The Best Places to Eat in Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky

We’ve rounded up some of the best eateries, drinkeries, sweeteries, and groceries in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area because there is no better way to live like an insider than to know precisely where to grab a great bite to eat, and an even better drink. We’ve highlighted some of our favorites below, and also linked many of our favs by neighborhood, so make sure to check any and all of these out, and when you do, tell them The Scout Guide sent you!

Boards & Beez ( 6836 Wooster Pike | Mariemont ) Woman-owned and operated, Boards & Beez balances quality seasonal ingredients, thoughtful composition, and exquisite presentation to make every board a work of culinary art. Sourcing many of their ingredients from farmers and boutique eateries throughout the tri-state area, Boards & Beez can be called upon to cater events big and small, as well as a place to buzz in for a deli sandwich for lunch. @boardsandbeez

Coppin’s Restaurant and Bar ( 638 Madison Ave | Covington ) Named as an homage to the history of the building being Coppin’s Department Store, Coppin’s Restaurant + Bar  is driven by hyper-local sourcing and collaborative partnerships throughout its surrounding region. Food and beverage menus are designed to encourage sharing and are influenced from Covington’s Northern and Southern neighbors, highlighting local craft beers, cider, and sodas, along with wine and cocktails on draft. Seating options are ideal for both social gatherings and intimate experiences. @coppinsrestaurant

Cream & Sugar Coffeehouse ( 3546 Montgomery Road | Cincinnati ). Filled with friendly staff, delicious food and great coffee—it’s a place to work, meet friends, or just unwind and enjoy their excellent offerings. @creamandsugarcoffeehouse

Firecracker Bakery ( 10965 Reading Road | Sharonville ) A confectionary explosion of tastiness that is perfect for any occasion, Firecracker Bakery cookies come in 22 colors, while also offering custom colors to match any occasion. @firecrackerbakery

Lehr’s Prime Market (740 Main Street | Milford ) Established in 1960, Lehr’s Prime Market is the one-stop shop for all grocery and catering needs.  The meat department and deli counter offer a wide variety of products — from sides of beef to top-of-the-line deli meat, to chef-prepared specialties and sandwiches. Stock up on beer, wine, and more from the walk-in beer cave or 1000+ wine selection. If hosting an event, let Lehr’s Prime Market cater as they have menus for cocktail parties, family-style meals, pig roasts, and much more. @lehrsprimemarket

Knowledge Bar + Social Room ( 638 Madison Avenue | Covington ) The Knowledge Bar & Social Room in North by Hotel Covington is a space that stands to celebrate vibes: upbeat and energetic yet inviting and relaxed, the adjacent Lightwell provides the backdrop to a nightclub-style experience where everyone is on the list. Light bites are crafted to delight the palate and complement the drinks. Here you’ll find fresh and vibrant cocktails, a large champagne selection, and wine from around the world. The Knowledge Bar is a  comfortable meeting spot for large or small parties, and boasts one-of-a-kind lighted art displays to set the mood and illuminates the senses.

By Neighborhood

MARIEMONT: Dilly Deli, The National Exemplar, Emery, The Madison Place

TERRACE PARK / MILFORD: 20 Brix, The Governor, The Birch, Golden State Tacos, Harvest Market

HYDE PARK: Awakenings Coffee Roasters, E+0 Kitchen, Forno Osteria and Bar, Dutch’s

MT LOOKOUT: Delwood, VV Italian

OTR: 1215 Wine Bar, Abigail Street, Pepp & Dolores, Alcove, Salazar Restaurant

DOWNTOWN: Boca, Sotto, Nada, Sleepy Bee Cafe

NEWPORT: The Baker’s Table, Carabello Coffee

COVINGTON: Otto’s, Bouquet

Businesses in bold indicate they are The Scout Guide Cincinnati & Northern Kentucky members.

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