The Rookwood has hit the mark as the latest restaurant to take up residence in what was Cincinnati’s world-famous Rookwood Pottery Co. from the late 1870s to 1967. The restaurant’s name change helps. When he bought the place, Joel Creighton ditched the name Porkopolis and found a name that made sense. The Rookwood. Smart. Admittedly, Porkopolis also fit Cincinnati’s history (as the capital of pork), but it sounded like a barbecue joint with a superhero. Today’s Rookwood serves up contemporary American. The Barnsdale burger—a hamburger with caramelized onions, house pickles, fontina cheese and thyme—and the deviled eggs with truffle and caviar have received the greatest applause. Burgers are also served at night, but for upscale, try the Angus Reserve rib eye. The prices may be a tad high, but consider the Tudor building and its perch overlooking the Ohio River. So what if you might save a dollar or two elsewhere? Elsewhere, you can’t dine in a walk-in size kiln that functions as a private dining room. The rest of the restaurant uses Rookwood Pottery’s history as a focal point, displaying pottery in cases and enlarged reproduction photographs on the walls.