We love cincy for its people, attitudes, accomplishments, traditions —PLUS the places and services that can make life here easier, better and more fun. the staff of cincy honors some of those places here.
 
BEST PLACE TO IMPRESS AN OUT-OF-TOWN CLIENT
Mount Adams. Terrific views, terrific cuisine, terrific entertainment, what more can you ask (other than a parking spot)? Follow up a meal at Celestial Steakhouse, Daveed’s at 934 or Teak Thai Cuisine with a performance at the Playhouse in the Park. (Celestial Steakhouse, 1071 Celestial St.; Daveed’s at 934, 934 Hatch St.; Teak Thai Cuisine, 1049 St. Gregory St.)

BEST MEAL TO EAT AT YOUR DESK

Choose from the extensive salad bar found at Ingredients (Some Assembly Required) in the Westin Hotel. Exotic toppings range from roasted eggplant and hearts of palm to grilled salmon and shrimp, with dressings such as sesame ginger, roasted garlic and lemon avocado. It’s all packed “to go.” (21 E. Fifth St., Downtown)

BEST FOOD FOR PEOPLE ON THE GO

Red Squirrel Restaurant has so many options on the menu that they have to assign numbers and letters, and prefer you order that way. With everything from all-day breakfast to fish sandwiches, charbroiled burgers or their famous double deckers, the most expensive thing you can order costs $7.95. Trust us, your stomach won’t be growling at that 4:00 meeting. (Several locations: Colerain, Springdale, Tri-County, Fairfield, Downtown)

BEST NETWORKING EVENT FOR YOUNG PROFESSIONALS
What began as a creative attempt to meet new people has turned into one of Cincy’s foremost events for young people on the move.The Bacchanalian Society, started in 2001 with 40 friends having a competitive wine-tasting event, has grown to four annual events — each benefitting a charity — that draw hundreds of YPs. Just bring three bottles of wine, and let the mingling begin. (www.bacchanaliansociety.com)
BEST AFTER WORK SPOT FOR THE ATHLETIC YP
The Back Porch Saloon has four sand volleyball courts (adjacent to a full service Tiki bar!) and leagues that play evening games Sunday through Thursday, late spring through early summer. Indoors, you can enjoy cornhole and darts, as well as big-screen TVs and live music. (Route 747 at Mulhauser Road, West Chester)

BEST ECO-FRIENDLY SHOP FOR EMPLOYEE GIFTS
Park + Vine offers a plethora of environmentally friendly merchandise, some from Cincinnati suppliers. Products range from candleholders made of retired circuit boards, wallets and other accessories made from used bicycle tires to delicious organic/vegan treats and eco-conscious clothing. Your employees might just think you’re the coolest boss ever. (1109 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine)

BEST SHOP TO BUY A BOSS GIFT
You’ll come off classy and cultured with a trinket from the Cincinnati Art Museum gift shop . How about a Dalí screen saver, featuring 25 of the artist’s most creative visions? There’s also a selection of mouse pads with famous artworks, as well as the expected repertoire of any art museum gift shop: Andy Warhol wristwatches and desk clocks, desk calendars, Museum of Modern Art appointment books, and ties featuring famous artworks. (920 Eden Park Drive, Mt. Adams)

BEST PLACE FOR A COMPANY PICNIC
Even many long-timers don’t know about the region’s “other” amusement park, Stricker’s Grove. That’s because this private park is largely closed to the public, placing its emphasis on company picnics and corporate functions. There are 16 midway rides and the only two wooden roller coasters in Hamilton County, the Tornado and the Teddy Bear. (11490 Hamilton–Cleves Road, Ross)

BEST SPOT FOR GROUP BRAINSTORMING
Head out to DeVou Park in Covington, with its stunning vistas and fresh air. One local advertising agency does all its most creative work there.

BEST BUSINESS AUCTION
“Rookwood” is the name of the game at the annual Rookwood Pottery auction every June. Fans of the pottery fly in from all parts of the world, paying up to $75,000 for a vase without blinking twice. Some $2 million worth of Rookwood can change hands, and it’s an amazing thing to watch—even if you can’t afford to bid. (Cincinnati Art Galleries, 225 E. Sixth St., Downtown)

BEST OFFICE CHAIR MASSAGES
Provide your employees with a well-deserved perk: a massage in the office. A massage from VIP Back Rubs is done over the clothes in a specially designed ergonomic chair, and takes no longer than the average coffee break. Your employees will walk away feeling refreshed, revitalized and ready to tackle their work with renewed energy. Owner Bruce Strickland has 19 years of massage experience, with six years focused on the seated chair massage. (1211 Meriweather Ave., Hyde Park)

BEST PLACE FOR A MENTAL HEALTH DAY
Located in rolling hills overlooking the Great Miami River, Pyramid Hill Sculpture Park & Museum combines nature with the dynamic presence of monumental art. The park features 54 sculptures scattered throughout 265 acres, three hiking trails, seven lakes and a 10,000-square-foot indoor “Ancient Sculpture Museum” opening this year. (1763 Hamiltion-Cleves Road, State Route 128, Hamilton)

BEST CINCY BAKERY
Driving out of your way to stop at North College Hill Bake Shop is a good excuse for running a bit late to work. Your boss will forgive you when he tries a delightful slice of their famous cinnamon bread, or “double butter” coffee cake, or one of their many varieties of donuts. Don’t forget to grab a bag of frosted tea cookies for the afternoon meeting. (1807 W. Galbraith Road, North College Hill)

BEST PLACE TO MEET A BUSINESS CONTACT FOR LUNCH
Via Vite on Fountain Square is centrally located and easy to find, but its real draw is its fine Italian food, friendly staff and sophisticated décor. (501 Vine St., Downtown)

BEST EMERGENCY TAILOR
It’s a Wednesday and you realize your best business suit is now too big in the waist because of your successful dieting and exercise. The teams atMen’s Warehouse locations can turn around rush jobs in a day or two. (Sycamore Plaza at Kenwood, 7800 Montgomery Road; Tri-County, 11700 Princeton Pike; and 7623 Mall Road, Florence)

AIRPORT LAYOVER OASIS
A couple of your customers call late one afternoon. They’re stuck in a layover at Cincinnati-Northern Kentucky International Airport. You offer to take them out for dinner, but they’re concerned about venturing too far away and possibly missing their flight. Solution: Stick close by at the The Cincinnati Airport Marriott and its River City Grille & Lounge. Stan Lampe of the Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce notes this Marriott has won national awards for service. (2395 Progress Dr., off Kentucky Route 20 just north of the I-275 airport exit, Hebron)

EUROPEAN CAR TROUBLESHOOTERS
You’ve dreamed of owning a classic European automobile such as an Alfa Romeo or Ferrari, or perhaps a vintage Porsche. You need an expert mechanic for that pre-sale inspection, a guy who will troubleshoot just about anything, maintain fine-tuned performance and protect your investment. TryEuropean Auto Specialists Ltd. Owner Lee Scovanner, shop foreman Bob Vollner and their crew know their stuff. (4453 Sycamore Road, Blue Ash)

BEST LEATHER RESCUERS
The strap unhinges on your No. 1 travel purse. A hole is widening in the sole of those trusted leather flats. Mt. Lookout Shoe Repair is called “Your One Stop Repair Shop” for a reason. Owner Mike Burns (left) has been satisfying anxiety-ridden business men and women for 23 years. And at the front counter, you might be calmed by the unflappable, wisecracking Matt Switzer (right). (3152 Linwood Ave., Mt. Lookout)

BEST PET DAYCARE AND ADVICE
For busy professionals, especially single ones who often travel or put in long hours, a cat or dog is a loving companion and a scheduling challenge. Anderson Township Family Pet Center is well-tuned to the needs of those pets — and their owners. Owner Daryl Meyerrenke and his staff go way beyond “doggie day care” with everything from obedience training to consulting customers about the health and nutrition of their loved ones. (6666 Clough Pike, Anderson)

BEST DRESS SHIRTS
A typical professional in the Cincinnati area spends about $3 to have a shirt laundered and pressed, which means you can easily fork over $780 a year or more to stay sharp on the job. The no-iron dress shirts (for men and women) atBrooks Brothers will set you back $80 each, but they stay crisp through about 50 washings that would’ve cost you $150 at the cleaner’s. (505 Vine St., Downtown)

BEST SMALL WINE SHOPS
When you need good advice about wine — like what to take to the boss’s dinner party — there are a dozen or more smaller shops that have unusual selections and personalized consultation. Among our favorites: Baskets Gourmet-Wine World (Anderson Township),Chateau Pomije (O’Bryonville),Hyde Park Gourmet Food & Wine (Hyde Park),Dilly Deli Wines & Gourmet (Mariemont),Piazza Discepoli Wine & Food Merchants (College Hill), The Wine Merchant (Hyde Park) and The Wine Store (Montgomery). Two easy-to-overlook small shops:Allyn’s Cafe (Columbia-Tusculum) andMount Washington Ice & Beer , a pony keg off Beechmont Avenue.

BEST RESTAURANTS FOR NETWORKING
Cincy has plenty of great places for food and drink, but which ones stand out for professionals who want to encounter important and interesting people, maybe combine a little business with pleasure? Our awards go to BaCalls Cafe (Hamilton Avenue, College Hill),Brio Tuscan Grille (Newport on the Levee),The Celestial Steakhouse (Mount Adams),Jag’s Steak and Seafood (West Chester),Jeff Ruby’s Carlo & Johnny (Montgomery Road), Lavomatic (Over-the-Rhine),Polo Grille (Deerfield Township),Mesh (West Chester),Primavista (Price Hill),The Pub Crestview Hills , Teller’s of Hyde Park and20 Brix (Milford).

BEST STRESS BUSTER
Having a stressful day/week/month? Step into one of Competition Racing’s European-style karts and reach speeds of up to 35 m.p.h on the challenging, twisting track and feel that bothersome stress just melt away.Competition Racingwill provide everything you need to squeal around those corners and experience the thrill of racing. So, go ahead, let loose your inner Dale Earnhardt. (891 Rudolph Way, Lawrenceburg)

BEST THIRD-DATE PLACE
It was drinks on your first date and dinner on your second date — now what? Experience a vanishing piece of Americana: the drive-in. Pack the car with lawn chairs and blankets head out to theHoliday Auto Theatre in Hamilton (1816 Old Oxford Road, State Route 130) or theStarlite Drive-In in Amelia (2255 State Route 125). Your date will giggle at the retro cartoons before the movie and you will revel in being able to snuggle her close in the chilly night air.

BEST PLACE FOR FOOD, COFFEE AND WIRELESS
You have break a between business appointments. Fire up the laptop, get a good cup of joe and some good energy food. Head forPanera Bread (West Chester and other locations). Another winner:Coffee Emporium (3316 Erie Ave., Hyde Park and 110 E. Central Parkway, Downtown).

BEST-KEPT SECRET ON THE WEST SIDE

Kreimer’s Bierhaus West sits so far off the road that you could easily drive by. So, program the address into your GPS system and don’t miss it. Nestled in the woods along the Great Miami River, the Bierhaus has two decks, a fireplace, brews its own beer and offers an extensive menu of German/American fare. (6052 State Route 128, Miamitown)