Fast food and chain restaurants sit along Montgomery Road. Local favorites include Cincinnati originals like Skyline Chili and Gold-Star Chili, as well as restaurants that serve Chinese, Italian and American cuisine. The restaurants sit in two clusters: one near Montgomery Road's Interstate 275 exit and the other near the State Route 126 and Montgomery Road intersection.
The Original Montgomery Inn, a city staple that opened in 1951, serves amazing barbecue ribs that have become a rite of passage in Cincinnati. Don't expect to find traditional smoked ribs at the Montgomery Inn. The restaurant serves Cincinnati-style ribs that fall off the bone, are slathered in a sweet barbecue sauce and served with a side of Saratoga chips. If you aren't a rib fan, don't worry. The Montgomery Inn also serves succulent barbecue chicken filled with flavor, pulled pork sandwiches and juicy cheeseburgers.
Many locals agree that Bon Chinese, a restaurant that specializes in Chinese and Cantonese dim sum, serves the best shrimp dumplings and dim sum in the Cincinnati area. Regulars enjoy the restaurant's wide variety of shumai (Japanese dumplings) and recommend the sticky rice in bamboo-leaf lettuce wraps, the crispy-on-the-outside red-bean sesame balls and steamed-pork dumplings.
For some of the best barbecue around, visit Eli's BBQ on Riverside
Drive. This cozy barbecue joint is one of Cincinnati's most treasured hidden gems. Some of the traditional American comfort foods served at Eli's include jalapeño cornbread, slow cooked baked beans, pulled pork, ribs, and coleslaw. In the warmer weather months you can sit outside at one of the many picnic tables, making it feel more like a neighborhood barbecue.
Montgomery has a low-key nightlife, so don't expect to find wild bars or dance clubs in the city. Residents looking for a lively night on the town visit downtown Cincinnati
and Newport, Kentucky. Those seeking a laid-back spot to drink a beer have several local options.
Locals call the Corner Pub on Cooper Road the best dive bar in the Cincinnati suburbs, probably because it's slightly classier than your typical dive bar. Regulars visit the pub to hear local bands play, watch the game and drink bottled beer. However, the pub also serves a decent margarita.
For a classic divvy atmosphere, a decent burger and a game of pool, visit Montgomery Towne Tavern. The bar features daily drink specials that appeal to the after-work crowd and offers outside patio seating.
Village Tavern caters to a more upscale crowd, but retains a relaxed atmosphere. Visit Village Tavern on Burger Mania Monday for an affordable dinner and a smooth mixed drink.