Every March, we compile a Best Restaurants list—or some variation—highlighting the hottest eateries in the Queen City. It's always a pulse-taking exercise, when we strive to present the best of what Cincinnati's dining scene offers at that moment in time. For this moment in time, when restaurants pause operations, switche to takeout, and struggle to hold on to staff and suppliers, it doesn’t make sense to attempt a ranking.
Instead, for our March 2022 issue, we take a look back, at classic restaurants that have stood the test of time. Of the 25 restaurants featured in our very first Best Restaurants issue in 2003, nine are still standing, and we're thankful that they are.