Nine promising restaurants to look forward to in 2020

Photo from @theaperturecinci Instagram: Grilled branzino Northern Thai-style curry, little neck clams, gai lan, leeks, herbs, and flowers from Waterfields.

As we anticipate more restaurant openings in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky, we will, once again, be spoiled for choice. From expansions by beloved local chefs, to new entries — from a nationally acclaimed chef of Korean roots, to a “boomerang” chef moving home from D.C. — here are some restaurants I’m looking forward to this year.

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Pho Lang Thang goes big

Photo by G. Yek: L to R – Danny Yant, Duy Nguyen, Mike Dew, Bao Nguyen. (Not shown: David Le.)

Cincinnati: The wait is over. The NEW Pho Lang Thang opens TODAY. This restaurant group stays grounded to their heritage and community even as they expand their presence in the city’s dining scene.

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Jackson Rouse Comes Full Circle with Cuisine

Photo by G. Yek: Jackson Rouse at Bauer European Farm Kitchen

Chef Jackson Travis Rouse looks to heritage — both his and the city’s — to create the cuisine at Bauer Farm Kitchen. This very personal journey has not only won him acclaim, it’s brought him home.

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Tea Eggs (茶叶蛋) and School Days

Photo by G. Yek: Ling presenting a pair of tea eggs — one peeled and one still in shell

Born and raised in Guiyang, the capital of Guizhou province in Southwest China, Ling Peng stands in her kitchen in Cincinnati, Ohio and gazes at the tea eggs on the countertop. The eggs are hard boiled and distinctively marbled, much like a webbed veil.

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