On multiple occasions, Riverside Korean Restaurant has appeared on Cincinnati Magazine’s My 10 Picks feature, a list of recommended restaurants selected by guest writers. The writers often recommend the eatery’s time-tested Korean dishes, which include bibimbap and pan-fried dumplings, but the kitchen also fills with aromas that hint at more adventurous fare. Pork belly crisps nicely on the outside while remaining tender beneath a layer of kimchi and shrimp sauce. Raw flank steak soaks up the flavors of egg yolks, pine nuts, and korean pear, a crisp fruit with the deep gold hue of an alchemist’s Camaro.
Bars are great spots for declaring preemptive thumb war on unsuspecting foes, so you’ll need to stockpile rations for a lengthy campaign. Sidebar’s menu offers plenty of options, including appetizers such as onion straws ($5.95), quesadilla rolls ($5.95), Juan Parnello’s queso dip ($5.95), and Sidebar wings (6 for $4.95, 12 for $8.95). Dig your mouth-shovels into a tasty burger that’s hand-pattied daily with 80/20 Black Angus beef. Burger options include the Soprano (pizza sauce, onion, and two cheese sticks, $7.50), the Devil’s Advocate (spicy ranch sauce, sliced jalapeno, and provolone, $7.25), and the Double Jeopardy (two patties with your choice of cheese, $8.50). Sandwiches such as the Roebling Reuben ($7.95) are also available, as well as 12” pizzas such as buffalo chicken ($9.95) and The Big Bill with onions, peppers, mushrooms, pepperoni, Italian sausage, and double cheese ($12.95).
Executive chef Otis Myer and his team prepare Cajun and American cuisine until midnight each night at Behle Street Cafe, a vibrant spot that pairs sumptuous food and drinks with live music. Choose from specialties such as shepherd's pie or the Steak Shawn—a tender filet mignon topped with gorgonzola cheese, grilled tiger shrimp, and a balsamic reduction sauce—or opt for lighter dishes such as whole-wheat capellini pasta. Sundays bring brunch classics such as belgian waffles, eggs benedict with marinated steak, and bloody marys spiced with white pepper, dill pickle and olive juice, and other seasonings.
Homemade meatballs, ham smothered in sweet-barbecue sauce, and melted cheeses cover pizza crusts and fill the space inside hoagie rolls at Fatty Patty’s Pizza, named one of Cincinnati's 50 Best Pizza Places of 2012 by Cincinnati Magazine. Diners can build their own pies from the ground up or place their trust in Fatty Patty's capable hands by ordering pizzas off the menu, such as the pizza bianca topped with fresh garlic, ricotta cheese, and tomatoes or the buffalo-chicken pizza with hot sauce, jalapeños, and grilled chicken. The kitchen stays open until 3 a.m. on weekends, and a staff of delivery drivers is on hand for whenever people get a craving for steak or chicken hoagies at home or while stuck in line at the DMV.
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.
Every seat is a window seat at 360 Restaurant, a revolving restaurant perched atop the Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront. Surrounded by art-deco accents, visitors take in ever-changing panoramas of downtown Cincinnati, tree-lined Covington, Kentucky, and the serpentine Ohio River. Not to be outdone by the view, the menu tops the dining room's ultramarine-blue tablecloths with a wide range of New American fare. Chefs plate steaks ranging from a 16-ounce rib eye to a 6-ounce bacon-wrapped petit filet, as well as seafood such as brown-sugar-marinated salmon. Eclectic small plates include an Asian-style shrimp tower and goat-cheese hushpuppies.