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We're heading to Cinncinati to check out colleges. We'll be travelling with at least two 17 year olds and 14 year old kids.

We especially like microbreweries but are open to any reasonably priced Cinncinati specialities.



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  1. Microbrew places are dying out in Cincinnati, it seems

    The best of the bunch, Barrelhouse, losed their restaurant in favor of doin nothing but brewing

    The national Rock Bottom Brewery has a location on fountain square downtown, but as it is a hain you can find this stuff elsewhere

    The only other microbewer/restaurant i can think of is Watson Brothers: http://watsonbros.com/

    Cincinnati regional specialities include cincinnati style chili, goetta, and double decker sandwiches. All three can be had very near the University of Cincinnati campus at Camp Washington Chili, open almost 24/7 but for a few hours early Sun morn: http://www.campwashingtonchili.com/

    1. Are you looking for places near the universities? Dewey's Pizza (several locations) has one restaurant near the University of Cincinnati, and serves Barrelhouse beers. I also like the Cactus Pear, also near the university. The aforementioned Camp Washington Chili is an institution, there's a Skyline Chili near the university (Clifton & Ludlow). Further from the university, Allyn's has a great beer selection.

      1. We're looking at Xavier - don't know exactly what part of town that is in.

        What's a double decker sandwich? My daughter loves club sandwiches & it sounds like something she'd really want to try. Perhaps I'll start a new thread about these.

        Thanks for the ideas. We'll definitely have to do chili and I'll look at the microbrewerey suggested also - thanks for the website.


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        1. re: kroppinkris

          Xavier University is located in the Evanston neighborhood of Cincinnati. I do not remember that the area had any really great restaurants.

          Generally people head to Hyde Park (Erie and Edward Ave.), Oakley (Madison and Edwards), or Norwood (north of campus along Montgomery Rd.) for restaurants.

          1. Double Decker sandwich pic

            Best at Blue Ash Chili, but can be had at several other spots around town.

            1. I am almost postive Watson Brothers has closed. Check out Teller's in Hyde Park Squre - they are owned by the same folks that owned Watson's and the food is MUCH better, plus they have the microbrews.

              There aren't really many options right around Xavier, but it is in the city limits and very close to the Hyde Park area which has lots of good restaurants.

              1. Two other GREAT options very near Xavier

                One of the best breakfast's in Cincinnati is to be had at the Sugar N Spice on Reading Road. This is a breakfast and lunch only place, closes by about 3pm or so. FABULOUS wispy thin pancakes

                The Blue Gibbon is an outstanding chinese restaurant on Tennessee avenue not more than a mile and a half away.