I love exploring Cincinnati - it seems that every tour I go on - I learn more about this city that I've grown to love over the last 10 years. The folks at Airport FastPark wanted to help me have a fun summer adventure - so they sent me on the Flavors of the Queen City Food Tour!
Carew Tower - an art deco delight! We learned about the history of the tower being built and so much more.
Rookwood Pottery. I never even noticed it! It's so beautiful.
Since this was our first stop - we just had a chocolate milkshake - which I promptly forgot to take a picture of. It was great! They have the old fashioned shake mixers and it was obvious they knew what they were doing.
Orchids at the Palm Court. It's gorgeous and full of more art deco than you can shake a stick at. I've never had the pleasure of eating there - hopefully soon!
Via Vite - the amazing Italian right on Fountain Square. With this tour - I had actually been to most of the places - but the tour itself had so much more than just a visit to a restaurant - it was a history lesson and getting THE BEST from each place!
While we walked to our next destination we saw this sign in the former Tom's Pot Pie's location. Jean-Robert is opening his second place! Woohoo!
It's Just Crepes. I've been many times as I used to work a block from their 4th Street location. Freshness is key at IJC - everything is made right in front of you with fresh ingredients. The crepes are made with eggs - so Larry took a rain check here.
It was great because every place we went - our guide got us the specialty or the best offering - so it was nice to not have to think and try new things at all of these awesome restaurants!
Tom + Chee - the grilled cheese & tomato soup place that got its start as a tent on Fountain Square during the ice rink season and now has been on Shark Tank & Travel Channel!
OMG amazing. This is DELICIOUS. I literally don't have words to express how good it was. The cheddar was great and you need the sharp to cut through the sugar from the donut. So freaking good. How could I ever doubt them?!
Venice on Vine to find out about an amazing organization that also serves some damn good pizza.
Venice on Vine is actually a small business run by Power Inspires Progress which serves the mission to provide positive, meaningful work opportunities for adults with employment barriers. Participants take part in a 52-week training program that takes them from dishwashing to serving and everything in between. It's an amazing program and we get to reap the rewards!
pizza, hoagies, salads, pasta and more but we had to try the pizza of course! Larry & I were both STUFFED but found a way to make room for a slice of pepperoni and man was it worth it! We had agreed to split the piece and almost regretted it - I kind of wanted my own piece!
I can't wait to get back to Venice on Vine and have more of that delicious cheesy goodness!
Graeters of course. And even if you're a native Cincinnatian - there's always room for ice cream! I tried their new summer flavor Peanut Butter Brownie - it was good but my favorite is still Coconut Chip.
Thanks again to Airport Fast Park for the fun summer adventure. They have two locations near CVG airport and I can say from first-hand use - Airport Fast Park is the ONLY way to go if you have to leave your car at CVG. I used the CVG parking one time and my boss laughed at me! He told me about AFP and I haven't looked back since. AFP is quick and reliable. They get you to and from your car quicker than anybody! If you're not a Cincinnati resident - they have 16 convenient locations across the US! They even have a rewards program which is nice if you're a frequent flier. And if you're traveling with kids - check out this article with links to printables and travel tips.