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Have just one day of my life in Cincinnati and I don't need a French restaurant or sushi, I want THE Cincinnati experience, THE quintessential Cincinnati joint whatever the food is, we eat anything, dinner, breakfast ... whatever. What is old school or new school or down home or The Cincinnati Institution? I don't know what I'm looking for but I'll bet you can tell me. We will be downtown with a car. Thank you!

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  1. Joint, eh? Tucker's on Vine maybe. Or Camp Washington Chili just off the Hopple I-75 exit?

    Camp Washington Chili
    3005 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225

    1. 3 things Cincinnati is famous for, food-wise:
      1. Cincinnati chili;
      2. Goetta;
      3. Graeter's ice cream.

      Camp Washington has 1 & 2. Graeter's has locations all over the region.

      I would avoid the Cincinnati institution known as Montgomery Inn unless you're going to the boathouse location for a couple of beers and the view.

      1. Just a note. Camp Washington is open 24 hours a day, six days a week. They are closed Sunday.

        1. We had Mother's Day dinner at the Rookwood Pottery restaurant. They are located in the historic Mt. Adams neighborhood in the original pottery works. Their menu is somewhat limited but I had a delicious lasagna (daily special) and others had what they claimed was the best hamburger ever. Unfortunately, the terrific view is actually outside the restaurant, but the Mt. Adams area is very interesting to walk around and very close to Eden Park. They have a web site with menus

          The Rookwood Bar & Restaurant
          1077 Celestial St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

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          1. re: Diane in Bexley

            I ate at Rookwood a couple of years ago the food didn't do much for me, it was o.k. but I guess I expected something a little bit special given the history of the building and the above mentioned view.

            As far as the OP goes my vote would be Camp Washington Chile for the chili and goetta.

            The Rookwood Bar & Restaurant
            1077 Celestial St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

          2. Definitely Cinci chili.
            We often stop at Skyline since there's one right off the hwy and has a good spot to walk the dogs.
            I think our next stop needs to be at Camp Washington. It looks really good too.

            Cinci chili is different from other chilis. It's more of a spaghetti topping flavoured with cinnamon and all spice. You can get it on dogs too.
            Mrs. Sippi orders a 3 way (spag, chili, cheese) and I always get coney's.
            There's pictures and more on my blog here