Illustration by Peter Hoey
$9 lunch; $11 brunch / Amma’s Kitchen
Cooked daily from scratch, the dishes that line this vegetarian and kosher buffet are a cut above the usual stews. Wednesdays, the entire hot buffet is vegan.
7633 Reading Rd., Roselawn, (513) 821-2021, ammaskitchen.us
$14 / Jean-Robert’s Table
Sit at the bar of this outstanding French bistro and enjoy a four-course lunch of soup, salad, entrée, and dessert. Menu changes weekly.
713 Vine St., downtown, (513) 621-4777, jrtable.com
$7 lunch, Monday / Via Vite
$14 dinner, Monday / Nicola’s
We get nearly evangelical about this classic Italian ragu served at these sibling restaurants owned and operated by the Pietoso family.
520 Vine St., downtown, (513) 721-8483, viaviterestaurant.com; 1420 Sycamore St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 721-6200, nicolasrestaurant.com
$7.75 / Mayday
Come for the gourmet dogs and any draft Monday through Thursday. Stay for free live bands, danceroke, and DJs.
4227 Spring Grove Ave., Northside, (513) 541-0999, maydaynorthside.com
Originally published in the March 2012 issue.