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The Cameron (two patties, extra bun, cheese) / Image: Leah Zipperstein, Cincinnati Refined // Published: 5.4.17

Walnut Hills’ Brew House Has Been A Neighborhood Staple Since 1978

The wonderful thing about life is that there's a place for everyone, no matter your size, gender, age, or what-have-you. The key is finding the right folks, those who will welcome you with open arms. As that relates to the restaurant industry, the ones with the most open of arms are often the neighborhood establishments, ones that have been around longer than your earthling trips around the sun.

After passing by The Brew House on E. McMillian for months on end, I finally decided to pop in. It didn't hurt that I had a trustworthy friend vouching for its awesomeness. Hopefully, I can be that friend for you now. Because if my lone experience at The Brew House has taught me anything, it's that I'll be going back.

It's unassuming, unpretentious -- and thus, perfectly wonderful. Don't get me wrong, I love supporting the craft, artisanal efforts of our local community. That's cool n' hip. I'm on board. 100%. But sometimes, I don't need an inspirational backstory on how a thing came to be. Sometimes I wanna wear jeans bought from a big box store, a crappy, hand-me-down tee, and just exist. Ya feel me?

And that's why, this local stomping ground (which opened in 1978) is right up my alley. Jack Cameron was the original owner. But in November 2012, siblings Chris & Laura Davis took the helm. Chris has a degree in electrical engineering, and Laura is a potter/accidental landlord, so their path to restaurant ownership might be considered atypical. If you ask Laura, she might call it serendipitous. But whatever the reason, they're in it now. Full steam ahead.

Looking toward the future, the biggest challenge the Davis' face might be navigating Brew House's evolution amid a changing neighborhood landscape. (Re)development in Walnut Hills is on the rise. Then again, when you have a burger, fish tacos, or soup as good as they do, I don't think there's much to worry about.

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The Brew House is located at 1047 E. McMillan Street (45206).

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