Dining on a few small plates at a time is ideal for appeasing the indecisive eater and simplifying dinner dates with a field mouse. Sample servings of many sizes with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of bistro fare at The Wine Guy Wine Shop in Norwood. This Groupon is valid only for dinner in the bistro.
The Wine Guy’s head chef, Dave Miller, whips up an impressive menu of decadent dishes served in full- or tapas-size portions. Kindle the appetite with a sharp double gloucester with chives ($4.99) and then cool the palate with mild and creamy gouda ($3.99) or by sticking out the tongue near a ceiling fan. Sesame-encrusted tuna tucks itself into wasabi cream ($17.99), and the pan-seared chicken marsala sings lullabies to a side of baby red potatoes ($17.99 for an entree; $13.99 for tapas). To extend the shareable dining experience into the dessert course, opt for the vanilla-cream puffs, miniature filled pastries that, like commuters during wet season in Candyland, fall under a drizzle of caramel and chocolate sauces ($4.99).
The Wine Guy Bistro
Craig and Laura Decker seem to have a difficult time making up their minds. They also seem to have a knack for turning this indecisiveness into an advantage at every turn. When it came to opening their new business, for example, they briefly wondered whether it should feature a wine shop, a wine bar, or a gourmet bistro. Their solution? All three.
This spirit of inclusivity pervades The Wine Guy Bistro, where the Deckers pair seasonal wine varietals with globally inspired cuisine. Rather than choose between European elegance and New-American pizzazz, they settled on a compromise they describe as “Old World chic.” This label suits a menu that features small plates of housemade meatballs and bruschetta alongside assorted cheeses from around the world. The focus on small plates is in keeping with the Deckers’ have-it-all mentality and gives diners the option to sample several dishes without having to barter with adjacent tables.
The space has a credible wine-cellar feel to it, with dark wood tables and an unfinished ceiling hung with both bare light bulbs and chandeliers.pcampbell, Cincinnati.com, 1/7/11
The mussels are steamed in a Pernod cream sauce with shallot and garlic and are finished with spinach and diced tomatoes. The Pernod sauce was divine.Karen Christopfel, Cincinnati CityBeat, 1/5/11
2692 Madison Rd.
Norwood, Ohio 45206Get Directions