Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Where to Eat During the World Choir Games

      The world may be coming to CIncinnati during the World Choir Games, but our city has something else to sing about… an abundance of international culinary fare from local chefs.  (That's one of the reasons we started blogging.)  With a city so
passionate about eating (is that why there are so many pig statues around downtown?), dining for most will be second only to the choirs themselves.  The guys and I have prepared a list of our favorite restaurants (in alphabetical order) by neighborhood surrounding the game sites.  We hope it's a big help with finding some different dining spots during your visit.  Please feel free to comment or ask us for specific restaurant choices should you be venturing beyond the downtown area.  

      Below is a Metro map of the venue sites and shuttle route.  Have a purr-fect time!

(Restaurants near the U.S. Bank Arena, Christ Cathedral, Masonic Temple, Aronoff Center for the Performing Arts, Fountain Square, Duke Energy Convention Center, or St. Mary's Cathedral Basilica)

Downtown Cincinnati, OH

First Watch-$-breakfast, lunch
Unique egg dishes and sandwiches in a coffee shop atmosphere

Graeter's-$-bakery, ice cream
Locally made ice cream (rich with heavy cream and some flavors with large chunks of chocolate) located on Fountain Square

It's Just Crepes-$-breakfast, lunch, dinner
Two downtown locations serving French street food

Jean Robert's Table-$$$$-lunch, dinner
French and Modern American in a cozy urban atmosphere

Moerlein Lager House-$$-lunch, dinner
Contemporary gastropub with sweeping views of the Ohio River

Nada-$$$-lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch
Mexican-inspired fare in a contemporary "scene" bar/restaurant

Nicholson's-$$$-lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch
Authentic Scottish pub serving inventive gastropub fare

Orchids at the Palm Court-$$$$-dinner
Opulent French Art Deco setting showcasing Modern American cuisine

Skyline Chili-$-lunch, dinner
Famous Cincinnati chili (served on top of spaghetti and made with chocolate) in a diner atmosphere

Via Vite-$$$-lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch
Contemporary Italian in a "glass box" overlooking Fountain Square

Covington, KY

AmerAsia-$$-lunch, dinner
Chinese soul food in a small space with chalk drawings on the walls

Intimate restaurant serving inventive American cuisine

Europa Bistro & Café-$$-breakfast, lunch, dinner
European inspired menu featuring homemade desserts and gelato with casual dining indoors or on the patio

Newport, KY

Hofbräuhaus-$$-lunch, dinner
German pub food served in a bier garden modeled after the one in Munich

Tom+Chee-$-lunch, dinner
Creative variations of the iconic tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwich (also located in downtown Cincinnati)

Bellevue, KY

Virgil's Café-$$-lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch
Modern American and Cajun/Creole food in a small bistro setting

(Restaurants near the School for the Performing Arts and Music Hall)

Gateway Quarter in Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati, OH

Abigail Street-$$-dinner
Foods from all around the Mediterranean served in a modern take on a Turkish coffee house

A Tavola-$$-dinner
Pizzas are the feature along with incredible appetizers in a loud bar setting

Bakersfield OTR-$-lunch, dinner
Tacos to tequilas and everything fun in between all in a western motif

Senate-$$-lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch
Gourmet hot dogs along with other fine fun foods and specialty drinks served in an urban bar

Taste of Belgium-$$-breakfast, lunch, dinner, Sunday brunch
Authentic Belgian waffles and other bistro foods in a spacious European-style building with a smaller version found in Findlay Market

Findlay Market Over-the-Rhine Cincinnati, OH

Fresh Table-$-lunch
Ready-made dishes sold by the lb. with a small counter space for casual dining

Pho Lang Thang-$-lunch
Vietnamese dishes with French influence served in a bistro

Skirtz & Johnston-$-bakery, breakfast, lunch
Exquisite baked goods and sandwiches in a contemporary space with creative floral table settings

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