Best Of 2021

Best Of Cincinnati Eats (Staff Picks): Cincinnati's best eats picks as selected by CityBeat staff

Best Of Cincinnati Eats (Staff Picks)


Staff Picks

Best Sunday Pizza Pop-Up to Open a Brick-and-Mortar

Best Psychedelic Gelatin Creations

Best Way to Increase Outdoor Dining (and Drinking) Options in Cincinnati

Best Taste of Honduras without Leaving Kentucky

Best Reason to Wake Up Before 9 a.m. on a Saturday

Best Hot Chocolate Bombs

Best Peanut Butter Curry Donuts

Best Century-Old Pickle Purveyor

Best Coffee Pop-Up Shop

Best Egg Hoagie

Best Scratch-Made-Tortilla-Slinging Taco Truck That Will Leave You Craving More

Best Tater Tot Waffles

Best Tater Tot Nacho Bowl

Best Roman-Style Artichokes

Best Focaccia Sandwich You Can Only Get On Saturdays

Best Stripmall Sub Shop

Best Farmers Market Pickles with a Kick

Best Vegetarian “Chicken” Nugget

Best Vegan Wings

Best Fake Popeyes Sandwich

Best Chili Melt

Best Green Beans

Best Type of War

Best Expansive Vegetarian Options at an Indian Restaurant (That Isn’t Strictly Vegetarian)

Best Upscale Riff on a Classic 3-Way

Best Fake Fast Food Franchise

Best Almost-Unachievable Deep-Fried Coney Challenge

Best Use of Walnuts

Best Homemade Black Bean Burger

Best Sunday Self-Care Smoothie

Best Curry Dumpling

Best Taco Pop-Up to Find a New Place to Park

Best Trompe-L’Oeil Treats

Best Traditional Japanese Kaiseki Dinner

Best German Spaghetti Ice Cream

Best Way to Make Sotto or Boca at Home

Best Grandma-Inspired Small-Batch Covington Bake Shop

Best Reopening of a Thai Favorite

Best 150-Year-Old Birthday Cake

Best Alternative to Asian Food Fest

Best Food Legends We Said Goodbye To

Best Community-Minded Creamy Whip

Best Adult Happy Meal

Best Farmers Market Tech Innovation

Best Pasta at Pompilio’s That Isn’t Made with Red Sauce

Best Sausage Spot to Replace Kroeger & Sons Meats in Findlay Market

Best Sweet Potato Latte

Best Floral Matcha Latte

Best Wild One-Day-Only Lattes

Best Retro Breakfast Expansion

Best Local Meal Kit Service

Best Kitchen Collective Supporting the Local Food Community

Best Puerto Rican Pop-Up Turned Permanent

Best Free Fridge

Best Toilet Paper with a Side of Fried Chicken

Best Restaurant Worker Relief Center

Best Coffee Subscription

Best Random Acts of Cheese

Best Curry Jalapeño Hot Sauce

Best Eateries Getting National Recognition

Best Fry Sauce

Best Relocation of a Late-Night Staple

Best Frozen Momos

Best Local Bike Courier and Food Delivery Service

Best Syrian Flatbread Wrap

Best Transformation from a Seafood Chain to a Sprawling Foodie Destination

Best Cantonese-Style Wontons

Best Second Sweet Spot