Meal Madness Flavorful Four: Vote for the best restaurant in Cincinnati

THIS ROUND OF VOTING IS OVER

Meal Madness is down to the final few in the Flavorful Four round!

We’re asking the Tri-State to vote in an NCAA Tournament style to find the reigning restaurant champ of the region.

In the bracket are 4 remaining eat-in restaurants unique to the Cincinnati area that are not predominantly chains, selected after evaluating reviews, reputation, experience and popularity. Not included are common food items like deli sandwiches, wings and pizza, and any chili restaurants (because let’s be honest, that wouldn’t be fair to the rest of the eateries).

In the Edible Eight round, it came down to the wire between Bistro Grace and A Tavola, but despite a flurry of last minute votes, Bistro Grace took the win. Montgomery Inn and Tom+Chee exchanged a few thousand votes, and the Ribs King came out on top. Dee Felice continued its quiet march toward the championship, and Knotty Pine on the Bayou edged out Tony's in total individual votes, launching it amongst the last four restaurants.

Listed below are the Flavorful Four match-ups, a brief description of each restaurant, and a poll to vote for who you think is best. This voting session spans a full week in this round, with one vote per person allowed (This round closes Friday, April 25 at 12 p.m.). The cumulative vote total of each restaurant at the end of the round will win the match up and move on to the final round. 

THIS ROUND OF VOTING IS OVER

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Knotty Pine on the Bayou
vs. 
Montgomery Inn

Montgomery Inn vs. Knotty Pine on the Bayou
Montgomery Inn
Knotty Pine on the Bayou
Poll Maker

Knotty Pine on the Bayou's supporters have come out in droves, launching the upstart Cajun spot into the Flavorful Four. If you're in the mood for red beans and rice, frog legs, blackened chicken, Opera cream cake and red potatoes, Knotty Pine is the menu for you. The cozy Newport roadhouse dishes up Louisiana-style Cajun and Creole specialties in a laid-back atmosphere. It takes on the the Ribs King, Montgomery Inn, which defeated Tom+Chee in a large vote fight in the Edible Eight round. Whether it’s the boat house or the original, the sauce can’t be beat, no matter what you get it on. The atmosphere also presents a unique mix between fine dining and bar noise, keeping your stomach full and your attention grabbed.

Bistro Grace
vs.
Dee Felice

Bistro Grace vs. Dee Felice
Bistro Grace
Dee Felice
Poll Maker

Bistro Grace continues to ride the momentum of a new restaurant, defeating OTR staple A Tavola last round. A quality drink list precedes appetizers that are tasty and unlike most Cincinnati cuisine. The main courses take a Northside approach on every plate. The bourbon cherry sauce on the lamb or the coconut mushroom sauce on the chicken breast speak for themselves. The last of the Flavorful Four, Dee Felice is a lively café in the heart of Covington featuring New Orleans-style cuisine and occasional live music. Serving Northern Kentucky great food and live Jazz since 1984, Dee Felice is known for its excellent crawfish etouffee, shrimp creole, blackened halibut and deep fried oysters.

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