The Ultimate Guide to Cincinnati Comfort Food

School’s starting and it’s a bit of an adjustment for everyone. Our solution? Comfort food in the form of tender noodles and creamy cheese! Our pals at Yelp Cincy have put together The Ultimate Guide to Cincinnati Comfort Food to satisfy your kiddo’s cravings for a bowl full of love:

Mac and Cheese. There’s a lot to be said about this classic pairing, and lucky for us, there are plenty of spots around Cincy to get satisfy your cravings for this beloved comfort food. From side dishes that perfectly compliment your barbeque or fried chicken, to unique culinary concoctions jam-packed with flavor, there’s a dish for all mac lovers.

Check out some of Yelp’s favorite mac and cheese dishes for the ultimate bowl of Cincinnati comfort food!  


The Eagle

Over the Rhine

This OTR spot is known for its fried chicken, tasty drinks, and delicious sides–mac and cheese is a favorite of course! Just look at this picture — cheesy noodles, breadcrumbs, the whole nine yards! Bonus: sides are served in shareable portions, so it’s easy for your party to try a few of the mouthwatering dishes on the menu like the spoon bread, collard greens, or sweet potatoes (other items Yelpers rave about). Then again you may just want to order a few servings of the mac and cheese after trying that first bite!

Keystone Bar and Grill

Hyde Park, Corryville and Covington

For all you mac and cheese connoisseurs out there, you’re sure to love Keystone and its huge array of mac and cheese creations! With three locations in Hyde Park, Corryville, and Covington, Keystone is a convenient place to get your mac and cheese fix. The restaurant’s menu includes unique culinary concoctions like the Buffalo Springfield, the Fleetwood Mac, and even fried mac & cheese balls. With so many tasty cheesy options, don’t be surprised if you experience major indecisiveness!  

Eli’s BBQ

Columbia Tusculum and OTR

Eli’s BBQ knows comfort food, so it should come as no surprise that Yelpers LOVE this local gem’s delectable mac and cheese! With locations in OTR and Columbia Tusculum, Eli’s is a charming barbeque joint serving up ribs, pulled pork and turkey, hot dogs, and hearty sides like cornbread, baked beans, and irresistible mac and cheese. Go for the food, stay for the atmosphere, Eli’s is an ideal spot to spend a summer afternoon enjoying barbeque and some of the cheesiest mac around!

Incline Public House

Price Hill

With its incredible views of Cincy, Incline Public House is a great place to enjoy a craft brew and tasty mac with good company! Yelpers have a lot of great things to say about this Price Hill restaurant’s menu, including its mac and cheese. Reviews rave about the creamy cheesy mac topped with crumbled grippos chips adding a nice crunch and burst of flavor. Sure the views overlooking the city are beautiful, but when your food comes out, don’t be surprised if you become all encompassed with the photo-worthy mac and cheese on your plate!

Midwest Bbq & Creamery

Camp Dennison

This five star business in Camp Dennison has stolen the hearts of mac and cheese lovers from all over! This local shop serves up flavorful barbecue, made from scratch sides, and sweet ice cream for dessert (rumor has it there’s a Yelp check-in offer for a free scoop, wink wink). Yelpers love that the Midwest Bbq & Creamery’s mac and cheese is homemade and made with real chunks of cheese. Check it out for yourself to see what all the hype is about!

For more Yelp Cincy comfort food faves, be sure to check out Yelp’s Top Hot Dogs and Yelp’s Guide to Cincinnati’s Most Creative Milkshakes! And Yelp-approved picks on the go, be sure to download the Yelp mobile app!

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