A good problem to have: Choosing among the best
The next morning, we didn't feel like beer for an eye-opener, so we instead took a recommendation off our bartender's cheat sheet and hit up the Pilot Inn -- a no-frills sports tavern with a crowd of regulars watching Ohio State football and eating fat burgers with waffle fries. A few Kentucky bourbons later, we plotted a walking course for MadTree -- a microbrewery that one of our taco companions raved about.
Then, mere blocks from the bar, a record store derailed us.
MetaModern Music is less than a year old, owned and operated by a Cincinnati native who also happens to be the world's biggest fan of The Black Crowes (specifically Chris Robinson). With a nice mix of new and used vinyl, there was a deep collection of hippie jam band rock, glam, metal, hip-hop, country, and jazz. As someone who makes it a point to patronize at least one record store in every city I visit, I was buzzing at our pure-chance discovery.
This, too, is an advantage of listening to locals: Once you walk away, you can totally overrule their recommendations. It’s far easier to do that than to overturn a decision that took 20 minutes to reach in committee with your buds.