Hit the Road: a foodie foray to Cincinnati, Ohio

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We hope you’ve packed your appetite. This month, we’re finishing our Hit the Road series with a foodie foray into Cincinnati, Ohio. Whether you’re interested in taking a tour of Rhinegeist Brewery, putting your cooking skills to the test at a Jungle Jim’s International Market class, or trying the Guy Fieri approved filet mignon chili at The Turf Club, this driving-distance destination is every foodie’s dream.

Before you start packing your bags, here’s everything you need to know about the area + our insider recommendations.

Drive time: ~1.5 hours from downtown

Est. population: 302,000+

Avg. high in August: 83°

🎟️ Things to do

Rhinegeist Brewery, 1910 Elm St.

  • Book a public tour of the iconic brewery Thursday-Sunday at select times. Tours are $10 and include a pint.

Jungle Jim’s International Market Fairfield, 5440 Dixie Hwy.

Cincinnati Streetcar Food Tour, 1801 Race St.

  • This 3.5 hour tour includes stops at popular bars and restaurants throughout the city as you travel in a streetcar. The tour is $69 and includes lunch and a glass of beer or wine.

Findlay Market Mini Tour, 1801 Race St.

  • Enjoy a one-hour tour of the Findlay Market + meet vendors and enjoy samples from merchants in the market.

Henke Winery, 3077 Harrison Ave.

Enjoy corn hole and ping pong at the Rhinegeist Brewery. | Photo via @rhinegeist

Enjoy corn hole and ping pong at the Rhinegeist Brewery. | Photo via @rhinegeist

🍲 Memorable eats

The Turf Club, 4618 Eastern Ave.

  • Guy Fieri approved of The Turf Club on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. He recommends the filet mignon chili with pork tenderloin and fresh herbs.

Tortilleria Garcia, Multiple locations

  • Voted by Eater as one of the essential restaurants in Cincinnati, this local taco spot is known for its authentic Mexican food.

Salazar, 1401 Republic St.

  • Stop in for brunch or dinner at this local, farm-inspired restaurant. Restaurant Clicks voted Salazar as one of the top dining establishments in Queen City.

Maplewood Kitchen and Bar, 525 Race St.

Nicola’s, 1420 Sycamore St.

  • Known for its Italian cuisine, this local spot has a special summer menu available.
The AC Kitchen serves Mediterranean-style breakfast. | Photo via @achotelcincinnatilc

The AC Kitchen serves Mediterranean-style breakfast. | Photo via @achotelcincinnatilc

🏨 Accommodations with award-winning cuisine

Hilton Cincinnati Netherland Plaza, 35 W. 5th St.

  • The on-site food and drink options include Breakfast at Palm Court + The Bar at Palm Court.

AC Hotel Marriott Cincinnati at The Banks, 135 Joe Nuxhall Way

  • Dine on the rooftop bar with downtown skyline views or try the AC Lounge and AC Kitchen.

Radisson Hotel Cincinnati Riverfront, 668 W. 5th St.

  • Eighteen at the Radisson + The Fifth Lounge are on-site with American dishes, pizzas, and alcoholic beverages.

Kinley Cincinnati Downtown, 636 Race St.

  • Not only is Kinley surrounded by bars and restaurants within walking distance, but they have The Exchange on-site with baked goods, cocktails, and bar snacks.

21c Museum Hotel, 609 Walnut St.

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