I got on a plane in NYC and landed in Cincinnati about an hour and a half later. Checked into my hotel, and ran out the door, making a beeline for Over-The-Rhine.
Sandwiched in between Cincinnati’s Downtown and its seedy underbelly is a gentrified little area, complete with beautiful architecture and SOHO-style artist lofts, that made me homesick for the cobblestone streets of NYC. About a year ago, Dan and Lana Wright moved out of Chicago and into this neighborhood opening a restaurant called Senate, dubbing their fare “Gourmet Street Food” and serving some really amazing beer including a Kentucky bourbon beer which had me spinning after two. The food is impeccable, the space is modern, but the locals call it small, which i find laughable.
I would love to give a recommendation of what was my favorite at this place, but honestly…and this is a first, I couldn’t decide. It was all so wonderful. The place also has killer special hot dogs.
1212 Vine St
Duck Fat fries
“Marrow Bones” are rubbed w toasted cumin & curry served w a red onion- cranberry jam & grilled toast.
“pork belly grilled cheese” braised pork belly, fontina, avocado & caramelized onions
“Croque Madame” all beef dog topped with black forest ham, bechamel & a poached egg. WOW!
Besides having a pretty killer hot dog, which is locally sourced, Bark Hot Dogs has amazing environmental ethics. Sitting very low on the chain of fast food joints, this hot dog, french fry and hamburger joint prides itself on using compostable and reusable materials as well as farm fresh ingredients in the production of their food and encourages its patrons to join in. They provide compostable cups for free filtered water rather than suggesting you buy a $2 nonperishable water from them.
I’m not a big fan of recycling, i find it time consuming and not economically feasible. We should be moving towards a more sustainable society, eliminating and substituting compostable options. Bark has done just that and it makes paying 5 bucks for a hot dog worth it.
Bark Dog, Disco Fries, and Peanut Butter Milkshake