Best Of 2016

2016 Eats Reader Picks: Cincinnati's best dining destinations as selected by CityBeat readers.

The Anchor-OTR Pig

Overall Restaurant

1 / Sotto
2 / Eli’s BBQ
3 / Boca
4 / Jeff Ruby’s Precinct
5 / The Eagle OTR
6 / Dewey’s Pizza
7 / Bakersfield OTR
8 / Incline Public House
9 / Orchids at Palm Court
10 / Taste of Belgium

Neighborhood Restaurant (Downtown/OTR)

1 / The Eagle OTR
2 / Bakersfield OTR
3 / Arnold’s Bar and Grill

Neighborhood Restaurant (Northern Kentucky)

1 / Pompilios
2 / Otto’s
3 / Hofbräuhaus

Neighborhood Restaurant (East Side)

1 / Eli’s BBQ
2 / Zip’s Café
3 / Terry’s Turf Club

Neighborhood Restaurant (West Side)

1 / Incline Public House
2 / Primavista
3 / Price Hill Chili

Neighborhood Restaurant (Central)

1 / Melt
2 / Taste of Belgium (Corryville)
3 / Ambar India

Neighborhood Restaurant (Northern ’Burbs)

1 / Dewey’s Pizza
2 / Blue Ash Chili
3 / Montgomery Inn

Appetizers

1 / Bakersfield OTR
2 / Moerlein Lager House
3 / A Tavola

Bagels

1 / Bruegger’s Bagels
2 / Marx Hot Bagels
3 / Panera Bread

Overall Bakery (Breads)

1 / Blue Oven Bakery
2 / Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli
3 / Shadeau Breads

Overall Bakery (Sweets)

1 / The BonBonerie
2 / Holtman’s Donuts
3 / Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli

Neighborhood Bakery (Downtown/OTR)

1 / Holtman’s Donuts
2 / Blue Oven Bakery (Findlay Market)
3 / Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli

Neighborhood Bakery (Northern Kentucky)

1 / Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli
2 / Busken Bakery
3 / Grateful Grahams

Neighborhood Bakery (East Side)

1 / The BonBonerie
2 / Servatti Pastry Shop & Deli
3 / Graeter’s

Neighborhood Bakery (West Side)

1 / Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli
2 / Graeter’s
3 / Bizy Bee Bakery

Neighborhood Bakery (Central)

1 / O Pie O
2 / Bonomini Bakery
3 / Happy Chicks Bakery

Neighborhood Bakery (Northern ’Burbs)

1 / Holtman’s Donuts (Loveland)
2 / Jungle Jim’s International Market
3 / Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli

Chocolates

1 / Aglamesis Brothers
2 / Esther Price
3 / Maverick Chocolate Company

Cupcakes

1 / Abby Girl Sweets
2 / Gigi’s Cupcakes
3 / The BonBonerie

Donuts

1 / Holtman’s Donuts
2 / Busken Bakery
3 / Krispy Kreme

Barbecue

1 / Eli’s BBQ
2 / City Barbecue
3 / Montgomery Inn

Beer Selection (Restaurant)

1 / Yard House
2 / Moerlein Lager House
3 / Dutch’s

Breakfast

1 / First Watch
2 / Sleepy Bee Café
3 / Taste of Belgium

Sunday Brunch

1 / Taste of Belgium
2 / Sleepy Bee Café
3 / First Watch

Overall Burgers

1 / Terry’s Turf Club
2 / Zip’s Café
3 / Arthur’s
4 / Flipdaddy’s Burgers & Beers
5 / Quatman Café
6 / Nation Kitchen & Bar
7 / Gordo’s Pub & Grill
8 / Five Guys Burgers & Fries
9 / Chandler’s Burger Bistro
10 / Bard’s Burgers

Neighborhood Burger Spot (Downtown/OTR)

1 / Krueger’s Tavern
2 / Arnold’s Bar and Grill
3 / Nation Kitchen & Bar

Neighborhood Burger Spot (Northern Kentucky)

1 / Flipdaddy’s Burgers & Beers
2 / Mad Mike’s Burgers & Fries
3 / Zola Pub and Grill

Neighborhood Burger Spot (East Side)

1 / Terry’s Turf Club
2 / Zip’s Café
3 / Arthur’s

Neighborhood Burger Spot (West Side)

1 / Incline Public House
2 / Mad Mike’s Burgers & Fries
3 / Chandler’s Burger Bistro

Neighborhood Burger Spot (Central)

1 / Quatman Café
2 / Gordo’s Pub & Grill
3 / The Rookwood

Neighborhood Burger Spot (Northern ’Burbs)

1 / Flipdaddy’s Burgers & Beers
2 / Quatman Café (Mason)
3 / Sammy’s Gourmet Burgers & Beer

“Cincinnati Burger Week” Restaurant

1 / Flipdaddy’s Burgers & Beers
2 / Arthur’s
3 / Nation Kitchen & Bar

Burritos

1 / Chipotle
2 / Gomez Salsa
3 / The Comet

Business Lunch

1 / Moerlein Lager House
2 / Arnold’s Bar and Grill
3 / Nada

Cajun/Soul Food

1 / Knotty Pine on the Bayou
2 / Dee Felice Café
3 / Allyn’s Café

Cheesesteak

1 / Penn Station
2 / Melt
3 / Blue Ash Chili

Chef

1 / Jose Salazar (Salazar, Mita’s)
2 / Jean-Robert de Cavel (Table)
3 / Daniel Wright (Senate, Pontiac Bourbon & BBQ, Abigail Street)

Chicken

1 / The Eagle OTR
2 / Silver Spring House
3 / Revolution Rotisserie

Chili (Chain)

1 / Skyline Chili
2 / Gold Star Chili
3 / Dixie Chili

Chili (Non-Chain)

1 / Camp Washington Chili
2 / Blue Ash Chili
3 / Price Hill Chili

Chinese

1 / KungFood Chu’s AmerAsia
2 / PF Chang’s
3 / Oriental Wok

Overall Coffeehouse (Local)

1 / Coffee Emporium
2 / College Hill Coffee Co.
3 / Carabello Coffee

Neighborhood Coffee Shop (Downtown/OTR)

1 / Coffee Emporium
2 / 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab
3 / Collective Espresso

Neighborhood Coffee Shop (Northern Kentucky)

1 / Carabello Coffee
2 / Reality Tuesday
3 / Roebling Point Books & Coffee

Neighborhood Coffee Shop (East Side)

1 / Coffee Emporium
2 / Deeper Roots Coffee
3 / Lookout Joe

Neighborhood Coffee Shop (West Side)

1 / BLOC Coffee Company
2 / Aromas Java & Gelato
3 / The Coffee Peddler

Neighborhood Coffee Shop (Central)

1 / College Hill Coffee Company
2 / Collective Espresso (Northside)
3 / Sidewinder

Neighborhood Coffee Shop (Northern ’Burbs)

1 / The Daily Grind
2 / Kidd Coffee & Wine Bar
3 / Coffee Please

Coffeehouse (National)

1 / Starbucks
2 / Dunkin’ Donuts
3 / Panera Bread

Delicatessen

1 / Izzy’s
2 / Avril-Bleh & Sons
3 / Jungle Jim’s International Market

Desserts (Restaurant)

1 / Grand Finale
2 / Taste of Belgium
3 / Sotto

Desserts (Retail)

1 / The BonBonerie
2 / Graeter’s
3 / Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli

Farmers Market

1 / Findlay Market
2 / Hyde Park Farmers Market
3 / Northside Farmers Market

Farmers Market Food Stall

1 / Blue Oven Bakery
2 / Taste of Belgium
3 / Pho Lang Thang

Local Farm

1 / Carriage House Farm
2 / Gorman Heritage Farm
3 / Burger Farms

Food Festival/Event

1 / Taste of Cincinnati
2 / Oktoberfest
3 / Goettafest

Food Delivery Service

1 / Green Bean Delivery
2 / Cincybite
3 / OrderUp

Food Truck

1 / C’est Cheese Cincy
2 / Red Sesame
3 / Hungry Bros.

French Fries

1 / Senate
2 / Five Guys Burgers & Fries
3 / Penn Station

German

1 / Hofbräuhaus
2 / Mecklenburg Gardens
3 / Wunderbar

Goetta

1 / Glier’s Goetta
2 / Eckerlin Meats
3 / Anchor Grill

Gluten-Free Selections

1 / Melt
2 / Sleepy Bee Café
3 / Green Dog Café

Guacamole

1 / Bakersfield OTR
2 / Nada
3 / Chipotle

Hot Dog/Sausage

1 / Senate
2 / Eli’s BBQ
3 / Root Beer Stand

Ice Cream

1 / Graeter’s
2 / Aglamesis Brothers
3 / United Dairy Farmers

Gelato/Sorbetto/Frozen Ice

1 / Dojo Gelato
2 / Graeter’s
3 / Madisono’s Gelato

Creamy Whip/Soft Serve

1 / Putz’s Creamy Whip
2 / Dairy Queen
3 / The Cone

Frozen Yogurt

1 / Orange Leaf
2 / Yagööt
3 / United Dairy Farmers

Indian

1 / Ambar India Restaurant
2 / Baba India Restaurant
3 / Dusmesh

Italian

1 / Sotto
2 / Nicola’s
3 / Bella Luna;
     Pompilios (TIE)

Japanese

1 / Kaze
2 / Fuji Steak House
3 / Ichiban;
     Quan Hapa (TIE)

Korean

1 / Riverside Korean
2 / Sung Korean Bistro
3 / Red Sesame

Late-Night Eatery

1 / Gomez Salsa
2 / Anchor Grill
3 / Skyline Chili

Live Music While You Eat

1 / Arnold’s Bar and Grill
2 / MOTR Pub
3 / The Comet

Mediterranean/Greek

1 / Andy’s Mediterranean Grill
2 / Aladdin’s Eatery
3 / Sebastian’s Gyros

Menu (Most Innovative)

1 / Boca
2 / Maribelle’s eat + drink
3 / Tom+Chee

Mexican

1 / Mazunte
2 / Bakersfield OTR
3 / La Mexicana

Outdoor/Patio Dining

1 / Incline Public House
2 / Eli’s BBQ
3 / Arnold’s Bar and Grill

Overall Pizza (Non-Chain)

1 / A Tavola
2 / Adriatico’s
3 / Fireside Pizza

Overall Pizza (Chain)

1 / Dewey’s Pizza
2 / LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria
3 / Goodfellas Pizzeria

Neighborhood Pizza Joint (Downtown/OTR)

1 / A Tavola
2 / Goodfellas Pizzeria
3 / Lucy Blue

Neighborhood Pizza Joint (Northern Kentucky)

1 / Goodfellas Pizzeria
2 / Dewey’s Pizza
3 / Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria

Neighborhood Pizza Joint (East Side)

1 / Dewey’s Pizza
2 / A Tavola (Madeira)
3 / Mellow Mushroom

Neighborhood Pizza Joint (West Side)

1 / Dewey’s Pizza
2 / LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria
3 / Trotta’s Pizza & Drive Thru

Neighborhood Pizza Joint (Central)

1 / Adriatico’s
2 / Dewey’s Pizza
3 / Fireside Pizza

Neighborhood Pizza Joint (Northern ’Burbs)

1 / Dewey’s Pizza
2 / Mellow Mushroom
3 / LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria

Pub Food

1 / Arnold’s Bar and Grill
2 / Arthur’s
3 / Oakley Pub & Grill

Raw Bar

1 / The Anchor-OTR
2 / Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse
3 / Jeff Ruby’s Carlo & Johnny

Restaurant Design

1 / Taft’s Ale House
2 / Boca
3 / Sotto

Restaurant for Fine Dining

1 / Boca
2 / Jeff Ruby’s Precinct
3 / Orchids at Palm Court

Restaurant for Large Parties

1 / Moerlein Lager House
2 / Montgomery Inn
3 / Buca di Bepo

Restaurant for Your First Date

1 / Sotto
2 / Incline Public House
3 / Bakersfield OTR

Restaurant With the Best Bang For Your Buck

1 / Eli’s BBQ
2 / The Eagle OTR
3 / Bakersfield OTR

Restaurant to Take a Foodie

1 / Boca
2 / Jean-Robert’s Table
3 / Sotto

Restaurant to Take the Kids

1 / Dewey’s Pizza
2 / Eli’s BBQ
3 / Tom+Chee

Restaurant to Take Visitors

1 / Incline Public House
2 / Moerlein Lager House
3 / Montgomery Inn Boathouse

Romantic Restaurant

1 / Sotto
2 / Primavista
3 / Orchids at Palm Court

Salads

1 / Dewey’s Pizza
2 / Ingredients
3 / Melt

Seafood

1 / The Anchor-OTR
2 / Bonefish;
     Mitchell’s Fish Market (TIE)
3 / Pappadeaux

Smoothie/Juice Bar

1 / Off the Vine
2 / Rooted Juicery + Kitchen
3 / Smoothie King

Soup

1 / Pho Lang Thang
2 / Panera
3 / Melt

Specialty Food Market

1 / Jungle Jim’s International Market
2 / Findlay Market
3 / Trader Joe’s

Subs/Sandwiches

1 / Penn Station
2 / Jersey Mike’s;
     Melt (TIE)
3 / Blue Ash Chili;
     Izzy’s (TIE)

Steakhouse

1 / Jeff Ruby’s Precinct
2 / Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse
3 / Jeff Ruby’s Carlo & Johnny

Sushi

1 / Cloud 9 Sushi
2 / Kaze
3 / Ichiban

Tacos

1 / Bakersfield OTR
2 / Mazunte
3 / Gomez Salsa

Takeout

1 / Gomez Salsa
2 / Eli’s BBQ
3 / LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria

Tapas

1 / Abigail Street
2 / Nada
3 / Mita’s

Thai

1 / Thai Express
2 / Green Papaya
3 / Lemon Grass

Under-the-Radar Restaurant

1 / Incline Public House
2 / Mazunte
3 / Maribelle’s eat + drink

Veggie Burger

1 / Green Dog Café
2 / Park + Vine
3 / Arthur’s

Vegetarian/Vegan Selection

1 / Melt
2 / Green Dog Café;
     Loving Hut (TIE)
3 / Park + Vine

Vietnamese

1 / Pho Lang Thang
2 / Cilantro
3 / Song Long

View From Your Table

1 / Incline Public House
2 / Primavista
3 / Moerlein Lager House

Waitstaff/Service

1 / Jeff Ruby’s Precinct
2 / Boca;
     Sotto (TIE)
3 / Dewey’s Pizza;
     Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse (TIE)

Waterfront Dining

1 / Moerlein Lager House
2 / Montgomery Inn Boathouse
3 / Chart House

Wine Selection

1 / 1215 Wine Bar & Coffee Lab
2 / Cooper’s Hawk
3 / 20 Brix

Wings

1 / Knockback Nat’s
2 / Buffalo Wild Wings
3 / Wild Mike’s