CINCINNATI – Memorial Day weekend is upon us, and the long holiday offers a little extra time to explore new eateries, bars and breweries.
With that in mind, check out this list of places that have opened in the past few months.
Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey Bar struck gold with customers with its flaky biscuits. Boomtown opened March 3 with gravy flights, tasty dishes layered atop biscuits and a delicious selection of bourbon. boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com
Three men, united by their love of community, opened Lucius Q, a barbecue and music joint, on March 16 in Pendleton. They named the restaurant after Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus, the legendary Roman figure after whom Cincinnati was named. The owners traveled to more than 60 barbecue joints around the country for inspiration as they crafted the menu. luciusq.com
AC Hotel Cincinnati at The Banks opened its new rooftop bar, AC Upper Deck, on March 30. The 277-seat deck offers views of the Ohio River, Downtown, Northern Kentucky and Great American Ball Park next door. facebook.com/ACUpperDeck/
Dave Hart and Dustin Miller, the team behind Collective Espresso, opened Mainwood Pastry in early April. Mainwood features a curated assortment of pastries and specializes in croissants, scones, muffins and cookies. mainwoodpastry.com
A coffeehouse by day and jazz lounge by night, Caffe Vivace opened April 9. Music is served with a side of artisan coffee, libations, light breakfast offerings and soup. caffevivace.com
Sacred Beast puts a twist on classic diner fares such as wedge salads, a diner breakfast, hash browns, omelets, king salmon and matzo ball soup. If you go, give your meal a kick by ordering craft cocktails such as an Old Fashioned, martini, sidecar, Covington iced tea or Call Your Bloody Mary. Sacred Beast opened April 12 in Over-the-Rhine. sacredbeastdiner.com
What started as a mobile food cart opened its first brick-and-mortar location on April 14. Injoy Street Food lets people customize Indian-inspired cuisine with fresh ingredients. facebook.com/injoyotr/
Enjoy tacos, tequila and margaritas at the Banks. Columbus-based Condado Tacos opened its first Cincinnati location on April 17. Customers can build their own tacos by selecting toppings, proteins, shells, salsas, cheeses and sauces from a Scantron-style menu. Condado's drink menu includes margaritas, cocktails, wines and sangria. condadotacos.com
Cincinnati's craft beer boom already has reached across the Ohio River into all Northern Kentucky's river cities, but the new Alexandria Brewing Co. stretched it further south. Head brewer and owner Andy Reynolds opened his Campbell County craft brewery on April 21 with four regular beers on tap -- and more to come. alexandriabrewingcompany.com
The staple O'Bryonville sports bar opened its second location on May 4 in Newport. The new spot offers the same great chicken wings, other bar food and a wide selection of beers on tap. obryonsirishpub.com
Chef and restaurateur Mary Swortwood has a proven track record when it comes to opening great eateries. Those places include the Brown Dog Cafe, Tinks of Clifton, Buz and Green Dog Cafe, which she recently closed in order to open Blackbird Eatery. Blackbird held its soft opening the week of April 24 and hosted its grand opening on May 8. blackbirdeatery.com
Three Points Urban Brewery is holding its grand opening on June 1, but the newest business in Pendleton is hosting a series of "soft-opening" events. The brewery's founders describe 3 Points as a community gathering space that blends the neighborhood's history and artistic flair with excellent craft beers. 3pointsurbanbrewery.com