Knotty wooden walls and checkered floors set an inviting scene inside of Buffalo Joe's Burger & Wing Joint, a New Richmond eatery that opened in the autumn of 2012. In the restaurant’s kitchen, cooks shape ground beef into burger patties or miniature busts of George Washington before sizzling them on the grill and piling on toppings such as fried eggs or sriracha-laced sesame-ginger slaw. They also toss chicken wings with an array of sauces, including garlic inferno, caramel barbecue, and hot buffalo, to name a few.
In the morning, diners can stop by for omelets, biscuits 'n' gravy, and other breakfast classics. Owners Joel, Bev, and Annette are avid football fans, so they regularly broadcast games for visitors to watch while dining.
Cake Towne's pastry barons heap frosting and chocolate onto fresh, never-frozen treats. The shop's truffle-esque cake balls, chocolate-dipped mixtures of cake and frosting, dress themselves in flavors both traditional and surprising, from salted caramel and chocolate raspberry to spicy carrot. Once coated, the treats go for a dip in rivers of dark, white, or milk chocolate. Stick candles into each of these dozen pastry spheres (a $10.50 value) to create a birthday cake befitting a juggler turning a multiple of 12. A dozen chocolate-covered strawberries (a $24 value) delight taste buds and add a racy edge to oft-wholesome fruit. Free WiFi wafts throughout the shop, allowing patrons to use their sticky fingers to look up how to clean frosting off a keyboard.
Anita's Mexican Bar & Grill creates memorable dining experiences. It's a casual, comfortable place to go out with kids for dinner, to share a pitcher of margaritas, or to grab a beer and watch a game. The menu is packed with quesadillas, tacos, nachos, and other Mexican specialties. As for the family-friendly part, the eatery offers a kids menu with mini nachos, quesadilla or burrito plates, as well as hamburgers and chicken tenders. In the cantina, televisions are always playing sporting events and the bar is stocked with domestic and Mexican beers such as Dos Equis and Carta Blanca. An expansive, shaded patio lures diners away from the television and outside, where the margaritas taste just as delicious.
Smoke scented with flavors such as mango, pineapple, and cherry wafts through Aladdin Restaurant and Hookah Bar as patrons linger over waterpipes as late as 3 a.m. Besides Al Fakher and Starbuzz tobacco, skilled staffers also blend house mixes with names such as Bubble Yum and Candy Drop, and can even fit hookahs with heads made from hollowed-out pineapples, watermelons, and other fruits. The kitchen also crafts a full menu of Mediterranean and Middle Eastern fare, including kebabs, gyros, and Turkish coffee.
The Green Derby has been open for more than 65 years. What's the secret to its longevity? It might be that the kitchen prefers to get hands-on with the food?the chefs hand-skin their famous fried halibut, hand-make their Angus beef patties, and produce items from meatloaf to salad dressing in-house. The result is a menu of classic meals that never go out of style. Entrees include grilled pork chops, catfish platters, and Italian sausage hoagies, often served with old-school sides such as mashed potatoes and pickled beets in the shape of FDR's head. The game changes on Sundays, when the restaurant serves up golden waffles and homemade goetta sausage for breakfast.
Bred on Louisiana-style cooking, local restaurateur Grant Gieseler was dismayed by the lack of quality southern fare in the Cincinnati area. He and his business partner Blake Gieseler founded Bayou Fish House to introduce the area to fresh fried fish and hearty gumbo. Diners can grab meals to go or kick back at the bar or seating area and tell exaggerated tales about the biggest fish they ever ate. The eatery's walls sport a paddle, a life preserver, and various aquatic tchotchkes to remind fish of their home.