We’re #3!

Wow, thanks everyone! The results from City Beat’s Best of are in, and wine me, dine me came in 3rd, behind Scott Sloan’s blog (warning: not really SFW) and Urban Cincy. Considering WMDM is kind of niche-y, and the only porn around here is food porn, I’m pretty thrilled!

I do have one comment– and this has nothing to do with “Best Blog”, but, of course, the restaurants. I loved the staff feature on Findlay Market, but the preponderance of chains in the list is a little disheartening. “Best of”, to me, means something that doesn’t exist anywhere else– which is why in May I’ll probably complain about “Best of Taste of Cincinnati” is too chain-heavy (though last year was pretty local). I have no issue with local chains, but “best new restaurant” shouldn’t be the fastest growing chain in America, just like Chipotle shouldn’t win in multiple categories (I like Chipotle as much as the next person, but best in Cincinnati? No.).  Folks, support your local restaurants!

17 thoughts on “We’re #3!”

  • Congrats, Julie!

    Of course, I totally agree with you on the whole national chain thing. I realize they’re reader picks, but if you give them enough rope, they’ll hang themselves. It would make sense if CityBeat simply disqualified national restaurant chains.
    .-= Cincinnati Bites´s last blog ..Restaurant Review: Europa =-.

  • Congratulations, Julie.
    After quickly scanning the lists and seeing the enormous number of chain restaurants, I think it would make the most sense if CityBeat had separate categories for national chains and locally owned restaurants. So many chain places are mentioned that it seems kind of pointless to exclude them. And in fairness, local doesn’t necessarily translate to good or even decent.

    • If every city had their own “best of the city” contest, and Chipotle and Starbucks routinely show up on those lists, then it makes the lists irrelevant. What’s the point?

      I support dumping the national chains completely. There’s every reason to exclude them. Local doesn’t necessarily mean good or decent, but I think it’s safe to say there are local restaurants that excel in every one of CityBeat’s categories. You need to challenge yourself and get past the Chipotle’s and the Starbucks to see what Cincinnati really has to offer.

  • Congrats, Julie!

    I’ve mentioned this on Twitter, but seriously – do we need reader voting in this contest? I mean, no duh more people in our 2-million-plus-person metro area have eaten at Chipotle than the Comet. Why not let the CityBeat staff accept nominations, then uncover the hidden neighborhood gems for us?
    .-= Kelly´s last blog ..All the drama, none of the commercials =-.

  • Your #1 Julie, WLW 700 is a classic example of what is wrong in America. Doesn’t Cunningham preach “American Values” from that pulpit? “Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.”
    Henry Mencken

  • I love the blog Julie and I’d offer congrats on making that list, however the CB Best Of list is so god awful that I’m not sure that I’d want to be on it. Aside from the chain restaurant issues, look at the so-called ‘best restaurant’ list; Montogomery Inn is #1?? Are you f’ing kidding me?? That place is so horrid that it qualifies as a Culinary Chernobyl. Their bland, rubbery ribs and cloying ketchupy ‘sauce’ even suck. And Skyline, a fast food joint, is in the top 10 on that list? I think that the results speak volumes about the demographics that City Beat is attracting (or more to the point, is not attracting). {shudder}

  • ““Nobody ever went broke underestimating the taste of the American public.”
    -Henry Mencken”

    Vudutu made the best comment of the day. Right on target!!

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