We have a serious love affair with Bar-B-Q around here. So it's lucky for us that we have so many great choices of places to get it right here in Greater Cincinnati. My family would eat barbeque every single day if I let them. Craving the meat? I've put together a list of a few of our favorites. Check out these fantastic places to grab a bite.
Because who doesn't love food that you can order by the "slab"?
I've never been to Eli's when there hasn't been a line. But it moves quite quickly and it's SO worth the wait. The meat is smoked to perfection and the jalepeno cheese grits and jalepeno corn bread are out of this world. The mac-n-cheese is creamy and my kids say it's the best they've ever had. (And kids are pretty much mac-n-cheese connoisseurs.) The hotdogs are topped with BBQ sauce, cole slaw and fried BBQ! This is the perfect place to take the whole family.
Eli's BBQ is located at 3313 Riverside Drive in Cincinnati, Ohio.
I first tried City Barbeque at an event at the Cincinnati Zoo. I was hooked. I am super lucky to have one right up the street from my house. They are "All Smoke - No Mirrors"! Clever! The bark and the smoke ring make it obvious that you are getting something good. The brisket is so, so good. On Tuesdays you can get a half slab for 6 bucks. And they have fried pickles. Enough said.
City Barbeque has a few local locations in Blue Ash, Eastgate, West Chester, Florence and Highland Heights. You can easily find one near you.
You can't talk BBQ in Cincy without talking Montgomery Inn, The Ribs King. They have been at it since 1951, so they know a thing or two about ribs. My in-laws request to go here everytime they're in town. I love the sauce. My kids love the chips. Everyone loves the ribs. Messy, tender, saucy and delicious. Wear the bib.
Montgomery Inn has four convenient locations in Northern Kentucky and Ohio.
You've gotta try the turkey tips, they're my fave. So juicy and flavorful. They use a signature dry rub and signature BBQ sauce. The gold sauce is mustard-based so it has a lovely vinegar tang that I just can't get enough of. My husband swears the the cole slaw and the potato salad are the best. And a day doesn't go by in winter or in summer that I don't drink iced tea. Alabama Que has delicious specialty iced teas that use fresh fruit and loose tea leaves.
Alabama Que is located at 2733 Vine Street in Cincinnati, Ohio.
Pit-to-Plate BBQ and Saloon
Pit-to-Plate has seven amazing homemade sauces so you're sure to find a favorite. My kids love the deviled eggs. And someday I will order the BBQ Sundae. It's five layers of beans, cole slaw, pork, fried onions and smoked cheddar cheese. Yes, you read that right. BBQ Sundae. They also have live local music on Fridays and Saturdays.
Pit-to-Plate is located at 8021 Hamilton Avenue, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Going to award-winning Velvet Smoke also means going to Findlay Market, and that's a wonderful thing by itself. Add in some smoky BBQ and that's a perfect day in my book. Their BBQ is Kansas City-style and it is delicious. You must try the burnt ends. Oh and the brisket. And the pastrami. Yeah. It's all amazing. But, I could eat those burnt ends all.day.long. And my kids LOVE the baked beans and the mac-n-cheese.
Walt's Hitching Post
This place is a Northern Kentucky instituion. It's been there my whole life. (Actually since 1942!) It closed for a little while, but it's back, baby! You have to come over the bridge to the Bluegrass State to get some of this fantastic smoked meat because there's only one location. I love the ribs and the chicken. It's too hard to choose. Get both. The secret sauce is ridiculous. On Mondays you can get a slab of ribs, homefries and a salad for 15 bucks. My dad always gets a steak and a bourbon, if that's more your style.
Walt's Hitching Post is located at 3300 Madison Pike in Fort Wright, Kentucky.
I know there are lots more BBQ places to check out, but these are some of our favorites.