Review: Eli’s

Eli'sI love it when menus make it easy for me to decide.  One item? I can do that.

Eli’s is currently located in a small tent near the Saigon Market side of Findlay Market.  It’s one guy, one griddle, a pork shoulder and a little attitude.  They bill themselves as a life-changing sandwich.  I can buy that, actually.  It’s pretty darn good– probably the best pulled pork sandwich, as a whole, I’ve had in Cincinnati.

That’s probably because Eli’s does one thing only: pulled pork sandwiches.  I suppose they could just give you a plate of pulled pork, but why would you want to skip the buttery bun, or the cole slaw topper?  The foundation is the pork.  It’s well smoked, fall-apart tender, and for some added crispy bits (my favorite part), it’s heated up on a griddle.  The bun has been toasted (something lacking in many pulled pork sandwiches). It’s topped with a not-too-sweet, not-too-hot barbecue sauce and you’re asked if you want creamy, celery seed-laden coleslaw on top.   The correct answer is “yes”, by the way– this may seem odd to you if you grew up with crock pot barbecue on a cold bun, but hit a few hours south of here– Memphis, to be exact– and this is the way to do it.  In fact, I realize that this reminds me of Cozy Corner in Memphis– simple menu, done right.

And the best part? $6.

Eli’s will be moving to a more permanent location sometime in November, located on Riverside Drive in the East End.  More details when they’re announced– but I can’t wait to see what else they smoke.

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  • Bridgett

    That looks amazing!  We were glad to see the addition of fire grilled pizza outside at Findlay yesterday too (although they may just have been there for the Fall Food Fest).  Findlay is becoming a foodies true dream!!!  We will definitely try the BBQ on your recommendation.  :)

    • Julie

      Fireside Pizza (I reviewed them over the summer here: ) is usually at the market on the weekends!

    • Elisbbqcincy

      Fireside Pizza is amazing!

      • Julie

        Eli’s barbecue on Fireside pizza… just a suggestion.

  • Eric Greenberg

    I agree that Eli’s probably makes the best pulled pork sandwich in town. Don’t tell my Rabbi…

    • Julie

      Your secret is safe with me (and the rest of the internet).

  • Boysmom

    The biggest problem that I see is that there is already a restaurant chain called Eli’s.  Very confusing! 

    • Julie

      Good point.

  • Vudutu

    Eli rocks, been my go to for lunch at Findlay on Sat for a while.