We'd heard about Eli's through the grapevine and decided to check it out. Don't miss the sign. Just a pig cut into a sheet metal sign on an unassuming older storefront. You'd be better served looking for the many cars parked out front and the the marquis tents covering the picnic pavilion that sits to the side.
BYOB, Eli's has a very efficient ordering system. You stand in line, order and pay at the cash register, and head to your seating -- indoors, or out the door to the spacious outdoor picnic pavilion. Take your pick. No matter where you sit, the Q is some of the best we've eaten ANYWHERE!
This clean, unassuming establishment -- in a quaint, older neighborhood of Cincinnati that runs along the river -- dishes up perfectly smoked, tender, meaty ribs, bearing a slightly sweet dry rub -- a combination which equals pork rib nirvana!. The pulled pork is just as tasty!. Not mushy, not dry, just perfectly smoked, tender mounds of pork with just the right amount of smoky, crispy ends chopped in. The cole slaw is not too sweet -- something that can overwhelm the taste of the cabbage and add too much sweetness to the pulled pork if you love it Memphis Style -- with the coleslaw on top of the meat. This we recommend!
The Baked beans are just a tad spicy -- not too much. Just a gentle zing -- just right. The only disappointment is the cheese and macaroni. Don't mistakenly order this thinking you're getting a nice bubbly baked mac and cheese. It's simply rather al dente macaroni with a cheese-whizzy sauce stirred in. This was the only disappointment of the meal. Not a total miss. Rather, more of a ho hum.
Regardless of where you sit, or what you order (cheese and mac excluded), you will be served up the best BBQ in the city -- and in our book -- some of the best in the country -- and we've eaten a lot of Q all across this wide land. Great for families, friends, tea totals, BYOB-ers, hipsters, old folks, you name it, Eli's is a good bet! Don't miss it!
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