I realize this trail really doesn't compare to the kind of hiking you can do out West around other really stunning places, but as far as getting into nature near Cincinnati, I love this place. It's a trail that winds through the woods alongside a creek. The creek is fun to hike up and if there's been enough rain, there are some small waterfalls and swimming holes that form that are pretty cool. Lots of people take their dogs to run on the trail, mostly off-leash. Every season is beautiful here, winter after a good snow turns into a Narnia-esque winter wonderland, spring is beautiful with lush fields of blooming tulips worthy of Lord of the Rings, summertime is super lush and being near the water is great, in the fall the trees light up and look really beautiful. Take the kids, take the dog, take yourself.
M doesn't get as much press as the newer restaurants downtown and in OTR, but it's probably only because it's located in Hyde Park, away from all the hype. That being said, the food is fantastic. The servers can be a little bit over-zealous at times, but the ingredients are fresh and the food is delicious. The pizzas are interesting (sausage and apple is my favorite), the farro salad is really good and the chicken and garbanzo entree sounds a bit weird but is also really good. Definitely recommend this place.
I'd say "meh" - if you want to take your picture in front of it as a memory of being here then you can go and wait in a long line of people seeking to do the same. It's literally just exactly what you see in the picture though, not that special. I wouldn't take the time to specifically go here.
What you're getting: Chile verde super burrito
It's now known for slinging jars of its famous salsa online, but Papalote is always in the running for best burrito in the Bay Area. The massive, glorious cylinders are best filled with long-marinated chile verde pork, which simmers in a green serrano sauce, and blends smoothly with the sour cream, guac, rice, beans and that famous salsa you clearly just bought online.
What you're getting: Carnitas super burrito
Oh, this place? It’s just: THE GREATEST BURRITO SPOT IN THE WORLD, according to Nate Silver’s science and expert panel of tasters. But we’ve been fans of Miguel Jara’s family-owned joint for many, many years. Though, before the hype, it was primarily known for the carnitas taco, the burrito is where it’s at, thanks to its perfect ratio of components, which keeps it juicy but not sopping, all the way through. Also, no one will judge if you still end up getting a taco on the side.
What you’re getting: Carne asada Super Burrito
The yellow, backlit menus occasionally go out. The space is a bit messy, and doesn’t seem like it all logically goes together, as if someone added a kitchen in a dorm room, and didn’t necessarily move all the other stuff. But none of that matters once you bite into the delicious griddled steak bomb that is the carne asada Super from the hidden gem in Duboce Triangle.
Don’t be scared by the massive crowds that greet you when you walk through the front doors -- the goodies you’ll find here are worth the long lines, specifically the ready-made sushi and bento boxes. And the sashimi-grade fish. And the Kobe beef and short ribs ready for the grill. And all sizes and prices of sake. AND a million varieties of Asian mushrooms. ANDANDAND all your favorite Japanese snacks (think Pocky, Hi-Chew, and those little bears filled with chocolate).
Get in your R&R at Japantown’s acclaimed Kabuki Springs & Spa, where $25 gets you a dip in the communal baths and access to steam rooms/saunas. Strip down to your birthday suit on women-only and men-only days, or wear a bathing suit on co-ed Tuesdays. It’s as close to a traditional Japanese bath house as you'll get, which means no cell phones, no talking, salt scrubs, and hot tea.
Protein is king at Shabu-Sen, so order up a plate of allllllllll the raw meat with veggies, and drop them into a scalding vat of broth that'll help you keep them as raw or well done as you like.
Every neighborhood needs a good dive bar, and Dimples is your J-town ticket. Descend the stairs into this temple of stiff drinks, private karaoke rooms, BYOF, and free bar peanuts, but be forewarned: someone will light up a cigarette inside.