Recently I was invited to join the latest food tour in the Cincinnati area - Riverside Food Tour - a walking tour focused on the Covington/Mainstrasse area. I have been on van and walking tours and was interested to see how this would compare.
Cock & Bull was nice enough to provide a beer sample and in the spirit of trying new things - I tried the St Louis Framboise - it's a fruit beer/lambic and I loved it. It was light and refreshing - almost wine-cooler-esque - but ordering a Lambic sounds so much more 2016 than ordering a wine cooler.
Goebel Park Glockenspiel - were were in time to see the story of the Brothers Grimm tale come to life. What was fun was that these two girls knew what time it was as well and came running to sit and watch the story unfold as well. It's a fun site - especially if you haven't seen it before.
Pipers Cafe - which at first glance - is an ice cream shop. But it's a lot more. First of all - there's a restaurant inside - secondly it's very locally focused. They source locally and never have the same "special" twice - never ever. It's an interesting menu to say the least and it also doesn't include traditional sodas - they have Soda Streams and make unique concoctions every day.
Lisse. Most of our group did NOT like the newly white exterior but I thought it was really cool looking. So we'll see how the soon-to-open steakhouse fares on the strip.
Main Bite. This spot has been many a restaurant just in the 12 years I've been here - it's one of those "nothing seems to stick" spots. It's small with a great patio and the chef came out to greet us.
This was also the site of more history and I didn't love this story she told - albeit relevant and historical - it wasn't the kind of conversation you want to have while eating a salad.
Fridas - which I've heard is excellent. It's not on the tour but I'm putting it on my list.
Goodfellas Pizza - which has a few locations now in Cinci and I was looking forward to trying it...
The pizza looked good as well.
Bean Haus. I say wobbled because we were FULL at this point. So full we really didn't want anything else to eat.
All in all - I had a great time on the Riverside Food Tour - there was a lot of food - so be sure to go hungry. The variety was good as well - it was nice to try some new places and some new foods. Everything they chose was delicious as well. It's a pretty walk too. My favorite of the day was Goodfellas Pizza by far - it was some of the best pizza I've had in the city - so I'm definitely glad to have discovered that! Thanks again to Mike & Laura for their hospitality and for the free tickets to the tour!