Every year, hundreds of thousands of people flock down to the heart of Cincinnati to sample the best that the city has to offer. Every year, people gorge themselves full until they feel like they can’t take another step. Let’s be real for a second, though, there are only so many loops on a belt, and you can only loosen it so much. We know there are a lot of options, and most of them are delicious, but here’s our list of Taste essentials…

1. Veal Meatballs – Via Vite

Photo Credit: Out and Outfit

Always stationed right in the heart of the city, you could say that Via Vite has a pretty solid feel for what Cincinnatians love when it comes to food, and they definitely hit the mark with their Veal Meatballs. Coated in a delectable sauce and just the right size for sampling, this is the perfect first stop on your trip.

2. Grilled Cheese Donut – Tom+Chee


If, by some chance, you haven’t heard that Tom+Chee makes these ridiculously delicious creations, it’s time to get up to speed. Luckily for you, they’ll be frying up these Grilled Cheese Donuts all weekend long. If you already knew, then it’s time to remind yourself of just how incredible they taste.

3. Pulled Pork Sandwich with Slaw – Eli’s BBQ


If you’re from the East Side, you’ve probably spent plenty of time out on the picnic tables, enjoying the laid back environment and BYOB policy at Eli’s. If you’re from anywhere else in town other than OTR, where they have a small location in Findlay Market, you’re missing out and the best way to find yourself back in the loop is by munching down on the savory taste of their Pulled Pork Sandwich. Something tells us a lot of people are going to be driving from all over the place to have more Eli’s after this weekend.

4. BBQ Bacon Mac & Cheese – Keystone


We know you love Mac & Cheese. Well, so do we, and these days restaurants are getting creative in how they present this classic. This takes us to Keystone’s BBQ Bacon Mac & Cheese. Yes, you heard that right. BBQ + Bacon + Mac. What a time to be alive.

5. Flying Pig Roll – Stone Bowl


Paying homage to the traditional Flying Pig of Cincinnati, you won’t find a more delicious sushi roll at Taste of Cincinnati. Light and packed with flavor, this tasty roll will give you plenty of taste without filling you up. Hey, you have to leave a lot of room to try everything…

6. The Classic Reuben – Izzy’s


One of the staples of the Queen City, Izzy’s has been in Cincinnati for over 100 years. With all that time to perfect the recipe, you know that this Reuben is one you can’t miss. Piled high with sauerkraut, corned beef, their special sauce, and imported swiss cheese, this epic sandwich speaks for itself.

7. The Bee Sting – C’est Cheese Food Truck


With the kind of food truck scene we have in Cincinnati, it would be treachery not to include at least one on this list. A spin on the classic Grilled Cheese, this creation is like having a slice of pizza in grilled cheese form. Stuffed with mozzarella, pepperoni, and basil-infused honey, this beauty is both unique and scrumptious.

8. Sea Salt Caramel & Bourbon Whipped CreamWaffles – Marty’s


Well, looks like there’s another food truck taking a spot on our list. I mean, who doesn’t like waffles, right? Great as either a dessert or snack, this Belgian Style Waffle is topped with sea salt, caramel, and bourbon whipped cream to give it a taste that is sweet, salty, and delicious.

9. 3-Way – Skyline Chili


Surprisingly, for the first time ever, Skyline Chili is making its debut at Taste of Cincinnati. We all know that there’s nothing more “Cincinnati” than Skyline Chili. Walking through the streets of the city provides the perfect background as you munch on this Cincinnati favorite.

Bonus Round: Don’t miss out on Aglamesis Brother’s Caramel Sundae if you’ve saved room for dessert!

What else are you looking forward to about Taste of Cincinnati? Let us know in the comment box!

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…



Posted in Eat

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *