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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
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45 reviews 45 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW

I am a big fan of Eli's. I like the concept of simple good food prepared well, and at at a reasonable price. I also like the "y'all come", everyone is welcome approach. It is really a part of the community, and brings folks together. As I said in the title, I think the pulled pork is the best in... More

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Cincinnati
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 17, 2014 NEW

Food was great! But let's face it, you've got a menu of 12-15 items, virtually all of which are precooked and sitting in hotel pans (it's bbq after all) and you can't turn an order faster than 30-45 minutes? Yes, you're busy and have a line outside: the faster they're served the faster they're going to want to come back... More

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Friedheim, Missouri
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

Our family had heard about this place and we stopped in. The food and service were spectacular. We noticed a sign on the door that said they only accepted cash or checks. I asked if they would take an out of state check, we are from Missouri. They said that would be fine. They said they did not take credit... More

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14 reviews 14 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

An old house which has been converted into the best BBQ in Cincinnati. Definitely a no frills setting but why bother you came here for the food right? The BBQ is what it's all about and Eli's does it right and they do it better than any one else. Pork turkey and ribs all prepared exceptionally. The sides are also... More

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Cincinnati
Top Contributor
57 reviews 57 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 2, 2014

If you blink, you will miss this place, so use you GPS snd look for the little silhouette of a pig sign hanging out front! Read some of the other reviews and yes, if you want a white linen tablecloth dining, go elsewhere...this is as basic as it gets, but how much foo-foo dining do you need for great barbecue... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

I ve been here before and loved it. But my last visit makes me less infused to return. The woman at the counter seemed like she hates people; didn't greet us, was impatient, didn't say anything but the cost. Then the food, maybe I ve grown since I last came but the portions are not what they use to be.... More

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Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2014

The place doesn't look all that great...tents, portable toilets, picnic tables, and generally unkempt, and the food is not that great. Sure, it's relatively cheap, but my smoked turkey had a gas-like flavor to it. The beans were not to my liking. And no ice for your drinks?! Seems more food truck than restaurant. Wish I'd eaten elsewhere.

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wabash
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

i went here for the first time with my son just a hole in the wall place but the food was great and not to bad on the price. Lets say i will be going back the next time i am in town

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Cincinnati, Ohio
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4 reviews 4 reviews
144 helpful votes 144 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

I ordered the rib tips , which came with cole slaw and the barbecue sauce on the side . Meat texture was chewy with lots of fat and connective tissue cut in large pieces , not my ideal of tips! The cole slaw was made with butter milk :-( ! The sauce was great !

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Singapore, Singapore
Top Contributor
65 reviews 65 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

The food in this place is fantastic! Everything we ordered was absolutely delicious. We shared a slab of ribs and 2 sandwiches between three people, and it was just right. The location is also very nice, surrounded by trees and near the river. This place is highly recommended! As mentioned by others, this place is packed, so make sure you... More

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Address: 3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
Phone Number: 513-533-1957
Location: United States  >  Ohio (OH)  >  Cincinnati
Cuisine: Barbecue

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