413 Vine St.
Cincinnati Ohio 45202United States
Midwest Living Recommends
Fans of smoked meats and people willing to try something new love this farm-to-table spot.
Local 127 is part of a new group of downtown Cincinnati restaurants focused on farm-to-table dining. Its menu, though diverse, is somewhat meat focused. But that makes sense, considering the restaurant got its start by smoking local meats (and pickling fruits and vegetables). Definitely consider ordering an appetizer off the cured and pickled section; the wonderfully pungent smoky smell when it comes to the table makes it worth it (the smoky taste matches it perfectly). We tried the smoked chicken with pickled radishes ($9), and the daily daring ($9), which is whatever crazy concoction chef Geddes comes up with that day (ours featured chicken liver mousse and pig's heart on crostini, with pickled onion on top). But the more traditional appetizers are great, too. The potato skins and pork ($9) are rich and cheesy, and we love the crispy onion rings and overall novelty of the potato soup with potato salad on the bottom ($8). The pork belly ($26) is definitely not a lean cut, but the fat adds a huge dose of flavor. The gnocchi ($12) is listed as an appetizer, but after one bite, we wished we had asked them to make an entree-sized portion (it's a good vegetarian option) because the homemade gnocchi was amazing -- just the right blend of soft potato inside and subtle crispy outside. The mason jar cheesecake ($8) is lighter than some cheesecakes, but a great twist on a classic. Local 127's food is proof that sourcing local isn't just a gimmick: It's about freshness and good flavor. The atmosphere was just OK -- more conservative than we expected for a downtown hotspot. But the service was top-notch, and it's clear the servers are all well-versed in farm-to-table culture.