Get Your Goetta Game On

Eckerlin’s secret recipe contains pork shoulder and beef chuck. No hearts here.

Photograph by Ryan Kurtz

Nobody’s questioning our ubiquitous chili, but goetta is a solid runner up for the official foodstuff of the 513 and 859. Most fans are familiar with the pin-head oat and sausage breakfast scrapple courtesy of Covington-based Glier’s, although several butchers sell their own blends (Avril’s, Eckerlin’s, and Stehlin’s just to name a few). In honor of the legions of All-Star Game visitors who will descend upon the city this month, a handful of restaurants will feature goetta specials from July 11 to 14.

Mike Florea
Maribelle’s Eat + Drink
An Ohio hot brown composed of housemade (head and trotter) goetta with cherry tomatoes, maple-whipped fromage blanc, crispy chicken skin, and shaved turnip. 3235 Madison Rd., Oakley, (513) 321-9111,

Julie Francis
An Eckerlin’s goetta burger with house made chow-chow and pickles, Korean red chili aioli, and a fried farm egg served on a Blue Oven English muffin. 1000 Delta Ave., Mt. Lookout, (513) 929-0525,

Andrew Mersmann
Django Western Taco  
Tacos with crispy bacon and goetta, romaine, tomatoes, and chipotle aioli. 4046 Hamilton Ave., Northside, (513) 542-3664,

Jose Salazar
Crisped housemade goetta with pickled ramps, pluots, young lettuces, a foie gras emulsion, and pistachio pesto. 1401 Republic St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 621-7000,

Dan Wright
The infamous “Goetta Superstar” hot dog with country gravy, arugula, and a poached egg on a brioche bun. 1212 Vine St., Over-the-Rhine, (513) 421-2020,


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