A jewel of a city on the Ohio River, Cincinnati once was known as the Paris of America, home of diverse culture and a thriving culinary personality. Tall sandwiches, super sweets, artisan ice cream, and old-world sausages are just a few of its culinary highlights. It’s a city of distinctive architecture and art, friendly neighborhood markets and cafes, a stunning riverfront, lively public entertainment as well as major sports teams … and more chili parlors than any other place on earth. From the Queen City, we head north through the rural landscape and visit an historic country inn (serving Shaker lemon pie) as well as the Ohio Renaissance Festival in Harveysburg.
Camp Washington makes the best 5-Way chili in Cincinnati. Open round the clock, it also offers great chili-cheese Coneys and mile-high double-decker sandwiches.
A century-old sweet shop with an all-pink dining room, Cincinnati's Aglamesis Bros. makes great, unique-flavor ice creams and memorable sundae toppings.
A full-service Cincinnati butcher shop with a charcoal grill on the sidewalk in front of the store, Avril-Bleh cooks some of the best wursts anywhere.
Tucker's is an urban hash house that cooks the old-fashioned way: buys meat from a local butcher, peels potatoes for hash browns and cooks everything to order.
A vintage hotel restaurant in antiques-rich Lebanon, Ohio, the Golden Lamb serves heartland square-meals lunch and dinner with Shaker sugar pie for dessert.