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Written by Linda Palacios   
Thursday, 20 May 2010 05:51

052410FEATURE2.jpg Summer in the Cincy
Hot weather hang outs

Cincinnati summers bring more than just pool-side days, barbecue parties and air-conditioned bliss. They also bring the re-opening of several local businesses. Read on for a guide to the best places for outdoor drinks and dining.

With the cold and gray Cincinnati winters, animals aren't the only ones that go into hibernation. Some area places for eats and treats close down six months of the year, giving customers added excitement to their lively springs. Now that distance has made Queen City hearts grow fonder, find out about all of these places that are up and running for the season.

Sno Place Like Here


"Sometimes, ice cream is kind of heavy in Cincinnati's humidity, and this treat will sate your sweet tooth while keeping you cool," Sno Shack Owner Laura Schaffer says. So what is that special treat? Sno Shack's shaved ice.


"We call our product shaved ice, not 'snow cones' or 'ice balls' (as they say in Kentucky). It's because the ice is literally shaved," Schaffer says. "We have 10-pound custom-made ice blocks and use the machine to shave the ice so we get a better product."


So you can have your summer snow and eat it too at two locations, one in Deer Park (at the Dillonvale Shopping Center) and another near the New Port/Fort Thomas border (in the Remke grocery store parking lot). And each location offers 50 flavors to mix and match with your shaved ice.


"At the Newport store, the Kentuckians LOVE Nectar. It's made to taste like hummingbird nectar, so it's extra sweet. Our Deer Park fans love Wedding Cake," Schaffer says about the favored flavors. As for her personal favorite, though, she loves the P.M.S. (peach, mango and strawberry).


For more information, head to your closest location or call Schaffer at (513) 260-0206.


Tropical Getaway


Aruba, Jamaica, Bermuda, Bahamas, Key Largo, Montego — the Beach Boys might not have mentioned Cincinnati in their list of tropical escapes, but that doesn't mean you can't experience the tropics in the Tri-State. I'm not talking about Parrotheads at the Jimmy Buffet concert. I'm talking about Cabana on the River.


"We aim for pretty much a vacation while you're still at home," says Adam Henschen, general manager of Cabana on the River. So this West-side hideaway transports you from the Midwest to an exotic vacation destination without ever leaving the city.


Located at 7445 Forbes Road in Sayler Park, the open-air restaurant features a full menu of grilled delights, including their famous 100 percent certified angus beef burger, which is a three-quarter-pound patty. Henschen recommends washing it down with one of the bar's specialty cocktails, a delicious margarita or an amazing pina coladas. (After all, it's the restaurant's 21st birthday this year!)


As you enjoy a fantastic view of the river with your dinner grilled to satisfaction, you soon also will be able to enjoy the rhythms of a live band every weekend. Cabana on the River's Tiki Bar will be opening Memorial Day weekend, signaling the start of the musical series. 1209KROMBHOLZ.gif


For more information about Cabana on the River, check out, call (513) 941-7442, or head to 7445 Forbes Road anytime after 11 a.m. seven days a week.


Old-Fashioned Fun


This place won't transport you to a different place, but it will transport you to a different time. Originally founded as an A & W Root Beer Stand in 1957, the Root Beer Stand hasn't changed much in its 50 plus years.


Beyond the Root Beer Stand's infamous home-made root beer (still made with the original recipe and equipment), the menu features fast-food favorites like 6-inch and foot-long hotdogs, burgers and other sandwiches.


"There's not many of us around anymore, if any. I mean, we're not a big food chain a Wendy's or Sonic or any place like that. We're just an old-fashioned root beer stand from the past," Co-owner Scott Donley says.


The Root Beer Stand has been a part of Donley's life since he was a little kid and would stop by the eatery for a mug of root beer and some food. So when he grew up and was married, he and his wife, Jackie, bought the place from its retiring owners to keep the tradition alive.


That tradition has meant more than just food. "The Root Beer Stand has been a close-knit family operation from day one and remains so today. As a matter of fact, both of our main cooks met the men they married while working at The Stand. They were carhops back in the '60s and still enjoy the fast-paced work. And the root beer," according to the Web site.


For more information about the Root Beer Stand, check out, call052410FEATURE.JPG (513) 769-4349, or head to 11566 Reading Road in Sharonville.


Right around the (Dairy) Corner


The Root Beer Stand isn't the only seasonal blast from the past. Newtown's Dairy Corner celebrates its 55th year of operation, which owners believe makes it Ohio's oldest continuously operating "creamy whip."


Located close to Clear Creek soccer fields, the Dairy Corner makes for a great after-game treat for players and parents alike. (Trust me, my parents used to take me here after many a soccer game, and I just stopped by to visit the other day to have just as much delight in my sundae selection!) But even if you aren't headed there after scoring a couple goals, this quaint little sweet treat hotspot makes for a great stop.


The Dairy Corner might not have the ice cream like Graeter's and UDF, but it holds its own with its creative offerings of strawberry shortcake and cherry cordial sundaes, hard-shell soft serve, glaciers (shaved ice with soft-serve ice cream), popsicles, slushies and more. In fact, a UDF popped up right across the street from the hometown ice-cream bar without any success of driving it out of business.


For more information about the Dairy Corner, check out, e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or head down to 3501 Church Street in Newtown, Ohio.



Top Photo

Photographer: Miranda Schaffer

Model: Laura Schaffer

Location: Sno Shack

Bottom Photo

Photographer: Linda Palacios

Location: The Dairy Corner

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