The Hidden Gems of Cincinnati [Guest Post]

First, a short introduction! I’m the Food Hussy, and I’ve been living in Cincinnati for nearly 10 years and blogging for 5 of those years! Through all these years, I have discovered all these little hidden gems — the places in the strip malls, off the beaten path or just places you’d never know about. And now I’m sharing them with you.

THE DINER  Frank’s Old Town Cafe

Diners are one of my favorite type of restaurants; I think I watched too many episodes of Alice as a kid. My favorite spot in the tri-state for this is most definitely Franks in downtown Covington, KY. Frank has all sorts of Buffalo Bills memorabilia around the restaurant. His wife is the main waitress, and they have daily specials like meatloaf. What more do I need to say?! My favorite is the Flying Pig  which is a breaded tenderloin (an Iowa specialty) with BBQ sauce and pickles on a bun. They also have great big crinkle fries that I pair with a side of mayo. Mmm Mmm Good! So head to Frank’s and tell him the Food Hussy sent you!

Frank’s Old Town Cafe
9 West Pike Street
Covington, KY 41011

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BREAKFAST — Bluebird Restaurant

Breakfast is one of my favorite meals  there’s such a wide variety of what you can have. My husband is allergic to eggs, so a good breakfast place has to have biscuits and gravy. We came across the Bluebird Restaurant in Norwood and never looked back. They have a wonderful staff and a great selection for breakfast  but oh those B&G! It’s a thick creamy white gravy served on flaky biscuits. And don’t miss the sausage links. DELISH!

Bluebird Restaurant
4629 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, OH 45212

SEAFOOD — Bayou Fish House

Crispy, fresh, flavorful seafood  not much can outdo that. One of my more recent discoveries is the Bayou Fish House in Newport. They serve different fish each day along with some steady options. The fish is lightly breaded and really crispy. Fish tacos are one of my favorites  which you can often find for 99 cents! Also, don’t miss out on the Bayou Bites: little pepper rings, breaded and fried with a spicy sauce!

Bayou Fish House
527 York St
Newport, KY 41071

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BURGER Quatman Cafe

Sometimes you just need a simple burger. One so simple it could be served on a paper plate and still have you drooling for more. Quatman Cafe in Norwood fits that bill. QC used to be a grocery store; now it’s a restaurant and bar with a simple deli. The burgers are thick, juicy and topped with a thick slice of Land o’Lakes American cheese! On the side, skinny fries of course. If I ever get hungry for a burger, my husband doesn’t even ask, he just hits the lateral and takes me to Quatman Cafe. And grab some chicken salad on your way out  you won’t be disappointed.

Quatman Cafe
2434 Quatman Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45212

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ETHNIC PT.1 — Dusmesh Indian Restaurant

I thought I had a favorite Indian place in town  until I tried Dusmesh. Located in a converted house right near Cincinnati State, it is NOT to be missed. I can’t tell you how many people I have converted, and it’s usually with the Chicken Tikki Masala. While it is one of the most basic dishes, it is their best! Pair that with a side of garlic naan and you are guaranteed to be satisfied. And if you haven’t tried Indian food yet, take my word for it, this is the one to go to. It’s definitely something you get a craving for!

Dusmesh Indian Restaurant
944 Ludlow Ave
Cincinnati, OH 45220

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ETHNIC PT. 2 — Taqueria Mercado 3

Mexican is my FAVORITE ethnic food. I could likely eat it seven days a week! What I love is finding something authentic and delicious  and Taqueria Mercado is it! They have locations downtown and in Fairfield. Fairfield is where I discovered the best sandwich on the planet! That’s right, the torta is my go-to order. It’s a crispy-on-the-outside, soft-on-the-inside bread filled with your choice of meat (shredded pork is my favorite), lettuce, sour cream, avocado and more. They also have tacos and the like, but the torta is my absolute favorite!

Taqueria Mercado 3
6507 Dixie Highway
Fairfield, OH 45014

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So there you have it — six hidden gems in your own backyard. I hope at least one is news to you! And stop by and tell someone to Bring Me That!

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