Cincinnati's 25 Best Restaurants for Carry-Out Right Now According to Yelp
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, Queen City restaurants have very quickly and rather seamlessly adapted their business models to offer their meals to-go, in addition to dine-in and delivery at certain restaurants. According to everyone's favorite crowd-sourced ratings aggregate site Yelp, these Cincinnati restaurants rank as the top spots to grab your grub for take-out.
Note: This list was created on the afternoon of July 23 and may change.
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3514 Erie Ave., Hyde Park
I've been to Forno a handful of times and the food is always fresh and delicious. I especially like the burrata, goat cheese and honey bruschetta, Elena pizza (has a strong truffle oil and Gorgonzola flavor yummm), tagliatelle bolognese, gnocchi and truffled cream corn (more truffle oil yummm). I haven't tried their brunch but I'd like to try their pancakes sometime.
Even more outstanding than their food is their service. I got held up at work so picked up my order (Elena pizza) one hour after it was ready. Both the woman handling the to-go orders and the chef insisted on preparing a fresh, hot pizza for me free of charge-- even though it was 100% MY FAULT for picking up my order late!! I was shocked by their generosity. On top of that, they gave me free panna cotta after they heard I work in the medical field! I still can't believe I picked up my food late and left with twice as much food plus a dessert for free. Who does that?! I'm blown away by their kindness Erica H.
Photo via Facebook.com/fornoosteriabar
3108 Price Ave., East Price Hill
Hands down the best value tacos I've had at a Mexican restaurant ever. I've had Mazunte, Condado, Los Potrillos, Bakersfield, etc. and each are good in their own right and I wouldn't not eat there. However, Veracruz just hits differently in a most delicious fashion. I haven't had any other entree option except the tacos and that's all the more reason to keep coming back. As long as I can grab a taco here I'm more than satisfied. Plus, it's not a huge dent in my wallet, which is nice. What's so special about Veracruz? Simplicity. They don't do anything gimicky or try to be anything more than an authentic local Mexican restaurant. Edward C.
Photo via Facebook.com/VeracruzMexicanGrill
1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
Love, love, love this place!
Watch the pasta being made.
Take some home to cook, or order some there to eat.
This is a must-stop when you are at Findlay Mkt. (or anywhere near).
You won't find a better fresh-made pasta.
Fantastic personal service as well.
We can't wait to go back. Jen D.
Photo via Facebook.com/FindlayMarket
3922 Edwards Road, Hyde Park
It was 6 o'clock on a Friday when it hit me. The sushi pang.
Having been to this adorable hole in the wall Thai restaurant before, I knew it was the place to go to satisfy my craving. Only 35 minutes later I found myself standing in front of a cheerful Thai woman with my pick-up order nicely packaged in a tray with soy sauce and chopsticks in a brown bag. The sushi was delicious, fresh and three rolls per person was a bit ambitious. My eyes definitely did the ordering this time. All in all, great service and quality. Would recommend it! Rachelle J.
Photo via Facebook.com/AsianaThaiSushi
10400 Reading Road, Evendale
It looks like a typical Chinese restaurant when you enter, but the food here is actually great and not your typical take-out Chinese restaurant. The restaurant was packed at 5pm on a Saturday. Their entrées were different from what you see in most restaurants. The flavors were great and staff were helpful in selecting entrées.
We got the crab Rangoon, dumplings, sichuan sizzling chicken and the sichuan fish (can't remember which one, but it comes in a lot of broth). The two entrées were some of their most popular items according to the waitress and they did not disappoint. The food was extra spicy like the way we ordered it. Ami P.
Photo via Sichuan Chili Chinese Restaurant's Facebook
1400 Republic St., Over-the-Rhine
I had a hard time finding this location and parking was not easy, but boy was it worth it! I love steamed buns, they are light and airy and so soft. These buns were no exception, they were everything they should be. The fillings were delicious. I didn't expect the chicken bun to be made of ground chicken but it was good nonetheless. The beef bun was by far my favorite. The flavor is so savory and the crispy onion bits take it to the next level. The grapefruit shake up was only $3.00 but so tasty! I would easily pay double for it. It reminds me of a grapefruit bubble tea. Also the cucumber salad was slight and fresh. Overall, Boombox is amazing. Go get you some buns! Tiara A.
Photo via instagram.com/boomboxbuns
2004 Worth Ave., Norwood
This place is definitely a hole in the wall. I ordered the club sandwich on wheat $5.30 and I was blown away by the abundant amount of meat and bacon on the sandwich. When my co-workers saw the sandwich they were amazed by the size and price. Some are planning to visit soon. This is my new lunch spot!! I'm excited to try other menu items! (You can't judge a book by it's cover)
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10400 Reading Road, Evendale
Kiss cake is a newly opened Asian bakery in the same strip mall as CAM and Sichuan Chili. If just one more Asian business opened up there, it'd be an Asian central in Cincinnati. The owner is a mother who opened a bakery, with room to expand, to please her daughter, who was unsatisfied with the lack of Asian bakeries in Cincinnati. And thus, Kiss Cake is a mother's response to her daughter's persistent request.
All the cakes, breads, and cookies are typical Asian flavors, and tend to lean more toward traditional Chinese baked goods. She hand makes everything the day of (as explained by the owner) and they contain only the simplest ingredients with no preservatives. Sarah C.
Photo: Google Street View
1106 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
This is a go-to for my office for lunch. I always get their Chita's (either the George Washington or the Nelson Mandela) and they are delicious. They recently switched their menu up a little bit. Lots of the classics are still there, seems like they've just trimmed it down. Their Parmesan garlic tater tots have recently switched to a Parmesan Rosemary. This is a great improvement, total upgrade. The garlic and truffle oil was way too overpowering before and now they are perfect! The environment is super unique and fun, I'd recommend it for lunch, dinner, drinks, etc. It is a little bit of a smaller restaurant so be prepared to wait during busy hours! One of my favs in Cincinnati. Rose R.
Photo via Revolution Rotisserie & Bar Facebook
6625 Gracely Drive, Sayler Park
Buddah Barn is ment to be a dine in experience. Patrons are to sit, relax, and enjoy. That being said, we placed an order for take-out. We were looking for something to enjoy for dinner while checking out nearby 13 Below Brewery. Both establishments have been on my list of places to try for some time, and this seemed like a way to check both out, on a time crunch.
After perusing the Buddha Barn menu online, I called ahead with our order. Pad Thai with chicken, Gaga Gangpa with beef, cashew pineapple with chicken, pineapple fried rice, and meatball skewers were our order. (The Gaga and pineapple cashew chicken both came with steamed jasmine rice.) When they ask what spice level you want they are not playing around. Most of the people in our party love spicy food. We were pleasantly surprised to find this is truly the type of spice one expects from Thai food. The spiciest level we tried was an eight. (We ordered items between two and eight.) The eight was spicy. Half an hour after eating my tounge was still burning. It was a good burn. The kind of burn you know you will crave again later. My favorite was the pad Thai. There was a great balance of flavor. Elyse F.
Photo via buddhabarnthai.com