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Taste Of Cincinnati Award Winners


Taste of Cincinnati's annual awards list is out. Taste will be held May 27-29.

As previously announced, the event is moving slightly this year. The festival is staying on Fifth St but is moving two blocks east.

Rather than starting at Fountain Square, Taste will start at Main St. and go past Sentinel St. to extend onto the ramps to I-71 and Columbia Parkway.

Also new this year is Taste of Findlay Market on the Fifth Street ramp to I-71. Organizers say this area "will exclusively feature food vendors from Findlay Market and 'foodpreneurs' from Findlay Kitchen, serving delicious fresh-prepared 'bites', throughout the weekend."

"This means Taste of Findlay Market on Saturday will be different from Sunday, and Sunday will be different from Monday," says Director of Food Innovation at Findlay Market Marianne Hamilton.

Here are 2017's winners:

Food Truck Best Dessert

Third Place: Pineapple Strawberry Swirl streetpop - streetpops

Second Place: Belgian Sugar Waffle with Sea Salt, Caramel & Maker's Mark Whipped Cream – Marty’s Waffles

First Place: Fried Cheesecake – Hungry Bros.

Food Truck Best Appetizer

Third Place: The Kevin Bacon – Hungry Bros.

Second Place: Mini Chicken Quesadilla – Red Sesame

First Place:  The Stroll – Adena’s Beefstroll

Food Truck Best Soup-Salad-Side

Third Place: Candied Braised Brussel Sprouts – Urban Vistro

Second Place: Tostones – Empanadas Aqui

First Place: Jalapeno Mac n Cheese - Packhouse

Food Truck Best go Vibrant!

Third Place: Hairy Empanada – Empanadas Aqui

Second Place: Korean BBQ Taco – Red Sesame

First Place: Lamb Slider – Hungry Bros.

Food Truck Best Entrée

Third Place: Hickory Smoked Brisket Taco with Island Slaw – Wicked Hickory

Tie for Second Place: Ahi Tuna Tacos – Urban Vistro and Bangin’  Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Slaw – Best Thing Smokin’

First Place: Hand Battered Cod Platter – Alabama Fish Bar

Restaurant Best Dessert

Third Place: Cannoli – Pompilio’s

Second Place: Chocolate, Peanut Butter & Mascarpone Cheesecake – Afio’s buon cibo

First Place: Crème Brulee – Market Street Grille

Restaurant Best Appetizer

Third Place: Risotto Balls – Pompilio’s

Second Place: Jerk Chicken Pasta – Island Frydays

First Place:  Crab Cake – Market Street Grille

Restaurant Best Soup-Salad-Side

Third Place: Mandy's Che' Chili – Che’

Second Place: Sidewinder Fries – Market Street Grille

First Place: Birra Chiarra Italian Greens – Rivertown Brewery & Barrelhouse

Restaurant Best go Vibrant!

Third Place: Buns n Roses – Tickle Pickle

Second Place: Spicy Chicken Wrap – Market Street Grille

First Place: Silver Ladle Salad – Silver Ladle

Restaurant Best Entrée

Third Place: Bacon Jelly Slider – Sammy’s Craft Burgers & Beers

Second Place: Jerk Chicken with Rice and Peas – Island Frydays

First Place: Pulled Pork Sandwich with BBQ Sauce & Cole Slaw – Eli’s BBQ

Senior Editor and reporter at WVXU with more than 20 years experience in public radio; formerly news and public affairs producer with WMUB. Would really like to meet your dog.