The artisan meats and cheeses behind the counter also anchor the menu, and the wine selection is impressive yet affordable. Sit at the bar, communal table, or on the patio—and hit up the beer dock on your way out.
When in doubt, go with a holiday card, especially one of these mini works of art. They’re fun to give and receive, whether they’re traveling across the country or just down the street. John Stoughton, Park + Vine, parkandvine.com
The 3 Sisters Design Co. uses reclaimed license plates for lamps, jewelry, and of course, wine bottle koozies. ($34.99, Joseph Williams Home, 1232 Vine St., Over- the-Rhine, 513-721-3600, josephwilliamshome.com)
At first glance, these Géraldine Gonzalez-designed votives appear to be painted. But the French artist has cut out bits of tissue and decoupaged them onto the gold-rimmed glass. ($34 each, HighStreet, 1401 Reading Rd., Over- the-Rhine, 513-723-1901, highstreetcincinnati.com)