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So what can I do in Cincinnati?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Prince of Persia, Jul 11, 2008.

  1. I'll be there the weekend of the 19th to see Mets vs. Reds. I arrive Saturday afternoon and leave Monday morning. My hotel is less than a mile from the ballpark. From everything I've heard so far, if I want some good eats and a drink I should hop in a cab over the river to Kentucky. I'm looking forward to having some Cincinnati chili and I know that it's not like regular chili. Any and all suggestions are welcome. Thanks!
  2. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    I'll be at Reds-Mets on Thursday the 17th with my college buddies, one of them an occasional poster here. Can't wait.

    The Montgomery Inn boathouse, east of the ballpark on the Cinci side of the river, has awesome ribs and enough sports memorabilia to kill time on the usual long waits on game days. For hard-core drinking, yes, walk across the bridge to KY.

    And you'll love Skyline Chili. They have it at the ballpark but find a restaurant for the full experience.
  3. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Get a shoe shine in the Cincy airport.
  4. zagoshe

    zagoshe Well-Known Member

    The Argosy Casino ain't that far away.....
  5. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Correct, zagoshe. But Argosy is also the most crowded of the three Cincinnati-area casinos since it's so close. For smaller crowds and cheaper tables at peak times, if you're not a high-roller, drive about 15-20 miles farther to Grand Victoria.

    Me and my guys are playing the very good Grand Vic golf course, gambling and then heading to the ballpark. A perfect day!
  6. Unibomber

    Unibomber Member

    For great Italian, head accross the river to Covington and try Pompilio's http://www.pompilios.com/
    It is a great no-frills local place and was actually used in the movie "Rainman." The scene where Cruise drops the matches and Hoffman tells him how many was right there.
  7. zufer

    zufer Member

    Baby, if you've ever wondered...
  8. imjustagirl

    imjustagirl Active Member

    I'll third the Skyline. God how I love Skyline.
  9. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    The great think about Cincy is there is bound to be some sort of church/ethnic festival going on every weekend, often several. Especially if you can find a bigger one, it's a cool way to soak in some local flavor and score good eats.

    If you like amusement parks, Kings Island is very good, although it is nowhere near downtown. There's an aquarium just across the river in newport, Ky., but I have no idea if it is any good.

    Also, if you have a thing for old ballpark nostalgia, there is a replica of Crosley Field up in Blue Ash.
  10. dargan

    dargan Active Member

    Isn't Cincinnati chili a combination of chili and spaghetti?
  11. SoCalDude

    SoCalDude Active Member

    This might be a blast from (way in) the past, but there is (was) great ribs at Walt's Hitching Post across the river in Fort Wright. Most likely, the umpires will be there.
    Again, this might be ancient history. Anybody there more recently than me should confirm.
  12. dixiehack

    dixiehack Well-Known Member

    The chili (Ingredients: Beef, Water, Tomato Paste, Yeast, Spices, Salt, Onion, Garlic, Paprika and Natural Flavors) is served over spaghetti noodles. Adding shredded cheese on top makes it a 3-Way chili (just say 3-way). For a 4-way, add onions. For a 5-Way, add kidney beans.

    Note that if you want, say, a bowl with beans but no onions, you don't order it as a 4-Way. You want a "5-Way, no onions."

    The chili brew itself has a slightly sweet, almost cinammon flavor. It is also heavenly when used to make cheese coneys.

    Skyline is the big local chain, with Gold Star as its archrival. There are also several independent shops.
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