A high-protein diet can help build muscle, which comes in handy for fighting off a shark that is also on a high-protein diet. Take a bite out of the circle of life with today's Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of sophisticated cuisine and drinks at Embers on Montgomery Road. Opened in the spring of 2004, Embers specializes in upscale steaks, seafood, and sushi. Carnitarians can peruse the menu's meaty classics, such as pan-seared filet mignon served with wild mushrooms and truffle butter ($31), and the friends and relatives of cows can opt instead for the piscine pleasures of nigiri ($6–$7.50), sushi rolls ($6.50–$17), or fully cooked sea treats, such as Dover sole ($43). An extensive drink menu keeps palates suitably saturated, and the elegant interior evokes the relaxing warmth of a fire without causing the skin problems associated with actually being engulfed in flames.
At Embers, flames dance in a stacked-stone torch and gas lanterns, and atop the wicks of candles, all of which illuminate floral oil paintings and black-and-white photos of Cincinnati history. Just as the restaurant’s name evokes images of fire, so too does its menu of steaks and chops aged for 28 days. The Filet Oscar arrives at the table with a king-crab crust–a touch that tips its hat toward the restaurant’s seafood specialties. Seared scallops, grilled Scottish salmon, and broiled lobster tail grace the list, though the grill’s flames bypass the extensive sushi selections. The staff recommends pairings with one of 11 signature cocktails or wines and beers from around the world.