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Worth the Drive: Cincinnati’s Hathaway’s Diner serves up goetta burrito + vintage vibes

Mike Thomas

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I first discovered Hathaway’s diner while visiting Cincinnati for a music festival. Stumbling out of our hotel the morning after a very late night, my more outgoing friend inquired among the brown-bag-holding gentry of nearby Fountain Square as to where we could get a much-needed hangover cure. Hathaway’s was the clear answer, and it did not disappoint.

Having been in operation for 63 years, Hathaway’s diner is an institution in the Queen City. This old school diner dripping in vintage vibes is located on the ground floor of a Cincinnati’s Carew Tower, which also doubles as a kind of proto-shopping mall.

Photos from Hathaway’s Facebook page

Inside Hathaway’s proper, the vibe of a bygone era intensifies even further. The restaurant is set up like a 1950s vintage diner, because it is one. With black and white photos of bobbysockers sipping milkshakes up on the wall and two “U” shaped formica-clad service counters, the entire place feels like a trip back to the days when Buddy Holly and Marylin Monroe reigned supreme.

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Not all diner food is created equal, and the cooks at Hathaway’s are pros when it comes to all the greasy spoon staples. But let’s be real: you don’t have to drive a stone’s throw away from Kentucky to find a decent plate bacon and eggs. If you’re here, you’ll want to get something you won’t find anywhere else. In Cincy, this means goetta.

Goetta, in all its glory.

Created by German settlers in the 19th century and found almost exclusively in Cincinnati, goetta is a sausage product consisting of ground pork, grains, and spices. While many fine establishments throughout the city serve this signature staple, the goetta breakfast burrito at Hathaway’s is a must-have. With the goetta’s unique texture in the mix along with all of your other breakfast favorites, this burrito satisfies like no other.

The classic diner and the greasy breakfast foods found therein are all-American traditions that have stood the test of time. Thanks to hidden gems like Hathaway’s, diners will hopefully enjoy this unique slice of Americana for generations to come.

Hathaway’s Diner is located at 441 Vine St in Cincinnati. For more, visit them on Facebook.

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The End of the Road?

Julian Foglietti

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As the economic impacts of COVID-19 continue, we are beginning to see the effects take their toll on Columbus eateries. Here's a list of some of the changes taking place.

The Sycamore+Cosecha Cocina  

Grow Restaurants, the company which owns Harvest Pizza, has listed The Sycamore and Cosecha for sale. While there hasn't been confirmation that the restaurants won’t make a reappearance in some form, Chris Crader stated in Columbus Underground, “It’s a lot of work to re-open after the pandemic and we have a considerable amount of interest in these two properties so it doesn’t make sense to open and then close again so quickly.”

Miller's Ale House

Both Miller’s Ale House locations are closing. The Florida-based company has removed mention of the Ohio locations from their websites.

Flowers and Bread Co.

In a recent article with Columbus CEO, owners Sarah Lagrotteria and Tricia Wheeler announced the closure of the cafe portion of their business. There are plans to expand the flower and bread workshop portion of the business under the new name Flower and Bread Society.

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Rémy Cointreau presents: The Sidecar

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We teamed up with Rémy Cointreau and local bartender, Ben Griest, from Giuseppe’s Ritrovo to bring you an icon of cognac cocktails. Ben's previous videos featured the art of margarita-mixology, and now we are moving on to another tasty cocktail. This timeless, opulent drink is well-balanced and fresh.

With National Cognac Day coming up, we figured it would be great to share, Rémy Martin 1738 presents The Sidecar.

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National Brisket Day is Today!

Julian Foglietti

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Photo by Brian Kaiser

With meat shortages starting to take their toll and National Brisket Day here at last - we've gathered a roundup of some spots you can go to to get your brisket fix.

Legacy Smoke House

With their main location in Hilliard and a food truck moving throughout the city, Legacy Smoke House is a solid choice for brisket on National Brisket Day, just be sure to get there while supplies last. Enjoy!

Pecan Pennys

Just off Main Street, Pecan Pennys is ready to fulfill your brisket needs. If your looking to feed a family though be sure to get your orders in advance as they're requesting 24 hours notice on dinner bundles.

Ray-Ray's Hog Pit

With locations in Franklinton, Westerville, Clintonville and Powell Ray Ray's Hog Pit is open for business with brisket stocked at all locations. #NationalBrisketDay is the best day!

Hoggy’s Restaurant and Catering

Located on Bethel Road, Hoggy’s will be stocking brisket for both dine-in or carryout. Feel free to stop in or stop by!

The Pit

With a new location opened up on Parsons Ave. The Pit BBQ will be offering brisket for the National day. Celebrate with some tasty brisket!

City Barbeque

City Barbeque will be offering brisket for the National day! So get excited and get ready for some yummy BBQ brisket!

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