When Marilyn was in school, in Boston, a few years ago, the dorm would empty on "gray meat" nights and go to a neighborhood eatery run by an Asian man. I have asked her the name of this place, of her youth, and all she can remember was a sign in the window, "Good Food".
Obviously the place has not transferred here but the concept has, so here are a few places we have been and things we have eaten that come under that category.
"Cumin" 3520 Erie Ave. (513) 871-8714. Excellent cauliflower( a big item currently on menus) first course, the vegetable was perfectly roasted and mixed with golden raisins, pistachio nuts and a few other items and spices, all in a very light dressing. The excellent, too large, braised lamb shank came with surrounding items, and a moist and fine textured carrot cake slice had a delicious white cream topping.
"La Poste" 3410 Telford (513)281-3663. Whatever you do save room for the "chocolate-cherry" bread pudding covered with Carmel sauce. If you're a small eater have a cup of soup and desert, if your like me have the sweetbreads, crispy and flavorful, and the veal strip, much too much, ( take some home). You also have choices of brazed short ribs (sometimes over done) or one or two pastas along with plenty of other items. But again have the bread pudding, it's worth the trip.
"Cafe Mediterranean" (BYOB) 9525 Kenwood Road, Blue Ash, (513) 745-9386. A reincarnation of the namesake in Anderson with all the favorites. We share the appetizer platter and usual have a fish or calves liver but the meat dishes are also well prepared, interesting and tasty.
"Otto's" 521 Main St Covington, KY (859) 491-6678. Do I need to write? Whatever I put in this posting will be repetitious. Brunch, go with the Benedict Otto's( their take on Eggs Benedict), the B.L.F.G.T- bacon, lettuce and fried green tomato's on a croissant or the crab meat hash. Dinner scallops, shrimp and grits, tilapia or any of the meat dishes, all "good food". Some times I feel it's a waste to have the fried green tomato's other than as a separate item, they are outstanding.
Finally, a chain "Keystone Bar and Grill" in both KY and the Cincinnati area. Nothing fancy but decent upscale bar food with specials on Monday and Tuesday, all day. Monday's are approximately 10 Mac and cheese dishes and Tuesday's are half priced Quesadillas as are the Mac and cheeses on Monday's . The salads are large( read splittable) crisp and interesting while the home-made chips come crisp, plentiful and are perfect with the house barbecue sauce, they will also be happy to serve you a drink while you munch the chips or at any time.