New York, London, Paris, Tokyo, Los Angeles….Cincinnati? When picturing international hotspots, this scenic Ohio city may not be the first destination that comes to mind, but it well should be. From historic landmarks to haunted hills, Cincinnati is a town as complex, cultured, and fascinating as any other. It’s also trended toward an amazingly dynamic restaurant scene, creating a globally-minded, culinary-friendly city that’s busting with chefs and cuisines from across the world. When dining in Cincinnati, here are just a few of the numerous eateries that can’t be missed!
Vegan, vegetarian, and Vietnamese, affordable favorite Pho Lang Thang is beloved by all who visit. Open for coffee at 9am and ready to serve food by 11a, the Vietnamese restaurant has made a name for itself in Cincinnati.
And, to the delight of their customers, the restaurant has maintained an active presence on Facebook. Those who enjoy social media are treated to regular updates from the Vietnamese restaurant on evening specials, must-try dishes, sports events, and even the occasional power outage. The Pho Lang Thang team’s goofy, engaging personalities and interactive web presence have certainly helped raise the restaurant’s profile. Plus, locals don’t have to make a reservation to savor piping hot Vietnamese dishes, as Pho Lang Thang frequently alerts guests—via Facebook, of course—to their involvement in the latest community events. Now, travelers, Cincy residents, and devoted foodies can devour the best Pho, Banh Mi, and other authentic goodies from Pho Lang Thang night markets across town!
If tacos, tequila, and rock ‘n’ roll sound like a combination for the perfect evening, Bakersfield OTR should be the first stop made in Cincinnati. Boasting a menu packed with Mexican-inspired dishes, draft beers, tequilas and an impressive selection of whiskeys, this proudly “country rock ‘n’ roll” establishment has quickly become a favorite among the late-night set. Most plates are shareable and affordable, designed to keep patrons snacking at tables, bonding with one another, and with one hand free for the next cold beverage. Bakersfield OTR has been open for three years, and has spent this time building up a reputation as a hip, tasty, and overall “cool” atmosphere. Stop by a drink any night of the week – Bakersfield’s heroes may have an attitude, but undoubtedly all are welcome.
A Tavola Bar + Trattoria provides concrete proof that a person need not journey to Italy to sample the finest pizza on the globe. Hand-made, woof-fired Neapolitan pizzas are the obvious highlight of A Tavola, and the bistro’s selection of wine, craft beer, and inventive cocktails ensure that the list of exquisite food and beverage pairings feels virtually endless. A Tavola even offers limited opportunities for late-night eats on weekends, where certain pizzas are available to order, hot and fresh, up until 2am. Groups searching for authentic, traditional Italian pizzas should already be on their way over to the Cincinnati eatery. If that weren’t enough, A Tavola proudly offers happy hours twice a day, every day. Yes, every day.
Perennial favorite Terry’s Turf Club is Cincinnati’s go-to for quality, classic burgers. Loud, energetic, and jovial, the burger joint is a genuine dive for the entire family. Large portions and customizable menu options help diners craft the precise burger of their dreams, and the neon signs, music, and rambunctious atmosphere promises a good time for all. When visiting Terry’s, however, be prepared to wait; the restaurant is somewhat infamous for their extended ticket times, regardless of the order. (A recent appearance on Guy Fieri’s Food Network show Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives has largely contributed to this.) Even so, as any fan of Terry’s will state, the wait, family-style seating, and the burgers are well beyond worth it. For a shorter wait time, visit between meals!
Best of Cincinnati
Contemporary, sleek, and modern, Cincinnati’s Nada is a multiple award-winning restaurant and highly-rated venue. Open for lunch, brunch, and dinner, the funky/elegant restaurant has fused traditional Latin American ingredients with a sophisticated Cincinnati touch. Diners rave about services, modern technique, décor, ambience, the drinks list, and generally everything else, which has led to Nada’s reputation as a place to see and be seen.
It’s recommended for intimate date nights in Cincy, though it often grows loud, near the bar, as stylish places will. Nada’s vegetarian-friendly options, late weekend hours, and outdoor seating have all contributed to its world-class status. Pop by for well-priced starters at happy hour, or make a reservation to explore the fresh, flavorful Mexican fusion menu in full!