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Fun stuff to do, good eats, etc. in Cincinnati?

Old 01-30-12, 10:46 PM
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Fun stuff to do, good eats, etc. in Cincinnati?

Going there soon and I will be staying north of town and also downtown area.

I've visited a few times lately and I know about Graeter's Ice Cream, LaRosa's pizza, Skyline Chili and Nada-great restaurant downtown. Also IKEA.

But what else is worth doing or eating?

Any fun neighborhoods with shops, kitschy stuff, artsy stuff? Cool cd store or dvds?
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Old 01-30-12, 10:58 PM
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I never thought of Cincinnati as a swinging place, but if IKEA counts as fun I vastly overrated the town.
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IKEA. Don't miss IKEA! They have one in Cincinnati!
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Old 01-30-12, 11:32 PM
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Yeah, I think you may have the best luck with the "etc." portion of your request.
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Cincinnati has a pretty cool chain of fast food restaurants called McDonalds. Check out the Big Mac on their menu if you get a chance.
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Any good sushi places? Mr. Sushi downtown is good and not just a catchy name.

Someone told me about Uncle Yip's Restaurant.
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Funny comments so far. Cincy is not feeling the love though.
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Old 01-30-12, 11:37 PM
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Cincinnati has a pretty cool chain of fast food restaurants called McDonalds. Check out the Big Mac on their menu if you get a chance.
Is there one near the IKEA? The OP may be trying to budget his time to hit as many points of interest as possible.
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IKEA has food so I will be dining on authentic Swedish food while there. Or at least I can dream. But I will get some lingonberry tea to sip while walking through their fine showroom.
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dingleberry tea
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Does anyone remember the name of the castle esat of I-71 and north of Kings Island? A guy built it himself over many years. Was there about six years ago.
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IKEA has food so I will be dining on authentic Swedish food while there.
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Does anyone remember the name of the castle esat of I-71 and north of Kings Island? A guy built it himself over many years. Was there about six years ago.


Give it a try if you can't get a reservation for McDonalds.
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Cincinnati is a classy place.
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Jungle Jim's. Since you're going to be at IKEA anyway, it's only 10 minutes to your west. And if you're there this weekend, you can catch FinTan playing on Saturday night at the Dingle House (Irish Pub). It's in West Chester, only 1/2 mile from IKEA. Yeah, it's a running joke, but these two places are pretty cool... three if you count IKEA.

If you have kids, the Newport Aquarium is very nice. I've taken mine there more than once. And of course you'll want to tour the Hall of Justice:
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Try the tea!
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Does anyone remember the name of the castle esat of I-71 and north of Kings Island? A guy built it himself over many years. Was there about six years ago.
That's the Loveland Castle (Chateau Laroche).
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If you're at IKEA, drive on up to Dayton and go see the Air Force Museum (well, they're now named it the National Museum of the United States Air Force of America Museum, or some other long-winded name). It is, hands down, the largest / finest / greatest aircraft museum in this or any other universe. IMO, much better than Smithsonian Air & Space. If you go, plan many many hours, and that's if you want to miss only half the stuff.
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Re: Fun stuff to do, good eats, etc. in Cincinnati?

We went up for a day a few weeks ago just to check out the LEGO Store in the mall. That's the closest location to me, Louisville. It was a little smaller than I expected, but the kids(and by kids, I am including myself) still had fun picking out bricks and making custom minifigs. I was also able to snag a couple sets that have been long sold out around here that I waited too long to pull the trigger on.

A friend told us to check out Jungle Jim's as well. Once you can get past the fact you are going grocery shopping, it was kinda cool.

Newport Aquarium is cool. We've gone up there a couple times.

Are Skyline Chili & Graeter's Ice Cream really "go-to" places if you don't have one where you live(we have a few of each)? Graeter's is decent but way overpriced. Skyline on the other hand is pretty good, but I can't imagine it being "destination" dining.
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Grater's is pretty good, but I agree with you about it being overpriced. I have found it best to let a local "treat" me. To be honest, I've always been happy with the hand-scooped ice cream at United Dairy Farmers, and their convenience stores/gas stations are everywhere.

I grew up in Dayton, but I really can't tell the difference between Skyline and Gold Star. (To locals, saying that is tantamount to heresy, and I know there's a big difference in the recipe, but to me... it's like how a siberian tiger and a bengal tiger differ - if I've never hung out much with tigers I'm not going to care much about the differences.) So when I'm back in SW OH, I tend to look for a Gold Star because they're a sponsor of my football team and frequently have some promotion running that involves a free piece of swag I can add to my collection in the Man Cave.
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I hear they are playing Roots at the local theater. You might wanna catch the matinee.
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Originally Posted by kenbuzz View Post
go see the Air Force Museum (well, they're now named it the National Museum of the United States Air Force of America Museum, or some other long-winded name). It is, hands down, the largest / finest / greatest aircraft museum in this or any other universe.
Wow. So it's like the IKEA of aircraft museums?
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Wow. So it's like the IKEA of aircraft museums?
Exactly! Except that none of the aircraft are Swedish.
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If you want a great burger go to Zip's, one of the best around.

http://www.zipscafe.com/

Graeter's is good, Aglamesis is much better.

http://www.aglamesis.com/

The Krohn Conservatory is a neat place to go.

http://cincyparks.com/krohn-conservatory/

Chili that is better than Skyline.

http://www.campwashingtonchili.com/

Goetta is something you have to try once. The best place to go is at Findlay Market which is a pretty cool place to go.

http://www.findlaymarket.org/

http://eckerlinmeats.net/Goetta.html

Very good pizza joint.

http://www.urbanspoon.com/r/32/36002...zza-Cincinnati

A cool place where I get my bison.

http://www.vistagrandranch.com/

They used to do tours but I think they only open up to the public like once or twice a year.
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