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These are Cincinnati’s Best Restaurants, According to CityBeat Readers

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Best New Restaurant

1. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com

2. The Governor, governordiner.com

3. Fifty West Burger Bar, fiftywestbrew.com

4. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com

5. Khora, khorarestaurant.com

6. Galactic Fried Chicken, facebook.com/galacticfriedchicken

7. Pepp & Dolores, peppanddolores.com

8. Dear Restaurant & Butchery, dear-restaurant.com

9. Taqueria 251, taqueria2five1.com

10. OTR Chili Co., otrchilico.com

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Best Overall Restaurant

1. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com

2. Jeff Ruby’s The Precinct, jeffruby.com/precinct

3. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com

4. Court Street Lobster Bar, courtstreetlobsterbar.com

5. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, jeffruby.com

6. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com

7. Boca (TIE), bocacincinnati.com

7. The Eagle (TIE), eaglerestaurant.com

8. Taste of Belgium, authenticwaffle.com

9. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com

10. Pepp & Dolores, peppanddolores.com

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Best Brunch

1. Taste of Belgium, authenticwaffle.com

2. Sleepy Bee Cafe, sleepybeecafe.com

3. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com

4. First Watch, firstwatch.com

5. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar, maplewoodkitchenandbar.com

6. The National Exemplar, nationalexemplar.com

7. Nation Kitchen & Bar, nationkitchenandbar.com

8. Hang Over Easy, hangovereasy.com

9. Orchids at Palm Court, orchidsatpalmcourt.com

10. Grand Finale, grandfinale.info

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Best Takeout

1. Eli’s BBQ, elisbarbeque.com

2. Dewey’s Pizza, deweyspizza.com

3. City Barbeque, citybbq.com

4. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com

5. Gomez Salsa, gomezsalsa.com

6. Currito, currito.com

7. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com

8. Lucius Q, luciusq.com

9. Tuba Baking Co., facebook.com/tubabakingco

10. Revolution Rotisserie, revolutionrotisserie.com

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Best Barbecue

1. Eli’s BBQ, elisbarbeque.com

2. Lucius Q, luciusq.com

3. City Barbeque, citybbq.com

4. Montgomery Inn, montgomeryinn.com

5. Pickles & Bones Barbecue, picklesandbones.com

6. Just Q’in, justqin.com

7. Sweets & Meats BBQ, sweetsandmeatsbbq.com

8. Midwest Best BBQ, midwestbestbbq.com

9. Pontiac, pontiacbbq.com

10. Harmon’s Barbecue, harmonsbbq.business.site

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Best Chili (Non-Chain)

1. Camp Washington Chili, campwashingtonchili.com

2. Pleasant Ridge Chili, pleasantridgechili.com

3. Price Hill Chili, pricehillchili.com

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Best Hidden Gem

1. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com

2. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com

3. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com

4. Joe’s Pizza Napoli, joespizzanapoli.com

5. The Poutine Machine, facebook.com/thepoutinemachine

6. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com

7. The Governor, governordiner.com

8. Nine Giant Brewing, ninegiant.com

9. Kiki College Hill, kikicincinnati.com

10. Tuba Baking Co., facebook.com/tubabakingco

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Best Overall Pizza (Non-Chain)

1. Trotta’s Pizza & Drive Thru, trottaspizza.net

2. Taglio Bar + Pizzeria, eattaglio.com

3. Adriatico’s, adriaticosuc.comm

4. Catch-a-Fire Pizza, catchafirepizza.com

5. Joe’s Pizza Napoli, joespizzanapoli.com

6. Krimmer’s Italianette Pizza, italianettepizza.com

7. Two Cities Pizza, twocitiespizza.com

8. Fireside Pizza, firesidepizzawalnuthills.com

9. Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, strongsbrickovenpizza.com

10. Ramundo’s Pizzeria, ramundospizzeria.com

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Best Overall Burgers (Non-Chain)

1. Zip’s Cafe, zipscafe.com

2. Roney’s, facebook.com/roneysrestaurant

3. Stellar Street Eats, stellar-street-eats.business.site

4. Nation Kitchen & Bar, nationkitchenandbar.com

5. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com

6. Tickle Pickle, ordertickle.com

7. Arthur’s Cafe (TIE), arthurscincinnati.com

7. Quatman Cafe (TIE), quatmancafe.com

8. Sammy’s Craft Burgers & Beer, sammyscbb.com

9. The Turf Club, facebook.com/turfclubcincy

10. Gordo’s Pub & Grill, searchable on Facebook

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Best Restaurant for a First Date

1. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com

2. Nada, eatdrinknada.com

3. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com

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Best Donuts

1. Holtman’s Donuts, holtmansdonutshop.com

2. Dunkin’, dunkindonuts.com

3. Moonrise Doughnuts, moonrisedoughnuts.com

4. Starlight Doughnut Lab, facebook.com/starlightdoughnutlab

5. Busken Bakery, busken.com

6. Peace, Love and Little Donuts, peaceloveandlittledonuts.com

7. Marcella’s Doughnuts & Bakery, marcellasdoughnuts.com

8. Graeter’s, graeters.com

9. Bonomini Bakery, welcometonorthside.com

10. North College Hill Bakery (TIE), nchbakery.com

10. Stan the Donut Man (TIE), searchable on Facebook

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Best Outdoor/Patio Dining

1. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com

2. Cabana on the River, cabanaontheriver.com

3. Fifty West Burger Bar, fiftywestbrew.com

4. Arnold’s Bar and Grill, arnoldsbarandgrill.com

5. Dead Low Brewing, deadlowbrewing.com

6. Little Miami Brewing Company, littlemiamibrewing.com

7. Lucius Q, luciusq.com

8. Northside Yacht Club, northsideyachtclub.com

9. Ramsey’s Trailside, ramseystrailside.com

10. BrewRiver Creole Kitchen, brewrivercreolekitchen.com

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Best Coffeehouse (Local)

1. Coffee Emporium, coffee-emporium.com

2. The Coffee Exchange of Pleasant Ridge, coffeeexchangepr.com

3. Deeper Roots Coffee, deeperrootscoffee.com

4. Sayler Park Coffee, saylerparkcoffee.com

5. Mom ‘n ’em, momnemcoffee.com

6. BlaCk Coffee Lounge, facebook.com/blaCkCoffeeCincy

7. Carabello Coffee, carabellocoffee.com

8. Urbana Cafe, urbana-cafe.com

9. Unataza Coffee, unatazacoffee.square.site

10. Kitty Brew Cafe, kittybrew.com

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Best Restaurant to Take Visitors

1. Montgomery Inn Boathouse, montgomeryinn.com

2. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com

3. Skyline Chili, skylinechili.com

4. Taste of Belgium, authenticwaffle.com

5. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com

6. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com

7. Primavista, pvista.com

8. Ivory House (TIE), ivoryhousecincy.com

8. Salazar (TIE), salazarcincinnati.com

9. Dead Low Brewing, deadlowbrewing.com

10. Alfio’s Buon Cibo, alfios-cincy.com

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Best Overall Restaurant (Northern Kentucky)

1. Pompilio’s, pompilios.com

2. Bouquet Restaurant, bouquetrestaurant.com

3. KungFood Chu’s AmerAsia, kungfood.online

4. Greyhound Tavern, greyhoundtavern.com

5. Otto’s, ottosonmain.com

6. Agave & Rye, agaveandrye.com

7. Libby’s Southern Comfort (TIE), libbyssoutherncomfort.com

7. Walt’s Hitching Post (TIE), waltshitchingpost.com

8. Coppin’s at Hotel Covington, hotelcovington.com

9. Tuba Baking Co., tubabakingco.square.site

10. York Street Café, yorkst.cafe

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Best Neighborhood Restaurant (Downtown/OTR)

1. The Eagle, eaglerestaurant.com

2. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com

3. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com

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Best Neighborhood Restaurant (Northern Kentucky)

1. Pompilio’s, pompilios.com

2. Otto’s, ottosonmain.com

3. Greyhound Tavern, greyhoundtavern.com

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Best Neighborhood Restaurant (Central)

1. Adriatico’s, adriaticosuc.com

2. Quatman Cafe, quatmancafe.com

3. Ruth’s Parkside Cafe, ruthscafe.com

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Best Neighborhood Restaurant (East Side)

1. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com

2. Jeff Ruby’s The Precinct, jeffruby.com/precinct

3. El Coyote, elcoyotecincy.com

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Best Neighborhood Restaurant (West Side)

1. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com

2. Price Hill Chili, pricehillchili.com

3. Primavista, pvista.com

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Best Neighborhood Restaurant (Burbs)

1. Silver Spring House, thesilverspringhouse.com

2. Phoenician Taverna, phoeniciantaverna.com

3. Blue Ash Chili, blueashchili.com

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Best Appetizers

1. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com

2. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com

3. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, jeffruby.com

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Best Bagels

1. Marx Hot Bagels, marxhotbagels.com

2. Bruegger’s Bagels, brueggers.com

3. The Bagelry, otrbagelry.com

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Best Beer Selection (Restaurant)

1. Yard House, yardhouse.com

2. Taft’s Ale House, taftsbeer.com

3. KungFood Chu’s AmerAsia, kungfood.online

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Best Bourbon Selection (Restaurant)

1. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com

2. Goodfellas Pizzeria/Wiseguy Lounge, goodfellaspizzeria.com

3. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, jeffruby.com

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Best Breakfast

1. Sleepy Bee Cafe, sleepybeecafe.com

2. First Watch, firstwatch.com

3. Sugar n’ Spice, eatsugarnspice.com

4. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com

5. Taste of Belgium, authenticwaffle.com

6. The Echo, echo-hydepark.com

7. The Original Pancake House, originalpancakehouse.com

8. Hang Over Easy, hangovereasy.com

9. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar, maplewoodkitchenandbar.com

10. Half Day Cafe, halfdaycafe.org

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Best Overall Burgers (Chain)

1. Five Guys, fiveguys.com

2. Red Robin, redrobin.com

3. Frisch’s, frischs.com

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Best Neighborhood Burger Spot (Downtown/OTR)

1. Nation Kitchen & Bar, nationkitchenandbar.com

2. Arnold’s Bar and Grill, arnoldsbarandgrill.com

3. Krueger’s Tavern, kruegerstavern.com

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Best Neighborhood Burger Spot (Northern Kentucky)

1. Bard’s Burgers & Chili, bardsburgersandchili.com

2. Herb & Thelma’s Tavern, herbandthelmas.com

3. Coaches Corner, facebook.com/coachesnewport

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Best Neighborhood Burger Spot (Central)

1. Quatman Cafe, quatmancafe.com

2. Tickle Pickle, ordertickle.com

3. Gordo’s Pub & Grill, searchable on Facebook

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Best Neighborhood Burger Spot (East Side)

1. Zip’s Cafe, zipscafe.com

2. Arthur’s Cafe, arthurscincinnati.com

3. Five Guys, fiveguys.com

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Best Neighborhood Burger Spot (West Side)

1. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com

2. Nation Kitchen & Bar (Westwood), nationkitchenandbar.com/westwood

3. Chandler’s Burger Bistro, chandlersburgerbistro.com

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Best Neighborhood Burger Spot (Burbs)

1. Arthur’s Cafe (Anderson), arthurscincinnati.com

2. Quatman Cafe (Mason), quatmancafe.com

3. Gas Light Cafe, gaslightcincy.com

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Best Burritos

1. Gomez Salsa, gomezsalsa.com

2. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com

3. The Comet, cometbar.com

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Best Business Lunch

1. Skyline, skylinechili.com

2. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar, maplewoodkitchenandbar.com

3. Court Street Lobster Bar, courtstreetlobsterbar.com

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Best Butcher Shop

1. Avril-Bleh Meat Market, avril-blehmeats.com

2. Lehr’s Prime Market, lehrsprime.com

3. Eckerlin Meats, eckerlinmeats.com

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Best Cajun/Creole

1. Swampwater Grill, swampwatergrill.com

2. Knotty Pine on the Bayou, theknottypineonthebayou.com

3. Allyn’s Cafe, allynscafe.com

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Best Cake Shop

1. The BonBonerie, bonbonerie.com

2. Nothing Bundt Cakes, nothingbundtcakes.com

3. 3 Sweet Girls Cakery, 3sweetgirlscakery.com

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Best Cheap Eats

1. Skyline Chili, skylinechili.com

2. Zip’s Cafe, zipscafe.com

3. Blue Ash Chili, blueashchili.com

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Best Cheese Shop

1. Jungle Jim’s International Market, junglejims.com

2. Share: Cheesebar, sharecheesebar.com

3. The Rhined, therhined.com

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Best Cheesesteak

1. Penn Station, penn-station.com

2. Melt Revival, meltrevival.com

3. Cincy Steak & Lemonade, facebook.com/cincys

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Best Chef (w/Restaurant Affiliation)

1. Jean-Robert de Cavel (French Crust, Le Bar a Boeuf, Frenchie Fresh Burger Bar)

2. Christian Gill (Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey)

3. Jose Salazar (Salazar, Mita’s, Goose & Elder)

4. Kayla Robison (Arnold’s Bar and Grill)

5. Michael Kelly (Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse)

6. Andrew Schlanser (Good Plates Eatery)

7. Danny Combs (Sotto)

8. Drew Rath (Tuba Baking Co.)

9. Paul Barraco (The Governor)

10. Daniel Wright (Senate, Abigail Street, Pontiac, Forty Thieves)

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Best Chicken

1. The Eagle, eaglerestaurant.com

2. Silver Spring House, thesilverspringhouse.com

3. Revolution Rotisserie, revolutionrotisserie.com

4. Libby’s Southern Comfort, libbyssoutherncomfort.com

5. Ron’s Roost Restaurant & Bar, ronsroost.net

6. Roney’s, facebook.com/roneysrestaurant

7. CityBird, citybirdtenders.com

8. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com

9. Raising Cane’s, raisingcanes.com

10. Galactic Fried Chicken, galacticfriedchicken.com

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Best Chicken Sandwich

1. Chick-fil-A, chick-fil-a.com

2. The Eagle, eaglerestaurant.com

3. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com

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Best Chili (Chain)

1. Skyline Chili, skylinechili.com

2. Gold Star, goldstarchili.com

3. Dixie Chili (TIE), dixiechili.com

3. Blue Ash Chili (TIE), blueashchili.com

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Best Chinese

1. Oriental Wok, orientalwok.com

2. KungFood Chu’s AmerAsia, kungfood.online

3. First Wok, 1stwokanderson.com

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Best Chocolates

1. Aglamesis Bro’s, aglamesis.com

2. Maverick Chocolate Co., maverickchocolate.com

3. Esther Price, estherprice.com

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Best Coffeehouse (National)

1. Starbucks, starbucks.com

2. Dunkin’, dunkindonuts.com

3. Caribou Coffee, cariboucoffee.com

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Best Neighborhood Coffee Shop (Downtown/OTR)

1. Coffee Emporium, coffee-emporium.com

2. Deeper Roots Coffee, deeperrootscoffee.com

3. BlaCk Coffee Lounge, facebook.com/blackcoffeecincy

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Best Neighborhood Coffee Shop (Northern Kentucky)

1. Carabello Coffee, carabellocoffee.com

2. Unataza Coffee, unatazacoffee.square.site

3. Flow Koffee + Kombucha, facebook.com/flowkoffeeandkombucha

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Best Neighborhood Coffee Shop (Central)

1. College Hill Coffee Co. and Casual Gourmet, collegehillcoffeeco.com

2. Sidewinder Coffee, sidewindercoffee.com

3. Highland Coffee House, facebook.com/officialhighlandcoffeehouse

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Best Neighborhood Coffee Shop (West Side)

1. Muse Cafe, facebook.com/musecafecincinnati

2. BLOC Coffee Company, bloccoffeecompany.com

3. White Oak Coffee House, whiteoakcoffeehouse.com

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Best Neighborhood Coffee Shop (East Side)

1. Coffee Emporium (Hyde Park), coffee-emporium.com

2. Deeper Roots Coffee, deeperrootscoffee.com

3. Luckman Coffee, luckmancoffee.com

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Best Neighborhood Coffee Shop (Burbs)

1. Kitty Brew Cafe, kittybrew.com

2. Wyoming Community Coffee, wyomingcommunitycoffee.com

3. Kidd Coffee & Wine Bar, kiddcoffeemason.com

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Best Cooking Classes

1. Jungle Jim’s International Market, junglejims.com

2. Findlay Kitchen, findlaykitchen.org

3. Tablespoon Cooking Co., tablespooncookingco.com

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Best Creamy Whip/Soft Serve

1. Putz’s Creamy Whip, putzscreamywhip.com

2. The Cone, thecone.com

3. Dairy Queen, dairyqueen.com

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Best Cupcakes

1. The BonBonerie, bonbonerie.com

2. Abby Girl Sweets, abbygirlsweets.com

3. Gigi’s Cupcakes, gigiscupcakesusa.com

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Best Delicatessen

1. Izzy’s, izzys.com

2. Jason’s Deli, jasonsdeli.com

3. Silverglades, silvergladesdeli.com

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Best Desserts (Restaurant)

1. O Pie O, opieo.com

2. Grand Finale, grandfinale.info

3. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com

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Best Desserts (Retail)

1. The BonBonerie, bonbonerie.com

2. Graeter’s, graeters.com

3. Brown Bear Bakery, brownbearbakes.com

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Best Neighborhood Bakery (Downtown/OTR)

1. Holtman’s Donuts, holtmansdonutshop.com

2. Brown Bear Bakery, brownbearbakes.com

3. Blue Oven Bakery, blueovenbakery.com

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Best Neighborhood Bakery (Central)

1. The BonBonerie, bonbonerie.com

2. North College Hill Bakery, nchbakery.com

3. Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli, servatii.com

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Best Neighborhood Bakery (East Side)

1. Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli, servatii.com

2. Marcella’s Doughnuts & Bakery, marcellasdoughnuts.com

3. Busken Bakery, busken.com

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Best Neighborhood Bakery (West Side)

1. Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli, servatii.com

2. St. Lawrence Bakery, searchable on Facebook

3. Busken Bakery, busken.com

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Best Neighborhood Bakery (Burbs)

1. Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli, servatii.com

2. Holtman’s Donuts (Loveland), holtmansdonutshop.com

3. Wyoming Pastry Shop, wyomingpastryshop.com

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Best Overall Bakery (Breads)

1. Sixteen Bricks, sixteenbricks.com

2. Blue Oven Bakery, blueovenbakery.com

3. Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli, servatii.com

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Best Farmers Market

1. Findlay Market, findlaymarket.org

2. Hyde Park Farmers Market, hydeparkfarmersmarket.com

3. Northside Farmers Market, northsidefm.org

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Best Farmers Market Food Stall

1. Blue Oven Bakery, blueovenbakery.com

2. Colonel De Gourmet Herbs & Spices, colonelde.com

3. WoodBottom Quail Farms, woodbottomquail.com

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Best Fish & Chips

1. Alabama Fish Bar, facebook.com/alabamafishbar

2. The Pub, experiencethepub.com

3. Nicholson’s Pub, nicholsonspub.com

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Best Food Delivery Service

1. DoorDash, doordash.com

2. Uber Eats, ubereats.com

3. Grubhub, grubhub.com

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Best Food Festival or Event

1. Taste of Cincinnati, tasteofcincinnati.com

2. Oktoberfest Zinzinnati, oktoberfestzinzinnati.com

3. Cincinnati Food Truck Association Food Festival, cincinnatifoodtruckassociation.org

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Best Food Truck

1. Rock N Rolls, facebook.com/rocknrollsfoodtruck

2. Tacos Locos, tacoslocosfoodtruck.com

3. The Poutine Machine, facebook.com/thepoutinemachine

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Best French Fries

1. Penn Station, penn-station.com

2. Five Guys, fiveguys.com

3. Zip’s Cafe, zipscafe.com

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Best Frozen Yogurt

1. Yagööt, yagoot.com

2. Orange Leaf, orangeleafyogurt.com

3. Rhino’s Frozen Yogurt & Soft Serve, rhinosfrozenyogurt.com

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Best Best Gelato/Sorbetto/Frozen Ice

1. Aglamesis Bro’s, aglamesis.com

2. Graeter’s, graeters.com

3. Dojo Gelato, dojogelato.com

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Best German

1. Hofbräuhaus, hofbrauhausnewport.com

2. Mecklenburg Gardens, mecklenburgs.com

3. Wunderbar Covington, facebook.com/wunderbar.covington.3

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Best Gluten-Free Selections

1. Sleepy Bee Cafe, sleepybeecafe.com

2. Pho Lang Thang, pholangthang.com

3. Melt Revival, meltrevival.com

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Best Goetta

1. Glier’s Goetta, goetta.com

2. Eckerlin Meats, eckerlinmeats.com

3. Avril-Bleh Meat Market, avril-blehmeats.com

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Best Guacamole

1. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com

2. Bakersfield, bakersfieldtacos.com

3. Nada, eatdrinknada.com

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Best Hot Dog/Sausage

1. Senate, senatepub.com

2. The Root Beer Stand, therootbeerstand.com

3. Avril-Bleh Meat Market, avril-blehmeats.com

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Best Ice Cream

1. Graeter’s, graeters.com

2. Aglamesis Bro’s, aglamesis.com

3. United Dairy Farmers, udfinc.com

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Best Indian

1. Ambar India Restaurant, ambarindia.net

2. Baba India Restaurant, facebook.com/babaindiarestaurant

3. Dusmesh Indian Restaurant, dusmeshcincy.com

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Best Italian

1. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com

2. Pompilio’s, pompilios.com

3. Nicola’s, nicolasotr.com

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Best Japanese

1. Ichiban Japanese Cuisine, ichibancinci.com

2. Kiki College Hill, kikicincinnati.com

3. Quan Hapa, quanhapa.com

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Best Korean

1. BIBIBOP Asian Grill, bibibop.com

2. Riverside Korean Restaurant, riversidekoreanrestaurant.com

3. Red Sesame BBQ, redsesamebbq.com

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Best Late-Night Eatery

1. Skyline Chili, skylinechili.com

2. Goodfellas Pizzeria, goodfellaspizzeria.com

3. Gomez Salsa, gomezsalsa.com

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Best Live Music While You Eat

1. Arnold’s Bar and Grill, arnoldsbarandgrill.com

2. The Comet, cometbar.com

3. Lucius Q, luciusq.com

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Best Local Chain

1. Skyline Chili, skylinechili.com

2. Thunderdome Restaurant Group, thunderdomerestaurants.com

3. Holtman’s Donuts, holtmansdonutshop.com

4. Buffalo Wings & Rings, buffalowingsandrings.com

5. LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria, larosas.com

6. Servatii Pastry Shop & Deli, servatii.com

7. Gold Star, goldstarchili.com

8. Taste of Belgium, authenticwaffle.com

9. Dewey’s Pizza, deweyspizza.com

10. Keystone Bar & Grill (4EG), keystonebar.com

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Best Local Farm

1. Gorman Heritage Farm, gormanfarm.org

2. WoodBottom Quail Farms, woodbottomquail.com

3. Carriage House Farm, carriagehousefarmllc.com

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Best Local Snack

1. Grippo’s, grippos.com

2. Hen of The Woods, henofthewoodsotr.com

3. Stellar Street Eats’ Pimento Cheese, stellar-street-eats.business.site

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Best Macaron

1. Macaron Bar, macaron-bar.com

2. The BonBonerie, bonbonerie.com

3. Taste of Belgium, authenticwaffle.com

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Best Macaroni & Cheese

1. Keystone Bar & Grill, keystonebar.com

2. Mama Bear’s Mac, mamabearsmac.com

3. The Eagle, eaglerestaurant.com

4. Court Street Lobster Bar, courtstreetlobsterbar.com

5. Eli’s BBQ, elisbarbeque.com

6. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, jeffruby.com

7. Lucius Q , luciusq.com

8. The Mac Shack, facebook.com/eatmacshack

9. Revolution Rotisserie, revolutionrotisserie.com

10. Sweets & Meats BBQ, sweetsandmeatsbbq.com

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Best Mediterranean/Greek

1. Aladdin’s Eatery, aladdins.com

2. Phoenician Taverna, phoeniciantaverna.com

3. Sebastian’s Gyros, sebastiansgyros.com

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Best Menu (Most Innovative)

1. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey , boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com

2. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com

3. Please, pleasecincinnati.com

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Best Mexican

1. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com

2. La Mexicana Restaurante Cantina & Tienda, searchable on Facebook

3. El Rancho Grande, elranchogrande.info

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Best Noodles

1. Pho Lang Thang, pholangthang.com

2. KungFood Chu’s Amerasia, kungfood.online

3. Kiki College Hill, kikicincinnati.com

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Best Overall Pizza (Chain)

1. LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria, larosas.com

2. Dewey’s Pizza, deweyspizza.com

3. Goodfellas Pizzeria, goodfellaspizzeria.com

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Best Neighborhood Pizza Joint (Downtown/OTR)

1. Goodfellas Pizzeria, goodfellaspizzeria.com

2. Taglio Bar + Pizzeria, eattaglio.com

3. Lucy Blue Pizza, lucybluecincy.co

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Best Neighborhood Pizza Joint (Northern Kentucky)

1. Strong’s Brick Oven Pizzeria, strongsbrickovenpizza.com

2. Goodfellas Pizzeria, goodfellaspizzeria.com

3. Dewey’s Pizza, deweyspizza.com

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Best Neighborhood Pizza Joint (Central)

1. Adriatico’s, adriaticosuc.com

2. Dewey’s Pizza, deweyspizza.com

3. Fireside Pizza, firesidepizzawalnuthills.com

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Best Neighborhood Pizza Joint (East Side)

1. Dewey’s Pizza, deweyspizza.com

2. Taglio Bar + Pizzeria, eattaglio.com

3. Joe’s Pizza Napoli, joespizzanapoli.com

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Best Neighborhood Pizza Joint (West Side)

1. Trotta’s Pizza & Drive Thru, trottaspizza.net

2. LaRosa’s Family Pizzeria, larosas.com

3. Dewey’s Pizza, deweyspizza.com

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Best Neighborhood Pizza Joint (Burbs)

1. Dewey’s, deweyspizza.com

2. Mio’s Pizza, miospizza.com

3. Mellow Mushroom, mellowmushroom.com

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Best Oysters

1. Court Street Lobster Bar, courtstreetlobsterbar.com

2. Washington Platform Saloon & Restaurant, washingtonplatform.com

3. Dear Restaurant & Butchery, dear-restaurant.com

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Best Pub Food

1. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com

2. Arnold’s Bar and Grill, arnoldsbarandgrill.com

3. Knockback Nat’s, searchable on Facebook

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Best Raw Bar

1. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, jeffruby.com

2. Jeff Ruby’s Carlo & Johnny, jeffruby.com/carlo-johnny

3. Jag’s Steak & Seafood, jags.com

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Best Restaurant Design

1. Orchids at Palm Court, orchidsatpalmcourt.com

2. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com

3. Lucius Q, luciusq.com

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Best Restaurant for Fine Dining

1. Jeff Ruby’s The Precinct, jeffruby.com/precinct

2. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com

3. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, jeffruby.com

4. Boca, bocacincinnati.com

5. Jeff Ruby’s Carlo & Johnny, jeffruby.com/carlo-johnny

6. Orchids at Palm Court, orchidsatpalmcourt.com

7. Nicola’s, nicolasotr.com

8. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com

9. Primavista , pvista.com

10. Tony’s of Cincinnati, tonysofcincinnati.com

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Best Restaurant for Large Parties

1. Montgomery Inn, montgomeryinn.com

2. Moerlein Lager House, moerleinlagerhouse.com

3. Lucius Q, luciusq.com

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Best Restaurant to Take a Foodie

1. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com

2. Boomtown Biscuits & Whiskey, boomtownbiscuitsandwhiskey.com

3. Court Street Lobster Bar, courtstreetlobsterbar.com

4. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com

5. Please, pleasecincinnati.com

6. Salazar, salazarcincinnati.com

7. The Eagle (TIE), eaglerestaurant.com

7. Lucius Q (TIE), luciusq.com

8. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com

9. Bouquet Restaurant, bouquetrestaurant.com

10. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, jeffruby.com

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Best Restaurant to Take the Kids

1. Skyline Chili, skylinechili.com

2. Chick-fil-A, chick-fil-a.com

3. Dewey’s Pizza, deweyspizza.com

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Best Ribs

1. Montgomery Inn, montgomeryinn.com

2. Eli’s BBQ, elisbarbeque.com

3. Lucius Q, luciusq.com

4. City Barbeque, citybbq.com

5. Pickles & Bones Barbecue, picklesandbones.com

6. Walt’s Hitching Post, waltshitchingpost.com

7. Sweets & Meats BBQ, sweetsandmeatsbbq.com

8. Just Q’in, justqin.com

9. Dead Low Brewing, deadlowbrewing.com

10. Midwest Best BBQ, midwestbestbbq.com

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Best Romantic Restaurant

1. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com

2. Orchids at Palm Court, orchidsatpalmcourt.com

3. Primavista, pvista.com

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Best Salads

1. Dewey’s Pizza, deweyspizza.com

2. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar, maplewoodkitchenandbar.com

3. Olive Garden, olivegarden.com/home

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Best Seafood

1. Court Street Lobster Bar, courtstreetlobsterbar.com

2. Bonefish Grill, bonefishgrill.com

3. Pelican’s Reef, thepelicansreef.com

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Best Small Plates

1. Mita’s, mitas.co

2. Nada , eatdrinknada.com

3. Ché, checincinnati.com

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Best Smoothie/Juice Bar

1. Rooted Juicery + Kitchen, rootedjuicery.com

2. Smoothie King, smoothieking.com

3. BanaSun Smoothie Bar, facebook.com/banasun513

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Best Soul Food

1. Lucius Q, luciusq.com

2. Alabama Fish Bar, facebook.com/alabamafishbar

3. Richie’s, richieschicken.com

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Best Soup

1. Pho Lang Thang, pholangthang.com

2. La Soupe, lasoupe.org

3. Zoup!, zoup.com

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Best Specialty Food Market

1. Jungle Jim’s International Market, junglejims.com

2. Findlay Market, findlaymarket.org

3. Kremer’s Market, kremersmarket.com

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Best Steakhouse

1. Jeff Ruby’s The Precinct, jeffruby.com/precinct

2. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, jeffruby.com

3. Jeff Ruby’s Carlo & Johnny, jeffruby.com/carlo-johnny

4. Losanti, losantiotr.comm

5. Maury’s Tiny Cove, maurys-steakhouse.com

6. Jag’s Steak & Seafood, jags.com/home

7. Ivory House, ivoryhousecincy.com

8. Eddie Merlot’s, eddiemerlots.com

9. Walt’s Hitching Post, waltshitchingpost.com

10. Tony’s of Cincinnati, tonysofcincinnati.com

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Best Subs/Sandwiches

1. Penn Station, penn-station.com

2. Jersey Mike’s, jerseymikes.com

3. Melt Revival, meltrevival.com

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Best Sushi

1. Ichiban Japanese Cuisine, ichibancinci.com

2. Cloud 9 Sushi, facebook.com/cloud9sushi

3. Green Papaya, greenpapayacincinnati.com

4. Wild Ginger, wildgingercincy.com

5. Izen’s Drunken Bento, searchable on Facebook

6. Wabi Sabi Covington, facebook.com/wabisabicovington

7. Kyoto Sushi Bar, kyotosushibar.com

8. E+O Kitchen, eokitchen.com

9. Dancing Roll (TIE), dancingrollsushi.com

9. Teak OTR (TIE), teakotr.com

10. FUSIAN, fusian.com

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Best Tacos

1. Mazunte, mazuntetacos.com

2. Condado Tacos, condadotacos.com

3. Agave & Rye, agaveandrye.com

4. Tortilleria Garcia, tortilleriagarcia.us

5. Bakersfield, bakersfieldtacos.com

6. Gomez Salsa, gomezsalsa.com

7. La Mexicana Restaurante Cantina & Tienda, searchable on Facebook

8. Taco Casa, tacocasacinti.com

9. Frida 602, fridaonmain.com

10. Taqueria 251, taqueria2five1.com

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Best Tea Selection

1. Churchill’s Fine Teas, churchillsteas.com

2. Jungle Jim’s International Market, junglejims.com

3. Coffee Emporium, coffee-emporium.com

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Best Thai

1. Green Papaya, greenpapayacincinnati.com

2. Thai Express, facebook.com/Thaiexpresscincinnati

3. Teak OTR, teakotr.com

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Best Vegetarian

1. Melt Revival, meltrevival.com

2. Rooted Juicery + Kitchen, rootedjuicery.com

3. Harmony Plant Fare, harmonyplantfare.com

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Best Veggie Burger

1. Tickle Pickle, ordertickle.com

2. Krueger’s Tavern, kruegerstavern.com

3. Arthur’s Cafe, arthurscincinnati.com

4. Nation Kitchen & Bar, nationkitchenandbar.com

5. Fork & Greens, forkandgreens.com

6. ESSEN Kitchen (TIE), essenkitchen.com

6. Maplewood Kitchen and Bar (TIE), maplewoodkitchenandbar.com

7. BrewRiver Kitchen at Sonder Brewing, brewriversonder.com

8. Nine Giant Brewing, ninegiant.com

9. S.W. Clyborne Co. Provisions & Spirits, clybornes.com

10. Taste of Belgium, authenticwaffle.com

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Best Vietnamese

1. Pho Lang Thang, pholangthang.com

2. Wild Ginger, wildgingercincy.com

3. Song Long, sites.google.com/micheo.com/songlong

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Best View From Your Table

1. Incline Public House, inclinepublichouse.com

2. Primavista, pvista.com

3. Montgomery Inn Boathouse, montgomeryinn.com

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Best Waitstaff/Service

1. Jeff Ruby’s The Precinct, jeffruby.com/precinct

2. Sotto, sottocincinnati.com

3. Court Street Lobster Bar, courtstreetlobsterbar.com

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Best Waterfront Dining

1. Montgomery Inn Boathouse, montgomeryinn.com

2. Moerlein Lager House, moerleinlagerhouse.com

3. Buckhead Mountain Grill, buckheadmountaingrill.com

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Best Wine Selection (Restaurant)

1. Cooper’s Hawk Winery & Restaurants, chwinery.com

2. Somm Wine Bar, sommwinebarcincinnati.com

3. Jeff Ruby’s Steakhouse, jeffruby.com

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Best Wings

1. Knockback Nat’s, searchable on Facebook

2. Good Plates Eatery, goodplateseatery.com

3. Lucius Q, luciusq.com

4. Buffalo Wings & Rings (TIE), buffalowingsandrings.com

4. Dead Low Brewing (TIE), deadlowbrewing.com

5. Wild Mike’s, wildmikeswings.com

6. Northside Yacht Club, northsideyachtclub.com

7. Buffalo Wild Wing, buffalowildwings.com

8. The Oak Tavern, oaktavernoakley.com

9. Nine Giant Brewing, ninegiant.com

10. Shooters Sports Grill, shooterssportsgrill.comm

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