Cincinnati’s cool — not plastic — restaurant/bar: Bakersfield OTR[classic article]
It’s really, really hard to create a naturally cool atmosphere for a bar. Most places aren’t. They usually try too hard to be exclusive or they’re crazy grungy or just attracts a lame crowd. Cincinnati’s Bakersfield OTR is naturally a fun place to be . . . it even seems like a party during the weekday lunch crowd! I was very happy to be hosted to experience it.
Like the name implies, a lot of Americana music plays in the background, along with Outlaw Country. They serve an upmarket version of Tex-Mex food, with house made jalapeno pickles, salads with hearts of palm, braised short ribs. People from all over the city love coming in for their various tacos, like mahi-mahi, mole and “huitlacoche”: corn “truffles”, roasted poblano, corn, onion, cotija cheese and cilantro.
Bakersfield is in the city’s Over the Rhine neighborhood — once shunned, but now the place to be!
It takes a Renaissance woman to cover the cool, shocking, tasty, thought-provoking things on this planet. Tamar started life as a professional violinist; she was the youngest girl to solo with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. After becoming a criminal defense attorney in Baltimore, she discovered a world beyond classical music and courthouses. Perhaps it was when she was on TV with celebs Bill Maher and Peter Frampton. Possibly, it was after she judged the Roadkill Cookoff or the International Water Tasting Festival. Tamar is a Kentucky Colonel and has managed several Southern rock and alt-country bands.Tamar has traveled around the world; let her help you guide you to the special places to go and the fabulous things to bring there and bring back home!
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