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Taste of Cincinnati quiz: Which Best of Taste-winning dish should you eat first?

Posted: 6:00 AM, May 23, 2019
Updated: 2019-05-23 06:23:49-04
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CINCINNATI — Deciding what to sample at Taste of Cincinnati can be a little overwhelming.

This year 53 local restaurants and food trucks will serve more than 300 items at the 41st annual food festival. It will take place May 25-27 along Fifth Street, Downtown, from Main Street to the ramps of I-71 and Columbia Parkway.

To help you plan your eating strategy, answer the questions below to get suggestions for which Best of Taste winning dish you should try first.


The rest of the Best of Taste

Now that you've taken the quiz, here are the Best of Taste winners in the appetizer, entree, soup-salad-side, dessert and go Vibrant! food truck and restaurant categories, listed with prices and each vendor's booth number.

  1. Booths in the 100s, 300s and 500s will line the south side of Fifth Street.
  2. Those in the 200s, 400s and 600s will line the north side of Fifth Street.
  3. Booths 100-242 will be located between Main and Sycamore streets.
  4. Booths 300-442 will be located between Sycamore and Broadway streets.
  5. Booths 500-650 will be located between Broadway Street and the ramps to I-71 and Columbia Parkway.
  6. Food trucks, the booths listed in the 700s, will line the Columbia Parkway ramp as part of Food Truck Alley. The smaller a booth number, the further west it will be in its block.

Restaurant Best of Taste Desserts

Alfio's Buon Cibo, booth 414: Alfio's apple quince bread pudding won first place. The bread pudding is $4.

Market Street Grille, booth 308: Market Street Grille's crème brulee won second place. The crème brulee is $4.

Pompilio's, booth 620: Pompilio's spumoni cannoli tied for third place. The cannoli is $4.

Oakbrook Bakery, booth 228: Oakbrook Bakery's black forest cake tied for third place. The cake is $5.

Food Truck Best of Taste Desserts

Sugar Snap!, food truck 704: Sugar Snap's "Make it a Sundae" brownie won first place. The brownie is $5.

The Cheesecakery, food truck 722: The Cheesecakery's white chocolate raspberry cheesecake cupcake won second place. The cupcake is $4.

Hungry Bros., food truck 714: The Hungry Bros.' turtle fried cheesecake won third place. The cheesecake is $5.

Restaurant Best of Taste Appetizers

Revolution Rotisserie, booth 130: Revolution Rotisserie's lightning wings won first place. An order of wings is $5.

Alfio’s Buon Cibo, booth 414: Alfio's gnocchi bolognese won second place. The gnocchi is $5.

McCormick & Schmick’s, booth 106: McCormick & Schmick's bacon-wrapped shrimp kisses won third place. An order of shrimp kisses is $5.

Food Truck Best of Taste Appetizers

Adena’s Beefstroll, food truck 706: Adena's the Stroll won first place. The Stroll is $3.

Harvest Mobile Cuisine, food truck 718: Harvest's lobster poutine won second place. The lobster poutine is $6.

Wicked Hickory, food truck 736: Wicked Hickory's smoked lamb nachos won third place. An order of nachos is $6.

Restaurant Best of Taste Soup, Salad, Sides

Mahope, booth 550: Mahope's Cambodian chicken taco won first place. The taco is $4.

Tickle Pickle, booth 520: Tickle Pickle's Gods'mac Grippos Mac & Cheese won second place. The mac & cheese is $4.

Sawasdee Thai Cuisine, booth 210: Sawasdee's Thai papaya salad won third place. The salad is $6.

Food Truck Best of Taste Soup, Salad, Side

Texas Joe Tex-Mex, food truck alley: Texas Joe's braised brisket bowl won first place. The bowl is $5.

Wicked Hickory, food truck 736: Wicked Hickory's brisket mac won second place. The mac is $6.

Harvest Mobile Cuisine, food truck 718: Harvest's sprouts won third place. An order of sprouts is $5.

Restaurant Best of Taste go Vibrant!

Mahope, booth 550: Mahope's Cambodian portobello mushroom taco won first place. The taco is $4.

Poke Hut, booth 322: Poke Hut's poke cupcake won second place. The cupcake is $4.

Tickle Pickle, booth 520: Tickle Pickle's Buns N Roses black bean burger with cashew cheese won third place. The burger is $6.

Food Truck Best of Taste go Vibrant!

Screaming Goat, food truck 702: Screaming Goat's glazed swordfish kebab tied for first place. The kebab is $6.

Streetpops, food truck 738: Streetpops' fruit punch streetpop tied for first place. The streetpop is $3.

Streetpops, food truck 738: Streetpops' lemonade streetpop won second place. The streetpop is $3.

The Tin Man Grill, food truck 716: Tin Man's strawberry chicken taco won third place. The taco is $5.

Restaurant Best of Taste Entrée

McK’s Chicks, booth 316: McK's pork grenade won first place. The pork grenade is $6.

Just Q’in BBQ, booth 132: Just Q'in's brisket won second place. The brisket is $6.

Market Street Grille, booth 308: Market Street's gourmet mac & cheese won third place. The mac & cheese is $5.

Food Truck Best of Taste Best Entrée

Sweets & Meats BBQ, food truck 726: Sweets & Meats' smoked rib tips won first place. An order of rib tips is $6.

Adena’s Beefstroll, food truck 706: Adena's cheesy garlic-style Italian beef won second place. The beef is $6.

Just Jerks Ena’s Jamaican Grill, food truck 734: Just Jerks' jerk chicken nachos won third place. An order of nachos is $5.

For a list of every Taste of Cincinnati vendor and menu item, visit tasteofcincinnati.com.