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Jul 25, 2007 06:14 AM

Dinner near Great American Ballpark in Cincy

We're driving down from Columbus to see the Cubs slaughter the Reds on Saturday night. Any recommendations for an early dinner before the game? We'll be parking right next to the staduim so someplace in walking distance would be appreciated.

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  1. There is almost nothing next to the stadium. Closest restaurant on the Ohio side of the river is Montgomery Inn Boathouse -- which I like but others on this board seem to abhor. Another option is to park at Newport on the Levee across the river -- eat there, then walk across the river to the ballpark, which is a pleasant walk. The Levee has a few options, but none outstanding. I like Mitchell's and Tropicana, and Claddagh has a great beer selection. Across the street from the Levee is the Hofbrauhaus, a German beer hall.

    If you decide to walk across from Kentucky, make sure you walk on the west side of the bridge, facing downtown Cincinnati. There's a stairway on the Ohio side that puts you right on the plaza level for the ballpark.