What Cincinnati restaurant makes a great margarita? How will the big sports teams do this year? What issues should local government focus on? Nobody has more opinions on these and other pressing questions than Cincinnatians themselves. In our new column CityBeat Streets, CityBeat reporters are asking local residents about a different topic each week, highlighting the Queen City's good, bad and ugly.
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This week's question:
What local neighborhood are Cincinnati residents overlooking?
“Price Hill, just because Price Hill in the stage it’s at now is like where OTR was 10 years ago. The Incline District is really nice, which a lot of people are finding that out.”
“I think Walnut Hills. I have contracts in Walnut Hills, I was actually pretty surprised about how up-and-coming they were, even seeing [U.S. President Joe] Biden go by there [for lunch on Jan. 4]. They have that local aspect I was looking for. You still have the local aspects around here, but when you have a few restaurant groups king over everything you really want that local feeling and Walnut Hills still offers that. I think Pendleton is another one. They’re up-and-coming, especially if we’re talking immediate downtown. Pendleton is a beautiful neighborhood; it’s a lot to offer there. I think they should get a little more recognition.” (James Watkins)
“I agree, definitely Pendleton [because of ] the downtown community aspect. They are trying to get more diversity in terms of the retail that they have available.” (Celine Watkins)
“I feel like there’s a few. Northside is definitely one. On Hamilton, they are doing a lot of up-and-coming new restaurants. There’s this taco place that's super amazing – it’s Taqueria 251 [Editor's note: Taqueria 251 became Cantina Agave in 2021]. It’s right on Hamilton next to Melt [Revival], and there’s a brewery right there, as well. Then I would say the Pendleton district, too. I feel like people go to OTR but they leave out the Pendleton district. There’s a lot of up-and-coming places down there, as well. I’m a foodie, so I love to eat.”
“Honestly, probably Sayler Park over on the West Side. It’s really quiet [and] reminds me of home. I’m from north of Columbus; it’s a small-town area. Sayler Park Coffee is really good; I’m there multiple times a week getting coffee for the office. Busy Bee Donuts is really good, too, but they sell out every single day so you have to get up early if you’re going to get their donuts. There’s no way you’re going to get donuts unless you’re there before 8 a.m.”
“West Colerain, because I live there. There’s a pretty cool restaurant over in West Colerain called Tag’s Cafe. It’s kind of a hiding hole that no one knows about. It’s a great little spot. It’s a fantastic spot to go to.”
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