FAQ

Do you know of a reasonably priced restaurant in the OTR area that would be nice to check out?
Absolutely! My favorites in OTR are Krueger’s, Pontiac, Senate, and Taft’s Ale House. In OTR you run the risk of big crowds on nights and weekends, though, and most places don’t take reservations, so I have a couple of suggestions:

1) Go a little earlier (before 6pm). I know that’s not ideal, but it’s an option.
2) Go a little later (like, closer to 9). You can always put your name in at either place, and they will text you when your table is ready. That is perfect to go elsewhere while you wait—say Lackman or Rhinehaus (bars).
3) You can axe either place and make reservations someplace like Kaze (then again, that place also isn’t super cheap) or Zula. Krueger’s also takes reservations.

I need your recommendation on the best place to get a burger.
It is so hard to narrow down a short list because there are so many great burgers in this city. If I have to, my top three burgers are from Zip’s, Senate, and The Rookwood. I also really like Red Feather, BrewRiver, and Salazar. Senate is typically pretty crowded, but Gordo’s isn’t always, and The Rookwood takes reservations. There aren’t many places you can go wrong!

Do you have ideas for different places to eat that are not expensive? A casual place to go on a date without needing reservations?
For good food and a decent view (upstairs by the window offers subtle vistas of the Ohio River), I’d try BrewRiver GastroPub. It’s a bit more pricey than what you’d consider inexpensive (about $30–40 for two), but it has a fantastic beer selection and a pretty extensive menu.

Just moved to Oakley/Madisonville area and trying to take my family out for lunch. What’s good?
My suggestions are Sleepy Bee, Mazunte, and Dilly Deli. Dilly Deli is in Mariemont Square and I loved eating there when I worked in Mariemont. The beer cheese is awesome and when it’s warmer, patio seating at Dilly Deli is awesome. Mazunte has the best tacos in the city. Depends what you’re in the mood for.

I’m looking for an activity to do on Sundays and Mondays (when I’m off work) that isn’t expensive where I can take a girl I’m interested in.
A lot of really great places are closed on Sundays and Mondays. For Sunday brunch, I would recommend Taste of Belgium, Holtman’s Donuts, Findlay Market, and MOTR. The American Sign Museum is my favorite place in the city and it closes at 4pm on Sundays and is closed on Mondays. Pontiac, Bakersfield, and The Eagle OTR are awesome Sunday places to eat, while BrewRiver GastroPub and Incline Public House are also options. Our art museum is great and offers free admission (parking is a small price), and you have Mt. Adams restaurants to check out, including The Rookwood, which is one of my personal favorites in the area. I would also recommend Taft’s Ale House, The Woodburn, Ei8ht Ball Brewing, Melt, Dojo Gelato, and City Flea and Washington Park in warmer months.
You may want to fact check the hours for each of these places.

I want to buy my sister and her husband an anniversary gift certificate to a great dinner in Cincinnati. Living out of state, I have no idea where to start. Do you have suggestions for good, fancy restaurants?
Off the top of my mind, my first thoughts are Primavista, Jean-Robert’s Table, Orchid’s at Palm Court, or Nicola’s. For slightly less expensive than those, I’d suggest Sotto, Boca, or Bella Luna. You can’t go wrong with any Jeff Ruby restaurants (I’d recommend Precinct specifically), but those tend to be more popular and may be someplace they’ve been.

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