Any time I wasn’t in meetings, we were catching up with friends and seeing the city. Although I’ve been here many times, I never really got to play “tourist,” so it was a great change of pace.
Note that the weather changes constantly in the Midwest. When we first booked our flights, the weather prediction was completely sunny. Each time I checked after that, it would bounce from cloudy, to rainy, to sunny, and back. Unfortunately, on the day I had the most free time from work, it rained. We still made the best of it! We somehow walked over to Over-the-Rhine for lunch and ate at The Eagle, a spot my husband was eyeing on Yelp. Over-the-Rhine is really an up-and-coming area for Cincinnati. Since I started visiting the city, a lot of new restaurants have popped up here, and it seems to be the go-to place to catch up with friends after work.
We had plans to walk around Washington Park, so we waited a bit at Holtman’s to see if the rain would slow down. It actually started to rain even harder, so we just decided to head back to the hotel to rest before dinner.
For dinner, we met up with one of my coworkers and her fiance at Montgomery Inn for ribs and their saratoga chips. Most people say it’s not the best barbeque in town, but it’s the spot to check out when you’re a tourist. Plus, my husband saw it on Food Network, so we had to go. I agree it’s not the best, but the location and view was great. Guess who was disappointed that he couldn’t eat more ribs?
Great American Ball Park | 100 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Moerlein Lager House is right on the water so there’s a great view of the river and the bridge. It’s also a great place if you like to take a walk after a heavy meal because Smale Park is right around the corner – so that’s just what we did after lunch.
Moerlein Lager House | 115 Joe Nuxhall Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
Smale Riverfront Park | 100 W Mehring Way, Cincinnati, OH 45202
On the way back to the hotel, we stopped at Graeter’s for some ice cream. I go here almost every time I visit Cincinnati to get their black raspberry chocolate chip. There is something about it that’s so addicting. I always try to sample a few new flavors too, but I haven’t had the courage to get a full scoop of anything different. We hung out here and caught up with a few other coworkers before Tristan and Dominic headed to the hotel, and I headed to work.
Graeter’s | 511 Walnut St, Cincinnati, OH 45202
After work, we made plans to have dinner with another one of my favorite coworkers. She took us over to Newport, Kentucky to have pizza at Dewey’s. I actually really wanted to come this way because I knew my husband would appreciate the great view of Cincinnati from the other side of the river once the sun went down.
Dewey’s Pizza | 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071
After this, we made a quick stop at a nearby White Castle. Yes, we did. The first time I was here, I had to try it, so I knew my husband would need to too. It’s not on the West Coast! We haven’t been to a state where White Castle was readily available, so it just had to make its way into our itinerary.