A couple of nights ago we went to "50 West Brewing Company", 7688 Wooster Pike, 45227. The physical plant previously had been the home of the "Heritage Restaurant" on Route 50 just east of Mariemont. This rendition is a beer stube serving "tapas" sized "upscale" bar food. The beer is still the star attraction with 10 or more house made items on tap. They also offer a beer flight, 6 samples, from light to dark, with approximately an oz and a half pours. I tried 2 of the darker drafts( $5 each) both of which, to my untrained taste buds seemed about the same. Some the items the four of us ordered as food accompaniment were: Apple-Pecan salad, Duck Sliders, Horseradish beer cheese (hot temp.) with soft pretzel rolls, Moroccan Meatballs and chicken Enchilada's. Most items had a good amount of spice; that's how one prepares food if the main interest is selling beer.
Interesting concept, we may return but probably for the beer.
Another night it was dinner at "Bonefish Grill" Edwards and Madison Road in Hyde Park. A perfectly decent chain, seafood restaurant. Tuesday night it is special lobster dishes and Wednesday night is half priced "Bang-Bang" Shrimp. At 6 PM the "joint is jumping" as not only are there food specials but it is "happy hour" on bar, well, drinks. "Bonefish" has all the regular items but they have added a couple of salads and also have a printed menu of "specials". Besides splitting the shrimp we tackled the "wedge" salad, Tuna Sashimi, a Tilapia Sandwich, fried oysters and pickle slices ( some combination) and ended with there excellent warm Macadamia Nut brownie with vanilla ice cream. Go to "Bonefish" for that dessert if nothing else.
The hit of the week was the awesome dinner at "La Poste" Eatery, 3410 Telford, Clifton 513-281-3663. David Taylor, the Chef, who cut his teeth at "Honey" has improved, in my opinion, as he has settled in at "La Poste". Saturday night both Marilyn and I had grilled, skin on, Walleye ( Northern Pike), one of our favorites. The fish was prepared perfectly and lay on a sauce which contained dried fruit, herbs and just a touch of wine. Our guest had ruby trout also done to perfection. Marilyn had a hearts of palm and fennel salad. Both items shredded and marinated. My salad had the title of "opera" but all I can remember is the beautiful freezie, accented with sauteed Sweetbread slices, and colored with very thin rounds of marinated carrots.
You can't have a meal at "La Poste" without ending with the sour cherry, white chocolate, bread pudding bathed in Caramel sauce. The wine list is excellent and features more that the everyday selections.
A new spot for lunch is "452 Kitchen" at 452 Woodburn near St. Francis DeSales Church. This small personally run salad, soup, salad and sandwich emporium has been open less than a year and is operated by two women who took there job as guidance councilors at UC to heart and gave in to their impulse to try their hand in the food business. From what I could see they are on the right track The menu board changes daily so go, and give it a try, and support new additions to "eating out".