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We move a lot of people to a lot of cities, but Cincinnati is where our home and heart are! If you’re one of the awesome 26.6 million folks visiting Cincy this year, we’ve made you a list of our favorite spots to grab a quick delicious bite or sit down and enjoy a decadent meal.
Pepp and Delores is one of those low-key, amazing places that’s hiding in plain sight! Located among the locally-owned specialty shops in the ever-cool OTR neighborhood, this Italian gem offers totally fresh-made food and a fantastic selection of accompanying wines. The house-made ricotta starter served with fresh, toasted sourdough is insane, as is the Limone pasta dish– spaghetti dressed in meyer lemon, chili flake, parmigiano- reggiano, garlic bread crumb, and that amazing ricotta! Did we mention the ricotta?! The downstairs dining room is reminiscent of the old-school Italian places in NYC or the Italian Market in Philly– complete with old family photos on the walls. You can tell the owners took special care to make Pepp and Delores a totally high-end yet completely chill experience. Don’t leave Cincy without tasting this menu!
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Arepa Place specializes in a Colombian and Venezuelan dish known as you guessed it– arepas. Founded in 2016 by owner, Isis Arrieta-Dennis, who is originally from Colombia– her family recipes have been such a hit with Cincy natives and travelers, that after two years of using Findlay Kitchen and serving food on the weekends from a pop-up tent, they opened a brick-and-mortar location at Findlay Market in 2018!
Boombox Buns are soft, delicious, and sweet & savory. I mean, what else is there to want in a bun?! Between the buns, the grapefruit drink and the Thai tea– this little spot is definitely one worth your time in the Queen City.
Sotto is Italian done soooo right! Located in the basement underneath Boca, it’s grotto-like with dim lighting and a super cool vibe. The menu is simple but perfect, including amazing dishes like Bagna cauda, bruschetta, plus authentic house-made pasta like bombolloti d’amatriciana. Make a reservation and prepare to be impressed by the attention to detail in the food and the service!
Taste of Belgium started in 2007 when Jean-François Flechet brought back a 120lbs cast iron waffle maker from his native Belgium, and began baking the waffles he grew up with at the back of a produce store at Findlay Market. They now have two market locations and 4 full-service bistros– and for good reason– the food is outstanding! Whether you’re into waffles and a well-made espresso drink or a Belgian pretzel and a beer flight– the experience is absolutely delicious. Do not leave Cincy before you’ve visited this fabulous local staple!
Krueger’s Tavern is a bar food win located in the OTR neighborhood among the cool specialty shops and co-working spaces. It’s fun and busy and has a great rooftop deck where you can enjoy a Kreuger burger and one of the many local craft beers they offer! Their meat is ground fresh every day– which makes them a unicorn among tavern-style restaurants. They also serve a veggie burger that is undoubtedly the best in the city!
Once you’ve checked out all our favs we are positive you will be a Cincy native in no time. When that time arrives let us help! Receive 15% your move with code: CINCYFOODY.