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May
13

9 Places for a Sweet Wine Tour of Cincinnati

Sweet Wine Tour - Cincinnati, OH - Cutler Real Estate

Whether you're a wine connoisseur or just a casual fan, it's easy to discover a wide array of wine selections throughout Cincinnati and surrounding areas. Many of these wineries also have food, live music, and other events that locals and tourists absolutely love. To give you an idea of the many selections available, we've put together some of our favorite wineries in the area. 

Meier's Wine Cellars

6955 Plainfield Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45236

As one of the largest wineries in the state, Meier's Wine Cellars has a wide range of selections that include Cabernet franc rose, Concord, Catawba, and Sangria. Feel free to bring the kids along because they can enjoy a variety of fruit juices like apple or raspberry. This winery has been around since 1890 and has won many awards encapsulating more than 30 different types of wine that they produce and make available to the public.

Henke Winery

3077 Harrison Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45211

Started in 1973, this family-operated winery has been a winemaking hotspot in Cincinnati since its inception. Henke Winery is considered by many locals to be the best wine shop in town and is the perfect place for both residents and visitors. While you're checking out the awesome variety of wines, you can also indulge in Cincinnati cuisine that includes pizza, spaghetti, mussels, and smoked salmon salad while listening to local artists and music. Bring the entire family and have a heck of a good time!

Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant

11069 Colerain Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45252

Come by this incredible winery and feast your eyes on more than 500 vines spread across 32 acres! The Vinoklet Winery & Restaurant has won multiple awards and wine competitions over the years, but its true claim to fame for many residents is the amazing art and wine festival featured every September. In addition to their wine tasting tours, we suggest you drop in for the craft show held on Mother's Day, the rib dinner available every Thursday, the Sunday picnic lunches, and the occasional outdoor bonfire.

Valley Vineyards

2276 US-22 & OH-3, Morrow, OH 45152

Valley Vineyards may just be home to the quintessential Cincinnati winery tour. While you're there, you'll be able to taste several types of delicious wines and beers while trying out a few of their dishes and meeting some of the friendliest people in the state. You can also enjoy a self-guided tour of the cellar and learn winemaking skills giving you more insight into why wine tasting is such a phenomenon. Add steak cookouts, live music, and comedy nights, and this is a one-stop shop for entertainment, food, and drinks.

Oakley Wines

4011 Allston St., Cincinnati, OH 45209

Oakley Wines changed hands not too long ago, and it definitely shows. You'll now find a fresh, modern ambiance paired perfectly with the current selection of affordable wines. Each wine tour revolves around a specific theme such as spring wines, California wines, and classic varietals. And if you're up for a little mystery in your life, you may want to check out their blind tastings routinely scheduled for locals and visitors.

1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab

1215 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

The entire menu of the 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab is a tasting menu, offering different selections depending on the season. The staff has been very well-trained in wine tasting, allowing patrons ample opportunity to converse with an aficionado or two. Located in the Over-the-Rhine area of Cincinnati, other features include live jazz on Thursday nights and a different type of tasting in the mornings consisting of hot and iced coffees.

Market Wines

128 W. Elder St., Findlay Market, Cincinnati, OH 45202

This Findlay Market storefront is a bit unique, to say the least. If you do some food shopping before checking out the wine selections, the owner of Market Wines may just take a look at what's in your bag and suggest the best wine to pair with your food. The weekly weekend tastings are quite popular with the locals, but you can also stop by every Tuesday night to try out some samples without a big crowd.

Water Tower Fine Wines

6136 Campus Ln., Cincinnati, OH 45230

If you're looking for variety, you can't do much better than Water Tower Fine Wines. Their facility is home to approximately 2000 wines, including around 130 international sparkling wines and 135 champagnes. Every tasting includes hors d'oeuvres, and you can sign up for their newsletter to always know what they're sampling on any given day. Their location now also features beer on draft in case you want to change things up every once in a while. If you like the spot (which you surely will), feel free to rent it for a special event!

Revel OTR Urban Winery

111 E. 12th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Located in Cincinnati's historic OTR neighborhood, the Revel OTR Urban Winery is one of the most flexible wineries in Ohio. Not only does it include a wide selection of handcrafted wines that you'll be able to sample, but it also features live music and other events on the weekends. And if you're so inclined, you can rent out the newly reconstructed rooftop patio for a private party of your very own.

Cheers!

Which incredible wine tasting opportunities in Cincinnati will you dive into?

April
29

You'll Be Singing in the Rain With These 8 April LoLo Gifts

LoLo Gifts - April 2022 - Cutler Real Estate

April showers may bring May flowers, but you don't have to wait that long to enjoy this month's free offers, courtesy of Cutler Real Estate and LoLo Gifts. 

We love sharing our enthusiasm for all the wonderful small businesses in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, and Cincinnati. So get out of the rain and into these delightful shops for coffee, donuts, and more!

April Gifts:

Columbus: Donuts

Wooster: $10 Certificate

Cleveland: A Latte

Kent/Stow: A Shaken Iced Latte

Medina: Tea & Scones

Akron: A Burger & Fries

Canton: A Flight

Cincinnati: Doughnuts

Columbus: Donuts

Resch's Bakery

4061 E. Livingston Ave., Columbus, OH 43227

Tired of those bland, cellophane-wrapped donuts from the gas station convenience store? Head over to Resch's Bakery for a delicious, artisan-crafted donut, with flavors including powdered sugar, French crullers, and glazed cake.

About Resch's Bakery

Founded in 1912, Resch's Bakery was the American dream for the namesake family that immigrated to Columbus from Germany. As the bakery moves into its second century,  the sixth generation of Reschs continues the legacy of their ancestors, turning out top-quality cakes, pies, donuts, pastries, cookies, and rolls.

Contact and Hours

614.237.7421

Monday - Friday: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Saturday: 8 a.m. -2:30 p.m.

Wooster: $10 Certificate

The Carpenter's Cup

116 W. Main St., Smithville, OH 44677

How do you build your perfect cup of coffee? Use your $10 certificate to get your go-to drink or try something new at The Carpenter's Cup.

About The Carpenter's Cup

For customers at The Carpenter's Cup, the charming shop is as much a part of the experience as the crafted coffee and tea drinks. The comfortable indoor area features displays of local art and custom wood products. There's also an outdoor seating area where you can do some great people-watching as you savor your drink.

Contact and Hours

330.669.0084

Monday - Friday: 7 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Saturday: 7 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Cleveland: A Latte

Lekko Coffee

2529 Detroit Ave., Cleveland, OH 44113

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Iced or hot, a creamy latte is a perfect coffee drink for all seasons. Stop by Lekko Coffee for a latte that will jump-start your morning or give your afternoon a pick-me-up.

About Lekko Coffee

For owners Matt and Laura Ashton, Lekko Coffee is all about being conscientious global citizens. In addition to supporting the Cleveland community, the shop provides a living wage for all members of their supply chain and staff.

Contact and Hours

440.476.1159

Monday - Sunday: 7 a.m. - 7 p.m.

Kent/Stow: A Shaken Iced Latte

Scribbles Coffee Co.

237 N. Water St., Kent, OH 44240

James Bond famously preferred his drinks shaken, not stirred. 007 would definitely approve of the handcrafted, shaken iced lattes made with care at Scribbles Coffee Co.

About Scribbles Coffee Co.

Best friends Jenn and Beth wanted to create a cozy spot where others could hang out with old friends and make new ones. Scribbles Coffee Co. is a warm, welcoming place where you can chat, read, write, study, or just sit back with one of their amazing coffee or tea drinks. 

Contact and Hours

330.346.0337

Monday - Sunday: 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Medina: Tea & Scones

Miss Molly's Tea Room and Gift Shop

140 W. Washington St., Medina, OH 44256

Take a trip to jolly old England without leaving Medina. Partake in the soothing tradition of tea and scones with an afternoon at Miss Molly's Tea Room.

About Miss Molly's Tea Room and Gift Shop

Authentic Victorian decor and award-winning food are a couple of reasons why Miss Molly's Tea Room and Gift Shop has been recognized as one of the best tea rooms in North America. Enjoy the variety of the sandwich sampler paired with the strawberry pretzel salad, a three-layer treat that totally satisfies that sweet/salty craving.

Contact and Hours

330.725.6830

Monday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Friday Nights: 5 p.m. - 8 p.m. 
Sunday: Noon - 4 p.m.

Akron: A Burger & Fries

Bob's Hamburg

1351 East Ave., Akron, OH 44307

Like peanut butter and jelly or macaroni and cheese, burgers and fries are one of those iconic food pairings that never gets old. Skip the fast food for the real deal at Bob's Hamburg.

About Bob's Hamburg

Bob's Hamburg truly takes the philosophy, "If it ain't broke, don't fix it!" to heart. Not only are they in the original location and building, but the burgers are still cooked on the same griddle Bob himself used back in 1931. Today, this beloved old-school streetcar diner remains the oldest continuously operating restaurant in Akron.

Contact and Hours

330.253.2627

Tuesday - Saturday: 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Canton: A Flight

Unhitched Brewing Company

115 S. Mill St., Louisville, OH 44641

The microbrew movement has opened up a whole new world of options for beer lovers. Find your new favorite when you sample a flight at Unhitched Brewing Company.

About Unhitched Brewing Company

Local history is deeply embedded in Unhitched Brewing Company. The name pays tribute to George Dilger, one of Louisville's earliest brewers, who delivered his product via horse and wagon. Also, the brewhouse and taproom are located in the old Louisville Bowling Alley. Reclaimed wood from the lanes was used to make the bar and tables. 

Contact and Hours

330.871.8021

Wednesday and Thursday: 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Friday: 4 p.m. - 10 p.m.
Saturday: Noon - 10 p.m. 

Cincinnati: Doughnuts

Starlight Doughnut Lab

4603 Carter Ave., Norwood, OH 45212

"Laboratory" is defined as "a place providing opportunity for experimentation." Taste the sensational new flavors they're creating at Starlight Doughnut Lab.

About Starlight Doughnut Lab

Ben Griewe and Jack Nowlin gained devoted fans selling their Instagrammable doughnuts at local establishments and events. In February, they opened Starlight Doughnut Lab, where they feature six core flavors and six rotating flavors each month. Choose from options such as a churro, everything bagel, and brownie batter.

Contact and Hours

513.404.5694

Thursday and Friday: 8 a.m. - 3 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

It's Raining Freebies!

April 2022 LoLo Gifts - Cutler Realtors

We're showering you with great offers like these every month. Contact your Cutler Real Estate agent to find out how easy it is to join the program. 

October
15

10 Places to Celebrate World Pasta Day Around Cincinnati

Cincinnati Restaurants for Pasta Day - Cutler Real Estate

Nothing warms the soul quite like a fresh bowl of pasta topped with your favorite sauce. While spaghetti, tortellini, and fettuccine are a few common favorites, there are actually over 600 different shapes of pasta. Because pasta is so versatile, it's no surprise that it has become such a popular dish all over the world. 

Delicious pasta dishes paired with a glass of wine and a cozy, dimly-lit restaurant make for the ultimate dining experience. With World Pasta Day coming up October 25, there couldn't be a better opportunity to set out to find your new favorite dish around Cincinnati. To help, we pulled together a list of some of our favorite local restaurants for pasta.

Sotto

118 E. 6th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Enjoy delicious pasta dishes in this one-of-a-kind rustic basement dining room located in downtown Cincinnati. With dishes like Tortellini Con Formaggi, Penne Con Salsiccia, and many others, Sotto is truly a favorite for Ohio pasta lovers. Dinner is accompanied by an extensive cocktail menu, and dozens of wines are available by glass or bottle. You can also top off your meal was some decadent desserts and after-dinner drinks. If you're planning to visit on the weekend, be sure to make a reservation online.

Nicola's Ristorante

1420 Sycamore St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Delicious contemporary Italian dishes and a warm cozy atmosphere put this fantastic Over-the-Rhine restaurant near the top of our list. Nicola's Ristorante features a number of delicious pasta dishes all made in-house, as well as several traditional Italian entrees. With great food, a romantic atmosphere, and an extensive wine and bourbon list, Nicola's is a fantastic date night location. If you prefer to dine at home, you can easily order carryout online.

Vincenzo's

11525 Chester Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45246

Some of the best Italian dining in the area can be found at Vincenzo's, a family-owned-and-operated, classic Cincinnati restaurant. You can expect fantastic food and incredible service. This menu features a wide array of traditional Italian favorites and all of the classic pasta dishes made with fresh ingredients. Dozens of wines are available by the glass or by bottle. Vincenzo's also occasionally hosts live music. The restaurant is open for dinner at 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday.

Pepp & Dolores

1501 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

A casual Over-the-Rhine Italian restaurant with family-style dishes, Pepp & Dolores should be at the top of your list for pasta. This restaurant features two dining rooms: a classy, airy main room and a dimly lit, cozy basement dining room. The Beet & Goat Cheese and Duck Ragu are must-tries! The restaurant is open for dinner Monday through Thursday and lunch and dinner Friday through Sunday. You can also order carry out online.

Primavista

810 Matson Pl, Cincinnati, OH 45204

If you're looking for a fine dining option with some of the best city views, Primavista is a must-try destination. The menu features an assortment of traditional Italian dishes, pastas, and both vegan and gluten-free options. Primavista is also known for its spectacular service, unique atmosphere, and delicious food. The dining room is open for dinner Tuesday through Sunday and reservations are recommended. The entire menu is also available for carryout.

Forno Osteria + Bar

3514 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208

Try the spicy Spaghettini Arrabbiata or the delicious Tagliatelle Bolognese at Forno Osteria a popular Italian restaurant in Hyde Park. In addition to pasta, you can also enjoy some firewood brick-oven pizzas and a wide variety of wine and cocktails. Enjoy your dinner in a cozy, unique rustic dining room. For dessert, you have to try the Citrus Semifreddo! Sit at the bar if you'd like to watch the chefs in action. The restaurant is open for dinner Tuesday through Saturday.

Biagio's Bistro

308 Ludlow Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45220

A quaint neighborhood bistro serves up a number of your favorite pasta dishes from Penne Boscaiola to Seafood Alfredo. Biagio's Bistro is a unique atmosphere: The chef prepares pasta dishes in a full view kitchen. Expect large portions, great service, and affordable prices. Wine and cocktails are also available. The food is delicious, and prices are affordable, so it's easy to see why this restaurant has become a Cincinnati staple.

Via Vite

520 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Enjoy a fresh bowl of authentic pasta while overlooking Cincinnati's beautiful Fountain Square at Via Vite. This trendy Italian bar and restaurant has been a popular downtown destination since 2007. The Handmade Crispy Gnocchi and the Tagliatelle Bolognese are some of the most popular pasta dishes; however, the menu is constantly changing, so it's always worth stopping by and trying something new. Curbside and carryout are available. Reservations are recommended and can be made online.

Pompilio's

600 Washington Ave, Newport, KY 41071

With authentic Italian pasta and some of the most delicious sauces around, it's no wonder Pompilios has been a local favorite since 1933. Not only is this a great place to eat, movie buffs will love the fact that scenes from Rain Man were filmed inside the restaurant. Build your own pasta dish with over 10 types of pasta and 10 homemade sauces. In addition to pasta, Pompilios offers an extensive bourbon, wine, and cocktail list. They also have some of the best Tiramisu in town. Stop-in Tuesday through Saturday or order takeout online.

Alfio's Buon Cibo

2724 Erie Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208

Enjoy your favorite pasta dish in this upscale, elegant dining room. Alfio's Buon Cibo's is truly a romantic experience. The chef's pasta recipes date back several generations, and many entrees have an Argentinean twist, which makes this restaurant truly unique. Alfio's also have a reputation for having some of the best ravioli in town. With fantastic wine, cocktail, and dessert menus, you're sure to have a fantastic dinner. Dine-in Tuesday through Saturday or order carry out online.

Bon Appétit

Where will you enjoy pasta around Cincinnati this year?

May
19

Tea for Two: 7 Places for Tea in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Tea Shops - Cutler Real Estate

Notorious rock-and-roll bad boy Mick Jagger once proclaimed, tongue in cheek, that his habit of taking tea at 3 p.m. was proof of his rebelliousness. Whether you're a traditionalist or a free spirit, you'll find a great cup of tea and more at these wonderful tea rooms, restaurants, and shops around Cincinnati.

Mrs. Teapots Tea Room 

339 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, KY 41073

Just the charming name alone lets you know you're in for a delightful time when you visit Mrs. Teapots Tea Room. The colorful pink space is highlighted by a collection of teapots, cups, and saucers that line the walls. Their wide selection of domestic and imported teas is accompanied by a light menu of soups, sandwiches, salads, and other lunch favorites. You may want to skip those and go straight for Grandma's homemade bread pudding. Traditional high tea includes quiche, fruit, pastries, and finger sandwiches with Mrs. Teapot's signature chicken salad. Hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, with high tea served at 11 a.m. and 1:15 p.m. Reservations are required.

The BonBonerie

2030 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45208

For nearly 40 years, The BonBonerie has been a Cincinnati institution. Their bakery and cafe include two tearooms. One is inside the cafe, accommodates parties of one to 14, and is open for seatings at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. The second is a private room for groups of 15 to 45, available to rent between 11 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  Choose from 15 types of tea, including The BonBonerie's house blend of black tea with a hint of vanilla. Afternoon tea trays come with fruit breads, quiche, and an assortment of luscious desserts, all made fresh in the onsite bakery. Make it a family affair with the children's tea, a selection of kid-friendly treats like PB&J finger sandwiches. The BonBonerie is open 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Boba Cha

1606 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

How much do customers love Boba Cha? Their fans have been inspired to post poems on social media. All teas are brewed fresh and made with real fruit and other quality ingredients. Get your drink with or without bobas, the chewy tapioca balls that have become immensely popular in the last few years. If you prefer a cold drink, choose a snow, featuring frozen yogurt or soy milk shaved into fine slivers of ice. Customers give high marks to the friendly staff, who will help you find your perfect drink and customize it according to your preference. Hours are noon - 6 p.m. Tuesday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m. Wednesday and Thursday, 11 a.m. - 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and noon - 6 p.m. Sunday.     

Milk Jar Café

3880 Paxton Ave., Suite M, Cincinnati, OH 45209

One trend often leads to another, and Milk Jar Café has all the hottest (and coolest!) beverages on the scene. If you like bubble tea, milk cap will be your new favorite. A cup of milk tea is topped with a silky layer of cream cheese, cream, and salt that fans liken to drinking melted cheesecake. Let your inner child come out to play at Milk Jar Café's cereal bar, where you add your choice of toppings to bowls of classic brands such as Lucky Charms, Rice Krispies, and Fruity Pebbles. Cereals are also one of more than 40 available toppings for Thai rolled ice cream. Milk Jar Café is open 1:30 p.m. - 8 p.m. daily.

Churchill's Fine Teas 

122 W. Elder St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

Churchill's Fine Teas may have a British name, but their comprehensive selection of tea comes from around the world. Inspired by their own love of the beverage, the Kern family has explored the 5,000-year history and traditions of tea to bring their customers the finest in loose leaf teas. More than a dozen tea varieties are represented, from black and green to oolong and spiced chai. Enjoy the perfect cup of tea at home with their teapots, cups and saucers, and accessories sold individually or in sets. A subscription to Churchill's Tea Club is a great gift for yourself or a tea-loving friend. Order online for convenient pickup. Hours are 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Essencha® Tea House

3212A Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

Essencha® Tea House is your one-stop shop for tea to drink on-site or at home. The clever name is a hybrid of the words "essence" and "cha," which is the Chinese term for tea. Try one of their creative specialty drinks, such as Green Mojito, made from gunpowder green tea mixed with mint, vanilla, and lime flavors, then poured over boba. The baristas are happy to indulge your individual imagination by blending a drink to your specifications. Before you leave, pick out some of their fragrant loose leaf teas to take home. Essencha® Tea House is open noon - 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and noon - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Tea 'n' Bowl

211 W. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45219

No, Tea 'n' Bowl isn't some hip bowling alley serving tea instead of beer. While "Tea" is self-explanatory, "Bowl" is actually for hot pot and other delicious Chinese food served at the restaurant. The popular spot has been amassing an extensive amount of accolades, including "Best Chinese Cuisine" and "Best Bubble Tea" from Trip Advisor users an incredible five years in a row. Three different food menus feature "American" Chinese, authentic Chinese, and Malaysian dishes. Bubble tea options are equally extensive, with regular, milk, snow, and yogurt. All menu items can be ordered for carryout or delivery. Hours are 11 a.m. - 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

The Ritual of Tea-Drinking

A diverse group of famous writers, including Neil Gaiman, Agatha Christie, and Jane Austen, are known fans of tea. What's your preferred reading material when you're curled up with a "cuppa?"

February
5

Cincinnati: 10 Places to Celebrate Pizza Day

Pizza Day in Cincinnati - Cutler Real Estate

There's never a wrong day to enjoy a great slice of pizza! Just in case you needed an excuse though, you'll be glad to know that National Pizza Day is right around the corner. 

We are lucky to have so many dining incredible options in Cincinnati. From high-end restaurants with gourmet pies to mom-and-pop pizza joints with some of the best slices of town — there's something for every taste. Not sure where to start? Here are a few of our favorites. 

Goodfellas Pizzeria

1211 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

If you love authentic, NY-style pizza, you're going to love Goodfella's Pizzeria. Their menu features all of the classics, build-your-own pizzas and calzones, and some great specialty pizzas. Feeling adventurous? Try the "Fuhgetaboutit" — a pizza topped with every available topping!

While you're there, make sure you plan to visit their Wiseguy Lounge, a 1920s prohibition-style bar where you'll find craft cocktails, high-end bourbons, rich leather sofas, and knowledgable, well-dress bartenders who are ready and willing to create the perfect craft cocktail to satisfy your cravings. 

Adriatico's

113 W. McMillan Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45219

Another excellent option for NY-style pizza, Adriatico's offers hand-tossed, extra-think, and deep-dish Sicilian pizzas. The restaurant has been voted "best pizza" according to several publications, including Cincinnati Magazine and City Beat. Build your own pizza or try some of their specialty pies like the Hawaiian, Chicken Bacon Ranch, or the "Inflation Fighter" with mushrooms, onions, peppers, olives, sausage, ham, beef, and pepperoni. 

If you enjoy desserts, you're in luck. They also have 12 rotating flavors of gelato, with pints available for carryout and delivery. 

TAGLIO Columbia Tusculum

3531 Columbia Parkway, Cincinnati, OH 45226

If you haven't tried the incredible Detroit deep-dish gourmet pizzas at TAGLIO yet, you're missing out! With flavors like Prosciutto Artichoke, Greek Veggie, and Pepperoni + Hot Honey, there's so much to love. They also carry all the traditional pizza flavors including Spicy Italian, Bianco, and the "Old Schooler." Don't forget to add some crust dips. With flavors like Garlic + EVOO, Spicy Garlic, and Creamy Gorgonzola, they're well worth the extra dollar. 

Ramundo's Pizzeria

3166 Linwood Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45208

Ramundo's Pizzeria has been pleasing local customers for over 20 years. They've also been voted "Best Pizza Sauce in the City" by Cincinnati Magazine. 

Choose a slice of traditional NY-style pizza or one of their specialty pies. One of their most popular pizzas is the Prosciutto, Lettuce, and Tomato (PLT) pizza. It's made with garlic-infused olive oil, prosciutto, mozzarella, and provolone. After it's baked, it's topped with romaine lettuce, tomato, salt, pepper, and a drizzle of mayo. Don't be scared; it's one of the best pizzas you'll ever eat!

Looking for something more traditional? You can't go wrong with "Uncle Frank's Special," made with homemade Italian sausage, homemade meatballs, and fresh sliced garlic. 

Trio Bistro

7565 Kenwood Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45236

For a more upscale pizza experience, you'll want to visit Trio Bistro. It's been one of the area's premier dining destinations for over 20 years. Guests love the restaurant's excellent food, attentive staff, and casual charm. 

They offer traditional and Margherita flatbreads and pizzas. However, we recommend some of their more exciting options. Other pizza flavors on the menu include Mexican, BBQ, Mediterranean, Thai, and Smoked Salmon! 

Catch-a-Fire Pizza

3301 Madison Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45209

Catch-a-Fire Pizza prides itself on making creative, delicious wood-fired cuisine using fresh ingredients that are locally sourced whenever possible. It's located inside the taproom Madtree Brewing so you can enjoy this incredible pizza alongside some of the best beer the city has to offer. The menu features Classic Italian and Classic American pizzas with a variety of interesting topping combinations. On weekends, you can also enjoy brunch pizzas in flavors like Green Eggs & Ham, Tequila Sunrise, and Hangover Pie. 

Looking for an adventure? Head over to their Blue Ash location and book one of their heated igloos. This one of the most exciting dining experiences you'll ever have! The igloos seat up to eight guests and even have Bluetooth speakers so you and your friends can enjoy your favorite tunes while you eat. 

Werkhaus Pizza

3637 Werk Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45248

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A west side tradition for over 20 years, Werkhaus Pizza serves traditional and stuffed pizzas. The latter is made with two light layers of dough stuffed with fresh ingredients and topped with their house sauce. 

If you like pizza with a pan-fried crust and plenty of cheese, this family-owned Italian restaurant is soon going to become one of your favorites.   

Trotta's Pizza & Drive Thru

3501 Werk Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45248

Well-known for the generous toppings and incredible crust, Trotta's Pizza is another Cincinnati favorite. They offer traditional, Sicilian, and extra-thin crusts and a huge variety of toppings. Build your own or try some of their amazing specialty pizzas in flavors like Hot Wing, Chili Dip, Taco, BLT, Hawaiian, Steak, Ricotta Cheese, and Salami Roll-Up. 

They offer a convenient drive-thru and also carry a wide selection of beers. 

Bub's Pizza Bar Mt. Lookout

3200 Linwood Ave. Suite #2, Cincinnati, OH 45226

When you get a late-night pizza craving, look no further than Bub's Pizza Bar. They're open until 2 am during the week and 3:30 am on Friday and Saturday nights. Not only is the pizza delicious, but the portions are huge, giving you a great value for the money. Flavorful and filling, it's everything you want after a night out on the town. 

Choose a traditional pizza or some of their exciting flavors like Pesto and Goat Cheese, Goetta and Onion, and Extreme Pepperoni. They also offer a Vegan Pizza with a soy-free, dairy-free crust, marinara sauce, vegan cheese, and up to five veggie toppings.

Mac's Pizza Pub

205 W. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45219

Known for their cold beer, hot pizza, and happy customers, Mac's Pizza Pub is the ultimate laid-back pizza joint. Everything here is fresh-made, including the dough that's made in-house daily and the pizza sauce. They also grind their own cheese, slice all of their own vegetables, have their sausage fresh-ground, and use local ingredients whenever they can.  

Stick with a traditional pizza or choose some of their fun specialties like the Pesto Primavera, Flying Pig, French Fry Pie, or Nashville Hot. 

Not to Be Cheesy, But... 

Which of these great pizza restaurants will steal your heart? 

December
23

12 Reasons to Move to Ohio in 2021

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Did you know the Center of the World is in Ohio? Yes, there actually is an unincorporated community by that name near Youngstown, not far from the Pennsylvania state line.

But there are a number of truly compelling reasons why one of the state's slogans is, "Center of the Universe." If you're looking for a new home in 2021, here are a dozen fascinating features that make a great case for finding it in Northeast Ohio, Columbus, or Cincinnati.

  1. Cleveland Rocks!
     

    America's musical legacy includes genres from country to gospel, but none is more deeply entrenched in our country's spirit than rock and roll. Cleveland disc jockey Alan Freed coined that iconic term, so it's only fitting that the city was chosen to be the home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Designed by legendary architect I.M. Pei, the Hall was dedicated in 1995 and includes 338 inductees. 

  2. Marching to a Different Drum

    Most big cities have a number of first-class historical, scientific, and art museums, and Cleveland is no exception. But if you prefer exploring culture that's a little offbeat, you're in luck. Cleveland features several delightfully quirky collections that pay tribute to the weirder side of life. Start your journey by checking out the Buckland Museum of Witchcraft and the Dittrick Museum of Medical History.

  3. Thrills, Chills, and Spills

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    Lake Erie's shoreline is also the site of another type of rockin' and rollin'. Cedar Point in Sandusky proudly bears the title of "Roller Coaster Capital of the World." With its world-record 71 rides, 17 of which are roller coasters, the park has been an annual summer tradition for countless families. As the second-oldest amusement park in the United States, Cedar Point's humble beginnings date back to 1870, when it consisted of a public beach, beer garden, and dance floor.

  4. Dotting the "I"

    More than 60,000 students can't be wrong: Ohio State University is one of the largest and most prestigious institutes of higher learning in the country. OSU's top academic programs are matched by collegiate sports teams that frequently sit atop the national rankings. The marching band's halftime performance of Script Ohio, with a sousaphone player dotting the "i," has become one of the most enduring and beloved traditions of Saturday afternoon football games at the "Horseshoe."

  5. I Triple-Dog Dare Ya!


    Warm, witty, and relatable, A Christmas Story has become a holiday classic for all ages. Reenact your favorite scenes at the actual house that served as the Parker family home, located in Cleveland's historic and elegant Tremont neighborhood. Right across the street is the companion museum, where you can view memorabilia such as Randy's snowsuit and purchase your very own "fra-gee-lay" leg lamp.  

  6. Prost!

    With the rise of microbreweries, domestic beers began to rival imports in terms of variety and quality. Hipster towns such as Denver, Seattle, and Portland are often considered leaders in this movement, but did you know that Columbus ranks in the top five U.S. cities for craft beer production?  Untappd, an app focusing on all things beer-related, gives high marks to local favorites Hoof Hearted, Pretentious Barrel House, and Columbus Brewing Company.

  7. All Roads Lead to Columbus


    Do you enjoy having family and friends come to visit? It's a little-known and astonishing fact that 48 percent of the U.S. population lives within a 500-mile radius of Columbus. Major urban centers such as Detroit, Chicago, Philadelphia, Atlanta, and Washington, D.C. are no more than a day's drive away. Toronto and Ottawa are also within that radius, adding some international flair.

  8. Fast Food Nation

    As the birthplace of Wendy's and Buffalo Wild Wings and the headquarters of White Castle, Columbus has plenty of fast food cred. That's just one of the reasons why the city has become well-known as Test Market, USA. Thrillist, Business Insider, and other sources have long noted that Columbus is the go-to for Starbucks, Burger King, and other national brands testing new products. The city's diverse demographics are valued as an ideal cross-section of the national population.

  9. Living on the Square in Cincinnati


    Fans of classic sitcoms immediately recognize Fountain Square from its cameo in the opening credits of WKRP in Cincinnati. As downtown's shopping, entertainment, and cultural hub, Fountain Square is truly the heart and soul of this vibrant city.

  10. Crossing the Line

    Cincinnati's fabulousness can't be contained by just one state. The metropolitan area spills across the Ohio River into Kentucky, incorporating such charming cities as Florence, Union, and Walton. Cross the historic, Brooklyn Bridge-esque John A. Roebling Suspension Bridge to travel from Cincinnati to Covington, which is the actual home of the Cincinnati International Airport.
     
  11. It's All About the Chili

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    Chili is a dish that lends itself to a wide range of ingredients and preparations. But Cincinnati still managed to put itself on the culinary map with a unique version that keeps people coming back for more. More of a sauce than a stew or soup, Cincinnati chili is almost always served on top of hot dogs or spaghetti noodles. Unexpected seasonings such as cinnamon, nutmeg, and chocolate give the chili a Mediterranean flavor. Order it 3-way topped with cheddar cheese, add onions or beans to make it 4-way, or go for the works with 5-way. 

  12. The Color Purple

    Get a good workout or embrace eco-friendly forms of transportation with a brisk walk across the Newport Southbank Bridge. The span, familiarly known as the Purple People Bridge due to its distinctive color, is a half-mile-long pedestrian bridge connecting Cincinnati and Newport, KY. 

The Three Cs

Cleveland, Columbus, or Cincinnati: which one is the perfect fit for you?

August
5

Tee Up at These 9 Golf Courses Around Cincinnati

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If ever there was a summer when we could all use a day on the golf course, it's this one. In the midst of a year that will long be remembered for face masks and Zoom meetings, a breath of fresh air in the great outdoors feels more precious than ever.

Did we mention that August is National Golf Month? When you get down to it, there may be no better game than golf for the times we're living through. You're outside, you can easily maintain social distancing, and you get to release some tension by hitting a ball really, really hard. We recommend doing just that at these Cincinnati area golf courses. 

Woodland Golf Course

5820 Muddy Creek Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45233

 
 
 
 
 
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Woodland Golf Course is one of Cincinnati's true hidden gems. The 9-hole executive golf course at Woodland makes it a favorite of families, newcomers to the game, and anyone with an hour or two to kill before they have to head back to the office. It's fun, family-friendly, and affordable. Plus, if you're looking to try something new and exciting, Woodland is also home to an 18-hole footgolf course (think of it as a combination of golf and soccer) that has a reputation as one of the best in the Midwest.

Blue Ash Golf Course

4040 Cooper Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45241

 
 
 
 
 
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Public golf courses sometimes get a bad rap for being unkempt and poorly maintained. But Blue Ash Golf Course, often cited as one of Cincinnati's finest public courses, makes a strong argument to the contrary. With a reputation for being professionally and regularly maintained, Blue Ash Golf Course offers a fun and relaxing course that can challenge golfers of all skill levels. Golf Digest ranked Blue Ash Golf Course among the 75 best municipal golf courses in America. There are also terrific views to be had from just about any hole on this 18-hole, par-72 course. 

California Golf Course

5924 Kellogg Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45228

 
 
 
 
 
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Another of the top public courses in the city, California Golf Course lies on the east side of Cincinnati, on sloping terrain that overlooks the broad expanse of the Ohio River. You'd be hard-pressed to find a city-owned course with a better view. It's a fun 18-hole course, with tree-lined fairways and challenging greens. California Golf Course is also one of Cincinnati's longest municipal golf courses, with 6,227 yards of golf from the longest tees for a par of 70.

Hickory Woods Golf Course

1240 Hickory Woods Dr., Loveland, OH 45140

 
 
 
 
 
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Nestled in the community of Loveland, Ohio—about 15 miles northeast of the Cincinnati city limits—Hickory Woods Golf Course is a spot that keeps golfers coming back time and time again. That's partly thanks to the picturesque scenery at Hickory Woods, but also because of its notoriously challenging greens, especially in the back nine. The course makes for a great weekend getaway, equally welcoming to rookies and seasoned golf veterans, and can test just about anyone's skill. 

Devou Park Golf Course

1201 Park Dr., Covington, KY 41011

 
 
 
 
 
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Devou Park Golf Course lies just over the Ohio line in Covington, Kentucky. One of its most striking features is its scenic hilltop location, which offers a spectacular view of the Cincinnati skyline. It's also a favorite haunt for local bird watchers, nestled among the rolling hills of Devou Park and right under a major flyway, and is a certified Cooperative Sanctuary by Audubon International. The staff is friendly and experienced, and the 18-hole course feels secluded and peaceful, despite being convenient to both cities. 

Aston Oaks Golf Club

1 Aston Oaks Dr., North Bend, OH 45052

 
 
 
 
 
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Frequently ranked among the best golf courses in Cincinnati, Aston Oaks Golf Club is a favorite of golfers from across the region. But it's a challenge. With swift greens and rolling fairways, the course is situated on a beautiful landscape that both transfixes and tests golfers of all skill levels. Designed by golf legend Jack Nicklaus, the course at Aston Oaks Golf Club offers some truly magnificent scenery. It's perched above the Ohio River, and shaded by majestic white oaks and hickory trees. The 18-hole course features 6,908 yards of golf from the longest tees, for a par of 72.

The Vineyard Golf Course

600 Nordyke Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45255

 
 
 
 
 
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Although its location on the far east side of Cincinnati might make it seem like a bit of a far-flung destination for some, the Vineyard Golf Course has a lot of great features that attract golfers from all over. A lot of it has to do with the course's handsome scenery, with gently rolling fairways and well-manicured greens lined with mature trees. It's simply a lovely golf course to look at, but the Vineyard offers up a challenging round as well. It's been called one of the best conditioned daily fee courses in Cincinnati and is a favorite of locals and visiting golfers alike. 

Twin Oaks Golf Course

450 E. 43rd St., Covington, KY 41015

 
 
 
 
 
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One of the finest public courses in the region on the Kentucky side of the Ohio River, Twin Oaks Golf Course is known for its palatial Southern-style clubhouse as well as its beautifully maintained 18-hole, par-70 course. Twin Oaks was built in 1927 and is still one of the best places in Northern Kentucky to enjoy a day on the links. With a mixture of mature trees sprinkled throughout the course, as well as its fair share of sand and water obstacles, it's always a fun challenge. 

Avon Fields Golf Course

4081 Reading Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45229

 
 
 
 
 
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Avon Fields Golf Course is an 18-hole, par-66 course that's been challenging local golfers since it opened to the public in 1914. It's not only the oldest golf course in Cincinnati, but the oldest municipal golf course west of the Allegheny Mountains. It offers a fun and challenging game of golf to this day, but also has an immense amount of history on its fairways. Avon Fields has historically been very important to the city's African-American community and was one of the few courses in town that didn't discriminate based on race during the era of segregation. 

Par for the Course

Did we forget to mention your favorite golf course in the Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area? Let us know in the comments section below! 

May
22

We Bet You Didn't Know These Things About Cincinnati

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You probably know Cincinnati is Ohio's largest metropolitan area, the setting for classic sitcom WKRP in Cincinnati and home to the second oldest zoo in the country. Originally settled in 1788, Cincinnati has a long and rich history yielding a number of fascinating stories.

Here are 11 fun facts to know and tell about Cincinnati. Which ones are new to you?

The Cincinnati Reds Were the First Professional Baseball Team

100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Cincinnati has an honored place in major league baseball history as home of the first all-professional team, the Red Stockings, better known as the Reds. Their first game took place on May 4, 1869, a 45-9 blowout win against the Great Westerns, also based in Cincinnati. The Reds have made it to the World Series nine times and emerged victorious five times, most notably with back-to-back wins in 1975 and 1976 during the heyday of the "Big Red Machine."

Empress Chili Served the First Cincinnati Chili

7934 Alexandria Pike, Alexandria, KY 41001

 
 
 
 
 
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Skyline and Gold Star may be more well-known names today, but Cincinnati's iconic version of chili originated at Empress Chili. Brothers Tom and John Kiradjieff, immigrants from Macedonia, started selling their uniquely seasoned meat sauce in 1922. Cincinnati chili can be enjoyed in a bowl, on a bed of spaghetti or atop a hot dog, with your choice of onions, beef or cheese. While there are now more than 150 chili spots around the city, Empress Chili remains "the first edition of a Cincinnati tradition." 

Zinzinnati Is the Largest Oktoberfest Celebration in the United States

Third St. and Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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More than 25 percent of Cincinnati residents share a German heritage, which they proudly celebrate each September at Zinzinnati. More than half a million people attend this three-day event, making it the largest Oktoberfest celebration in the country. Approximately 80,000 bratwurst, 25,000 potato pancakes, and 23,000 soft pretzels are consumed while guests enjoy live musical entertainment, a wiener dog race, and the world's largest chicken dance. Every year, the mayor of Munich issues an official decree pronouncing Zinzinnati as the largest Oktoberfest celebration outside of Germany. Zinzinnati 2020 is scheduled for September 20-22.

Cincinnati Was Originally Named "Losantiville"

At its founding in 1788, the settlement was named Losantiville by John Filson, the original surveyor. "Losantiville" is a hybrid of terms from four different languages meaning, "the city opposite the mouth of the (Licking) river." Two years later Arthur St. Clair, governor of the Northwest Territory, decided he didn't care for the name. He changed it to Cincinnati as a tribute to the Society of the Cincinnati, a group of Revolutionary War veterans which included St. Clair. The Society took its name from legendary Roman statesman Lucius Quinctius Cincinnatus.

Findlay Market Is the Oldest Continuously Operated Public Market in Ohio

1801 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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More than 100 years ago, there were nine public markets located around Cincinnati. Findlay Market is the only one still standing today. The market is named after General James Findlay and his wife Jane, whose estate donated the land on which it's built. Added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972, Findlay Market welcomes upwards of one million visitors annually. More than 40 vendors make up the year-round open market, and they're joined by dozens more in the outdoor farmers market running weekends from April through November. Hours are 9 a.m. - 6 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 8 a.m. - 6 p.m. Saturday and 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Sunday.

Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park Is the Only Two-Time Tony Winner Outside NYC

962 Mt. Adams Circle, Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Since 1959, Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park has been producing first-rate professional theater from its scenic hilltop location. Actors who have graced its stage include notable names such as Patty Duke, Anthony Perkins, Lynn Redgrave, Cicely Tyson, and Sam Waterston. In 2004, Playhouse was recognized with a Tony Award for Best Regional Theater. That accolade was followed up three years later with a second Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical for the production of Company.

Cincinnati Is the Hometown of America's Most Beloved Movie Director

Before he reached the age of 30, Steven Spielberg revolutionized the film industry and ushered in the summer blockbuster with Jaws. His Hollywood career has been full of commercial and critical success, but few people know that Spielberg's roots are in Cincinnati. The Spielberg family came to the city in the 1900s when Steven's paternal grandparents emigrated from Ukraine, and he was born in Cincinnati on December 18, 1946.

Cincinnati Has the Nation's Largest Unused Subway System

 
 
 
 
 
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Underneath the streets of Cincinnati sits a network of incomplete tunnels just over two miles long. Construction on the framework of the Cincinnati Subway began in the early 1900s. Intended to upgrade the city's streetcar system, the subway project fell victim to spiraling costs and political in-fighting. Activity was indefinitely canceled in 1928, and the project has remained abandoned.

Metro Cincinnati's Vent Haven Is the World's Only Ventriloquism Museum

33 W. Maple Ave., Fort Mitchell, KY 41011

 
 
 
 
 
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High on the list of offbeat attractions is Vent Haven Museum, dedicated to showcasing the art of ventriloquism. The museum was founded by a man with the equally quirky name of William Shakespeare Berger, affectionately known as W.S. Berger was a self-made success in business, literally working his way from the mailroom to president of the Cambridge Tile Company, but he was fascinated by ventriloquism. After serving as president of the International Brotherhood of Ventriloquists for more than 20 years, Vent Haven Museum was created to preserve and share Berger's incredible collection of ventriloquist dummies. Tours are conducted seven days a week from May through September by appointment only.

The Town Crier Tradition Is Alive and Well in Cincinnati

Before the days of electronic and print media, town criers held the responsibility of sharing news throughout a community. While this tradition has all but disappeared, the Cincinnati village of Mariemont maintains one of approximately 14 town criers in the United States. The post is currently held by Dr. Bob Keyes, who "moonlights" as a geriatrician and co-director of the Christ Hospital Health & Aging Center. Keyes' duties include opening town meetings and leading the Memorial Day parade.

The Cincinnati Fire Department Was the First Professional Firefighting Unit in the Country

315 W. Court St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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In 1853, Cincinnati led the way for the country by establishing the first professional fire department. The Cincinnati Fire Museum documents the history of firefighting in Cincinnati with exhibits, events, and interactive displays. Their innovative fire safety education program simulates an actual fire event in a home while staff members identify risks and demonstrate ways to protect yourself. Museum hours are 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Admission is $8 for adults and $6 for kids aged 7-17. 

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March
13

How to Celebrate Pi Day in Cincinnati? With Pie, Of Course

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March 14th is National Pi Day! The mathematical constant π, which numerically begins with the digits 3.14, is celebrated on the fourteenth day of the third month in the United States. How can you celebrate Pi Day in the Queen City? Indulge yourself in sweet and savory pies! We're doubling down this Pi Day by exponentially increasing our happiness — we're diving into a fresh pizza pie then taking down a tasty bakery pie for dessert. Here are a few perfect pizza parlors and bakeries in Cincinnati, where you can celebrate National Pi Day in style.


Pizza Party on Pi Day

Harvest Pizzeria OTR

1739 Elm St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Local tastes better, and Harvest Pizzeria proves it with their locally sourced all-natural ingredients. Get a true taste of Cincinnati's local farms in every bite when you create your own pie. You can also let them whip up one of their signature pies like the Geary Street with clams or the Ohio Double Bacon with mozzarella and roasted red pepper. Be sure to ask which farms they source their ingredients from — you may be eating a pizza from your community farm!

Catch-a-Fire Pizza

3301 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45209

 
 
 
 
 
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Rated one of the Hot 100 Independent Pizzerias by Pizza Today, you may know Catch-a-Fire Pizza from their humble beginnings as a food truck. Their brick-and-mortar pizzeria within MadTree Brewing Company pairs custom wood-fired pizzas with craft beer. Serving up tasty-titled pizzas named after Bob Marley songs, the Buffalo Soldier, Natural Mystic, Goettup Stand Up, and Soul Rebel absolutely rock. Trust us, "every little thing gonna be alright" at Catch-a-Fire Pizza.

A Tavola

1220 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Gather together with friends and family at A Tavola, a modern interpretation of the timeless Italian trattorias. Family recipes pepper the menu, including their delicious pizzas. Choose a traditional Gorgonzola or Margherita pie, unless your taste buds desire a unique blend of ingredients, such as the EVOO, fontina, caramelized onions, and shaved brussels sprouts on the Brussels Sprout pizza or the fig jam, Parmigiano Reggiano, and arugula on the Fig & Prosciutto pizza.  

Via Vite

520 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Enjoy authentic Italian cuisine prepared in classic Tuscan tradition at Via Vite. Using only the finest local and imported ingredients, Via Vite offers favorites like Sausage & Onion, Bianca, Margherita, Calabrese, and Pizza Regina. We suggest that you pop-in mid-day to take advantage of their $7 pie special.

Taft's Brewporium

4831 Spring Grove Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45232

 
 
 
 
 
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Local beer and New Haven-style "apizza" are on tap at Taft's Brewporium. This unique pizza is a hotter and crispier version of Neapolitan-style pie, using imported dough and tomatoes straight from Italy. They have seven specialty pies to choose from, or you can add any of their 30 toppings to create your own delicious pizza. Pair a pie with one of their award-winning beers like Gustav Vienna lager, and you'll have yourself a presidential Pi Day.


Sweet Pie in the Swine City


O Pie O

1527 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45206

 
 
 
 
 
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Torn between sweet and savory pies for National Pi Day? O Pie O is ready to serve you the best of both worlds. Bite into savory offerings like the Greek Quiche or Quiche Lorraine, or sweeten up your day with their Honey Vinegar Pie, Lemon Bar Pie, or Dark Chocolate Pie. Each day, they also prepare a variety of signature hand pies in sweet and savory options, but be sure to visit early as these special daily pies are sure to sell out!

Brown Bear Bakery

116 E. 13th St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Brown bear, brown bear, what do you see? Thoughtfully made baked goods at Brown Bear Bakery! Chess pies, cream pies, fruit pies — every type of pie is available and made from scratch at this scrumptious bakery. Cooking up classics and innovative creations with unbelievable flavors, Brown Bear Bakery invites you to enjoy National Pi Day with a slice of pie and a freshly brewed coffee.

Fork and Pie Bakery

6836 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45244

 
 
 
 
 
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Fork and Pie Bakery take farm-to-table seriously — they use natural ingredients that they've grown themselves in their own gardens and farms. Their made-from-scratch offerings change daily, serving up delicious yet healthy pies that you won't regret trying. They also have a signature gluten-free crust, so those with gluten allergies can enjoy their amazing seasonal pies throughout the year.

Bluebird Bakery

29 Village Square, Cincinnati, OH 45246

 
 
 
 
 
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Bluebird Bakery has been a Cincy favorite since 1996. Owner Jenny Dennis dreamed of opening her own bakery since she began baking as a child in Sharonville. Today, Bluebird Bakery & Café and their newest location Bluebird ToGo continue to feature her made-from-scratch pastries. Jenny's pies are second to none, especially her award-winning Apple Crumb Top. This scrumptious treat joins her Triple Berry, Coconut Cream, Peanut Butter, and Key Lime creations that are available all year. She will also bake Egg Custard, Cherry Lattice Top, Chocolate Cream, and Southern Pecan pies by request. However, some of her best offerings are available only by the season, such as her Peach Lattice Top, Old Fashioned Pumpkin, and Apple Cranberry pies. Taste any of her pies just once, and you'll find yourself coming back throughout the year to try the rest!  

The Brewhaus Bakery

6927 Miami Ave., Madeira, OH 45243

 
 
 
 
 
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What's better than celebrating Pi Day with your best friend? Celebrating it with your four-legged friend, too! The Brewhaus Bakery is a not-for-profit organization that provides learning and work opportunities for young adults in the community with disabilities. Together, they prepare handcrafted baked goods for people and pets alike. Bring your pup in for a treat while you dive into one of their fresh pies.
  

Pi Day Never Tasted So Good

Where is your favorite place for pie and pizza in Cincinnati? Let us know where you're celebrating National Pi Day in the comments below!

February
21

Where to Go for Great Food Fast Around Cincinnati

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Cincinnati is an amazing place to call home, thanks in part to the city's wonderfully unique arts, entertainment, sports, and culture. Whether you've enjoyed a morning at the Duke Energy Children's Museum, spent the afternoon at The Great American Ball Park, or experienced a stunning performance at the Aronoff Center for the Arts, you'll have surely worked up an appetite for great quick-service eats that aren't from the traditional fast-food chains. Satisfy your hometown hunger at one of these local Queen City restaurants.

 

Forty Thieves Gang

1538 Race St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Believe it or not, there's one place in the Midwest where you can get the best Mid-East street food — Forty Thieves Gang. Located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine, Forty Thieves Gang brings Arabian and Israeli dishes like shawarma and falafel to Cincy. Choose between grilled chicken, beef shawarma, and falafel on a sandwich, over hummus, or over couscous. Add a side of soup, Za'atar fries, or roasted beets and don't forget to ask for a little bit of their delicious Habibi sauce.

 

Poke Hut

1509 Race St. Unit #104, Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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Another delicious destination in OTR, Poke Hut serves up fast-casual Hawaiian-Asian fusion using fresh, real ingredients. Try a signature chef-inspired poke bowl like the Honolulu with veggies and seaweed salad or the Luau with BBQ pork and soy-marinated egg. You can also build your own bowl with a modern Midwest twist with a variety of rice, greens, noodles, raw fish, cooked meats, toppings, and sauces. Top it off with a tasty customized bubble tea, and your day will be propelled forward like a perfect North Shore swell.

 

Tickle Pickle

4176 Hamilton Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45223

 
 
 
 
 
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At Tickle Pickle in NorthSide, they have one rule to live by: Life's short, lick the bowl! This music-themed gourmet burger and shake shack has a rocking menu full of meat and vegan options. Those craving a traditional burger should consider the Meatallica, the Breadzepplin, or the Nom Petty. Vegan options include the Buns N Roses burger, When Buns Cry sandwich, and Coney Bennet vegan dog. Kids can also rock out with their own menu items like the Melton John Jr., Fleetwood Mac N Cheese, or Bun Jovi. The Oreo Speedwagon, Flan Halen, James Brownie, and Goobie-Brother shakes area available as both dairy and vegan options, giving meat-eaters and those with diet restrictions the chance to turn their fast-casual dining experience up to 11.

 

Delwood

3204 Linwood Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45226

 
 
 
 
 
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Introducing amazing Latin American flavors to Cincinnati, Delwood puts their own spin on favorite classics. Bring the family, and even your four-legged friend, in for a sharable plate of tostones, yuca fries, and shishito peppers before digging into a classic burger, fried chicken sandwich, or a fresh chopped salad. As huge soccer fans, Delwood is the perfect place to root for FC Cincinnati while enjoying craft cocktails and great food.

 

Chicago Gyros and Dogs

201 W. McMillan St., Cincinnati, OH 45219

 
 
 
 
 
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Greek food and Chicago-style cuisine converge at Chicago Gyros and Dogs. For over 35 years, Chicago Gyros and Dogs has delivered an extensive menu of fantastic Mediterranean and Midwest meals. From a traditional falafel pita and gyro to Chicago Style hot dogs and Cincy chili cheese dogs, there are enough mouth-watering options to satisfy your craving for greasy goodness.

 

Himalaya Restaurant

7810 Colerain Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45239

Himalaya Restaurant believes that the best way to make your day better is with traditional foods from Nepal, India, and Bhutan. Take your taste buds on a journey through South Asia as you enjoy tandoori, shorba, aloo matar, vindaloo, and sukuti prepared with lamb, chicken, salmon, beef, or served as vegetarian options. Just short of crossing the Himalayas on foot, Himalaya Restaurant is the best place to savor the diversity of the region.

 

Mazunte

611 Main St., Cincinnati, OH 45227

 
 
 
 
 
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Take-out and tacos go hand-in-hand which is why Mazunte makes it easy to enjoy a night out in Swine City without having to wait in line for dinner. As you head to a Bearcats or Cyclones game, grab some Mexican munchies to go at Mazunte Centro. Tacos, tostadas, tortas, and tlayudas are all perfect hand-held treats perfect for strolling the streets. Many of their items include gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian options, and while you can't take a tequila shot to-go, you can slide into a booth and enjoy all of the margaritas and cervezas you want before you hit the town.

 

Waggle

3440 Burnet Ave. Suite 100, Cincinnati, OH 45229

 
 
 
 
 
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Have you heard the buzz about Cincinnati's newest breakfast spot? From the owners of the Sleepy Bee Café comes Waggle Breakfast and Bowls. These busy bees forage for seasonal, sustainable local ingredients to use in their made-to-order dishes. Try their made-from-scratch pancakes and grain bowls for breakfast or stop by for a fresh salad bowl during lunchtime. Build your own bowl by choosing a base of egg, tofu, greens, or quinoa, add your favorite protein, mix some veggies in, blend it with cheese, throw a little sauce in, and top it with avocado or kimchi for a healthy meal that'll get your morning buzzing.

 

CityBird

1344 Vine St., Cincinnati, OH 45202

 
 
 
 
 
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For a quick chicken tender fix, there's none better in Cincinnati than CityBird. Cage-free, all-natural chicken made to order, CityBird offers the tenderest of chicken tenders with made-from-scratch sauces that are too tasty to believe. While most add a side of City Sauce, we suggest either the sweet Lemon Thyme Ranch, Honey Dijon, or Thai Chili BBW. If you're hoping to turn up the heat on flavor, definitely order the Hot Honey or Jalapeno Hot sauces. Trust us, eat at CityBird once, and you'll never choose chicken from another fast-food chain again.

 

Mad Mike's

6900 Cheviot Road, Cincinnati, OH 45247

 
 
 
 
 
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Quality over quantity is what makes Mad Mike's a Cincinnati favorite. All meat is 100 percent black Angus beef, cut and prepared on-site. You won't pay an arm and a leg for their high-quality burgers either—nearly every gourmet burger and chicken sandwich are less than seven dollars. This includes the Rockefeller with blue cheese and beer-battered onion rings, the Pride of Zeus with gyro meat and tzatziki, and the What The Cuck chicken sandwich with avocado slices and cilantro mayo. Make sure you order your fries "MAD" style with nacho cheese and grilled onions.

 

Wild Mike's

4498 Harrison Ave., Cincinnati, OH 45211

 
 
 
 
 
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Let your taste buds run wild at Wild Mike's. An American eatery offering the classic grub that hits the spot every time. Mozzarella sticks, wild nachos, and potato skins set the stage for as many wings as you want. Order between five and fifty wings, tossed in your favorite flavor and served at your preferred level of hotness. If mild, medium, and hot are too tame for you, we dare you to try their Xtra Hot! or Stupid Hot! temperatures. With other favorites like burgers, hoagies, chicken sandwiches on the menu, Wild Mike's never disappoints.

 

Local Food Fast

Where is your favorite Cincinnati eatery to chow down at? Let us know in the comments! 

November
5

11 Shops Where You Can Buy Holiday Gifts from Local Cincinnati Makers

Here at Cutler Real Estate, we are very passionate about supporting the work of talented artists and makers, whether that's through visiting a neighborhood flea market or shopping at a local small business. And with the holidays coming up, we can't wait to scour the city for locally made gifts to give our loved ones!

This year, support both local businesses and local makers in one fell swoop at these Cincinnati shops! On this list, you'll find trendy boutiques, eclectic home decor shops and local markets—so that you can find the perfect gifts for your friends and family members this year. Enjoy!

 

Coda Co.

400 Fairfield Avenue, Bellevue

Locally Made in Cincinnati

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Kelti and Tanner Ziese, owners of Coda Co., are lovers of anything upcycled and refurbished. They take things that are no longer in use—like bourbon barrels and burlap coffee sacks—and turn them into furniture and home decor. So not only are they crafting stunning home creations, they're also minimizing local waste! You can take a look at some of their unique products (and even purchase a few!) at their adorable storefront in Bellevue.

 

Elm & Iron

1326 & 1411 Vine Street, Cincinnati 

For statement-making home furnishings, accessories and decor, you can't do better than Elm and Iron. The gorgeous store features an eclectic collection of pieces—each offering a new perspective, and reflecting a passion for design. Inside their Cincinnati location, you'll be bombarded with locally made gifts, furniture, and art along with some new, classic finds so you won't have a hard time finding that special something for your someone.

 

Handzy Shop + Studio

15 West Pike Street, Covington

Locally Made in Cincinnati

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Handzy Shop + Studio truly is the most adorable shop in town. They carry women's clothing, lifestyle accessories, paper goods, gifts and handmade, watercolor greeting cards that they make in house. So stop into their shop in Covington and pick out a gift for a coworker, your best friend or a family member—just don't forget to get a card to go with it!

 

Indigenous

1609 Madison Road, Cincinnati

Nestled in East Walnut Hills, Indigenous is a bright and open gallery full of handmade art and crafts. While they offer a small selection from artists all around the country, the gallery's main focus is on local and regional makers. Their collection includes hot-worked glass, metal works, pottery, jewelry, fiber arts, prints, woodcraft, mosaics and so much more—all from creators in our own backyard.

 

MiCA 12/v

1201 Vine Street, Cincinnati

Locally Made in Cincinnati

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This independent, design-driven gallery and gift boutique is a beloved gem in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The shop has been around since 2007 when husband and wife team Mike and Carolyn Deininger chased their dream straight into the raw storefront space on Vine Street. Since then, business has blossomed, and the shop is known far and wide as one of the best places to pick up a unique gift for a loved one (or for yourself).

 

Queen City Alchemy

1808 Race Street, Cincinnati

Voted as one of the best boutiques in Cincinnati by Beat Magazine in 2019, Queen City Alchemy is an enchanting apothecary nestled in Over-the-Rhine. They hand make a variety of skincare, home goods, bulk herbs and herbal products for all of your therapeutic needs. And if you're looking to put more of a personal touch on your gift—they also have a DIY Bar where you can craft everything from facial masks to beard oil for the spa-minded person on your list!

 

Rivertown Inkery & Apparel

3096 Madison Road, Cincinnati

Locally Made in Cincinnati

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When you're shopping for a Cincinnati-enthusiast there's only one place to go: Rivertown Inkery & Apparel! Owned by locals who love our amazing city, this eclectic store features a variety of vintage-style clothing all centered around—you guessed it—Cincinnati. And the best part? One dollar from every tee, tank or sweatshirt goes directly to two Cincinnati-based organizations, Aruna and Citylink.

 

Rockwood Pottery

1920 Race Street, Cincinnati

From the quaint to the quirky, Rockwood Pottery is a great place to find your loved one a special holiday gift. Charcuterie boards, platters, wall hangings, tile and other unique pottery pieces are just some of the things you'll find here. And for a special treat, you can take a guided tour of the company before you browse!

 

Ten Thousand Villages

2011 Madison Road, Cincinnati | 610 Main Street, Covington  | 11316 Montgomery Road, Cincinnati

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Ten Thousand Villages is a fair trade retailer of artisan-crafted home decor, personal accessories and gift items settled in the O'Bryonville Business District. This adorable shop features products from more than 130 makers in more than 38 countries so you can support small creators all over the world!

 

Treasured Friends Gifts and Decor

3564 Blue Rock Road, Cincinnati

Locally Made in Cincinnati

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Located in a cozy, two-story farmhouse built in the 1860s, Treasured Friends Gift and Decor has been providing unique gifts, jewelry, and home decor items since its inception in 2005. Stop in and browse plenty of refurbished and upcycled gifts from Cincinnati locals and make sure to take advantage of their complimentary gift wrapping to add an extra special touch to your present!

 

Wooden Hill

3036 Harrison Avenue, Cincinnati

Offering Cincinnati-made artwork for every taste and budget, Wooden Hill is basically an art fair that lasts all year long! Here you'll find paintings, prints, pottery, jewelry, body products, toys, candles and so much more—all made by local creators. Gift possibilities are endless at this eclectic and artsy store in the heart of Westwood!

 

Happy Holidays!

Where are you planning to shop for gifts this year in Cincinnati? Let us know in the comments below!

October
22

14 Cincinnati Podcasts You Should Be Listening To

While podcasts have been around for a while, over the past few years they've gained more popularity, with news outlets, journalists and small business owners delving into the audio-blogging world. Podcasts make it easier to get your news on the go, and since you can download them straight to your phone, you can listen whenever you have time.

Because of the DIY nature of podcasts, they can actually flourish in places other than media hubs like Los Angeles and New York—and Cincinnati is no exception! Our amazing city has seen an abundance of local podcasts popping up as of late, which is why we decided to round up some of our favorites. No matter what you're interested in, there's a podcast for you on this list.

 

The 90 Second Naturalist

The 90 Second Naturalist is just that—a podcast where Thane Maynard, president of the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, gives a 90-second, daily glimpse into the natural world. If you're new to podcasts and an hour-and-a-half-long audio-blog seems intimidating, the 90 Second Naturalist may be the perfect, bite-sized podcast to help you get into the media and appreciate nature a little bit more along the way.

 

Around Cincinnati

It's no secret that Cincinnati has a vibrant and thriving arts scene, so much so that it can be hard to keep up with everything that's going on in the city. Each week, host Lee Hay is joined by prominent local contributors that will introduce you to the cultural and arts organizations and events that make our city so special.

 

Art Palace

Russell Ihrig, host of Cincinnati Art Museum's Art Palace podcast | Photo courtesy of Hailey Bollinger, CityBeat via the Cincinnati Art Museum

Carefully curated by the Cincinnati Art Museum, Art Palace is a podcast where interesting people talk about art. In their biweekly episodes, host Russell Ihrig, who is the Associate Director of Interpretive Programming at the museum, interviews different guests from all walks of life from local artists to famous television chefs.

 

April Eight Songs & Stories 

Who says podcasts are just for adults? April Eight is a charming fairytale podcast series focused on the whole family that features heartfelt tales and magical songs for you to sing along to. This lovely pod is hosted by April Combs Mann, who has been an alt-rock musician and a college professor at a design school and now spends her time crafting original fairytale stories for children of all ages, all over the world.

 

Cincinnati Edition

For those who love getting their news in podcast form, make sure to check out Cincinnati Edition, an NPR podcast that covers a wide range of topics from regional government to technology. This podcast is hosted by journalist and newscaster, Michael Monks, and updates every weekday so you can stay informed on what is going on in Cincinnati while you're on the go.

 

The Cinema Guys

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Wanting to see that new, hyped-up movie at the theater, but aren't sure if it's worth your time? Listen to The Cinema Guys—a podcast that reviews sequels, prequels, summer movie blockbusters and old favorite films from their past. From time to time they'll also doll out recommendations, top lists and the occasional trailer talk.

 

Communication Junkie

If you're fascinated by the way humans communicate or are just looking to become a more powerful communicator, you've found the right place. Using research, humor and personal stories, host Professor Steven Fuller from the University of Cincinnati shares practical communication skills that will help you improve your interpersonal relationships.

 

Craft Brewed Sports

Craft Brewed Sports is the #1 followed independent podcast in Cincinnati for a good reason—it combines some of Cincinnatians' favorite things: beer and sports. Every week, hosts Scott Kyser and Mike Berlon sit down and drink a new craft beer as they discuss the most recent sports news, focusing on obscure headlines and stories from the sports world that will make you laugh.

 

Fanfare Cincinnati Podcast

Brought to you from the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, the Fanfare Cincinnati Podcast provides an opportunity for you to explore our region's vibrant art scene through conversations with performers, conductors and the people behind the scenes who make the music possible. The podcast is hosted by Chris Pinelo, the Vice President of Communications for the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra who is an avid music lover. You can catch episodes every couple of weeks on Sound Cloud.

 

Looking Up

Cincinnati Podcasts

This out-of-this-world podcast follows Cincinnati Observatory's Dean Regas and Anna Hehman as they bring you the latest astronomical discoveries in a fun, quick-paced conversation. They upload episodes about twice a month that focus on space and technology with a bit of pop culture. Plus, Dean and Anna also answer questions from kindergartners and interview experts in the field of astronomy—including William Shatner, Scott Kelly and James Hansen.

 

Person of Interest with Jeff Thomas

Behind every good story is a person of interest, and that's exactly what makes Person of Interest with Jeff Thomas a great podcast. Every episode you'll get to hear Jeff Thomas of Q102 talk to some of greater Cincinnati's most fascinating people—from Lindsay DeWalkd of the City Flea to Jake Rouse of Braxton Brewery.

 

Redleg Nation Radio

In a sea of Reds-focused podcasts here in Cincinnati, one of our favorites is Redleg Nation Radio. This podcast features Cincinnati Magazine writers, Jason Linden and Chad Dotson, as they discuss the most recent Cincinnati Reds news, key players and plenty of other Reds related topics.

 

That's So Cincinnati

Cincinnati Podcasts

This podcast is all about you: the Cincinnatian. Each week, hosts Jason Williams and Sharon Coolidge of The Enquirer fame will make complicated local issues that affect you on a daily basis a little easier to understand—and throw in a little humor while they're at it.

 

What Up, Cuz?

What Up, Cuz? is a podcast that "dissects the minutiae of the mundane and the triviality of the extraordinary." The popular pod follows cousins Tyler and Kasey Williams as they discuss their respective past, present and future and interview special guests with plenty of humor, music and interesting banter.

 

Happy Listening!

Did we miss your favorite local podcast? Let us know in the comments!

October
8

The Best Neighborhoods for Trick-or-Treating in Cincinnati [Interactive Map]

'Tis the season to dress up as your inner hero or villain and get free candy! The most committed of trick-or-treaters are already forming their routes and strategies for a successful night of trick-or-treating. When it comes time to knock on doors, there are several fail-safe methods for filling your bag with sweets. Of course, part of it has to do with wearing the perfect costume, but choosing a route that is safe, walkable and full of friendly, candy-bearing houses is just as important.

We rounded up the neighborhoods in Cincinnati that are the most ideal for trick-or-treaters. If you are new to the area or want to try some new locations to maximize your trick-or-treating loot, these are the spots where you want to ring doorbells!

Use our interactive map to find the best trick-or-treating neighborhood near you! 

Hyde Park

This upscale neighborhood located just east of town is known for its popular shopping district, safe streets and beautiful homes. The spacious front yards are always filled with crowd-pleasing decorations, and residents of the homes will generously dole out candy to those who approach their door. Regardless of what route you take, you will surely be met with friendly faces and other fun-loving families taking part in the candy hunt. For some extra fun before Halloween, make sure to stop by Hyde Park Square on October 29 for Halloween on the Square!

 

Mt. Lookout

Columbus Halloween Events

This Halloween, make your way to Mt. Lookout, located on the east side of Cincinnati next to Hyde Park, for a warm, welcoming atmosphere, extravagant Halloween decorations, and (most importantly) plenty of candy. Known as an accessible, family-friendly neighborhood, the streets of Mt. Lookout are filled with children of all ages on Halloween night. Make a day of it and check out the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden in costume before trick-or-treating starts!

 

Deer Park

Known as a safe, family-friendly community with plenty of small-town charm, Deer Park is a prime location for trick-or-treaters on Halloween night. The streets in this area are well-lit, very walkable and incredibly festive. Because the area is such a well-kept secret on Halloween night, a huge candy haul is inevitable—so don't forget to bring an extra bag!

 

Oakley

The well-lit, decorated streets in Oakley make it an ideal location for trick-or-treaters. On Halloween night, expect the neighborhood to be teeming with foot traffic! The residents welcome locals and visitors alike with open arms, doling out generous amounts of candy and other goodies. And if you happen to be a little too old for trick-or-treating these days—no problem! Several businesses around the area are planning on hosting Halloween parties this year, including the 20th Century Theater who will be hosting their annual Oakley Masquerade on November 1st.

 

College Hill

College Hill is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in Cincinnati, welcoming anyone and everyone to their park-like streets on Halloween. The residents go all-out every year, slinging pumpkins, fake spiderwebs, eerie skeletons and spooky lights on every surface they can reach. The area also happens to be home to Mark Wiechman, a Halloween enthusiast who has been putting on a massive haunted house to scare families for more than 50 years. So put on your costume and head to 6791 Marvin Avenue, Cincinnati in North College Hill to start your spooky night off right. The haunted house experience is completely free, but they do accept donations for the Pray, Hope and Believe Foundation.

 

Mt. Washington

If you're a resident of the Mt. Washington neighborhood, make sure to get extra treats! This area transforms into a Halloween stomping ground for little monsters and their families on All Hallow's Eve. Also make sure to come back to the area the weekend after Halloween for the neighborhood's annual Pumpkin Chuck, where they'll launch leftover pumpkins from trebuchets and enjoy live music, craft beer, kids games and more!

 

Wyoming

Located about 15 miles from downtown Cincinnati, Wyoming is a quiet suburb full of tree-lined streets and historic sights. This year, the community is planning on handing out goodies from 6-8 p.m. on the 31st. If you're lucky, you might even snag a cup of hot apple cider or a bag of freshly popped popcorn.

 

Price Hill & West Price Hill

Fall Events in Cleveland Ohio

Just west of Cincinnati lie the Price Hill and West Price Hill neighborhoods, a candy-hunter's haven on Halloween night. An estimated 500+ trick-or-treaters gather in the area on the spooky holiday to beg for candy, popcorn and other tasty treats! Important note: Residents of Price Hill turn OFF their lights if they are giving out candy and turn ON their lights if they are not.

 

Pleasant Ridge

Located in Northeast Cincinnati, Pleasant Ridge is a charming neighborhood and very popular among families. The residents take their Halloween festivities seriously, hosting several Halloween events—including an annual pub crawl and Ghoul Fest—prior to October 31, and decorating their homes to the nines for trick-or-treating shenanigans.

 

Have a Great Halloween!

Did we miss your favorite spot to go trick-or-treating in the Cincinnati area? Tell us all about it in the comments or on Instagram using #CutlerExplores!

September
3

How to Spend a Full Day in Cincinnati's Hyde Park Neighborhood, Mapped

Named after the fashionable neighborhood in New York City, Hyde Park in Cincinnati oozes charm and luxury from every vantage point. The neighborhood was established in 1892 by several prominent Cincinnati businessmen who wanted to create a community exclusively for the city's wealthy citizens. Initially, only those deemed worthy by the gentlemen were able to purchase homes here, but the area has gained a lot of diversity since the early 1900s.

Today, Hyde Park is home to delicious restaurants, incredible boutiques, award-winning wineries and stunning parks—the only challenge is deciding what to see first!

Our guide includes the best ways to spend your day, starting with a visit to The Echo for breakfast and ending with stargazing at the Cincinnati Observatory and a nightcap at Dutch's. Enjoy!

9 a.m. — Breakfast at The Echo

Before you truly start your Hyde Park adventure, you'll need to fuel up. The Echo is one of the hottest breakfast spots in Cincinnati and has served the neighborhood for decades. Due to the friendly staff and comforting fare, the eatery has established itself as a local institution that people return to week after week. We love classics like the Oktoberfest omelet (featuring Glier's goetta), the corned beef hash, and the Belgian bird breakfast sandwich (with chicken tenders, a fried egg, cheddar and syrup).

 

10:30 — Go Shopping in Hyde Park Square

 
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It isn't a day in Hyde Park without shopping. Located in the center of the neighborhood is Hyde Park Square, a two-block area on Erie Avenue that is full of one-of-a-kind shops. Spend a few hours exploring the streets and stopping into interesting stores. A few of our favorites include Cincy Shirts, Alligator Purse, 45/46, Soho Boutique and Fazel Rug Gallery.

 

1 p.m. — Lunch at Arthur's Café

For one of the best burgers in Cincinnati, you have to check out Arthur's Café. This casual and laid-back spot is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat during your Hyde Park adventure—or pretty much any other time. They have a great selection of local craft beers on tap, as well as some carefully crafted cocktails. Everything on their menu is especially good, but we highly recommend the black bean burger with a side of their homemade pink salsa!

 

2:30 p.m. — Peruse Some Great Art at the Miller Gallery

Hyde Park Guide

Photo courtesy of the Miller Gallery | Featuring Work From Robert Mars, 40" x 60" Mixed Media

Established in 1960, the Miller Gallery is Cincinnati's oldest operating art gallery, specializing in contemporary art and sculptures. Their renowned exhibits actively promote over 40 artists in the global art market, featuring everything from photography to traditional painting. Take a breather and stop in to peruse some incredible artwork from local artists (and maybe purchase a piece) before heading on to your next destination.

 

4 p.m. — Refuel at the Coffee Emporium

Need a midday pick-me-up? We've got just the place! The Coffee Emporium has gained quite the reputation over the years—and with the gorgeous Victorian touches, outdoor patio and tasty bites, we're not surprised. This stop is a must for out-of-town guests and remains a local favorite. While you can't go wrong with any of the signature sips, we go wild over the cold brew aged in bourbon barrels.

 

5:30 p.m. — Marvel at the Mushroom House

 
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When you leave the Coffee Emporium, you'll notice something across the street. While you might feel like you've just been dropped into a Cincinnati-fied version of Alice in Wonderland, don't worry—it's just the Mushroom House! This architectural wonder was created after a local architect allowed his students to redesign one of his properties. While you can't go inside this adorably whimsical home, it's still definitely worth walking by and snapping a few pictures.

 

6 p.m. — Dinner at Forno Osteria+Bar

When you're looking for some seriously good food in Cincinnati, there's no better place to go than Forno! This incredible, rustic and approachable Italian restaurant offers some of the most delicious dishes around, from Gorgonzola Tortelloni to Spaghettini Arrabbiata. If you're in the area on a Tuesday, you won't want to miss their Bolo Tuesday special where $12 will get you some pasta with Bolognese sauce, bread and a few trips to the salad bar.

 

8:00 p.m. — Stargaze at the Cincinnati Observatory

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In 1842, Cincinnati professor Ormsby MacKnight Mitchel had a dream: to build a local observatory in the heart of Cincinnati that would help expand astronomy research. He went door to door, soliciting $25 a person to invest in his endeavor. Eventually, he was able to make his dream a reality, with the observatory building coming to fruition in 1843. The building served as a strictly research-focused center until 1999, when it was resurrected into a center for astronomy education. While you're in the area, a visit to this exquisite historic building is a must. And if you happen to be exploring on a Thursday or Friday—you'll definitely want to stop in for their weekly public stargazing sessions, just don't forget to RSVP online before you go!

 

9:30 p.m. — Late Night Bites at Dutch's

This intimate local favorite is the perfect place to finish off the night. Not only do they offer the widest selection of refrigerated beer in the region, but you can also order an incredibly delicious charcuterie board made with locally sourced ingredients—all for a great price!

 

Happy Exploring!

Do you have a suggestion on what we should add to our itinerary? Let us know in the comments!

August
2

The 15 Best Antiques Stores in the Cincinnati Area

Unbeknownst to many, Cincinnati just happens to be an antiquing destination—home to some of the largest yard sales, antique stores and vintage shops in the nation!  People from all around the country come to our area just for our amazing selection of antique shops. That's why we rounded up a few of our favorites in the area. On this list, you'll find everything from small shops to massive antique malls—all of which offer a trove of hidden treasures for you to explore!

Every Now & Then Antique Furniture Mall

430 West Benson Street, Reading Antique Stores in Cincinnati

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Get lost hunting for incredible bargains in this locally owned and operated antique mall located in a historic building in Reading, Ohio. With three floors of antique furniture and a staff full of knowledgeable experts—we guarantee you'll find what you're looking for and, of course, a few hidden gems along the way!   

Riverside Centre Antique Mall

3742 Kellogg Avenue Riverside Centre isn't your grandmother's antique mall, but rather a fun and funky vintage experience like no other. They sell everything from salvaged items like fireplace mantels and bikes to mid-century modern furniture in their 30,000-square-foot treasure trove. On the weekends, enjoy a coffee, a cookie and a bottle of water provided by the helpful staff!   

West Chester Antique Center 

4924 Union Center Pavillion Drive, West Chester Township Conveniently located in Butler County, the West Chester Antique Center offers a large variety of items to choose from. With over 250 vendors and a regularly changing inventory, you won't have a hard time finding that crucial item you've been searching for. Plus, their staff is incredibly knowledgeable and friendly, always ready to help you with any and all of your antiquing needs.  

Wooden Nickel Antiques

1410 Central Parkway Antique Stores in Cincinnati Wooden Nickel Antiques sells antique furniture, bars, lighting and stained glass among many other things. Their top-selling items, though, are their antique saloon back bars which they've restored to their former beauty. Whether you're looking for a new statement piece for your home, want to pick out a unique souvenir, or just want to learn more about history, the knowledgeable staff at Wooden Nickel will be able to help.   

Broadway Antique Mall

15 South Broadway Street, Lebanon Settled in Lebanon, this adorable shop is bursting with antique and vintage items to help you decorate your home. With over 30 vendors, no matter what item you're looking for, you'll have a good chance at finding it at this quaint shop. To get a small sample of the treasures this shop holds, check out their Facebook page and start shopping!   

Treasure Alley: Yesterday Revisited

3034 Harrison Avenue This local favorite is located in Westwood and is chock full of unique items from a mishmash of different eras. Here, you'll find beautiful and unexpected upcycled decor, fun gift pieces, vintage items and handmade jewelry. Plus, they also do kitchen cabinet makeovers, so make sure to follow them on Facebook to keep up with their current inventory and before-and-after photos of their cabinet transformations!   

Ohio Valley Antique Mall

7285 Dixie Highway, Fairfield Antique Stores in Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of Carly Martin via Ohio Valley Antique Mall

With more than 550 dealers, the Ohio Valley Antique Mall offers the largest selection of antiques in the greater Cincinnati area. At this 85,000-square-foot mall, you'll be able to get lost for hours sorting through antique furniture. And if you get hungry, don't worry! Stop by their in-store Café and Customer Lounge for burgers, sandwiches and more.   

Waynesville Antique Mall

69 South Main Street, Waynesville  Waynesville, Ohio is known as the Antique Capital of the Midwest, and there's no better place to experience the area's antique scene than at the Waynesville Antique Mall! This shopping destination is located in an old brick building that was built in the early 1880s and features more than 50 dealers selling all types of antique collectibles and historical memorabilia.   

Florence Antique Mall

8145 Connector Drive, Florence, KY  Nestled in Florence, just 10 minutes from Cincinnati—the Florence Antique Mall features a 50,000-square-foot showroom packed full of antiques, collectibles and furniture! Whether you're looking for Civil War memorabilia, antique razors or vintage toys, or you just want to experience a different time period for an hour, you can find almost anything at this massive mall.  

Flamingo Haven Antique Mall

4530 West Mitchell Avenue Antique Stores in Cincinnati

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This unique antique shop is changing how Cincinnati does vintage by only presenting the highest quality dealers to their customers. Each booth is full of quirky, unusual ever-changing items that will make each visit to Flamingo Haven a new experience. When you visit, make sure to look out for Winton, the fluffy shop cat who can often be found hunting for a cozy place to curl up.   

Covered Bridge Antique Mall

7508 Hamilton Avenue, Mt. Healthy Located in the heart of Mt. Healthy, Covered Bridge has been selling quality vintage and antique items at great prices for over 25 years. Their large inventory from 30+ vendors features items that will fit any taste, passion or style. Make sure you keep up with their ever-changing inventory by visiting their Facebook page, which is updated almost daily.   

Ferguson's Antique Mall

4937 Glenway Avenue When it comes to shopping for antique items in the Cincinnati area, you can't go wrong with a visit to Ferguson's. This Cincinnati institution opened in 1951 and has become incredibly popular with antique dealers over the years. Not only do they sell antique and vintage finds, but you can also purchase collectibles, jewelry and political memorabilia at their quaint shop on Glenway Avenue.   

Bloodline Merchants

131 Est McMicken Avenue

Located in Over-the-Rhine, this eclectic spot is more than an antique shop. Owned by husband and wife team, Thomas and Maria Jackson, Bloodline Merchants is full of unique, carefully curated pieces that each has a story to tell. Plus, they have free (yes, free!) coffee available for you to sip while you peruse the shop!   

Hanover House Interiors & Antiques

2701 Observatory Avenue This antique and furniture store is one of the best places for shopping around. They not only offer fantastic antiques and vintage goods, but also a comprehensive selection of period furniture, accessories, ceramics and fine art. They even provide several different services, including conservation framing, re-caning of chair seats and backs, and repair services, to help you restore your favorite antique piece back to its former glory.   

Grand Antique Mall

9701 Reading Road  This one-of-a-kind treasure trove promises the "greatest antiquing adventure ever" when you visit their 27,000-square-foot antique mall. Here, you'll find everything from unusual, rare goods to never-before-seen items that would make the perfect addition to any collection. The Grand Antique Mall's specialty is furniture, but they're also home to a plethora of China, glassware, vintage and new clothing, jewelry and much more!   

Happy Hunting! 

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May
30

How to Choose the Right Cincinnati Neighborhood For You

Cincinnati is an incredible city located on the banks of the Ohio River bursting with plenty of great restaurants, picturesque parks, breweries, beautiful homes and a great community of residents — so we don't blame you for wanting to live here! When you do decide to move here (and we think you will!), it can be hard to decide on the perfect neighborhood. That's why we rounded up some of the most popular communities in Cincinnati, all of which are fantastic places to live. No matter who you are or what you're looking for, there's a home and neighborhood perfect for you. Happy exploring!

For the Shopaholic — Hyde Park

Hyde Park Cincinnati, OH Named after the fashionable neighborhood in New York City, Hyde Park is one of the best places in Cincinnati for shopping. In the center of the community, is Hyde Park Square, a two-block area of Erie Avenue, full of one-of-a-kind shops. This neighborhood is located less than five miles from downtown Cincinnati and showcases the best of city living alongside stunning Victorian-era architecture and other unique buildings like the Mushroom House, which looks like something pulled from the pages of Alice in Wonderland. However, Hyde Park isn't only a shopping destination; it's also home to several picturesque parks, award-winning restaurants and wineries. So no matter what you're interested in, Hyde Park is a desirable place to live for practically anyone! Neighborhood highlights: The Cincinnati Observatory, Aligator Purse, Echo, Soho Boutique and the Coffee Emporium.   

For the Hipster — Over-The-Rhine

For those who always want to be ahead of the curve, constantly seeking out new and unique parts of a city, look no further! Over the Rhine (or OTR) is one of Cincinnati's hottest neighborhoods, full of great restaurants, shopping, colorful buildings and friendly people. OTR feels like a mini Brooklyn, in fact, the New York Times described it as having "a scale and grace reminiscent of Greenwich Village in New York" and we aren't surprised. One look at the historic buildings and vibrant culture will have you living out your greatest NYC fantasies. Neighborhood highlights: Eagle OTR, Holtman's Donuts, Bakersfield OTR, Taft's Ale House and Findlay Market

For the Artist — Pleasant Ridge

Cincinnati Neighborhoods Located on the northeastern edge of Cincinnati, Pleasant Ridge is a charming residential neighborhood marked by its small business district and high concentration of artists and musicians. In fact, Pleasant Ridge and the neighboring community, Kennedy Heights, formed District A in 2008 to build community and fuel the economic development through the arts along Montgomery Road. While Pleasant Ridge is currently on the underrated side, the neighborhood is definitely on the rise. Not only will you find some of the best restaurants and attractions, but you'll also find the Overlook Lodge, a bar full of cocktails inspired by the Shining. Neighborhood highlights: Nine Giant Brewing, Queen City Comic and Card Company and the Pendleton Art Center

For the History Buff — Mount Adams

Situated on what feels like a small mountain and overlooking the Cincinnati skyline, Mount Adams (or the "Hill) oozes the "I could live here" factor. The area is full of picturesque sidewalks, winding streets, new apartments and charming homes. It is even surrounded by one of the city's favorite parks: Eden Park, which is just as idyllic as the name suggests. Because of its view of the river valley, Mount Adams played a role in the city's defense against the Confederate Army during the Civil War, with two artillery cannons placed in the area (neither were ever fired). So, while we think the Hill would be a perfect home for most people, history buffs will love exploring all of the historic features of the neighborhood. Neighborhood highlights: Mount Adams Bar & Grill, the Cincinnati Art Museum and Cincinnati Playhouse in the Park.

For the Young Professional — Oakley

Cincinnati Neighborhoods Oakley has drawn in a ton of young professionals over the years, and it's not difficult to see why. The neighborhood is full of swanky bars, restaurants and shops along with plenty of lower priced, beautiful homes. Because this charming area borders Hyde Park, many people tend to assume (incorrectly) that Oakley is the less desirable of the two. But, until recently, it was one of the best-kept secrets in Cincinnati. The secret is out, unfortunately, and people are starting to catch on to the fact that there's a lot to love about this convenient, up-and-coming neighborhood. Neighborhood highlights: Redtree Art Gallery and Coffee Shop, Brazee Street Studios, Flying Pig Irish Pub, Oakley Wines and MadTree Brewing

For Families — Indian Hill

Indian Hill is Cincinnati's most affluent suburb and is located just north of the city limits. The village actually encompasses 20 square miles, so there are plenty of opportunities to make a home here. Its rural atmosphere, high safety ratings and strong sense of community make it the perfect place for families! The neighborhood's education level is tough to beat, as Indian Hill High School boasts unparalleled fine arts, athletics and of course, academics. As an added bonus, the area is practically a natural paradise, full of parks, lakes and trails, so you and the kiddos won't ever run out of things to explore! Neighborhood highlights: Indian Hill Club, Rheinstrom Park and Red Bird Hollow Trailhead

For the Foodie — Clifton

Clifton Cincinnati, OH

The neighborhood of Clifton actually encompasses several different areas: Clifton proper, Corryville, the Heights and Clifton Heights (we know, it's a little confusing). But this large area of Cincinnati has gone through a ton of changes lately. What used to be a neighborhood that served as an extension of downtown Cincinnati, has turned into a trendy urban space full of parks, quaint storefronts, shops and, of course, amazing restaurants. Clifton is the place to go for a great meal, whether it's for a date night or just a casual lunch get-together. The food scene in the area also happens to be incredibly diverse, boasting a plethora of Indian, Greek, Italian, Vietnamese and Mexican establishments. Neighborhood highlights: Ambar, the Brass Tap, Esquire Theater, Edgewood Grove Park and the Clifton Cultural Arts Center

For the Outdoor Enthusiast — Sayler Park

Sayler Park is one of the most charming neighborhoods you'll ever visit. This community sits a bit outside Cincinnati and stretches along the Ohio River, so you can enjoy a little quiet outside of the city without being too far away from the action! The area is marked by the gorgeous Fernbank Park, an idyllic 65-acre, park bench-dotted piece of greenery that borders the river. It's the perfect spot for a morning run with Fido or an afternoon picnic on summer days. But the real draw here is the small town feel, friendly people and small businesses. Neighborhood highlights: Cabana on the River, Fernbank Golf Course, Thornton Triangle, Shamrock and Bender Mountain Preserve

For the Architecture Lover — Columbia Tusculum

Cincinnati Neighborhoods

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Founded in 1788, the stunning Columbia Tusculum has long prided itself on being Cincinnati's first neighborhood. And, while many may think that Over-the-Rhine is the current crown jewel of Cincinnati, we think it might be Columbia Tusculum. Not only is there plenty to do, see and eat in the area — it also happens to be absolutely gorgeous. If you take a stroll down the neighborhood, you'll find streets full of colorfully painted houses reminiscent of San Francisco's "Painted Ladies" and murals depicting them along the sidewalks. For those who aren't as interested in architecture as others, head up (and we mean "up" because it's a pretty big hill) to the picturesque Alms Park, which is what nature enthusiasts' dreams are made of. Neighborhood highlights: Streetside Brewery, Ygasana Mysore Cincinnati, Yust Gallery, Taglio and Allyn's Cafe  

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May
2

The Newcomer's Guide to Cincinnati | 14 Things You Need to Know

Cincinnati is an amazing city nestled along the Ohio River. Known as the "Queen City," "Porkopolis," the "Paris of America," "The City of Seven Hills" and, of course, Cincy. We're a city full of history, sports, art and really good chili. Cincinnati has definitely been growing in popularity, as it was named one of the best cities for nightlife and a top foodie city. Plus, it recently ranked close to the top of Liability's 2019 list of the best places in the United States to live. Our city offers plenty of great restaurants, picturesque parks, breweries, beautiful homes and a great community of residents — so we don't blame you for wanting to live here! But before you make the move to our amazing city, there are a few things you should know. From our obsession with the Cincinnati Reds to our resident famous hippo, we've created a complete guide to help your transition into being a Cincinnatian a little easier!

The Cincinnati Basics:

  • Estimated Population (2019): 301,301
  • County: Hamilton County
  • Land Area: 79.54 Square Miles
  • Rainfall: 42.24 Inches
  • Snowfall: 14 Inches
  • Average Annual High Temperature: 64.8 Degrees
  • Average Annual Temperature: 54.65 Degrees
  • Average Annual Low Temperature: 44.5 Degrees

Manners are second nature

Just like Canadian's say "sorry" more often than necessary, Cincinnatians love to say "please". You'll often hear it in place of "excuse me", but we're known to say it in pretty much any other situation too. Maybe it's our Midwestern roots, or maybe it's because being friendly is in our DNA.

Our weather is indecisive

New to Cincinnati When you move, you'll probably want to invest in a good ice scraper, snow boots, a raincoat, umbrella and a quality sunblock. Our weather rapidly changes, so don't be surprised if you get to experience all four seasons in just one week — it's all a part of being a true Cincinnatian!

But we still love the outdoors

Even with the ever-changing weather here in Cincy, we still love the outdoors. The Ohio River, the largest tributary of the Mississippi River, is located along our border and is truly a spectacular sight. If you love boating or want to take out the jet skis, you don't have to travel very far to enjoy all the river has to offer. Cincinnati also maintains a thriving park system that includes more than 100 parks and green spaces throughout our wonderful city. Plus — we have a ton of great options for rock climbers, golfers, skiers and campers!

Our location is amazing

New to Cincinnati Within just six hours, you could be in Indianapolis, Louisville, Nashville and so many other amazing road trip destinations! Plus, we're home to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, making us the perfect home base for travel lovers.

You'll have to choose a side

The East Side vs. West Side debate is completely real, and deciding where your loyalties lie is an incredibly important decision you'll have to make when you move. The dividing line is either Interstate 75 or Vine Street, depending on who you ask, but both sides are completely unique and full of things to do and see.  

Our food scene is next level

New to Cincinnati Cincinnati is home to some of the best food in the country. Not only have we been on countless best-of lists for our incredible restaurants, but we also offer unique and delicious takes on popular dishes. We love our Buckeyes, not just the team, but the to-die-for chocolate-covered peanut butter balls that are a staple at every get-together. Goetta, a combination of sausage and oats, is one of our classic favorites. And trying our famous chili (and smothering it on absolutely everything) — is a Cincinnatian rite of passage.

...And our drink scene isn't too shabby either

Over the past few years, our city has experienced a resurgence in our drink and craft brewery scene, including the likes of Rhinegeist Brewery, Fifty West Brewing and plenty of other fantastic breweries in the area. Wine lovers will love Henke Winery, but if you're looking for something a bit stronger, head over the river for bourbon from the New Riff Distillery or the Boone County Distilling Company.

We love to party

New to Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of Casey Burns via Taste of Cincinnati

Because of our increase in breweries, bars and distilleries over the past few years — we've become a great place for nightlife. In fact, Apartment Guide just named us as one of the top 10 best cities for nightlife in America! Plus, we throw some of the best festivals in the country, including the gigantic Taste of Cincinnati, the Panegyri Greek Festival, and the Juneteenth Festival.

You'll definitely become a sports fan

Sports are practically a religion in our neck of the woods, specifically baseball. Be prepared for the entire city to shut down on the Cincinnati Reds' opening day. We are also home to the Cincinnati Bengals, FC Cincinnati, the Cincinnati Cyclones and the Cincinnati Bearcats — so it's pretty impossible not to be a die-hard sports fan. Pretty soon you'll be painting your face, donning a jersey, and heading out to the Great American Ball Park just like the rest of us.

We're home to the world's most famous hippo

 
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Born prematurely in early 2017, Fiona the hippo gained national attention as workers at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens fought to keep her healthy. Today she's thriving, both in life and on social media, with hundreds of thousands of people keeping tabs on her daily activities.

You can get almost anything at Findlay Market

Findlay Market is Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati's most loved institutions. It's located just a few blocks from downtown in Over-the-Rhine and while you're there you can peruse local produce, meats, handmade items and pretty much anything else you can think of! When you visit, be sure to use our guide to the 25 must-visit places in and around the market!

Our buildings are an architecture lover's dream

New to Cincinnati In the late 1800s, Cincinnati was nicknamed the "Paris of America" because of our gorgeous architecture that may or may not have had some influence from popular Parisian landmarks. The Apostolic Bethlehem Temple Church, Cincinnati City Hall, Cincinnati Music Hall and the Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal are just some of the breathtaking Cincy landmarks that should be on your bucket list!

We're a cultured community

Here in Cincy, our cultural scene is thriving. We play host to several live music events throughout the year and you can catch a show at the Cincinnati Music Hall whenever the mood hits you! We also have some of the best live theater and museums in the Midwest. One must-see stop is the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center, where you can view some of the most revolutionary modern art in the world.

It's actually cheaper to live here!

New to Cincinnati US News named Cincinnati as one of the 25 Best Affordable Places to Live in the U.S. in 2018, which is no surprise to us! For a big city, our living costs are much lower than the national average, allowing you to allocate funds towards more important things — like craft beer and chili.  

Welcome to Cincinnati!

We hope you love living in our lovely city. If you've yet to find a home in Cincinnati, we're here to help! Take a look at the many homes available in the area and contact us if we can make your home search, or your move, easier!
March
21

25 Must-Visit Places in and Around Findlay Market

Findlay Market is Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and one of Cincinnati's most loved institutions. Located just a few blocks from downtown in Over-the-Rhine, at Findlay Market you can peruse local produce, meats and handmade items from more than 40 indoor merchants all year long. With so many vendors and merchants, it's easy to spend an entire day in the market exploring. That's why we created a list of the must-visit spots in the area, so you can start planning out your itinerary. Here you'll find the best places to go for fresh bread, handmade soaps, gourmet gelato and more!  
Jump Ahead:

Artisan Gifts | Baked Goods | Beer & Wine | Cheese & Dairy | Flowers | Fresh Seafood | Meat & Poultry | Produce | Specialty Groceries | Restaurants

 

Go Shopping

You can't stop by Findlay Market without coming out with bags and bags of fresh produce, baked goods and meat! No matter what you're looking for, there's a vendor selling it at this massive farmers market — but remember, certain vendors keep different hours so, if you're after something specific, make sure to check that they are open before heading over.

Artisan Gifts

Artichoke

Findlay Market

Photo courtesy of Jeremy Kramer via Artichoke

Brad and Karen Monzel Hughs took the idea of "retirement" as an opportunity for a new adventure. They took their love of cooking and design and created Artichoke, a curated cookware collection. Their Findlay Market shop specializes in high-quality cookware that includes anything from unique gadgets and cutlery to pots and pans.

Nature's Gifts

Nature's Gifts is a must-visit destination for handcrafted herbal soaps and body care products inspired by nature and created using all-natural and eco-friendly resources. Owners Jand and mark Staubitz have been merchants at Findlay Market for over 14 years, selling potted herbs in the spring and original, handcrafted flower boxes and cut flowers during the growing season.

Pet Wants

Pet Wants is a pet food and supply store dedicated to the urban pet owner. They offer high quality, balanced pet food that is made right here in Ohio and never housed in a warehouse. You don't even have to get out of your car because they offer curbside pickup! So, pack up your pup and pay a Pet Wants visit (there might even be a free treat waiting for them).  

Baked Goods

Blue Oven Bakery

Findlay Market

Photo courtesy of Blue Oven Bakery

Blue Oven is a bakery located on a small family farm on the banks of the East Fork of the Little Miami River. Using their homegrown ingredients, they craft breads and other specialty goods, baked in a wood-fired blue stone oven.  

Beer & Wine

Market Wines

Market Wines owner Michael Maxwell has been hooked on wine since he was in college, working part-time at a liquor store. Fourteen years later, his shop is one of the most popular stops in Findlay Market with over 500 wines and an assortment of beer from all over the world. Stop by on a Saturday or Sunday from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. for their weekly wine tasting!    

Cheese & Dairy

J.E. Gibbs Cheese

J.E. Gibbs Cheese and Sausage opened at Findlay Market in 1922 as a butter and egg stand. Today, while they still sell butter and eggs, they are also known for their lunchmeat, cheese, sausage, natural peanut butter, Amish jams, handmade noodles and dozens of flavors of fudge. This fifth generation business is a must-try in the market that will have you coming back again and again.

The Rhined

Findlay Market This cheese shop focuses on the best domestic artisan cheese they can get their hands on. Here, you can expect to find retail cheese along with all of the accompaniments to create the perfect cheese board. The Rhined even offers a regularly rotating selection of cheese flights that you can enjoy in the shop!

Silverglade's

Silverglade's has been a Findlay Market staple since 1922, providing fresh bread, olives, pickles and an amazing selection of cheese to Cincinnati locals. And, don't miss their massive selection of incredible deli meats, coffee beans, handmade pasta, condiments and candies. The Cincinnati Enquirer has named the Silverglade family one of the most significant contributors to the Cincinnati food scene and you can experience their legacy at their Findlay Market location or at one of their shops throughout the city.  

Flowers

The Budding Florist

If you're looking for a stunning floral arrangement to give to a loved one, as the perfect wedding bouquet or just want something to spruce up your dining room — you've come to the right place. The Budding Florist designs gorgeous floral arrangements fit for any occasion. Follow them on Instagram for your daily dose of flowers!

Todd's Run Nursery

Findlay Market Todd's Run Nursery is the perfect place to begin your gardening journey. They offer bedding, herbs, an abundance of blooming plants and anything else you may need when starting your home garden.  

Fresh Seafood

Luken's Poultry, Fish & Seafood

While you're at the market, be sure to pick up some fresh fish or shrimp at Luken's Poultry, Fish & Seafood! Owner Mike Luken has been at Findlay Market since he was in high school, working part-time at Trefzger's Fih and Poultry stand. He went on to purchase that business and turn it into the incredible seafood destination it is today.

Heist Fish & Poultry

Tim and Barb Heist or the proud owners of Heist Fish & Poultry, a business that dates back to 1880. Their shipments of fresh seafood arrive daily and they offer a wide variety of specialty products like alligator, frog legs, crawfish, squid, pheasant and quail along with normal seafood and poultry staples. Even if you aren't in the market for fresh seafood, you should still stop by the store to experience the history of this nearly 140-year-old business.  

Meat & Poultry

Eckerlin Meats

Findlay Market When Findlay Market opened for business in 1855, Eckerlin Meats was there. Today, owner Bob Lillis is the fourth generation to run the business and is continuing the legacy his great-grandfather created over a century ago. They offer high-quality meats that are shipped all over the United States, but it's their goetta that is the real star of the show, with 300-500 pounds of the mixture of pork, beef, oatmeal, onions and spices sold every week.

Grassroots Farm & Foods

Grassroots Farm & Foods raises cattle, sheep, hogs and chickens on 400 acres of certified organic pasture in Hillsboro, Ohio. Their animals are never confined, living outdoors their entire lives. They offer 100% grass-fed beef and lamb; pastured pork, chicken and eggs; along with prepared foods made in small batches like Bolognese sauce, pork ragout, beef barbacoa and more!  

Mackie Quality Meats

Mackie's owner, Phil Leurck doesn't know why the business came so naturally to him, having started working at the stand part-time in 1996 and quickly moving up the ranks. He purchased the stand in 1999, and today, he continues to provide high-quality meats at great prices to Findlay Market shoppers. When you visit, definitely try to pick up some of their filet mignon, which is always tasty and available at an unbelievable price.  

Produce

Farmers' Market

Findlay Market

Photo courtesy of Erin Glass, Corporation for Findlay Market via Findlay Market

Throughout the year, the outdoor farmers' market at Findlay Market is a great place to spend your weekend! The vendors are always changing and providing locally produced goods, crafts and foods. Click here for a list of the current vendors.

Madison's at Findlay Market

It all started when Carolyn and Bryan Madison set up a folding table of local produce from their Adams County farm in 1996. Today, they're located indoors at the Findlay Market and continue to provide regulars with the best in organic and local produce.

Carriage House Farm

Carriage House Farm is a registered Ohio Century Farm located in historic North Bend, Ohio. At their stand, you'll find the freshest produce, herbs, grains and honey. If you're interested in tasting their products prepared by a gourmet chef, they'll be hosting nearly two dozen dinners over the course of three seasons this year — get your tickets here!  

Specialty Groceries

Saigon Market

This Asian grocery store is the oldest of its kind in the Cincinnati area, providing everything you need to create authentic Asian dishes from the comfort of home. The shelves are stacked floor to ceiling with a thousand different products from Vietnam, Thailand, China, Japan and the Philippines along with other parts of the world like West Africa and Mexico. This famous grocery destination should definitely be on your Findlay Market itinerary.

Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices

There's probably no one in Cincinnati that knows more about spices than the Colonel. Whether you're looking for a unique spice, a hard-to-find sugar, or a pre-made rub — chances are it is in one of their many jars.  

Grab Something to Eat

After a full day of shopping at Findlay Market, you'll have to stop and refuel at one of the incredible restaurants in the area. Whether you're in the mood for a light snack or a massive spread, there are several delicious spots where you can fill up.

Social OTR

Findlay Market

Photo courtesy of Erin Glass, Corporation for Findlay Market via Social OTR

Social OTR is more than just a restaurant. Not only do they offer delicious dishes like Reserve Run Steak, Rabbit Agnolotti and Duck Confit, their kitchen is also fully staffed by students in the CityLink Center's Findlay Culinary Training Program! Feel good knowing that while you're enjoying an incredible meal, you're supporting the industry's future culinary pioneers.

Taste of Belgium

In 2000, Jean-Francios Flechet moved from Belgium to Cincinnati to work on his Ph.D. and began frequenting Findlay Market. After spending years perfecting a recipe that replicated the taste of the waffles he ate as a child in Belgium, he decided to test his waffles at Madison's at the market, which were an instant sensation. Today, you can try one of his famed waffles at his market stand along with tasty beer pizza, crepes, and quiches.

French Crust Café and Bistro

This French café is a little bit of Paris located in the heart of Over-the-Rhine. They serve bistro-inspired dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner that change with the seasons, using only the freshest local ingredients. Don't miss the divine French-style pastries and culinary confections available for dessert!

Dojo Gelato

Findlay Market

Photo courtesy of Dojo Gelato

Dojo Gelato is committed to creating the best gelato and coffee around. They don't cut corners, creating their gelato from scratch daily and they don't use artificial flavorings, colorings or powdered milk mixes. If you're looking for enough gelato for a crowd, you can order custom five-liter pans of gelatos, even though they take a week to create — we promise they're worth it!

Pho Lang Thang

This upbeat Vietnamese joint is the perfect spot to chow down after a long day of shopping. Enjoy their delicious bowls of pho and banh mi sandwiches while relaxing in their urban dining room. Don't forget their popular Lang Thang coffee, roasted and brewed to create Vietnamese iced coffee (which is worth an entire visit all on its own!).  

What will you do?

What is on the top of your Findlay Market itinerary? Let us know in the comments and tag us on Instagram using #CutlerExplores!
January
24

The Best Lunch Spot in 13 Cincinnati Neighborhoods

Lunch is one of the best motivators for getting through a long morning, so don't settle for leftovers or a sad sandwich when there are so many better options available! Cincinnati is bursting with amazing spots for you to get your grub on in the middle of the day. We've curated a list of the best restaurants, including hotspots and hidden treasures, in 13 Cincinnati neighborhoods. So, no matter where you are in our great city, you'll be able to find a delicious meal right around the corner. Enjoy!  

Hyde Park

Arthur's Cafe

3516 Edwards Road | Menu Lunch restaurants in Cincinnati

Photo courtesy of Arthur's Cafe

For one of the best burgers in Cincinnati, you have to check out Arthur's Cafe. This casual and laid-back spot is the perfect place to grab a bite to eat on your lunch break — or pretty much any other time! They have a great selection of local craft beers on tap, as well as some carefully crafted cocktails. We recommend the delicious black bean burger with a side of Arthur's homemade pink salsa!

Mount Lookout

Zip's Cafe

1036 Delta Avenue | Menu Zip's Cafe has been a Mount Lookout staple for over 90 years and not much has changed throughout the years. They are still making delicious burgers and sandwiches with fresh, local ingredients and have kept the decor the same. When you stop in, bask in the classic vibes and try one of their burgers and, of course, a cup of their famous chili.

Over the Rhine

The Eagle Food & Beer Hall

1342 Vine Street | Menu Lunch restaurants in Cincinnati

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The Eagle Food & Beer Hall serves up some truly mouth-watering dishes. Their all natural chicken is fried to perfection and served with their signature housemade hot honey. Make your meal even better with some of their southern sides like mac & cheese, collard greens or spoonbread. If you're in the mood for something a bit healthier, they also offer delicious salads topped with unique ingredients like green beans, frisee and figs!

Clifton

Biagio's Bistro

308 Ludlow Avenue | Menu Biagio's Bistro has been located in the heart of the Clifton Gaslight District since 1999, and has since become a favorite of both locals and out-of-towners. They offer tasty pasta dishes, sandwiches, salads and incredible desserts. Whether you're stopping in for a lunch with a coworker or enjoying a cannoli and a cappuccino alone, you won't be disappointed!

Mount Adams

Mount Adams Bar & Grill

938 Hatch Street | Menu Starting out as a speakeasy during the Prohibition of the 1920s, Mount Adams Bar & Grill has become a historic Cincinnati institution. They became the first bar in Ohio to receive their liquor license after the ban on alcohol was lifted and they have been serving delicious burgers and cocktails ever since!

Pleasant Ridge

Gas Light Cafe

6104 Montgomery Road | Menu The Gas Light Cafe definitely has one of the best burgers in Cincinnati  — and their selection of delicious sandwiches isn't too shabby either. But what really keeps customers coming back is their fantastic customer service and welcoming atmosphere. You won't be disappointed in their wide array of ice-cold beers on tap or the friends you'll make at the bar.

Oakley

Sleepy Bee Cafe

3098 Madison Road | Menu   Lunch restaurants in Cincinnati

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If you're looking for traditional comfort food made with locally sourced ingredients, you have to try Sleepy Bee Cafe. They are open for breakfast and lunch every day and offer a wide variety of seasonal dishes along with some vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. We recommend their Moroccan Chicken Salad, which is dairy-free and oh-so-delicious.

Sayler Park

Buddha Barn

6625 Gracely Drive | Menu Buddha Barn is a small restaurant nestled in Sayler Park that isn't concerned with getting as many customers as possible, but rather making the best food they can. There is no sign out front and the building doesn't seat more than 30 people, but they just happen to serve the best Thai food in Cincinnati! When you go, make sure to try their amazing garlic rice with a side of their to-die-for balsamic chili sauce.

Columbia-Tusculum

Taglio

3531 Columbia Parkway | Menu You can't go wrong with great pizza, wine and gelato! At Taglio you can create your own pizza or go with one of their signature pies, sandwiches or salads. They also offer vegan pizza alternatives, as well as a large selection of delicious sorbets.

Corryville

Hangover Easy

13 West Charlton Street | Menu Lunch in Cincinnati

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Hangover Easy is a diner that features playful twists on classic dishes. Whether you're looking to cure a hangover, keep the party going, or have a productive lunch date with a coworker, Hangover Easy is here to help. They serve delicious breakfast classics all day, as well as carefully crafted sandwiches and salads.

Silverton

The Silverton Cafe

7201 Montgomery Road | Menu Whether you're looking for a place to host your lunch meeting or wanting to stop in for a solo adventure, The Silverton Cafe is the perfect spot. They offer a buffet table and private space for large groups along with free Wi-Fi to all of their patrons. You can also visit them in the evening for some great live music or karaoke!

Hartwell

Teranga Authentic African Cuisine

8442 Vine Street | Menu Teranga offers a unique fusion of African and American cuisine that you won't find anywhere else! The fantastic atmosphere and friendly service along with the massive portions of affordable food will have you coming back over and over again. While you can't go wrong with any of their menu items, their curry is something truly special!

Camp Washington

Camp Washington Chili

3005 Colerain Avenue | Menu Lunch in cincinnati

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Chili is sacred in Cincinnati and restaurants are constantly vying for the title "Best Chili in Cincinnati". In our opinion, Camp Washington Chili may actually hold it! For 24 hours a day, six days a week, Camp Washington Chili is serving up their famous "5 Way" full of all natural ingredients and a whole lot of love.  

Bon Appétit!

What is your favorite lunch spot in Cincinnati? Let us know in the comments!
January
8

12 Reasons Why You Should Consider Moving to Cincinnati

Cincinnati is an amazing city located in the heart of the Midwest that has a lot of names. We're known as the "Queen City," "Porkopolis," the "Paris of America" and of course #Cincy. We love our sports, our music and our chili (it really is the best in the world). But, Cincinnati is so much more than all that. In our opinion, and of those that have already placed Cincy on a variety of "Best Of" lists, Cincinnati is one of the best places to call home in the world! Here are 12 reasons why you should consider moving there.

Living is actually affordable

Moving to Cincinnati US News named Cincinnati as one of the 25 Best Affordable Places to Live in the U.S. in 2018 and it's no surprise to us! For a big city, our living costs are much lower than the national average. So, if you're tired of paying over half your monthly income on rent, you may want to consider moving to Cincinnati.

It's a great place to raise a family

Cincinnati is a great place to raise a family. In fact, we were named one of Niche's Best Cities for Families this year! Not only do we have an abundance of kid-related activities available all year long, but we also have one of the highest ranked school systems in the nation.

But it's also one of the best places for millennials

Reasons to move to cincinnati People ages 20-35 are attracted to Cincinnati because of its ample employment opportunities, the big-city feel, the friendly people and the affordability. USA Today even named us #13 in their list of the 15 US Cities Attracting The Most Millennials, but, of course, we think it's a great city for people of all ages.

There are a lot of great jobs

Not only has Livability named Cincinnati as one of the 10 Best Cities for College Graduates, but WalletHub named us as one of 2018's Best Cities to Find a Job! Our city currently has thriving cultural, culinary and technology scenes, so whether you're just looking for a new job or wanting to start a new business, Cincinnati is perfect for you.

We're the "Paris of America"

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In the late 1800s, Cincinnati was nicknamed "Paris of America" because of our gorgeous architecture that may or may not have had influence from popular Parisian landmarks. Some of our incredible buildings should definitely be on your Cincy bucket list, such as the Apostolic Bethlehem Temple Church, Cincinnati City Hall, Cincinnati Music Hall, Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal and so many more!

Our location is amazing

Within three hours, you could be in Indianapolis, Louisville and so many other amazing road trip destinations! Plus, we're home to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, making us the perfect home base for travel lovers.

It's a foodie's paradise

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Cincinnati is home to some of the best food in the country. In fact, OpenTable's Top 100 Restaurants in America for 2017 includes three Cincinnati restaurants: Orchids at Palm Court, Restaurant L and Sotto! We have some of the best ice cream, coffee and brunch spots. And, if you're a chili lover you have to try our take on chili — which we love to slather on everything.

...And our drink scene isn't too shabby either

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Over the past few years, our city has experienced a resurgence in our drink and craft brewery scene, including the likes of Rhinegeist Brewery, Fifty West Brewing and Mt. Carmel Brewing which have made quite an impact! Henke Winery is a great choice for wine lovers, but if you need something a bit stronger, head over the river for bourbon from the New Riff Distillery or the Boone County Distilling Company.

We love our sports

We Cincinnatians do love our sports teams. From the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cincinnati Reds to college teams like the University of Kentucky Basketball team and the Cincinnati Bearcats, we've got a team for every kind of sports fan. We've also had two new stadiums built where you can attend and enjoy events all year round!

There is a ton to do outside

The Ohio River, the largest tributary of the Mississippi River, is truly a spectacular sight. If you love boating or want to take out the jet skis, you don't need to travel very far to enjoy all the river has to offer. There's also a ton of riverboat tours that provide dining options, live entertainment and more! Cincinnati also maintains a thriving park system that includes more than a hundred parks and green spaces throughout our wonderful city. Plus — we have a ton of options for rock climbers, golfers, skiers and campers! We may be a large city, but that doesn't mean outdoor adventurers won't love it here too.

...And inside too

Here in Cincy, our cultural scene is thriving. Cincinnati plays host to many live music events all throughout the year and you can catch shows at the Cincinnati Music Hall or check out our list of the 10 Coolest Music Venues in Cincinnati. We also have some of the best live theater and museums in the midwest. Additionally, our zoo is home to a very famous resident: Fiona the hippo, who was born prematurely and became a social media star right out of the womb. Make sure to follow her on Facebook and see what she's up to today!  

Cincinnati has a neighborhood to fit any lifestyle

Cincinnati is home to 52 fantastic neighborhoods, so no matter the type of lifestyle you're looking for — Cincinnati has it! If you're looking to be close to the action downtown, consider Over The Rhine. For more relaxed living, take a look at neighborhoods like Mount Adams, Anderson, Delhi, Alexandria or Florence. Check out our list of The Hottest Neighborhoods in Cincinnati to learn more about some up-and-coming Cincy neighborhoods!  

Have we convinced you?

Have we convinced you? Contact one of our experienced agents for help finding the home of your dreams in the Cincinnati area or get to know the area a little better with our Highlights of the Queen City from A-Z!
November
7

The 10 Best Family Photographers in Cincinnati

It seems like just yesterday that your little ones were born. In a blink of an eye, they're suddenly going off to college and starting families of their own! Time flies when you're having fun, so it's important to hold onto the moments that make life special — birthdays, holidays, weddings, graduations and even the little moments every day that we don't think about until they're over. Cincinnati is home to a ton of incredibly talented photographers that want to help you preserve your family memories. Though, finding a photographer that makes you feel comfortable and who also provides beautiful images that will suit your specific needs can be hard. So, we rounded up some of our favorite photographers in Cincinnati so that you can find one that clicks!

Sweet Things Photography

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Amy Schoettker wants her photography to tell a story. She believes that there is beauty in imperfections and focuses on capturing the true essence of a family. She specializes in family, children, maternity and newborn photos. Contact her for more information.

KMK Digital Photography

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Because Kari McKercher has a family of her own, she knows how quickly children change and grow. She loves capturing family moments and helping create memories that you'll look back on for years to come. She specializes in newborn, senior and family photography. Follow her blog to see some of her featured sessions and contact her to book your own!

Betsy Jane Photography

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Betsy Shonebarger loves books, dogs and hanging out near the pool. She found her passion for photography in high school when she became a staff member for her school's newspaper. Armed with a 35mm Canon Rebel, she set off to capture the lives of her fellow students. As an adult, her passion for photography hasn't wavered, and she's committed to capturing special moments in people's lives. Contact her to schedule a session.

Two Blooms Photography

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Heather has been taking photos professionally for over five years. As a mother of three, she knows how important capturing family memories are. She believes that having photos trapped in a computer or on social media, instead of being able to hold our memories, is a tragedy. She's vowed to change that by working with each individual client and getting to know how you want to preserve your memories. Give her a call to learn more.

Carrie Lynne Photography

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Carrie Thompson is pretty sure her kids will be sick of the camera by the time they're teenagers, but she loves preserving their memories anyway. Her photos are warm and vibrant and will sometimes even leave you wondering, "How did she take that?" She specializes in maternity, newborn, children and family photography. Contact her to book an appointment.

Anne Gregoire Photography

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Specializing in newborn, children, senior and family portraits, Anne wants to capture who you and your family are. She's been known to break out in song and dance or even tickle kids in order to make them laugh and relax. If you're looking for a photographer that will do anything and everything to get the photo — Anne's your girl. Contact her to learn more.

Eyes to Heart Photography

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Matt and Sarah Ollerdisse bonded when they were first dating over photography. Now married, these partners in crime love telling stories through their photos. They both bring a fun personality to the shoot and the resulting photos are gorgeous. Check out their gallery to see more.

Sonja B Photography

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Originally from Germany, Sonja moved to Cincinnati in 1998 and fell in love with the city. When she had her first son, she became obsessed with capturing every moment. Her friends, seeing how talented she was with a camera, started asking her to take photos of them — and the rest is history. Her photos are soft and vibrant without being overwhelming. Contact her for more information.

Samantha Sinchek Photography

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Samantha first learned about photography when she was in high school, but didn't do much with the knowledge until she lived in Europe for six months, where she fell in love with taking photos in Rome, London and Paris. When she got home she knew she had found her calling. In her spare time, Samantha loves to run half marathons and is working her way up to a full marathon. Give her a call to schedule an appointment — we're confident she'll go the distance for you.

Lyell Photography

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Stephanie Lyell loves challenging herself. In 2016, she decided to take a photo every day of her life and family. It allowed her to think like a photographer every day and to capture all the beautiful memories her and her family were making. At the end of each week, she posted all the photos in a blog post and wrote a little about each one, which you can find here. Her photos have a vintage flair that is so gorgeous and is sure to flawlessly capture those precious family moments. Contact her to book an appointment.  

Did any of these photographers catch your eye?

Let us know which one is your favorite and share any recommendations in the comments below!
October
12

Your Guide to Gluten-Free Restaurants in the Cincinnati Area

Over the last several years, restaurants across the globe have adjusted to common dietary restrictions in order to accommodate vegan, vegetarian, dairy-free and gluten-free guests. Cincinnati is no exception, as the city has a number of restaurants with significant gluten-free options, a complete gluten-free menu, or sometimes, no gluten in the kitchen whatsoever. Explore the myriad of options at your fingertips in Cincinnati, whether you're temporarily cutting out gluten, you have a gluten intolerance, or you have celiac disease. Need additional support? Consider joining the Gluten-Free in Cincinnati Facebook group for suggestions and insight from other gluten-free residents and visitors in the city. The group also shares general news and updates from the global gluten-free community!  

Restaurants

Paleolicious

Location: 312 Walnut Street, Cincinnati Paleolicious Cincinnati, OH

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Paleolicious is one of the only restaurants in the city that is 100 percent gluten-free! This casual cafe in the Scripps Center is the perfect place to grab a healthy meal on-the-go — including pressed juices and smoothies, scones, muffins, soups, salads, lettuce wraps, snacks, desserts, coffee and much more! All sauces, dressings and soups are made from scratch and the meats are nitrate-free, natural and sliced fresh daily.  

Arnold's Bar and Grill

Location: 210 East 8th Street, Cincinnati With a rich history dating back to 1861, Arnold's Bar and Grill is Cincinnati's oldest tavern! But this historic tavern is not stuck in the past; they are always keeping up with what's current — which includes a gluten-free menu. Enjoy live music, well-priced drinks and the fun atmosphere at this long-standing tavern in the heart of downtown.  

Brown Dog Cafe

Location: 4335 Glendale-Milford Road, Cincinnati Brown Dog Cafe offers an ever-changing, eclectic menu featuring sustainable Hawaiian fish, steaks, wild game, unique appetizers, vegetarian dishes, homemade pastas and desserts. Plus, much of the menu is gluten-free! Just take a look at the number of dishes with a gluten-free symbol. Plus, many other dishes can be made gluten-free with a small fee.  

Aladdin's

Location: 1203 Main Street #100, Cincinnati Aladdin's serves healthy and flavorful Lebanese-American foods that align with a variety of dietary preferences and requirements. That's why their menu includes over 40 vegetarian dishes, 30 vegan dishes, 40 gluten-free dishes, and 40 (antibiotic-free!) meat and chicken dishes. Each gluten-free item is designated with "gf" on the menu.  

Django Western Taco

Location: 4172 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati Django Western Taco serves thoughtfully inspired cuisine, including tacos, salads, sandwiches and more, in a laid-back atmosphere in the heart of Northside. The menu features an array of gluten-free options, including gluten-free chips. In fact, all of the "snacks" are labeled gluten-free, including chips and salsa, guacamole and chips, chorizo dip, queso, and totchos — tater tots smothered in carnitas, queso, house BBQ, green onions, and crema.  

Incline Public House

Location: 2601 8th Street West, Cincinnati Incline Public House offers panoramic views of the Ohio River and downtown Cincinnati, best seen from their 1,400 square foot outdoor deck. You don't have to miss out on the views if you're gluten-free, as Incline Public House offers a number of gluten-free options, including gluten-free crust for all of their pizzas, a gluten-free bun for their burgers, and a number of other gluten-free options.  

Melt Revival

Location: 4100 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati Melt Revival | Gluten Free Restaurants in Cincinnati

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For over 10 years, Melt Revival has been a Northside neighborhood favorite, serving up healthy greens and delicious sandwiches in their bright and colorful space. Plus, all of the salads are gluten-free and the flatbreads and sandwiches can be made with gluten-free bread for $1! Pair your sandwich or salad with a refreshing seasonal lemonade or lavender kombucha.  

Nada

Location: 600 Walnut Street, Cincinnati This modern Mexican eatery is situated in the heart of the Central Business District. Enjoy a myriad of delicious Mexican dishes, like enchiladas, quesadillas, tacos, salads, various small plates, and more. The staff is extremely knowledgeable about gluten sensitivities and the options on their menu that are safe to eat. Plus, they will make gluten-free chips upon request!  

Pies & Pints

Locations: 56 West Freedom Way, Cincinnati, 5901 East Galbraith Road, Cincinnati + 7621 Gibson Street, Liberty Township This small chain has three locations in the city — all of which serve up creative and tasty pizzas and a great selection of craft beers. Any of the specialty pies at Pies & Pints may be made with a small size gluten-free crust for $2. Plus, the chips and salsa, pork and pepper nachos, and a few salads are all gluten-free!  

Sleepy Bee Cafe

Locations: 3098 Madison Road, Cincinnati, 3702, 8 East 4th Street, Cincinnati + 9514 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash Sleepy Bee Cafe is a gathering place offering locally sourced sustenance — food that tastes good and makes you feel good. At each of the three Sleepy Bee locations, you'll find a myriad of gluten-free options on the menu, including the Bumblee's Breakfast, Vegan Tofu Scramble, CBeeD Bowl, all of the omelets, the Bee Cakes, and more. Eating gluten-free is easy at this beloved neighborhood cafe!  

Vita Vite

Location: 520 Vine Street, Cincinnati You may not expect an Italian restaurant to have very many gluten-free options. But alas, Vita Vite has an entire gluten-free dinner menu, filled with a myriad of tasty Italian dishes from beef carpaccio to octopus fagioli and grilled asparagus to pan-roasted branzino.  

The Whole Bowl

Location: 364 Ludlow Avenue, Cincinnati The tagline of The Whole Bowl is "It's like eating a hug" — and we completely agree! The tasty and healthy options at this walk-up window eatery are sure to please everyone. That's because all bowls are free of nuts, gluten, wheat and hydrogenated oil. Every bowl comes with brown rice, black and red beans, avocado, cilantro, black olives, Tillamook cheddar, sour cream, salsa and Tali Sauce.  

The Mercer

Location: 1324 Vine Street, Cincinnati The Mercer Cincinnati, OH

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The Mercer is a stylish eatery in the heart of Over the Rhine serving European-influenced dishes. In addition to their impressive array of offerings, The Mercer has a gluten-free menu featuring salads and starters, gluten-free pasta and risotto, and entrees, such as salmon, beef tenderloin, roasted cauliflower, and more. Vegetarian guests get their very own menu as well!  

Bouquet

Location: 519 Main Street, Covington Just across the river in Covington, you'll find this elegant farm-to-table bistro serving an array of American dishes. If your mouth is watering at the sight of the fig and plum tartine, the Joyce Farm chicken, the Black Hawk Farm wagyu burger, or the refreshing heirloom tomato salad, don't worry — just about every menu item at Bouquet can be modified depending on dietary restrictions. All items are made from scratch and to order, which means you can easily request gluten-free substitutes.  

Zablong

Location: 23 East 6th Street, Cincinnati Zablong is a great choice for those with serious gluten intolerance issues or celiac disease. This modern create-your-own pizza place handles gluten-free requests very seriously, which includes changing gloves and utensils, using special gluten-free crust and sauces, and utilizing a specific gluten-free location in the oven.  

Mazunte

Location: 5207 Madison Road, Cincinnati Mazunte Cincinnati, OH

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This popular taqueria is a haven for gluten-free guests, as mostly everything on the menu is gluten-free. Simply ask the staff which items are safe to eat on the menu, which includes a variety of delicious tacos, various specialty dishes such as enchiladas, tamales and quesadillas, and a number of sides. The staff at Mazunte is knowledgeable and accommodating with all gluten-free requests!  

Dessert

Cherbourg Cyprus

Location: 1804 Race Street, Cincinnati Cherbourg Cyprus Cincinnati, OH

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At last! Cincinnati has a completely nut- and gluten-free bakery in its midst. This relatively new addition to the historic Over the Rhine neighborhood offers an array of sweet and savory treats, including quiches, shakshuka, scones, muffins, donuts, bars, brownies, cookies, cake and more. Accompany your morsel of sweetness with a Deeper Roots pour over coffee, a cup of tea or orange juice!  

Macaron Bar

Locations: 1206 Main Street, Cincinnati + 3431 Edwards Road, Cincinnati This traditional French macaron shop in Over the Rhine and Hyde Park serves an array of macarons, all of which are made with almond flour — which means everything is gluten-free! You'll find a myriad of flavors depending on the season, including birthday cake, black raspberry chocolate, toasted coconut, coffee, earl grey tea, salted caramel, lemon lavender and more.  

Beer

Rolling Mill Brewery

Location: 8217, 916 1st Avenue, Middletown Rolling Mill Brewery Cincinnati, OH

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It can be hard to find a good gluten-free beer. Rolling Mill Brewery in Middletown is hoping to change that! Co-founders Josh and Megan Laubach began brewing gluten-free beer in 2012 out of necessity, as Josh had been diagnosed with celiac disease the previous year. This new vision allowed them to maintain a passion for brewing — and provide exceptional gluten-free beer for all to enjoy. This new addition to Middletown is well worth the drive!  

Anything else?

What gluten-free suggestions would you recommend? Let us know in the comments below.
July
20

The ABCs of Cincinnati: The Highlights of the Queen City from A-Z

You might have mastered your ABCs in kindergarten, but we're talking about a different alphabet today. Instead of saying A is for "apple" and Z is for "zebra," we're saying C is for "chili" and V is for "Vine Street." We compiled a complete guide to the landmarks, restaurants and characteristics that make our city so unique from A to Z. This is Cincinnati's personalized alphabet — and in our opinion, we think it's even better than the original!  

A: Aronoff Center for the Arts

The Aronoff Center for the Arts (commonly referred to as "The Aronoff") is Cincinnati's entertainment hub and performing arts center. Locals flock here to experience plays, ballet performances, concerts, musicals, stand-up comedy shows and so much more. The main theater seats more than 2,700 people, and the center hosts hundreds of events throughout the year.  

B: Baseball at the Great American Ball Park

It wouldn't be a Cincinnati summer without the Cincinnati Reds! Baseball is America's national pastime and we are proud to call the Great American Ball Park our home field. Grab a chili dog from Skyline Chili and come root for the home team — the Reds are the only way to go.  

C: Cincinnati-Style Chili

True Cincinnati chili heads know that there is nothing like it on earth! Far from the New Mexican chilis or Texan chilis of the South, our city's signature dish is flavorful, Mediterranean-spiced meat sauce dolloped over the top of hot dogs or spaghetti, or simply enjoyed straight from the bowl. You can enjoy the dish one of five ways, which typically refers to different combinations of toppings. Learn more about the dish, as well as where to find it, in this complete guide to Cincinnati-style chili.  

D: Dutch's

If you're on the hunt for the best burger in Cincinnati, you can stop here — we found it! Dutch's Bar, Bottle Shop and Larder in Hyde Park is famous for its burgers, which are only sold in very small batches on Thursday nights. The secret is the charcuterie shop and butcher shop save pieces of its most decadent steaks to mix in with the burgers and then tops it with high-end cheeses and fresh toppings. The result is a mouthwatering entrée that sells out fairly quickly — so make sure to get there early on Thursday to experience it!  

E: The Echo

The Echo

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The Echo is one of the hottest brunch spots in Cincinnati and has served the Hyde Park neighborhood for decades. Due to the friendly staff and comforting fare, the eatery has established itself as a local institution that people return to week after week. We love classics like the Oktoberfest omelet (featuring Glier's goetta), the corned beef hash, and the Belgian bird breakfast sandwich (with chicken tenders, a fried egg, cheddar and syrup).  

F: The Findlay Market

Findlay Market

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This market, which has graced Cincinnati since the mid-1800s, is Ohio's oldest continuously operated public market and one of the city's most cherished institutions! The market is filled to the brim with energetic merchants, artisanal cheeses, fresh produce, warm baked goods and more — it's a treat to visit, even if you're not buying anything.  

G: Graeter's Ice Cream

With more than 145 years of experience under its belt, we believe Graeter's Ice Cream is the ultimate authority on handcrafted French pot ice cream. The interesting flavors, the flawless technique and the friendly atmosphere make it one of the best (if not THE best) ice cream shop in Cincinnati.  

H: The Hofbrauhaus

Cincinnati is steeped in German culture and we relish the chance to indulge in German treats anytime we can. Goetta, anyone? The Hofbrauhaus is a German beer hall in Newport made to look just like its inspiration in Munich. It's the perfect place to don your lederhosen, order a schnitzel and raise a stein to good times!  

I: The Incline District

The Incline District, which has been recently revitalized with several new shops and restaurants, is one of Cincinnati's hottest neighborhoods right now. Named for the famous Cincinnati "inclines" (a set of steep railways) that led up to this neighborhood in the late 1800s, the area is steeped in history. Meandering through the streets, you'll still find traces of days gone by in the elegant Victorian and Colonial-style homes. To experience the views and get a great meal at the same time, stop by the Incline Public House, a gastropub offering incredible food alongside sweeping views of the city.  

J: The John A. Roebling Bridge

If you've seen a picture of the Cincinnati skyline, you have likely seen the John A. Roebling Bridge. This iconic landmark spans the Ohio River between Cincinnati and Covington, and was the longest in the world when it opened in 1867. It's certainly postcard-worthy!  

K: Kings Island

Kings Island is a quintessential part of every Cincinnati local's childhood, but it's also a vacation-worthy destination for people from all over the Midwest! The park is home to some of the best roller coasters in Ohio — and some have even broken world records.  

L: Restaurant L

Culinary icon Jean-Robert de Cavel dreams up the dishes at Restaurant L, an elegant, Parisian-style restaurant with a "little New York attitude and an abundance of Cincinnati charm." Reviewers often gush that a meal here is a once-in-a-lifetime dining experience.  

M: Mount Carmel Brewing Company

Set in the cellar of a 1924 farmhouse, Mt. Carmel Brewing Company pioneered the craft beer scene in Cincinnati, which has since expanded to include more than 50 breweries! Stop by for a pint or growler fill with loved ones and be sure to ask about the history.  

N: Nada

If you're craving tacos and tequila, look no further than Nada! This eclectic and colorful restaurant is known for its innovative, Mexican-inspired bites, which include tacos, Mexican poutine, ancho-glazed pork shank, carnitas tamales and so much more. Nada also landed on our lists of the best brunch spots in Cincinnati and the best places to get a margarita.  

O: The Ohio River

Ohio River The Ohio River, which streams west from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, is the largest tributary of the mighty Mississippi, and also happens to form the southern border of our state. Cincinnati is perched on its banks, which means that we get to enjoy all of the views and recreational opportunities it provides.  

P: The Purple People Bridge

This stunning piece of architecture is named for its unique hue. Every Wednesday night during the summer, enjoy a weekly "Party on the Purple" with the residents of the Queen City, which features live music and refreshments.  

Q: The Queen City

It's our nickname and we're proud of it! During the first 40 years after its founding, Cincinnati experienced spectacular growth. By 1820, locals began referring to it as the Queen of the West. The name stuck and to this day, no one has dared take our crown from us!  

R: Rookwood Pottery Co.

The Rookwood Pottery Company Store is a must-visit destination in Cincinnati's Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. The store has served the city for more than a century and many of the gorgeous handmade pieces inside reflect parts of Cincinnati's story. Marvel at shelf after shelf of beer steins, triptychs of local landmarks, custom tiles, coasters and intricate works of art. If you happen to stop in on a Wednesday at 10:30 a.m., you'll be able to embark on a free tour of the factory and studio. Sign up in advance here!  

S: Sotto

Sotto

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Ask any Cincinnati resident where to find good Italian and they will tell you to go to Sotto. This iconic restaurant is situated in a rustic, softly-lit basement with ornate chandeliers and exposed brick walls. The atmosphere is reason enough to snag a reservation here — but just wait until you try the food! The menu is filled with mouthwatering house-made pastas, interesting Italian entrées and fine wines.  

T: The Taft Museum of Art

The Taft Museum of Art is a high-end art museum held within a gorgeous example of historic architecture. It's home to an extensive fine arts collection of American and European paintings as well as decorative art. It also offers a variety of activities like guided walking tours, gallery talks, live music and more!  

U: Union Terminal

Union Terminal was built during the golden age of train transportation and was one of the last grand train stations built. It is a stunning example of architecture from that age and a beloved local landmark. Now, it's home to the largest half dome structure in the western hemisphere, an OMNIMAX Theater, and the Cincinnati History Library and Archives.  

V: Vine Street

Vine Street is the central vein of Cincinnati's famous Over-the-Rhine neighborhood. This popular and hip neighborhood has gained national attention for its thriving culinary scene, fascinating culture and gorgeous, historical architecture. Wander along Vine Street to experience the cultural explosion for yourself. Here is a complete guide to OTR to help you explore.  

W: The Woodward Theater

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The Woodward Theater is a rare and unique space in the world of live music. The venue was originally built in 1914 as a theater, but has been renovated and brought back to life as cultural hotspot. The space regularly hosts acts from near and far, with genres ranging from foot-stompin' bluegrass to head-bangin' rock and roll. In fact, it's one of the top 10 coolest music venues in town.  

X: X-Country Skiing

It's no secret that winters in the Midwest can be pretty cold — but the snow doesn't scare us! When the weather doesn't cooperate, we grab our snowshoes, sleds and skis and head to a nearby park for some winter fun. If you're a fan of cross-country skiing, make sure to join the Miami Valley Cross Country Ski Club, which will equip you with resources to find nearby trails and meet adventurous people like yourself. You can also head to Perfect North Slopes, just over the state border, if you want to experience a more established ski area.  

Y: Yellow Springs, Ohio

The charming town of Yellow Springs, Ohio is just over an hour away, and is the perfect day trip destination! You'll find a large selection of unique shops, galleries, restaurants and bars, gorgeous colorful houses, fun events on almost any given weekend, and lots of opportunities for exploring the outdoors.  

Z: The Cincinnati Zoo

The Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden is the second-oldest zoo in the country. It opened its doors nearly 150 years ago in 1875, just 14 months after the first zoo opened in Philadelphia. The original animal collection was very small, including just eight monkeys, two grizzly bears, three deer, six raccoons, a hyena, an alligator and a handful of others, but has since expanded to include more than 500 animal and 3,000 plant species — one of the largest collections in America! More than 1.5 million people visit the zoo annually and we highly recommend that you try to be one of them.  

Now you know your ABCs!

June
22

The Top 10 Ice Cream Shops in Cincinnati

There's nothing better than the feeling of digging into a cold sweet treat on a hot summer day, but we think ice cream deserves a place on the menu year round! So, to help us in the hunt for the best ice cream in Cincinnati, we asked you what your favorite shops around town are! Well, the votes are in. We gathered up your answers (along with a couple of our personal favorites) to create a list of the absolute best ice cream shops in the Queen City. Next time you're screaming for ice cream, look to one of these tried-and-true favorites. We're sure you'll find something to satisfy your sweet tooth — be it a scoop, a sundae or a shake.    

Aglamesis Bros

Facebook | Instagram | 3046 Madison Road, Cincinnati Aglamesis Bros

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Open since 1908, Aglamesis Bros is a long-time favorite in the Cincinnati area, and provides a small dose of nostalgia with its scratch-made desserts. Set in a classic soda shop, the creamery churns up small batches of ice cream the old-fashioned way, which results in irresistibly decadent flavors. Sit outside to soak in the sunshine on a warm summer day, or inside to fully experience the historic charm of the venue.  

Aromas Java and Gelato

Facebook | Instagram | 6407 Bridgetown Road, Cincinnati This casual neighborhood cafe is the perfect place to catch up with friends and family. Settle in at a table to enjoy an exceptional breakfast (served all day), or sidle up to the ice cream counter to sample one of their traditional gelato flavors. Either way, make sure you accompany your choice with some coffee! It's some of the best in town.  

Buzzed Bull Creamery

Facebook | Instagram | 1408 Main Street, Cincinnati Buzzed Bull

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Buzzed Bull Creamery proves that ice cream isn't just for kids anymore! There is something for everyone at this shop, ranging from alcoholic dessert creations to coffee-infused treats. Kids can experiment and make their own flavors at the mad scientist bar, and adults can indulge in fun specialty desserts like the Bonfire (marshmallow ice cream with graham crackers, chocolate chips and cinnamon whiskey), or the Lemon Cake (lemon ice cream, cake batter, waffle cone pieces, whipped cream and gin). But don't worry, all of these can come unspiked as well.   

The Cone

Facebook | 6855 Tylersville Road, Cincinnati This classic creamery has captured the hearts of many over the decades — and there's no mystery as to why. The soft serve is nothing short of heavenly! Here, you'll find classic flavors like chocolate, vanilla, strawberry, blueberry and orange sherbet, all done in classic style. Why fix something that isn't broken?  

Dojo Gelato

Facebook | Instagram | 137 West Elder Street, Cincinnati OR 1735 Blue Rock Street, Cincinnati Dojo Gelato

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The flavor and the quality of the creamy desserts at Dojo Gelato are on another level. The shop, owned by husband-and-wife team Michael and Kimberly, creates its own Italian-style gelato and sorbetti from scratch with the best ingredients available. There's always something new on the menu, so stop in for yourself to get the full scoop! You can track them down at the Findlay Market location, the Northside location or the ice cream truck that roams the Tri-State Area. In fact, we think it's one of the ten places in Cincinnati worth breaking your diet for.  

Graeter's Ice Cream

Facebook | Instagram | Locations Here Possibly the most famous ice cream shop in Cincinnati, Graeter's doesn't exactly need the praise we are about to give it. The family-owned ice cream shop has been around for nearly 150 years and is based right here in the Queen City. Although Graeter's has now expanded to locations across Ohio and beyond, Chip and Richard Graeter, fourth-generation ice cream connoisseurs, are both still involved in the operation of the business. When you visit, make sure to order one of the flavors with chocolate chips — Graeter's is known for its melt-in-your-mouth chocolate.  

Hello Honey

Facebook | 633 Vine Street, Cincinnati Hello Honey

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This charming ice cream shop makes its treats in small batches with the finest ingredients available. Hello Honey has been crafting ice cream from scratch since 2012, and the staff has a passion for creating new, surprising and innovative flavors as often as they can. The menu rotates often to incorporate the imagination of the staff and the seasonal ingredients available, but you could find options like charcoal black sesame, honey lavender or banana brûlée. Make sure to get your own scoop — we doubt your companion will share.  

Mount Washington Creamy Whip

Facebook | 2069 Beechmont Avenue, Cincinnati Creamy whip used to be a Cincinnati staple — served at ice cream shops and restaurants around town. But now, one of the only places to find it (or at least one of the best) is Mount Washington Creamy Whip. This classic soft serve creamery is known for its creamy whip, but also for its baked goods!  

The Parlor

Facebook | 119 Main Street, Milford Old Milford Parlor

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Two of our favorite treats collide at The Parlor — coffee and ice cream. But even better than that, The Parlor (also commonly known as the Old Milford Parlor) serves up so many flavors of ice cream and soft serve — they barely fit on one page.  

Zip Dip

Facebook | 4050 Drew Avenue, Cincinnati This old-school ice cream parlor isn't just a great spot to grab dessert. It's also a community gathering place! Zip Dip has been serving the Cincinnati area since 1950 and still boasts the original neon sign over the window. It's not uncommon to see multiple generations of the same family waiting at the window for a taste of the legendary soft serve, or enjoying conversation at the nearby picnic tables.  

Enjoy your ice cream!

June
13

A Complete Guide to Rock Climbing in the Cincinnati Area

If you're looking for a fun activity that challenges both the mind and the body, rock climbing might be for you! The sport is fun for all ages (in fact, small children tend to excel due to their fearlessness and agility), so it's a perfect hobby to get into as a family. The challenge can easily transform it into a lifelong passion. In fact, many frequent climbers will work on a route for weeks until they finally find a way to complete it — and the satisfaction at the top is second to none! The sport of rock climbing has been around since the 1880s, but has experienced an intense spike in popularity over the past few decades. In recent years, we have seen more dedicated rock climbing gyms opening their doors and more designated outdoor climbing spots becoming available for outdoor climbing enthusiasts. We rounded up the best gyms, outdoor climbing areas and tours to get your climbing journey started in Cincinnati and the surrounding area. Have fun out there!   INDOOR CLIMBING GYMS

RockQuest Climbing Center

Facebook | Instagram | 3475 East Kemper Road, Cincinnati RockQuest is the oldest climbing facility in Cincinnati (created in 1995). It had a fundamental role in spurring passion for the sport in the Queen City! The gym features more than 15,000 square feet of climbing space and caters to beginners and experts alike. The staff make you feel like part of the family — and indeed, many Cincinnati climbers consider the gym a home away from home! Get an introductory belay class and an entire week of climbing (with gear rentals) for just $35!  

Climb Time of Blue Ash

Facebook | Instagram | 10898 Kenwood Road, Cincinnati Reach new heights in your climbing game at Climb Time! This climbing gym is located just outside Cincinnati in Blue Ash and is one of the most highly regarded facilities in the region. The 7,000-square foot space features mostly bouldering routes, but there is also a good selection of top rope options. The gym caters to beginners and advanced climbers alike and all of your gear can be purchased (or rented) at the shop on site. If this is one of your first times climbing, you can take a one hour introductory belay class for just $10. Family memberships are also just $90 per month with one or two kids.  

The University of Cincinnati

Facebook | Instagram | 2820 Bearcat Way, Cincinnati The Campus Recreation Center's climbing wall at the University of Cincinnati offers six different top rope climbing areas and a bouldering area — each with endless routes and possibilities to get to the top. Climbers of all levels will love challenging themselves in the 2,000 square feet of climbing space! It's a great way to build confidence and foster teamwork while getting a great workout at the same time. You can rent the entire wall for a company outing, team-building event or birthday party, and all the harness and shoe rentals are completely free.  

Climb Cincy (Coming Soon!)

Facebook | Instagram | 1700 Blue Rock Street, Cincinnati Climb Nulu

Photo of the Climb Nulu Facility (Climb Cincy's sister gym) courtesy of Climb Nulu

Climb Cincy will join the local climbing community in the coming weeks, offering quality routes and challenges, access for all ages and skill levels, and convenient, affordable services to the Northside community. The staff at Climb Cincy is passionate about the art of climbing, and the route setters will make it their goal to create new, inventive and challenging routes regularly  

Mosaic Climbing (Coming Soon!)

Facebook | Instagram | 9501 Union Cemetery Road, Loveland Mosaic Climbing (coming this fall to Loveland) will offer a modern take on rock climbing, emphasizing the gym's social aspect and designing their routes for functional training. The gym is being designed for climbers by climbers with tons of routes and variation to encourage what they call experimental movement. After all, how would you learn if you just climb the same routes over and over again?   OUTDOOR CLIMBING OPTIONS

Eden Park

Distance from Cincinnati: Located in downtown Cincinnati Eden Park boasts a 25 foot tall, 400 foot long reservoir wall that is perfect for climbing practice. You can set up top ropes along the length of the wall, so it's a great place for beginners to learn what outdoor climbing is all about! If you're more of the bouldering type, you'll find several routes ranging from V0 to V5.  

John Bryan State Park

Distance from Cincinnati: 1 hour, 25 minutes The steep limestone cliffs at John Bryan State Park make it a desirable spot for climbing enthusiasts to come and test their skills. The designated rock climbing sites in the park were identified in 1992 and offer a variety of challenges as well as views of the picturesque landscape. In fact, John Bryan State Park is known as one of the most stunning parks in the state, especially when it comes to viewing fall foliage! Only top rope climbing and rappelling is allowed in this area — neither lead climbing nor bouldering is permitted. As with all outdoor climbing, you should make sure to bring your own safety equipment. You can find more information about climbing at John Bryan State Park here. It's also one of the 15 best places to go camping in Ohio, so why not make a weekend out of it?  

Mad River Gorge and Nature Preserve Climbing Area

Distance from Cincinnati: 1 hour, 30 minutes Mad River Gorge

Photo courtesy of Courtney Curtner via the Ohio Climbers Coalition

Located just west of Springfield, Ohio, the Mad River Gorge is one of western Ohio's newest outdoor climbing havens, as it just opened in May of 2017 by the Ohio Climbers Coalition. It's a fantastic option for outdoor climbing within driving distance from the Queen City, and is still expanding through efforts of volunteers and the Clark County Park District. Routes and bolting have been done by the MRG Climbing Committee, and they maintain a database to make sure that the routes are well-maintained and safe for climbers! If you would like to volunteer to help clean up and trail development efforts in the Mad River Gorge area, contact the Ohio Climbers Coalition.  

Red River Gorge

Distance from Cincinnati: 2 hours, 20 minutes It might be a bit of a trek from Cincinnati, but the two hour drive to Red River Gorge is well worth it for experienced climbers. Spread across a wide expanse of national forest land, the park features spectacular sandstone cliffs and breathtaking vistas — making it one of the most popular climbing areas in the Midwest. Anyone looking to get a taste of true outdoor climbing will love the 5.9 rated route, Send Me on My Way. But you should also make sure to check out Chimney Top Rock, Caver's Route and Tower Deck. After tackling your route, stop by the legendary Miguel's Pizza to refuel — you'll find a climbing gear store attached to the restaurant. Use this guide from Mountain Project to find the best routes for your skill level.  

Hocking Hills

Distance from Cincinnati: 2 hours, 26 minutes Hocking Hills

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Hocking Hills is one of the most popular summer vacation destinations in Ohio, and with such spectacular scenery and hiking opportunities available throughout the park, we aren't the least bit surprised. Rock climbers will also love the several designated climbing areas, including Amazing Grace (a popular top climbing route that can be accessed by the Buckeye Trail) and Workout Wall (best for bouldering). Climbing on Hocking Hills landmarks that have not been designated (like Old Man's Cave) is prohibited, so make sure to check out this page before planning your trip.   CLIMBING TOURS

Trek Network

If you're looking to learn the ropes of climbing outside, but aren't ready to go solo quite yet, reach out to the Trek Network! The local guides are experts at both indoor and outdoor climbing and can guide you on a complete outdoor climbing and rappelling adventure in Ohio's spectacular outdoors. Near Cincinnati, the company offers tours in John Bryan State Park, the Mad River Gorge and Hocking Hills.   Climb on!
April
27

11 Essential Brunch Spots in Cincinnati

We consider brunch to be the most important meal of the day (if not the week)! This meal allows hungry diners to reap the benefits of a hearty breakfast, dig into a fresh lunch entrée, or sip on mimosas — all at the lazy hour of 11 am (or later!) on a weekend. Whether you're a fan of fluffy pancakes or flavorful eggs Benedict, there are plenty of Cincinnati restaurants serving up flavorful mid-morning dishes worth celebrating. All you have to decide is where to go first! We rounded up the best brunch destinations in the Queen City, so bring your appetites, order a morning cocktail and settle in for an incredible meal. These restaurants never fail to impress.  

Maplewood Kitchen and Bar

Facebook | Instagram | Brunch Menu 525 Race Street, Cincinnati Maplewood Cincinnati

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The menu at Maplewood Kitchen and Bar is anything but traditional, which is perhaps why the restaurant is such a fan favorite! For brunch, you might find items like poke tuna tostadas, roasted mushroom toast, chicken hash or lemon ricotta pancakes. Regardless of what you choose to order, you can count on it being made with the finest local ingredients available!  

French Crust

Facebook | Instagram | Brunch Menu 1801 Elm Street, Cincinnati This cozy French cafe is tucked into a colorful spot near Findlay Market in Over-the-Rhine. Spearheaded by one of Cincinnati's most beloved celebrity chefs, Jean-Robert de Cavel, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch and dinner in a rustic setting. Stop in for breakfast on any day of the week to try the morning menu, which features flaky pastries, perfectly poached eggs and an impressive lineup of coffee beverages to jumpstart the day.  

The Echo

Facebook | Brunch Menu 3510 Edwards Road, Cincinnati The Echo

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The Echo has served in the Hyde Park neighborhood for decades. Due to the friendly staff and comforting fare, the eatery has established itself as a local institution that people return to week after week. We love classics like the Oktoberfest omelet (featuring Glier's goetta), the corned beef hash, and the Belgian Bird breakfast sandwich (with chicken tenders, a fried egg, cheddar and syrup).  

Sleepy Bee Cafe

Facebook | Instagram | Brunch Menu 3098 Madison Road, Cincinnati Sleepy Bee

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You might have to wait a bit to snag a table at this friendly Oakland spot, but trust us — you'll be happy you did. The owners of Sleepy Bee Cafe are dedicated to serving only the finest ingredients possible, and the menu, crafted by Chef Frances Kroner, balances bright flavors, hearty portions and healthy options. All dishes are served in an artistic, community-centered space. If you find yourself in the area, make sure to also try the second location in Blue Ash!  

Red Feather Kitchen

Facebook | Instagram | Brunch Menu 3200 Madison Road, Cincinnati The Red Feather is situated in the heart of Cincinnati's Oakley neighborhood. While offering an upscale dining experience, the restaurant doesn't take itself too seriously. The staff is friendly as can be, and always happy to recommend something delicious from the menu! Choose from one of three dining areas (each with wildly different personalities) and enjoy your farm-to-table fare.  

B&A Street Kitchen

Facebook | Instagram | Brunch Menu 1500 Race Street, Cincinnati B&A Street Kitchen

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Located in Cincinnati's thriving Over-the-Rhine neighborhood, B&A Street Kitchen is a modern eatery bringing the flavors of the South to Ohio. Here, you'll find traditional Tex-Mex entrées like chilaquiles and breakfast tacos, but also comforting classics with a twist (think: buttery biscuits with a flight of three gravies). Regardless of what you choose to order, it is guaranteed to pack a flavorful punch!  

Maribelle's Eat + Drink

Facebook | Instagram | Brunch Menu 3235 Madison Road, Cincinnati Located in Oakley, this cozy and bright cafe is the perfect place to be on a weekend morning and has definitely established itself as a community gathering place over the years. The brunch menu features an impressive lineup of comforting classics, bright and flavorful entrées and vegetarian and vegan-friendly selections. Regardless of what you order, accompany it with a side of house-made goetta and a mimosa!  

Otto's

Facebook | Instagram | Brunch Menu 521 Main Street, Covington Ottos

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For the comforting flavors of the South, you can't do better than Otto's. Located just over the river in Covington, the charming atmosphere here harkens back to its roots, and the food will bring you back time and time again. In fact, the restaurant landed on our list of Cincinnati restaurants that make cheating on your diet totally worth it! Look out for items like the crab hash, the breakfast casserole or the lemon buttermilk pancakes.  

Cheapside

Facebook | Instagram | Brunch Menu 326 E. 8th Street, Cincinnati The atmosphere at Cheapside is enough to charm brunch-goers from all walks of life. We love the bright and airy atmosphere, the friendly bar and the reclaimed wood decor — but that's just the beginning. The breakfast menu (served all day) features standout items like a smoked salmon sandwich, oatmeal brûlée and challah French toast — all delicious, and all worthy of an Instagram capture.  

Teller's of Hyde Park

Facebook | Instagram | Brunch Menu 2710 Erie Avenue, Cincinnati Teller's

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Set in the shell of an old bank, Teller's has been a staple in the Hyde Park community for more than 20 years. And with its gorgeous atmosphere and top-notch cuisine, it's not difficult to see why! The eclectic brunch menu includes bananas foster French toast, a farmhouse breakfast pizza and a mouthwatering chorizo burrito — and that's just the beginning. Stop in to see what all the fuss is about!  

Nada

Facebook | Instagram | Brunch Menu 600 Walnut Street, Cincinnati Nada serves up Mexican-inspired street food in bright, eclectic digs. It's the perfect way to kickstart your weekend or catch up with close friends! Come for the Mexican poutine, eggs goettadicto or ancho-glazed pork shank, and stay for the flavorful breakfast cocktails.  

Enjoy your meal!

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