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“First time,deserves another” 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 #2 of 1,725 restaurants in Cincinnati
Cuisines: Barbecue
Dining options: Late Night
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Dining options: Late Night
Cincinnati, Ohio
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14 reviews 14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“First time,deserves another”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2013

Short menu, bbq pork, turkey, hot dog(with a twist), sides, drinks,etc. Ended up with pulled pork, and it is done different than expected. This is not a typical 'pulled pork';rather a very, very finely shredded pork, almost too fine, as some of the expected texture is non-existent. Not to say say this is a bad thing, simply different. This texture then provides a different mouth feel. I will go back for turkey next time. Dont get me wrong as the flavor is extrodinary. Very well smoked, moist, and nearly the right amount of darked "burnt ends" provided. Now before you get all BBQ snobish on me, I simply prefer less dark than more. Especially with the fine texture the darkest smokes pieces do not fit well. Could use just a touch more fat, but again, just my preference. Alsomhad a few 'bones' which are just simple and perfect. The special 'dusting' a bit to sweet to my taste. Interesting, as we have lived here only a few years. During this time we noticed many local customs with pizza sauce, marinara,etc, are generally sweeter here in Cinci. Slaw is ok, as needs a little kore seasoning. Beans are good, very heavy spices, and a touch of heat, which I again prefer. Favorite of the day is the jalepeno cornbread...hands down winner here. Portions are great. Wish there is a dessert selectiin to complete the meal.

  • Visited August 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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lexington ky
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76 reviews 76 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 41 cities Reviews in 41 cities
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
“Best BBQ ever”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2013

I lived in Memphis, TN for 6 years and did not think anyplace could be as good as there but Eli's BBQ is the best I have ever eaten. Pulled pork sandwich, side of mac n cheese & jalapeno corn bread. Awesome! My husband & daughter had ribs. They were also great. Mashed potatoes, jalapeno cheddar grits & coleslaw. I don't like grits but tasted them. I probably could have eaten the entire side.

Sandwiches are $5. Sandwiches with 2 sides are $8. Ribs are $10 for 4, $15 for 6. Menu is pulled pork, smoked turkey, hot dogs & ribs. Sides are mac n cheese, mashed potatoes baked beean cole slaw jalapeno cheddar grits, jalapeno corn bread. Order inside, eat outside on picnic tables. Can bring your own beverage including beer & wine.

Cannot wait to go back.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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57 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 24 cities Reviews in 24 cities
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Love the BBQ, not a fan of the sides”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2013

get there early for lunch if you want a seat inside. friendly staff and VERY good sandwiches. 3 of us had the pulled pork and 3 had the smoked turkey & everyone loved theirs. couple tried the mac n cheese and it was pretty plain. The mashed potatoes were just ok...wouldn't order those again. Parking can be tricky but worth it!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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West Chester, OH
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“a BBQ gem of an experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

We went to Eli's on a recommendation for a great bbq place and knew that it was byob, but was not convinced this would be the norm...well...it is... this place is like showing up at a family reunion:) It was a Saturday evening so we did have to wait in line to place our order and wait again 45min for our food...but with your favorite bottle, this is quite an enjoyable wait as there was live music playing and friendly people to squeeze in next to in the large, tented area of picnic tables. We're not big kid fans, but enjoyed the little ones dancing and seeing families sprawling blankets on the lawns picnic style to enjoy the beautiful evening. We ordered pulled pork sandwich and ribs with cornbread and grits....added some extra sauce to our basket and dived in! Everything was delicious!

  • Visited July 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Northern New Jersey
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“What's the hype about!!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2013

After reading all of the great reviews online we went to Eli's for what I thought would be some great down home barbecue. But that's not what we got. First of all there is only one meat option for those that don't eat pork-turkey on a bun. My boyfriend did not like the turkey at all. I had pulled pork on a bun and coleslaw. The coleslaw had way too much vinegar. The pulled pork tasted charred and wasn't moist and very tender like I like it. Also it needed more barbecue sauce. On a positive note the food is very inexpensive, the seating area under a tent with picnic tables reminded me of childhood family barbecues and loved that the coca cola came in classic bottles. Definately would not return when in the Cincinnati area. The barbecue is just not good.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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