

El Morro Cafe at 724 Madison Ave. in Covington, 1993
Waiter Tino Barbosa serves a table at El Morro Cafe, a former Cuban restaurant in Covington. On the wall, you can see a photo of the restaurant's namesake: Morro Fort/Castle in Cuba.
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All the Mouthwatering $7 Wing Deals You Can Get During Cincinnati Wing Week

Get ready for all the sauced, seasoned and dry-rubbed wings you can eat with the return of Cincinnati Wing Week Aug. 21-27.…

By Katherine Barrier

Incline Smoke Shack
7391 Forbes Road, Sayler Park
Rubbed, smoked and flash fried Jumbo Wings with choice of scratch-made sauce: Sweet n’ Smoky, Spicy Apple, Barn Burner, Carolina Vinegar, Bourbon n’ Bacon, Carolina Gold or Buffalo
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26 Greater Cincinnati Restaurants and Bars With Scenic Views

Cincinnati is one beautiful city, with a stunning skyline, numerous hills that offer sweeping views of the Ohio River, an abundance of…

By CityBeat Staff

Vista at Lytle Park
311 Pike St., Downtown
Cincinnati’s Lytle Park Hotel features a spectacular rooftop patio named the Vista at Lytle Park. The 5,000-square-foot rooftop lounge offers panoramic views of the Queen City and Ohio River. The space is equipped with an "indoor" lounge (where the bar is located) lined with windows that open up to the outdoor patio with two fireplaces, seating and tables. Choose from a selection of cocktails, wine, beer and spirits, or opt for their large-format cocktails that serve four or more. Their food offerings range from hummus and olives to their Vista and Margarita flatbreads and 4YR Cheddar Burger.
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