Ah yes, an ode to one of the biggest and most identifiable west side neighborhoods: Cheviot. Another local spot that's probably a little misunderstood, but hey, that's usually a sign that you're doing something right. All we know is that it's a neighborhood filled with great pubs, great diners and great people.
While you're in Cheviot, you should...
Eat at Santorini Family Restaurant
Let’s start with a place that embodies everything a diner really should be. Family owned, cozy atmosphere and fantastic food. Santorini has been serving all your favorite Greek dishes in Cheviot for a long time like Souvlakia (skewered grilled pork), Gyros and the Mt. Olympus burger. They’ve also got all the Cincinnati chili offerings you know and love plus breakfast all day because sometimes an omelette for dinner is seriously the best.
Order a burger (and a Guinness) at The Public House
First it was the Black Sheep, then that episode of Bar Rescue happened, now it’s the Public House. Somehow through this transformation an amazing burger and reputation for perfectly poured glasses of Guinness emerged. Stop in for lunch and try the “Bah Bah Black Sheep,” a burger topped with Goetta, bacon, eggs and your choice of cheese served alongside a handful of seasoned fries. If you can handle it, you should probably get it with a glass of Guinness, certified to be the perfect pour by the OG brewery in Ireland. Do this and you’ll have one of the best bites in the neighborhood.
Get a steak at Maury's Tiny Cove
This place is a west side legend. A steakhouse that has a vibe and it’s sticking to it. All the offerings you’d expect served in a low-ceiling retro room enclosed in wood paneling and filled with bright red booths. There’s a reason why the film Carol, set in 1950’s New York, was shot there. Take a date, order the Cavalier steak and enjoy Maury’s Tiny Cove.
Satisfy your sweet tooth at Maribelle Cakery
File this under “hidden gem” if that term still exists in this day and age. Maribelle Cakery has been crafting seriously delicious cakes, cupcakes and other sweet treats since 1989 at their spot on Cheviot avenue. In addition to some gorgeous wedding cakes you can pick up cheesecake, fruit tarts, muffins, brownies, cake pops… Yeah, the list goes on and on and it’s all amazing.
Spend a night at Fogarty's
If you’re bar hopping in Cheviot, odds are you’ll end up at Fogarty’s. Another great little Irish pub that has all the essential beers/whiskeys along with regular tap takeovers. Go here on a Friday or Saturday night and you’ll be walking into a full on party, we’re pretty sure of that.
Get a pie at N.Y.P.D. Pizza
Perfect for a night of bar hopping or just a drive home from work where you realize that you have no interest in making anything for dinner, meet N.Y.P.D. Pizza. They’ve also got locations in Northside and Colerain, but there’s just something about this spot on Harrison avenue. Maybe it’s the tiny walk-in/walk-out storefront where you can have a great conversation while you wait for a pie, basically embodying everything a pizza joint should be. Order a pizza from N.Y.P.D. sometime, and maybe get a calzone too.
Enjoy a night at Stone's Restaurant
Let’s bookend this list with another family owned restaurant that’s been in the hearts of many west-siders since it opened in 1962: Stone’s Restaurant. Anchored by Chef Stephanie’s ever-changing menu of classic American comfort food, Stone’s is a perfect diner to enjoy time with family and friends. There’s pretty much something for everyone on the menu, but if you ask us, it’s all about the country fried steak. Yes, please.
We love Cheviot and you should too. Keep an eye out for the next installment of the Cincy Weekend neighborhood guide coming soon.