Fortune has granted that my 8-year-old daughter and I will be spending January 9-19 in Cincinnati. We will spend two hours each day at the main campus of the Children's Hospital (nothing life-threatening, don't worry) and the rest of the time we'll be exploring and chowhounding. We don't know a soul in town (we're from Berkeley CA), and we don't have any dining itinerary aside from Graeter's and a Skyline/Camp Washington chili showdown. We'd love some help from you locals so we can organize ourselves. Here are some criteria:
At home we've got all the Mexican, Asian, and frou-frou "farm-to-table eclectic" food we need. I'd like us to eat like we can only eat in Cincinnati! So what will that look like? German food? Italian that isn't Tuscan? Does one cross the river and get a hot brown? Local institutions by the riverfront? Are you breakfast innovators? I saw on another thread a whole discussion of cream puffs--is that a local obsession, and if not, what is the preferred delivery system for sweetened carbs? What do we HAVE to try, and what will we then want to get as often as we can?
Also, we haven't booked a hotel yet. Is there a neighborhood reasonably convenient to the Children's Hospital that is good for strolling and has interesting eats?
Lastly, do you Cincinnati hounds ever dine together? We'd be up for meeting for a meal if anybody is interested or if anything is already organized. Always happy to connect with hounds! Thanks in advance and we're looking forward to our time in your fine city!