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By Readers · March 29th, 2010 · Eats
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FIRST DATE RESTAURANT: Melting Pot
11023 Montgomery Road, Symmes Twp., 513-530-5501
2. Cheesecake Factory, Kenwood
3. York Street Café, Newport

RESTAURANT WITH A VIEW: Primavista
810 Matson Place, Price Hill, 513-251-6467
2. Montgomery Inn Boathouse, Downtown
3. The Celestial, Mount Adams

RESTAURANT WITH LIVE MUSIC: Arnold’s Bar & Grill
210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-421-6234
2. Dee Felice Café, Covington
3. The Comet, Northside

24/7 RESTAURANT: Anchor Grill
438 Pike St., Covington, 859-431-9498
2. Steak N Shake, multiple locations
3. IHOP, multiple locations

APPETIZERS: Nada
600 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-721-6232
2. Bonefish Grill, Hyde Park/Crescent Springs
3. Cheesecake Factory, Kenwood

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BEST OVERALL RESTAURANT: Montgomery Inn
9440 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-791-3482; 925 Eastern Ave., Downtown, 513-721-7427; 400 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, 859-344-5333
2. The Precinct, 311 Delta Ave., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-321-5454
3. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, 700 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-784-1200
4. Nada, 600 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-721-6232
5. Melt, 4165 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-861-MELT
6. Boca, 3200 Madison, Road, Oakley, 513-542-2022
7. Skyline Chili, Multiple locations, www.skylinechili.com
8. Grand Finale, 3 E. Sharon Road, Glendale, 513-771-5925
9. Honey, 4034 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-541-4300
10. 20 Brix, 101 Main St., Milford, 513-831-2749

ASIAN (NOT CHINESE): Teak Thai
1051 St. Gregory, Mount Adams, 513-665-9800
2. Wild Ginger, Hyde Park
3. Lemon Grass, Hyde Park

BAKERY: The Bonbonerie
2030 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-321-3399
2. Servatii Pastry Shop, multiple locations
3. Busken Bakery, multiple locations

BARBECUE: Montgomery Inn
9440 Montgomery Road, Montgomery, 513-791-3482; 925 Eastern Ave., Downtown, 513-721-7427; 400 Buttermilk Pike, Fort Mitchell, 859-344-5333
2. City Barbeque, multiple locations
3. Walt’s Barbeque, White Oak

BEER SELECTION: The Comet
4579 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-541-8900
2. Hofbrauhaus, Newport
3. Dilly Deli, Mariemont

BREAKFAST: First Watch
Multiple locations
2. Bob Evans, multiple locations
3. The Echo, Hyde Park

BUFFET: Golden Corral
Multiple locations
2. Ruby Tuesdays, multiple locations
3. China Buffet, multiple locations

BURGERS: Zip’s Cafe
1036 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-871-9876
2. Terry’s Turf Club, Columbia-Tusculum
3. Five Guys Burgers and Fries, multiple locations

BURRITOS/WRAPS: Chipotle Mexican Grill
Multiple locations
2. The Comet, Northside
3. Habanero, Clifton/Newport

BUSINESS LUNCH: J. Alexander’s
2629 Edmondson Road, Norwood, 513-531-7495
2. Palomino, Downtown
3. Rock Bottom, Downtown

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BEST NEW RESTAURANT: Five Guys Burgers and Fries
Multiple locations
2. Take the Cake Café, 4035 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-241-2772
3. Green Dog Café, 3543 Columbia Pkwy., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-321-8777
4. Local 127, 127 W. Fourth St., Downtown, 513-721-1345
5. Mayberry, 915 Vine St., Downtown, 513-381-5999
6.

Padrino, 111 Main St., Milford, 513-965-0100
7. Suzie Wong’s, 1544 Madison Road, Walnut Hills, 513-751-3333
8. Newport Pizza Company, 601 Monmouth St., Newport, 859-261-4900
9. Great Scott!, 1020 Ohio Pike, Withamsville, 513-752-4700
10. Virgil’s Café, 710 Fairfield Ave., Bellevue, 859-491-3287

CATERER: Vonderhaar’s Catering
19 W. Pleasant St., Reading, 513-554-1969
2. Jeff Thomas
3. Cooking With Caitlin

CHEAP EATS: Skyline Chili
Multiple locations
2. Chipotle Mexican Grill, multiple locations
3. Zip’s Cafe, Mount Lookout

CHEESESTEAK: Penn Station
Multiple locations
2. Melt, Northside
3. Great Steak & Potato, multiple locations

CHEF: Jean-Robert de Cavel
2. David Falk
3. “Mamma” at Anchor Grill

CHICKEN: Chick-Fil-A
Multiple locations
2. Silver Spring House, Montgomery
3. Ron’s Roost, Bridgetown

CHILI (CHAIN): Skyline Chili
Multiple locations
2. Gold Star, multiple locations
3. Dixie Chili, multiple locations

CHILI (NON-CHAIN): Camp Washington Chili
Hopple and Colerain avenues, Camp Washington,
513-541-0061
2. Price Hill Chili, Price Hill
3. Blue Ash Chili, Blue Ash

CHINESE: P.F. Chang
2633 Edmondson Road, Norwood, 513-531-4567; 9435 Civic Center Blvd., West Chester, 513-779-5555
2. Shanghai Mama’s, Downtown
3. Oriental Wok, Fort Mitchell

COFFEEHOUSE: Starbucks
Multiple locations
2. Coffee Emporium, Downtown/Hyde Park/Xavier University campus
3. College Hill Coffee Co., College Hill

DELI: Izzy’s
Multiple locations
2. McAlister’s Deli, Blue Ash/Kenwood
3. Dilly Deli, Mariemont

DESSERTS: The Bonbonerie
2030 Madison Road, O’Bryonville, 513-321-3399
2. Graeter’s, multiple locations
3. Cheesecake Factory, Kenwood

FRENCH FRIES: Penn Station
Multiple locations
2. Five Guys Burgers and Fries, multiple locations
3. McDonald’s, multiple locations

GERMAN: Hofbrauhaus
200 E. Third St., Newport, 859-491-7200
2. Mecklenburg Gardens, Corryville
3. Christy’s & Lenhardt’s, Clifton Heights

ICE CREAM: Graeter’s
Multiple locations
2. Aglamesis Brothers, Oakley/Montgomery
3. U.D.F., multiple locations

INDIAN: Ambar
350 Ludlow Ave., Clifton, 513-281-7000
2. Baba, Oakley
3. Cumin, Hyde Park

ITALIAN: Pompilio’s
600 Washington Ave., Newport, 859-581-3065
2. Maggianos, Kenwood
3. Bella Luna, East End

KID-FRIENDLY RESTAURANT: Chuck-E-Cheese
Multiple locations
2. Red Robin, multiple locations
3. Skyline Chili, multiple locations

MEDITERRANEAN: Andy’s Mediterranean Grill
906 Nassau St., Walnut Hills, 513-281-9791
2. Myra’s Dionysus, Clifton Heights
3. Café Mediterranean, Anderson Township

MEXICAN: Nada
600 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-721-6232
2. El Rancho Grande, multiple locations
3. Rio Grande, Fort Thomas

OUTDOOR DINING: Arnold’s Bar and Grill
210 E. Eighth St., Downtown, 513-421-6234
2. Arthur’s, Hyde Park
3. Buckhead Grill, Bellevue

PIZZA (CHAIN): Dewey’s
Multiple locations
2. La Rosa’s, multiple locations
3. Donato’s, multiple locations

PIZZA (NON-CHAIN): Adriatico’s
3205 Jefferson Ave., Clifton, 513-281-4344
2. Pomodori’s, Clifton Heights/Montgomery
3. Italianette Pizza, Silverton/Hyde Park

PUB FOOD: The Pub at Rookwood Mews
2692 Madison Road, Norwood, 513-841-2748
2. Claddagh, Newport/Mason
3. Arthur’s, Hyde Park

RAW BAR: The Waterfront
14 Pete Rose Pier, Covington, 859-581-1414
2. McCormick & Schmick’s, Downtown
3. Teak Thai, Mount Adams

ROMANTIC RESTAURANT: Primavista
810 Matson Place, Price Hill, 513-251-6467
2. The Precinct, Columbia-Tusculum
3. Melting Pot, Symmes Township

SALADS: Dewey’s
Multiple locations
2. Panera Bread, multiple locations
3. Melt, Northside

SUB SANDWICHES/HOAGIES: Penn Station
Multiple locations
2. Jimmy John’s, multiple locations
3. Potbelly Sandwich Works, multiple locations

SEAFOOD: Bonefish Grill
2737 Madison Road, Hyde Park, 513-321-5222; 588 Buttermilk Pike, Crescent Springs, 859-426-8666; 7710 Voice of America Centre Dr., West Chester, 513-755-2303
2. Mitchell’s Fish Market, Newport/West Chester
3. McCormick & Schmick’s, Downtown

SOUL FOOD: Knotty Pine on the Bayou
1802 Licking Pike, Cold Spring, 859-781-2200
2. Alabama Fish House, Over-the-Rhine
3. BBQ Review, Madisonville

STEAKS: The Precinct
311 Delta Ave., Columbia-Tusculum, 513-321-5454
2. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Downtown
3. Outback, multiple locations

SUNDAY BRUNCH: First Watch
Multiple locations
2. Grand Finale, Glendale
3. Melt, Northside

SUSHI: Dancing Wasabi
1018 Delta Ave., Mount Lookout, 513-533-9218
2. Teak Thai, Mount Adams
3. Green Papaya, Oakley

TAKEOUT: Chipotle Mexican Grill
Multiple locations
2. Penn Station, multiple locations
3. Frisch’s, multiple locations

TAPAS: Bootsy’s
631 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-241-0707
2. Nada, Downtown
3. Latitudes, Milford

VEGETARIAN: Melt
4165 Hamilton Ave., Northside, 513-861-MELT
2. Myra’s Dionysus, Clifton Heights
3. Ambar, Clifton

WAITSTAFF/SERVICE: Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse
700 Walnut St., Downtown, 513-784-1200
2. The Precinct, Columbia-Tusculum
3. Boca, Oakley

WATERFRONT DINING: Montgomery Inn Boathouse
925 Eastern Ave., Downtown, 513-721-7427
2. The Waterfront, Covington
3. Chart House, Newport

WINE SELECTION: 20 Brix
101 Main St., Milford, 513-831-2749
2. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, Downtown
3. Dilly Deli, Mariemont




 
 
 
 

 

 
03.30.2010 at 09:24 Reply
A friendly suggestion: Make it a rule to disqualify nation chain restaurants. This is supposed to be the Best of Cincinnati, after all.

 

03.30.2010 at 10:12
I couldn't agree more! Starbucks? WTF?

 

04.02.2010 at 01:55
yes

 

03.31.2010 at 11:57 Reply
All I have to say is, this is the absolute worst "best of" I've seen in years of reading CityBeat. Who voted for these places? It's almost too ludicrous to believe. First Watch and Bob Evans beat places like Blue Jay, Tucker's, and The Echo? Starbucks even shows up at all in the ranking of coffee houses?

 

03.31.2010 at 02:18 Reply
Raspberries to the whole lot of of this farce!!!! Best of CINCINNATI my A$$!!!

 

03.31.2010 at 03:32 Reply
Hey CityBeat....how bout this best of......BANG-BANG.....you're DEAD!!! Millions for trollies??? How bout kevlar underware?! At the rate "Sincy's" killing....there'll be at least a thousand dead by Christmas! How's the song go...."Sleep in Heavenly peace!"

 

03.31.2010 at 04:43 Reply
This is pathetic. Look at all the chains: The Cheesedick Factory, Bonefish, 5 guys, Bob Evans, UpchuckRcheese??? What are you people thinking? And Montogomer Inn as Best Restaurant, with Skyline following right behind??? WTF. Montogomery Inn SUCKS ASS.

 

 
 
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