Best Of 2022

Best Locally Produced Root Beer

There’s a void in the soul that can only be filled by really good root beer. Sharonville’s The Root Beer Stand serves up the soda equivalent of premium craft beer at its quaint, retro eatery. It’s so good because they use their own well water, which has a balance of inherent minerality. You can squeeze into a seat at the counter to eat a foot-long chili dog alongside your fellow humans, or instead walk up to the order window and have a nice meal outside — there’s plenty of shaded seating if you want to escape the summer sun. Bring the kids to enjoy the playground behind the restaurant, or wait around for a little while to wave at the train conductor as he passes by on the nearby railroad tracks. Nothing quite beats a root-beer float and a hot dog when you want to feel truly American. therootbeerstand.com.