Top things to do

Top Choice Museum in Cleveland

Cleveland Museum of Art

Fresh off a whopping expansion, the art museum houses an excellent collection of European paintings, as well as African, Asian and American art. Head to the 2nd floor for rock-star works from Impressionists, Picasso…
Top Choice Museum in Dayton & Yellow Springs

National Museum of the US Air Force

Located at the Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, 6 miles northeast of Dayton, the huuuuge museum has everything from a Wright Brothers 1909 Flyer to a Sopwith Camel (WWI biplane) and the 'Little Boy' type atomic bomb…
Top Choice American in Dayton & Yellow Springs

Young's Jersey Dairy

Young's is a working dairy farm with two restaurants: the Golden Jersey Inn, serving dishes like buttermilk chicken; and the Dairy Store, serving sandwiches, dreamy ice cream and Ohio's best milkshakes. There's also…
Top Choice Live Music in Cleveland

Happy Dog

Listen to scrappy bands while munching on a weenie, for which you can choose from among 50 toppings, from gourmet (black truffle) to, er, less gourmet (peanut butter and jelly); in the Gordon Sq district.
Top Choice Diner in Cincinnati


Located in a tough zone a few blocks from Findlay Market, family-run Tucker's has been feeding locals – African American, white, foodies, penniless – since 1946. It's an archetypal diner, serving shrimp and grits, b…
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 ping or foosball in the s…
Seafood in Cincinnati

Chez Nora

Its tables sprawl throughout a quaint multistory building, while its menu sprawls from chicken-and-goetta spring rolls to chilled mussels to walleye sandwiches to vegetarian pesto pasta. The rooftop bar provides vie…
Ice Cream in Cincinnati

Graeter's Ice Cream

A local delicacy, with scoop shops around the city. The flavors that mix in the gargantuan, chunky chocolate chips top the list.
Diner in Cincinnati


Hathaway's hasn't changed its retro dinette tables, or apron-wearing waitresses, since it started feeding hungry businesspeople 30-plus years ago. Try the goetta (pork, oats, onions and herbs) for breakfast – it's a…
Ribs in Cincinnati

Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse

Almost as renowned and addictive as Cincinnati chili are Montgomery Inn's barbecued ribs. There are a couple of outlets, but this riverside one is the best, taming carnivores with 13.5 tons of meat weekly.