Here’s a review of this week’s questions:
- In 1843, President John Quincy Adams gave his last public speech at a ceremony for what Cincinnati landmark?
- What is the name of the celebrated Cincinnati restaurant where Danny Combs is the head chef?
- What is the name of the historic district outside of downtown Cincinnati that is sometimes referred to by locals as “Liberty Hill”?
And here are the answers:
- Cincinnati Observatory. Located at the peak of what was then called Mt. Ida, the Cincinnati Observatory was built by Ormsby M. Mitchell on land donated by Nicholas Longworth. The cornerstone was laid on November 9, 1843, and presiding over the occasion was former President John Quincy Adams, the sixth President of the United States. Adams was 77 at the time, and this turned out to be his final public speech. Accordingly, the site was renamed Mt. Adams, but the observatory’s location was later changed to Mt. Lookout. It was the first professional observatory in the United States and remains open today as an historic site where visitors can see astronomical tools from the past and take in the awesome views.
- Sotto. Describing itself as “tenacious and restrained, hardcore and heartfelt,” Sotto opened in April 2013, and has been wowing Cincinnati diners ever since. The owners of the popular Boca restaurant teamed with accomplished chef de cuisine Danny Combs to bring their dream to life at the cozy space on East Sixth Street. Menu offerings range from Short-rib Cappellacci to Bistecca Fiorentina, a massive porterhouse that arrives on a sizzling platter, accompanied by sides like grilled asparagus with pearl onions and ricotta salata. After your first visit, you will absolutely understand why Cincinnati Magazine named Sotto its #1 restaurant in the city in 2019.
- Prospect Hill. Prospect Hill is rich in historical significance and is one of Cincinnati’s most desirable neighborhoods. Originally settled by veterans of the Revolutionary War, it was home to Ohio Senator George H. Pendleton. Many 18th and 19th Century structures remain, and the architecture on display in Prospect Hill draws photographers, historians, and architecture aficionados from throughout the region and beyond.