The seasonal brunch and dinner menus at Vitor’s change frequently, rotating approximately every two weeks, depending on what fresh ingredients become available to Chef Vitor Abreu. After refining his skills in such lauded establishments as Nana Grill in Dallas, Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse in Cincinnati, and Krusty Burger in Springfield, Vitor launched his own fine-dining restaurant and bistro in Cincinnati—a place where he leans on seasonal ingredients from domestic lamb to Georgia peaches. He also coordinates a special seven-course gourmet dinner that changes each week.
While partaking in Vitor’s culinary delights, guests can also enjoy the relaxing atmosphere anchored by three unique dining rooms decorated with a European flair—from nutmeg orange and black walls with slate floors to buttercream-colored walls and rich wooden floors. This color scheme extends to a sushi bar, lounge, and cigar patio, as well as a covered patio situated between Vitor’s and the neighboring building.
Vitor’s mix of seasonal cuisine and eclectic design has earned it a steady stream of awards, including multiple commendations from Cincy Magazine and a spot on Urbanspoon’s America’s Most Popular High-End Restaurants 2012. Chef Vitor also counts celebrities such as Nick Lachey and Chef Rego from Food Network's Chopped among his fans.
The skilled chefs at Bacalls Café have spent nearly 30 years pleasing patriotic palates with a menu that bursts at the seams with classic American cuisine. Fuel table talk with an appetizer of thinly sliced onion straws ($4.95), or plunge spoon-first into a rotating selection of Stockmarket soups ($2.95/cup), which fluctuates more often than forecasts of bear attacks. The southwest spicy burger sates patty-craving bellies with a half-pound of meat seasoned with southwest spices and served with pepper jack cheese, chipotle mayo, and jalapeños ($9.95). Rival Mom's home cooking with a plate of meatloaf, mashed potatoes, and fresh veggies ($10.50), or champion a chicken stir-fry served over rice pilaf ($12.45). Bacalls Café¬––with its classic brick façade, yellow awnings, and handsome tree-lined storefront––welcomes guests into an endearing, vintage-style dining space replete with a wooden bar, checkerboard tiles, and Calvin Coolidge cardboard cut-out.
Street lamp–style lanterns rise from the wooden shoulders of burgundy booths, casting low light over the casual eatery. Round six-top tables accommodate larger groups who come to Nick & Tom's Restaurant & Bar to enjoy conversation over meals brimming with homestyle comfort.
Steaming entrees include chicken pot pie, char-grilled flatiron steak, and pork chops glistening with bourbon glaze. Half-pound burgers support mini piles of melted cheese, olive relish, and sautéed mushrooms, and creamy alfredo pasta supports the incessant practice schedules of competitive baton twirlers.
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).
One taste of Aroma’s more than 100 flavors—including chocolate amaretto, green apple, peanut butter, pistachio, watermelon, even earthworm—and you’ll understand why gelato is like ice cream multiplied by itself. Sporting a svelte 10% butterfat content (compared to ice cream’s 18%), gelato is also healthier and made by a process that doesn’t inject air into the mixture, resulting in a dense, delicious flavor that can only be adequately expressed with joyful bursts of Italian gibberish and interpretive dance battles. Aroma’s gelateria keeps 24 of its 100 flavors chilling in the display case at a cozy 5–10 degrees Fahrenheit, which you can sample in a variety of sizes, such as small ($2.75), medium ($3.25), large ($4), pint ($8), quart ($12), 1/2 gallon ($20), full pan (serves 40, $35), and wheelbarrow (party-sized, served with a giant spoon).