Exploring the Downtown Cincinnati Food Scene

Saturday, June 29, 2013


There is a part of downtown Cincinnati called Over-the-Rhine, or OTR as locals say, that feels more like NYC than Cincinnati.   Ok, maybe I'm stretchy a little, not quite NYC, but definitely a little more hip than you expect in southern Ohio.  It is an area very rich in architectural history, in fact is it the most intact urban historic district in the United States.  It was originally a thriving community settled by Germans in the nineteenth century but with time and suburban sprawl it fell on hard times and became a place full of abandon buildings, poverty, and crime.  Since the early 2000's millions have been pumped back into revitalizing OTR and little by little it is making a beautiful come back.  There is still a ways to go, but it now has some of the hottest restaurants in town and a very cool, hip vibe.  On Saturday, we went to one of our favorite brunch spots, Taste of Belgium, with the boys and Payton (our neighbor/almost like a daughter).  Afterwards, we headed to Findlay Market, the oldest running farmer's market in Ohio.  It is foodie central and I'm embarrassed to say we had never been. I was always a little wimpy about the location.. We grew up in Cincy, so the OTR revitalization has taken us longer to get to used to because we know how it used to be, but I can honestly say, Findlay Market knocked my socks off.  It is a part in-door, part out-door, part booth, part actual store front, market with every ethnicity of food represented.  There was live music,  all walks of life, a true visual/sensory overload.  Really incredible.  We're going back soon and we are going back hungry!!




















13 comments:

  1. Love your blog! It feels like talking to a friend. I have never been to Ohio, but this makes me want to visit!

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    1. Thanks, Angie! That's a lovely compliment! That's exactly how I want my blog to feel! xo

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  2. Wow what a great looking place !!!!!great good also ! Have a wonderful Sunday

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  3. What a great place to visit!! The food looks amazing!! Looks like a great place to relax. It reminds me of New Orleans.

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  4. So is Taste of Belgium a free-standing restaurant or part of the farmer's market? I've heard of it but was never sure what to expect!

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    1. Both! They have booths at most of the bigger farmers markets around town, but their restaurant has the biggest selection and great atmosphere!! Worth a visit if u are in town sometime!! xo

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  5. thank you for posting this!! i am from NY and just married a boy from cincinnati. i struggle when we go visit his family, because i always feel like there is nothing 'to do'. i didn't even know this area existed!! now i'm kind of looking forward to the next time we visit my in-laws :) i love your blog, keep it up!! xo

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    1. Thank you and congrats on your new marriage! There is A LOT to see and do downtown Cincinnati but sometimes when you live here a long time you start to take it for granted. Have fun on your next visit! xo

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  6. Loved this post about OTR and Findlay Market!! We have been traveling up to Cincinnati (from Virginia) for twenty years attending Reds games, etc. but had never been to Findlay Market until May. I absolutely loved it too and hope to go every time we visit Cincy. There is also a city flea market every third Saturday close by and I would love to go to it too!! Hopefully next year!! :) Love reading your blog! :) Here is my post about Findlay Market if you're interested in reading. :) http://tasteandseepsalm348.wordpress.com/2013/05/20/findlay-market/

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  7. Fun to see pictures of Cincinnati where we lived in Terrace Park for three years. Found your blog through your guest post over at Kim's.
    Mary Alice

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    1. Ah! We live next door, in Mariemont!

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  8. So delighted to meet another Buckeye. I don't blog, but enjoy reading them and being inspired. I live in Norton near Wadsworth and retired after 37 yrs. of teaching. I found your blog reading Kim's this morning. You have put the Farmers' Market in Cincy on our late fall road trip list. Thank you.

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  9. My Daughter and Son in law lived in Cincinnati for four years until this past April. We visited quite a bit and Findlay Market was the first place they took us. That outing became the Saturday morning tradition as my husband especially liked it. We enjoyed many great restaurants and there was always something to do!

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