|Entrance to Zip's Café|
What can be said about a Cincinnati institution that has been serving burgers since before they were in vogue (again)? Zip’s Café has consistently offered one of the best American hamburgers for 85 years, flame broiled and constructed on a honey egg bun with all of the ingredients from local suppliers. Combine a pub style atmosphere that promotes communal dining with a friendly staff that welcomes everyone, including kids, and you have the secret to its success.
|The Pub Atmosphere with Model Train|
|Wall Sign Stating |
"Mind Your Children
or They Will Be
Given an Espresso
and a Free Puppy"
the Zip Burger Deluxe with Cheese (there’s also a double version). She said the Chile was good too so I ordered a cup of it with sour cream and onions. She went with the Onion Rings so that I could experience those also.
|Cup of Chili|
This is not a fast food establishment, so don’t expect your meal to be there before you’ve collected your thoughts. However, the timing was appropriate for a made-to-order meal. My chili arrived first. It had a nice tomato base that was not too heavily seasoned. Although the tomatoes were predominant, there was also ample ground beef and beans. The onions were a nice add-on. I probably could have foregone the sour cream since the spices were on the calm side.
|Deluxe Zip Burger with Cheese and Onion Rings|
We had no room for the Pumpkin Cheesecake that was offered for dessert. We were content to sit back, watch the miniature train ‘round the perimeter of the ceiling, and enjoy one another’s company.