Odds are, you've heard somebody say the following sentence: Westwood is on the rise. We'd have to agree. With the perfect balance of old-school Cincinnati and new, innovative restaurants and breweries, Westwood is showing off the true charm of the Queen City's west side.
With that in mind, here are 9 things you've gotta do while you're in Westwood, Cincinnati.
See why everyone is talking about Trotta's Pizza
Westsiders will defend Trotta’s until the day they die, and so should everyone else. First of all, you get it at a drive-thru which, to us, is awesome. Secondly, this square of gooey cheese held up by perfectly thick and garlicky crust stands up against all of Cincy’s biggest pizza names. Got a party? You better grab that Lotta Trotta. If you haven’t tried it, make the trip over and see what the hype is about.
Trotta’s Pizza and Drive-Thru, 3501 Werk Rd, Westwood
Stop by West Side Brewing for a pint
The craft beer boom is slowly, but surely, making it’s way to the west side of Cincinnati and the sud-slingers at West Side Brewing are leading the way. Aside from their fantastic brews (first things first, get that double IPA) they’ve always got events going on there like exercise classes, food trucks and Family Sundays.
West Side Brewing, 3044 Harrison Ave, Westwood
Spend a perfect Summer night at Putz's Creamy Whip
Everyone is family at Putz’s Creamy Whip, and you can definitely feel it when you’re throwing down on an ice cream cone and coney. This beloved Summer hangout has stood the test of time, even beating a massive government project to build I-74 about 3 feet from their back door with a little help from Richard Nixon. This place is everything a true, Cincinnati “whip” should be. Bring cash!
Putz’s Creamy Whip, 2673 Putz Pl, Westwood.
Expand your culinary horizons at Habesha
Good African food can be hard to come by in Cincinnati, making Habesha a hidden gem of the west side. Highly regarded by serious Cincy foodies, this place is definitely worth checking out if you’re looking to branch out with your next dinner.
Habesha Ethiopian Restaurant, 5070 Crookshank Rd, Westwood.
Get your pad thai fix at Lin's
What can we say? Westwood just might be one of the best neighborhoods for food in the Tri-State. If you’re looking to satisfy that pad thai itch, Lin’s is the place. Affordable, satisfying and definitely accesible.
Lin’s Pad Thai, 6155 Glenway Ave, Westwood.
Enjoy some vino at Henke Winery
You might not know it, but Cincinnati is home to a handful of great wineries, one of them being right in the heart of Westwood. Henke Winery has been making nationally recognized wine out of this quaint little building on Harrison Avenue for years. If you’re looking for a west side date night with wine, good food, and great atmosphere, spend a night at Henke. You won’t regret it.
Henke Winery, 3077 Harrison Ave, Westwood.
Throw down on some Cincy comfort food at J&J Restaurant
Double deckers, cheese fries, chili, bacon and eggs… we’ll take all of the above at this classic diner. Good, affordable eats in a relaxed atmosphere make this the perfect spot for weekend breakfast, weeknight dinner and everything in between. We pretty much guarantee you’ll leave feeling like a satisfied Cincinnatian.
J&J Restaurant, 6159 Glenway Ave, Westwood.
With coffee and pastries in the morning, delicious salads at lunch and craft beer and bourbon at night, Muse Cafe pretty much has it all. The ambiance is relaxed, cozy and welcoming and they often have live music in the main room. This place is definitely worth checking out at all times of the day.
Muse Cafe, 3018 Harrison Ave, Westwood
Order a pie at the original LaRosa's Pizza
With a selection as good as Westwood’s, we’re bookending this list with pizza. With that in mind, there’s no way we could leave out the place that started it all: the original LaRosa’s on Boudinot. There’s just something special about ordering a pie at the place where one of Cincinnati’s most iconic restaurants started. It’s everything you know and love, with a little extra history behind it. Definitely a must do on any Cincinnatians bucket list.
LaRosa’s Pizza, 2411 Boudinot Ave, Westwood