Graeter's Ice Cream
Hyde Park Square • 2704 Erie Avenue • Cincinnati, OH 45208 • (513) 321-6221
Mariemont Square • 6918 Wooster Pike • Cincinnati, OH 45227 • (513) 272-0859
Kenwood • 7369 Kenwood Road • Cincinnati, OH 45236 • (513) 793-5665
Mmmmm...Graeter's—a familiar line to anyone who knows anyone who's been there. I love ice cream, and while I've been to some great creameries whose locals swear by the hometown favorite (e.g., Handel's in NE Ohio, the Creamery at Penn State), I definitely think Graeter's can hold its own with the best of them.
My personal favorite is the Black Raspberry Chunk with deliciously huge chunks of chocolate. But no matter what your favorite flavor is, you really can't go wrong here. For the dairy-challenged, their sorbet is excellent, too, though their selection leaves a little to be desired.
But come summer time (or even a warm spring evening), you better watch out for the lines of people out the door. While the lines move quickly, Graeter's always knows how to draw a crowd. So if you've never been to one and you find yourself near one with a long line of drooling people, the answer is "Yes, they know something you don't." And you should make haste to fix that :-)
While not a restaurant per se, I could not in good faith write about Cincinnati food without covering Graeter’s ice cream. Graeter’s may surpass Dewey’s as my favorite place to take out-of-towners for local food.
When I first moved to Cincinnati, a friend told me on my first Graeter’s trip to order “something with chips.” I quickly learned that she was right, and I have passed on that wisdom many times. Graeter’s chocolate chips are not chips so much as chunks, and many of them are a literal mouthful of good dark chocolate. As an open chocoholic, my favorite flavors are the chocolate chocolate chip, mint chocolate chip, and chocolate chip cookie dough. They are famous for their black raspberry chip, which is also great; I simply prefer my ice cream not in fruity flavors, although many will disagree. They also have seasonal flavors that rotate every month, such as peppermint in the winter and strawberry in the summer, and many, many more. They have a full seasonal flavor calendar on their website!
They also have a full chocolate and pastry counter. I have given their chocolates as hospitality gifts, and it is always appreciated, and a good thing to bring as a piece of Cincinnati. Their chocolate displays change frequently, for every holiday, major and minor alike. There are always samples on the counter.
With no hesitancy at all, I absolutely recommend Graeter’s. It may be my favorite place to eat in Cincinnati, and it’s certainly my favorite tourist attraction.