The Modern Bistro: Bistro Grace
Cincinnati is known for its vast and ever changing food scene. A foodie haven, it is filled with restaurants of all styles and flavors. Amongst these styles is the ever ambiguous “bistro.” It is tagged on all kinds of restaurants, but usually on the casual and easy to like. It is definitely a word that has changed over time, and that can be seen in Cincinnati’s Bistro Grace. It is new and over in Northside, but it is definitely something you will not want to miss, so get those quick oil changes in and get on over there!
The menu is chock-full of the latest flavors and trends, utilizing unconventional cuts in their meat dishes, like their hanger steak or lamb shank. There are classic standards, like the beloved French onion soup. The venue is slotted to change with the seasons too, making it a go to place all year round. Conceptually, it is all about a down-to-earth meshing of trendiness and simplicity. It occupies the space that was once the popular Boca and most recently Honey.
The owner, Suzanne McGarry, has given the dining room a change it has most definitely needed. One issue with that space is that it used to be so loud when the room was full. McGarry has utilized acoustic paint, drapes and barn wood on one wall, and it has quieted considerably while enhancing its current, simple and clean look. There are padded seats along one long wall, and the bar, which is set at an angle to the rest of the room, has been lengthened. McGarry has also added oil paintings and light fixtures also. Be sure to check it out when you are thinking of your weekend plans.
Location: 4034 Hamilton Ave., Northside
Hours: 4-10 p.m. Sunday-Thursday and 4-11 p.m. Friday and Saturday
Extra: For all you vegetarians, they have plenty to offer, such as: risotto cakes, quinoa veggie burger, beer cheese, beet salad, edamame hummus, and there is always a special.