Coffee Emporium: I don’t say this often, but the barista made me a perfect honey latte. If it weren’t so late in the day, I probably would have gone back for another.
Collective Espresso: I really liked the interior of this coffee shop — and the logo (horseshoe). The cortado was spot-on and hospitality was great. There were a great deal of shops around the area too that I enjoyed, including a small letterpress storefront.
Sleepy Bee Cafe: I have a thing for bees. So I might be a little biased here (not really). The pancakes were out-of-this-world and I tried goetta for the first time. Goetta, if you don’t know, is a breakfast sausage containing pork, oats and spices. I was told if it’s not square, then it doesn’t count.
The Eagle OTR: Around the corner from Collective Espresso I found The Eagle — known for their fried chicken. The space is pretty cool. I especially love the Post Office façade. I ordered 1/4-dark-meat chicken and walked around the rest of the area a happy camper.
Eli’s Barbeque: A short drive from downtown, Eli’s is serving and smoking some serious meat. I’ve mentioned previously that I’m a hot dog fan and while I’ve been to many places on this leg of the tour, I haven’t really satisfied my hot dog craving. Well, consider that done now. These dogs are topped with cole slaw, BBQ sauce and pork crispins. I also enjoyed (as well as my crew) the smoked turkey sandwich.
Skyline Chili: I was told that if you grow up in Cincinnati, that Skyline Chili is in your blood. I get it. So naturally a trip to the Queen City wouldn’t be complete without a Coney and a 3-Way. I tried a little of both. I get the cult following.
SWEETS and STORES
Holtman’s Donuts: I’m traveling across the country on my tour, so I might as well check out the best doughnuts the country has to offer. I was so pleased to see a dunking stick at Holtman’s — and it was mightly good too.
Graeters: Similar to Skyline, I was told I couldn’t leave Cincinnati without trying Graeter’s Ice Cream. More specifically, I had to try their most-popular flavor: black raspberry chocolate chip. How are those chocolate chips so chewy? Done and done.
Aglamesis Bros.: There’s nothing like a soda shop. Except … an old-fashioned soda shop that also houses homemade chocolate. As you enter in Aglamesis’, on the right you can get shakes, malts and egg creams galore (I got an egg cream). On the left, piece-after-piece of really, really good chocolate. I picked up some sea salt caramels and dark chocolate pecandes. I should have picked up more.
Patty’s Old-Fashioned Popcorn: Shop Suey: The owner’s favorite blend of caramel corn, redskin peanuts and ribbon coconut. Do I need to say anything else?
Images © Alton Brown, 2014