Monday, November 9, 2015

Restaurant Review: Arnold's Bar & Grill - Downtown Cincinnati

So I've been knocking burgers off the Best Burger list all summer and one place on the list is Arnold's - the oldest bar in Cincinnati - and I was all set for a burger - so off we went!

Arnold's is very eclectic - with the art and unique pieces all around. I'd love to go tooling around downtown on this guy!

Inside is very dark and from the 1800's - but it was a beautiful day so we headed straight outside to the patio. I've only been to Arnold's once and that's where I was - so back we went. This apartment is so interesting to me - I'd totally have my windows open and just sit and watch people - but then again - it's gotta get noisy. :-)

The walls are covered with art work - I love these vintage servers. 

It was Susie's birthday and she decided to have birthday Deviled Eggs! The server even brought them out with a candle just for her to make a wish on!

Very Deviled Eggs   Deep Fried / Ranch Breaded / Buffalo Stuffed   8 

These deviled eggs were really intriguing - I mean - deep fried - ranch breaded - buffalo stuffed!!??!! Is there anything else they could throw in there? I'm glad I tried them because it's very creative. I didn't love them - I felt like it all muddled together a bit. Nothing stood out - I was expecting a zing from the buffalo - but it was all sort of one note. Interesting - glad I tried - but probably wouldn't get a again.

Marty’s Waffles and Chicken    Buffalo-Drizzled Fried Chicken Breast / Marty’s Waffle / Syrup / Fries   11

Birthday girl went ALL OUT and got the chicken & waffles - she really liked them. I'm not big on the combo but I have to say that waffle was calling my name just a bit. 

Grilled Cheese and Tomato   Mozzarella / Swiss / Cheddar / Provolone / Hoagie Roll / Tomato Soup    9

Dawn is more basic in her food choices and chose Grilled Cheese & Tomato Soup - which you really can't go wrong with. There was a lot of cheese as you can see - but also a lot of bread. She said it was good. 

And then there was me - honestly I went for the burger - but I had sort of burgered myself out. I have been eating so many that I had to take a break. All that means is - I have to go back! 


Meatball Hero   Our Famous Meatballs / Provolone / Toni’s Tomato Sauce / House-pickled Banana Peppers   10

I was trying to decide between their Greek pasta and the Meatball Hero but the server sold me on the hero - she said that's what they're famous for - so I went for it. 

It was pretty good - the meatballs were fine (nothing too exciting) and the sauce and cheese were great. It was pretty much impossible to pick up and eat though - which is fine - I knife & forked it. 

All in all I liked it - but I'm ready to try the burger. 


One thing I loved were the fries! Those batter-dipped fries are always so crispy and I loved them!

And one thing - not to be missed - are the doors to the patio. We exited through them and had to photograph them. Susie said - We can't miss the naked doors!!! And we didn't! Hello Arnold!

Why Should You Go? Well - it's the oldest bar in the city - so it's definitely someplace you have to visit. The food is pretty good - I'm sure there's something there that will be my favorite - I just haven't found it yet.

Arnold's Bar & Grill Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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