Off of the Loveland Bike Trail sit many great options for eating, tucked into a historic downtown. Restaurant choices range from upscale to comfortable and many pride themselves on offering local and season fare. They all offer craft brews or house wines with wine tastings and many have live music on the weekends.
Julian’s Deli & Spirits
200 W. Loveland Ave., 513-583-1725.
Two features are sure to draw a crowd: air conditioning and cool craft beverages. You’ll be greeted by the smiling owners and a deli case full of cold salads and a lazy Susan of craft beer choices. Julian’s has a variety of sandwiches, homemade and soups, casseroles and seasonal fruits and some desserts. If you're looking to nibble a little longer, consider one of the fruit and cheese platters or a wine tasting.
123 Railroad Ave., 513-748-5500.
Café 45140 used to be the Café on the Loveland Bike Path and has moved a few doors down and changed the name. The Café is still a less formal but upscale café that offers fresh, local seasonal fare. They serve breakfast all day, lunch and dinner and anyone is welcome, bikers, families and serious “foodies.”
126 W. Loveland Ave., 513-583-1717.
Paxton’s offers a wide variety of wraps and sandwiches for under $10. On Fridays and Saturdays, a younger crew overtakes the restaurant from 9 p.m. to midnight for live music. After a long bike ride, who needs water when you’ve got a full bar with eight imported beers to choose from.
20 Grear Millitzer Lane, 513-697-8408.
Owned by lifelong residents of Loveland, the brick-oven pizza restaurant is housed in an old firehouse and has a rotating selection of microbrews. They even have a namesake house pizza with pepperoni, sausage, ham, grilled chicken and mushrooms. If you still have room for dessert, try the crème brulee pizza.
204 W. Loveland Ave., 513-683-8266.
A contemporary place, Tano Bistro uses fresh ingredients and has a menu that changes with the seasons. The bistro seats 45 and is owned by Gaetano Williams, who is also the head chef.
6405 Branch Hill Guinea Pike, 513-697-9705.
The only one not situated on the bike trail, Mama Vita’s offers a wide range of classic Italian dishes. Each meal and dessert on the menu comes with wine suggestions and there is a wine tasting every Friday where you can try different types of red wine. The Pub part of the restaurant stays open until 11 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays for those who want to enjoy live music and wine after dinner.