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22 New Cincinnati Restaurants You Need to Try This Spring

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Parlor Pizza Project

3392 Erie Ave., Hyde Park

Pizza Parlor Project’s petite shop officially opened on Friday, Feb. 19. The pizzeria focuses on carry-out pizzas and salads, with six signature 16:: pizzas to choose from plus the option to create your own. The menu currently features one salad, the Caesar, which serves two. Many fell first fell in love with Parlor Pizza Project at its Sunday Slice pop-up series at Oakley Wines.

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FB’s Kitchen & Lounge

126 W. 6th St., Downtown

FB’s recently hosted their grand opening on March 10. The eatery boasts 4K TVs, fresh pasta and pizza and a patio, making it the “only Italian-inspired sports bar in Downtown Cincinnati,” their website says. The menu features wagyu beef meatballs, 12-inch specialty pizzas and a variety of cocktails. FB’s is a brainchild of the Earth + Ocean Restaurant Group (folks behind E+O Kitchen and E+O New Asian).

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Hello Honey

1530 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills

Hello Honey is set to open its second location in East Walnut Hills. The ice-cream shop has been crafting small batches of original flavors with fresh ingredients since its preliminary opening in 2012. Some current in-house flavors include honey lavender, banana honeycomb and thai iced tea. The shop also features several vegan flavor options. Other desserts such as cakes and coconut macaroons are also made to order. The owners are still undergoing renovations for the new spot, which will open near other restaurants such as Branch, O Pie O and the forthcoming Mochiko.

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Oakley Fish House

3036 Madison Road, Oakley

Oakley Square welcomed a deliciously nostalgic addition over the course of the pandemic, taking over the space formerly occupied by long-time eatery Habits Cafe.
Though Oakley Fish House, from the team behind Teak OTR, opened its doors in November, owner Chanaka Delanerolle says it took roughly 14 months to build out the space into their new home. The eatery takes inspiration from Delanerolle’s former Mt. Adams Fish House, which closed about a decade ago. Delanerolle also owned Teak, Longworth’s and Celestial Steakhouse in Mt. Adams, and Aspara in Blue Ash.

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Kanji

1739 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine

Local restaurateur behind Clifton’s Drunken Bento and Drunken Taco, Inho Cha recently opened his third Cincinnati restaurant with Kanji in Findlay Market. The restaurant’s menu focuses on sushi and Korean cuisine and was inspired by Cha’s desire to plant more of his South Korean roots to the Queen City, offering a glimpse into the culture and flavors of his home country. Kanji officially opened in the former Harvest Pizzeria space (which shuttered over the summer) on Jan. 23.

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Mochiko

1524 Madison Road, East Walnut Hills

The Japanese-style pop-up has been a local favorite for years, and it is now scheduled to open its own storefront in East Walnut Hills. The shop specializes in fusion cuisine known as “yoshoku,” which borrows elements from Asian and Western cooking styles. Some savory dishes and sweet treats on Mochiko’s menu include melonpan and ramen kits. Folks can look forward to slurping up “Cincinnati-style” ramen when they open this spring. The store currently operates via a webstore for carry-out, but its own brick-and-mortar will soon be available.

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The Pitch Cincy

1430 Central Parkway, Over-the-Rhine

This upcoming sports bar is located directly across from the West End Stadium where guests can dine on the rooftop with a scenic view of the neighborhood. The bar will also feature an outdoor patio. On the inside, there will be a wall dedicated to sports video to present an “immersive sports watching experience.” In the Pitch’s parking lot, a rotation of different food trucks will be stationed for guests to try. The Pitch is slated to “open soon” with additional details forthcoming.

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Yucca

700 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue

The team behind Covington’s popular new brunch spot Cedar are opening their second Northern Kentucky restaurant in Bellevue’s former Fairfield Market space this spring. The eatery, like Cedar, will serve brunch, but this establishment will have a Latin American-inspired menu, featuring items like chilaquiles and Cubano sandwiches and a full cocktail menu. Yucca is slated to open late this spring.

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Pata Roja Taqueria

1208 Sycamore St., Pendleton

Pata Roja Taqueria has found a more permanent home in Pendleton on Bar Saeso’s patio space. The restaurant specializes in food inspired by Mexico City such as street tacos and al pastor, and their patio provides outdoor seating to enjoy the upcoming summer months. Guests can also choose indoor seating and order beer from the bar. This spot is perfect for a late-night dinner or quick to-go meal.

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Anjou Craft Cocktail Bar

2804 Woodburn Ave., East Walnut Hills

Anjou Craft Cocktail Bar will soon open in East Walnut Hills. The space is currently undergoing renovations, which are being chronicled in “Building a Bar” blogs on Facebook. The bar takes several influences from European culture—for example, its namesake is Margaret of Anjou, once-queen of England and nominal queen of France in the 1400s. The bar will feature a wide assortment of beers, spirits and wines.

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Copper & Flame

1115 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine

Become your own bartender with Copper & Flame’s pour-your-own-drink concept, slated to open in Over-the-Rhine this spring. Choose from over 52 local self-pour draft brews, plus 16 wines and cocktails. Complete your night by ordering from the bar’s extensive menu of elevated Central/South American and Southeast Asian street food, like Korean hot wings or wonton nachos. The bar inhabits the space formerly occupied by game bar The Rook.

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El Barril

940 Pavilion Ave., Mount Adams

Slated to open this April, El Barril, a sports bar and grill, will take over the space formerly occupied by Next Chapter in Mount Adams. The restaurant is from the same group behind local Mexican chain El Jinete.

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MashRoots

5903 Hamilton Ave., College Hill

The Puerto Rican-inspired restaurant has recently opened a brick-and-mortar in College Hill. Known originally as a pop-up shop in the area, MashRoots offers Latin American cuisine in a fast, casual approach to dining. Its most iconic menu item is the “build-your-own Mofongo bowl,” which allows customers to hand-select ingredients for the famous Puerto Rican dish. MashRoots is available now for dine-in or carry-out.

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Shanghai On Elm

700 Elm St., Downtown

Shanghai has returned with a new name to serve its beloved Asian fusion cuisine. The restaurant, formerly known as Shanghai Mama’s, moved to a new spot and recently reopened with the original founders at the helm.

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Cheba Hut

2614 Short Vine St., Corryville

Cheba Hut is a marijuana-inspired sub concept that offers sandwiches, salads and other “munchies.” The company recently opened its Cincinnati location in Corryville for guests to stop by and sate their appetite. This shop also features a full bar with a variety of local craft beers, wines and mixed drinks.

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Morsel and Nosh

4183 Hamilton Ave., Northside

Morsel and Nosh, located in Northside, is now open for folks to find a treasure trove of fine cheeses and cured meats. The shop features specialty groceries such as fresh produce and pantry items, and the deli offers grab-and-go soups, sandwiches and salads. Charcuterie and cheese boards are available as well as made-to-order dishes in Morsel and Nosh’s kitchen. Food items are offered in various diets such as vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free.

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Purrfect Day Cafe

17 W. 8th St., Covington

In just four months since opening its doors in Nov. 2020, Purrfect Day Cafe recently celebrated its 200th cat adoption. The cafe partners with Kenton County Animal Services in Northern Kentucky, which provides the cats and kittens that are housed in the cafe. The shop offers up some delicious treats to go along with your cuddly visit. Scones such as the bacon and cheddar “Calico” scone, “Pawmpkin” Spice scone, and “Raspurry” scone as well as cake pops and paw-pcorn are available.
Along with a regular cup of coffee, they offer various tea drinks, hot cocoa, frozen lemonade and soft drinks. Visitors of age can even enjoy beer, wine, or even the Purrfect Meowmosa.

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The Upside Brew

329 Ludlow Ave., Clifton

Upside Brew is the new coffee-based iteration by the team behind Newport’s Cosmic Coffee. While the Newport location has closed, Upside Brew is an upcoming coffee shop that features artisan coffee, craft beer, music and art. Renovations are currently ongoing, but the shop is expected to open this spring.

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Redden Fine Meats & Seafood

7701 Railroad Ave., Madeira

The deli and specialty grocery plans to open by April 1 in Madeira. The one-stop shop will specialize in meats such as beef, pork, poultry and seafood. Pantry items like pasta, olive oils and local produce will also be available for purchase.

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Malus

To be announced

From the team behind Oakley Wines’ 2019 Sunday Sauce pop-up series, husband-and-wife chef duo David Jackman and Lydia Jackman are returning to the Queen City to open Malus, along with chef Ethan Bartlett. Boasting a seasonal, contemporary American menu guests can look forward to enjoying homemade pasta, plenty of vegetarian offerings and a rotating burger that benefits a local cause. In an interview with CityBeat Jackman says he plans to have a regular menu, a budget-friendly menu and a tasting menu. The restaurant is slated to open this June or July (yes, not quite spring, but call us wishful thinkers).

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