|Overlooking Washington Park the morning of Taste of OTR|
|Cooking up pork bun sliders at Kaze|
I missed out on sampling from the no-show vendors, but my tried-and-true favorites were there to satiate hunger: Streetpops, Eli's BBQ, Kaze, Lavomatic, Urban Grill Food Truck, plus a few more. Kaze was serving up their famous pork bun sliders, while neighboring Lavomatic dished out Korean beef tacos and vegetarian sloppy joes. Competing BBQ vendors Eli's and Urban Grill had two of the city's best pulled pork sandwiches up for grabs. My favorite OTR Taste was the Ohio Sweet Corn popsicle from Streetpops: a cream-based pop with a hint of creamed corn flavoring. Sounds strange, but it was oh-so-tasty. They also had several tamer fruit-based flavors.
|Beef tacos with kimchi from Lavomatic|
Despite the hiccups, Taste of OTR was an astounding success. Over $50,000 was raised to benefit the event coordinator, Tender Mercies, a non-profit which aides the disabled homeless population. The vibrant and lively atmosphere of the new Over The Rhine was in full swing, a testament to the vision of making Cincinnati a safe community that works together to make it an attractive place for visitors.