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“Tastebud Entertatinment” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Eli's BBQ

Eli's BBQ
Ranked #8 of 1,934 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Barbecue
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Restaurant details
Good for: Kids, Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Cincinnati, Ohio
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Tastebud Entertatinment”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 14, 2013

What a pleasant experience. Taste, quality, simple surroundings, superb flavor, and probably one of Cincinnati's secrets. I'm relatively new, back in town. I missed it, perhaps, it did not exist. It does now.! It is definitely worth the trip "east" of downtown. View the river on the way. When you see the silhouette of the "PIG", get your mouth ready for drowning. Enjoy the Sandwich, mac-n-cheese, and baked beans, southern style. Next trip, a "RACK" of ribs. Price was perfect. Real glass 16oz bottles of Coke. Open yourself, hon. BYOB if you are so inclined. Humble beginnings as I understand it, and humble surroundings yet today, the ambiance is perfect. Remember that old saying what is it that you remember about a good eatery, the quality of the food or the foyer.
Please enjoy!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Paul B
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English first
Cincinnati, Ohio
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34 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
“Best BBQ/Sides Ever”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank yayafabs
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Cincinnati
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46 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
“Cash Only, Small place, but worth it”
5 of 5 bubbles 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 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank jibbyjit
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“Best q in cinci!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2013

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 bubbles
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Thank Reddhering
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Best BBQ this side of Memphis.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 11, 2013

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 bubbles
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Thank stbrigid
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