New Focus for Cincinnati Magazine’s Best Of list

New Focus for Cincinnati Magazine’s Best Of list

Last year was the final year for Cincinnati Magazine’s Top Ten restaurants list. With Donna Covrett’s departure, there was a change in focus– appropriate, considering the city’s restaurant scene has changed quite a bit as well.

This year’s list is new restaurants–  restaurants that have opened roughly in the past 12 months, perhaps a little bit longer (Metropole opened in December of 2012; it, Quan Hapa and M were all featured as new restaurants in the 2013 issue). .  Some aren’t really new — Boca just has a new location, for example. Metropole opened in December of 2012; it, Quan Hapa and M were all featured as new restaurants in the 2013 issue– but it is, arguably, a list of some of the more interesting restaurants in town.

1. Metropole

2. Boca

3. Salazar

4.  Kaze

5.  Sotto

6.  Quan Hapa

7. The Eagle OTR

8. Mazunte

9.  Zula

10. M

Interesting, too, that with the exception of Mazunte and M, most of the restaurants are in either downtown or, more specifically, Over-the-Rhine.  It’s also interesting the contrast of restaurants– the high-end, posh Boca vs. the comfort-food driven, beer-laden Eagle.  It’s an interesting departure– though I’d like to see a little more definition as to what “new” is.

So what do you think of the list? Are there misses? Anything you’d include or not?