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Three Local Bars with Food Worth Staying For

These watering holes flip the script as libation-centric destinations with surprisingly good grub. Longfellow This OTR hangout mixes quality cocktails without pretension, and its food is...

Inside the Issue: March 2019

On this month’s Inside the Issue episode, we dive into our Best Restaurants cover package. We chat with Associate Editor Kaileigh Peyton about the package’s overall organization; our main restaurant reviewer, Akshay Ahuja, provides a behind-the-scenes look at his top 10 best restaurants ranking; and we interview the owner and the head chef of Phoenician Taverna, a Lebanese restaurant in Mason that ranked No. 8 on Akshay’s list.

Best Restaurant No. 1: Sotto is the Gold Standard for Consistency

Most restaurants, from meal to meal and year to year, have ups and downs. Standards slip when someone is out of town, chefs get bored...

Best Restaurant No. 2: Bauer Tries New Cuisine and Makes it Extraordinary

Bauer has been continuously improving since its doors opened a few years ago, and it’s now one of Cincinnati’s true gems. While maintaining its...

Best Restaurant No. 3: Restaurant L Does Luxury Like No One Else

There are nice restaurants, there are places you go for a special occasion, and then there is Restaurant L. Unless one happens to be...

Best Restaurant No. 4: Boca Maintains Elegance in its Rustic Appeal

Like walking onto the set of an opera, there is something theatrical and almost over-the-top about Boca, with its enormous chandelier, floor-to-ceiling draperies, and...

Best Restaurant No. 5: Abigail Street Impresses with Attentive Service

Much less than other restaurants of its caliber, Abigail Street is understated in its greatness. Service is so friendly and casual that you only gradually...

Best Restaurant No. 6: Please Balances Crowd-Pleasing and Experimental

If you want to try something you have absolutely never been served before, or even heard of, Please is the place to go. Each...

Best Restaurant No. 7: Miyoshi Inspires Appreciation for Simplicity

Entering Miyoshi is like entering another world. Floating in a busy sea of strip malls and traffic in Florence, the restaurant is a kind...

Best Restaurant No. 8: Phoenician Taverna Gracefully Fine Tunes Classics

Wassim Matar, Phoenician Taverna's owner, once told me something interesting: Be careful with recipes. Reason being, a recipe can make you think you know how...

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