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Top Choice Diner in Cincinnati

Tucker's

Located in a tough zone a few blocks from Findlay Market, family-run Tucker's has been feeding locals – African American, white, foodies, penniless, friars, drug dealers – since 1946. It's an archetypal diner, servi…
Top Choice Brewery in Cincinnati

Rhinegeist Brewery

Beer buffs pile in to Rhinegeist's hoppy clubhouse to knock back Truth IPA and 13 other brews on tap. Swig at picnic tables while watching bottles roll off the production line, or play Ping-Pong or Foosball in the s…
Barbecue in Cincinnati

Eli's BBQ

Eli's is a wee spot that makes awesome barbecue, which is why there's always a line snaking out the door. Order at the counter, find a seat, then wait for staff to bring out your hickory-smoked ribs on a red plastic…
Museum in Cincinnati

Cincinnati Museum Center

This museum complex occupies the 1933 Union Terminal, an art-deco jewel still used by Amtrak. The interior has fantastic murals made of local Rookwood tiles. The complex includes a nifty Museum of Natural History (w…
Museum in Cincinnati

Vent Haven Museum

Jeepers creepers! When you first glimpse the roomful of goggle-eyed wooden heads staring mutely into space, try not to run screaming for the door. (If you’ve seen the film Magic, you know what dummies are capable of…
American in Cincinnati

Skyline Chili

Cincinnati chili is a local specialty. A 'five-way' is a version comprised of meat sauce (spiced with chocolate and cinnamon) ladled over spaghetti and beans, then garnished with cheese and onions. Although you can …
Museum in Cincinnati

American Sign Museum

This museum stocks an awesome cache of flashing, lightbulb-studded beacons in an old parachute factory. You’ll burn your retinas staring at vintage neon drive-in signs, hulking genies and the Frisch’s Big Boy, among…
Market in Cincinnati

Findlay Market

Indoor-outdoor Findlay Market lies deep in Over-the-Rhine, in a somewhat blighted section. The funky, wrought-iron-framed structure has been a public market since 1855. It's a good stop for fresh produce, meats, che…
Museum in Cincinnati

National Underground Railroad Freedom Center

Cincinnati was a prominent stop on the Underground Railroad and a center for abolitionist activities led by residents such as Harriet Beecher Stowe. The Freedom Center tells their stories. Exhibits show how slaves e…
Theater in Cincinnati

Aronoff Center

Star architect Cesar Pelli designed the glowy, glass-fronted building. There are three theaters inside: the largest hosts touring Broadway shows, while the other two host cutting-edge dance troupes and intimate conc…