10 of the Best Cincinnati Chili Stories from 2021

As residents of the Queen City, Cincinnati-style chili is frequently on our minds (and in our mouths). Here are some of our…

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Stephen Colbert Found Cincinnati Chili 'Confusing'
A Late Show with Stephen Colbert's Stephen Colbert wanted to make sure people voted this Election Day, so he crafted a state-by-state guide "explaining how to vote easily, early and safely." To introduce the concept and the upcoming state infomercials, he made an all-encompassing video. He cited some examples of the random rules that apply to each location before making Cincinnati's beloved dish the butt of joke. "Some states do not allow you to cite coronavirus as a reason to vote absentee. Some states automatically send you an absentee request form, but not a ballot, and some states put chili on top of their spaghetti," he said. "That has nothing to do with the election, but come on Cincinnati, it's confusing."
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We'll Miss These Greater Cincinnati Bars and Restaurants That Closed in 2021

The pandemic has not been kind to the hospitality industry. The Ohio Restaurant Association says more than 3,000 restaurants have shuttered across…

By CityBeat Staff

​​Postmark
3410 Telford St., Clifton
Clifton Gaslight's sophisticated fine dining eatery Postmark closed in June. The restaurant, helmed by chef Brad Bernstein of Red Feather Kitchen, opened in 2017, closed briefly in 2019 and reopened after a few months with a focus on private events and dinner series. After the pandemic hit in March of 2020, the restaurant temporarily closed and reopened in the late summer as a bottle shop and then eventually began offering carry-out and dine-in service. The team behind the restaurant announced via Facebook they made the decision to close Postmark to focus on reopening Dutch's Larder in July.
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29 Tiny Cincinnati Restaurants You Should've Visited By Now

These quaint Queen City eateries range from authentic Thai cuisine to tasty taquerias and burger joints and what they lack in size, they…

By CityBeat Staff

Cincy Steak and Lemonade
    2607 Vine St., Clifton
    Cincy Steak and Lemonade offers everything from burgers and gyros to cheesesteaks and chicken sandwiches — not to mention their super colorful lemonades, with flavors ranging from rainbow to blue raspberry, and pina colada. With only a few booths in the restaurant, it’s a cozy spot for fast, casual bites.
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Cincinnati's Top 25 Italian Restaurants According to Yelp

While Cincinnati isn't known as an Italian food mecca — we boast more about our German heritage than anything else — we…

By CityBeat Staff

6. Scotti’s Italian Restaurant
    919 Vine St., Downtown
    "Good food great atmosphere great staff Wonderful way to start your special evening with a glass of wine, bowl of delicious soup, Scotti's salad and your entree. If you leave hungry, it's your problem." — Stephanie R.
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25 Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives Restaurants Within Driving Distance of Cincinnati

Welcome to Flavortown. Guy Fieri is well known for his hit show Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives, on which he travels all over the…

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Melt Bar and Grilled
    14718 Detroit Ave., Lakewood
    Season 8, Episode 6
    Fieri sampled dozens of grilled cheese sandwiches at Melt Bar and Grilled at its original location in Lakewood back in Season 8. And yes, he seemed to enjoy them all.
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These Are Some of the Oldest Bars in Cincinnati for When You Want to Grab a Historic Drink

Settled is 1788, Cincinnati is definitely an old city, so it makes sense we have quite the collection of historic drinking establishments.…

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O'Malleys In the Alley
25 W. Ogden Place, Downtown
This downtown classic labels itself as “Cincinnati’s Second Oldest Bar” right behind Arnold's Bar & Grill. You can get a beer or an iced-cold mixed drink here, but they also serve food. Grab a fish sandwich, a reuben or check out the Ultimate Italian Smasher made with capicola, pepperoni, salami, provolone and banana peppers.
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26 Essential Over-the-Rhine Restaurants You Should Have Tried By Now

Cincinnati's bustling Over-the-Rhine neighborhood has developed a glittering reputation when it comes to its top-notch food offerings. From decade-old culinary staples to…

By CityBeat Staff

Pepp & Dolores
    1501 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine
    Inspired by Sunday dinners at Thunderdome co-founders Joe and John Lanni's grandparents' house, the restaurant aims to embody the spirit and hospitality from those special evenings while honoring their family. The menu at Pepp & Dolores features housemade pastas — like the pomodoro, a butternut and mascarpone pasta and a lobster and Sunday sauce pasta— along with a focus on shareable dishes, salads and bread.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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23 Under-the-Radar Restaurants You Must Try in Cincinnati

With so many new restaurants and bars throughout the city, it's easy for a few to fall through the cracks. While OTR's…

By CityBeat Staff

Wunderbar!
    1132 Lee St., Covington
    Wunderbar! is one of those restaurants that’s considered a “hidden gem.” The authentic German-inspired menu features housemade wursts with locally sourced meats, like the restaurant’s super popular currywurst — a peculiar invention of post-World War II Germany. It’s a spiced sausage served with a ketchup-Worcestershire-curry sauce. The rotating sausage menu is written on a blackboard behind the bar, but a must-try is the giant pretzel, a gigantic, plate-sized pretzel that easily complements any of the bar’s refreshing beers. 
    Photo: Wunderbar Facebook
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25 Cincinnati Bars Where You Probably Won't Run Into Anyone from High School

You may either be making a stop in your hometown and definitely in need of a drink or may be a proud…

By CityBeat Staff

The Hi-Mark
    3229 Riverside Drive, East End
    Named in honor of the great flood that washed over Cincinnati in 1937, this bar keeps its patrons afloat with a selection of Vietnamese-inspired dishes. The bar pours a solid variety of beer, wine and spirits and there's plenty of seating inside and out. If you're hungry, try their pulled-pork bánh mì made with Eli's BBQ or chicken wings with gochujang sauce. Fries, salads and Lang Thang Chili, a Vietnamese style beef stew, are some local favorites. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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The Real Drinker's Guide to 24 Cincinnati's Essential Dive Bars

The Queen City is home to dozens of hip and trendy bars that offer excellent Instagram photo ops and cute bathrooms, but…

By CityBeat Staff

City View Tavern
    403 Oregon St., Mt. Adams
    A hillside dive and home of one of the best spicy bloody marys and best views in town. The burgers are damn tasty, too. Meet the Big Ted Deluxe: eight ounces of griddle-cooked, handmade beef patty with American cheese, mustard, lettuce, pickles, mayo, onion, ketchup, tomatoes, served in a plastic basket with a bag of chips. 
    Photo: Holden Mathis
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25 of Cincinnati's Most Delicious Hole-in-the-Wall Restaurants

Cincinnati is home to hundreds of different restaurants, ranging from upscale steakhouses to mobile food trucks. We have a diverse variety of…

By CityBeat Staff

Thai Express
    213 W McMillan St., Clifton
    This little gem brings authentic Thai cooking and culture to Cincinnati. Located in Clifton, Thai Express has been fueling students and professionals for over 20 years. Their signature Pad Thai dish is a favorite among many, but do not be fooled; the number of delicious traditional dishes span way beyond that.
    Photo: Paige Deglow
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Cincinnati-Based Restaurant Chains That Are Actually Good

From cheese coneys to Big Boys, there are plenty of popular chain restaurants that have Cincinnati roots. And by "chain," we mean…

By CityBeat Staff

Skyline Chili 3-Way
    Multiple Locations
    The history of Cincinnati-style chili goes back to the 1920s, when it was invented by Greek immigrants who used Mediterranean-inspired spices to create a meat sauce used initially to top hot dogs sold out of a cart. The beef-based sauce — it’s kind of like a runny pasta sauce with hints of cinnamon, chocolate and other spices — eventually became the key ingredient in the 3-way, a plate of pasta topped with chili, an unnecessary amount of shredded cheddar cheese and a side of oyster crackers. Adding onions to the 3-way makes it a 4-way; onions and beans make a 5-way. Local chain Skyline Chili was founded by Greek immigrant Nicholas Lambrinides in 1949, inspired by his mother's family recipes from their hometown of Kastoria, Greece. In an eternal regional chili war, locals are divided over whether Skyline has the best chili and the other popular local chain, Gold Star, is for losers, or if it’s the other way around. You’ll find die-hard supporters of both. But if you want to go non-chain, there are more than 250 chili parlors in Cincinnati — restaurants big and small offering their own take on this regional favorite. Most people, however, start with Skyline.
    Photo via Facebook.com/SkylineChili
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29 Iconic Cincinnati Restaurants to Take Out-of-Towners

From classic staples like Skyline and LaRosa's to new favorites such as Pearlstar and Pho Lang Thang, the Queen City has many…

By CityBeat Staff

Taft’s Ale House 
    1429 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
    Located inside a former church, the building is an ode to Cincinnatian and former President William Howard Taft. The multi-floor brewpub maintains some of the sanctuary’s charm (like the bell tower). The 14 beers on tap and a menu focused on tri-tip beef are practically begging you to spend Saturday afternoon drinking there.
    Photo: Jesse Fox
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Cincinnati Restaurants & Bars with Igloos, Heated Patios and Fire Pits for Outdoor Drinking

The weather is cooling down, and area bars and restaurants are heating up their outdoor spaces to offer safe and warm seating…

By CityBeat Staff

Cincinnati Restaurants & Bars with Igloos, Heated Patios and Fire Pits for Outdoor Drinking
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Inside Quan Hapa's Newly Renovated Over-the-Rhine Restaurant

Over-the-Rhine Asian gastropub Quan Hapa has set an official reopening date after the restaurant closed in early October to undergo what they refer…

By CityBeat Staff

Inside Quan Hapa's Newly Renovated Over-the-Rhine Restaurant
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24 of the Oldest Restaurants in Greater Cincinnati You Have to Try

While it's hard to ignore Cincinnati's booming restaurant scene, it's incredibly important to pay homage to the restaurants that have stood the…

By CityBeat Staff

Herb & Thelma’s Tavern
    718 W. Pike St., Covington
    Open in 1939 as Heine’s Café, the small drop-ceilinged dining room is what some may call a “hole in the wall.” Their incredibly friendly staff serves up simple but delectable made-to-order burgers. Their speciality is a  juicy meat patty topped with cheese, onions and pickles; a short list of sides includes chili, soup or Husman’s chips. 
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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All the $9 Pizzas You Can Eat During Cincinnati Pizza Week Nov. 8-14

Cincinnati Pizza Week is returning for its sixth year. For seven days, Nov. 8-14, pizza lovers will have the opportunity to visit…

By CityBeat Staff

All the $9 Pizzas You Can Eat During Cincinnati Pizza Week Nov. 8-14
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Cincinnati's 28 Best Pizza Joints, as Selected by CityBeat Staff and Readers

Ask any person what their favorite food is, and one of the top answers is likely to be “pizza.” Not only because…

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St. Francis Apizza
    3392 Erie Ave., East Hyde Park
    In true hidden gem fashion, St. Francis Apizza’s brick-and-mortar location in East Hyde Park doesn’t look like anything special. It’s a clean, well-lit little kitchen and counter designed only for customers to pick up their order; no dine-in at present. Once that pizza box is open, though, things start to get great. “Apizza” distinguishes itself from a pizza with its thin-yet-airy crisp and slightly charred crust, achieved by a coal-fired oven. Review the menu and you’ll find a point of origin for nearly all the ingredients on your pie, with a special emphasis on local, ethically grown produce and meats that are sourced only a short drive from the pizzeria. If you don’t eat the crust, you don’t deserve this apizza. Note: St. Francis changed its name from Parlor Pizza Project earlier this year.
    Best Bite: If you want to deeply offend a hyperbolous, opinionated pizza-purist prone to overreactions, order the signature Pineapple & Bee’s BBQ Pork Belly Burnt Ends and prove that pineapple absolutely belongs on pizza. — Sean M. Peters
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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These Vibrant, Psychedelic Gelatin Creations Were Made by Greater Cincinnati's Calliope Sweets

Consider, if you will, the gelatin mold. Sixty years ago you’d be hard-pressed to find a household that didn’t have one nestled…

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Orange blossom jellyscape
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Cincinnati's 25 Best Restaurants Right Now According to Yelp

The Queen City is full of diverse and delicious restaurants and, subsequently, plenty of online food reviewers. These Yelpers have some interesting…

By CityBeat Staff

6. Mighty Good: Meat n’ Three
    1819 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
    ”It's Mighty Good! The food is great.  The price is right! Best value in OTR. Been a few times and all the meat choices are great.  Loved the corn bread and the grits.  But can't go wrong no matter what you pick.” — Joe H. 
    Photo: Catie Viox
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Everything We Saw at This Weekend's Cincinnati Coffee Festival, the Midwest's Largest Coffee and Tea Fest

The fourth Cincinnati Coffee Festival took over Music Hall this weekend. Labeled the "largest coffee and tea festival in the Midwest," the…

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Everything We Saw at This Weekend's Cincinnati Coffee Festival, the Midwest's Largest Coffee and Tea Fest
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25 Cincinnati Brunch Spots Worth Getting Out of Bed For

Whether it's a hungover weekend morning or a trip out with your kids or both, there are many brunch spots to enjoy…

By CityBeat Staff

Cedar
    701 Main St., Covington
    Cedar has been successful with its mission to take diners on a one-hour vacation through food and experience. Guests can unplug, relax and escape while enjoying comfort food and craft cocktails at their restaurants. Enjoy The Hangover, a dish with a layer of spicy chorizo resting underneath a blanket of sunny-side-up eggs. Beneath those are homemade, steaming breakfast potatoes. Fresh jalapen?o compliments the creaminess of the avocado slices and the tang of the housemade pico de gallo.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Where to Find Birria Tacos in Cincinnati

Birria tacos are hot right now — and not just because they’re literally smothered in savory meat juice. The Mexican-based dish has…

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Agave & Rye
    Multiple locations including 3825 Edwards Road, Norwood; 635 Madison Ave., Covington; 7125 Fountain View Drive, Liberty Township
    This Covington-based taco chain is known for its “epic” tacos and decor. At Agave & Rye you can find a large selection of over-the-top tacos, chips and dips and over 90 varieties of tequila. If kangaroo tacos or french fry-stuffed tacos don’t tickle your fancy, try the lauded birria taco. This street taco is stuffed with braised beef, oaxaca cheese, cilantro, guajillo chilies and onion, and served with a side of consommé dipping sauce.
    Photo: Facebook.com/AgaveandRye
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See Inside the Newly Opened The Baker's Table Bakery in Newport

Favorite Newport dining destination The Baker’s Table has opened a new bakery across the street from the restaurant. The Baker’s Table Bakery…

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See Inside the Newly Opened The Baker's Table Bakery in Newport
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25 New Greater Cincinnati Bars & Restaurants You Need To Try

Fall is here and it's time to try some new culinary offerings. The Queen City is stacked with recent restaurant and bar…

By CityBeat Staff

Somerset
    139 E. McMicken Ave., Over-the-Rhine
    This sprawling new drinking and dining destination offers an immersive escape from the hustle and bustle of the city. Somerset features two bar spaces — one in the plant-filled and glass-roofed conservatory and another in the cozy lounge space. The grounds are also home to a double-decker bus that has been converted into a kitchen with a rooftop seating area (run by the team behind Mazunte); and, the pièce de résistance, Somerset's awe-inspiring garden space, loaded with tropical plants, unique seating nooks and imported pieces from co-founder and creative lead James Fisher's collection, as well as the collections of his friends and family.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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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…

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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"
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Everything We Saw at Asian Food Fest This Weekend

After taking a hiatus in 2020 due to COVID, Cincinnati's Asian Food Fest returned for its 10th anniversary on Oct. 9 and…

By CityBeat Staff

Everything We Saw at Asian Food Fest This Weekend
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Inside Mighty Good: Meat n’ Three Southern Restaurant at Findlay Market

Some seriously Southern food has arrived near Findlay Market. Mighty Good: Meat n’ Three on Elm Street opened its doors Oct. 8.…

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Chef Travis Maier, formerly the culinary director for Jeff Ruby Culinary Entertainment, will manage the Findlay Culinary Training Program. Chef Ricky Denny, a Findlay Culinary Program grad, will act as sous chef at Mighty Good and help students during their internship.
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All the $2 Tacos You Can Eat During Cincinnati Taco Week, Oct. 11-17

What's better than Taco Tuesday? A whole week of cheap tacos. And thanks to Cincinnati Taco Week, that's what the Queen City…

By CityBeat Staff

Lalo Chino Latino
    26 W. Court St., Downtown
    Asian Pork Taco: Grilled pork, cucumber, carrot, jalapenos, cilantro aioli.
    Tofu Meatball Taco: Tofu, jicama, onions, tomatoes salsa, cilantro.
    Chicken Tinga Taco: Shredded chicken, onions, cilantro, lettuce, queso fresco.
    Karrikin Blaze Tequila Special: $12 for 3 tacos and a Karri-Lalo Margarita; $6 Karrikin Margarita Fizz
    Photo: Lalo Chino Latino
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The Best Worst Twitter Reactions to Cincinnati Chili

Cincinnati chili can be a very divisive topic — some people love it and, for some reason, a lot of people seem…

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The Best Worst Twitter Reactions to Cincinnati Chili
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