Independence Day is just around the corner. We scooped up all the restaurants, bars – and even a whole town – with names that will help feel like you're bleeding red, white and blue. Then, you might want to see a doctor, because that's just not natural.
Patriotic places to party, play, pig out
These hotspots have names as American as 'John Smith'
By Rasputin ToddMetromix
June 22, 2011
Seafood entrees are the specialty here, but there is a wide-ranging menu that appeals to every kind of taste bud. Keep in mind: Oyster Festival in the spring, Crab Carnival in the fall.
Senate, the latest addition to Over-the-Rhine's Gateway Quarter, is junk food nirvana. Its a place where they put fried eggs on the hot dogs and sizzle the french fries in duck fat, and you just sit there with your big glass of Belgian (er, American) beer and scarf it all down.
Bill Cunningham's The Great American Cafe has a menu that includes wings, pasta, steaks and more sports memorabilia than you can shake a baseball bat at.
The signature steaks are named for American heroes at this new Lebanon restaurant. For the porterhouse, you'll have to ask for George Washington. You'll get history and won't get stuck with a huge bill.
Formerly known as Cleves Drive-in, this diner has been in existence since the '50s. They've updated, remodeled, added a bar and are becoming more of a solid restaurant and still have famous fried chicken.
Good ‘ol American cuisine is what’s on the menu at deSha’s. Start off with seasoned goodies like fried green tomatoes, blackened scallops and Maryland crab cakes. The lunch menu consists of familiar favorites like pizza, sandwiches, burgers, sliders, soups and salads. Chicken, pork, pasta and seafood dinner entrees are served with the restaurant’s specialty cornbread.
A local favorite for more than 10 years, Tabby's American Grill & Bar has two convenient locations in the Kings Island area. They offer a children's menu, live entertainment and karaoke.
Tabby's also has this location in Maineville.
The Colonial Cottage is a neighborhood classic serving American fare in a laid-back atmosphere.
Open since 2003, Great American Ball Park is home to the world's oldest professional baseball team, the Cincinnati Reds. Great American also features a pro shop, with food ranging from traditional ball park fare such as peanuts and hot dogs to local favorites such as Skyline Chili and Penn Station and several games and activities for kids - all in a cool, all-American setting perfect for sports fans spanning several generations.
Why not just hop around the city with the most July Fourth-friendly name in the area? Grab a steak or some wings at Buffalo Bob's Family Restaurant, catch some country-rock music at Peecox II or head to the Independence Day Celebration Friday and Saturday with a parade and fireworks Saturday.
An Art Deco setting, the Redmoor is both music venue (lots of jazz) and event facility.
The White House Inn is a popular spot for rehearsal dinners, anniversaries and other special occasions due to its high-caliber menu, staff and beautiful location. Once a farmhouse, The White House Inn was refurbished into the restaurant it is today, complete with four fireplaces, a gazebo and surrounding gardens. There’s also a deck that’s perfect for a warm afternoon or night. This is the place to take that special someone for a romantic date, either for lunch or dinner. Order you and your sweetie a bottle of good wine and sip under the stars.
The Blue Wisp Jazz Club, a long-time popular jazz club downtown, features local and national acts every night of the week. Happy hour 5-8 p.m. Monday-Friday with $2 off appetizers.
We'd hate to cheese out on you with those last three, but we did. Viva the Fourth!
Tell us about your favorite patriotic places (or names) in the comments!