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Cincinnati: An Insider/Outsider's Perspective

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A January 2005 trip to Cincinnati by funrun_9602

Ohio River Valley Sunset Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio More Photos
Quote: Cincinnati: a major Ohio city—woopeee—why visit Cincinnati? I grew up near Cleveland (Ohio), but moved to Cincinnati to attend the university. In the last 4 years, I’ve lived and worked in the city and suburbs, so I've had time to discover the best and worst of this town.

Cincinnati: An Insider/Outsider's Perspective

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Overview

Ohio River Valley Sunset Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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To me, Cincinnati was never a place where anyone would want to vacation or visit for more than a weekend, unless of course you live nearby or are visiting family in the area. Since I moved here for school in 2001, I have yet to have someone tell me, "Oh, you live in Cincinnati? I want to go there sometime!" Perhaps Cincinnati is not a major destinaiton because you can expect to see and do the same types of things here as you would find in any other major city, including professional sports, arts, shopping, eating, and parks. The difference between Cincinnati and, say, Chicago is that Chicago is bigger, more diverse, and has more pull to get the better art and businesses. The most unique attracti...Read More

Maggiano's Little Italy

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Restaurant

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This is my favorite restaurant anywhere! The decor makes you feel like you are in an authentic, very well-to-do Italian family's home. The meals are served Italian family-style if you go with 4 or more people, or a la carte with less than four. While almost the same food choices are served either way, the best way to go is definitely family-style. The dinner price for family-style, per person, is $23.95, which gives you unlimited amounts of two each of appetizers, salads, pastas, entrees, and desserts. A la carte entrees are about $15 each. The food is different than the food at the other good Italian restaurant franchises like Macaroni Grill, Carabba's, or Buca di Beppo's because ALL...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 16, 2005

Maggiano's Little Italy
7875 Montgomery Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45236
513-794-0670

Busken Bakery

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Restaurant | "Cincinnati's Unique Foods"

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You may notice that Cincinnati has a few franchises unique to this area. Newcomers seem to be split over whether they like the local cuisine. I do not like most of it, but it is something every visitor should try in order to get the full Cincinnati dining experience. Here is the run-down: ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on January 20, 2005

Busken Bakery
2675 Madison Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio 45208
(513) 871-5330

Cancun Mexican Restaurant

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Restaurant

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This is pure genius: attach an authentic Mexican restaurant to large bowling alley and voila, SUCCESS! If this seems like a really noisy dinner to you, don't worry – if the large bowling signs didn't catch your attention while you were looking for a parking spot, you would never know a bowling alley was attached to the restaurant. This would be an ideal all-in-one place for a fun date, kid's birthday party, or entertainment for a rainy or hot Cincy day. The restaurant decor is, of course, Mexican, but with an unexpected amount of creative architecture in a dim, unpretentious setting. Waitress' sections are defined by tiered floors and curved, free-standing booths, whose stucco-covered backs creat...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on June 7, 2005

Cancun Mexican Restaurant
6383 Glenway Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45211
(513) 574-1639

Price Hill Chili

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Restaurant

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Price Hill Chili (PHC) is tops in the category of mom-n-pop, been-there-forever, greasy-spoon, dolla-dolla-bill local diners. A Cincinnatian must have told this little secret to Vice President Dick Cheney, because he ate here while in town during the 2004 Presidential Campaign. I bet PHC’s 20-year regulars still gossip about that day when an entourage of black-suited secret service agents in dark-tinted sunglasses must have crammed into one of the restaurant's dimly lit, small rooms. "We definitely weren’t allowed to eat at our usual table that day!" Price Hill Chili serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Their fame likely stemmed from serving Cincinnati’s most unique specialties, such as chili an...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 18, 2005

Price Hill Chili
4920 Glenway Ave.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45238
(513) 471-9507

Cheeseburger in Paradise

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Restaurant

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See Cheeseburger in Paradise. These cheeseburgers definitely aren’t from paradise—unless the paradisiacal reference is strictly speaking of the tacky surfside decor. Cheeseburger in Paradise offers no outstanding, unique main dishes and falls short of the quality and variety offered by more established mid-priced American cuisine restaurants like Applebee's and T.G.I. Friday's. I expected this restaurant’s namesake dish to be available with an unimaginable variety of toppings and flavors, but I actually think Ruby Tuesday’s has more options in the burger department. My bacon cheeseburger was slightly dry and d...Read More

Member Rating 2 out of 5 on July 18, 2005

Cheeseburger in Paradise
812 Eastgate North Dr.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45245
(513) 753-4593

Marx Hot Bagels

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Restaurant

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Marx Hot Bagels online I stopped into Hot Bagels one morning on my way to work. I choose Hot Bagels over nearby franchises like Panera Bread and Brugger's Bagels because I'd never heard of Hot Bagels and figured it was a local place. The signs on the front door: "THIS IS AN EXPERIENCE, NOT A RESTAURANT" "OWNER NOT POLITCALLY CORRECT. ENTER AT YOUR OWN RISK. WHY BE NORMAL?" "WE ANSWER TO A HIGHER POWER. CHOOSE KOSHER." These told me I had guessed right. I had never been to a kosher restaurant. I began imagining Seinfeld’s Soup Nazi, reincarnated as Marx...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on August 5, 2005

Marx Hot Bagels
9701 Kenwood Road
Cincinnati, Ohio
513/891-5542

Shawnee Lookout Park

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Attraction | "Shawnee Lookout County Park"

Shawnee Lookout Park Photo, Cincinnati, Ohio
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Shawnee Lookout website Shawnee Lookout park map All over Hamilton County, hidden nature gems are waiting for you to explore. Massive parks, lakes, and nature preserves provide green sanctuary from suburban life. Most of the parks offer boring general hiking trails as you would find in any park, but there is a little-mentioned additive at Shawnee Lookout Park that I find very captivating. If you’re at all like me, you’re already intrigued just by the implication of the park’s name. I first saw the directional signs whil...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 20, 2005

Shawnee Lookout Park
2008 Lawrenceberg Rd
Cincinnati, Ohio

Newport on the Levee

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Attraction

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Newport on the Levee This is the hotspot in the downtown Cincinnati area, even though it is technically across the Ohio River in Newport, Kentucky. This is a one-spot entertainment multiplex with shopping, food, a 20-screen AMC movie theater, an IMAX theater, a comedy club, a comedy theatre, bars, dance clubs, a gaming area, and an aquarium. There is something for all interests and ages here. You will often see entire families, groups of friends, and people on dates, depending on the time of day. "The levee" is always crowded on weekend nights. It makes a great date spot because you can shop, eat, catch a show, and then top...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on January 21, 2005

Newport on the Levee
1 Levee Way
Cincinnati, Ohio 41071
(859) 291-0550

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The Cincinnati Art Museum (CAM) is part of Eden Park (see my separate entry on the park) and is definitely worth a visit on a rainy day or if you enjoy art and have at least half a day's time to kill. Since it has recently been granted enough money to be free and open to the public every day of the week, there is no bad time to go. A large portion of the museum has been completely renovated, and a new wing opened in 2004, including a large area devoted to Cincinnati artisans. There is always a featured exhibit that usually is something touring through many museums; therefore, the feature exhibit often has an entry fee. The museum buildi...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 22, 2005

Cincinnati Art Museum
953 Eden Park Drive
Cincinnati, Ohio
(513) 721-2787

Go Bananas Comedy Club

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Attraction

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Go Bananas website To my knowledge, there are only two or three comedy clubs in the Cincinnati area. I like Go Bananas because it's not in a crowded city area and there is a nice neighborhood bar right next to it to cap off the night with the comedian. The shows always consist of an MC and two comedians, with the last one performing the longest and being the headliner (and usually the funniest). They do bring in some "famous" comedians that have been on late-night TV and Comedy Central, so you can usually count on laughing your head off and sometimes gasping for air between laughs. They do keep their website current, so check it to s...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 2, 2005

Go Bananas Comedy Club
8410 Market Pl.
Cincinnati, Ohio 45242
(513) 984-9288

Taste of Cincinnati

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Attraction

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Taste of Cincinnati website Large food festivals always seem to have overpriced, small food portions; lots of people; and trash everywhere—if that's what you're expecting, then Taste of Cincinnati won't disappoint. As an added bonus for this Memorial Day weekend food festival, you can expect at least one downpour of rain, so check the weather radar before you decide to go. Parking anywhere downtown Cincinnati is an everyday issue, but when several streets are barricaded and tons of people are cramming into one spot, you should just accept that you will either (A) have a long walk to the festival or (B) pay $15 to park. Those of you with...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on July 19, 2005

Taste of Cincinnati
Central Parkway, between Elm and Main Streets
Cincinnati, Ohio

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As a potential visitor or resident, there is no need to ignore Cincinnati because of your lingering worries from the racial riots that made national headlines in 2000. Cincinnati remains just like any big city: if you mind your own business, everyone else minds their own business. Any person would be absurd not to come to Cincinnati due to racial-relations issues. I only feel the need to mention this because I know there are more subconscious racists still out there than are willing to admit it. As a telecounselor for the University of Cincinnati Office of Admissions through 2004, I was ashamed for the occasional parent who still brought up those riots as the basis for being concerned about their chil...Read More