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Where to Eat and Drink in Walnut Hills

The Cincinnati neighborhood of Walnut Hills is quickly becoming a popular destination for a wide variety of food and drink. As an example, The Aperture opened in early 2024 and is already receiving rave reviews for its Mediterranean small plates and attention to detail. Directly across the street, Ashak Chipalu will soon open the fourth…

3 Ways to Explore Downtown Cincinnati

If you are planning to visit Cincinnati, you have probably already had someone suggest you try Cincinnati Chili while you are in town. This meaty, rich, uniquely spiced chili is served over spaghetti noodles and often served as a “3-way” with spaghetti, chili, and a heaping pile of shredded cheese on top. You will find…

Adapt or Perish: How the Restaurant Industry Has Evolved Since the Pandemic

Three years ago, our lives were disrupted as the Covid-19 virus worked its way around the world. The health consequences were dire, but the economic repercussions were equally severe. Jobs were lost, supply chains were disrupted, and consumer behavior shifted. Particularly hard hit was the restaurant industry. In order to survive, restaurants had to pivot…

Where to Park at Findlay Market–Updated

As much fun as it is to feel the energy at a bustling public market, arriving to find your favorite parking spot taken can be stressful. Worse yet, if you have never been to Findlay Market, the traffic coming and going and looping in and out of the nearby parking lots can be daunting. Below…

Are There Food Tours in the Winter in Cincinnati?

We are often asked “Do you do tours year-round?” The answer is a resounding “Yes!” While many tour companies around the country are “seasonal,” Cincinnati Food Tours operates all year long. Except for a few dates around the holidays, The Original Findlay Market Tour runs almost every Saturday at 3 pm. There’s no need to…

Food Tour Etiquette: How to Eat Like a Local in Cincinnati

If you have done any traveling, you know food etiquette varies throughout the world. Street food and sandwiches are common in many areas. But in other countries, the only acceptable way to eat is while seated at the table using proper silverware. Most of our food tours are casual because most of the locals are…

Visiting Cincinnati for the Weekend?

If you’re visiting Cincinnati for two nights, there are plenty of attractions and activities to keep you busy. Here are some recommendations for things to do during your stay. Explore Over-the-Rhine: This historic neighborhood is known for its charming streets, beautiful architecture, and vibrant atmosphere. Stroll along Vine Street and enjoy the many shops, restaurants,…

Embark on a Brand New Cincinnati Food Tour This Summer

Get ready to tantalize your taste buds and immerse yourself in a captivating cultural experience with the Sandwich and Suds Tour. This casual walking tour takes you on a delectable Cincinnati adventure, weaving through historic architecture, hidden alleys, and stunning art, all while indulging in a variety of sandwich samples and local brews. (Non-alcoholic options…

My Top 10 Diners in Cincinnati

I like restaurants that are diners. I like the tables that are booths, the counter seating with the open kitchen, the servers, the wide range of menu options, and (usually) the prices. I like both the old-school diners, and I like the newer, local restaurants that take on a diner vibe. The main reason I…

Cincinnati Tours for Large Groups

Are you looking for a tour in Cincinnati for your large group? We have tasting tours, food tours, cooking tours, brewery tours, and informational tours available. Below are just a few of the options we offer for groups of 30-40 people. (Prices are estimates only and are current for 2023.) The Original Findlay Market Tour–We…

Is a Food Tour Worth the Money? (Revisited)

Are you planning a trip? One of the first steps, of course, is to figure out how much you can afford to spend. Where are you going? How much will it cost to get there? Once you’re there, where will you stay? Will you being eating all your meals in restaurants? Or will you be…

Copycat Recipe Gomez Salsa Turtle

I’m sure at some time you’ve had that urge for a certain menu item at a restaurant, but you didn’t want to go out. Of course, you can call your favorite delivery service and hope the food shows up before your craving disappears. Or you can try to replicate the dish yourself at home after…