Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Honey X 2

Since we have been home, from California, we have not tried anyplace new but have still eaten out quite a bit.
The first night back, and again a week later, we went to "Honey" Hamilton Ave in Northside-513-541-4300. I have written and extolled the food several times before. Again Shoshanna Hefner, the chef-owner, did not disappoint. Each time, there were four of us, and although there were some repeats it was a wonderful sampling of her imagination and artistry.
My only beef is that the don't carry "regular" Bombay so I am stuck with the upgrade "Sapphire"
The fist night I started with a Mediterranean appetizer plate, including eggplant, peppers, salami and a firm Greek cheese that was fried and served warm. I followed with an excellent rack of lamb served on Gnocchi and also glazed Brussels sprouts, all favorites of mine. Marilyn had the brazed beef short ribs, served on the bone, the way they should be, having started her meal with a beautifully prepared Polenta. The ribs came with mashed potato's and root vegetables. There was also a main course of Duck Brest and an additional order of lamb, for the other twosome.
On the second visit I chose the 8 oz Burger which is topped with white Cheddar as well as sauteed mushrooms and onions. The accompaniment is a generous portion of "honey" fries with a spicy oriental dipping sauce. I tried an English "Samuel Smith" beer , which had been recommended by our server. The others had short ribs, quail and salmon. One "special salad of spinach, strawberries, nuts and cheese was shared by the other couple. The whole table had started by sharing the Mediterranean plate with warm bread as a starter.
Both nights we ate out doors and although the second was quite warm it still was easier to visit than in the crowded and not so cool restaurant.
I have been pleased to see people supporting some of Cincinnati's home run restaurants and last Wednesday at "Honey was no exception.

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