There are a lot of great places to eat, drink and be entertained constantly opening in the Tri-State.
Because there are so many, a few openings might have flown under your radar.
Here are a few new places now open, followed by some soon-to-open places worth checking out:
Taglio: This pizzeria, the brainchild of A Tavola founders Nicolas and Jared Wayne, opened March 4 at 3135 Columbia Parkway in Columbia Tusculum. Taglio promises "crisp crust and lush toppings on authentic pies from pepperoni to spinach and artichoke, modern favorites like bacon and jalapeno, and BBQ chicken." Taglio will offer only on-location service until March 15, when it will then begin delivery service, including beer and wine orders, to Cincinnati's east side. For more information visit www.eattaglio.com. Also, look for the Taglio smartphone app for iPhone and Android on iTunes and Google Play, respectively.
Lucky Duck Pub: The first Lucky Duck Pub was so popular after opening in Burlington two years ago that husband-and-wife owners Zach and Arica Fields decided to add a second location. Lucky Duck opened at 5028 Old Taylor Mill Road in Taylor Mill in mid-February. The new restaurant, just like the first, serves burgers, wraps, wings, sandwiches and salads in a sports bar-like atmosphere. There are also plenty of local craft beers and liquors on the menu. View the Lucky Duck Pub on Facebook to see hours and a full menu.
BC's Bottle Lodge: Brian Brownlow and Caleb Colbert are doers. Rather than complain about the lack of craft beer-dedicated businesses in Greater Cincinnati's northern suburbs, the pair decided to open their own growler shop and bar in Liberty Township. BC's Bottle Lodge, located at 7121 Liberty Center Drive, opened March 6. It serves a host of local beers on tap, alongside beers from other craft breweries within a 150-mile radius, including places like Lexington, Kentucky and Cleveland. Learn more about BC's on its Facebook page.
Casual Pint: Another northern suburb is celebrating a new craft beer market. A Tennessee-based franchise that caters to fans of small breweries opened its first Ohio location in Loveland on March 4. Casual Pint, located at 110 S. Second St., welcomed crowds with 30 taps at the ready. The store also offers a wide variety of canned and bottled products that should appeal to both casual and hardcore craft brewing fans. Learn more at thecasualpint.com.
Noodle 8: Looking for a cheap late-night dining option? Horseshoe Casino Cincinnati is offering eight options each weekend to fill you up. Noodles 8, the Asian-inspired section of the casino's Spread buffet, is open 11 p.m. to 4 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. The restaurant offers everything from ramen noodles to pad thai in healthy portions for, yup, $8. For $3 more, you can add chicken, pork, beef or shrimp to any menu option. Learn more about Noodle 8's menu here.
Joella’s Hot Chicken: OK, the first Greater Cincinnati location of the Louisville-based hot chicken chain restaurant is technically not open yet. But the deal Joella's Hot Chicken is offering on March 15 is worth mentioning now. The restaurant, located at 2440 High St. in Crescent Springs, will give away a one-year supply of free hot chicken to the first 100 adults in line outside its doors between 8-8:30 a.m. that day. People can start lining up 24 hours in advance of the eatery's grand opening. There also will be complimentary hot chicken samples and free apparel handed out as people wait. Joella's makes Crescent Springs hot chicken central: Nashville Hot, another hot chicken-style restaurant, opened less than a mile away in February. Learn more about Joella's at joellashotchicken.com.
Pizzeria Locale: Are you ready for pizza served fast, hot and exactly as you ordered? If so, Pizzeria Locale awaits at 7800 Montgomery Road in Kenwood. The Naples, Italy, inspired quick-serve chain will open its first location March 13 with the promise of freshly baked pizzas in about 90 seconds. Much like at its backer, Chipotle, guests move down a line and pick ingredients to top their pie. Learn about the restaurant at www.pizzerialocale.com.