A Forkable Feast provides an array of restaurant-quality meals packaged in microwave- and oven-safe containers, ready to be taken home, reheated, and devoured with all the ferocity of a sun-swallowing Fenris wolf. Signature entrees include savory veal and ricotta meatballs ($6.95), mac 'n' cheese with herbed goat cheese ($4.95), and lemon-rosemary chicken ($6.95). Assemble a full meal by partnering a lonely entree with a winsome side dish, such as succotash, creamy mashed potatoes, or lemon-orzo salad ($2.95 each). Glowing obediently behind the cashier, the brick pizza oven ushers forth crispy, wood-fired pies such as the minimalist margherita or the roasted-vegetable varietal, which employs a delectable cast of portobello mushrooms, onions, zucchini, pesto, and mozzarella ($7.50). A Forkable Feast also cooks up a reputable variety of gluten-free meals to share its edible accomplishments with the gluten averse.
Chef Sean Daly's passion and appreciation for the low-country lifestyle is at the heart of Hugo's success, manifesting itself as a fine-tuned menu that infuses comforting southern classics with upscale sophistication. Warm up your appetite for elegance with a first course of scallops with cauliflower, arugula, bacon, and truffle ($13) or a plate of braised pork belly with jerked sweet potato, endive, and sherry vinegar ($11). To remove evidence of any extra bites that you stole while your tablemate's back was turned, cleanse your palate with a crisp second course of frisee salad with cranberries, blue cheese, apple, and tasso vinaigrette ($9). Decadent main dishes include free range Amish chicken with brussel sprouts, potatoes, house bacon hash, and brown-butter chicken jus ($23) and shrimp 'n' grits, which simultaneously softens the echoes of cavernous bellies and fulfills shrimp fantasies of foraying their ocean experience into careers surfing atop a creamy concoction of white cheddar cheese, tasso ham, and herbs ($26).
Plates of food travel beneath the ironwork of original bank-teller windows and around an authentic bank vault at Teller's of Hyde Park, located inside the historic Hyde Park Savings and Loan building. Bright skylights give the spacious interior a contemporary feel. Diners can enjoy a seasonal menu of modern American cuisine, including dishes such as creole chicken or filet mignon with bordelaise sauce. Chefs also try their hands at regionally and internationally inspired dishes such as Cajun pasta and seared ahi tuna doused in dynamite sauce, which confused bank robbers often use in attempts to rob the restaurant's vault.
Teller's keeps more than 30 beers on tap and more than 120 bottles of wine ready to uncork at a moment's notice. Along with the dining room and vault, Teller’s of Hyde Park seats guests on an upper-level mezzanine and, weather permitting, a second-story patio.
Sugar n’ Spice first opened its doors in 1941, and its breakfast, lunch, and now dinner offerings haven't changed much since. Steven Frankel, the restaurant's new owner, and fifth overall, attributes this consistency to the unstoppable allure of signature items such as wispy-thin pancakes ($4 for four), and also to the hysterical, screeching silly-putty riots that broke out the last time the menu underwent a significant change. Feast on inventive, recipe-guarded dishes such as the spinach and mozzarella Popeye omelet ($6.25) and the two-egg, sausage-bacon-and-more platter known as the slaughterhouse five ($10.25), a favorite among Ohio's expanding Tralfamadorian population. Lunch at Sugar n' Spice sees a close clique of sandwiched meats sitting in the menu's coolest spots; the muffin burger ($4.75) is a quarter-pound beef patty set on a toasted English muffin with grilled onions and cheese, while the chicken not-so-little ($5.75), six ounces of teriyaki-grilled chicken breast, finally grows out of its melodramatic "sky is falling" phase via the life transition of getting devoured.
Located across from Nordstrom, Trio Bistro, which is independently owned?and proudly celebrating its 25th anniversary?has spent nearly a quarter century perfecting its bounty of steaks, seafood, and specialty pizzas and flatbreads. Its culinary team of three is spearheaded by Executive Chef Adam Wylie, formerly of Boca and Nada. Wylie's entrees incorporate locally sourced fresh ingredients and flavors complimented by a new line of more than 25 craft beers. The menu draws inspiration from kitchens all over the globe?it's packed with pizzas that deliver Thai and Mediterranean toppings, fish that hails from Alaska and New England, and meatloaf, a 20-year mainstay. The bistro's small plates have earned them an excellent rating on Zagat. The eatery also features a new bar menu and tasty light snack bites.
When George Clooney was in town filming The Ides of March, he made reservations at Trio Bistro. Equal parts California wine bar and Florida coastal bistro, Trio Bistro has won over celebrities, critics, and patrons with its fresh seafood, including grouper flown in from Florida daily, as well as its meticulous service. Cincinnati.com praises Trio Bistro?s staff, saying, "there is clearly a good system in place that allows servers to do their job well," and Gayot lauds the "young vibe, all-ages clientele and a hip, circular bar made for hanging out." This carefully maintained ambiance accommodates any dining experience, be it an in-and-out dinner or a leisurely evening sharing a bottle of Orin Swift?s blend of zinfandel, cabernet, syrah, and petite sirah.
Sunlight comes flooding through the venue's elongated windows, glinting off cherry wood accents and warm white tablecloths. In the Veranda room, two fireplaces blaze.
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.