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Taste of Cincinnati Guide From Cincy Cindy of Yelp!

Coney Island Opening Day

What: Coney Island opens for our 129th season of summer fun! New for 2016 is Typhoon Tower! This giant, interactive play structure will cover 16,000 square feet in the northeast corner of Sunlite Pool, and will feature two 130-foot waterslides, over 70 interactive water play zones, and the main attraction... the world's largest Hydro Storm! This 33-foot tower will drench guests with more than 1,300 gallons of cascading water!   In celebration of Memorial Day weekend, military personnel get a FREE Pool & Rides Combo Ticket! Military Appreciation Offer, Military Personnel - Show your Military ID and get a FREE Pool & Rides Combo ticket! Offer valid May 26-28, 2016. One admission per ID.

Where: Coney Island Park

Dates: Friday, May 26th Sunlite Pool opens 10am, Rides open 11am

Cost: $7.95 - $21.95


Braxton Labs Grand Opening (Newport, KY)

What: Braxton Labs - Braxton Brewing Company's second facility and on Friday, May's open with the Grand Opening Party. Here's the lineup: The first Braxton Labs beers will be on tap! We'll be pouring Braxton Labs New England IPA, Coffee Vanilla Milk Stout, Cherry Saison and maybe more that are currently fermenting away. The first 100 Braxton Labs customers that purchase a Labs brewed beer will get to keep the Braxton Labs pint glass! We'll also have the Braxton Core Styles, Summertrip Passionfruit Berliner Weisse, Kickback Hard Cider and guest taps from local, regional, national and international breweries. The party doesn't stop there. The The Official Kentucky Struts will be live in the beer garden and Cheese -N- Chong parked out back ready to fuel you late into the night.

Where: Braxton Labs - 95 Riviera Dr, Newport, Ky (the old ei8ht ball space)

Dates: Friday, May 26th 5pm to 11pm

Cost: FREE


Taste of Cincinnati (Downtown)

What: IT IS THAT TIME ONCE AGAIN! The 39TH ANNUAL TASTE OF CINCINNATI IS NEXT WEEKEND - The Nation's Longest Running Free Culinary Festival. Featuring more than 40 restaurants, 15 food trucks, over 30 music and comedy acts, and a few special surprises. 

Where: 5th Street, Downtown

Dates: Saturday, May 27th - Monday, May 29th    




2017 Best of Taste Winners:

More than 100 highly delicious dishes await at Taste of Cincinnati. Find your favorites before you head down to Taste this year.

Restaurant Best Dessert
First Place: Crème Brulee – Market Street Grille

Restaurant Best Appetizer
First Place: Crab Cake – Market Street Grille

Restaurant Best Soup-Salad-Side
First Place: Birra Chiarra Italian Greens – Rivertown Brewery & Barrelhouse

Restaurant Best Entrée
First Place: Pulled Pork Sandwich with BBQ Sauce & Cole Slaw – Eli’s BBQ

Food Truck Best Dessert
First Place: Fried Cheesecake – Hungry Bros.

Hungry Bros (Food Truck)

  • THE GUYS WITH THE DIRTY FRIES! Hungry Bros. Food Truck specializes in the most delicious topped and smothered Waffle Fries!

  • Home of the Kevin Bacon Ranch (waffle fries topped with buttermilk ranch, grilled chicken and smoked bacon) the Vladimir Poutine (waffle fries topped with root beer + dried cherry braised lamb, wisconsin cheese curds and a fried egg). They also offer a wide variety of pita sandwiches, sliders, snacks, specialty drinks, and outrageous food concoctions customized for delicious enjoyment.

  • Menu at the taste:

    • Appetizer -  Moroccan Spiced Lamb Slider

    • Dessert  - Fried Cheese Cake

    • Entree  - Kevin Bacon Ranch and Vladimir Poutine

Food Truck Best Appetizer
First Place: The Stroll – Adena’s Beefstroll

Food Truck Best Soup-Salad-Side
First Place: Jalapeno Mac n Cheese - Packhouse

Packhouse Meats (Food Truck)

  • Packhouse Meats has closed their brick-and-mortar to focus on operations around the city in their food truck.

  • Menu at the taste:

    • Entree  - Meatball Bowl + Meatball Sub

    • Soup / Salad / Side  - Fresh Saute Spinach and Mushroom, Jalapeno Mac and Cheese + Linguini and Herbs

Food Truck Best go Vibrant!
First Place: Lamb Slider – Hungry Bros.

Food Truck Best Entrée
First Place: Hand Battered Cod Platter – Alabama Fish Bar


This year marks the first time they'll offer a signature cocktail in a commemorative Taste of Cincinnati glass. The inaugural Taste of Cincinnati Cocktail is the Fifth and Vodway, made with citrus vodka, triple sec, cranberry, and Sprite - $10.

Tickle Pickle  (Northside)

  • Burger joint located in Northside that’s menu items pays tribute to popular rock bands

  • Menu at the Taste:

    • Appetizer   - Jalapeno Popper - $4

    • Entree   - Bread Zepplin and Buns n' Roses

    • Soup / Salad / Side  - Veggie Chili and Whole Pickle on a stick 

Mazunte  (Oakley)

  • Mexican street food spot who makes their tortilla chips homemade

  • Menu at the Taste:

    • Entree   - Tacos (Chicken, Pork, Chorizo, Veggie) and Tostadas (Chicken, Pork, Chirizo, Veggie)

    • Soup / Salad / Side  - Homemade Chips and Gauc

Taste of Findlay Market  (Fifth Street ramp to I-71)

  • Cincinnati’s  Findlay Market , Ohio's oldest surviving municipal market house, will have a new home away from home inside Taste of Cincinnati. Taste of Findlay Market, will exclusively feature food vendors from Findlay Market and “foodpreneurs” from Findlay Kitchen, serving delicious fresh-prepared “bites”, throughout the weekend.

Other new additions include: Che serving up tasting empanadas, Mazunte, Joella’s Hot Chicken giving out tastes of the hottest chicken out of the south, Island Frydays bringing their Caribbean flair and food, Sammy’s Craft Burgers and Beers, Tickle Pickle, Rivertown Brewery & Barrel House, Sawasdee Thai Cuisine, and Saigon Subs and Rolls. New food trucks at the taste are Hungry Bros, Packhouse Meats, the Chili Hut, and Sweets & Meats BBQ.


Rhinegeist Food Truck Alley  (5th Street ramp to Columbia Parkway)

Fun Fact: Local food trucks will take over the Fifth Street ramp to Columbia Parkway to serve a variety of cuisine in an area called Rhinegeist Food Truck Alley, which also features live music and seating.


  • Adena's Beefstroll

  • Alabama Fish Bar

  • Best Thing Smokin

  • Bistro de Mohr

  • C'est Cheese

  • Empanadas Aqui

  • Just Jerks

  • Hungry Bros

  • Marty's Waffles

  • Packhouse Meats

  • Red Sesame

  • streetpops

  • SugarSnap! Sweet Treats

  • Sweets & Meats BBQ

  • Texas Joe Tex Mex

  • The Chili Hut

  • Urban Vistro

  • Wicked Hickory

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