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Chefjusthank

City has great, live jazz


HamezBaxter

Would you mind naming some places?


Ratamacool

Caffe vivace is a great spot, also Joshua Redman is playing at memorial hall in February, can’t miss that.


Chefjusthank

Caffe Vivace, Schwartz Point, Ghost Baby, The Redmoor, just a few places.


Chefjusthank

Plus you have CCM pushing out some great musicians.


BrightIdeaTiger

Schwartz’s Point


SanPadrigo

The airport is exactly where it should be.


hitemlow

People don't realize how much of the airport is *freight*. Which means you have trucks coming in and out with a need for a bunch of warehouses nearby. If you tried putting it anywhere near the city center, either nearby housing would be obliterated for freight warehouses, or semis would choke the life out of the roads.


Gravy-Genie

I wish you could send a letter to people saying this, the amount of hate you get AT the airport is absurde


notnewtobville

So many 747s coming in from Anchorage.


jrneygrl

When the airport was built there was nothing but pig farms nearby. It makes sense to put it there rather than in a location more densely populated by humans.


Skenry32

That its actually a pretty great place. There is always so much hate and complaining about it but I think it's great here


Lazy-Living1825

I left in the 90’s and came back before 2000. I’ve had an extreme love for this place since. I’ll fight you about this city.


Blunkus

Agreed. I used to travel a bunch for work (different place every week). Every time I left, it made me appreciate this city even more. It’s a truly happy medium in terms of cities.


dustmybroom88

The medium place


warthog0869

"All the way around, we're slightly above average, and that's pretty okay."


Maybeinthelongrun

Agreed.


IceePirate1

I'm an accountant who lives in Cincinnati, does this mean I'm destined for a completely average life? Ngl I'm kinda here for it, would be great


bugbia

Lol this was going to be mine. I'm not from here and Cincinnati is a delight.


p3canj0y363

I agree! My dad loved finding inexpensive family things to do on weekends, and there was an endless supply. As a teenager, we found more that enough to keep us busy. As a young, childless adult, my SO and I never ran oit of things to do. I was very active with my son, and any interest he wanted to explore, we usually found more than one option.... When my parents moved to Florida, my dad tried doing the same for us and the grandkids. We all realized that, except for the beach, the greater Cincinnati area has better, cheaper options, and so many more. From education to entertainment, to jobs you can find such a huge range here.


interstatesntents

came here to say this. I love it here. Not saying its not without problems, but it has most of the perks of city (museums, sports teams, decent food, fun events, international airport) without the insane cost of living


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unknownanon54

Shhh just play along, keep the shitty people out haha!


notnewtobville

When I meet people I dont ask what high school they attended.


jroller1

I've lived in Cincinnati for over 30 years and was recently on a tour whete they asked if any of us were locals. We said no, but that we've lived here 30 years. The guide kind of laughed and said "well I think that makes you a local", and in all seriousness I said "no, because you wouldn't know the HS I went to". The guide and other out-of-towners thought I was joking. But I wasn't.


gzander

This. I moved here just as I was entering high school (when it’s normal for people to ask where you go to school) and went away for college. When I came back after graduating I was so confused by this question every time I met someone new, and didn’t really understand why it was so prevalent until someone explained it’s so they know which side of Cincinnati you’re from.


redditsfulloffiction

Here's the thing. Cincinnati has one of the highest per capita private school enrollments in the country. What school you go to says a whole lot more about you than where you're from, though I'm sure that has something to do with it. That being said, this "cincinnati thing" happens in other cities, too.


Jcn101894

4th largest Catholic school system in the country! And I swear the west side is like a small town in the south because if someone knows what school or parish you went to they’ll be able to find someone who knows ALL of your business.


Cinderpath

I’ve worked and traveled in 46 states, the only other city where people have asked where I went to high school, was St Louis. It’s seriously as provincial as it gets! 😏


redditsfulloffiction

Funny you say that. St. Louis also has very high per capita private school enrollment.


Wileyfaux24

But then how do you know if you should judge them or not?


Ryyah61577

I grew up in SE Ohio. My high school played Joe Burrows high school in athletics regularly. People don’t know what to do with that information. Equal parts looking down their noses, and intrigue.


RookAroundYou

We need more things to do that aren't centered around alcohol.


Bearcat2010

Whew. I agree. For example, I want to recover from the weekend of drinking so I just stay home. Cuz I know if I go out, the possibility of drinking is very high due to the nature of our events/activities here. (Or maybe it’s me. Maybe I drink too much lol)


furydeawr

Man I feel this 1000% down here in Lexington. We come up to Cincinnati because it’s more fun lol.


occupywallstonk

Agreed, but I would also ask that “More things to do that aren’t centered around sports” as well. While those two things go hand in hand, if you remove both — there’s not much at all besides parks.


RookAroundYou

Yes, definitely agreed. Otherwise it's go shopping at X or a limited time event.


Ohwoof921

Agave and Rye is overrated and only popular because the suburbanites get a kick out of macaroni and cheese on a taco.


tank66gold

Agave and Rye is perhaps one of the worst restaurants in the city when it comes to service. I haven’t been there since 2019 because of it.


BoredAf_queen

I got a regular taco with a "bean cushion" between the crunchy corn shell and flour tortilla. You would expect that to be refried beans, right? Nope. It's super-sweet baked beans. Grossest nonsense.


Neilpoleon

Be careful you are giving Taco Bell ideas for their next limited time offer. I could see this being a hit with the UK crowd.


Hovekajt

It’s like leftovers on a taco.


Mote_Of_Plight

Only went once. I thought it was gimmicky, overpriced, and the creep waiter hit on my wife when I was in the restroom. Stay classy, bro.


Squishyburritoboi

Mediocre af


maven74

Some of our friends love it. I refer to it as ‘every taco tastes the same’ bc, well,they do. Nothing original about them, it’s just a messy menu.


bradgardner

Agreed but as a counterpoint you can get a mashed potato and fried chicken taco at LouVino, definitely not in suburbia.


ThirstySlaveLeia

I’ve given that place 3 different tries. It’s dead to me. Definitely the most bland food in town.


Cubenels

Thank you!! I don’t get it!! Rich’s across the street and Zapata are so much better!!


elminy

I haven’t been to Agave and Rye but this is how I feel about Condado, tbh


gawag

Agave and Rye is worse but Condado is not far off


PraiseCaine

Yes


ryanhump1

Montgomery inn absolutely sucks and is way overpriced


top6

This is the consensus on this sub for the most part. But I think it scratches a very particular itch. Sometimes I want Taco Bell, not Mexican food, or Dominoes, not pizza, if you know what I mean. I think Montgomery Inn is the same ; it's not objectively great BBQ but sort of it's own thing that I sometimes crave.


hoosierbanana

That’s exactly right. Do I recommend it to out-of-towners? No. Do I get intense cravings for it? Every couple of months, at least. It was our special occasion spot growing up, and while I don’t think it’s great *barbecue,* I still love dunking those thick-cut chips in that syrupy sauce. EDIT: It is overpriced, though! I’d go more often if I could afford it.


splitsleeve

The crew training facility in the bottom is pretty sweet though.


v9Pv

It’s been garbage for decades.


tuckerb13

Its awful.


fat-witch

Moving Oktoberfest was a terrible idea and it just doesn’t feel the same anymore. Also, Zinzinnati Oktoberfest is nowhere near as good as Germania’s


MightyBTOG

Moved here a couple years ago and have been pretty disappointed with Oktoberfest. It's fun, don't get me wrong, but just feels like a generic street festival.


I_like_green

That’s because they need to move it or also have some of it at Smale Park. It’s wild what having some green space at a festival like that can do.


JishtheMish7

It is the best city in the state. As someone from NE Ohio, the weather, food, scenery, and atmosphere is better than Columbus and Cleveland’s. I hate how people from Cle and Cbus tend to look down on Cincy.


Bootstrapbill22

Grew up in the Cleveland area and I strongly agree with you. Cleveland is a close second though. Not a big Columbus fan though.


HeroKing2

Columbus is okay, everything there seems newer last I saw but it lacks the personality of Cincinnati.


SafewordisJohnCandy

I have family in Parma and while Cleveland has certainly come along over the years and anytime I visit they always take me somewhere new and awesome, I still like Cincinnati more. Plus with Sokolowski's closing really put a dent in my views of the city. Columbus only has a couple places I like to go and it seems almost like a larger Dayton for some reason.


blt88

As someone who grew up with divorced parents living in Cincinnati and Columbus (dad had to drive every other weekend); Cincinnati was always *way* better than Columbus and always felt more like home. Columbus felt dreary and boring.


crane_wife123

Lol, assuming that Cincy is the best City in the state is a pretty popular opinion on this subreddit. I’m actually also from Cleveland but live here now and and I think that Cleveland and Cincinnati are both super cool. I disagree that Clevelanders generally look down on Cincy. I actually see Cincinnati people look down on Cleveland way more. I am very happy in Cincy but that attitude is my biggest gripe with the place. Cincinnati is way too tribal.


peculiarmachines

Agree with this. I’m from Columbus and have been in Cincinnati for 5 years. Love it here. I know very few if any Columbusites who express negativity towards Cincinnati. I think it’s more a reflection of a persecution complex that is common here. I’m not sure why this exists but it comes up a lot in conversations.


thedevarious

Transplant from Northeast Ohio. Couldn't agree more. We have food, experiences, opportunities, and excitement. I go home and repeat the same fun troupe but if I had to stay more than a week I'd get bored.


ViolaOrsino

Edit: I replied to the wrong comment with my response because I have fat thumbs 🥲 Sorry, confused people


bigfatquizzer

We have so many great breweries but I am sick of seeing more than half their beers are some variety of IPA.


OnwardAndSideways

I feel like this is a mark of lazy/average brewers. Lagers are hard as hell to make really well because there’s hardly any hops to hide behind. 164 IPAs and a cider. Cmon.


Felonious_Buttplug_

Exactly, enough hops hide most sins and you get the added bonus of hopheads having dick measuring contests over who drinks the hoppiest beers. Hot wings have a similar phenomenon in regards to spice level.


FightMilkDrinker

My controversial opinion- I’d wish Braxton would quit making 10 varieties of hazy ipa’s


Everybodysbastard

Hell yes. Give me more Kolsch, pilsners, Helles, light lagers, and Festbiers!


SKRand

UGH. I try to buy local beers from my neighborhood liquor stores and over 90% of what they stock are IPAs and ciders.


eventuallobster

YES. “City with lots of German heritage inspired breweries.” - has mostly India Pale Ales


Law_Character

It’s Kroger. Not Kroger’s .


37853688544788

I call it K Roger’s and the kids think it’s funny so I’m stickin with that.


Abefroman12

And the Kroger On The Rhine is Club Kroger. They have a bar upstairs and a surprising amount of live music.


hungrybrains220

I also found it funny and I’m 32, if it’s any consolation


ansibley

Back in the day, the Kroger near us had a light missing in the 'r' on its sign. I started calling it Le Kroge' and still do.


Pleasant-Ad2337

Ok! I’m calling it Le Kroge until Rapture


notnewtobville

The Waffle House off of Donaldson in Erlanger had the 's' out for years and it became Waffle Hooey (Hou_e).


Saul_Teaload

The 55mph speed limit on 71 after Kenwood is probably realistic because the closer you get to downtown the more people lose all sense of spatial awareness and completely forget where the fuck they are going.


Bootstrapbill22

Not like anyone really obeys it anyway


hitemlow

The speed limit signs on the highways should just say "Good Luck". That would at least get the highway patrol to piss off with their planes. Trying to follow the speed limit just results in you having some moron up your tailpipe.


devolution9

You have obviously never encountered Mr. “It’s 55 from here to the river” in the Kenwood cut-in-the-hill on his police motorcycle handing out citations to all who dare to defy his radar gun…


Supermannyfraker

Lol. I know who you are talking about. I always just called him CHIPs.


Saul_Teaload

Yes, admittedly it's a completely useless opinion


Silent_Head_4992

I do not subscribe to the teachings of the Catholic Church


LITERALCRIMERAVE

One of the 19th century conspiracy theories was that Catholic immigrants were going to create a new papacy based in Cincinnati


occupywallstonk

Lol. Is this r/Cincinnati or r/WestSideCincinnati ???


rjcpl

Salting the roads for mild snowfalls here is not worth all the rust.


breaditbans

It is because our snow is usually close to 32F. It ain’t the snow that’s gonna get you, it’s the numerous and unexpected ice patches.


Iced_Jade

Cincinnatians are weird about West side vs East side and all that entrails and VERY weird about your local food. I've lived all over the country and no where else have I ever experienced the sheer hate I have gotten when I said I didn't care for LaRosa's pizza, or your chili.


CY-B3AR

Native Cincinnatians have a lot to beef with each other, and they are strong opinions. But, if you insult our chili (any of it), the collective Eye of Cincy will descend upon you in wrath. I imagine New Yorkers feel the same about their pizza. Or Philadelphians with cheesesteak.


A_Weather-Man

It’s literally 20 minutes apart, if that. I don’t get it either as a transplant. Both “sides” are the same place.


User5281

You can get away with shitting on Larosa’s, just not on the west side. Complaining about the chili is looking for a fight.


Momasaur

According to this sub apparently, that Blink was still enjoyable and I think we're better off with it than without it.


funkymonkeychunks

I think the majority of blink critics (at least on Reddit) would agree that we’re better off with it than without it. Doesn’t mean there can’t be improvements.


User5281

The disappointment is entirely relative to past events. In 2017 and 2019 there was magic and wonder around every corner and it really felt like something special and unique. This year fell a little short but was still worthwhile and I’m hoping there’s a next round that sees things get even better. I didn’t see any of the critics on this sub suggest it should be cancelled.


Agitated-Abies1291

This has been discussed on other threads so maybe not as unpopular as it once was but… Taste of Belgium is awful.


wesw02

And insanely overpriced.


dllzf2007

THANK YOU!


ViolaOrsino

I remember them being a lot better than they are now. Something went downhill but I’m not sure *what* or *when.*


Gentleman_T_Rex

I feel like they overextended themselves. They opened a ton of new locations at once and also tried to make their menu encompass breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s just too much


mistermolotov

I wouldn't say it's *awful,* per-say, but it definitely didn't live up to the hype or expectations I had for it.


Treeguy19

Idk those fries are 🎉🎉


SlothGirl413

I don't get the appeal either.


revzblove

JF also stole his "family waffle recipe," from a French dude so there's that


occupywallstonk

The hills make this city. It’s the thing I missed most when I moved away, and played part in why I moved back.


SpecificImpulsive

When I visited Louisville for the first tie I was like “wtf? Why is it so flat?”


occupywallstonk

I cannot stand when everything is so flat without any texture anywhere.


evilabia

We don’t need any more understaffed, over priced restaurants. Goes for the whole metro area.


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Bearcat2010

It’s much more to do here than Columbus…(in terms of art, restaurants, festivals, outside activities, etc)


oxbcat

My High School doesn't matter.


Bootstrapbill22

Cincinnati has great nightlife


Electrical-Earth-235

………..especially in spring and summer! Always love ❤️ coming downtown then. Even if there’s nothing going on, you still have the bridges (like the Purple People one) and banks to check out (for starters).


MikeGotaNewHat

Man this is how I know I’m getting old, enjoy!


Bobcat6700

Zips burgers are just good. Not the best in the city.


Spicy_German_Mustard

People that order from LaRosa's as their go-to pizza place have a sense of nostalgia for it because that's what they grew up with, they don't order it because it's good pizza.


HeroKing2

I grew up in Texas and I love LaRosa's. What place do you order from that's better? I want to try it.


miamisunshine7

I wish we had a damn subway instead of the streetcar


BiSportsFan

We should be the capital of Ohio and we would be, were we not in the complete bottom left corner bowels of Ohio lol. Like seriously we're more historic, cultured and have more sports teams than Columbus. People only know of columbus because they have a college dominant in football.


ansibley

Columbus has so identified itself with Ohio Buckeyes football, it wouldn't be surprising if they changed the city name to Buckeye.


washburncincy

**THE** *Buckeye*, thank you!


redditsfulloffiction

Capitals aren't decided by any of those factors.


peppercola666

We have a very underrated toxic sports fanbase for damn near all of our teams…


miamisunshine7

I fucking hate Clifton, and UC for that matter


ecb1912

The streetcar is actually useful and serves a greater purpose than people like to think


BeardOfDefiance

Our local music scene is great, and the people shitting on it don't come to shows anyways.


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fucktheDHanditsfans

They're doing you a favor; you should never waste your time on people who peaked in high school because they usually really suck.


lawanders

100% this.


PatMenotaur

Neighborhood chili spots are better than the big chili chains.


bob_estes

It makes me sad and embarrassed that every time we trade for/draft/sign somebody the first question is “have you tried the chili?”


toespreadermagic

Larosa’s is garbage.


ThurmNathan

I thought we were supposed to submit unpopular opinions.


SafewordisJohnCandy

The Calzones are the only thing I really like from there.


Maybeinthelongrun

Disagree. Worked there for 14 yrs.....it is overrated, but not garbage lol.


ComradeCornelius

The high school shit here is weird


alesserkey

People here are not friendly, especially if you are brown like me… kills me every-time someone says “Hola” to me - usually I respond in perfect fucking English but I’m just about to start saying - no English plz Although people have manners and strike up some small talk - people here are incredibly closed off and stick to the same friends they’ve had since high school or whatever


misogynysucks

It's wildly segregated, and even the liberals here are pretty conservative.


yqgb_9114

having come from Michigan to Cincinnati, the actual racial segregation is not as bad here


Plane_Seaworthiness2

I'm from Michigan too and I agree. Going back home is weird for me bc racist and anti lgbtq comments just come out of nowhere. At least the N word and [email protected] etc is not as prevalent now as when I was growing up.


Cinderpath

I’m from Michigan and have the total opposite experience, I’ve encountered some absolutely shocking racism in Cincinnati unfortunately?


User5281

The hills create barriers between neighborhoods and allow people to cloister themselves.


occupywallstonk

When you move away from Cincy and then move back, you realize you can cut the racial tension in the air with a knife, and also find out that even the Cincy “left” defends Reagan’s policies.


sjschlag

People here don't want to be friends with you unless you grew up here, and how long your family has been here has too much clout.


tdyo

A city of townies.


davik2001

I see this a lot in the west side


miss_fisher

The west side is very very cliquey.


Koko175

It is a very cliquey city


sjschlag

I came from a notoriously clique-y city, and this place is worse.


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sjschlag

Oakley, if you can afford it. Northside if you are LGBT. Northern Kentucky.


KFRKY1982

YES!! I am a native cincinnatian who lived in chicago a few years as a kid and came back. my husband is from iowa and came here at 25. a couple of my close friends are from bosnia and albania. i have realized people are cliquey AF here. its hard to get "in" w circles. i both grew up in the cinci native world but also am adequately unlike that to have many outsider froends who have shared these observations.


Omn1

Chili can get wrecked; Goetta is the superior Cincinnati Food, by a wide, wide margin.


wildberrylavender

Rhinegeist beer is mediocre. Great tap room, tho!


Vine_n_68th

Finally a legitimate unpopular opinion


jaypeesmith

Where you went to high school carries too much weight.


DrummerDooter

We collectively know that we are not as cool as we think we are.


Marsar0619

People from places like West Chester, Milford, Maineville, etc who only bad-mouth “the city” and are afraid of “the city” and only visit downtown when they go to a ballgame, concert, or to stuff their face at a food festival shouldn’t claim Cincinnati as their home.


anothergoodbook

I hate driving period and I hate driving in Cincinnati proper. I like it down there if someone else drives (I’m in forest park).


bradgardner

This one hurts me. Live in West Chester and only come downtown on occasion but mostly because I don't want to drive down there and we have exactly 0 viable transit options. Been here my entire life and certainly call Cincinnati home, not sure why I wouldn't.


SovietShooter

Maybe it is just me, but I think this area started to lean into gatekeeping as OTR and other places started being gentrified. Living in the city center has been turned into a false status symbol that the in-group feels the need to protect. You see the same thing in Chicago and Pittsburgh.


FightMilkDrinker

And we should stop building parking lots downtown for them.


IceePirate1

We have, the city passed an ordinance to stop construction of any new surface lots. New parking can only be garages now


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Dixie Chili in Newport is the best.


DuePhilosophy

Republican politicians here are all grifters and actively keep the city from progressing.


jdlscot22

I think that this applies more to the state. But, Cincinnati has become the jumping off point for many Ohio politicians. Come to Cincy, do nothing, good or bad, and then run for governor, Ohio house, etc.


redditsfulloffiction

The House is filled from districts all over the state. Last Governor from Cincinnati? Last person to run before Cranley?


MikeGotaNewHat

R or D are all fucked what about PG Sittenfield? and there were a few other council members busted for some scams in recent years.


Mundane_Worth_6442

I live in the burbs and work Downtown I love it we come down for all sorts of reasons. I would love to live downtown but I can't afford it.


Rdg1961

Team owners hate their teams and doom them to constant failure.


schadenfreudscat

I find the weather here temperate, moderate and predictable.


SnooGoats3915

I don’t give a fuck where you went to high school!


anarcurt

Grown adults caring about high school football that their kid isn't involved in is kinda pathetic.


jarnold10

Don’t go to Texas haha


Famous-Reserve7492

UDF > Graeters. Graeters is good but way overpriced and their chunks are too big


steve41015

As a chocolate lover I say the chunks are a bit small for me


SafewordisJohnCandy

I'm a fan of both. Graeter's is more of a treat, PLUS there is the drive thru one at Jungle Jim's, so I can indulge without getting out of the car and waiting for a shake at UDF. Graeter's, UDF and Aglamesis are all great options though.


MrMustashio

Aglamesis gang


smithsknits

A true believer


Maybeinthelongrun

Agreed so much that you got an upvote from me.


User5281

Homemade brand cookies and cream is the standard by which all cookies and cream ice cream should be judged.


Otherwise_Source_842

People like to claim Cincinnati is affordable to live in but the wages here are way too low for what’s available.


usernamemeeeee

All the people who lived here before 2020 and were trying to save up for a house but are now priced out of the market before they had acquired enough $ on their local wages agree with this.


bemenaker

That's only a recent thing, and it's everywhere, not Cincy. Between stock market hedge funds buying up everything they can, and people who had money saved up during covid who got bored and decided to move, they drove the prices through the roof. I have a retired neighbor couple who paid $400K for a $250K ranch, which was listed at $290


ldonkleew

I feel like this sub likes to complain about Cincy a lot, so my unpopular opinion is that it fucking rocks! Case in point… Blink: not as cool as last year, sure, but still amazing! The Reds: fuck the Castellinis and losing 100 games is not fun, but it’s still a beautiful stadium and I love going to the games. Skyline: it sneaks up on you; one day you’re complaining about how it’s not real chili and the next you have a regular order. Cicadas: not as bad as I thought they’d be. There’s literally not a single knock someone can make against Cincy that makes me love it any less. My husband and I are currently discussing moving away, and I cry every time I think about not living here anymore.


mrpushpop

Have lived in four states. Cincy rocks and I'm not leaving minus some serious payday that allows me to skip ahead a decade.


thereisnofinalburn

Cincinnati doesn't want mass transit. The majority of the city metro is people raising kids in the suburbs that want to drive cars.


bradgardner

I think there is a growing base of the opposite. People living in the suburbs that would very much use transit with their family if it was a viable option. It's one of the attractive things about Chicago, where you can live in the suburbs but near transit still and not have to do every single thing by car all of the time.


vikingsquad

I moved to Chicago for grad school and the lack of good public transit in Cincinnati is a major factor in me not moving back.


occupywallstonk

I moved back to Cincy from Chicago. Didn’t have a car for 5 years in Chicago. I now live near a major bus line and bike transit path in Cincy — and it is still awful with my one car.


usernamemeeeee

If we had good public transit I would love to take my kids downtown using it. Alas.


PM_ME_UR_THEORY

I mean if the Connector rail is considered mass transit then I want more of it. I love being able to walk a few minutes hop on the rail go across town to grab coffee hang around then head back home on the rail