The Moerlein Lager House is an impressive tribute to Cincinnati's brewing history and modern revival. Located on the banks of the Ohio River, the beautifully designed building has large floor-to-ceiling windows to take advantage of the view. The interior of the restaurant includes many nods to Cincinnati's brewing heritage, including historic photos, memorabilia, and even old brick from local historic breweries. Of course, there's also plenty of beer on tap.
When asking around to get recommendations on the best sandwiches in the city, the Beer Can Chicken Melt ($11) was recommended to us by one of our trusted bartenders, so we headed down to the Lager House to check it out.
Made with pulled chicken, applewood bacon, red onion, roasted tomato and cheddar, it's served on a French roll with a choice of chips, coleslaw, fruit or fries. The sandwich is solid—the smoky bacon complements the roasted tomato and cheddar, and the onion is sweet but not at all overpowering. The chicken is tender and juicy. The real surprise here is the bun. Unlike many French-style breads, this roll is surprisingly pillowy and soft, which also helps to absorb the juicy tomato and chicken.
Christian Moerlein Lager House
115 Joe Nuxhall Way
Cincinnati, OH 45202 (map)
About the author: Laura Arnold is a Southern native living in Cincinnati with a weakness for barbecue and a small cheese problem (that there's never enough room in the refrigerator for it all). You can follow her adventures with her husband David on their blog, Cincinnati Nomerati, or on Twitter at @cincynomerati.