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Sunday, October 07, 2007

last meal in Cincy

My dear friend Kristin is leaving Cincinnati on Thursday for warm, sunny Jacksonvile, Fla. She found a fabulous new job, and she'll be close to family. It's a great move for her, but I'm sad to see her go.
Kristin has a strange schedule, with midweek weekends, so she, another co-worker and I had started going to dinner at a new restaurant every other Tuesday or Wednesday. We tried quite a few places: Pho Paris, Udipi, Green Papaya, Wild Ginger, Riverside Korean, Dancing Wasabi. Aqua, Teak (new to her), DaVeed's for Restaurant Week, and others I'm sure I've forgotten. (Wow, that's quite a list. Kristin's only been in Cincinnati for about a year!)
She's working every day this week, so we've only got Thursday. I'm organizing a going-away party with about 10 or so friends, with dinner and drinks.
Her departure has me thinking: If I had just 24 hours left in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, where would I go and what would I eat? It's a tough decision.
I think we're going to do happy hour someplace downtown, just to see Fountain Square one last time.
Dinner is her choice, and we've got budget constraints to take into consideration for some people. She's leaning toward JeanRo or Chez Nora, two places she's never tried. Beluga was another option. For drinks, we want to check out Keystone for the view of downtown and maybe Havana Martini or Below Zero.
Any suggestions? I'm sure we've missed some good spots. We wanted to go to Bella Luna, Maribelle's, Cumin, Red... oh the list is endless!
24 hours in Cincinnati? Too many great places, too little time.


at 8:44 AM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

I would go with Jean Ro's. Maybe it's just because I'm craving steak frites and a pot de creme, but oh how I love that place.

at 9:21 AM Anonymous Julie said...

Jean Ro's, for sure. Havana is great and close by-- that's what I'd pick!

at 3:56 PM Anonymous FoodieToo said...

Back to NKY....

What about Dee Felice?

at 8:08 AM Anonymous Anonymous said...

Start your evening at Boca, sit at the bar and share some scallops and sliders, both are under $15. Then head downtown for a walk around fountain square and a nightcap.

at 10:01 AM Blogger Stepf said...

Ooh, such good ideas! Dee Felice is a good choice. Ultimately, the choice is hers, so I'll let you what she decides.

at 4:45 PM Blogger Matt Morris said...

coming in a bit late,
but i also think that when i move from Cincinnati, Jean Ro will have been the place with the most (and best) memories, food, and atmosphere. It's like an old friend...

on the other hand, there have been meals my friends, family, and i have had at Honey in Northside that have made us blush and quiet from the simplistic but surprising flavors and textures that they offer.

their specials are always... well, special, and really take advantage of what's seasonal and best right then. and their wine menu is really tasty and amazingly priced. i've also come to accept that dessert is 'a must' there.

at 4:48 PM Blogger Stepf said...

A little surprising, but she went with Myra's in Clifton. She loves Clifton and has never been there. Oh, darn, I'll have to go to those other places another time.

at 5:13 PM Anonymous nicejewishgirl said...

Myra's is great! Where else can two people eat really good food with a fantastic dessert for under $25? I just wish they would turn down the lights a bit. Nothing worse than going there on a first date with all that bright light shining on you. I feel like I'm on stage.

at 1:12 PM Blogger Stepf said...

Ouch! First dates are like interviews with the option of drinking. Flattering lighting is a must! Luckily, we won't be trying to impress anyone.
Bad lighting is almost as annoying as loud music. I am not a fan of music that competes with conversation in restaurants. Some music is nice, to drown out others, but I don't like to leave feeling hoarse.

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