Cincinnati Highlights

Let’s say your day starts with brunch at Via Vite.

I don’t know why it wouldn’t when you get two courses for $15 and they look like this.

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Yogurt, fruit and granola.

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And fried egg and italian sausage over creamy polenta. Mind bendingly delicious.

I’ll leave you to guess which one Ryan ordered…

And then you remember it’s Oscar season and some brave soul made a silent movie, so you go check it out.

How in the world did he get a green light for this project in 2012? Wouldn’t you have loved to be at that pitch meeting?

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Discuss over ice cream.

And if the night leads you here, who am I to judge?

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After all, there’s an accommodating story-telling bartender who remembers your face and your drink, an eclectic clientele of customers blended with a juke box with a wide ranging mix that has you asking “Did YOU pick this??” all night.

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Let’s not forget the big messy burgers served late into the night.

Stay. Eat. Play some pool. You’ve got nowhere else to be.

In a word

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Cheers!

Crepes vs. Waffles in Cincinnati

It appears that Cincinnati-ers (Cincinnati-ites?) are crazy about crepes.

That’s a lot of alliteration.

Ryan and I went out looking for breakfast one morning and decided to try It’s Just Crepes because it was close-ish to our hotel and they say they’re “The Only Place for Crepes!” So where else you gonna go?

Besides, Ryan has a lower tolerance for greasy diners than I do and he actually insists on vegetables once and awhile. I try to humor him.

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And who doesn’t love a crepe? It’s a big envelope of deliciousness. They’re even better when you get to watch someone making them.Cincinnati

It’s breakfast and a show! Hard to beat that.

I got the Benedict

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I figured I wouldn’t like the hollandaise so I got it on the side. Hollandaise is a hard sauce to make well and I don’t like most people’s versions.

Spinach, eggs, ham… The whole thing was solidly ok. Nothing I’d cross town to get again, but ok.

But then the next day we decided to try  Taste of Belgium, the home of the Authentic Waffle.

Waffle. It’s on the sign.

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We expected a wide selection of waffles and instead got… crepes.

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I know. It’s confusing. It turns out that a place that advertises waffles has a small selection of waffle options. Is that weird?

Yeah, I thought so.

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Note Ryan’s vegetables and the photogenic arrangement of his breakfast. He’s out of control.

But here’s the good news, the crepes were outstanding! Buckwheat crepes, locally sourced meat, high quality all around. Much better than It’s Just Crepes and shockingly good given we just expected waffles.

Lest you think we’re falling down on our breakfast duties, we got a waffle too.

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I call this Breakfast dessert.

It was good. Outstanding? Perhaps not. Better than the crepe? Not at all. But solidly ok.

So basically, what I think I’m saying it this:

1. If you want a good crepe, go to the waffle place.

2. Advertising in Cincinnati restaurants is suspect. Proceed with caution.

3. I’m open to suggestions for good waffles.

Tom + Chee Cincinnati

If you have to be in Cincinnati on a grey wet day in January when it can’t seem to stop drizzling

I can’t think of a better place to be than here

Yes. That’s a whole restaurant devoted to just grilled cheese and tomato soup. Why haven’t I been here before? Why don’t I live here??

Sometimes the best restaurants take one simple thing and they go wild with it.

Emphasis on the Wild.

Intriguing? Revolting? You decide.

I went with the grilled mac and cheese sandwich and the chunky tomato soup

That’s mac and cheese! ON A SANDWICH. With bacon!!

I may only live for another week because I think I can actually hear my arteries closing, but I’ll die happy. Seriously.

The day only got better with coffee

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and improvised Museum-grams at the CAC

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And a Shepard Fairey photo shoot

Kaitlyn, Ryan and an iphone.

The world’s a pretty good place.