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…

By CityBeat Staff

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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Cincinnati's Top 10 Barbecue Spots, According to CityBeat Readers

Hungry for some meat that's been smoked, pulled or slathered in barbecue sauce? Look no further than this list to sate your…

By CityBeat Staff

Cincinnati's Top 10 Barbecue Spots, According to CityBeat Readers
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These Are Cincinnati's 10 Best New Bars, According to CityBeat Readers

Despite the challenges faced by the bar and restaurant industry throughout the COVID pandemic, folks still found ways to support new local…

By CityBeat Staff

Owned by husband and wife duo Amy and Tom Fessler, when designing the space and menu, they found a great deal of inspiration from a vacation to California's Venice Beach.
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Here's Where to Find Cincinnati's Best Takeout Restaurants

CityBeat has been in the business of curating the Best Of Cincinnati® for more than two decades, highlighting the city’s most outstanding selections in Eats,…

By CityBeat Staff

No. 5 Best Takeout: Gomez Salsa
    107 E. 12th St., Over-the-Rhine
    Gomez Salsa in Over-the-Rhine has a walk-up takeout window, so it's no wonder it made it on this list of best takeout. Between Gomez's signature turtles — a burrito-sized tortilla stuffed with meat, veggies, salsa and sauce and sealed with a crunchy cheesy kiss — tacos, burritos and fresh drinks, there is something for everyone. Gomez also has a restaurant in Walnut Hills for sit-down dining.
    Photo: Lindsay McCarty
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These Are Cincinnati's 10 Best Breweries, as Voted by CityBeat Readers

CityBeat has been in the business of curating the Best Of Cincinnati® for more than two decades, highlighting the city’s most outstanding selections in Eats,…

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5. MadTree Brewing Co.
    3301 Madison Road, Oakley
    At MadTree Brewing, you can support the environment one beer at a time. This brewery is dedicated to more than providing local, craveable beer: MadTree donates 1% of its proceeds to nonprofits that strive toward environmental sustainability. Founded in 2013, MadTree’s main attraction is the big-ass beer garden, with 32 MadTree-exclusive taps, ambient lighting and an industrial brick facade leftover from the building’s factory days. There’s more than enough space to accommodate all the beer-drinking, cornhole-playing, dog-loving humans that hang at the brewery on the regular. 
    Photo: facebook.com/madtree
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Cincinnati's 10 Best Rooftop Bars to Visit This Summer

Yes, sweet summertime will be here before you know it... which means it's time to figure out which local rooftop bars you…

By CityBeat Staff

1. Rhinegeist
    1910 Elm St., Over-the-Rhine
    Rhinegeist has worked quickly over the past half-decade to become one of the city’s favorite local brewers.  Their 25,000-square-foot warehouse tucked away on the north end of Elm is home to boozy alchemy and big house parties. Head upstairs to the weather-dependent giant patio. This very chill wooden rooftop deck features ample seating and an upstairs bar with more than a dozen draft beers and ciders, plus a selection of wine and draft cocktails.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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These are Cincinnati's Best Restaurants, According to CityBeat Readers

Every year, CityBeat publishes the Best of Cincinnati, wherein readers and staffers alike decide which bars are the booziest, which people are…

By CityBeat Staff

Best New Restaurant
    1. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com
    2. The Governor, governordiner.com
    3. Fifty West Burger Bar, fiftywestbrew.com
    4. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com
    5. Khora, khorarestaurant.com
    6. Galactic Fried Chicken, galacticfriedchicken.com
    7. Pepp & Dolores, peppanddolores.com
    8. Dear Restaurant & Butchery, dear-restaurant.com
    9. Taqueria 251, taqueria2five1.com
    10. OTR Chili Co., otrchilico.com
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Cincinnati's 10 Best Burger Spots, Ranked by Our Readers

CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati issue has officially arrived, highlighting the city’s most outstanding Arts & Culture, Eats, Shops & Services, Music & Nightlife,…

By CityBeat Staff

1. Nation Kitchen & Bar
    1200 Broadway St., Pendleton
    Photo via Facebook.com/nationkitchenandbar
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Greater Cincinnati's 11 Best New Bars to Grab a Drink

CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati issue has officially arrived, highlighting the city’s most outstanding Arts & Culture, Eats, Shops & Services, Music & Nightlife,…

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1. (TIE) Jerry's Jug House
    414 E. Seventh St., Newport
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Cincinnati's 10 Best New Restaurants, as Voted by Our Readers

CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati issue has officially arrived, highlighting the city’s most outstanding Arts & Culture, Eats, Shops & Services, Music & Nightlife,…

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Entrance of Libby's
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Cincinnati's 13 Best Pizza Places to Grab a Slice

CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati issue has officially arrived, highlighting the city’s most outstanding Arts & Culture, Eats, Shops & Services, Music &…

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Best Neighborhood Pizza Joint (West Side)
    1. Trotta's Pizza & Drive Thru, trottaspizza.net
    2. LaRosa's Family Pizzeria, larosas.com
    3. Dewey's Pizza, deweyspizza.com
    Photo: Jesse Fox
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Cincinnati's 10 Best Restaurants for a First Date

From casual eateries to sophisticated spots with moody dining rooms or spectacular views of the city, these local dining destinations were voted…

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1. Sotto
    118 E. Sixth St., Downtown
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Bet on the Bay Horse

A neon memory of old Cincinnati hangs at 625 Main St. — one that dates back to pre-Prohibition days. A trotting horse,…

The historic Bay Horse reopened this summer after co-owners and partners Fred Berger and Lori Meeker spent the past two and half years restoring the building.
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2016 Best of Cincinnati

Photos by Jesse Fox, Hailey Bollinger, Ellie Middleton and Catie Viox 

2016 Best of Cincinnati
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