Cincinnati Eats From A to Z
Aglamesis Brothers Ice Cream: Aglamesis Brothers was written up by Bon Appetit magazine as one of the last, authentic ice cream parlors remaining in the country. Michael Stern of Roadfood rates it as “legendary – worth driving from anywhere” and goes on to say “a two step sundae means two scoops of ice cream, sauce of choice, whipped cream and nuts. It’s tough choosing the ice cream. French vanilla is the standard sundae flavor; this one was made with fresh banana. Double chocolate chip is the one I want to sample next time. As for sauce, the choice is daunting, but I do not regret going with bittersweet chocolate.” Visit the official Aglamesis website or see their Roadfood review
Averil-Bleh and Sons: For four generations, Avril-Bleh & Sons has been a family enterprise producing the finest quality sausages, cold cuts, hams, and smoked and roasted meats in the German tradition. Michael Stern described their cheese mett as “ready to burst as soon as teeth crunch through its natural casing. The cheese packed into the link is a fine complement for smoky meat. Metts are a passion in Cincinnati; Avril-Bleh is one of the city’s old-time butcher shops where they are one of many pork sausages made the old-fashioned way.” Visit Avril Bleh’s official website; Read the Roadfood review or see Avril-Bleh’s Meats Are Oinkably Delicious. I can’t wait to try one of their fried Goetta sandwiches.
Best of the Best in Cincinnati - from Cincinnati USA.com The Official Travel Guide of Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky
Blue Ash Chili: According to their website, “Since 1969 Blue Ash Chili’s premium chili has been made with the same family recipe using only top-quality ingredients. It’s not too spicy and served Cincy-style: cheese coneys, 3-, 4-, 5- and even 6-ways.” Michael Stern described his experience as, “A layered plate of 3 to 5 way is a beautiful thing. The chili meat is dark and resonant, not too spicy but with complex character; and the spaghetti noodles are always fork-friendly: not too long, and squiggly enough that they stay on the tines of a fork with virtually no slippage.” Visit the official website, Roadfood review or see what Food TV’s bad boy, Guy Fieri had to say about his visit to Blue Ash Chili in this YouTube video.
Camp Washington Chili Parlor: Michael Stern says of this place, “this one-of-a-kind hash house features all the proper ambiance, including a great gleaming neon clock on the back wall and great vats of bubbling chili. The air smells of onions and spice; and by late in the morning the dining room is packed with cheap-eats fans who fork their way into plates of five-way and heft chili-cheese Coneys and mile-high double-decker sandwiches.” Visit the official Camp Washington website and read the Roadfood review here Camp Washington Chili
Cincinnati Chili Recipe: Has all this talk about Cincinnati Chili gotten you in the mood for some? Here’s a recipe from Roadfood.com that may help take the edge off until you can get here and have the real thing. Cincinnati Chili Recipe
Eckerlin Meats: According to their website “Eckerlin Meats specializes in providing customers which not only fresh cut meats but also top notch service. So whether you are looking for a mouth watering ribeye steak or filet mignon, or serving brats, metts, and burgers at your next family gathering, Eckerlin Meats can get you what you need.” Michael Stern gave them a 5 star review and said, “Less is more. No condiments or dressing could possibly improve this simple sandwich of fried goetta on buttered toast. Made from high-on-the-hog pork, Eckerlin’s goetta is Cincinnati’s finest.” Visit the official Eckerlin website and see the Eckerlin Meats Roadfood Review
Graeter’s Ice Cream. This alone is worth moving to Cincinnati for! Seriously, it’s the most delicious ice cream you’ve ever tasted. And when you see what they put in it (Peter’s chocolate for heaven sakes!) and how it’s made, you’ll understand why. According to their website “Since its founding in 1870 by Louis C. Graeter, Graeter’s French Pot Ice Cream, handmade chocolate confections and fresh baked goods have become traditions in the Queen City. Today the Graeter family still faithfully uses his century old recipes and methods of production.” Did I mention it’s Oprah’s favorite? Visit their official website here Graeter’s Ice Cream and discover Graeter’s Paczki here. Fat Tuesday will be here fore you know it!
Hyde Park’s Echo: Where can you get a good hamburger in Hyde Park? At the Echo, a Hyde Park institution since 1945. Visit their official website and menu here Hyde Park’s Echo or see the hamburger blog here.
Korea House: Surprisingly good Korean food. Visit their official website here. Korea House
Terry’s Turf Club: Where Guy (as in bad boy Fieri) meets burger. Heather Johnson’s Roadfood.com review says “Best burger in Cincinnati – hands down!” So far, I’ve only driven by Terry’s but if the outside of the place reflects what’s going on inside…I’m in. It’s a fun and delicious carnival of vintage signage and craziness. See Urban Spoon photos here.
Zip’s Cafe: If you don’t like tight seating, stay away from Zip’s. They pack ‘em in like sardines here. It’s crowded, loud and buzzing during lunch and dinner hours. But the food is worth it. Here’s what Jonathan Maxwell of Roadfood.com has to say about the Zip Burger “The original Zip Burger, made the same way as it was in 1926, is like none other. It is a simple recipe: no special sauce, just a regular cheeseburger with the traditional toppings. What makes it special is the fresh meat and loving preparation.” Official Zip’s Cafe website