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“Burgers that taste like you cooked them yourself” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Zip's Cafe

Zip's Cafe
Ranked #76 of 1,913 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $1 - $20
Cuisines: American, Bar, Delicatessen
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Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Kids, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff
Virginia
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317 reviews
176 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 87 helpful votes
“Burgers that taste like you cooked them yourself”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 16, 2013

Burgers are clearly the major item on the menu, but they also have two kinds of chilli as well. Really worn dark woods make you feel like you've been transported back the Dodge City in the days of Wyatt Earp. Dinnertime found the place serving multiple families with kids. The burgers have a "fresh" taste and are served on a bun just like you'd get in a supermarket so they have a really "homestyle" feel. Only downer - sodas are $2.25

  • Visited May 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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  • English first
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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
Level Contributor
69 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great burgers and chili”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

Great local restaurant/bar in Mt. Lookout. Order the burger, fries and chili. Always busy. Go for lunch, dinner, or before/after ball games.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mary Lou K
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Neighborhood Charm”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2013

Zips may not have the best burgers in town, but it is my favorite burger place to frequent. I may be a biased resident of Mt Lookout, but there is something special about a restaurant that doesn't seem to change and seems to have two dinner rushes, at 5 and 8: for families and college kids respectively.

There are good beers on tap (a good selection of local beers and even tap takeovers from time to time), tasty skillet style burgers best ordered with everything plus honey mustard & relish, and my favorite french fries & onion rings in town. Prices are reasonable - 2 beers, 2 burgers w/fries will run you 25 bucks.

Bring your 3 & 6 year old niece and nephew at 5 o'clock or a first date there around 8 pm. The lights are dim, the toy train running around the restaurant adds charm and keeps the kiddos entertained and the meal will always be tasty and hot.

Bottom Line: I love Zips and so will you.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank EmilyKeep
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Panama City, Florida
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1,212 reviews
654 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 514 helpful votes
“Nice, old school location”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 24, 2013

This cafe reminded me of the cafes we would eat at in Germany which makes sense when you consider Cincinnati s history; dark inside with separated booths and a bar area. The menu was simple, but good food and fair prices. The hamburgers were basic but tasty; I liked the simple approach to the burgers where the meat stood out rather than burying it with toppings. Friendly service. I could see how it could get very busy here because it is a very walkable location for the surrounding neighborhoods. Kids were welcome. We will definitely bring family here again.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Rather_Nomadic
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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55 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“best in the city”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 23, 2013

I have always LOVED the burgers and fries and beer here. i have never had anything bad here and would recommend to EVERYONE (native Cincinnatian or otherwise) to make a special trip here at least once.

Visited January 2013
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Thank Jessica S
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