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“Unusual atmosphere, good food” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Eli's BBQ

Eli's BBQ
3313 Riverside Dr, Cincinnati, OH 45226-1012
513-533-1957
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Ranked #10 of 1,750 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Birmingham, Alabama
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Unusual atmosphere, good food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

Visited for a late lunch in February. Wife had the deep fried hotdogs & raved about how good they were.. I don't eat hotdogs so I have no opinion on them. I had the rids and they were good.Very tender with a dry rub seasoning. I'm more of a hot / tangy liquid sauce kinda guy, but they were good. The place is very small, but that's part of it's charm. Go Check it out for yourself.

Visited February 2013
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English first
Huntsville, AL
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 47 cities Reviews in 47 cities
112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
“Hole-in-the-Wall with Really Good Food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

After driving past it twice - there's very little signage, so look for the pig in the window - we found Eli's, sort of a barbecue pit meets 60s70s flashback (with music picked by the diners ranging from Bob Dylan to the Allman Brothers). When you enter, there'll probably be a short line - there was for the entire lunch hour we were there. There's not really an official menu, you just order at the counter off the chalkboard.

Reviewing only the things we ordered:
(1) the ribs were really good and had a great flavor, a dry rub that reminded us of Rendezvous in Memphis. We ordered "six bones" but when our order arrived, there were at least eight full-sized ribs.
(2) the jalapeño cheese grits were really delicious, probably the best part of the meal to me, though I'll admit I anticipated more "heat." Still, really really good.
(3) my wife liked the mac-and-cheese even better than the grits. This side was tasty and really hit the spot on a cold February afternoon.

Speaking of cold, you should know that seating in the restaurant is somewhat limited, but there is plenty of seating outside in/under the tent. If the temperature outside is comfortable, the tent is a great option.

Helpful Hints:
(1) arrive early if you're in a huge rush. This is a popular place with good food, but the wait will be worth it.
(2) get several sides to share. They're big enough for two.
(3) don't forget: as you look for Eli's storefront, forget signage -- look for the pig.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cinn, OH
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
“Eli's”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

My husband said he wanted to take me somewhere different one day at lunch. Well he had read about Eli's BBQ on trip advisor and boy was I surprised, their pulled pork sandwich was really good, even the bun was tasty, I really loved their cole slaw, husband loved the grits. Their bbq beans were so different and good. Portions are large for what you are paying.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Chicago
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25 reviews 25 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“get the mashed potatoes”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

I recently was traveling to Cincinnati for business and was looking for something fun and quick for dinner. As a BBQ lover, I was interested in the reviews I saw for Eli's. The food was great, and while the indoor seating was small they had a heated tent with picnic tables.

I loved all the parts of my meal and only wish I could go back and try some more. I had the pulled pork sandwich (with slaw on top) mashed potatoes and mac & cheese.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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47 reviews 47 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“Local Favorite”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2013

Eli's is a small but quaint. They have an old record player and tons of records you can select and play while eating. It's very cute. The food however, is unbelivable! Very small menu but whats on the menu is all great! The smoked turkey is my favorite by far!!! They have a few tables inside and picnic tables outside, you can also get it to go. Great spot for lunch!

  • Visited September 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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