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Moerlein Lager House Restaurant Review: Cincinnati has a brewing history, and Christian Moerlein, a Bavarian immigrant and blacksmith, lived in this area and started Christian Moerlein Brewing Company in 1853. Today, this riverfront restaurant situated next to the Great American Ballpark is part of The Banks neighborhood renovation, which draws young urban dwellers, baseball fans and business people. There's a nod to Bavaria in everything from the beer to soft pretzels and beer cheese. But you can also get crispy balsamic tofu with spinach basil risotto; meatloaf with Barbarossa demi-glace and cheddar mashed potatoes; and butternut squash Wellington. Go for a side of Brussels sprouts or ask for an entire gluten-free meal. A family attending a game next door can go for a kid's meal (entrée, side and a drink) for $6 --- not nearly as much as it would cost in the stadium. Top your meal off with a dessert such as the black cherry forest cake or the Graeter's ice cream trio. Some tables have their own taps; many spots have an unobstructed view of the riverfront; and the atmosphere is hip with a nod to the past.