The second in the series of great places to test your culinary palate while visiting the fair city of Cincinnati, Ohio.
There are several cities in the Unites States that are known for its pizzeria. Chicago, Illinois, New York, New York and the state of New Jersey all come to mind when one would like to find a great slice of pie. Nott too many people would think that Cincinnati, Ohio would be amongst one of the major cities where pizza is king. The next time that you are in Cincinnati, and you are crazing a calzone or a piece of pizza, I would suggest making a stop in at Mio’s Pizzeria.
Mio’s Pizzeria is located at the corner of Paxton and Isabella Ave in the quaint neighborhood of Hyde Park has several other locations through out Cincinnati.
Once you taste Mio’s you will not want to go to another place for a slice of pie. This neighborhood pizzeria stands by its name. The small seating area (seats 18) is a great place for an after school snack or a pre date appetizer. A full menu boasts of anything from breadsticks to meat filled calzones. One thing that is unique to this neighborhood pizza joint is its authentic stuffed pizza. Mio’s original crust is not lathered in oil like the larger chains. It’s naturally, oven baked crust will keep you coming back for more.
This small, but popular operation has their employers doing it all. Taking delivery and walk up orders, along with preparing orders. Taking a brief glance over the well-illustrated menu, you can choose a small antipasto salad and, surpassing the pre-packaged selection of pizzas, you can choose a large (15″) and select your own toppings to see how they handle variation. The server will accept ‘off the menu’ requests without blinking. If you like a lot of tomato sauce, this is not the place for you. Instead of being overshadowed by tomato sauce sprinkled with shanty toppings, the taste of a pie prepared here at Mio’s is enhanced equally by the fresh tasting tomato sauce, hand chopped red onions and green olives, and thinly sliced portabella mushrooms. Piping hot and ready to eat, this pie is a prefect ending to a long Sunday afternoon of moving,
If you brought your children along for your trip to Cincinnati or hosting a Sunday football marathon? Mio’s also has an easy to read kids menu and pre package catering packages printed on the back of the menu.
Mio’s Pizzeria 3703 Paxton Ave. Cincinnati, OH 45209 main (513) 531-4200
Monday – Thursday: 11 am – 10 pm Friday – Saturday: 11 am – 11 pm Sunday: 12 pm – 10 pm Cash – Visa – Master Card Non-Smoking Only
Staying just north of downtown Cincinnati? Wake up and grab a rich cup of java at Pleasant Perk Coffee in Pleasant Ridge.
Walking into the morning sunlit shop, the sun’s glow will bounce off the dark red furniture, giving the inside a deep shine. The barista is buried behind the varied displays of pastries coffee posts and glistening appliances. Though located in a quaint northern suburb of the city, you can find an eclectic variety of people who give patronage to this small coffee shop. While waiting for your order, it would be no surprise to see either a jogger, esthetically clad in running shorts and Under Armor top, or a person on their way into the office, dressed as though on his way to an early Monday morning business meeting at Procter & Gamble’s downtown office.
Not only does this small, but pleasantly roomy coffee shop boast its eclectic array of customers, the coffee also is varied.
Pleasant Perk is a great little shot to visit before you out of town business meeting.
6105 Montgomery Rd.Cincinnati, OH 45213(513) 531-4126Monday through Thursday: 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.; Friday: 6:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Saturday: 7:30 a.m. to 10 p.m.; Sunday: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Moving back Downtown, where you will most likely be staying when visiting the Queen city, you can find many different places to fill your tummy. When heading out for lunch have you ever had a craving for a mix of Thai and American cuisine? I did not think that you would, but if you ever did, you can stumble into Rise & Shine restaurant, located in the heart of downtown Cincinnati.
Though this restaurant has traditional American breakfast and lunch menus all hours that it is open, this place also boasts of a Tai buffet from 11:30am to 1:30pm Monday through Fridays. It also includes a full menu of traditional Thai cuisine. This is great for the downtown worker who has little time for lunch but likes to pack a plate.
After being seated, you are handed the menus and find there are a plethora of choices for such a small operation. There is a complete Tai menu accompanied with a menu solely devoted to its western counterpart. Everything from steak and eggs to the traditional Tai curry are sparkled though out the menu. Bottoming out the list of selections are different types of French toast, pancake combinations, Thai vegetable dishes, traditional noodle dishes and breakfast combinations.
130 E. 6th St.Cincinnati, OH 45202(513) 421-33087 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday.
Rise & Shine is a great place to get quick and easy Thai food when you are in a pinch, but if you ask anyone where the BEST place to get Thai food while you are visiting Cincinnati, 10 out of 10 people will say Teak Thai Restaurant.
Teak is located in the historic neighborhood of Mt. Adams and is un-arguably the best Thai restaurant in the Greater Cincinnati area.
The quant, semi crowded space over looking Cincinnati and The Steps of Cincinnati, is a welcomed changed to the strip-malled frenzy and other tourist traps that Cincinnati has to offer.
Seated outside, here were several pockets of urbanites that had also decided to forgo the indoor oriental decor for a traditional Cincinnati scenic view. Here, before you order your meal, you can waver back and forth from a tradition American drinks to an authentic Asian flare or finally opt for a glass of beer made in Thailand.
Teak’s service is one of the best in the city. Even on busy nights, you never wait more than a few minutes for a table to open, and you never wait more than 20min (at the most) for a dine in order. Ordering the Holy Basil with Tofu at a spiciness level of 4 is a must if you are only in town for a few days. The rich spicy flavor was welcomed and even the tofu was full of flavor
To top it off, you get a fortune cookie at the end of the meal.
Monday – Friday: Lunch – 11:30 AM – 3:00 PM – Dinner – 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM, Saturday: 5:00 PM – 9:30 PM, Sunday: 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
1051 Saint Gregory St Cincinnati, OH 45202-1733(513)665-9800
So, again, the next time that you are in Cincinnati, do not bolster yourself in your hotel room and settle for that mundane hotel eatery. Get out and enjoy the different type of food that you can experience while in the city of Flying Pigs (no pun intended).