The Painted Fish offers a vibrant menu of delectable dishes that combine Eastern and Western culinary traditions as seamlessly as spray-on trousers. Choose fresh seafaring fare such as emerald shrimp, sautéed with spinach, ham, garlic, and sesame oil ($12.95), or sate a carnivorous craving with the 6 oz. filet mignon, which can be cooked to each diner's preferred level of un-raw ($16.95). Super-fans of protein synthesization can opt for the surf 'n' turf in order to follow a meaty mouthful of seared flat-iron teriyaki steak with the fetching flavors of seared Chinese five-spice bay scallops ($14.95).
Pearls are often prized for their exquisite appearance and oystery aroma, but Boba Cha values a different sort of pearl—bubble tea's chewy spheres of tapioca. This cozy shop in downtown Cincinnati specializes in creamy concoctions that combine sweet flavors with the tapioca pearls' satisfying chewiness. Aside from the signature bubble teas—which can be prepared hot or cold and with or without milk—the shop whips up frozen snow treats flavored with fruit and yogurt.
Sushi Bears rolls fully cooked seafood and traditional sushi rolls under the direction of Chef Dan, whose passion for healthful eats led him to hold weekly sushi-making classes at Findlay Market. Sushi Bears’ menu includes smoked-salmon philly rolls and tempura-fried sushi. Chef Dan also hosts sushi-rolling parties in private homes.
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.
Soho Sushi’s menu features a variety of perfectly prepared rolls and sea-centric fare in a casual dining environment. Soak up soy sauce with a bevy of bites that include signature rolls such as the spicy salmon, twined with cream cheese, scallion, carrots, and sesame seeds ($6.50), or the steak with jalapeño, asparagus, scallion, and yakisoba sauce ($6.50). If pre-selected recipes don’t suit your sense of rugged individualism, craft your own crazy roll concoction. Pick a wrap ($4–$5), add a meat ($1.50–$3), choose a veggie, and top it off with garnishes such as eel sauce or tempura crunch before flinging the tasty bites into your primary head-hole with an excessively complicated fish launcher. No matter where patrons sit, the friendly, attentive serving staff will try to meet any request, except for those beginning with "I dare you to…" Sample the sea’s natural bounty of fresh fish with today’s Groupon to Soho Sushi.
The chefs at Kiji Steakhouse aren’t just chefs. They are also performance artists, animatedly chopping, flipping, and setting food afire mere feet away from guests. At tableside hibachi grills, they prepare filet mignon, lobster tail, chicken, and shrimp marinated in a spicy garlic sauce. Even more chefs work behind the scenes in the kitchen, blanketing meats in teriyaki sauce, and encasing edibles in crispy tempura batter.