By Laura Noyes, Owner of Riverside Food Tours, Feb 20, 2017.
Lachey’s Sports Bar & Grill is on the Cincinnati Streetcar Food Tour! Located in Over-the-Rhine on the corner of 12th and Walnut Streets in Cincinnati, Lachey’s blends historical charm and the modern to create a comfortable gathering place for sports fans, neighbors, and hungry patrons in Over-the-Rhine. The menu offers appetizers, flatbreads, sandwiches, salads, and a variety of entrees, including mahi mahi and honey-ale marinated chicken. Drinks include a nice selection of beer, wine, and cocktails. Yes… This is Nick and Drew Lachey’s Bar of 98 Degrees and other fame!
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A Little More About Cincinnati’s Over-the-Rhine Neighborhood
Over-the-Rhine is a neighborhood in Cincinnati. Historically Over-the-Rhine was a working-class neighborhood. It is also believed to be the largest, most intact urban historic district in the United States. The neighborhood’s distinctive name comes from its builders and early residents, German immigrants of the mid-19th century. Many walked to work across bridges over the Miami and Erie Canal, which separated the area from downtown Cincinnati. The canal was nicknamed “the Rhine” in reference to the river Rhine in Germany, and the newly settled area north of the canal as “Over the Rhine”.
Over-the-Rhine has been praised for its collection of historic architecture. The New York Times described the neighborhood as having “a scale and grace reminiscent of Greenwich Village in New York.” Its architectural significance has also been compared to the French Quarter in New Orleans and the historic districts of Savannah, Georgia and Charleston, South Carolina.
Lachey’s is Just One Visit On Our Cincinnati Streetcar Food Tour!
At our first tasting, we may enjoy an authentic St. Louis deep dish pizza from Pi Pizzeria, or the World’s Best Reuben from Izzy’s, the best deli in Cincinnati since 1901. Our next tasting and cocktail is at Nicholson’s Gastropub, an authentic Scottish Pub, where we’ll enjoy their delicious Shepherd’s Pie or fish and chips served with a sample of Belhaven Ale in their cozy hearth room. We’ll board the streetcar once more to Arnold’s a quaint and quirky bar/restaurant operating continuously since 1861. We’ll enjoy a fried green tomato with pepper jack cheese and topped with homemade Pico de Gallo Green Tabasco Crème. We’ll board the streetcar once more riding north to OTR and disembark for our fourth tasting at Lachey’s, named after Cincinnati celebrities Nick & Drew Lachey. We will enjoy their French Toast with Braxton ‘Storm Ale” syrup & fresh berries. An alternate tasting may include a stop across the street at 3 Sweet Girl’s Cakery, the official bakery of the Flying Pig Marathon where you may have your pick of one of their yummy enticing cake pops! Whew! At this point you may choose to continue on your own, exploring the downtown neighborhoods along the streetcar route or hop back with us as we return to our original starting point.
Cultural, Historic, and Architectural Experiences on the Cincinnati Streetcar Food Tour
We begin out tour in the Banks area. There we’ll talk about the history of the Banks development, the controversial street car, the newest Class A office buildings rising to the sky, the creation of the various urban housing options, as well as everything of interest that we pass by! We will walk to the “Backstage Neighborhood” named in honor of the Aronoff Center and learn about the redevelopment of the theater district. We’ll pass by famous landmarks and end up in OTR (Over the Rhine) where we’ll talk about the history and redevelopment of this hippest new neighborhood.
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