CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - Organizers of Taste of Cincinnati have announced winners of the festival's Best of Taste Awards.
From March and April, hundreds of local residents acted as "secret diners" and sampled dishes throughout the Cincinnati area. For the first time, food trucks were eligible this year for Best of Taste Awards.
Food Truck Best Dessert
Third Place: Frozen Cheesecake on a Stick - Sugar Snap! Sweet Treats
Second Place: Sea Salted Belgian Waffle with Caramel Sauce topped with Maker's Mark Bourbon Whipped Cream - Marty's Waffles
First Place: Thai Lime Basil Pop - streetpops
Food Truck Best Appetizer
Third Place: 3 Meat Stroll - Adena's Beefstroll
Second Place: Mini Quesadilla - Red Sesame
First Place: Borocado Martini - Urban Vistro
Food Truck Best go Vibrant!
Third Place: Psycho Hummus – Catch-a-Fire Pizza
Second Place: Pomegranate Tangerine Pop – streetpops
First Place: Korean BBQ Taco – Red Sesame
Food Truck Best Entrée
Third Place: 12 hour Braised Brisket Taco – Texas Joe Tex Mex
Second Place: Carnitas Taco – Urban Vistro
First Place: Bee Sting Sandwich – C'est Cheese
Restaurant Best Dessert
Third Place: Cinnamon Bread Pudding – Alfio's Buon Cibo
Second Place: Gourmet Pops - Delicio
First Place: Chocolate Chip/Blueberry Bread Pudding – Bella Luna
Restaurant Best Appetizer
Third Place: Buffalo Chicken Empanada – Alfio's Buon Cibo
Second Place: Antipasto on a Stick – Bella Luna
First Place: Ricotta & Veal Meatballs – Via Vite
Restaurant Best Soup-Salad-Side
Third Place: Silver Ladle Salad – Silver Ladle
Second Place: Cioppino – Via Vite
First Place: Black & Bleu Tuna Salad – Market Street Grille
Restaurant Best go Vibrant!
Third Place: Vegetarian Grape Leaves – Andy's Mediterranean Grille
Second Place: Chicken Wrap – Market Street Grille
First Place: Wonton Soup – Thai Taste
Restaurant Best Entrée
Third Place: Five Cheese Angus Raviolo – Alfio's Buon Cibo
Second Place: Sacchetti (Stuffed Shells) – Bella Luna
First Place: Teriyaki Marinated Sirloin – The Melting Pot
New for 2016 is Caterer's Corner and an expanded West Sixth Food Truck Alley.
On Monday, caterers like Jeff Thomas Catering, Lula's for Lunch, V's Café and entrepreneurs from Findlay Kitchen will offer three hour visits, serving their unique dishes.
In addition, the West Sixth Food Truck Alley will expand from 10 food trucks to 15 for 2016. The trucks will take over North Broadway off of Fifth Street and expand to also cover South Broadway. West Sixth Food Truck Alley will also feature live music and seating.
Skyline Chili, Crave, Forno Osteria & Bar, Buono Terra, Cazadores Restaurant are all brand new in the ever growing list of participating restaurants in the 2016 Taste of Cincinnati.
- Alfio's Buon Cibo
- Andy's Mediterranean Grille
- Bella Luna
- Budina Noodle and Rice
- Busken Bakery
- Buona Terra (Brand New to Taste of Cincinnati)
- Cazadores Restaurant (Brand New to Taste of Cincinnati)
- Chicago Gyros
- Crave (Brand New to Taste of Cincinnati)
- Delicio Coal Fired Pizza (Brand New to Taste of Cincinnati)
- Eddie's Southern Style BBQ
- Eli's BBQ
- Forno Osteria & Bar (Brand New to Taste of Cincinnati)
- Habanero Latin America
- J Gumbo's
- Keystone Bar & Grill
- Le's Pho & Sandwiches
- Market Street Grille
- McCormick & Schmick's Seafood & Steaks
- Mecklenburg Gardens
- Moerlein Lager House
- Oasis Grill
- Pompillios Restaurant
- Ramundo Family Sausage Co.
- Silver Ladel
- Skyline Chili (Brand New to Taste of Cincinnati)
- Thai Taste
- The Melting Pot
- Tom + Chee
- Via Vite
- Washington Platform
- Wertheim's Restaurant
Adena's Beefstroll, Alabama Fish Bar, Best Thing Smokin, Just Jerks, Roll With It Café are some of the new food trucks that will be added to the West Sixth Food Truck Alley.
- Adena's Beefstroll (Brand New to Taste of Cincinnati)
- Alabama Fish Bar (Brand New to Taste of Cincinnati)
- Best Thing Smokin (Brand New to Taste of Cincinnati)
- Bistro de Mohr
- Catch-a-Fire Pizza
- C'est Cheese
- Empanadas Aqui
- Just Jerks (Brand New to Taste of Cincinnati)
- Marty's Waffles
- Red Sesame
- Roll With It Café (Brand New to Taste of Cincinnati)
- SugarSnap! Sweet Treats
- Texas Joe Tex Mex
- Urban Vistro (Brand New to Taste of Cincinnati)
Taste of Cincinnati runs Saturday, May 28 through Monday, May 30 along Fifth Street from Vine to Sentinel. New hours for Taste of Cincinnati are Saturday and Sunday 11 a.m.- 11 p.m., Monday 11 a.m.- 9 p.m.