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Tuesday, August 21, 2007

Special dinner date spots

My birthday's this weekend, and I had to think long and hard about where I wanted to go for dinner. Had to be something special, but within reason. Would love to try Pigall's, but I'm hoping to get there for a $25.07 special during Cincinnati's first-ever Restaurant Week, Sept. 4-8. The Palace is lovely, but (IMHO) overpriced, even if the $20 risotto is to die for. Jeff Ruby's downtown is always nice, but I wanted something different. Jag's was a maybe since I've never been there (though a friend said it was overrated). one in Mason is a spot I must get back to (wow, it's been open since 2005... and I've only been there ONCE!?).



But I settled on a spot that's fairly close to home AND has fabulous music to boot: Carlo and Johnny. Yes, it's a steak place, but Jeff Ruby does it up right. I might have to settle on seafood, as I've been craving Maine lobster (still...). Last time I had amazing scallop sushi as an appetizer. The concept of raw scallops still grosses me out, but it tastes so amazing. Melt in the your mouth... And the music Thursdays and Fridays is by the Airwave Band, featuring Ted and Dixie Karas. If you haven't heard them play, do. They're a ton of fun!!!

Where do you like to go for those special meals out on the town??


5 Comments:

at 10:56 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Orchids at the palm court. Without question. You can't beat the room, the food is awesome, the service is outstanding (Baron keeps everyone on their toes. And whatever Baron says about the wine, you should totally do.)

 
at 1:36 PM Blogger ShannanB said...

Dee Felice in Covington. I love the atmosphere and the food is wonderful. My out-of-town friends always request we eat there when we visit. It just has something special.

 
at 2:05 PM Blogger Cin Twin1 said...

My husband and I for our one year anniversary went to Mortons. The new location was fabulous and they were running a dinner for 2 special. For $99, you got two salads, two filets, two seafood add-ons, a veggie to share, a potatoe dish to share, and two desserts. What a bargain! If you are debating whether to go because of the expensive prices, try this deal out. You have to signup for it on the website. I highly recommend it!

 
at 4:36 PM Blogger Duke Danbury said...

Primavista..for the views. Food is good, but not great.

The Precinct is still cool.

I agree with Carlo and Johnny's and the Palm Court.

Either of Jon-Ro's places downtown.

And for the record I've never been to Morton's and never will. I'd rather support the local steakhouses like Ruby's and Jags then a chain. Jeff Ruby's Steakhouse is one of the best restaurants I've ever been to.

 
at 4:36 PM Blogger Duke Danbury said...

Sorry, meant Jean-Ro. I type too fast sometimes 8-)

 
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