OTR EATS: B&A Street Kitchen
Living in a neighborhood that is mid-gentrification is interesting, to say the least. When I walk down the street, there is a sudden shift in how it looks, feels and smells. From hipster storefronts to boarded-up buildings, there are new businesses opening up every single week. Clothing, food, candles, bars, you name it. There are days where I walk past a boarded up building in the morning and when I walk back in the evening, it’s a booming business. It's jarring and hilarious.
Because of this, there is a near-constant stream of new food I can try. I'm starting this series to show and discover the food in Over-The-Rhine. Hopefully, it can help you find the best places to go when you're in Cincinnati.
My absolute favorite place in OTR is B&A Street Kitchen. I discovered them right when they opened last year and it was love at first sight. It's a monochromatic dream with food that's anything but black and white. I've tried everything on the menu, but my favorite by far is the Fried Chicken Avocado Club.
It's chicken that is fried to perfection and topped with thick strips of bacon, cheese, lettuce, and their house-made avocado ranch dressing.*
It's crunchy, juicy, and reheats like a dream. The sandwich used to be their Thursday special. It's not a stretch to say that the happiest I've been in Cincinnati is when it was put on the menu permanently. And I’m pretty sure it was my consistent ordering of it that drove to do that.
The FCAC pairs PERFECTLY with one of their craft sodas. I've tried all the flavors on their extensive menu plus combinations of flavors. That's why I can say with 100% certainty that the blackberry is the best. Last summer, I would joke with the craft soda-master** that he needed to stop recommending it to other customers because they kept running out of it. I plan my days around getting a blackberry soda; I know when they close and how long it takes me to walk over there so I can time it perfectly.
B&A Street Kitchen is a fantastic establishment with incredibly generous owners. During my first visit, the owner was staging some pictures of desserts and coffee to post on their website at the table next to us. After she got her shots, she GAVE them to us. I was sold right then and there. Now, I take everyone who visits Cincinnati here. And when you have a craft soda, you’ll understand.
In: Crispy chicken, black & which themes, tex-mex-cincy food
Out: Grilled chicken, brightly colored walls, basic salads
*There is also tomato but I would never.
**Like a brewmaster but with craft soda.