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A weekend's worth of eats in Cincinnati?

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My husband, his parents, and I will be taking a trip to Cincinnati (I think we'll be staying downtown). None of us has ever been. Any restaurant recommendations (both upscale and casual)? Any great breakfast spots?
Also, if you can think of any other "must do's/things to see," please feel free to mention them.

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  1. For upscale dining, I would recommend Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse at 7th & Walnut. Just south is a great Scottish pub, Nicholson's. Just across the river in Newport is the Hoffbrau Haus which is a German beer house. Very casual with good, cheap eats. There's a restaurant with a view called Bella Luna on Victory Parkway that got a great review, but I've yet to try it.

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    Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse
    700 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

    Bella Luna's
    19 S 6th St, Jacksonville, OH 45740

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    1. re: JohnE O

      The restaurant on Victory Parkway is called View, and it is owned by the folks who run Bella Luna, an Italian restaurant in the Linwood neighborhood.

      Downtown, my favorite restaurant is Nada, a higher-end Mexican restaurant. Good drinks, very lively, and great food. I'd also consider Orchids, which is a spectacular Art Deco room with a good reputation for food (haven't eaten there is years) or Via Vite, also very good food, right on Fountain Square. All visitors are also required to have Skyline chili for lunch. For drinks, go to Tonic on Fourth -- they make many of their own ingredients and the drinks are great. The restaurant next door, Local 127, also has good buzz but I haven't tried it yet.

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      Via Vite
      520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

      Local 127
      127 W. Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

      1. re: johnbycz

        The margaritas at Nada are seriosly under-par, but the ambiance is very hip. Tonic on 4th has incredible cocktails. Also, Local 127 (next door, as mentioned) is really great food, the only caveat being hyperactive service. Orchids is amazing--excellent food and service. My favorite for upscale though is Nicolas.

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        Local 127
        127 W. Fourth Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

    2. For great breakfast, try Tucker's in the Over-the-Rhine area on Vine Street. There are other reviews of Tucker's on this board.

      1. Definitely save room for Graeter's ice cream for dessert. 511 Walnut St is the only downtown location I know of.

        The black raspberry chip is their best seller, but you can't go wrong with any of the chip flavors.

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        1. re: baronworm

          Awesome. Thanks, all, for the helpful suggestions!

          1. re: baronworm

            I believe there is a Graeter's across the river in the Newport, KY area near the Hofbrau Haus.

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            Hofbrau
            2784 M 137, Interlochen, MI 49643