What You'll Get
The most common way to experience the Deep South is to find a street magician and hope he pulls a shiny Louisiana state quarter from your ear. Today's deal presents another option when there are no illusionists handy: for $20, you get $40 worth of sophisticated southern cuisine and drinks at Hugo on Madison Road. This Groupon is good for Hugo's dining room menu only, and cannot be used toward the small plate menu.
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).
Grab a seat in Hugo's chic, lounge-like interior to take a bite out of this rich history without having to contend with an old-book smell. The name of the restaurant mirrors Chef Daly's respect for the south by referencing hurricane Hugo, which devastated South Carolina in 1989, destroying many existing restaurants. Appreciate this nod to the south while enjoying the fruits of a beautiful, well-stocked cellar. Numerous fine wines provide patrons with ample opportunity to wash down their feast.
- Each time something arrives at your table, it seems to be carried by another of a battalion of fresh-suited young men, some pleasantly flirting with my friend and me, as Southern manners would demand. – Lora Arduser, CityBeat
- As far as I know, there is no other restaurant in Cincinnati, and few restaurants anywhere outside of Charleston, attempting to do what Hugo does: Upgrading low-country classics and other low-country and Southern fare with the freshest ingredients and high-end-restaurant skills... – Ben N., Yelp
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Oct 6, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 1 additional as gift. Limit 1 per table. Must use in 1 visit. Dine-in only. Reservation required. Not valid for small plate menu. Tax and gratuity not included. Not valid with other offers. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.