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??