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…

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Cincinnati's Top 10 Barbecue Spots, According to CityBeat Readers
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These Are Cincinnati’s 10 Best Independent Bookstores, as Voted by CityBeat Readers

The Queen City is home to a vibrant community of bookworms. And lucky for them, there are plenty of locally-owned neighborhood bookstores…

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No. 3: Roebling Point Books & Coffee
    306 Greenup St., Covington
    As the name suggests Roebling Point, is both an indie bookstore and community coffee shop. Owner Richard Hunt likes to refer to it as a “third place” — that space that isn’t work or home but feels just as comfortable. Roebling Point has created its niche by providing fair-trade, organic coffee in addition to books and by sharing profound quotes on the chalkboards on the building’s exterior. Multiple rooms house a customer-influenced book inventory. Fiction and non-fiction works rest among local authors, poetry, children’s books and a handful of classics.
    Photo: Francisco Huerta
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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,…

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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.
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Cincinnati's 10 Best Brunch Spots Worth Getting Out of Bed For

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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3. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey
    1201 Broadway St., Pendleton
    It’s biscuit time any time at this frontier-themed eatery. The star of the show — and menu — are baked golden nuggets of goodness. These buttery, soft discs with a close crumb and a browned, lightly bubbled top are present in everything from sandwiches and bowls to sweets. The Gold Shoes has three biscuits and a choice of gravy — Sawmill, Peppercorn or Vegan Tomato. Also check out Aunt Sally’s Shrimp: Thai-inspired lemongrass shrimp with coconut chili gravy, smoked cheddar grits, and diced country ham. A second location will be opening in Union, Kentucky this year.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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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…

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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.
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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…

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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 22 Best Burgers and Veggie Burgers As Voted By You

From backyard grill outs and roadside drive-thrus to gourmet interpretations, these beefy bunned babies are like a slab of comfort food you…

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Overall Burger: 1. Nation Kitchen & Bar
    1200 Broadway St., Pendleton 				
    Nation has been an anchor in the Over-the-Rhine/Pendleton burger scene since 2015 with its inviting atmosphere and simple and delicious menu. Operated by Hickory Wald Hospital-
    ity, their second location is set to open in Westwood later this year. Nation is one of the top-voted burgers destinations the city for two main reasons: 1) the toppings are straightforward, with only one or two extra ingredients in addition to the standard LTOP (aka lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle), keeping the burgers approachable. 2) Nation’s signature double-stacked thin patty allows for double the cheese (aka double the goodness). The most popular burger on the menu is a tie between The Nation Burger (smoked cheddar, whiskey barbecue sauce, onion straws and horseradish aioli) and the Whiskey Bacon (cheddar, bacon, barbecue and apple slaw). 
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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,…

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1. Nation Kitchen & Bar
    1200 Broadway St., Pendleton
    Photo via Facebook.com/nationkitchenandbar
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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 10 Best Brunch Spots, According to CityBeat Readers

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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3. Taste of Belgium
    6 W. Freedom Way, The Banks; 1133 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine; 2845 Vine St., Corryville; 3825 Edward Road, Rookwood
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Cincinnati's Best Restaurants, According to Our Readers

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

By CityBeat Staff

Best New Restaurant (Since March 2019)
    1. Kiki College Hill, facebook.com/kikicollegehill
    2. Libby’s Southern Comfort, libbyssoutherncomfort.com
    3. Chicken Salad Chick, chickensaladchick.com
    4. Goose & Elder, gooseandelder.com
    5. Dead Low Brewing, deadlowbrewing.com
    6. Ripple Wine Bar, ripplewinebar.com
    7. Forty Thieves, fortythievesgang.com
    8. Losanti, losantiotr.com
    9. Tuba Baking Co., facebook.com/tubabakingco
    10. Delwood, delwoodcincy.com
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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36 Deliciously New (and Newish) Cincinnati Restaurants to Eat at Right Now

Hello. Are you hungry? You probably will be at some point today or in the near future (unless you’re a robot). And…

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Charred pulpo
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Where to Find the 10 Best Barbecue Joints in the Queen City

Summertime and barbecue go hand in hand. Cincinnati is full of options for smoked meats, but these were voted the best in…

By CityBeat Staff

1. Eli’s BBQ 
    133 W. Elder St., Over-the-Rhine; 3313 Riverside Drive, Columbia Tusculum
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Where To Find Cincinnati's 10 Best Sushi Restaurants

Sure, maybe it was the soy sauce-addiction talking, but maybe — just maybe — we were motivated by a universal, undeniable love…

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1. Green Papaya
    2942 Wasson Road, Oakley; 4002 Plainville Road, Mariemont
    Photo via Green Papaya Facebook
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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
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Cincinnati's 20 Tastiest Burger Joints You Should Have Tried By Now

Whether you like your burgers thick and beefy, or you're more on the hunt for a hearty, vegetarian-friendly version — we've got…

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Overall Burger (Non-Chain)4. Nation Kitchen and Bar1200 Broadway St., Downtown
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Where To Find Cincinnati's 10 Best Happy Hour Drink Specials

After a hard day's work, we all deserve a frosty brew — or glass of wine or classy cocktail (if that's more…

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1. Queen City Exchange
    32 W. Court St., Downtown
    Dynamically priced draft beer (which ranges from $3.50-$9 depending on supply and demand) until 9 p.m. daily. Market Crash Friday is once a month where all drafts are $3 from 6-9 p.m.
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Everything You Can Look Forward to Enjoying at This Year's Best of Cincinnati Celebration

CityBeat's Best of Cincinnati celebration is right around the corner — March 27 to be exact — which means we're throwing one…

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Everything You Can Look Forward to Enjoying at This Year's Best of Cincinnati Celebration
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Cincinnati's Best Restaurants, as Chosen by CityBeat Readers

Hello. Are you hungry? You probably will be at some point today or in the near future (unless you’re a robot). And…

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Best Menu (Most Innovative) // Best Restaurant Design // Best Restaurant to Take a Foodie
    Boca
    114 E. Sixth St., Downtown, bocacincinnati.com.
     Photo: Provided
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The 19 Best Restaurants in Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky (as Voted on by CityBeat Readers)

This year, CityBeat’s handy annual Dining Guide is a collection of some of the best places to eat in Cincinnati — as…

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Please
    1405 Clay St., Over-the-Rhine, pleasecincinnati.com.
    Tucked away on Clay Street in Over-the-Rhine, Please serves modern and artful small plates. Chef Ryan Santos helmed Please as a gypsy pop-up from 2011 to 2016 and the design of the cozy brick and mortar is note-perfect down to the very instagrammable bathroom (search #pleasepotty for guest selfies with the abstract hand-painted wall tile). It feels like a first-class affair because it is one — each four-course dinner is served with fanfare and attention. Diners can choose from a vegetarian, pescetarian or omnivore menu, although gluten-free options are always available. Please also offers an à la carte and bar menu. 
    Must try: The apple aebleskivers are a unique interpretation of the flavors found in Cincinnati chili — Danish-style apple donut holes are topped with maple and shredded, sweet and caramel-like Norwegian gjetost cheese.
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20 Essential Places to Take a Cincinnati Visitor

This year, Cincinnati placed No. 8 on The New York Times’ list of “52 Places to Go in 2018”–like, in the entire…

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Sip, Bite and Stroll at Findlay Market
    1801 Race St., Over-the-Rhine
    At more than 150 years old, Findlay Market is Ohio’s oldest continually operated public market. Go for the farmers market, butcher shops, flower stalls, OTR Biergarten and eclectic eats.
    Photo: Hailey Bollinger
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Inside Zundo, OTR's New Ramen and Donburi House

Zundo, Over-the-Rhine’s new hot spot for ramen, opened its doors to the public Sept. 14. The restaurant promises “soulful” ramen — a traditional Japanese…

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A spread of some menu items available at Zundo
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