Have any of you guys ever been? FYI:
Eddie Merlot’s to Open in Cincinnati on April 2
It’s one of America’s premier steakhouses. It’s a destination for anyone who appreciates the finest wine, prime aged beef, and seafood. And it’s making its Ohio debut on April 2.
It’s Eddie Merlot’s, Cincinnati’s newest upscale restaurant—and it’s certain to become one of the city’s favorite dining experiences.
Owner Bill Humphries says that Eddie Merlot’s sets itself apart by taking what’s best about the classic American steakhouse and combining it with modern, engaging special touches. “Dinner at Eddie Merlot’s is a night to remember,” Humphries explains, “but it’s never pretentious. Our guests feel welcome because they can relax and enjoy the evening while experiencing the best in food and wine. We treat them very well, but they can be themselves when they’re here.”
The Eddie Merlot’s difference begins with its decor, designed to have equal appeal with men and women, and everyone from twenty-somethings to Baby Boomers. With modern lighting fixtures, high ceilings, lighter woods, and expansive windows, the atmosphere is decidedly contemporary, and always inviting.
Equally as inviting are the men and women on the Eddie Merlot’s staff. Each guest is treated to the one-of-a-kind service Eddie’s calls the “WOW Factor.” From the greeting they receive at the door to the service at tableside, guests’ expectations are exceeded at every turn.
And then there’s the main course—the food. Eddie Merlot’s starts with U.S.D.A. Prime beef, a certification awarded to only 2% of all U.S. beef. Steaks are aged naturally for a minimum of 21 days, to an unparalleled standard of tenderness and flavor. The chef then personally selects each piece for the optimum proportion of marbling and texture, before hand-cutting and each steak to the guest’s specifications. Then, to seal in the flavor, the guest’s steak is flash-seared on special high-heat grills.
For those who enjoy seafood and other choices, variety abounds on the Eddie Merlot’s menu, with entrees like Colorado Lamb Chops, Pan-Seared Duck Breast, and Sea Bass. In addition, special promotions bring new seasonal flavors to the menu, like “Eddie’s Best: Beef & Burgundy,” beginning May 1. Guests can enjoy limited-time only features like Tuscan New York Strip, Lobster and Beef Wellington Filet Mignon, Prime Beef Brochette, and Stilton Cheese Filet Mignon.
Alan Pope, a 17-year veteran chef, oversees the Eddie Merlot’s kitchen. Pope, well-known to Cincinnati diners from his work at the Napa Grille, says that the variety Eddie’s offers is unmatched.
“You can experience something different every time you visit us,” Pope notes. “Our goal is to consistently provide the highest quality dining experience, while also including some unexpected choices that you just won’t find anywhere else.”
Of course, nothing goes with a great meal like a glass of fine wine. That’s why Eddie Merlot's serves more than 75 wines by the glass, and a Reserve List with more than 150 selections. In a testament to its high standards, the existing Eddie Merlot’s locations have earned the coveted "Award of Excellence" from The Wine Spectator each year since their opening.
In bringing together the best in food and wine in a setting that’s festive and dynamic, Eddie Merlot’s also offers the perfect setting for a private gathering. With a variety of private areas to choose from according to the guests’ needs, parties of up to 60 can be accommodated.
Eddie Merlot’s is located at 10808 Montgomery Rd. at the I-275 interchange. For more information, call 513-489-1212 or visit eddiemerlots.com.
Sidebar: Who is Eddie Merlot?
Bill Humphries, founder of Eddie Merlot’s, is well known for his love of wine. In fact, Bill’s talent for choosing appropriate dinner wine was one of his responsibilities as a board member for a worldwide corporation. At one such dinner, Ed, a new member, asked Bill to surprise him with a great wine. When the wine—a merlot—was served, Ed was exceedingly impressed, and told Bill, “From now on, always order the merlot.” “And from now on,” Bill replied, “you’re Eddie Merlot.” To this day, that’s what Ed’s fellow board members call him. Eddie Merlot’s is an homage to the man and his love of a great steak, a great glass of wine and a good story. Eddie Merlot’s welcomes its guests in the same spirit.
About Eddie Merlot’s
Eddie Merlot’s is a premier American steakhouse featuring exceptional prime aged steaks and an extensive selection of the finest wines. A division of Platinum Restaurant Group, Inc., Eddie Merlot’s restaurants are located in Fort Wayne and Indianapolis, with new locations opening in Cincinnati and Columbus, Ohio in early 2008.