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“Best BBQ/Sides Ever” 5 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 #6 of 1,730 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Cincinnati, Ohio
Senior Contributor
31 reviews 31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Best BBQ/Sides Ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

Yum! i dream about this place sometimes at night when the hunger bug hits me! Their food is pure comfort and delish! From the crispy BBQ, to the tangy turkey, ( served on buttery, grilled buns), to their wonderful sides (love the mashed potatoes and grits the best)..it's ALL good. Very low key place off the beaten path, yet still less than 5 minutes from downtown..this place has a lot of character. Love sitting outside in good weather on the picnic tables with beverage of my choice (BYOB). Inside is cool too if it is not too busy. Really enjoy the record player with a great choice of vinyl, but it can get exceedingly loud inside if busy...and it is frequently busy at peak hours. Great value also..sandwiches are big and less than $6, plus since you can bring your own booze, it makes it a very affordable night.

  • Visited March 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
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46 reviews 46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 26 cities Reviews in 26 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Cash Only, Small place, but worth it”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2013

This is the best barbeque in Cincinnati - a town that for too long has smothered meat in ketchup with honey (e.g. Montgomery Inn), and confused it with real barbeque. It is about time someone learned how to smoke barbeque for real, and this place has it. Tiny inside, but expansion in a heated tent. Great pork, better turkey all good smoked. I can see this becoming more and more popular because the food is that good. And inside the music is all on a turntable. But bring cash or you will leave hungry.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Best q in cinci!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2013 via mobile

Best bbq around! Great atmosphere and music. Meat smoked daily right out back. Great flavor to everything! The mac n cheese is amazing as well as the beans. Big sandwiches, great value. And easy to get to once you know where it is. Five stars! This place is great!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Best BBQ this side of Memphis.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2013 via mobile

Great everything! Perfectly done meat (even the turkey is awesome) spicy beans, crunchy slaw. Great atmosphere. Not much more to say. Very casual and crowded so plan accordingly.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
“Everything about this place is perfect...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2013

Had lunch here yesterday with some colleagues from work. Everything about this place is perfect. From the record player to the simple decor to the tent out back with additional seating. It's just bare bones and homey feeling in a slightly off-the-beaten-path location. This place is a hidden gem like Terry's Turf Club was a few years back before everyone figured out where to get the best burgers. I think Eli's will have the same level of demand in a few years once word spreads. Until that time, I'll keep living the foodie's dream - being able to rave about a place people may have barely heard of while still being able to get a seat without a wait.

One of my colleagues is a minor foodie herself, especially with country food - she took one bite and declared it the best BBQ she's had in a loooooooong time. Being the one who recommended the place, that brought a nice smile to my face.

Take note that they don't take credit cards - only cash or check.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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