Cincinnati is seeing a resurgence. The city that was easily missed is now on everyone’s radar. With increased tourism come tons of new restaurants. Being a frequent traveller to Cincinnati I have had the privilege of eating at many of these amazing restaurants. To help new Cincinnati travellers with the difficult choice of choosing what is for dinner, I thought I would share my top five favorite restaurants in Cincinnati. They may be the top five, but they are in no particular order. I can choose between these favorites, which are all near and dear to me.
It wouldn’t be list about Cincinnati restaurants without mentioning Montgomery Inn. Their ribs are so famous; every U.S. President since Gerald Ford has enjoyed them. But you should know what you are getting into. It is less hipster and more of the dated restaurants of yesteryear. But the barbecue sauce is so worth the trip there. Definitely take a bottle of barbeque sauce home with you.
I am a little biased. I love a good gastropub and BrewRiver definitely fits the bill. Higher up in the hills from Montgomery Inn, this spot has great beer and even better food. The beer list is never-ending, but I really just care about the food. Definitely get the truffle mac n’ cheese that is just too sinful for words or grab the curried beef short rib poutine for an amazing version of the new, trendy food in the U.S. They even do a New Orleans-style brunch for those looking for a great brunch spot.
Pho Lang Thang (Findlay Market)
First, if you haven’t been to Findlay Market and are looking for great food in Cincinnati, stop what you are doing and go. Wind through the massive market and get to this tiny Vietnamese spot that serves the most amazing, and giant, pho (Vietnamese soups). The Vietnamese-style drip ices coffee in condensed milk is also a fantastic dessert to carry around the market with you.
This restaurant is located in the super trendy Over-the-Rhine neighborhood close to downtown Cincinnati is great for both dinner and boozy (or hungover) brunches. There is a beautiful rooftop terrace that your brunch can be enjoyed on or you can stick to the temperate controlled indoors. The Bloody Mary Shrimp & Grits is to die for at brunch. There’s even an amazing bacon jam on the brioche toast. For dinner get the House Meatloaf, accompanied with creamed swiss chard and truffled tater tots, it’s the best of every world.
Django Western Taco
Django might have a small menu but they do everything on their menu extremely well. Don’t be scared that the house margarita has jalapeno in it, the pepper gives the margarita a necessary slow burn that makes it less sweet. The tacos are just fantastic and the perfect filling before a night out in the Queen City. I am a huge fan of the Al Pastor taco and the Beef taco.