Mt Adams Bar & Grill

Mt Adams Bar & Grill in Cincinnati
was the first drinking establishment in Ohio
to obtain a liquor license post Prohibition

Let me tell you about the historic Mt Adams Bar & Grill in photos, the back of the menu, a couple of selections from the menu, and a plaque on the brick wall outside.

The Back of the Menu 

“The Mt Adams Bar & Grill backbar reputedly came out of a speakeasy owned by the infamous Cincinnati bootlegger, George Remus. Speakeasys were illegal bars operated during the Prohibition of alcohol decreed in 1919 by the 18th Amendment to our Constitution. Remus, a Chicago criminal attorney, moved to Cincinnati and bought a distillery to produce legally bonded whiskey for medicinal purposes by prescription only. Not surprisingly, a great of Remus’ whiskey found its way into speakeasys. At the height of his success, he employed 3,000 people and $20,000,000 in bribes to local police and officials. His success brought him $45,000,000 in profits and the unwelcome attention of federal agents. Scheduled for trial, he gave his diamond collection to his wife. For unknown reasons, she promptly filed for divorce, but in a diabolical twist, just two hours before the trial was scheduled to begin, Remus tracked her down in Eden Park and killed her. He pled guilty due to insanity, spent three months in a state mental hospital, afterwhich he was found sane and released.

Prohibition was repealed in 1933 with the passage of the 21st Amendment and the Bar & Grill in it’s present location was the first drinking establishment in Ohio to obtain a liquor license.” 

A Plaque on the Brick Wall Outside

“When Prohibition ended, Mt. Adams Bar served the second drink in Cincinnati at 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, December 6, 1933 to the Mayor of the Queen City, Russell Wilson.”

A Couple of Selections from the Menu

OMG, try this appetizer: Fried Jalapeno Ravioli. It’s to die for!

“It’s a ravioli filled with chopped jalapeno peppers and ricotta cheese. Fried to a golden brown and served with a side of marinara sauce for dipping.”

And for a sandwich, try the Southwestern Chicken. “It’s fresh chicken breast marinated in their special sauce and grilled to perfection. Topped with sour cream, green taco sauce, pepper jack cheese, tomato, lettuce, mayonnaise, and served on a grilled buttercrust bread.” 

A trip here will also whet your appetite for culture and history. Mt. Adams is a legendary Cincinnati neighborhood built on a steep hillside. Much of it was once part of the Nicholas Longworth Vineyard, which developed the Catawba grape from which America’s first champagne was produced. Also rooted in Mt. Adams’ story are the world-renown Rookwood Pottery and the first public observatory in the western hemisphere—Cincinnati Observatory.

By Frank Rocco Satullo, The OhioTraveler, Your Tour Guide to Fun

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Do Good Restaurant & Ministry

Welcome to Do Good Restaurant and Ministry in Osgood, Ohio.

  • Open: Monday – Thursday 8:30am – 8pm, and Friday until 9:30pm
  • Location: (Map It) 25 West Main Street in Osgood, Ohio
  • Phone: 419-582-GOOD (4663)
  • Web: https://www.dogoodrm.com/

Do Good Restaurant and Ministry in Osgood, Ohio is in the middle of rural western Ohio so it is a destination or pilgrimage restaurant to seek out. But it’s worth the journey or mission.

If you blink, you may drive through Osgood, Ohio, and miss it.

The servers are volunteers and tips go to a worthy cause. Ask your server whom you are helping today.

The menu spans breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It features a wide variety of dishes, many with creative names such as the Prodigal Burger. For the kids, try to resist the Little Fishers served in a Noah’s Ark with animal crackers. And while you wait for your appetizers or entrée, sip on a Miracle Mocha from the He♥Brews Coffee Bar.

And remember, “Brothers and sisters, while we are here let us do good.”

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Donut Trail in Butler County

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Excerpt from a past edition of OhioTraveler.com

Ohio’s first and only Donut Trail, according to the Butler County Visitors Bureau, boasts one of the highest number of donut shops per capita in the Midwest.

The Butler County Donut Trail highlights small, family-run donut shops and invites visitors to explore the county through donuts. With one donut shop for every 17,000 residents, visiting a neighborhood donut shop is a favorite morning tradition across this southwest Ohio community.

Featured Donut Trail locations represent a combined 372 years of donut-making experience. With a loyal fan base, Butler County’s donuts inspire devotion.

“I would drive nine hours for a Milton’s pink donut, and do… since I live in Chesterfield, Virginia. Nothing beats sitting on my back porch with a couple of Milton’s and a cup of coffee on a Saturday morning. Just wish they had one in Richmond!” said Mike Bogan of Chesterfield, VA.

Tapping into the enthusiasm for these sugary donut confections was an easy choice for the Butler County Visitors Bureau.

“With a tremendous number of independently run donut shops, creating the Donut Trail was a fun way to highlight some of the unique and off-the-beaten path businesses that make Butler County a great place to live and visit,” said Mark Hecquet, Executive Director of the Butler County Visitors Bureau.

There are 12 participating donut shops along the trail: Jupiter Coffee & Donuts, Kelly’s Bakery, Martin’s Donuts, Milton’s Donuts, Mimi’s Donuts & Bakery, Oxford Doughnut Shoppe, Ross Bakery, Stan the Donut Man, Central Pastry, Holman’s Donuts, The Donut House and The Donut Spot. At last count, more than 10,000 people completed the trail, including visitors from over a dozen different countries all but one state, including Alaska and Hawaii.

“Kelly’s Bakery is thrilled to be part of the Butler County Donut Trail. We can’t wait to welcome people to our store, our city and our corner of the Midwest,” said Kelly’s Bakery owner, Diana Ramsey.

The Butler County Donut Trail spans 80 miles and takes 4.5 hours to complete. A Donut Trail passport is available for donut fans to log their journey. Each participating donut shop displays a coded decal. Visitors who fill in the passport with all correct codes earn a complimentary Donut Trail t-shirt.

Click here for more information on the Butler County Donut Trail or to download the Donut Passport.

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Eli’s BBQ in Cincinnati

Welcome to Eli’s BBQ in Cincinnati.

Eli’s BBQ in Cincinnati is located in a place that’s not well marked but everyone knows where to go for great tasting barbeque and atmosphere. It’s in an old river neighborhood a stone’s skip from the Ohio River. When you walk into the weathered building, you first notice the worn wooden floor. On one wall there’s a collection of rock’s finest vinyl albums. On another wall, there’s an old stereo system with a turntable spinning records from the collection. You’ll walk to the counter in the back and order your food. Then, find a seat in the front dining room with the most peculiar art for sale, hanging on the walls. Or you may sit outside or in an adjacent tented eating area. They’ll bring the food to you when it’s ready. The pulled pork, ribs and creamy southern coleslaw are to die for! But there are plenty of other great options to feast on. If you enjoy Jalapeño, try the cheddar grits and cornbread. Eli’s BBQ has been listed in national top-10 lists for best barbeque and is also available at some Cincinnati area Kroger stores. They also have a stand at the historic Findlay Market for take-out in downtown Cincinnati.

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Ellie’s Restaurant

Ellie’s Restaurant in Yellow Springs, Ohio

  • Open: 8am – 2pm daily for breakfast and lunch. And 2pm  -8pm (seasonally) for dinner on Friday & Saturday.
  • Location: (Map It) 321 Xenia Avenue in Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-319-0402
  • Web: click here

Ellie’s Restaurant at the Mills Park Hotel in Yellow Springs features a touch of southern cooking in Ohio. Destinations like New Orleans and Charleston inspire the menu. In addition to southern favorites, it has American staples. Weather permitting, a table on the front porch overlooking downtown Yellow Springs is recommended. Each table inside was handmade by the original owner.

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Front Street Cafe

Welcome to Front Street Café along the Ohio River in the quaint town of New Richmond.

  • Open: Tuesday 11-4, Wednesday & Thursday 11-9, Friday & Saturday 11-10, Sunday 10-4
  • Location: (Map It) 120 Front Street in New Richmond, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-553-4800
  • Web: click here

The Front Street Café is a happy place in a quiet walking town overlooking the Ohio River just a stone’s throw east of Cincinnati. With its pink brick, green awning, and purple umbrella sidewalk tables, this café & gallery bistro is an oasis to escape the hustle and bustle of life. The colorful and spacious interior of the café brings about smiles between strangers.

Signature dishes range from hot panini sandwiches to ribeye to pan-seared seafood specials. Save room for Opera Cream Cake! Enjoy summertime barbecues at the outdoor grill along with live music on stage.

The open floorplan allows natural light to splash off the island fireplace. History and art adorn the walls inviting eyes to take a closer look. The local landscapes on canvass are captivating. And the stories accompanying the framed, historic, yellowing newspaper articles tell why this sleepy town along the river was where the sun shined brightest for so many, many years ago. Before leaving the café, ask for a map of the freedom trail which is just outside the door.

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Golden Lamb Restaurant & Hotel

Welcome to the historic Golden Lamb Restaurant & Hotel in Lebanon.

CLICK HERE
for the full story and several photos
featuring the Golden Lamb

The Golden Lamb Restaurant & Hotel in Lebanon, Ohio opened its doors in 1803 as a “house of Public Entertainment.” It has now been over two centuries since its commencement, and this establishment is still in operation. It is now Ohio’s longest continually operating business.

Over the years, this historic inn has been visited by 12 presidents, spanning from John Quincy Adams to George W. Bush. Other prominent historical figures have visited, including Charles Dickens and Mark Twain. Accordingly, each overnight room is named after a famous guest that has stayed there. The rooms are also complete with antique furnishings, a private bath, television, and telephone.

The history doesn’t stop there. This inn is believed by many to be haunted, prominently by the ghost of Sarah Stubbs. Sarah grew up in the Golden Lamb after her father died in 1882, and her uncle, Albert Stubbs, took over the operation. Visitors can view a recreation of Sarah’s bedroom on the fourth floor, where some of her actual belongings still remain. On top of ghost hunting, guests can also enjoy the tavern and very popular restaurant for dining.

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The Governor

Welcome to The Governor in Milford: Open daily for breakfast, brunch, and dinner.

The Governor is a modern diner in Milford, Ohio. This charming little eatery is a local favorite and a place people will take a road trip to taste. It’s nestled downtown between centuries-old buildings on Main Street. And after a bite to eat, walk the town to see the shops and stops that make this a great day trip for many Ohioans.

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Jimmie’s Ladder 11

Welcome to Jimmie’s Ladder 11 in Dayton is open daily from 11am – 10pm (open til 1am on Fri & Sat nights / closes at 9pm on Sun)

Jimmie’s Ladder 11 in Dayton, Ohio is a unique setting for a restaurant. It is housed in an old firehouse (The new Ladder 11 is just down the street). When you walk in the door, a classic fire pole extends to the second level through a hole cutout in the ceiling. The atmosphere says family-owned and the menu has tasty originals. It’s a great place for lunch or dinner. There’s even a stage for live entertainment and room upstairs for private parties. If you’re looking for a watering hole with personality, enjoy the full bar.

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Maid Rite Sandwich Shoppe

Welcome to the Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe in Greenville.

  • Location: (Map It) 125 N Broadway St. in Greenville, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-548-9340 
  • Web: Click here

The Maid-Rite Sandwich Shoppe in Greenville:  One of the most unique eateries around, the Maid-Rite lures hungry visitors from hundreds of miles away just to taste the legendary sandwich made just right in a modest shop located in the little rural Southwest Ohio town of Greenville.

If any place can reflect a city’s heart and soul, it is this minuscule eatery with a big attraction. From the looks of the outside, nobody in their right mind would want to eat there. This is because the deco of the exterior red brick is adorned with chewed bubble gum of a wide assortment of colors stuck to the walls in such density it is difficult to find a new spot to add to the “Wall of Gum,” as locals fondly refer to it. Consider it a tradition and try a Maid-Rite sandwich anyway. There’s nothing like it.

A Maid-Rite sandwich can be compared to a very dry yet flavorful sloppy joe with a touch of onion, mustard, and pickles.

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Millrace Restaurant at Clifton Mill

Welcome to the Millrace Restaurant at Clifton Mill.

  • Location: (Map It) 75 Water Street in Clifton, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-767-5501
  • Web: click here

The Millrace Restaurant at Clifton Mill hours of operation are February Through November open weekdays 9am – 4pm and weekends 8 am – 5pm. November 25 Through January open weekdays 9 am – 2pm and weekends 8am – 2pm. Closed Christmas, New Year’s, Easter &Thanksgiving Day.

Home cooking in a spectacular atmosphere, the Millrace Restaurant at Clifton Mill serves home-style cooking for breakfast and lunch. The pancake and cornbread mix are made right there at the mill. Fresh whole grain bread is baked daily along with homemade pies and cookies. Sit back and relax to the gentle sounds of the old mill wheel and the soft rhythm of the water gently cascading over the falls as you gaze out at the covered bridge and Clifton Gorge. Afterward, browse through the gift shop decorated throughout with antiques from a bygone era. The Mill and Restaurant accommodate special events, parties, rehearsal dinners, etc.

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Sunrise Café

Sunrise Café in Yellow Springs, Ohio

  • Open: daily from approx. 8am – 2pm and 5pm – 9pm
  • Location: (Map It) 259 Xenia Ave in Yellow Springs, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-767-7211
  • Web: click here

Sunrise Café in Yellow Springs is a cheery place to eat and hang out. Just about everything is made from scratch. Their food is mostly locally sourced from area farms. Thus, their mantra “Local. From Scratch. With Love.” Enjoy organic American fare with vegetarian options for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. Their seasonal creations reflect what the local farms have to offer. But you can always bet on mouth-watering breakfast favorites, and great lunch or dinner options featuring seafood, burgers, chicken dishes, and pasta along with a variety of salads. Leave room for the peach crumb pie or equally delicious desserts. Sunrise in Yellow Springs is always a tasty adventure.

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Susie’s Big Dipper

Welcome to Susie’s Big Dipper in Piqua.

  • Open Open 3 pm – 10 pm daily (closed Sunday & Monday, fall thru spring)
  • Location: (Map It) 323 N. Main in Piqua, Ohio
  • Phone: 937-615-0700
  • Web: www.susiesbigdipper.com/

Susie’s Big Dipper in Piqua:  Enjoy the atmosphere of an old-fashioned ice cream parlor, complete with all types of hand-dipped ice cream confections, from cones (including homemade waffle cones), sundaes, shakes, malts, sodas, floats, coolers and made-to-order treats to homemade soups, sandwiches and “penny candy.”  Located right on Main Street, the parlor has table seating and offers board games for your enjoyment, as well as  free Wi-Fi.  We have now added soft serve ice cream as well! Ice cream pies or cakes (a layer of cake plus a layer of ice cream-your choice of flavors) available by special order. A perfect place to take the family!

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Tastefully Delicious

Foodie fun is sprinkled across Miami County, Ohio.
(Excerpt from a past edition of www.OhioTraveler.com)

miami-foodiesFood is no longer a side dish to tourism, in many cases it has become the main course! It is best served at the regional level where originality and freshness are ingredients for success.

Miami County features seven wonders of foodie travel in Ohio. But it’s no wonder that family-owned and operated specialty shops simply know how to give you that extra touch that makes you want to come back again and again. The small town storefront is a treat in itself. Done right, it’s worthy of a snapshot to remember it by, much like a newfound friend.

Olive Oasis in Troy, Ohio has that allure. As you approach it from the sidewalk, it has a Mediterranean feel. Inside, you’re likely to meet its owner, Luke Schlumpf. He’s in his early 20s. His mission is to provide the region with the best olive oils and balsamic vinegars. The wide variety are fresher, by far, than what you’re likely to get at a grocery store. Plus, you can sample dozens of choices straight from Fusti’s imported from Italy. Luke has all the details including properties, countries of origin, health benefits and more. You can even be introduced to flavorful recipes that will make you a hit at your next dinner party.

Olive oil and bread go together like oxygen and lungs.

Bakehouse Bread & Cookie Company is left of the hypnotic fountain and across the town square. Its founder and baker, Margaret Begg, is a true artisan in bread-making. She first experimented in her country kitchen and then at New York’s Culinary Institute of America followed by the National Baking Institute of Minneapolis. She apprenticed under a French master baker. Soon thereafter, her own reputation grew as an authentic artisan in bread making with complete knowledge of its science and physics. Today, her shop features a stone hearth oven from Verona, Italy. It also has a café and catering service.

Take a little country drive and relax to the scenery that leads you down a long shaded driveway to a quaint little building next to a family home. As soon as you enter, you’ll be greeted with a warm smile – likely by Janet Rissinger. Her Spice Rack in West Milton, Ohio is like visiting a friend down the street to get that rare herb you know you won’t find anywhere else. After a few minutes, you won’t know if you came to shop or visit. Regardless, you will walk out with whatever it was you were looking for and a feeling of warmth to boot. You name it, they have it and in any quantity measured for you right there.

Some private enterprises hit the big time. That’s what happened with Trophy Nut. Located down a residential side-street near downtown Tipp City, there’s an old brick building serving as the factory outlet store. Inside, you’ll feel the 50-year history. The oversized measuring scoops used to fill bags with chocolate covered nuts inside clear bins, the old-fashioned scale to weigh your purchase and the vintage machines that dole out treats are all remnant of a bygone era. Walk from one brick and wood room to the next and gaze at the bags, boxes, jars, bins and tins of chocolates, candies, dried fruits, snack mixes and nuts of all kinds and you’ll feel like you died and went to heaven.

But save the heavenly confections for later. Now is the time for a sinful indulgence around the corner at Sweet by Kristy. There’s a little table with a couple of chairs out front of the pretty shop that provides a picturesque view of one of Ohio’s loveliest small, small towns. Its sidewalks always bustle with pedestrians shopping. Many find themselves ducking into the tiniest of places and inside is Kristy, usually putting cupcakes into her oven. She says “best ingredients – best cupcakes” and they’re made from scratch, daily! She even has gluten-free cupcakes. But that’s not all; she also has turtles, caramel apples, whoopee pies, buckeyes, candies and even dog treats. The place is colorful!

Another handmade confectioner – fourth generation – is in Piqua. The Fort Piqua Plaza is an architectural gem. Inside the beautifully restored historic building are a multi-level library and Winans Fine Chocolates and Coffees. It’s truly service with a smile, and a bright one at that! Watch and learn the coffee roasting process and absorb the aroma of beans from around the world roasted on site in old copper cooking kettles. Featuring coffees, cappuccinos and organic teas, the shop also has mouth-watering handmade delights from premium chocolates. Try the hand-wrapped caramels and old-fashioned brittles. If you have a gift basket to send someone, this is the place.

Speaking of baskets, our last stop is for fruits and veggies. You might as well throw in some country arts and crafts while you’re at it. The rafters have an unusual display of ornaments – historic metal tractor seats. Welcome to Fulton Farms, where locally grown fresh produce is picked and sold inside the rustic century barn. Bring the grocery list because it’s all here. You can even pick your own strawberries and peas straight from the field. There’s also a wide selection of canned items and all kinds of jams, preserves with no sugar added, salsas, grilling sauces and salad dressings. Plus there’s a dairy cooler and of course, an old-fashioned ice cream parlor! Say hi to Joyce Fulton, she’s usually chatting it up with someone.

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Ye Olde Trail Tavern

Welcome to Ye Olde Trail Tavern in Yellow Springs, Ohio.

Ye Olde Trail Tavern in Yellow Springs was built in 1827 and some original hand-hewn logs remain. Yellow Springs used to be a destination for what was believed to hold healing waters. Franz Martin Hafner married Mary Ann Sroufe and in 1847 the Hafners bought lot number 19 in Yellow Springs with the log tavern still on it. After the Hafners passed in the late 1890s, the building is believed to be a restaurant ever since. Today, visitors enjoy the well-maintained ambiance of a tavern from Yesteryear as well as the delicious offerings throughout the menu. Some favorites are the sauerkraut balls, potato salad, slaw wurst, tavern wings, BenJammin’ burger, loaded bier cheese fries, and the Hafner sandwiches.

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Village Ice Cream Parlor

iceCreamParlorStoreFrontWelcome to the Village Ice Cream Parlor in Lebanon, Ohio.

  • Open daily 11am- 8pm (until 7pm Jan &Feb)
  • ocation: (Map It) 22 S. Broadway  Lebanon, Ohio
  • Phone: 513-932-6918

The Village Ice Cream Parlor in Lebanon, Ohio was founded 1969. This unique eatery features a full menu plus ice cream so good you will even have cravings for the cold stuff in the middle of winter. It is truly an old fashioned parlor experience complete with early 20th Century decor. In the midst of a classic Norman Rockwell looking town, the parlor has attracted patrons from all around, including President George W. Bush, Neil Armstrong and Woody Harrelson. Not only that, it has been used for scenes in major motion pictures such as Milk Money (1993) and Harper Valley PTA (1978).

It all started in 1969 when a group of local businessmen wanted to have a meeting place. They each pitched in and bought the building and made renovations. In 1978, Phyllis Hartsock purchased the parlor and was joined by her husband Dave as co-owners. Today, their two daughters, Sandy and Susie help run it.

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