You’ll see Jean-Robert’s de Cavel’s hand just about everywhere these days, but nowhere more so than inside his eponymous Table.
Upon entering Mita’s, Jose Salazar’s bigger, better downtown 2.0, diners are greeted by cards bearing a stately black-and-white portrait of his Colombian grandmother, the restaurant’s namesake. Her maternal spirit flawlessly informs a menu that’s surprisingly manageable for a variety of budgets and occasions.
Orchids at Palm Court has been stunning diners since it opened in 1931. To enjoy dinner in its hallowed French Art Deco dining room is to keep one foot planted in Cincinnati’s storied fine-dining past while sampling the very best of Todd Kelly’s modern yet grandiose sensibility.
Like a good Parmigiano or Barolo, Boca just keeps getting better with age. In the three years since David Falk’s flagship moved downtown, the menu has steadily evolved.
Leave it to Dan Wright to play culinary cupid, one small plate at a time.
We’re enchanted by Metropole’s shameless extra effort—the housemade condiments, the gout-worthy charcuterie, the innovative-yet-delectable shrub pops served in the summertime.
With so much to try, you’ll be plotting your next trip before you lay down your chopsticks.
Cristian Pietoso’s second restaurant has all the bones of an upscale eatery, but the menu is infused with enough Italian soul to make nonna proud.
Tucked into a strip mall straddling Madisonville and Oakley are some of the most authentic Oaxacan flavors around.
Cozy, off the beaten path, and with a menu touched with a lovable Southern drawl, right down to the bourbon-centric cocktails, Bouquet verily announces “Come on back, y’all.”
A well-choreographed season on the brink with the University of Cincinnati Dance Team. (Don’t cry! It’s all Gucci now.)
The road to a James Beard Award can be long and hard, and for Michael Anthony it ran from his parents’ garden in New Richmond through a bakery and farm in Japan, various high-test kitchens in Paris, and on to some of the swankier restaurants in New York. Still, all along the way, he never lost his appreciation for a really tasty beet.
Don’t be fooled by the stately atmosphere of the 181-year-old Mercantile Library. It harbors a trove of saucy vintage cookbooks that dish recipes and worldly advice in equal measure.
Enough already with Shishito peppers.
Often the best seat in the house is at the bar.
“Every time you eat octopus, you taste the ocean.”
It’s time to collectively update our etiquette manuals.
Shareable entrÉes have come a long way. As we ate our way around town we couldn’t help but notice more menus embracing food for two, or even a crew.
The year’s best bite transports even the most jaded traveler to Spain’s colorful southern coast, home of sherry, flamenco music, and bullfighting.
While Dan and Lana Wright’s Abigail Street has been riffing heavily on Mediterranean cuisine since 2011—the two met working at Chicago’s Souk in 2003—the Middle Eastern restaurant scene has blossomed, sometimes in unlikely parts of town.
At Mazunte, owner Josh Wamsley sticks to traditional ingredients and multiplies the following recipe by 40. It’s served over a house favorite, tinga de pollo (chicken enchiladas).
Metropole Executive Chef waxes philosophical on personal growth, kitchen culture, and squash blossoms.
It’s not what he’s known for, but Jason Alexander began his acting career on stage. Here he talks about returning to those roots for a trio of shows with the Cincinnati Pops Orchestra, as well as the short, stocky, slow-witted bald man he can’t seem to shake.
Will Cincinnati’s newest soccer team be the one that sticks?
More than 150 years after it abolished slavery, the Thirteenth Amendment finds safe passage to the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center.
Chris Bachelder’s new novel, The Throwback Special, explores the intersection of Joe Theismann, masculinity, and middle age.
“If mercy exists in this world, it must forgive the overpowering molecular-level compulsion to snicker at this situation.”
Escape rooms—timed challenges in which participants work together to solve a series of puzzles that lead the way out of a locked room—have laid claim to our city, with themes ranging from Houdini to (of course) zombies.
Coming of age and making do with what you got in Theresa Rebeck’s new novel.
Wiesnkoenig USA brings Bavarian style stateside.
New York’s pre-war apartments are legendary. This condo brings a piece of that legacy to Hyde Park.
Brighten up your life with pillows, purses, and pencils.
Occupation: UC Student; Her Style: Keeps it on edge
Depending on the light, environment, and angle from which you view Alex Brokamp’s color clock, the reflective face can appear in a range of colors.
Who knows what secrets lurk in the heart of a 600-year-old piece of art? Serena Urry knows.
Three Amish towns that’ll teach you to embrace the simple life—with some really good snacks.
In addition to being a big eater, Joanne Drilling, our dining editor, is a big reader and thinker.
Cincinnati’s attic is getting really crowded.
The heavenly aroma of the two steel drum smokers on the Garfield Place sidewalk carries for blocks.
Known for its whites, the Loire has memorable reds, too.
Cincinnati’s proximity to the South comes with major perks in the comfort-food department.
The man behind Paulie Gee’s Pizzeria in Brooklyn
Opened in 1803, this historic inn is the oldest continually operated business in Ohio, its authentic colonial architecture having housed Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Harriet Beecher Stowe, and 12 U.S. Presidents.
We’d definitely buy them by the bunch.