Since joining Findlay Market in 2007, resource development director Karen Kahle has been responsible for implementing many of the programs—including the prominent market garden at Liberty and Elm—that continue to establish the 157-year-old market as a vital part of Cincinnati’s heritage and community.
Annabel’s Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and Annabel’s has the only pancake in town that could have given my grandmother’s a run for the money. And that honeycomb butter is the bomb. It’s a little spot that is always worth the wait. 1004 Delta Ave., Mt. Lookout, (513) 417-8669
Blue Oven Okay, technically not a restaurant or even a food truck, but Blue Oven’s bad-ass Bad Girl and Bad Boy breads are ripped apart like they’re a meal whenever I get my hands on one of them. blueovenbakery.com
Bouquet Restaurant and Wine Bar Sitting across the river in Covington is one of the region’s best-kept dining secrets. Flat out great food, great wine, and great service. I love their halibut, and the cheese plate with a nice glass of wine is always enjoyable. 519 Main St., Covington, (859) 491-7777, bouquetrestaurant.com
The Comet Their ginormous jerk burrito has saved me on numerous occasions from the serious consequences of not eating enough when drinking maybe too much—but who can help themselves between their beer selection and that jukebox! 4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside, (513) 541-8900, cometbar.com
Cumin I love almost anything Chef Owen Maass does with fresh fish, and the Cumin salad with chickpeas, potato, yogurt, and tamarind is a flavor-rich favorite. 3520 Erie Ave., Hyde Park, (513) 871-8714, cuminrestaurant.com
Green Papaya The Green Papaya Roll (minus the cream cheese) is 10 bundles of mouth-watering joy. Their nigiri is consistently some of the freshest fish I have tasted outside of the fish I gorged on while traveling in Japan. 2942 Wasson Rd., Oakley, (513) 731-0107, greenpapayacincinnati.com
Honey I’d follow pastry chef Summer Genetti to Burger King if she started making desserts there, but fortunately, at Honey you can always feast on something fabulous before being blown away by her creative and clever desserts. 4034 Hamilton Ave., Northside, (513) 541-4300, honeynorthside.com
La Poste I am more impressed by their food, presentation, and service every time I go there. I love the five-course tasting menu that helps me avoid picking just one or two wonderful things from their menu. But I wish Chef Dave [Taylor] would quit sending out a complimentary piece of bread pudding, as I suspect it is the cause of a few extra pounds. 3410 Telford St., Clifton, (513) 281-3663, laposteeatery.com
Nicola’s My favorite “special occasion” place in the city. I had no idea a lettuce soup could taste so amazing. Their crispy potato gnocchi with truffle shavings is epic. Special occasion or not, they always treat you like it is one. 1420 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 721-6200, nicolasrestaurant.com
Senate Dan Korman doesn’t need any more attention, but the vegetarian hot dog named after him on the Senate’s menu is enough to make the most hardcore carnivore drool. 1212 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 421-2020, senatepub.com
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