The menu at ZZ’s Pizza Company overflows with gourmet pizza, soups, pasta, and other hearty comestibles. Find peace for a grumbling, disgruntled stomach by picking through a wedge salad’s iceberg lettuce, sliced roma tomatoes, and crisp bacon topped with house parmesan dressing and gorgonzola cheese ($4.50 for a side, $6.50 for an entree). A dish of lasagna ($12) or a homemade meatball hoagie ($9) with onions, peppers, tomato sauce, and provolone will help ward off unruly appetites and down-on-their-luck comic-strip cats. Elsewhere on the menu, pizzas abound—choose your size and cover it with the perfect assortment of regular and gourmet toppings ($7–$12, plus toppings). Select one of ZZ’s recipes, such as an 8-inch four-cheese pizza ($9) crowned with smoked gouda, mozzarella, gruyere swiss, and romano cheeses. Or opt for the delicious seafood pizza, a deep-sea-caught specialty that features lobster, shrimp, and crab meat ($11.50 for an 8-inch edition).
Opened in 1978 and nestled into the first floor of an 1870s-era edifice, The Brew House extinguishes hunger fires with hearty burgers made from beef ground fresh every day. A regular hamburger or cheeseburger (a $4.50 value) comes charbroiled with your choice of basic toppings, and sided with a heap of french fries (a $2 value). An included drink, such as iced tea, fruit juice, milk, coffee, or a fountain soda (a $2 value), washes down meal remnants, while free WiFi lets diners instantly transmit pictures of their favorite bites to meat-themed chatrooms.
Wake up with dishes from Giminetti's breakfast menu. Fork through a fluffy stack of syrup-drenched pancakes ($3.50 for stack of three) or opt for a cheesy omelette ($4) with melted sharp cheddar. Brownies ($2), white-chocolate macadamia-nut cookies ($0.75), and monstrous Danishes ($1.50) tempt sweet teeth. For midday meals, try the vedgewich ($5.50), an array of tempting veggies (grilled onions, mushrooms, bell peppers, tomatoes, sprouts, cucumbers) and savory provolone plopped between slices of multigrain rustica and slathered with a liberal dose of horseradish mayo. Subs, hoagies, burgers, and paninis appease meatier palates.
As a young Lebanese man living in Cincinnati, Andy Hajjar found himself longing for the tahini, mint, and feta flavors of his family’s home cooking. Once his mother and brother joined him in the US, the three of them decided to start a deli. Their corner establishment quickly burgeoned into an award-winning restaurant, Andy’s Mediterranean Grill, where they continue to share family recipes without asking relatives to adopt every diner first. Their talent with seasoning lamb—which they grind, chop, marinate, and even serve tartar, if a diner orders in advance—landed Andy on WCPO Channel 9, where he showed the audience how to make lamb burgers. When preparing skewers of charbroiled tenderloin, cilantro-flavored sea scallops, and flatbread pizzas, the kitchen also relies on fresh ingredients and house marinades. Diners can also sip dozens of beers or wines, including some from Lebanon, Israel, and Turkey, as they relish the old-fashioned coziness of a wood-burning stove and the modern joys of a flat-screen television. On weekend evenings, belly dancers appear, and on any evening guests can lounge on black-and-red striped cushions in the wood-paneled hookah room. The Hajjars also sell marinades, salad dressing, and Turkish coffees through Andy’s International Market, which helps customers stock the pantry in their own apartment, home, or sandcastle.
View crafts its menus of American cuisine with an impassioned culinary flair, appeasing appetites with a palette of flavors and stunning views of the Ohio River Valley. Sate savory cravings with the Lamb Stroganoff ($19), where braised leg of lamb and vegetables soak in a delectable sauce upon a bed of pappardelle noodles. Theater buffs, families, and cultured werewolves can fuel up for a Henry IV double feature with the ever-changing, three-course, pre-theater prix-fixe menu ($25), all while savoring the glimmering Ohio River from View's outdoor patio.
Maribelle’s Tavern provides by-the-glass wine, drinks, and hearty tavern food that’s also fresh, sustainably sourced, and friendly to vegetarians and omnivores alike. Pull up to a menu and consider a starter such as the lamb sliders, topped with goat cheese, roma tomato, romaine, and house pickles on brioche ($11). Try out a sustainably produced dish to alleviate the environmental burdens of a growling appetite with a hormone-free and antibiotic-free beef burger, crowned with lettuce, tomato, and onion ($11), or have a vegetarian dish of brie polenta with roasted seasonal vegetables ($15) and avoid the debate entirely. A glass of Spanish grenache ($7) goes admirably well with Maple Leaf duck, served with shiitake cornbread, eggplant, blackberry and orange demi, and a side such as the cheddar-jalapeño grits with cream ($25), or eat light with a Scottish salmon salad, which is hooked together with a tartan pattern of romaine, tomato, red onion, egg, fried caper, and creamy parmesan (half $11, full $14).