Meet Me in Cincinnatti

By Colleen Leonardi & Gina Weathersby
Photography by Gina Weathersby 

Gina Weathersby created 513 {Eats} out of pure passion for Cincinnati and “telling visual stories about food, places and the people behind it.” We’ve admired her work from afar, and when we thought about what to do on a summer day trip to the Queen City, we knew Gina would know all the right spots to eat, shop and savor the local flavors. She shares her must-do destinations with us, starting at a quaint French café and ending at a spot-on seafood restaurant right here in the Midwest. Enjoy tasting your way through Cincinnati this summer. —CL

The French Crust Café

Co-owner, pastry chef and chocolatier Jean Philippe Solnom stands outside this charming little breakfast and lunch café co-owned by Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, chef and owner of Jean-Robert’s Table.

Co-owner, pastry chef and chocolatier Jean Philippe Solnom stands outside this charming little breakfast and lunch café co-owned by Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel, chef and owner of Jean-Robert’s Table.

The French Crust Café offers a very inviting, simple, casual French atmosphere where the food is flavorful and unfussy, like dishes you would expect from a little village. Featured here is a fresh French apple tart. 

The French Crust Café offers a very inviting, simple, casual French atmosphere where the food is flavorful and unfussy, like dishes you would expect from a little village. Featured here is a fresh French apple tart. 

Northside Farmers Market & Carriage House Farm 

This Wednesday-night farmers market hosts one of Gina’s favorite farms, Carriage House Farm, owned by Richard Stewart’s family for almost 160 years. Kate Cook, who is the garden manager as well as being an organic garden expert, and her daughter Sophia were on hand during Gina’s visit. 

This Wednesday-night farmers market hosts one of Gina’s favorite farms, Carriage House Farm, owned by Richard Stewart’s family for almost 160 years. Kate Cook, who is the garden manager as well as being an organic garden expert, and her daughter Sophia were on hand during Gina’s visit. 

Carriage House offers a wide variety of zero-spray produce including heirloom corn products milled for cornmeal and polenta as well as artisanal products, such as the nasturtium capers.

Carriage House offers a wide variety of zero-spray produce including heirloom corn products milled for cornmeal and polenta as well as artisanal products, such as the nasturtium capers.

It also supplies a dozen regional restaurants with their produce, grains and honey. 

It also supplies a dozen regional restaurants with their produce, grains and honey. 

The Findlay Market & Colonel D’s Gourmet Spices 

If you love food and are in Cincinnati, a visit to the Findlay Market is a must. Built in 1852, the market is Ohio’s oldest “surviving municipal market house.” If you have a taste for spices, be sure to visit Colonel D of Colonel D’s Spices.

If you love food and are in Cincinnati, a visit to the Findlay Market is a must. Built in 1852, the market is Ohio’s oldest “surviving municipal market house.” If you have a taste for spices, be sure to visit Colonel D of Colonel D’s Spices.

If you pick any spice, he can almost on the spot come up with a use or recipe for you and loves to have you try everything.

If you pick any spice, he can almost on the spot come up with a use or recipe for you and loves to have you try everything.

Findlay Market also hosts a farmers market on Saturdays from 8am to 2pm and on Sundays from 10am to 2pm through November. 

Findlay Market also hosts a farmers market on Saturdays from 8am to 2pm and on Sundays from 10am to 2pm through November. 

Lunch at Pho Lang Thang

Located at the Findlay Market, this Vietnamese restaurant offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes full of flavor with outdoor seating where you can enjoy your meal amidst the activity of the market. Flavorful, fresh and reasonably priced. Featured here is the soup Pho Bo Tai + Bo Vien. 

Located at the Findlay Market, this Vietnamese restaurant offers a variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes full of flavor with outdoor seating where you can enjoy your meal amidst the activity of the market. Flavorful, fresh and reasonably priced. Featured here is the soup Pho Bo Tai + Bo Vien. 

Madisono’s Gelato and Sorbet 

This is Cincinnati’s first gelato company producing both gelatos and sorbets using the finest ingredients sourced locally and internationally, selling both to retailers and wholesale to restaurants. With flavor combinations such as Honey Lavender, Lemon Basil, Dark Chocolate Orange and Madacascar Vanilla, you’ll want to bring some home in pints from Madisono’s at Findlay Market. 

This is Cincinnati’s first gelato company producing both gelatos and sorbets using the finest ingredients sourced locally and internationally, selling both to retailers and wholesale to restaurants. With flavor combinations such as Honey Lavender, Lemon Basil, Dark Chocolate Orange and Madacascar Vanilla, you’ll want to bring some home in pints from Madisono’s at Findlay Market

Pet Wants

If you’re looking to treat your furry loved one after treating yourself to Madisono’s Gelato, Pet Wants offers “gourmet pawsicles for the pups.” With names like Omega Booster and Tummy Booster, these frozen treats are made without preservatives, using all-natural ingredients such pink salmon, chia seeds, lavender and pumpkin. They even have one called Snooze Booster to help calm and relax your dog. Even the sticks are edible. 

If you’re looking to treat your furry loved one after treating yourself to Madisono’s Gelato, Pet Wants offers “gourmet pawsicles for the pups.” With names like Omega Booster and Tummy Booster, these frozen treats are made without preservatives, using all-natural ingredients such pink salmon, chia seeds, lavender and pumpkin. They even have one called Snooze Booster to help calm and relax your dog. Even the sticks are edible. 

Food Trucks & The City Flea 

An urban-curated market featuring everything from home goods to fashion and art, the 2014 City Flea is scheduled for June 14, July 12, August 16, September 20 and October 11 right in the heart of the Over the Rhine (OTR) neighborhood at Washington Park. While you’re shopping, take a break and savor some of the local food truck fare such as Fireside Pizza, EAT! and Taco Azul, all featured here. Each food truck lists the times and places they’ll be throughout the city all summer long. 

An urban-curated market featuring everything from home goods to fashion and art, the 2014 City Flea is scheduled for June 14, July 12, August 16, September 20 and October 11 right in the heart of the Over the Rhine (OTR) neighborhood at Washington Park. While you’re shopping, take a break and savor some of the local food truck fare such as Fireside Pizza, EAT! and Taco Azul, all featured here. Each food truck lists the times and places they’ll be throughout the city all summer long. 

Salazar Restaurant & Bar

Located in OTR, this New American restaurant created by Chef Jose Salazar features a fresh, seasonally inspired menu with local ingredients as well as craft beers, cocktails and wines. As Gina shared in a recent blog post, “Chef Salazar has created a warm, embracing environment with the timeless, neighborhood vibe of an establishment that wears the comfort of having been around for years, as well as, of course, serving up quality, flavorful, beautifully prepared food.”

Located in OTR, this New American restaurant created by Chef Jose Salazar features a fresh, seasonally inspired menu with local ingredients as well as craft beers, cocktails and wines. As Gina shared in a recent blog post, “Chef Salazar has created a warm, embracing environment with the timeless, neighborhood vibe of an establishment that wears the comfort of having been around for years, as well as, of course, serving up quality, flavorful, beautifully prepared food.”

Featured here are a selection of starters, including Blue Oven Breads with Tuscan olive oil and marrow butter, little fried oyster sandwiches and a salad of local farm greens.

Featured here are a selection of starters, including Blue Oven Breads with Tuscan olive oil and marrow butter, little fried oyster sandwiches and a salad of local farm greens.

The Anchor OTR

Moving his family and food business from Brooklyn to Cincinnati, Chef Derek dos pairs fresh, seasonal, flavorful seafood combinations to create beautiful and original offerings. With outdoor dining open to Washington Park, his restaurant is community-oriented, lively and offers a casual dining atmosphere. 

Moving his family and food business from Brooklyn to Cincinnati, Chef Derek dos pairs fresh, seasonal, flavorful seafood combinations to create beautiful and original offerings. With outdoor dining open to Washington Park, his restaurant is community-oriented, lively and offers a casual dining atmosphere. 

The lobster is fire-grilled and served with sweet pea pancakes, clarified butter and lemon.

The lobster is fire-grilled and served with sweet pea pancakes, clarified butter and lemon.

We’re thrilled to feature one of Chef dos Anjos’ recipes for pan seared diver sea scallops with roasted sweet summer corn, peas, miso butter, bacon and roasted onions. Enjoy his signature approach to seafood in Cincinnati, or at home. 

We’re thrilled to feature one of Chef dos Anjos’ recipes for pan seared diver sea scallops with roasted sweet summer corn, peas, miso butter, bacon and roasted onions. Enjoy his signature approach to seafood in Cincinnati, or at home.