Sprout Market and Eatery

I don't leave downtown too often but every once in awhile I do get in a car and drive out into the sticks. Which is how I found my self recently at Sprout Market and Eatery who just celebrated their grand opening in Mt Adams. An affable little place seemingly plucked out of OTR minus the long waits and crowds. Sprout has a small menu, which keeps the order envy down, and a quality selection of microbrews on draft.

Sprout Market and Eatery
Sprout Market and Eatery
Sprout Market and Eatery
Sprout Market and Eatery
Sprout Market and Eatery
In addition to the bar and restaurant Sprout also houses a small pantry, pick out some staples and watch food preperation in the kitchen.
Sprout Market and Eatery
I almost flipped spotting this Deeper Roots Coffee blend, Fall Tonic. The Fall Tonic is the best coffee I can remember drinking in a long time.
Sprout Market and Eatery
Sprout Market and Eatery
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who should benefit from incentives?

I didn't agree with all the hand-wringing back in 2011 when Chiquita was talking about moving its global headquarters from Cincinnati to Charlotte. Charlotte ended up giving Chiquita over $22 million in state and city incentives to relocate. As part of the deal Chiquita was supposed to create an additional 417 jobs averaging $107K each. Chiquita at the time scoffed at Cincinnati's offer of $6 million with the CEO of Chiquita Fernando Aquirra saying "With all due respect, the city did very, very, very little,"
Turns out Chiquita actually did Cincinnati a favor by moving.
Fast forward three years and Chiquita has announced that they are moving their world headquarters to Ireland.
Charlotte and North Carolina have to decide whether they’ll request their incentive money back. The process is complicated by local government policies and by the fruit company’s merger with a foreign company.
It got me thinking, instead of offering companies money to relocate to, or stay in Cincinnati the city should offer infrastructure improvements as incentives. Something a business couldn't take with them when they leave. And if that isn't good enough, maybe Cincinnati doesn't need their business as much as they need Cincinnati?
What started this was our trip to Portland. In the early 2000's the Oregon Health & Science University had become land locked on top of a hill with residential neighborhoods to the west and a steep hill and a neighborhood and expressways to the east. OHSU began purchasing property outside the city of Portland in Hillsboro, OR and was preparing to relocate. Portland got creative and instead of offering OHSU monetary incentives to stay city leaders proposed building a tram to extend the OHSU campus down to the waterfront. OHSU agreed and is now connected to what was at one time a shipyard but is quickly becoming one of Portland's hottest neighborhoods to live.
I wish Cincinnati could be this creative.

South Waterfront district
South Waterfront district
South Waterfront district
South Waterfront district
pedestrians, bikes and streetcars only.
South Waterfront district
South Waterfront district
South Waterfront district
South Waterfront district
South Waterfront district
South Waterfront district
Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People right side of this picture will be for every form of transit you can think of, except cars.
Heads would explode in Cincinnati if anyone suggested something like this.
South Waterfront district
South Waterfront district
South Waterfront district
Portland's South Waterfront neighborhood. Purely a product of the streetcar and aerial tram.
There is one street going into it as its landlocked by a river and expressway.
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downtown streetcar construction

While the tracks are pretty much complete in OTR action is picking up downtown. I took a little walk around to get a sense of what was happening. It looks like they've figured out the timing and just what needs done in sleepy OTR and they are seemingly tackling almost the entire downtown loop at once. Here you can see the Walnut St and 2nd St intersection

Cincinnati Streetcae construction
Cincinnati Streetcae construction
Cincinnati Streetcae construction
Cincinnati Streetcae construction
They are cutting the trackbed with 36,000psi jets of water.
Cincinnati Streetcae construction
Cincinnati Streetcae construction
Back into the heart of downtown 6th and Main St
Cincinnati Streetcae construction
6th and Walnut looking North at the 21c and Aronoff.
Cincinnati Streetcae construction
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Sid Saturday

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Bell St

I was totally fascinated by Bell St in Seattle. Four blocks with no curbs, no sidewalks and no definable street. Well except for the planters, they roughly outlined a street but other than that pedestrians and bike riders were free to roam virtually everywhere. What I couldn't tell is if the small gardens captured rain water runoff or not. I can't imagine they wouldn't have done that.

Bell St
Bell St
Bell St
Just like the Eiffel Tower in Paris, you could set your compass in Seattle by looking up at the Space Needle.
Bell St
And there was a Bruce Lee film festival going on somewhere around there.
Bell St
These were around Bell St. somewhere and I thought they were cool, I almost wish I had down spouts so I copy them.
Bell St
Bell St
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Second Sunday on Main

Cool find this week at SSOM, Hopwater. Created in Cincinnati and Made in Cincinnati.Brandon Dawson, one of the creators told me they've been doing market testing and plan to the product on store shelves in December. Hopwater isn't fermented, its dryhopped and isn't over powering. I liked the bite of the Ginger Tonic the best and the tartness of the Grapefruit.
I bet Hopwater is a hit, I love seeing new Cincinnati made products.

SSOM
SSOM
Remember Yes on 48!
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SSOM
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SSOM
If you are smart, and we're no dummies, you make a beeline to Brown Bear Bakery for chocolate chip cookies. Everything else can wait.
SSOM
SSOM
SSOM
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does Cincinnati have a self esteem issue?

When we hit Portland one of the places Ms 5chw4r7z wanted to try was Vodoo Doughnut. If you're on social media and follow people who travel you can't avoid the place. I've been seeing pictures of lines out the door for years. We tracked the place down, paid our dues in line and got our donuts. I have to say if I had ate them a year ago they would have been the greatest donuts I've ever tasted. But since Holtman's opened in OTR they're just awesome donuts, just as good as Holtman's.
Which got me thinking, there was a social media frenzy after Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives featuring OTR and a Cincinnati story in the New York Magazine.
Cincinnati has a self esteem issue. are we a little too desperate for validation?
The more I've traveled the more I've come to appreciate just how awesome the Queen City is.
The food scene is second to none, Cincinnati has architecture with a sense of history other cities would kill for.
Why does Cincinnati care so much about what everyone else thinks?
Vodoo Donut
Vodoo Donut
Vodoo Donut
Vodoo Donut
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