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Chicago foodie in Cincinnati for a wedding this weekend. I am looking for a few spots to fill up my Thursday and Friday.

Here is what I am looking for:

1) A place to go with an old buddy. Should be more "barish" but with good food and younger crowd.

2) I'm gonna have to do 5 way chili somewhere for lunch one day. Which is the best?

3) Somewhere to go with my wife on Friday night. Money is no object. Looking for the single BEST place in town.

So far, I've heard of Boca and Pho Paris. What else you got for me?

Thanks.

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Pho Paris
3235 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209

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  1. Pho Paris is long gone. Call Boca for reservations; it may already be too late. I haven't had a knock-my-socks-off great dinner in this town for a few years (haven't been to Boca in a few years) but lately we've enjoyed good meals at Nicola's and 20 Brix.

    For great chili and a great chili parlor experience, I'd go to either Camp Washington Chili or Dixie Chili in Newport, especially around 1 a.m.

    A place for a man-date? Walt's BBQ on Colerain Avenue but that might not meet the "younger crowd" requirement. Allyn's Cafe in Columbia-Tusculum. Allyn's has a great beer list. Also near there is Terry's Turf Club -- great burgers and a small but very good beer selection. Terry's is small and there could be a wait, depending on the time of day.

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    Terry's Turf Club
    4618 Eastern Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45226

    Camp Washington Chili
    3005 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225

    20 Brix
    100 Main Street, Miford, OH 45150

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    1. re: johnbycz

      "man-date" love it.

      Thanks for the recs. What about Boca's "sister" restaurant Nada. Good?

      I also thought Chalk looked interesting. Thoughts?

      1. re: Doogie Houndser M.D.

        Love Nada. Great drinks, great service, great food, always a fun evening, but it's not a fine-dining experience, if that's what you're looking for. It's one of the places my wife and I like to go when we're looking for a date night. She's addicted to the pork-belly tacos. They do take reservations but only for about a third of their tables; the rest are first-come. If you like to eat later (8:30-9) tables are easier to get. That part of downtown is always lively.

        Chalk is interesting; I like it more than my wife does. It can be hit or miss, which is what happens when the menu changes often. Haven't had a bad experience there but the meals range from OK to very good.

        We ate recently at Local 127 downtown, which you might want to put on your radar. They focus on locally sourced ingredients. Loved the chicken liver pate; I've had better scallops (not local, obviously) but my wife had a killer pork dish. Good service, great wine list, lively restaurant. Give yourself a little extra time and have a drink at Tonic next door -- they do real mixed drinks, with many of the ingredients made in-house.

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

    2. For the good pub food/younger crowd I'd recommend Allyn's Cafe. It's a Mexican/Cajun style food that also has live music. It looks like a dive bar, but it's good.
      http://www.allynscafe.net/
      In the same vein but with different food is the Dilly Deli:
      http://www.dillydeli.com/

      For chili it's either Camp Washington or Blue Ash Chili (which serves alcohol).