How we’ve treated food in Cincinnati since the pandemic started

It’s been a tough year for all of us, but hospitality has been the focus of most ups and downs of shop closings, security procedures, and staff shortages.

With mask orders being canceled and more people eating out again, we thought it would be a perfect time to look back on the past year. Below we’ve compiled a list of some of our biggest roller coaster stories of a year for foodies from Cincinnati.

We looked for future solutions while following trends in the industry. We were thoughtful and nostalgic as we appreciated the many gems of our city. And we were hungry. Well, that’s the topic here. We are always hungry for more. Here’s a good look at what we investigated:

We have followed the trends in the changing and struggling restaurant industry

Why do restaurants have difficulties finding workers? It’s more complicated than you think: To say that restaurants in both the greater Cincinnati area and across the country are experiencing a labor shortage is an understatement. Whether you are in Over-the-Rhine or Anderson Township, there are signs for people looking for help in doors or on the counters of restaurants and bars.

‘They have no choice.’ Why eating out is getting more and more expensive: Rising menu prices are something that foodies in the greater Cincinnati area have to get used to. Here’s why.

People post negative restaurant reviews. Why now may not be the right time: Aaron Sharpe, owner of Lucius Q in Pendleton, says, “Before you go Google or Yelp with a one-star rating and uppercase complaints, PLEASE give us a chance to get it right.”

Why the newest trend in restaurants might be the “burbs”: Christian Gill, owner of Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey in Pendleton, moves to the suburbs. “Since the new normal for many companies is initially a work-from-home structure, the next logical step was to get the biscuits to the people.”

How COVID-19 turned this OTR diner into a full family restaurant: Silver linings were hard to come by during the pandemic-ridden 2020. But the story of how COVID-19 made this diner a true family affair is definitely one of them.

Let’s put this in perspective. This is an apocalypse for local restaurants: From when the restaurants began to close. “I think some people might think this is the spring break for restaurants,” said Travis Maier, culinary director at Jeff Ruby Restaurants. “It is not.”

We wrote odes to places we have loved for a long time

We shared the best restaurants in town?

Cincinnati’s best dishes (according to our local chefs): When it comes to good local food, these people know what they are talking about.

These are my favorite Greater Cincinnati salads (so far): These local salads are light, simple, and free from the danger of sweat.

The Chicago classic from Werkhaus Pizza.

One Man’s Quest for the Best Chicago Style Pizzas in Cincinnati: Yes, yes, people have their various complaints or even layoffs when it comes to Chicago pizza. None other than Anthony Bourdain once called it “a crime against food” and “some kind of pizza mutation from the Midwest”.

These bagels have it all: 8 local shops to try (from National Bagel Day): Just because it’s not National Bagel Day doesn’t mean it isn’t the perfect day to add the carbs and the Schmear.

Grocery stamps you didn’t know are from Cincinnati: You probably didn’t know Pringles, Airheads, Frank’s RedHot, and other well-known food brands are from Cincinnati.

10 of the best burger spots to try take away: From cheap to fancy, it’s a great time to find your new favorite burger.

Who has the best tacos in Cincy? We tried to find out: National Taco Day was October 4th. So we took this as an opportunity to put your favorite taco places in the spotlight.

Who has the best burgers in Cincinnati? 🍔: We celebrated #NationalCheeseburgerDay with some polls to find out who has the best burgers in Cincinnati. You had feelings.

We have kept an eye on restaurant openings and closings

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