Here are 9 places to eat before the WEBN Fireworks at Riverfest
And, at some, you can see the show too
Julie Niesen | WCPO contributor
9:00 AM, Aug 27, 2017
10:59 AM, Aug 28, 2017
CINCINNATI -- The Western & Southern / WEBN Fireworks, a Cincinnati tradition for 41 years, is the biggest fireworks show in the Midwest, and the Rozzis pull out all the stops for their hometown.
Once you've chosen your spot to watch, you'll need to figure out something to eat. Sure, you could grab a slice of pizza or other "fair food" on site, but within a short walk, there are plenty of places to grab a bite -- and, in some cases, see the fireworks too.
Here are the top nine places to eat before the show:
This is a great place to grab a bite and a local beer prior to the fireworks -- whether you eat inside, outside in the beer garden or even at the bar. Grab some pork belly beer cheese poutine, BBQ nachos, a Moer-Burger or Beer Baron sausage, along with an FC Cincinnati Blood Orange IPA or Strawberry Pig. Even better? They're open till 11 p.m., so you can get food after, too!
For the fifth year, Incline Public House will hold a luau with a view of Riverfest from its expansive patio. For $85, including tax and gratuity, get an all-you-can-eat buffet of luau-themed food by chef Chris Bushelman and one of the best views of the fireworks.
In Bellevue, grab a pizza from Fessler's and wander to the riverfront on your own schedule. Fessler's pizza, salad, stromboli and hoagies are perfectly portable, easily please kids, adults, vegetarians and meat eaters alike and won't break the budget. Try the BBQ Chicken & Bacon pizza, with a side of ranch dressing or a stromboli filled with your favorite toppings, and be sure to try their popular garlic bread with cheese.
BurgerFi, a fast-casual burger eatery at the Banks, is a great option for grabbing a quick bite to go on your way to Riverfest. BurgerFi's beef is grass-fed, and there are chicken and vegetarian options, as well as a lettuce-wrapped option for low-carbers. Toppings range from the traditional (think lettuce, onion and tomato) to breakfast burgers topped with an egg to a burger topped with candied bacon jam and truffle aioli. Don't forget the giant onion rings and Parmesan-herb fries.
Buckhead Mountain Grill is teaming up with Braxton Brewery for a party at Buckhead's prime riverfront location. Depending on seating location (inside, outside or windowless), reservations range from $85-$105 per person and include an appetizer, a dinner buffet and desserts, as well as parking and entertainment. Drinks will be cash only and feature Braxton beers, including Short Fuse Grapefruit Pale Ale, the official beer of the WEBN Fireworks. For reservations, call 859-491-7333 or email mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newport on the Levee has a variety of options for food with a view. Three-course dinners are available at Mitchell's for $69.99 per person, and if you want to reserve a table for the fireworks there is a premium: $275-$500 depending on the number of people. However, you can always dine from the community seating buffet ($75), then join the rest of the Levee outside for Riverfest festivities. For reservations, including riverside patio or riverwalk seating, contact Ashley Frakes at 859-409-9958 or mailto:email@example.com.
On the Ohio side, high up on Mount Adams, the Celestial has an elegant option for both dinner and the fireworks. For $129 per person, enjoy a four-course dinner. Choose from a variety of steaks and seafood, stellar starters and a sweet treat for dessert. This price does not include drinks, tax and gratuity. For reservations, call 513-241-4455.
There's really no better view than right on the river, and BB Riverboats will maximize your fun with a cruise that begins at 4 p.m. Sept. 3 and finishes when the fireworks are just smoke on the water. Start with hors d'oeuvres upon boarding, then enjoy a dinner buffet with strip loin and horseradish, stuffed salmon and grilled chicken breast, and finish with a slice of cheesecake while you watch the fireworks. Tickets are $140 per person.
Montgomery Inn at the Boathouse has an event that lets you give to a cause while enjoying a Cincinnati favorite and one of the best views of Riverfest. This event, benefiting the USO, includes dinner, featuring Montgomery Inn's classic ribs and chicken, an open bar, entertainment and valet. Tickets are $280 per person and are still available. Get them here.