We went on a road trip to Cincinnati last weekend to visit Jack and ate at some nice places.
Friday, 11/9/12: Moerlein Lager House.
As we were staying on the Kentucky side of the river, we walked across the Roebling Bridge on a beautiful night to go to Moerlein Lager House which is right on the river between the two stadiums. The place, just recently opened this year, was packed and was huge. We had a 7:30 reservation but had to wait a bit as there was ten of us. Everyone had some of their beer which was very good…had already been drinking a lot already thanks to Embassy Suites Happy Hour. We split a platter of pretzels with cheese and mustard and a plate of fried pickles and jalapenos. I had a grilled cheese with short ribs in it – very good. Lots of food had by all and all very good. A very nice place to go with a spectacular view…would be nice to go in warm weather as they have seating outside as well.
We went to Findlay Market for a quick lunch as we had a big Embassy Suites breakfast and we were planning an early dinner. Findlay Market is a few miles north of downtown Cinci in the Over-the-Rhine neighborhood which is an area the city is trying to re-vitalize…similar to Ohio City / W.25th street area here in Cleveland. It looks like they have a longggggg way to go though as it appears to be in the middle of ghetto. The market was cool though…a smaller version of our West Side Market. The place was packed as it was a beautiful sunny Saturday afternoon. We walked around a bit, found a table, found the beer sample guy, had some tacos and gelato and sat in the sun.
We went to the Hofbrauhaus for dinner on Saturday which is in Newport, Kentucky just a mile or so from our hotel. We went early as we know it is always crowded. We got there around 5:15 and were told the wait would be an hour. The good news is that they have a great outdoor beer garden to wait in and it was a great afternoon to sit outside and have a beer…a big beer.
We eventually made it inside for dinner. We didn’t get to sit in the main room where the polka band was playing, we would have had to wait another hour. But dinner was good…not great…but a fun place to go.