Best Of 2018

Best Spot to Get a Non-Cincinnati-Style Chilidog: The Royal

We love our classic cheese coneys with the Queen City’s signature meat sauce, but occasionally you need to eat something a little different. If that’s the mood you’re in next time you’re out getting a lil’ tipsy, try The Royal in Over-the-Rhine. The late-night spot has a few different choices when it comes to delicious meat cylinders topped with other kinds of meat. There’s the Deep South, which features Andouille sausage from local butchers Avril-Bleh topped with pork étouffée, pepper jack cheese and onions. Or go West, my hungry drunkard, and try the Tex-Mex — a chorizo dog from Avril covered in Texas chili, smoked cheddar and onions. The chill lunch counter-like location on Main Street also has a classic Cincinnati coney, of course, as well as healthier fare like killer salads and grain bowls. The Royal, 200 Main St., Over-the-Rhine, facebook.com/royalotr.