Pelts and guns hang from the walls of the dining room at Kreimer’s Bier Haus, lending it a hunting lodge’s rustic charm. As hunting lodges often are, the eatery is a hub for succulent meat dishes such as rib-eye steaks and smoked sausages. However, they place a high premium on veggies as well, and the kitchen serves as a hub for shredded cabbage. Founded in 1982, the German eatery dishes sauerkraut piled on sausages or fried into sauerkraut balls. At white-clothed tables overlooking the Little Miami River, diners can also nosh on seafood such as grilled salmon and jumbo shrimp and sip an eclectic array of beer, wine, and cocktails. During the summer, tables on an expansive riverside patio allow diners to feel the wind in their hair or persuade rain clouds to refill their water glasses.
With more than 25 sandwiches on its menu, Monk's Kitchen specializes in variety. While wildly diverse both in name creativity and ingredients?from the Ham Damnation (or Salvation) to a straightforward fried bologna?every sandwich does share one key element: Monk's trademark homemade french and whole-wheat breads, which are made-from-scratch daily. There's plenty more to enjoy at Monk's Kitchen in addition to the sandwiches, from pizzas and breadsticks to salads and calzones. The family-friendly eatery also has an outdoor patio for nice days and games for kids to play after posting sandwiches pics to their food blogs.
Family owned and operated beginning in 1984 specializing in cajun and creole cuisine with live jazz. Traditional fare as well with great steaks, chicken, pasta and pork dishes. Full bar and wine list. Private party rooms available for up to 40 guests. Reservations suggested. Free parking in Main Strasse Village lot.
Montgomery Inn has seen a lot of famous faces over the years; Johnny Cash, Brittany Spears, Cameron Diaz, countless professional athletes, and every US president since Gerald Ford. The real stars, though, are the restaurant's award-winning ribs. Founders Ted and Matula Gregory started serving them in the late 1950s using Matula's homemade barbecue sauce. The ribs were an instant hit with diners and earned their first official accolades from the Cincinnati Post in 1968.
Years later, Montgomery Inn has expanded both its menu?specialties now include housemade Saratoga chips and barbecued spring chicken?and locations, but the ribs still steal the show. In recent years, they've been lauded by The Today Show, CNBC, and Fox News. The restaurant has even their own grocery line, so customers can enjoy their ribs and sauces at home.
An expansive outdoor patio snakes around Main Bite, letting guests dig into the eatery's distinctive brand of American small plates while dining al fresco. The patio is one of the biggest draws, according to a CityBeat review, but the food is nothing to sneeze at either. With many ingredients sourced from local vendors, the menu's selection of "bites" caters to groups looking for fresh food to share. Beginning bites include pastrami artichoke dill dip and shrimp guac nachos. Heartier portions fall in the "main bites" category and include onion brisket and seared scallops over curried chickpea rice. These small plates leave plenty of room for cake truffles and cannoli, or a specialty cocktail such as the local harvest made with organic vodka, lime, basil, cucumber, and agave nectar.
Between the open mic nights, art shows, and caffeine-fueled student study sessions, you might say there's a bit of a buzz at Blend Coffee. But that's nothing compared to what goes on in the cafe's kitchen. There, chefs spend hours perfecting dishes that are made entirely from scratch and with local ingredients. Morning see the staff whipping up breakfast popovers, maple wraps, and muffins while lunch brings their focus to the crafting of paninis, barbecue pork tacos, and bacon-encrusted fried zucchini sandwiches. A few specialty items even take all day, such as the raspberry chipotle wings, which staff brine, smoke, and sauce in-house. Of course, between all this, the baristas never stop brewing up premium cups of coffee, which helps ensure that the shop's chefs, patrons, and espresso machines stay productive.