Best New Markets

Feed your need for the obscure, hard-to-find, and mom-and-pop-iest of foods. (Sorry, Findlay, this isn’t your list.) Here are three new faces on the market scene.


Illustration by Muti / Folio Art

If you’ve sopped up a belly full of brews with Mazunte’s tacos, you’ll be pleased to learn of its El Mercado in Madisonville. With its slew of seasoned meats, homemade salsas, fresh produce, and dry goods (seven types of dried chilies?!), you’ll be whipping up authentic-style homemade Mexican dishes in no time.

El Mercado, 6216 Madison Rd., (513) 785-0000,

A recent addition at Covington’s RiverCenter, Butlers Pantry is a jack of all trades. Baked-fresh-daily breads and pastries, sliced-to-order charcuterie, a full coffee bar with local beans, fresh-pressed juices, and the always swoon-worthy Aglamesis and Jeni’s ice creams—the breadth of its gourmet selection is dizzying.

Butlers Pantry, 50 E Rivercenter Blvd., Covington, (859) 292-1699,

Owned and operated by area chefs, Epicurean Mercantile doesn’t skimp on quality ingredients—local and international alike—beloved by the most discerning of meal maestros. No time to cook? Grab some made-to-order grub and pull up a chair at its dine-in digs, The Counter.

Epicurean Mercantile, 1818 Race St., OTR, (513) 834-6044,

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