Who won Taste of Cincinnati’s ‘Best of Taste’ preview? See top restaurants, food trucks

Last week, a select number of restaurants and food trucks were judged at Findlay Kitchen and Longworth Hall in a preview for the upcoming Taste of Cincinnati festival, in a “Best of Taste of Cincinnati.”

The public was able to attend and sample the dishes, and judges decided the best items in the categories of appetizer, soup/salad/side, entrée and dessert.

Ready for Taste of Cincinnati?: Here are the restaurants and food trucks participating

Here are the winners in each category for restaurants and food trucks.

Restaurant “Best of Taste” winners


  • Gold: YouYu (Hard Rock Casino) – Bulgogi French Fries

  • Silver: Thai Express – Papaya Salad, Sticky Rice with & without Chicken

  • Bronze: Herban Vegans – Gumbolaya


  • Gold: Council Oak Steak and Seafood (Hard Rock Casino)- Waygu Meatball

  • Silver: Alfio’s Buon Cibo – Korean Barbecue Pork Empanada

  • Bronze: Sawasdee Thai Cuisine – Tod Mun


  • Gold: Alfio’s – Veal Short Rib Ravioli Creamy Truffle Marsala Sauce

  • Silver: Sweets & Meats BBQ – Smoked Pork Rib Tips

  • Bronze: Sweets & Meats BBQ – BBQ Slider & Side


  • Gold: Pompilio’s Restaurant– Chocolate and Peanut Butter Cannoli

  • Silver: The Cheesecakery – Salted Caramel Truffle Cheesecake Cupcake

  • Bronze: Alfio’s Buon Cibo – Chocolate Caramel Tiramisu

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Food truck “Best of Taste” winners


  • Gold: Texas Joe Tex Mex– Nopales & Calabaza Vegan or Vegetarian Bowl

  • Silver: House Café and Catering – Truffle Mac & Cheese

  • Bronze: Wicked Hickory – Dirty South Shot


  • Gold: Dine-In Hawaiian – Fried Musubi

  • Silver: Wicked Hickory – Smoked Meat Nachos

  • Bronze: Off the Hook – Shrimp Fritters


  • Gold: Buffalo’s Best – Chicken Wings

  • Silver: Off the Hook – Cod Nibbler

  • Bronze: MamaBear’s Mac – Bruschetta Grilled Cheese


  • Gold: House Café and Catering – Cannoli French Toast

  • Silver: SugarSnap! – Salted Caramel Brownie Sundae

  • Bronze: Streetpops – Strawberry Rose Cream Streetpop

This article originally appeared on Cincinnati Enquirer: Here are the winners from ‘Best of Taste of Cincinnati’ preview