When Krueger’s Tavern debuted in its new space in December, things felt…different. A little less industrial burger joint, a little more swanky European gastropub. It’s smaller, yes, and the rooftop bar is no more, but what Krueger’s has lost in physical footprint it’s gained in polish. The old “beers, burgers, sausage” model now focuses on sandwiches, approachable small plates, and salads.
Familiar favorites reign supreme. The beet-based veggie burger gets high billing, right below the Krueger’s Burger, a beefed-up version of the McDonald’s Big Mac, complete with special sauce. You’ll still find tried-and-true shareables like the simple kale salad, pesto jar, and hot beer cheese, served with fluffy, perfectly salted pretzels. But you’ll also discover elevated options like Oysters Rockefeller, truffle chips, and a grilled cheese that oozes raclette and port wine jam. Where the old Krueger’s had a beer list that stretched across the better half of the drink menu, the new Krueger’s puts its faith in a new martini service. There’s still beer on tap, but in the moody glow of the house lighting, you’ll be more inclined to order a bourbon-based Rocky Marciano than an IPA.
This is certainly not to say that the Vine Street tavern has become stiff and stuffy. But this new and refined Krueger’s has the makings of a bona fide Cincinnati classic.
Krueger’s Tavern, 1313 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 834-8670, kruegerstavern.com