25 Cincinnati Staple Restaurants Every Newbie Needs to Try

Whether you're a Queen City visitor or a new resident, Cincinnati has plenty of eateries to grace your taste buds with. But…

By CityBeat Staff

Zip's Cafe 
    1036 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout
    Zip’s has been doing burgers right since 1926, and generations of East Side Cincinnatians call Zip burgers their favorite. If you’re feeling like a light meal, order a classic Zip burger, with fresh, flame-broiled meat from local butcher Avril-Bleh & Sons, nestled in a toasted honey-egg bun from Klosterman Baking Company, and a side of super crispy onion rings. Or go big with the Girth Burger, a Zip burger topped with a split Avril-Bleh mettwurst. With worn wood flooring and dark wood paneling, the small space is separated into a dining area and a bar by a saloon-style door with a model train circling above. Head to the back bar for a local beer on draft while you wait for space at a booth or a seat at one of the shared family-style tables. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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25 Essential Foods Every Cincinnati Visitor Should Try

Cincinnati is home to many staple foods and restaurants whose iconic offerings make up the flavor of our city. Some have been…

By CityBeat Staff

Skyline Chili
    Multiple locations
    A locally based chain of chili parlors founded by Greek immigrants in Cincinnati in 1949. Their Cincinnati-style chili is poured over spaghetti or hot dogs along with chili burritos, fries and baked potatoes. Their vegetarian version is almost as tasty with black beans and rice. 
    Photo: Provided by Skyline Chili
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