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Friday, October 12, 2007

The hungriest table ever

So said the server/chef last night when we left Myra's Dionysus in Clifton, after dear friend Kristin's departure dinner. Fred and I arrived early and (guiltily) held a table for 30 minutes while we waited. In our defense, no one else needed the table until after two more people in our party of seven had arrived.
Mary was right. You can get three courses for less than $20. I spent $14.65 on Thai pumpkin soup, the wheat loaf special (pecans, bulgar and cheese, like a meat loaf, with mushroom sauce, veggies and cheesy mashed potatoes, for $6.75), a cookie and a glass of Chablis! Wow!
We ordered, more people would come, food would arrive in shifts, we tasted one another's food, we ordered again... and so on. We ate SO much!
Oh, do we love Myra's now. It's small -- maybe 20 seats. But the food was fabulous -- especially those soups. (Check Mary's blog for a recipe that's a version of the Thai pumpkin soup.)
I left full and happy, and I think Kristin left Cincinnati feeling that way, too.
My boyfriend and I will be back -- and soon.
Tonight's our six-month anniversary, and I'm starving. We're cooking, and all I want to do right now is eat good bread and cheese. I'm thinking mussels might be good, but I won't make it Findlay Market this late. Sigh. Let's hope Wild Oats has some.


at 6:40 PM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

Aw shucks, thank you for referencing my blog. I love Myra's so much. The soups are fantastic, the falafel is great and next time try the Pulao with the hot parsley chutney. Don't even get me started on the desserts. Baklava, key lime pie, assorted cheesecakes, homemade cookies. Don't you just love that they make everything from scratch there too?

at 8:09 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

i'm surprised myra's was able to turn out food for such a big party. in my experience, they've had trouble serving a party of two.

in fact, we had a server so spacey once that we actually LEFT! first, she forgot to take our order. then, an hour later and no food.

at 8:36 AM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

Yes, Myra's sometimes has some server issues, but lately the service there has been very good. It's not the kind of restuarant that will get you in and out very quickly though. Keep that in mind.

at 9:18 AM Blogger Stepf said...

I'd been warned of the spotty service, but this was a laid-back group that was in no hurry. It's certainly not a place that gets you in and out, but the food made up for it. It seemed like the servers -- probably UC students, but I could be wrong -- were also making the food, bussing tables and handling the carry-out orders. Our service was pretty good, considering our numerous and never-ending food orders. Nothing was forgotten, nothing mixed up, nothing cold. One friend didn't like her dish, but she credited that to her taste buds, not the food.

at 3:28 PM Anonymous FoodieToo said...

A server at Kosho downtown once told my husband that we were the hungriest pair of guests he'd ever seen. Apparently the large amount of sushi we ordered (and completely consumed) was enough for a small army!

at 8:41 PM Blogger Stepf said...

What a great compliment! I always order too much sushi -- and eat it all. At least with sushi, you don't get that gross, overly full feeling.
Last week my friend Sarah and I went for sushi at Dancing Wasabi after a tough yoga class. We hadn't eaten since noon, and it was after 9. We ordered miso-kimchi soup, some sashimi and two rolls. We inhaled the sushi, then deviously looked at each other.
"Want some more?" Sarah asked.
I've often been tempted to order more sushi, but I've never dared.
We ordered two more rolls and two pieces of sashimi. And we didn't feel guilty!
I love good food!

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