Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Much ado about many

As the title of the last posting indicated I have been very lax about posting. We have a Granddaughter in Holland and I tease her about her Blog, but I am no better. Anyway I'll give a shot at at going thru a few activities since almost a month ago.
Here are some comments and places we have visited, not necessarily in order.

We spent last weekend in Louisville KY attending the Humana New Play Festival. It was not an eating trip, but rather an immersion into Drama, 8 plays in 3 days. We had to eat to keep up strength and cordiality.
Our first meal was a lunch at "Milkwood", in the theatre building. Convenient, good, and a good beginning.
The next morning, the 6 of us, had breakfast at "Sway" the dinning room at the Hyatt Regency.
I am usually not impressed with "hotel food", although this is changing, but the co-ordination between the kitchen and the service staff was outstanding, making this meal memorable. The student at "Cincinnati Cooks", Free-Store Food Bank all need to master this skill, and we're working at this important ingredient..
After 2 plays, Saturday, we had dinner at "Z's Oyster Bar and Steakhouse", around the corner from the Theatre on 4th St. Upscale food, service and atmosphere. My Steak Tar tare, prepared, table side, was outstanding, while Marilyn complimented her Dover Sole. Not a shabby between show dinner.
Last year, while attending the Festival, we had out final breakfast at Hillbilly Tea, which we repeated as our closer of this trip. It's fun, relaxed and a bastion of Southern Breakfast items.

Back to some of our eating in and around the Cincinnati area. "Otto's", where the food remains tasty, the service attentive and as I have said, "our home away from home".
"Red Feather Grill", Oakley, a mixed menu that is very good but not at bargain level prices, especially wine by the bottle.
"The Anchor" 14th and Race, OTR. The menu has been refined and the noise level is for the young but it's a good in town seafood house, I especially enjoyed the oysters.
"Orchid's" for a family brunch which everyone enjoyed and no one left hungry.
"Kaze" 1400 Vine, more growth in over the Rhine and one of the places who take reservations. Asian with stress on Japanese but other items of interest.
"Phoenician Taverna" 7944 Mason Montgomery, Mason , a long way out, for us, but good Lebanese. Be prepared for an owner who is strong in his recommendations. We have never been steered wrong.
And finally, on this list, "Via Vite" 520 Vine St., Fountain Square with very good Italian, from Pizza to Pasta e Fagioli and delicious Veal Meatball.
There, is a selection from Italian peasant to sophisticated pallet.