Nolia Kitchen brings New Orleans-style cuisine to Over-the-Rhine, and more Cincinnati restaurant info you might have missed this month | Food News | Cincinnati
April has been filled with restaurant openings in Cincinnati, from authentic New Orleans eateries to a brand new burger joint. While we said goodbye to a few beloved Queen City restaurants, Cincinnati’s food scene also had a few wins throughout April.
Nolia Kitchen brings New Orleans-style cuisine to Cincinnati
Nolia opened on April 19 and is Cincinnati’s newest Southern-style restaurant, serving unique dishes inspired by Chef Jeff Harris’ New Orleans upbringing while remaining authentic to itself rather than to the traditional cuisine of his hometown. Located in the space formerly occupied by Please (famous for its selfie-friendly bathroom and award-winning James Beard chef), the dining environment is upscale yet accessible, offering a menu stacked with dishes like delicious smoked chicken and Alabama white sauce, green cabbage cider ragout, redfish court-bouillon and much more. All of the side dishes are vegan, and while you shouldn’t expect them to play ragtime or serve hurricane cocktails in fancy mugs, their drink menu will really let the good times roll, Nope? 1405 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine.
Owners of O Pie O Open Heyday Burger restaurant in East Walnut Hills
A brand new burger joint in East Walnut Hills is full of promise. From the owners of O Pie O, Heyday opened in the former pie cafe on April 6. Owner Lou Ginocchio says CityBeat in an email, Heyday will serve a simple menu “using high quality ingredients with employees who get the respect they deserve.” You can dine in or take out flat-smashed burgers and a side of Heyday’s unique hand-cut, dry-cured fries. Customers can also indulge in burgers and all the fixings in the restaurant’s dining room, on the terrace or across the street at The Growler House, where they can order the full Heyday menu and have it deliver to their table. 1527 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills, pinnacle.menu.
Genki Ramen opens third Cincinnati-area location in Oakley
Get ready to swallow! Genki Ramen now has a third location. The popular Japanese-style ramen restaurant now has a third location at 3200 Vandercar Way in Oakley. The small chain’s newest location opened on April 18. Genki is growing rapidly, having opened its first location in Mason in June 2020 and the second in West Chester in November 2021. Stop by any of the locations and choose from over ten different types of ramen – like their shio paitan, which consists of a mouth-watering mix of chicken broth, kikurage mushrooms, bamboo shoots, fish cakes, a boiled egg and barbecue pork. 3200 Vandercar Way, Oakley, www.genkiramencincinnati.com.
Bridges Nepali Cuisine opens new location
Residents of Elmwood Place, rejoice: Bridges Nepali Cuisine has announced the opening of a third restaurant in the neighborhood. “Bridges is thrilled to open its third location to serve the beautiful neighborhood of Elmwood!!! We will be opening soon! Thank you for your love and support,” the restaurant wrote in an April 17 Instagram post. The Nepalese restaurant started as a food cart at Findlay Market in 2015. There they gained a loyal following of locals, all hungry for the authentic style of cuisine of the Newari tribe of Chipalus, unique to their native windy valleys of Kathmandu. . No opening date has been set, but CityBeat staff eagerly await Bridges new location in 6304 Vine Street, Elmwood, bridgesnepalicuisine.com.
OTR Chile has announced the closure of its doors
April 13 was the last day open for a popular Over-the-Rhine chili spot in Cincinnati. OTR Chile announced on Instagram that they are officially closing their doors. Owner Jim Cornwell wrote in the post that when they decided to start OTR Chili, they wanted to create “the best Cincinnati chili possible” by using local ingredients and working directly with farmers in the Cincinnati area. He says they’ve also focused on creating the smallest environmental footprint possible with their food. But OTR Chile fans should not give up hope. “We don’t think this is the end of the dream,” Cornwall wrote in the Instagram post, saying his restaurant could pop up elsewhere in the city, perhaps with a new name and new faces. “We hope to see you all again in the near future.”
Roll On In closed its original location
Cincinnati burrito sushi chain Roll On In closed its first-ever location on April 4. The restaurant announced its sudden closure in a Facebook post, sharing that it was not closing voluntarily but had been legally forced out of the location due to issues with the building’s owners. The message read: “It was a blessing to end the harassment and bullying.” You can still find Roll On In at their multiple locations around Cincinnati, including Clifton, Hamilton, and Mainville, as well as their brand new location inside the YMCA of Lebanon. rollonin.com
Other Food News
Food and wine names Cincinnati as one of “the most promising big cities for foodies”
Cincinnati’s impressive restaurant scene has been recognized by the culinary and entertainment industry Food & Wine as one of the seven “most promising big cities for foodies”. Cincinnati offers a diverse lineup of international flavors that have been featured in Food & Wine Editor David Landsel’s article on the city’s culinary scene. He mentioned restaurants like Looqma, a Lebanese pop-up kitchen, and Kiki College Hill, which offers authentic and delicious Japanese dishes. On the drinks front, Landsel mentioned East Walnut Hills Cocktail Bar, Anjou, calling it a lush place to find “cocktails in a lounge environment.” It looks like Cincinnati is continuing to grow its culinary influence with an ever-adapting restaurant scene that isn’t slowing down any time soon.
New food at Great American Ball Park gives vegetarian Reds fans the full baseball experience
Great American Ball Park will launch a slate of new snacks for the 2022 season, with higher prices, especially for vegetarians. At a media preview event on April 5, Gary Davis, chief executive of Delaware North, Great American Ball Park’s accommodation provider, said CityBeat that while he explored new creations during his five years with the company, he wanted to make it a point to include more plant-eater items during the Cincinnati Reds’ 2022 season, including some from fan input. The new menu includes two vegetarian hot dogs: the Lookout Dog and the Dragon Dog. The Lookout is a plant-based frank smothered in white bean buffalo dip, shredded cheddar cheese, pickled jalapeños and hot sauce, while the Dragon Dog is topped with kimchi, garlic soy sauce and sesame aioli. Vegetarians can also enjoy cauliflower “wings,” which are fried, parmesan-encrusted pieces of cauliflower in a sweet, tangy sauce with a celery and blue cheese dip on the side. There are also pretzel bites – grilled portions of dough accompanied by queso, pico de gallo and jalapeños. Some items are only available at specific locations in the ballpark. See reds.com for more information.
Cincinnati and Other Ohio Cities Win Multiple Awards at US Open Whiskey and Spirits Championship
Ohio topped the awards section of the 2022 US Open Whiskey and Spirits Championship. Cincinnati Distilling and Dayton Barrel Works were both named to the top five whiskey distilleries, with Cincinnati coming second and Dayton fourth. Northern Row Brewery came second among the top five spirits distilleries; Hall Brothers Distillery in Dayton and Endeavor Brewing and Spirits in Columbus tied for third place. Cincinnati Distilling won bronze for straight bourbon and single-barrel whiskey, silver for small-batch bourbon (one to three years under 100 proof), and gold for beer distilled whiskey and whiskey aged in beer barrels. They even landed cash for their Peanut Butter and Blueberry Whiskeys. Northern Row Brewery also represented Cincinnati, winning gold for small-batch bourbon (one to three years under 100 proof), silver for single-barrel whiskey, gold and silver for their gin and l gold in the flavored vodka category for their pepper vodka. Northern Row Brewery’s white rum also earned them a bronze medal
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