1. Cheapside Cafe
Off the beaten path of OTR, Cheapside amplifies the city with thick bearded patrons, hipster baristas and the posh of Cincinnati. Everything from breakfast sandwiches to chicken salad can be found in Cheapside’s menu. Feeling adventurous? Eat in the wooden teepee or hang out on the patio. The super modern cafe features hardwood details and plants from Fern Studio Cincinnati.
2. Gomez Salsa
Tacos, through a window? Yes please! Just what OTR is missing, a window to grab a quick bite and walk to Washington Park. Chow down while watching a movie on date night at Washington Park or take your Gomez dinner to Half Cut and pair with one of their many local brews. The homemade salsas, fish tacos and taco salad must have been strategically created to enjoy with a cold one. And if you really want to be a Gomez master, order the Turtle — if Mexican food was a pizza, this would be it with all of the toppings you can dream of, wrapped inside a giant burrito shell and topped with a tostada.
Speaking of Halfcut, steps away from Gomez is a window to order your favorite beer in cans, bottles or by the growler. Walk inside Halfcut for an impressive list of local brews on tap written on their wall of chalkboards. Halfcut’s industrial seating begs customers to gather, talk beer and devour your Gomez tacos.
4. Rusconi Pizza Pub
A bar, arcade and pizza place? Check, check and check! Our dreams have finally become a reality in one spot in our beloved city. Opened on Memorial Day weekend, Rusconis features Italian fair including pizzas, hoagies and pastas along with an extensive, craft cocktail list. The lower level of Rusconis will be home to the Barcade which will be opening at a later date.
5. Maverick Chocolate
Obviously Findlay Market is a go-to for fresh veggies, but homemade chocolate? Count us in! The sleek store will keep you coming back again and again for the freshly made chocolate bars and chocolate tastings. Who needs store-bought chocolate when you have Maverick saving the day? Find the chocolatiers crafting the addicting bars in Findlay.
Let us know if there are any new spots that you have found — we love trying out new places!