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Best of Taste of Cincinnati: See the 2018 winners

Source: Taste of Cincinnati

If you want to check out some of the best food the Queen City has to offer, you’ve come to the right place.

The 40th annual Taste of Cincinnati will be held May 26-28 on Fifth Street from Main to Sentinel Street to the ramps of I-71 and Columbia Parkway.

More than 250 menu items from 33 restaurants and 18 food trucks will be available.

The festival will open at 11 a.m. all three days.

2018 Best of Taste Awards 

Mystery judges visited Taste of Cincinnati’s April 19 food truck preview on Second Street, and friends of Taste of Cincinnati and local media partners gathered at Findlay Kitchen, April 30, to choose the 2018 Taste of Cincinnati Best of Taste winners and runners-up.

The following “Best of Taste” award winners were announced Tuesday:

Food Truck Best Dessert
Third Place: Hungry Bros. – Fried Cheesecake
Second Place: Marty’s Waffles – Belgian Sugar Waffle with fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream
First Place: SugarSnap! – “Make it a Sundae” Brownie

Food Truck Best Appetizer
Third Place: Best Thing Smokin’ – Smoked Pulled Pork Sliders
Second Place: Red Sesame – Mini Quesadilla
First Place:  Adena’s Beefstroll – The Stroll

Food Truck Best Soup-Salad-Side
Third Place: Hungry Bros. – The Kevin Bacon Ranch
Second Place: Wicked Hickory – Brisket Mac
First Place: Packhouse – Jalapeno Mac & Cheese

Food Truck Best go Vibrant!
Third Place: streetpops – Pineapple Strawberry Swirl Streetpop
Second Place: Hungry Bros. – Chicken Schwarma Slider
First Place: streetpops – Pineapple Passionfruit Streetpop

Food Truck Best Entrée
Third Place: Empanadas Aqui – Bad Girl Empanada
Second Place: Slice Slice Baby – Ballpark Sausage Pizza
First Place: Adena’s Beefstroll – Ma’s Meatball Sub

Restaurant Best Dessert
Tied for Third Place: Pompilios – Tiramisu Cannoli/McCormick & Schmick’s – Cinnamon and Sugar Shubert Roll
Second Place: Market Street Grille – Crème Brulee
First Place: Alfio’s Buon Cibo – Chocolate Raspberry Tiramisu

Restaurant Best Appetizer
Third Place: Market Street Grille – Crab Cake
Second Place: Thai Taste – Crab Rangoon
First Place:  Island Frydays – Jerk Chicken Pasta

Restaurant Best Soup-Salad-Side
Third Place: McCormick & Schmick’s – Watermelon Gazpacho
Tied for Second Place: Market Street Grille – Sidewinder Fries/Delicio – Pepperoni Pasta Salad
First Place: Tickle Pickle – Mac & Cheese with crushed BBQ Grippo’s

Restaurant Best go Vibrant!
Third Place: Tickle Pickle – Black Bean Burger
Second Place: Market Street Grille – Spicy Chicken Wrap
First Place: Silver Ladle – Silver Ladle Salad

Restaurant Best Entrée
Third Place: Tickle Pickle – Jalapeno Jam Burger
Second Place: Island Frydays – Caribbean BBQ Wings with Yellow Rice and Mixed Vegetables
First Place: Alfio’s Buon Cibo – Veal Short Rib Ravioli

Here are the 33 participating 2018 Taste of Cincinnati restaurants:

  • Alfio’s Buon Cibo
  • Bridges
  • Buona Terra
  • Chicago Gyro
  • Delicio Coal Fired Pizza
  • Dewey’s Pizza
  • Eddie’s Southern Style BBQ
  • El Vaquero
  • Eli’s BBQ
  • Frisch’s
  • Habenero
  • Island Frydays
  • Izzy’s
  • J Gumbo’s
  • Joella’s Hot Chicken
  • Keystone Bar & Grill
  • LaRosa’s
  • Market Street Grille
  • Mazunte
  • McCormick & Schmick’s
  • Mecklenburg Gardens
  • Melting Pot
  • Palomino
  • Pompilios
  • Sammy’s Craft Burgers & Beers
  • Sawasdee Thai Cuisine
  • Silver Ladle
  • Sis’s
  • Thai Taste
  • Tickle Pickle
  • Tom + Chee
  • Washington Platform
  • Woodhouse Kitchen & Bar

Rhinegeist Food Truck Alley will feature 18 food trucks on the Fifth Street ramp to Columbia Parkway. Here are the participating 2018 Taste of Cincinnati food trucks:

  • Adena’s Beefstroll
  • Best Thing Smokin’
  • The Chili Hut
  • Empanadas Aqui
  • Hungry Bros.
  • Just Jerks
  • Marty’s Waffles
  • Packhouse
  • Quite Frankly
  • Red Sesame
  • Rovey’s Turkey
  • S.E.A. Cuisine
  • Slice, Slice, Baby
  • streetpops
  • SugarSnap! Sweet Treats
  • Sweets & Meats BBQ
  • Texas Joe Tex Mex
  • Wicked Hickory

“Forty-nine percent of all Taste of Cincinnati restaurants and food trucks are owned by minorities, women or immigrants,” said Cynthia Oxley, director of the event. “While there is still much work to be done, the diversity at Taste of Cincinnati shows that Cincinnati is making strides as a welcoming and inclusive region.”