April was a busy month with restaurant openings in Cincinnati, from authentic New Orleans dining to a new burger place. While we said goodbye to two of our beloved Queen City restaurants, Cincinnati’s culinary scene also saw some victories throughout April.
Nolia Kitchen brings a New Orleans-style dining experience to Cincinnati
Opened on April 19, Nolia is Cincinnati’s newest Southern-style restaurant, serving unique dishes inspired by Chef Jeff Harris’ upbringing in New Orleans while staying true to himself rather than the traditional cuisine of his hometown. Located in the space formerly occupied by Please (famous for its selfie-friendly bathroom and James Beard award-winning chef), the dining environment is upscale but friendly, serving a menu heaped with dishes like delicious smoked chicken, Alabama white sauce, cider stewed collard greens, red fish broth, Fish broth and much more. The side dishes are all vegan, and while you shouldn’t expect them to play ragtime or serve up hurricane cocktails in fresh glasses, their drinks menu will really be laissez les bon temps rouler, right? 1405 Clay Street, above the Rhine.
O Pie O Open Heyday Burger Restaurant in East Walnut Hills
A brand new burger joint in East Walnut Hills that delivers on promise. After a welcome from the owners O Pie O, Heyday opened on the site of the former pie cafe on April 6. Tell the owner Lou Ginocchio city house In an email, Heyday will present a simple menu “using quality ingredients with employees who get the respect they deserve.” Guests can dine in or prepare mashed burgers as well as Heyday’s hand-sliced fries. Guests can also enjoy burgers and all-fixes in the restaurant’s dining room, patio space, or across the street at The Growler House, where they can order the full Heyday menu and have it delivered to their table. 1527 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills, heyday.menu.
Genki Ramen Opens Third Cincinnati Location in Oakley
Get ready to rush away! Genki Ramen now has a third location. The popular Japanese-style ramen restaurant now has a third location at 3200 Vandercar Way in Oakley. The small chain’s latest website opened on April 18th. Genki is expanding rapidly, opening its first location in Mason in June 2020 and a second in West Chester in November 2021. Stop by any of the locations and choose from over a dozen different types of ramen – such as shio paitan, which consists of an enticing blend of chicken broth Mushroom kekraj, bamboo shoots, fish cakes, boiled egg and roast pork. 3200 Vandercar Way, Oakley, genkiramencincinnati.com.
Bridges Nepali Cuisine opens new location
Elmwood Place folks rejoiced: Bridges Nepali Cuisine has announced that it will open a third location in the neighborhood. The restaurant wrote on April 17 on Instagram: “Bridges is pleased to open their third location serving the beautiful Elmwood neighborhood!!! We will open soon! Thank you for your love and support” The Nepalese restaurant started as a food cart at Findlay Market in 2015. There they gained a loyal following of locals, All are hungry for the authentic Chepalos style of Newari cooking, characterized by the indigenous valleys of Kathmandu. No opening date has been set, but city house Employees eagerly await Bridges’ newest location in 6304 Karma Street, Elmwood, bridgesnepalicuisine.com.
OTR Chili has announced that it has closed its doors
April 13 was the last day of the operation at the famous Cincinnati pepper spot above the Rhine. OTR Chili announced on Instagram that they have officially closed their doors. Owner Jim Cornwell wrote in the post that when they set out to start OTR Chili, they wanted to create “the best Cincinnati pepper possible” using locally sourced ingredients and working directly with Cincinnati-area growers. He says they’ve also focused on creating the smallest possible ecological footprint with their food. But OTR Chili fans shouldn’t lose hope. “We don’t think this is the end of the dream,” Cornwall wrote in an Instagram post, suggesting that his restaurant could appear elsewhere in the city, possibly with a new name and some new faces. “We hope to see you all again in the near future.”
Roll On is closed to its original location
The Cincinnati sushi burrito Roll On In chain closed the doors of its first location on April 4. Problems with the owners of the building. “It was a blessing to end the harassment and intimidation,” the post read. You can still find Roll On In at its multiple locations around Cincinnati, including Clifton, Hamilton, and Mainville, as well as its new location within the YMCA. rollonin.com.
Other food news
Food and wine Cincinnati is called one of the most up-and-coming big cities for foodies”
Cincinnati’s impressive restaurant scene has been recognized by the culinary and entertainment outlet Food and wine As one of the seven “most exciting and exciting megacities for foodies”. Cincinnati boasts a variety of international flavors that have been featured in it Food and wine Editor David Landsell writes for the city’s food scene. He mentioned restaurants like Looqma, a pop-up Lebanese cuisine, and Kiki College Hill, which serves authentic and delicious Japanese dishes. On the drinks front, Landsell mentioned East Walnut Hills Cocktail Bar, Anjou, describing it as a fertile place to find “cocktails in a salon-like environment.” It looks like Cincinnati continues to grow its culinary influence with a restaurant scene that’s constantly adapting and not slowing down any time soon.
New Food at Great American Ball Park Gives Vegan Reds a Complete Baseball Experience
Great American Ball Park will debut a list of new snacks for the 2022 season, with some high prices especially for vegetarians. During a media preview event on April 5, Gary Davis, Executive Chef for Hospitality Provider Great American Ball Park, Delaware North, said, city house Although he has been exploring new creations during his five years with the company, he wanted to make a point to include more items for plant-eaters during the 2022 season for the Cincinnati Reds, including some that came from fan input. The new menu includes two types of vegan-friendly hot dogs: Lookout Dog and Dragon Dog. The Lookout is a vegetarian bowl tossed with white beans, shredded cheddar cheese, jalapeno pickles and hot sauce, while Dragon Dog is topped with kimchi, garlic soy sauce, and sesame aioli. Vegetarians can also enjoy cauliflower “wings,” which are lumps of fried cauliflower topped with Parmesan cheese in a sweet spicy sauce with celery dipping and blue cheese on the side. There are also pretzel bites – roasted bits of dough accompanied by queso, pico de gallo, and jalapeños. Some items are only available at specific locations within the stadium. Consult reds.com for more information.
Institutions in Cincinnati and other Ohio cities win multiple awards at the US Open Whiskey and Liquor Championship
Ohio State dominated the prize division at the 2022 US Open Whiskey and Spirits Championships. Cincinnati Distilling and Dayton Barrel Works were named in the top five whiskey distilleries, with Cincinnati in second and Dayton in fourth. Northern Row Brewery came in second in the top five spirit distilleries. The Hall Brothers Distillery in Dayton and third place at the Endeavor Brewing and Spirits Center in Columbus. Cincinnati Distilling has earned bronze for whiskey, straight bourbon and single-barrel whiskey, silver for small batch bourbon (one to three years under 100 proof) and gold for distilled beer and aged whiskey in beer casks. They even snatched silver for peanut butter and blueberry donut whiskey. Northern Row Brewery also represents Cincinnati, winning gold for small batch bourbons (one to three years under 100 proof), silver for single-barrel whiskey, both gold and silver for their gin and gold in the pepper vodka flavored vodka category. Northern Row Brewery’s white rum also earned them a Bronze Medal.
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