Sunday, June 3, 2007


Last night it was "Hugo", 3235-A Madison Road, Oakley, OH 54209--513-321-4846, handicapped accessible.
Hugo has been open approximately 3 weeks, and it was our first visit. It bills itself as "Southern Sophisticated cuisine" but in my, not so humble opinion, cannot come anywhere near such places as the Horseradish Grill or The Southern Kitchen in the Atlanta, GA area.
After a slight discussion with our server, he had his agenda and we had ours, we settled in with a good drink or wine for the 4 of us. Once on the same page with the service his service was pleasant and professional. Now in sink, the server explained the theory of the menu: three courses, if desired, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd plates. All pleasantly sized but not large. If one followed the suggested routine you would be spending between $45 and $60 dollars for food alone, not counting dessert or coffee.
We chose only a starter and entree. The menu is not extensive but has enough choices to please most dinners. Approximately 10 entrees.
Among or entrees were; Kobe Beef, Veal chop and Shrimp and Grits, the latter being their signature dish. It was the most truly Southern, and was three good sized Scampi on white grits, with cheese. My salad was slightly disappointing, in that it was described as chopped greens on a bed of caramelized onions and sliced fingerling potatoes. Interesting, but only one small potato slice. The others choose Gazpacho which was was quite good and slightly spicy.
Hugo is in the spot formally occupied by Pho Paris and has not changed the decor. It is attractive and had a good crowd, in the bar and dining room, even though it is new. Some may have been refuges from "Boca" across the street.
The jury is still out about how we feel about a second visit.

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