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Zoup! Stetson Sq 260 Stetson St MON - FRI: 10:30am - 8pm SAT: Closed ∙ SUN: Closed

MON - SAT 10:30am - 9pm SUN: 11am - 8pm

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Zoup! Mason-Montgomery 9343 Mason Montgomery Rd B est $ 2 5 S tea k f o r $ 2 4 We write these words not to encourage the fine proprietors of Over-the-Rhine staple Senate to raise their prices but to acknowledge that without such a deal many of us would not often indulge in such fare. The “$25 wood-grilled, dry-aged ribeye” — which costs just $24 — with marrow butter and truffle fries is kind of like getting half-off a badass fancy meal. You can spend the other 20 bucks on the restaurant’s excellent beer, wine and cocktail lists. Or, if you’re one of those people who uses a budget app to make yourself feel guilty about how often you eat out, go with the $17 seared scallops or slum it with a $10 award-winning street dog until you’re deserving of the full steak treatment. Senate, 1212 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, 513-421-2020, senatepub.com.

Gari’s, 629 Vine St., Downtown, 513-7849000, facebook.com/fredgaris.

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Located in Clifton’s Historic Gaslight District

Right out of the garden soups, salads and sandwiches We compost and recycle everything Artisan food in a comfortable vibe • Live Jazz Sunday Brunch! Located in Clifton’s Historic Gaslight District 329 Ludlow Ave • Cincinnati, OH 45220 513.381.3436 • www.LydiasOnLudlow.com

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Covington’s mezcal bar and taqueria Frida 602 is the second MainStrasse eatery for owners Paul Weckman and his wife Emily Wolff, who also run Otto’s down the street. Named after colorful painter Frida Kahlo, the restaurant mirrors her work with cerulean bar stools, bright-orange chairs, a floral banquette and Day of the Dead artwork, including decorative calaveras everywhere, and candles in the fireplace, which illuminate the upstairs dining room. But you’re not necessarily here for the Mexico City décor; you’re more likely here for the tacos. The restaurant offers five different tacos à la carte, served on corn tortillas with pickled red onion, radish and cilantro, the most delicious of which are the fish tacos, thick slices of mild mahi mahi, seared or tempura fried with pineapple slaw; the chicken tacos, stuffed with spit-roasted and spiced chicken, honey poblano slaw and black beanmango salsa; and the incredibly interesting vegetarian Brussels sprout tacos. The

slightly caramelized sprouts are sautéed and topped with a rich peanut salsa to produce an unexpected flavor explosion. On Tuesdays, the chicken tacos are only $2 (instead of $4), so you can double up while you sip on one of the complexly layered mezcal-laced house cocktails. Mezcal adds a smoky flavor to drinks like the Oaxacan mule and spicy Paloma, a palate pleaser with bitter grapefruit and spicy jalapeño simple syrup. Frida 602, 602 Main St., Covington, Ky., 859-815-8736, facebook.com/frida602.

B e s t C u lt u r a l E xc h a n g e Clifton’s Elephant Walk Injera & Curry House offers diners a real bang for their buck with a double-sided menu, featuring Northern Indian cuisine on one side and Ethiopian on the other. If you’ve never eaten Ethiopian food, it’s similar to Indian — stew-style dishes made with ingredients like chicken, lentils, cabbage and lamb (and beef, which you won’t see in Indian cuisine) that you scoop with bread. Instead of naan, however, Ethiopian food is served with injera, a sourdough-risen flatbread with a spongy texture and

2017 Best of Cincinnati  
2017 Best of Cincinnati