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*BaseClogger*
03-15-2008, 10:57 PM
I'm going south for the opening weekend series against the Phillies with a friend (a Tigers fan :nono:) and we would like to try some of Cincinnati's best eats. Obviously we aren't looking for a fine lobster or filet mignon so...

Where is the best place in Cincy to get a burger?

What is Cincinnati's best pizza?

Other top joints?

Places in close proximity to the ballpark or Northern Kentucky would be preferrable.
(I'm going to avoid the chili debate... ;))

guttle11
03-15-2008, 11:06 PM
You have to try Skyline Chili if you've never had it. You may not like it (it's quite polarizing), but you wouldn't go to Germany and not eat a brat, would you?

Others would know more about the local, smaller places, but you have the usuals like La Rosa's Pizza and Montgomery Inn for all your BBQ needs.

*BaseClogger*
03-15-2008, 11:15 PM
Oh, I've had Skyline before... I actually just had it for dinner in the can form (doesn't do the restaurant justice ;)). We make sure to bring home a case of the cans everytime!

I've also tried LaRosa's and Montgomery Inn, and both were good but not great...

guttle11
03-15-2008, 11:22 PM
Well, I'm out of ideas. Unless you count the Frisch's/Big Boy just off the I-75 Freemont Ave exit.

Joseph
03-15-2008, 11:25 PM
Hofbrau Haus in Newport. Good food, good scenery....if you're into that kind of thing.

harangatang
03-15-2008, 11:34 PM
While I haven't been there yet, I have heard Teller's in Hyde Park has good food. It's also really, really close to Graeter's. They have some burgers and pizza (some more upscale food as well) and it's in an old bank building which is pretty cool.

http://www.tellersofhydepark.com/dinner.html
http://www.tellersofhydepark.com/lunch.html
http://www.tellersofhydepark.com/brunch.html

harangatang
03-15-2008, 11:34 PM
Hofbrau Haus in Newport. Good food, good scenery....if you're into that kind of thing.Good beer too...

*BaseClogger*
03-15-2008, 11:39 PM
Well, I'm out of ideas. Unless you count the Frisch's/Big Boy just off the I-75 Freemont Ave exit.

Haha, here in Michigan Big Boy says "It's a Michigan thing" in their tv advertisements as if it is the only state those crappy dinner wanna-be's can be found!

*BaseClogger*
03-15-2008, 11:41 PM
While I haven't been there yet, I have heard Teller's in Hyde Park has good food. It's also really, really close to Graeter's. They have some burgers and pizza (some more upscale food as well) and it's in an old bank building which is pretty cool.

http://www.tellersofhydepark.com/dinner.html
http://www.tellersofhydepark.com/lunch.html
http://www.tellersofhydepark.com/brunch.html

That place looks pretty upscale... I'm talking what's the best Diner/Drive-In/Dives style...

Reds Freak
03-15-2008, 11:43 PM
I'd try the area around Fountain Square for good eats and spirits.

Try Rock Bottom or Cadillac Ranch for good bar food (and a great Happy Hour)
Nada is a Mexican restaurant next to the Aronoff Theater that was voted the best new restaurant in Cincy
Nicholson's is a great Scottish restaurant with a good beer selection.
Trattoria Roma and Via Vite are good Italian restaurants in the Fountain Square area.

All of the above are pretty reasonably priced as well.

I could go on if you need a few more but those are a few good ones...

Cyclone792
03-15-2008, 11:47 PM
That place looks pretty upscale... I'm talking what's the best Diner/Drive-In/Dives style...

Zip's Cafe in Mt. Lookout is a decent burger, and it's a hole-in-the-wall type place. You should be able to get out of there around $10 if you wanted to.

Are you guys 21 or over? I know plenty of places if you're of age, but if not ...

I'm fairly certain you'll be able to get in to Hofbrauhaus during the afternoons if you're underage, but I'm also fairly certain they'll card you if you try to get in during the evening (or say ... after a Reds game). Mt. Adams is a great bar district, but you'll get carded everywhere there too. Beer Sellar in Newport is a great place to go for a nice selection of draft beer.

*BaseClogger*
03-15-2008, 11:53 PM
We are high school students...............









:(

We are making this trip to Cincy as part of our senior spring break (baseball nerds huh ;)). We are going to 8 MLB games in 9 days, including visits to Milwaukee and Chicago as well. If anybody has any fun things to do/great places to eat in those towns toss out those suggestions out as well. I know we plan on playing some golf, but again we have to stay within a budget...

Reds Freak
03-16-2008, 12:17 AM
Since you're high school students you might consider eating at these lunch places:

Javier's is a Mexican restaurant sort of like a Chipotle (from what I've heard)
Mythos is a great Greek restaurant
Potbelly is a chain sandwich shop located on Fountain Square
And you'll definately have to get some Graeter's Ice Cream on your trip. It's located next to Potbelly on Fountain Square.

All of those places are very inexpensive.

The Reds Hall of Fame and Museum is a must if you haven't been and it is pretty cheap as well...

Johnny Footstool
03-16-2008, 03:01 AM
Nicholson's is a great Scottish restaurant with a good beer selection.


I second that. Nicholson's has a fantastic, smoked prime rib, and their burgers are made from the same type of meat. Highly recommended.

TeamSelig
03-16-2008, 03:15 AM
Great idea for spring break btw... wish I would have thought of something like that when I was in school.

redsmetz
03-16-2008, 06:33 AM
Since you're high school students you might consider eating at these lunch places:

Javier's is a Mexican restaurant sort of like a Chipotle (from what I've heard)

All of those places are very inexpensive.

Javier is my neighbor and his restaurant just across from the library's southeast corner (catty-corner from St. Louis Church) is very affordable. He'll make the big burritos like Chipotle does, but you can also get a quesadilla, salads. He makes a great Mexican lasagna with tortillas, black beans & chicken. He has a daily burrito special with different types - one day is a breaded cod burrito (which I love with guacamole and a chipotle mayo); another day has a burrito with chorizzo sausage and shrimp.

He's only open during the day right now, but is planning on opening some evenings with salsa dancing, but I haven't heard when that will come.

Good guy who serves good food. We'll probably eat there Opening Day.

SunDeck
03-16-2008, 07:55 AM
Go to Zips if you want a great burger.
Deweys (http://www.deweyspizza.com/) if you want a great pizza.
Aglamesis (http://www.aglamesis.com/) if you want great ice cream.
Deweys and Aglamesis are a block apart in Oakley.

Of course, there is Graeters (http://www.graeters.com/) Ice Cream. And the best shop is in Clifton, just a block from the best Skyline in town.

Now- you really want something Cincinnati? Go to Price Hill Chili (http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/Dining/detail.asp?RestID=1439). Have Goetta and eggs.

Redhook
03-16-2008, 08:03 AM
Go to Zips if you want a great burger.
Deweys (http://www.deweyspizza.com/) if you want a great pizza.
Aglamesis (http://www.aglamesis.com/) if you want great ice cream.
Deweys and Aglamesis are a block apart in Oakley.

Of course, there is Graeters (http://www.graeters.com/) Ice Cream. And the best shop is in Clifton, just a block from the best Skyline in town.

Now- you really want something Cincinnati? Go to Price Hill Chili (http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/Dining/detail.asp?RestID=1439). Have Goetta and eggs.

Habits, which is in between Deweys and Aglamesis in Oakley, has very good burgers too. I like that place a lot. Good beer selection too. However, Graeter's is much better ice cream than Ag's in my opinion.

I had Zip's last night, again. I tried the girth burger for the first time. It was great. I would definitely recommend Zip's to anyone looking for a good hole-in-the-wall burger.

I agree about Nicholson's as well. Very good food. They have the best fish and chips that I've ever had, including England.

TeamCasey
03-16-2008, 09:16 AM
Best pizza - Pomodori's

redsmetz
03-16-2008, 09:25 AM
Now- you really want something Cincinnati? Go to Price Hill Chili (http://www.cincinnatiusa.com/Dining/detail.asp?RestID=1439). Have Goetta and eggs.

Best cheap breakfast in town? The Blue Jay Restaurant on Hamilton Avenue in Northside - two eggs, meat and hash browns for $5.00, add a drink and you're in and out for about $8.00 at worst with a tip. And they've got goetta too!

SunDeck
03-16-2008, 12:10 PM
Best pizza - Pomodori's

I lived on Lyon street in college. I ate lunch there just about every day, back when you could could get a couple slices for $2.

Two more recommendations- Camp Washington Chili, if you want the absolute best there is and the Anchor Grill in Covington. Do both places in the same day and you won't need to eat for a few days.

Highlifeman21
03-16-2008, 12:15 PM
IMO, some of Cincinnati's "bests"


Burger Pizza Ice Cream
Zip's Pomodori Graeter's
Main Street Cafe Dewey's Aglamesis
Mt. Adams Bar & Grill Adriatico's P J's Ice Cream Shop
Hathaway's Ramundo's
Sonic Blue Wolf Bistro
Longworth's Fred & Gari's

Deli BBQ Mexican
Myra's Dionysus Montgomery Inn Taco Casa
Izzy Kadetz Allyn's Carol's Corner Cafe
Dilly Deli Burbank's Cancun
Sophia's Big Art's Chipotle
Barbecue Revue Cactus Pear
Walt's Javier's
Ike's
City BBQ

*BaseClogger*
03-16-2008, 12:42 PM
where is this Zips place?

Highlifeman21
03-16-2008, 01:12 PM
where is this Zips place?

Mt. Lookout Square

SunDeck
03-16-2008, 01:24 PM
Here is Zips (http://maps.google.com/maps?q=zips+mount+lookout&ie=UTF8&hl=en&sll=37.062500,-95.677068&sspn=23.875000,57.630033&latlng=39128284,-84430272,821389012639635546&ei=Z1fdR5L-OJHYigHmubTsCw&cd=1).

Cyclone792
03-16-2008, 01:25 PM
where is this Zips place?

http://www.zipscafe.com/

It's approximately six miles from GABP, most of it on US 50, so it's not a bad drive.

Reds Freak
03-16-2008, 03:31 PM
He's only open during the day right now, but is planning on opening some evenings with salsa dancing, but I haven't heard when that will come.




I can't remember if it was Javier's or Mythos but I thought I heard he was in pursuit of a liquor license which would allow him to have more evening hours. Maybe that was Mythos though. Unfortunately, I haven't been to Javier's yet but it is definately next on my list especially after hearing your recommendations..

westofyou
03-16-2008, 03:46 PM
Mt. Lookout Square

Love the square... had a friend who lived on Delta Ave and another who lived right in the square, one of my best buddies meat his wife at Millions... back in the Ice Age.

Highlifeman21
03-16-2008, 04:52 PM
Love the square... had a friend who lived on Delta Ave and another who lived right in the square, one of my best buddies meat his wife at Millions... back in the Ice Age.

If they put a better ice cream joint somewhere in the square than UDF, then Mt. Lookout Square might very well quite possibly be one of the best "communities" in Cincinnati.

Zip's, the awesome hobby store next to Zip's, Mt. Lookout Tavern, the movie theather where you can have a sit down dinner (Cinema Grill, IIRC?). Even UDF isn't all that bad, but it's not Aglamesis or Graeters. All the square is missing is a legitimate grocery store.

Now if it only had more parking....

Edd Roush
03-16-2008, 05:30 PM
I really like Zip's too. Get chili, with a burger and onion rings and you are in for a good meal. Graeter's is fantastic ice cream too. I would give both a shot.