CINCINNATI – Deciding what to sample at Taste of Cincinnati can be a little overwhelming.
This year 33 local restaurants and 18 food trucks will serve more than 500 items at the 40th annual food festival, which will take place May 26-28 along Fifth Street, Downtown, from Main Street to the ramps of I-71 and Columbia Parkway.
To help you determine what to eat, answer the questions below to see 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.
- Booths in the 100s, 300s and 500s will line the south side of Fifth Street.
- Those in the 200s, 400s and 600s will line the north side of Fifth Street.
- Booths 100-242 will be located between Main and Sycamore streets
- Booths 300-442 will be located between Sycamore and Broadway streets
- Booths 500-650 will be located between Broadway Street and the ramps to I-71 and Columbia Parkway.
- 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 chocolate raspberry tiramisu won first place. The chocolate raspberry tiramisu is $4.
Market Street Grille, booth 308: Market Street's creme brûlée won second place. The brûlée is $4.
McCormick & Schmick’s, booth 106: McCormick & Schmick's cinnamon and sugar shubert roll tied for third place. The roll is $2.
Pompilio's booth, 508: Pompilio's tiramisu cannoli tied for third place. The cannoli is $4.
Food Truck Best of Taste Desserts
SugarSnap!, booth 712: SugarSnap's "Make it a Sundae" brownie won first place. The brownie is $5.
Marty's Waffles, booth 734: Marty's Waffles' Belgian sugar waffle won second place. The waffle is $6.
Hungry Bros., booth 708: Hungry Bros.' fried cheesecake won third place. The fried cheesecake is $5.
Restaurant Best of Taste Appetizers
Island Frydays, booth 130: Island Frydays' jerk chicken pasta won first place. The pasta is $4.
Thai Taste, booth 608: Thai Taste's crab rangoon won second place. The rangoons are three for $3.
Market Street Grille, booth 308: Market Street Grille's crab cake won third place. The crab cake is $6.
Food Truck Best of Taste Appetizers
Adena's Beefstroll, booth 736: Adena's Beefstroll's the Stroll won first place. Adena's Stroll is $3.
Red Sesame, booth 722: Red Sesame's mini-quesadilla won second place. Red Sesame's mini-quesadilla is $3.
Best Thing Smokin, booth 704: Best Thing Smokin's smoked pulled pork sliders won third place. Best Thing Smokin's sliders are $4.
Restaurant Best of Taste Soup, Salad, Sides
Tickle Pickle, booth 228: Tickle Pickle's mac & cheese with crushed BBQ Grippo's potato chips won first place. Tickle Pickle's mac & cheese is $4.
Market Street Grille, booth 310: Market Street Grille's beer cheese sidewinder fries tied for second place. Market Street's fries are $4.
Delicio's, booth 536: Delicio's pepperoni pasta salad tied for second place. Delicio's pasta is $4.
McCormick & Schmick’s, booth 106: McCormick & Schmick’s watermelon gazpacho won third place. McCormick & Schmick's gazpacho is $4.
Food Truck Best of Taste Soup, Salad, Side
Packhouse Meats, booth 724: Packhouse Meats' jalapeno macaroni and cheese won first place. Packhouse's mac & cheese is $3.
Wicked Hickory, booth 730: Wicked Hickory's brisket macaroni and cheese won second place. Wicked Hickory's brisket mac is $6.
Hungry Bros., booth 708: Hungry Bros.' Kevin Bacon Ranch won third place. Hungry Bros.' Kevin Bacon Ranch is $5.
Restaurant Best of Taste go Vibrant!
Silver Ladle, booth 208: The Silver Ladle salad won first place. Silver Ladle's salad is $4.
Market Street Grille, booth 310: Market Street Grille's spicy chicken wrap won second place. Market Street's spicy chicken wrap is $4.
Tickle Pickle, booth 228: Tickle Pickle's black bean burger won third place. Tickle Pickle's burger is $5.
Food Truck Best of Taste go Vibrant!
streetpops, booth 738: streetpops' pineapple passion fruit streetpop won first place and its pineapple strawberry swirl streetpop won third place. Both streetpops are $3.
Hungry Bros., booth 708: Hungry Bros.' chicken schwarma slider won second place. Hungry Bros.' chicken schwarma slider is $5.
Restaurant Best of Taste Entrée
Alfio’s Buon Cibo, booth 414: Alfio’s Buon Cibo's veal short rib ravioli won first place. Alfio's ravioli is $6.
Island Frydays, booth 226: Island Frydays' Caribbean BBQ wings with yellow rice and mixed vegetables won second place. Island Frydays wings are $6.
Tickle Pickle, booth 228: Tickle Pickle's jalapeño jam burger won third place. Tickle Pickle's burger is $6.
Food Truck Best of Taste Best Entrée
Adena's Beefstroll, booth 736: Adena's Beefstroll's Ma's meatball sub won first place. Adena's meatball sub is $5.
Slice Slice Baby, booth 702: Slice Slice Baby's ballpark sausage pizza won second place. Slice Slice Baby's pizza is $4.
Empanadas Aqui, booth 716: Empanadas Aqui's Bad Girl Empanada won third place. Empanadas Aqui's empanada is $5.
For a list of every Taste of Cincinnati vendor and menu item, visit tasteofcincinnati.com.