October 14, 2021

25 Great Goetta Dishes from Cincinnati Restaurants

Goetta is one of the humble local food products that Cincinnatians frequently share with first-time visitors. In Southwest Ohio, sausage makers have been combining oats, seasoning, beef and pork into a loaf since the 1800s. The dish was inspired by the German immigrants who settled in the area; they added grain to a mixture of meats to help stretch their pork and beef supply over multiple servings. No longer is goetta merely the historical side dish of choice for our pork-loving city: With so many Tri-State restaurants embracing the possibilities of goetta in their menus, the dish is becoming an art form. Fresh out of a sizzling pan, a slab of goetta is perfectly crisp on the outside, with a savory grit-cake-like interior. Eaters love the hearty crunch and the way bits of goetta meld with other flavors like eggs and potatoes. Alongside Cincinnati chili, goetta holds a special spot in our local hearts. If you haven’t gotten a chance to try it yet, back away from the meat case at the grocery store and try your first bite at one of the many eateries making it central to their menus. Here are some classic and some unique take on the Cincinnati mainstay that might convince even skeptics to give it a try.

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The Porter Sandwich at Cackleberry
Locations vary
Squeezed into a bite-sized vintage trailer, Cackleberry serves up mobile breakfast sandwiches from various pop-up locations. Offering a blend of Cincinnati staples and Filipino-fusion cuisine, their six sandwich options include the Porter — stuffed with goetta, eggs in the style of a Japanese rolled omelet, dijon microgreens, muenster cheese and mustard aioli on a warm brioche bun. Check Cackleberry’s Instagram to see where their trailer will be next.
Photo: instagram.com/eatcackleberry

The Porter Sandwich at Cackleberry

Locations vary
Squeezed into a bite-sized vintage trailer, Cackleberry serves up mobile breakfast sandwiches from various pop-up locations. Offering a blend of Cincinnati staples and Filipino-fusion cuisine, their six sandwich options include the Porter — stuffed with goetta, eggs in the style of a Japanese rolled omelet, dijon microgreens, muenster cheese and mustard aioli on a warm brioche bun. Check Cackleberry’s Instagram to see where their trailer will be next.
Photo: instagram.com/eatcackleberry
Goetta Grilled Cheese at Bellevue Bistro
313 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Bellevue Bistro — a favorite brunch destination — has used the quintessential breakfast meat in a unique and more lunch-y way with their Goetta Grilled Cheese. The grilled cheese combines Meiners Meats goetta, a fried egg and cheddar-jack and American cheese on whole wheat bread with a side of bacon jam and potatoes. 
Photo: facebook.com/bellevuebistroky

Goetta Grilled Cheese at Bellevue Bistro

313 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue
Bellevue Bistro — a favorite brunch destination — has used the quintessential breakfast meat in a unique and more lunch-y way with their Goetta Grilled Cheese. The grilled cheese combines Meiners Meats goetta, a fried egg and cheddar-jack and American cheese on whole wheat bread with a side of bacon jam and potatoes.
Photo: facebook.com/bellevuebistroky
Breakfast Poutine with Goetta Gravy at Northside Yacht Club
4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
A loosely nautically themed Rock club and gastropub, Northside Yacht Club — a self-declared "bar that wakes up once a week to serve you a boozy breakfast" — offers a special Breakfast Poutine for Sunday brunch. The dish features fresh cut fries, NSYC goetta gravy, Wisconsin cheese curds, scallions and a fried egg. 
Photo: northsideyachtclub.com

Breakfast Poutine with Goetta Gravy at Northside Yacht Club

4231 Spring Grove Ave., Northside
A loosely nautically themed Rock club and gastropub, Northside Yacht Club — a self-declared "bar that wakes up once a week to serve you a boozy breakfast" — offers a special Breakfast Poutine for Sunday brunch. The dish features fresh cut fries, NSYC goetta gravy, Wisconsin cheese curds, scallions and a fried egg.
Photo: northsideyachtclub.com
Goetta Hush Puppies at Libby’s Southern Comfort
35 W. Eighth St., Covington
Popular Covington dining destination Libby’s Southern Comfort focuses on delicious and decadent Southern cooking. Their Goetta Hush Puppies are basically deep-fried cornmeal balls infused with Glier's goetta and served with a side of remoulade and citrus-honey cream. 
Photo: facebook.com/libbyssoutherncomfort

Goetta Hush Puppies at Libby’s Southern Comfort

35 W. Eighth St., Covington
Popular Covington dining destination Libby’s Southern Comfort focuses on delicious and decadent Southern cooking. Their Goetta Hush Puppies are basically deep-fried cornmeal balls infused with Glier's goetta and served with a side of remoulade and citrus-honey cream.
Photo: facebook.com/libbyssoutherncomfort
Yo Mama Burger at Arnold’s Bar and Grill
210 E. Eighth St., Downtown
After over 150 years of service, Arnold’s Bar and Grill knows a thing or two about good food, so of course they have a goetta stuffed burger. The super-sized Man v. Food-famous Yo Mamma Burger is made with two 3-ounce burger patties, goetta, a fried egg, hashbrowns, American cheese and chipotle mayo. 
Photo: facebook.com/arnoldsbar"

Yo Mama Burger at Arnold’s Bar and Grill

210 E. Eighth St., Downtown
After over 150 years of service, Arnold’s Bar and Grill knows a thing or two about good food, so of course they have a goetta stuffed burger. The super-sized Man v. Food-famous Yo Mamma Burger is made with two 3-ounce burger patties, goetta, a fried egg, hashbrowns, American cheese and chipotle mayo.
Photo: facebook.com/arnoldsbar"
513 Way at Camp Washington Chili
3005 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington
Dubbed the "513-Way," this dish includes three slabs of Queen City Sausage goetta covered in Cincinnati-style chili, beans, onion and cheese.
Photo: instagram.com/campwashingtonchil

513 Way at Camp Washington Chili

3005 Colerain Ave., Camp Washington
Dubbed the "513-Way," this dish includes three slabs of Queen City Sausage goetta covered in Cincinnati-style chili, beans, onion and cheese.
Photo: instagram.com/campwashingtonchil
Puff Pastry with Goetta at French Crust Café
1801 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Across the street from Findlay Market, Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel's French-bistro-inspired kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. On their breakfast menu, French Crust features a Puff Pastry with Local Goetta, served with a poached egg, hollandaise and piperade. 
Photo: facebook.com/FrenchCrustCafe

Puff Pastry with Goetta at French Crust Café

1801 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
Across the street from Findlay Market, Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel's French-bistro-inspired kitchen serves breakfast, lunch, dinner and desserts. On their breakfast menu, French Crust features a Puff Pastry with Local Goetta, served with a poached egg, hollandaise and piperade.
Photo: facebook.com/FrenchCrustCafe
Goetta Hash at Goose & Elder
1800 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Chef Jose Salazar’s Goose & Elder serves seasonal market-driven dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner. And for the mandatory goetta dish, they have a Goetta Hash during weekend brunch, served with onion, potatoes, gravy and mozzarella and topped with a poached egg. 
Photo: facebook.com/gooseandelder

Goetta Hash at Goose & Elder

1800 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Chef Jose Salazar’s Goose & Elder serves seasonal market-driven dishes for brunch, lunch and dinner. And for the mandatory goetta dish, they have a Goetta Hash during weekend brunch, served with onion, potatoes, gravy and mozzarella and topped with a poached egg.
Photo: facebook.com/gooseandelder
Goetta Eggrolls at Greyhound Tavern
2500 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell
Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, the Greyhound Tavern is a Northern Kentucky staple with a very unique goetta dish. Their Goetta Eggrolls are stuffed with Glier’s goetta and cabbage slaw, and served with Thai chili dipping sauce. 
Photo: facebook.com/greyhoundtavern

Goetta Eggrolls at Greyhound Tavern

2500 Dixie Highway, Fort Mitchell
Open for lunch, dinner and Sunday brunch, the Greyhound Tavern is a Northern Kentucky staple with a very unique goetta dish. Their Goetta Eggrolls are stuffed with Glier’s goetta and cabbage slaw, and served with Thai chili dipping sauce.
Photo: facebook.com/greyhoundtavern
Caviar Sandwich at Blue Ash Chili
9525 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash; 11711 Princeton Pike, Tri-County
Open since 1969, Blue Ash Chili is a Cincinnati chili parlor that takes things a step further with not only 3- 4- and 5-Ways, but also a 6-Way with fresh or fried jalapeno. The diner also serves up the Cincinnati Caviar sandwich, layered with Glier’s goetta, coleslaw, tomato and cheddar cheese on grilled rye. 
Photo: instagram.com/blueashchili

Caviar Sandwich at Blue Ash Chili

9525 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash; 11711 Princeton Pike, Tri-County
Open since 1969, Blue Ash Chili is a Cincinnati chili parlor that takes things a step further with not only 3- 4- and 5-Ways, but also a 6-Way with fresh or fried jalapeno. The diner also serves up the Cincinnati Caviar sandwich, layered with Glier’s goetta, coleslaw, tomato and cheddar cheese on grilled rye.
Photo: instagram.com/blueashchili