Eyes swoon and stomachs growl when ogling the scrumptious delicacies in Loveland Sweets' old-fashioned candy shop. Give way to nostalgia's misty grip by sampling the store's collection of vintage sweets such as peppermint lumps, rock candy, or chocolate-covered sunflower seeds ($5.99+/lb.). A sumptuous array of truffles and soft marshmallow clouds makes mouthwatering surprises for sugar lovers, and caramel-filled chocolates ($16.95/lb.) trap sweet teeth on cloud nine. Chocolate-covered peanuts and raisins mask their healthy interiors with rich, milky skin ($8.99/lb.), and predatory gummy bears infiltrate sugary herds by donning an edible chocolate skin. On summer days, homemade ice cream ($2.95–$3.95) gives panting tongues a break from constantly licking the freezer to cool off.
Blue Chip Cookies’ delectables have sated the toothsome taste buds of dessert-deprived sugar mongers for more than 25 years. The handmade chewy rounds are concocted with real butter, premium Guittard and Ghiradelli chocolate, and pure cane sugar. Blue Chip's recipes contain no artificial preservatives or trans fats. Sink teeth into a variety of the shop’s signature cookies ($7.50 for a half-dozen; $13 for a dozen), including chocolate chip, peanut butter, oatmeal raisin, and Blue Chip joy, a tasty trifecta of coconut, almonds, and chocolate chips—all mingling, networking, and schmoozing to be the cookie’s number-one ingredient. Pint-sized confections can be paired with a sip from Blue Chip Cookies’ drinkable menu, featuring steaming cups of gourmet coffee ($1.85 for a large) made from freshly roasted coffee beans ($14 for a one-pound bag) and fruit-packed smoothies ($2.75 for a medium), perfect for cooling off scorching mouth pipes or recently-branded tongues recovering from your knitting group's controversial initiation ritual.
A Cincinnati favorite, Mio?s has been baking up their signature pizzas for adoring clientele since 1975. Their original, buttery crust is a canvas for splotches of pizza sauce, which peek through a smattering of cheese and various toppings such as sausage, banana peppers, and black olives. Before deciding on an original or stuffed pizza, guests can whet palates with an order of garlic bread or hot wings. For those who prefer personal servings, calzones and hoagies are stuffed with enough juicy meats and veggies to feed an accomplished linebacker.