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Urgent Recs Needed Near Fountain Square!!!! [Cincinnati]

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I'm staying at the Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza right near Fountain Square on the corner of Vine and 5th Street for a few days and I am in desperate need of good food other than potbelly sandwiches. HOWEVER, being the ever hungry yet currently more broke than ever traveler I am, I'm looking for good food that's affordable. So please, dinner for under 25 if at all possible, but I am of course also looking for lunch and breakfast, if they can be walkable/short drive distance from the hotel even better. And as always I'd prefer to stay only with the local places so please nothing too much of a chain, but really affordability is unfortunately more of an issue than it usually is. What do you all recommend?

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  1. Here are my recs: On Walnut just above 6th is Nicholson's which is a Scottish pub. The fish & chips are fantastic. It's a good place to go for either dinner or lunch. Tacqueria Mercado is a block further north. I think it's the best Mexican food in the tri-state. Again, good for either lunch or dinner. Hathaway's is on the 1st floor of the Carew Tower. A nice art deco diner/coffee shop that serves goetta. I've heard Jean-Robert's Table (on Vine) is good but you'd have a tough time keeping it under $25.

    1. Seconding Taqueria Mercado for Dinner

      Walk up to Court Street for lunch at Rayas. Lebanese/greek food. Lunch for under 6 bucks, and top quality. Lunch only, I think

      About a block from Raya's is Bangkok Express, which does Thai with a few ameri-Chinese dishes. Only open til 2 or so. Good cheap (6-8 bucks) Thai lunch.

      There is a little cafe in the Main Public Library on 8th - Le's. Their banh mi is 3 bucks for a 6 inch, 5 bucks for a 12 inch, and also very good. Dont get anything fried there , it was made off premises and hours before.

      The custom-made pizzas at Ingredients inside the Westin ground floor are cheap and excellent, just make sure you get yours well done. If they aren't busy, they may be willing to add ingredients like sun dried tomatoes and/or roasted red peppers form the nearby salad bar, which is awesome. Dont be afraid to ask for it exactly how you want it, and remind them at the end to add chopped fresh basil before they box it for you.

      I really like the Chicken Teriyaki in the downstairs food court in the Carew Tower. 5 bucks, very filling and well balanced meal, open til 8 or so

      If you see the New Orleans to Go food truck, EAT THERE. cheap and good.

      The only Chain worth spending any dinner or lunchtime at is Palaminos just west of Fountain Squere. Good happy hour specials, great mushroom soup

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      1. re: TJ Jackson

        I completely forgot about the food trucks.

        1. re: JohnE O

          I forgive you, John. Go forth and forget the food trucks no more. :-)