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 our 2020 issue, dining critic Akshay Ahuja ranked the top 10 restaurants in town (below).
In this unfortunate pandemic period, though, we forgo our usual top 10 ranking for our March 2021 issue. Too many quality restaurants are closed, paused, or focused on carryout to allow us to properly evaluate and compare dining experiences and menus. Instead, we highlight Cincinnati's resilient family-owned restaurants and the challenges they've faced.