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Jul 20, 2010 08:49 AM

cincinnati good food

Planning a week in Cincinnati. We will be staying downtown, but with GPS have the ability to find different areas. We want locally owned restaurants. Is goetta a specialty at certain places or it it the same everywhere? Love reading chow, first post!

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  1. Many good threads on Chowhound already on this topic. The Cincinnati Magazine top-10 list is a good starting point. Read it and post back if you have any more specific questions.

    If you're downtown, grab a drink at Tonic on Fourth, and don't miss Nada, Greater's ice cream and Skyline Chili. Foodies should also trek to Jungle Jim's, the Party Source and Findlay Market on a Saturday morning. As for goetta, I really like it at Camp Washington Chili. Never had the goetta at Tucker's, but I imagine it's good. I just can't go there without ordering the biscuits and gravy.

    Findlay Market
    Findlay Market Hse, Cincinnati, OH 45202

    Camp Washington Chili
    3005 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45225

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    1. re: johnbycz

      We are definitely foodies and are looking forward to Jungle Jim and Findlays. Now we can add Party Source to that list.

      Jungle Jim's Cafe
      1923 N Peoria Rd, Springfield, IL 62702

    2. I was glad to see Riverside Korean on that top-10 list; it's one of my favorite restaurants in the Cincinnati area.

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      1. re: Boston_Otter

        Add Sichuan Bistro in Mason to the list. Here's a thread with some of my recs:

        Had a good meal at Local 127 a couple months ago. Terry's Turf Club and Zips are both worth a try for burgers. If you want Armenian/Mediterranean, Mirage is very good (though I'm not sure I would consider it a destination place).

        Definitely get bagels and tuna salad at Marx Hot Bagels in Blue Ash.

        Sichuan Bistro
        7888 S Mason Montgomery Rd, Mason, OH 45040

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

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

      2. I have never made it out of The Party Source with a tab under $250 (do I have a problem?). I would highly recommend Nicholson's Tavern on Walnut with great beers on tap and superior fish 'n chips. You can get goetta at Hathaway's in Carew Tower and, yes it's pretty standard. Go to a Kroger's and get some to go, the best (in MHO) being Gleier's.

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        1. re: JohnE O

          Thanks for the good advice, two weeks til our trip, counting down. We will definitely bring a cooler to bring back some of the good local food. Any more suggestions?

          1. re: noradailey

            Party Source is impressive just for its size and variety. My only caveat: This is bourbon country, and you'll get bourbons here you'll have a hard finding elsewhere. For bourbon, Cork 'n Bottle in Covington is much better than Party Source. They have a "private" selection of single-barrel bourbons from several Kentucky distillers, and many of them are great values.

            And if you're going to Findlay Market, buy your goetta at Eckerlin Meats. It's their own homemade stuff, and it's the best.

          2. re: JohnE O

            Found some photos I took at the Party Source Beer Cave. Not coincidentally, it was the only time that I wasn't drenched in sweat since around April.

            1. re: JohnE O

              Oh, also try Bluegrass Brewing Company Bourbon Barrel Ale. Amazing.

          3. Fabulous northern Italian food. Very authentic; made me feel I was back in Tuscany. Very pricey but worth the splurge,

            Nicola's Ristorante
            1420 Sycamore Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

            1. For locally owned dining right on Fountain Square, try Via Vite. We attended a party there for friends and just had a wonderful time. The food was fantastic, the service outstanding and friendly, and the view from the deck was so fun (granted, it was the opening day of Taste of Cincinnati, but Fountain Square is just a nice place nonetheless).

              Via Vite
              520 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202