Chef Dan Wright has revolutionized the Cincinnati haute dog scene at his Senate Pub and offers wine on tap and refined plates at its sister restaurant, Abigail Street. We busted into his kitchens to find out what fuels him.
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Who knew? J.E. Gibbs is more than just a cheese stand in Findlay Market. It's also a destination for delicious homemade fudge.
This delicate Lemon Meringue Tartlet from Cincinnati's Cake Rack Bakery is an elegant and bright sweet.
The BonBonerie in O'Byronville has too many awesome sweets ready for the taking, but this shortbread and jam cookie stands out for its sturdy texture and buttery finish. It would make a perfect sweet for your sweet.
The third generation of the Bonomini Bakery family is turning out traditional classic pastries and German specialties for a very loyal Northside crowd. But amongst the classic custard tarts, eclairs and glazed doughnuts of all walks, their klunkers demand attention.
This Greek Walnut Cake from Areti's Gyros in Cincinnati is incredibly fragrant and full of warm spices without being too heavy or sweet.
Jean Paul offers a huge menu of classic European sandwiches and pastries at Paradiso in Anderson Township. But his Apple Strudel won our hearts with its simplicity and the quality of the perfectly-cooked apples.
The pecan danish at Bonomini's is a winner, with its just-sweet pastry and overloaded topping of freshly crushed pecans.
For a joint notorious for their hotdogs and hefty drinks menu, chef Dan Wright of Senate Pub keeps the dessert menu rather simple. But this bag of steaming knobs of dough alone are plenty, and highly recommended for the end of any comfort-laden meal.
Goetta is a German-American breakfast staple close to the heart of Cincinnatians and the lucky out-of-towners that discover it. But where did it come from and what's all the fuss? We give you a bit of the history and where you can nosh on it now.
The Pistachio Cannoli at S&J Bakery and Cafe by Findlay Market is rich with pillowy ricotta, pistachios, and a substantial pastry.
Take the Cake in Northside is best known for their popular brunch menu and selection of particularly sweet cakes and pastries, but this little frangipane tart deserves a spotlight of its own.
Cake Rack Bakery may only be available on weekends at Findlay Market, but their goods are so quality that they're worth getting down there early for. This gluten-free, vegan chocolate cake donut is one of the best of its kind I've ever encountered, and would make a sweet treat for a sensitive friend.
Taste of Belgium makes phenomenal thick, sweet, chewy Belgian waffles, so it's no surprise that the company's expanded from a waffle cart to a bistro that's packed minutes within opening. We went beyond the waffles to this stunning, and indulgent, torte.
Pastry Chef Megan Ketover was trained at the Midwest Culinary Institute and was a contestant on season two of Top Chef: Just Desserts. We chatted about what makes her most excited about working in her hometown of Cincinnati and how she psyched herself up to represent it on television.
Findlay Market is Cincinnati's oldest continuously running public market, and with some serious revitalization it's now also the most exciting place to source local meat, fish, and produce. In the summer, the market teams with farmers and outdoor merchants. Even in the dead of winter, though, there are great eats to be found. We took a tour of the offerings inside, to help you get through the coming months.
StreetPops in Cincinnati's Over the Rhine neighborhood serves gourmet popsicles that are a refreshing, fruit-forward treat.
Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood has developed dramatically in recent years—so much so that we were floored by the flood of enthusiastic eaters, long lines, and tight parking that's now the norm on nights and weekends alike. We ate our way through as many new spots as we could, and compiled some of our favorite bites for our very first OTR neighborhood guide.
The BonBonerie in Cincinnati inspires loyalty on a grand scale, as almost everything they make—from celebration cakes to simply iced cookies—will have someone claiming it as their "favorite". We went into the kitchen to see how their signature Opera Cream Cake is made, step by step.
Across the Ohio River from Cincinnati in Covington, Kentucky, Anchor Grill has been serving up crispy goetta and eggs for 67 years.