As office manager, it’s my job to make sure my people have everything they need to kick ass at Upstream. Almost every day, we play host to groups who come here for brainstorm sessions, production shoots, and everything in between. Our employees, freelancers, and clients are always hustling – and the last thing anyone should have to worry about is what to eat. That’s where I come in.
There are so many incredible restaurants and caterers in Cincinnati that it would be impossible to list (or try) them all, but the ones below are my absolute favorites to work with. I know I can count on them to provide top notch food and service every time, and it always feels good to know I’m supporting local businesses.
The Echo Restaurant | Hyde Park
This unassuming diner has been a neighborhood gem since it first opened its doors in 1945. Believe me, this place has aged WELL – this is the type of comfort food you dream about. Nobody skips breakfast when they walk in the door to the smell of cheddar bacon burritos and potato cakes. They don’t offer delivery, but the food travels well and their catering director makes pick-up a breeze. They’re quick to customize your order however you need it, and the variety of food will please all types of palates (including those of us who love Goetta).
Tahona Kitchen & Bar | Blue Ash
Our neighbors in Summit Park tick all my boxes – flexible and friendly ordering process, unique and delicious menu offerings, beautiful food presentation…but what sets them apart is their incrediblyfresh ingredients. I could rave for days about the mango pineapple salad, house-made salsas, hot-out-of-the-oven dessert, and Tahona corn. There are a lot of great taco spots in Cincinnati, but we’re lucky to be right around the corner from one of the best. They knock it out of the park every single time.
Revolution Rotisserie | Pleasant Ridge
I do not exaggerate – the second this food walks in the door, people start getting up from their desks to see what smells so good. Their “chita” (chicken pita) bar is the perfect offering for a large, hungry group. They load you up with tons of fresh toppings so each foodie can create their own pita wrap or arugula bowl that really hits the spot. They bake their cookies fresh every day, the chicken is seasoned flawlessly, and the brussels sprouts are out of this world. They even have a falafel option for the vegetarian folks – talk about a local gem.
La Soupe | Cincinnati
These folks only came out to feed the office once, but it was an unforgettable meal where our team sat down and learned about the La Soupe mission – to rescue food that would normally get thrown away, transform it into something amazing, then share it with those who need it. As someone who constantly struggles to find responsible ways to deal with excess food from our catering orders, I find their work to be extremely important. The one caveat to using La Soupe for your event is that their menu changes every day based on the food they take in, so you just have to trust that it’s going to be great…which it 100% will be.
Sometimes you just need something simple and straightforward to eat – these tried-and-true places are always reliable and are a breeze to order from.
- Panera Bread
- McAlister’s Deli
- Dewey’s Pizza
Cincinnati has a lot to offer to us foodies, and there are more great spots opening up all the time. Support your neighborhood restauranteurs and be sure to try these local spots!