So far, these 2014 latecomers are off to a promising start.

So far, these 2014 latecomers are off to a promising start.

Acre

Owner Todd Mills is out to prove healthy fare can be quick-serve and inexpensive (no dish is over $10 here). Opened in November, this Clintonville spot has potential if they can punch up the flavors and speed up the service. acretogo.com

Condado

Yes, Condado is another tequila-spiked, Americanized taqueria in the Short North. But it's the first one in town that lets us pack our tortillas with dozens of toppings (go for the brisket with jicama slaw) on a sushi-style menu. condadotacos.com

DareDevil Dogs

If there was ever an argument for concept-driven restaurants, this 12-seat south of Campus eatery is it. House-made dogs get gourmet love from creative toppers like caramelized Brussels sprouts and pineapple guac. daredevilhotdogs.com

Fox in the Snow Cafe

Finally, a bakery and coffee shop that's meant to be a meeting place, not a laptop-heavy hangout (there's no Wi-Fi). Owners Jeff Excell and Lauren Culley serve pour-over coffee and butter-rich baked goods in an industrial, sleek Italian Village setting. facebook.com/foxinthesnowcafe

Meshikou

Jovial owner Mike Shek takes his craft seriously. So seriously that he doesn't offer carryout at his Bethel Road ramen shop. It's an endearing passion we can taste in every rich brothy bowl served at the counter overlooking the kitchen. facebook.com/meshikou