As if Kings Island couldn’t get any better, they stepped up their game by hosting a slew of food trucks for this weekend only, so we had to get up and check it out. After getting distracted by The Beast and Banshee (we couldn’t resist), we headed over to the center of the park to see what kind of thrills the food trucks were offering up, and we weren’t disappointed. From a real “Beast” to a chilly surprise, we had a little bit of everything to give us an added bit of excitement to a day that was already adventurous. The good news for you? All of these magnificent creations are local, and the food festival runs through tomorrow, June 5th. There’s no better time for a visit…

1. Take on A Real “Beast” From U-Lucky Dawg


Just like the real Beast at Kings Island, this dog was long and took some time to finish… but it was everything we needed in life. Weighing in at a whopping full pound and loaded with BBQ and onion straws, the Memphis Dawg was incredible. In fact, we rank it among the best of hot dogs we’ve ever had, and that’s coming from two people who visit Chicago quite often. Some people may say that all hot dogs are created equal, but it’s just not true. Taste, and size, really do matter in this case. 😉

Thrill Level: Because of its epic size… The Beast.

2. Take The Sugar Cookie Bar From Sugarnap! for A Spin


Sometimes you just want to take a smooth ride with someone sweet, or, in this case, something sweet. But don’t sleep on that sugar rush, because we got it from this beautiful, sprinkled delight… big time. Layered with Vanilla Bean Buttercream and coated with a colorful parade of sprinkles, this soft Sugar Cookie is ideal for anyone looking for the perfect dessert. Plus they have a number of other creative cupcakes to choose from.

Thrill Rating: Because of the sudden sugar rush… Flight of Fear.

3. Enjoy The Classic Slice of Pepperoni From Slice Slice Baby


Sometimes you just want to take it easy and go for something you know and love, and who doesn’t love a good, old-fashioned hunk of pepperoni pizza? With the perfect amount of gooey cheese and a sweet sauce, this reminded us of the days of old, when we’d come to the park for the Scooby Doo rides in Hannah Barbara Land and annoy our parents to buy us more pizza than we could eat. Prepare for the nostalgia with this wonderful hunk of pie.

Thrill Level: Because it reminds us of the good ol’ days… The Racer.

4. Take A Chilly Dive Into 12 Degrees Italian Ice


It’s not every day that we experience something that we’ve never had before, but this is a different story. We thought we knew Italian Ice, but the texture of this took us for a loop and threw a corkscrew in our perspective on frozen treats. The flavor was spot on and didn’t taste synthetic at all. Just like ice cream, they freeze it in batches and the results are nothing short of incredible. Our recommendation: Chocolate. Complete with little slices of chocolate within, it’s something special. Yeah, you have to take the dive and give it a try…

Thrill Level: Because it threw us for a loop… Banshee.

5. Elevate Your Tastebuds with East Coast Eatz’s Cheesesteak

philly cheesesteak

Here at CityNova, we appreciate complexity, especially from food trucks. East Coast Eatz has reached the pinnacle with their loaded, overflowing Philly Cheesesteak. Packed with fresh veggies and a ton of savory steak, you’ll appreciate the attention to detail that goes in to every one of their creations. With a fresh new truck and plenty of options to customize what you get, this is one that’s sure to raise your standards on what you expect from every cheesesteak you try.

Thrill Level: Since our tastebuds reached new heights… Diamondback.

The best part is that there are so many other great options to try. We were filled with thrills from the food, but we were also, well… filled. We couldn’t eat another bite. If we could, we’d have eaten something from every truck, but our bodies wouldn’t allow it. Regardless, you have to get in and see what all the buzz is about with our food truck scene in Cincinnati. 


Matt Teaford is a meatatarian, craft beer enthusiast, and follower of his spirit animal, which he believes to be a Kodiak Bear. He can often be found hiking in the backwoods of Kentucky or bragging about both his hometown of Cincinnati and expansive knowledge of music. Except Polka. He knows nothing about Polka.

Matt founded CityNova because he wants people to experience life for all that it’s worth. He also thinks that nap time should be offered by all employers. Since he found no such opportunity, he thought a startup might be his best chance.

He’s also a political Independent who vies for true transparency and accountability in government, but that’s neither here nor there…



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