A few week ago we went to Mason to "Strait's of Malacca". This time our adventure to this Northern suburb was for a meal, with friends, at the "Wildflower Cafe" 207 E. Main St., Mason OH. 513-492-7514.
This informal restaurant, with polished, bare, wooden tables serves up an interesting mixture of local and remote dishes, all stressing fresh ingredients.. Our meal started with Fried Green tomato's, not quite up to "Otto's" in crispness, but good none the less. The tomato's were topped with a cold poached egg, which in my opinion added little.
We followed with an excellent Lobster cake, with quite a bit of lobster meat, augmented with some crab.
Our main course consisted of a full rack of Pork ribs, done fairly crisp and falling of the bone. The sauce was plentiful and the sides of mashed sweet potato's, nicely seasoned and collard greens, in need of vinegar, which they provided upon request, fit the southern dish.
Other spots where we dined have been "Ruth's Parkside Cafe" just off Hamilton Ave. at Blue Rock (North side). We have found this place good and quite reasonable, $25 to $30 including drinks, tip and tax. The soups, the other night, were quite good, with Marilyn enjoying the Barley and I the seafood( fairly sparse) Gumbo. I had a creole cat fish, served on a risotto cake while Marilyn followed her soup with spaghetti in a rich meat sauce. The table split a piece of moist chocolate cake. Others had, salad, Salmon and a Spinach stir fry on Pasta.
"The National Exemplar" 6880 Wooster Pike 45227( Mariemont), after a movie, came up with their usual Viennese Mushroom soup and an interesting Caesar salad with hard boiled eggs and shaved Kentucky Ham. Marilyn's mushroom ravioli seemed to hit the spot.
"Seasons 52" 3819 Edwards Road, Norwood trotted out a small crab salad, for Marilyn, not wholly satisfactory, and an interesting Crispy Duck Banh Mi which I enjoyed and would have again, spice and all.
Their deserts are 3 to 4 bite sized but the peach crisp was to my liking.
The last few nights have been home with summer dishes stressing fresh tomato's, corn and fruit. Summer is wonderful.\