Best of Taste Awards Recognize City's Top Cuisine

Mystery judges visited Taste of Cincinnati’s April 19 food truck preview on Second Street, and friends of Taste of Cincinnati and local media partners gathered at Findlay Kitchen, April 30, to choose the 2018 Taste of Cincinnati Best of Taste winners and runners up. 

Restaurant Best Dessert

First Place: Alfio’s Buon Cibo – Chocolate Raspberry Tiramisu
Second Place: Market Street Grille – Crème Brulee
Tied for Third Place: Pompilios – Tiramisu Cannoli
                                     McCormick & Schmick’s - Cinnamon and Sugar Shubert Roll

Restaurant Best Appetizer

First Place:  Island Frydays – Jerk Chicken Pasta
Second Place: Thai Taste – Crab Rangoon
Third Place: Market Street Grille – Crab Cake

Restaurant Best Soup-Salad-Side

First Place: Tickle Pickle – Mac & Cheese with crushed BBQ Grippo’s
Tied for Second Place: Market Street Grille – Sidewinder Fries
                                         Delicio – Pepperoni Pasta Salad
Third Place: McCormick & Schmick’s – Watermelon Gazpacho

Restaurant Best go Vibrant!

First Place: Silver Ladle – Silver Ladle Salad
Second Place: Market Street Grille – Spicy Chicken Wrap
Third Place: Tickle Pickle – Black Bean Burger

Restaurant Best Entrée

First Place: Alfio’s Buon Cibo – Veal Short Rib Ravioli
Second Place: Island Frydays – Caribbean BBQ Wings with Yellow Rice and Mixed Vegetables
Third Place: Tickle Pickle – Jalapeno Jam Burger

Food Truck Best Dessert

First Place: SugarSnap! – “Make it a Sundae” Brownie
Second Place: Marty’s Waffles – Belgian Sugar Waffle with fresh sliced strawberries and whipped cream
Third Place: Hungry Bros. – Fried Cheesecake

Food Truck Best Appetizer

First Place:  Adena’s Beefstroll – The Stroll
Second Place: Red Sesame – Mini Quesadilla
Third Place: Best Thing Smokin’ – Smoked Pulled Pork Sliders

Food Truck Best Soup-Salad-Side

First Place: Packhouse – Jalapeno Mac & Cheese
Second Place: Wicked Hickory – Brisket Mac
Third Place: Hungry Bros. – The Kevin Bacon Ranch

Food Truck Best go Vibrant!

First Place: streetpops – Pineapple Passionfruit Streetpop
Second Place: Hungry Bros. – Chicken Schwarma Slider
Third Place: streetpops – Pineapple Strawberry Swirl Streetpop

go Vibrant! menu items adhere to the American Heart Association per-serving standards of 6.5 grams or less of total fat, 1 gram or less of saturated fat, a half gram or less of trans fat, 20 milligrams or less of cholesterol, and 480 milligrams or less of sodium.

Food Truck Best Entrée

First Place: Adena’s Beefstroll – Ma’s Meatball Sub
Second Place: Slice Slice Baby – Ballpark Sausage Pizza
Third Place: Empanadas Aqui – Bad Girl Empanada