The progeny of local culinary stars Rudy Valdés, Octavio Gomez, and Nick Salgado, Crave Kitchen & Bar opened in the Cincinnati Entertainment District in 2008. A few years later, Crave opened an eastside location with a sensibility similar to the original’s: inventive, approachable food available all day long. Read on for a few indispensable facts about Crave:
Your hamburger could really have ham on it. The Whole Hog buger, with bacon, ham, chorizo, asadero, and guacamole, is one of a small horde of creative burgers on the lunch and dinner menus.
It’s possible—but not easy—to go vegetarian. A handful of salads and meatless starters complement grilled Portobello and roasted veggie sandwiches. Still, the menu skews heavily toward the carnivores thanks to specialties like the buttermilk fried chicken and waffles.
Stay on the eastside if you’re looking for a cocktail. Both locations offer fairly prodigious selections of beer, wine, and beer blends (think snakebites and beermosas), but the Rojas location adds a full bar with a slate of signature cocktails.
You can show up at pretty much any reasonable hour. And even some unreasonable ones. Both restaurants are open at 7 a.m. every day, and while the Kern Place location closes at 11 p.m. every day but Sunday, the eastside location stays open until 2 a.m. Fridays and Saturdays.
One day, on a family vacation to California, Charlie and Zach Navar made their first stop at a frozen-yogurt shop. It was quickly followed, that same day, by their second stop, and then their third. Enamored with the self-serve frozen-yogurt business, the brothers dedicated the next two years to researching the concept by traveling to shops in other cities and even analyzing El Paso traffic patterns before choosing the ideal location for their own brand.
At Craze Yogurt, the Navars fill their self-serve dispensers with flavors such as apple pie, chocolate hazelnut, dairy-free Hawaiian pineapple, and electro lime, a cooler alternative to eating limes left in a light socket. After crowning their fro-yo with toppings, guests can feast at leather couches in Craze Yogurt's spacious, high-ceiling lounge, where coffee and tea drinks such as peppermint mochas and spiced chai lattes are also available.
The Orange Leaf frozen-yogurt enterprise boasts nearly 200 locations, cooling tongues everywhere from Mississippi to Australia. At each colorful shop, customers have total control over their cups, first selecting a combination of yogurt flavors from dozens of low-calorie options and then swinging by the toppings bar to pile on pieces of fruit, sprinkles of granola, crumbles of brownie, or an entire family of gummy bears. Yogurt flavors range from pineapple, chocolate, and no-sugar-added vanilla, to more complex blends, such as strawberry cheesecake and Oreo cookie cake.
Peter's German Grill & Bakery takes visitors on a quick hop to Berlin with its menu of German pastries and sausages. Entrees such as bratwurst?pork sausage?and schnitzel?breaded pork cutlet?can be topped by sauerkraut and other garnishes from a condiment bar. Chefs also coat cakes in blueberry, peach, and banana cream or decorate them with coconut, ?clairs, or another, larger cake.
Visitors to Yolo Frozen Yogurt are invited to grab a cup and explore constantly rotating flavors from 10 fro-yo machines, filling them with ribbons of healthy frozen yogurt. After piling yogurt into cups, patrons head to the toppings bar to further customize treats with fresh-cut fruit, boba, cookie bits, and candy.
Headed by chef Lourdes Flores, Malu serves up breakfast dishes, sandwiches, and nearly 20 types of coffee and espresso drinks. On any given day, guests can enjoy items such as turkey clubs; sausage, egg, and cheese sandwiches; and fresh-baked banana bread.