Zip’s will always be quintessential Cincinnati to me – if someone visits – it’s one of the places I think to take them. It’s adorable, always packed and delicious. It’s got its own kitsch to it as well with a train that travels around the perimeter taking you on your own mini-tour of Mt. Lookout.
I went with my good friend Adventure Mom who swears she’d never been to Zips – I find it hard to believe! How could she have not been there?! I thought it was like everybody’s first restaurant visit 😉
We both got the Zipburger with cheese because it’s what you have to get – especially if you’ve never been! Nedra also got their famous onion rings – big huge and crispy and made with fresh onions! (I learned that from Frisch’s – if the skin onion bites clean – it’s a fresh onion – if it pulls out – frozen!)
And then I got cheese fries – they are probably my favorite cheese fries in the city. The cheese tastes like a homemade cheese sauce – it’s much lighter than that awful orange goo you get so many times. This cheese is a much milder cheese and as it sits – it does sort of thicken up – which I love!!!! Then I take the last fries and scrape it off the plate!
Why Should You Go? If you are like AdventureMom and haven’t been to Zip’s Cafe – lets rectify this! It’s small and has communal tables in the middle – so make some new friends. And don’t miss the cheese fries!