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Craig and Laura Decker seem to have a difficult time making up their minds. They also seem to have a knack for turning this indecisiveness into an advantage at every turn. When it came to opening their new business, for example, they briefly wondered whether it should feature a wine shop, a wine bar, or a gourmet bistro. Their solution? All three.

This spirit of inclusivity pervades The Wine Guy Bistro, where the Deckers pair seasonal wine varietals with globally inspired cuisine. Rather than choose between European elegance and New-American pizzazz, they settled on a compromise they describe as “Old World chic.” This label suits a menu that features small plates of housemade meatballs and bruschetta alongside assorted cheeses from around the world. The focus on small plates is in keeping with the Deckers’ have-it-all mentality and gives diners the option to sample several dishes without having to barter with adjacent tables.

2692 Madison Rd
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Craig and Laura Decker seem to have a difficult time making up their minds. They also seem to have a knack for turning this indecisiveness into an advantage at every turn. When it came to opening their new business, for example, they briefly wondered whether it should feature a wine shop, a wine bar, or a gourmet bistro. Their solution? All three.

This spirit of inclusivity pervades The W.G. Kitchen & Bar, where the Deckers pair seasonal wine varietals with globally inspired cuisine. Rather than choose between European elegance and New-American pizzazz, they settled on a compromise they describe as “Old World chic.” This label suits a menu that features small plates of housemade meatballs and bruschetta alongside assorted cheeses from around the world. The focus on small plates is in keeping with the Deckers’ have-it-all mentality and gives diners the option to sample several dishes without having to barter with adjacent tables.

161 East Freedom Way
Cincinnati,
OH
US

Chef Harold Baker and his team transform classic American steak and seafood dishes with upscale, contemporary flourishes including rich provençal sauce, seasonal produce, and local cheeses. Their attention to detail led the Courier-Journal to hail the menu as "concise, well thought out—with consideration for local products—and tastefully executed." In addition to elegant entrees of New Zealand lamb loin, bison rib eye, and sea scallops, they assemble half-pound burgers and sandwiches to please more casually minded diners or those contractually obligated to consume a bun with each meal.

The restaurant resides in the old Spring Street Meeting House, but Leo Weekly notes that they've remodeled the 19th-century building into "a stylish dining room with exposed brick and mocha colored walls … [and] historic Louisville photos." Leather couches gather around the fireplace's hearth, and cream-colored tablecloths help accentuate the banquettes' matching stripes. Diners can also venture outdoors for al fresco dining and to the upstairs bar, where bartenders pour an extensive selection of whiskeys, vodkas, and cordials to supplement wines by the glass or bottle.

204 S Spring St
Louisville,
KY
US

Lindey's: A User's Guide

American Bistro Fare | Critically Acclaimed Patio | Gluten-Free Menu | Weekend Brunch

Sample Menu

  • Appetizer: ahi tuna tartare with crème fraîche and gaufrette potatoes
  • Entree: New Zealand rack of lamb in red-wine reduction with pistachio-mint gremolata and buttermilk-chive mashed potatoes
  • Dessert: croissant bread pudding with caramelized apples, anglaise, salted caramel, toasted almonds, and whipped cream

    Where to Sit: Though it fills up quickly, try snagging a spot on the patio, which Columbus Alive described as "a casually elegant and breezily fabulous food- and drink-fueled playground" and Columbus magazine simply called "breathtaking."

    When to Go: Lindey's really gets hopping during its weekend brunch—held on Saturday and Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. During this time, regulars clamor for indulgent, yet affordable dishes, such as french toast stuffed with banana and cream cheese and crab cakes with eggs.

    While You're Waiting

    • Carefully examine the restaurant's stunning copper bar. Try to replicate it to scale with all those pennies in your pocket.
    • Gaze at the bustling streets of the German Village neighborhood. Get up and dance the muehlradl every time you spot a dirndl.

      Inside Tips

      • Gluten-intolerant guests can rest easy—Lindey's has their back. The restaurant offers separate gluten-free menus for lunch, brunch, and dinner.
      • Despite its white-tablecloth decor, Lindey's is a family-friendly establishment. Ask for the kids' menu with small, child-approved dishes.

        While You're in the Neighborhood
        Before: Explore 32 rooms filled with bargain-priced books at The Book Loft of German Village (631 South Third Street), which is located in a pre–Civil War era building.

        After: Settle in for a pint at The Old Mohawk (819 Mohawk Street), a historic pub that's been in the neighborhood since 1933.

169 E Beck St
Columbus,
OH
US