Photograph by Ryan Kurtz
Cincinnati’s ribs royalty, the Gregory family, have fed us (along with Bob Hope, a slew of famous sports figures, and numerous presidents) for generations, and the Montgomery Inn Boathouse location serves up charming river views alongside the barbecue. Purists squawk about the ribs, claiming they’re boiled, moaning that they’re not even smoked. But they’re slow roasted, according to Dean Gregory, who swears that they are not boiled, despite many rumors to the contrary. In fairness, the results are plenty tender. The pulled pork is overly sauce-soaked and kinda mushy, but the Saratoga chips are perfectly crisped and salted. If you’re looking for top-quality ’cue at the Boathouse, stick to the appetizers and savor the view: Dunk onion straws into the warm, signature sauce, and settle in to the radial, red-lit dining room, filled with family birthday bashes and Reds fans looking for a post-game bite.