Can you tell I'm excited?!
Anyway, let's back up to this past weekend. My dear friend Adam had a big birthday celebration which brought my friends and I together in Cincinnati, more specifically Over the Rhine. Stepping out for the night with my favorite group of girls, I had a true first look at what OTR has to offer.
After a quick walk through the flashy casino we met up with Adam and his friends who already had the margaritas flowing at Bakersfield.
OTR is full of historic buildings, old, cozy, and small. Bakersfield is no exception. 2 hours can be a typical wait time as they don't take reservations. We elbowed into the best standing room only spot and started off with those infamous margaritas.
An hour or so later and we finally edged our way into a little leaning room and even snagged some stools at the bar. Natalie ordered us up some chips and guacamole and Oh. My. Word. I am not exaggerating when I say it was the best guacamole I have EVER had (sorry, mom!).
With the amazing appetizer we ordered up another round of margaritas which I could've easily sipped on all night. Adam and his friends were seated and with enough bar room for us girls we decided to order our meals.
We all started with two tacos a la carte and ended up ordering a third as well. That last decision came with some gentle teasing from the older couple sitting near us. What can we say? We like to eat! :)
I had the Pollo Rojo and two fish tacos. The fish were definitely my favorite. The crispy Mahi fish was the perfect crunch combined by the fresh citrus slaw topping and soft tortilla. I devoured those things!
After leaving Bakersfield we headed to Japp's and were welcomed into the historic hair shop turned bar by a blaring live jazz combo. I loved, loved, loved, the atmosphere here and can't wait to go back!
We moved back to the annex of Japp's where it was roomier, movies from the '40s were rolling, and the oldies were rocking. My favorite place of the night for sure!
Taking a complete 180, we rounded out the evening listening to a live country band at Toby Keith's bar and called it a night.
I love my quick jaunts to Cincinnati and only wish it were closer so I could explore OTR's unique history like a proper Ohioan.
If you're local, tell me! What's your favorite Cincinnati restaurant?