What can be more beautiful than perfectly seasoned and cooked chicken? My friend joked that Revolution’s chicken was so high quality that it tasted like it actually had a different protein structure from your standard chicken. I sort of laughed, paused, and thought, “it kind of does?!”

In the unending conquest to try (almost) every restaurant and bar in the city, I’m always chasing that next high: the next exotic taste, the coolest bar concept, a bizarre take on an old favorite that takes things to the next level. What if the next exotic, crazy, most avante garde restaurant was just really, really, really good chicken? I think it’s Revolution.

Given, I am a bit biased on this review: I came in during the 4 year anniversary celebration to the tune of $4 Mules (they have offerings from London Gin & Cucumber to Moscow to Tequila). Add to that that I am a sucker for cool architecture (the façade has cool gothic throw-back terra cotta reliefs and inside a cool mosaic floor). They’re also super gluten friendly. How can you improve upon Revolution? Spoiler: you can’t. It’s the best chicken in Cincinnati.

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CRAVING SANDWICHES? HERE ARE CINCINNATI’S TOP 5

Need more sandwiches in your life?

Hoodline crunched the numbers to find the top sandwich sources in Cincinnati, using both Yelp data and our own secret sauce to produce a ranked list of the best spots to meet your needs.

First on the list is Revolution Rotisserie & Bar. Located at 1106 Race St. in Over-The-Rhine, the pub and New American spot, which offers sandwiches and more, is the highest-rated sandwich spot in Cincinnati, boasting 4.5 stars out of 330 reviews on Yelp.

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REVOLUTION ROTISSERIE: WHAT GOES AROUND COMES AROUND

The wheel is turning in Cincinnati neighborhoods. A few blocks on a main street were the center of communities before they emptied out in favor of strip malls and shopping centers. Now they’re coming back again. Restaurants are a central part of this new turn of events. In Pleasant Ridge, several new bars, food shops and eateries are bringing life to the blocks of Montgomery Road near Ridge. The aptly-named Revolution Rotisserie is the latest new eating place to open, on the corner of Losantiville and Montgomery. The “revolution” in the name isn’t actually about civic rejuvenation but refers to the rotisserie method they use to roast chickens. That inspired the “revolutionary” names of many of their dishes, like Patrick Henry and Marie Curie and Nelson Mandela.

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REVOLUTION ROTISSERIE ANNOUNCES PLEASANT RIDGE LOCATION OPENING DATE

“Honestly, we’ve been shocked with the amount of positive feedback from Pleasant Ridge,” said Kathy O’Connell of Revolution Rotisserie, the Over-the-Rhine restaurant that is opening a second location at the corner of Losantiville Avenue and Montgomery Road. “It’s been fun to watch how excited people are about it.”They have now settled on an opening date of January 19. For their second location, Revolution Rotisserie is taking over the space that had been Emanu African restaurant. They’ll serve, as they do in Over-the-Rhine, American comfort food, to eat in or to go, along with a full bar.

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REVOLUTION ROTISSERIE EXPANDS INTO PLEASANT RIDGE

Revolution Rotisserie & Bar has come far since its early days as a chicken-and-pita-sandwich pop-up in Findlay Market. After expanding into a full restaurant on Race Street in 2015, Revolution is extending its reach with a second location in Pleasant Ridge. Revolution will replace what was formerly Emanu East African Restaurant at 6063 Montgomery Road. “We are just incredibly excited about the community (in Pleasant Ridge),” says co-owner Nick Pesola. “It’s very engaged with their restaurants. There’s a nice balance of urban-suburban authenticity to it.”

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THE HOOSIER FROM REVOLUTION ROTISSERIE IN OTR

Revolution Rotisserie & Bar has come far since its early days as a chicken-and-pita-sandwich pop-up in Findlay Market. After expanding into a full restaurant on Race Street in 2015, Revolution is extending its reach with a second location in Pleasant Ridge. Revolution will replace what was formerly Emanu East African Restaurant at 6063 Montgomery Road. “We are just incredibly excited about the community (in Pleasant Ridge),” says co-owner Nick Pesola. “It’s very engaged with their restaurants. There’s a nice balance of urban-suburban authenticity to it.”

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THESE GREATER CINCINNATI EATERIES KNOW TATER TOTS AREN’T JUST FOR KIDS

Every Friday through the end of Lent, chicken restaurant Revolution Rotisserie is serving fried fish with a side of tots at its Over-the-Rhine and Pleasant Ridge locations. Revolution Rotisserie already includes tots in its poutine — tots, chicken, semi-melted cheese curds and gravy — and as a side basket; this is yet another option. For Sunday brunch, try the breakfast poutine tots — ham, cheese curds and hollandaise sauce — alongside bottomless mimosas.

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NINE BOOZY CINCINNATI BRUNCHES

Revolution’s recently opened second location in Pleasant Ridge has the same focus on rotisserie chicken and playful pita sandwiches, but the brunch menu includes options like French toast, tater tot poutine and deviled eggs. Sunday also signals the start of Mimosa Madness: Buy a wine glass full of mimosa for $15 and get each refill for just $1. They also have three different bloodies, a mule-mosa with ginger beer and a Super Cereal Cocktail with Cinnamon Toast Cruch-infused almond milk, Bulleit bourbon and Ancho Reyes, garnished with a toasted marshmallow. Must Try: The Rotisserie Chicken & Waffles. Get anywhere from a quarter to half of a bird — white or dark meat — topped with spicy syrup and served with two buttermilk waffles.

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CELEBRATE NATIONAL SANDWICH DAY AT ONE OF CINCINNATI’S TOP SANDWICH ESTABLISHMENTS

Next up is Over-the-Rhine’s Revolution Rotisserie & Bar, situated at 1106 Race St. With 4.5 stars out of 279 reviews on Yelp, it specializes in a variety of pita sandwiches. Menu offerings include the Nelson Mandela (black beans, pepper jack cheese, corn chips, cilantro, tomato and chipotle ranch) and George Washington (blue cheese, bacon, arugula, onion, celery and ranch). Yelper Abby D. noted, “The pita was amazing and it seemed lightly fried, which added an excellent layer of taste and texture to the wonderful guacamole.”

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TAKE A PEEK INSIDE OTR’S NEWEST RESTAURANT

Over-the-Rhine’s newest restaurant is open for business and has all your fixin’ for chicken. Revolution Rotisserie & Bar started life as a tent selling rotisserie chicken pita sandwiches at Findlay Market, but owner Nicholas Pesola decided to give it new life – and a full bar – as a full-service brick-and-mortar restaurant at 1106 Race St. in the old Cafe Lang Thang space.

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FALL DRINKS: BARS ACROSS CINCINNATI DEPUT UNIQUE BOOZY DRINKS

CINCINNATI — Fall has arrived and so have boozy fall drinks at bars across Cincinnati. Restaurants and bars are debuting their seasonal drink menus with flavors like cinnamon, apple and chai. Revolution Rotisserie and Bar showed off its new seasonal drinks, including the Teddy Roosevelt, sweet potato bourbon blend drink topped with a toasted marshmallow. The Queen Lili’uokalani is filled with pineapple vodka, cinnamon and vanilla. The Cochise has a spicy blend of fresh sweet corn, Ancho Reyes Verde Chile Liqueur and tequila. The William Tell is an apple pie bourbon mule with house-made ginger syrup, cinnamon and a touch of cranberry.

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REVOLUTION ROTISSERIE OPENS STOREFRONT RESTAURANT IN OTR

A small business selling roasted chicken at Findlay Market is moving into a permanent home on Race Street. Revolution Rotisserie will take over the space that was Cafe Lang Thang (and before that, Enzo’s) at 1106 Race St., a block north of Central Parkway. Nick Pesola, 25, is the owner of Revolution. He named it after the chickens that revolve on a rotisserie, which he uses to make pita-wrapped sandwiches. The chicken is Amish, raised on a vegetable diet with no hormones or preservatives. It’s brined, roasted and hand-pulled. He has been selling the sandwiches from a cart at Findlay Market since May.

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HERE ARE 9 LIQUID BRUNCHES TO KNOW AND LOVE

Enjoy unlimited mimosas at this Over-the-Rhine haunt. The deal costs $20, with no food item included (but also no need to purchase food to get the deal). However, you should probably eat something, so we suggest the rotisserie chicken and waffles. The mimosas are available 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday, but you’re allowed to stay as long as you want to drink as many mimosas as you want. But if drinking sparkling wine with orange juice isn’t your thing, Revolution also has craft cocktails. The Super Cereal synthesizes with Cinnamon Toast Crunch soaked in almond milk, Ancho Reyes (chile liqueur) and bourbon, and it’s finished with a toasted marshmallow. Mimosas are available by the glass ($7), as is a bloody mixed with chimichurri and tequila ($9). 1106 Race St., Over-the-Rhine. Brunch: 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday.

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POLLYS NEW FAVE: ROTISSERIE POTATO BOWL

I was feeling sorry for myself, for no particularly good reason. And I’d just had some wrenching dental work done. And then I found the perfect thing for lunch. It was the mashed potato bowl at Revolution Rotisserie in Over-the-Rhine. I’d gone in to get one of their rotisserie chicken sandwiches or maybe even a chicken dinner. But the idea of a bowl full of soft, rich, gravy-covered mashed potatoes was too alluring to pass up.

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Nick, Kathy and the whole crew from Revolution Rotisserie did an outstanding job catering our wedding! They were extremely conscious of our guests needs and even our budget.

Our friends and family LOVED the food, they loved that there were amazing vegetarian options and the staff was extremely welcoming and helpful with guiding everyone through the buffet.

Not to mention being able to support a local small business was a great feeling and meant so much to us and our family.
We would highly recommend hiring Revolution Rotisserie for any of your catering needs!”

Erica Caldwell & Josh Nunez

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