Next Chapter channels a lively predecessor—Chapter 13, a popular neighborhood bar from the '70s and early '80s—in both name and emphasis on entertainment, according to Campbell's Scoop, a blog penned by Cincinnati Enquirer restaurant critic Polly Campbell. Though it serves a small menu of upscale bar fare, including signature sandwiches and fried appetizers, the space centers on a predominant bar with a focus on special events and live entertainment. Diners can sample the pub’s wares and happy-hour specials inside the recently renovated, 130-year-old building or throw drink coasters at passing cars from a large, outdoor patio.
In addition to attending culinary school, owner Angela Gallo achieved the rank of sergeant in the United States Marine Corps. Fusing military efficiency with an unmistakable passion for pastries, Angela has succeeded in developing a potent arsenal of baked goods that will barrage your taste buds into smile-induced surrender. Three Tiers carries a stockpile of standard-sized cupcakes ($1.95) as well as minis ($0.95, by order only) that come in scrumptious flavors like buttermilk with white-chocolate buttercream icing, and vanilla with caramel buttercream, chocolate sauce, caramel, and toasted coconut. Using only the freshest ingredients and imported Belgian chocolate, Three Tiers will be happy to bake expertly crafted creations for your special occasion, like a deliciously verbalized Scrabble board cake or an almost-too-cute-to-eat ladybug cake that will come to life if you allow tears to land on it.
Brewing a good cup is an art form, and Mrs. Teapots has some of the best leaf-steepers in Northern Kentucky. Try sweet or fruity teas such as Bavarian chocolate crème, Forever Yours almond amaretto, and peach apricot, or sip a simple Earl Grey. High-strung leaf drinkers can mellow out with decaf offerings or try whatever unusual brews were just added to Mrs. Teapots carefully curated selection of domestic and imported leaves. One of Mrs. Teapots' friendly servers can help you choose an electrifyingly tranquil tea that dances upon your tongue and steams down your throat to warm you from core to crust.
Cuisine Type: Gourmet baked goods made from scratch
Most popular offering: Carrot cake, Vegan Berry Bliss
Gail Yisrael, owner of A Mother's Touch Cakes, extends her motherly affection to the whole world. She bakes with natural and local ingredients, creating 42 flavors of cakes for special occasions. She caters to every special dietary need, as well, whipping up sugar-free, gluten-free, and vegan confections alongside her more traditional treats and pairing them with custom-blended organic coffees and teas. She even crafts cupcakes?in flavors such as root beer float?that are designed to transport customers to their childhoods more effectively than a DeLorean outfitted with a rocket propeller.
And like any motherly person, Gail cares about others. She uses 10% of every purchase to fund her very own charity, Project Mother's Touch. Through this charity, she brings food to hungry people in the local community, including freshly baked muffins, juice, and whole foods such as fruit and vegetables.
Despite the shop’s short menu–just frozen yogurt and yogurt-based treats–no two trips to Yagööt are alike. Every few months, the shop shakes up its frozen-yogurt lineup, swapping in two new seasonal flavors to complement the Original and Strawberry yogurts available year-round. So, while one visit may have yielded a sweet cup of fresh raspberries and Strawberry fro-yo, the next could treat taste buds to an entirely different experience, perhaps caramel-drizzled Italian Cocoa or Oreos crumbled over Pomegranate yogurt.
In 1589, Duke Wilhelm V of Bavaria established a Hofbräuhaus, or "court brew house." Made in compliance with the Bavarian Beer Purity Law, pours for Wilhelm and his court were made with only three ingredients: hops, malt, and water. More than 400 years later, the brewers at the American Hofbräuhaus still abide by those rules and recipes. Wilhelm's ghost and a living German brewmaster supervise Hofbräuhaus' in-house production, which yields four year-round varieties, as well as seasonal specials such as an Oktoberfest beer.
To complement those classic quaffs, cooks craft traditional German cuisine from local and imported ingredients. House-made bier cheese smothers Bavarian-style nachos, bacon and mushroom sauce covers schnitzels, and red apple kraut pairs with sauerbraten's slow-braised beef. Diners can dig in and practice their best "Prost!" inside a traditional bier hall, where flat-screen TVs surround wooden communal tables and live accordion music frequently soars to the rafters. Hofbräuhaus also hosts guests inside a quieter dining room or on the bier garden, a shaded outdoor perch overlooking the Newport waterfront and Cincinnati skyline.