March 11, 2014

Over the Rhine Birthday

Guess what?!  3 days, count 'em--1...2...3 days until Spring Break!

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!). 
The fella at the bar who chuckled at our 'cado oohs and ahhs had clearly been asked before about the amazing guac and said don't be shy with the lime juice--but that my friends was not the key ingredient. I know it isn't because we are a family no strangers to lime juice. And what kind of man would he be if gave a gold mine secret ingredient out anyway? I must go back if for nothing else to taste test that guac and figure it out!
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?

2 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a lot of fun. I was on OTR last September to visit Rhinegeist Brewery. They make wonderful craft beers (if you like craft beer). A friend at the Middletown Pendleton Art Center tells me that the PAC in OTR is something to see, and it offers valet parking during First Friday. Sounds like another visit to the area is in order. Cheers!

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  2. Thanks for sharing. Sounds like a lot of fun. I was in OTR last September to visit Rhinegeist Brewery. They make wonderful craft beers (if you like craft beer). A friend at the Middletown Pendleton Art Center tells me that the PAC in OTR is something to see, and it offers valet parking during First Friday. Sounds like another visit to the area is in order. Cheers!

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