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The Goliath: Brisket with baked beans, mac and cheese, and cornbread / Image: Phil Armstrong, Cincinnati Refined
The Goliath: Brisket with baked beans, mac and cheese, and cornbread / Image: Phil Armstrong, Cincinnati Refined
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From Food Truck To Brick & Mortar Restaurant, Just Q’in Is Doing BBQ Their Own Way

Food trucks are like those little packets of seeds you get to begin growing a garden. They are the promise that one day your vision will be realized. The initial cost is lower than buying an entire full-grown plant, but if you give it everything it needs, the seed will grow and reward your patience.

That’s how Just Q’in got to where it is today.


Starting off as a food truck, it rolled around Cincinnati dishing out smoked BBQ to hungry patrons until the business grew into its first restaurant, which opened in Newtown in 2011. After five years of seeing their vision go from successful food truck to an even more successful brick and mortar restaurant, they expanded again and opened another location in Walnut Hills.

Luckily for us, that means we have the chance to quickly get at Just Q’in’s delicious menu from multiple parts of town. And boy do we ever love getting at some high-quality brisket.

With his faith as one of the main tenants driving the theme of the business, owner Matt Cuff offers a variety of delicious smoked dishes including brisket (called ‘Goliath’), ribs (‘Adam’), chicken sandwiches (‘Judas’), pork sandwiches (‘David’), and a slew of different sides to complement each dish. All of it is smothered in BBQ sauce you can't get anywhere else. That special sauce is the key to differentiating it from every other BBQ joint in town.


With his garden grown from seedling food truck to two wonderful restaurants in Cincinnati, Cuff's culinary endeavors are a gift to anyone seeking awesome BBQ.

The new Walnut Hills restaurant sports a modestly-sized dining room with eclectic, rustic wood furniture behind giant plate glass windows that let in tons of natural light. Attached to the indoor dining room is a well-landscaped outdoor seating area with overhead hanging bulbs and lots of room to spread out. The smell of the on-site smoker, lovingly named 'Luanne,' permeates the area.

To say the least, the restaurant’s aesthetic is sleek and refined. Basically, you need to go check this new location out.


Just Q’in has two locations: Walnut Hills 975 E. McMillan Street 45206 and Newtown (6901 Valley Ave. 45244).