Around the World in 5 Meals

The Newporter Frühstück at Katharina’s Café-Konditorei: Two Brötchen and two slices of Katharina’s bread with honey, marmalade and butter, wurst, ham, and cheese

Wanderlust bigger than your pockets? We don’t always have the chance to see what the world has to offer, but here in Cincinnati we do have the chance to taste it. Here’s your travel-centric food itinerary:

1. Germany: Katharina’s Café-Konditorei

Editorial update: This restaurant is closed.

Get to this Newport café before 11:30 to try the Guten Morgen Frühstück. This breakfast dish is simple, but delicious: two Brötchen, (a German-style hard roll) with butter, honey, and marmalade. Or double down and get the ever-so-German Newporter Frühstück, which comes with rolls, bread, and a cold cut platter with salami, ham, and cheese. Either way, grab a cup of Katharina’s Blend coffee and sink into this café’s distinctly German coziness. Katharina’s Cafe-Konditorei, 529 Overton Street, Newport, (859) 291-2233,

2. Chicago: Wurst Bar on the Square
Cincinnati knows its way around a hot dog, but we’re not the only ones. Head to the Wurst Bar on the Square for a sausage in the style of the Windy City. Order the Abe Froman Special, topped with relish, spicy peppers, shaved onion, sauerkraut, and fries. And remember: it’s a sin to put ketchup on a Chicago dog. Wurst Bar on the Square, 3204 Linwood Avenue, Mt. Lookout, (513) 321-0615,

3. Mexico: Bakersfield OTR
Bakersfield OTR has a plenty of options, but if you’re really looking for an adventure, try the huitlacoche tacos. “Corn truffles” is pretty much exactly what it sounds like, and paired with roasted poblano, corn, onion, cotija cheese, and cilantro, it really can’t be missed. Bakersfield OTR, 1213 Vine St., OTR, (513) 579-0446,

4. Japan: Ando
Ando’s Misoyaki falls on the adventure scale somewhere between a Chicago Hot Dog and “corn truffles.” Slices of pork loin are pan-fried with miso sauce and served with sautéed vegetables and rice. The dinner is preceded by salad and a bowl of incredible miso soup. Ando Japanese Restaurant and Sushi Bar, 5889 Pfeiffer Rd., Blue Ash, (513) 791- 8687,

5. Ethiopia: Emanu East African Restaurant
Mild-mannered appetites beware: this adventurous spot may not be for you. If you laugh in the face of spicy food, try the Tsebhi Beghi (Beg Watt). Lamb, simmered with onions in red pepper sauce, is served on top of sourdough flatbread called Injera. Emanu East African Restaurant, 6063 Montgomery Rd, Pleasant Ridge, (513) 351-7686,

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