Southwest x StylishlyTaylored Take Cincinnati: Donuts, Beer, and BBQ

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Our Southwest Takes Cincinnati Food Tour started off with brunch at Taste of Belgium (get details of our experience HERE) but quickly advanced to include some of my other favorite food groups: donuts, beer, and BBQ.

Although brunch is my favorite meal (read why HERE), I was equally impressed by the Cincinnati-experiences Southwest provided for us at Holtman’s Donuts, Rhinegeist Brewery, and Just Q’in BBQ!


Holtman’s Donuts (@holtmansdonuts)

Just down the street from Taste of Belgium in OTR, Ohio is Holtman’s Donuts. The next stop on our Southwest Takes Cincy Food Tour was the popular donut shop that has called Cincinnati home since the 1960s. Donuts are made fresh and from scratch every morning, and topping options range from rainbow sprinkles to Lucky Charms (all of which are Instagram worthy.) The shop was a bit small for our large group, so we grabbed 2 dozen donuts and headed to the next stop on our food tour – Rhinegeist Brewery!



Rhinegeist Brewery (@rhinegeist)

Nothing washes down donuts quite like beer – I’m not a huge gluten person but the overload was seriously worth it to get the full Cincy experience. Rhinegeist Brewery was top on my favorites list for two reasons 1) rosé beer 2) their awesome space, ‘indoor beirgarten’ vibes with a CORNHOLE setup! Sold.

I tried one of Rhinegeist’s flights – (L to R) Bubbles Rosé Ale, Puma Pilsner, Hustle Red Lager, and Truth India Pale Ale – and paired it with a traditional Holtman’s donut with rainbow sprinkles!

Pro Tip: Rhinegeist Brewery ALSO has a rooftop bar with views of the city + high top tables perfect for outdoor day-drinking.

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A picture of all the Southwest Takes Cincy influencers from Baltimore and Chicago!


Just Q’in BBQ (@justqinbbq)

Our last stop of the day was at Just Q’in BBQ; and just when I thought I couldn’t eat any more food, I topped a cup of mac & cheese with the most delicious brisket….and inhaled it all. We also had a sampling of their honey cornbread (amazing), pulled chicken (also amazing), and ribs (you guessed it, amazing.) We finished up our time in Cincy on a high note by washing down our BBQ with Cincinnati’s infamous Kentucky Bourbon Ale. It’s brewed in bourbon barrels and only sold on 4-packs – drink one and you’ll quickly understand why.

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We headed out of CVG back to BWI with a few more bites – this time, it was Graeter’s Ice Cream, a local Cincy staple!


Have you been to any of these spots? Interested in checking them out for yourself? Click HERE to book your Southwest flight to Cincy and see what all the buzz is about!

Where are the best places to grab donuts, beer, and BBQ in your city? Tell me in the comments below! I know my favorite spots in Baltimore are donuts from Center Cut Doughnuts, beer from Brewer’s Art (Resurrection!), and BBQ from Blue Pit.

Curious about where else I’m eating on my #TayloredTravels? Check out more of my recent eats HERE!

Share your travel dining experiences + your favorite dishes with me by tagging me @stylishlytaylored on Instagram! I’d love to see what city you’re visiting and what you’re loving!


Until next time, keep exploring!



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