The recent Do Downtown Restaurant Week was a big hit, at least for me. I had an exceptional three-course prix fixe dinner at Orchids at the Palm Court for just $35. It was elegant and delicious, and I couldn’t figure out why the place wasn’t packed.
Well, if you are sorry you missed that deal, there’s another chance right away with Greater Cincinnati Independent Restaurant Week. Twenty-five local, independent restaurants will feature three-course meals for $26.11. Examples? Wasabi Salmon at Behle Street, Chicken Confit Pasta at Daveed’s, or Braised Veal Short Ribs at Primavista — let’s go eat, people! For details on participating restaurants and their special menus, see eatlocalcincy.com. The event runs through Sunday.
If you’re giving up gluten, or have a child or family member on a restricted diet, head over to the Cintas Center at Xavier on Saturday, Sept. 24, to check out the Celiac Awareness Tour. There will be products to sample, as well as speakers and support networks on site to answer questions. The event is from 9 a.m.-2 p.m., and you are urged to bring a non-perishable, gluten-free item for the gluten-free food drive to help low-income sufferers of Celiac Disease meet their needs.
Newly opened — Enoteca Emilia, on the corner of Madison near Bonbonerie in O’Bryonville
Also new this week — two new businesses at Findlay Market. Mama Lo Hizo is inside the market house just west of Bean Haus. This new, Mexican-influenced eatery was opened by Market veteran Mark Whitworth, who has been selling Kettle Corn there on the weekends. Menu items include tacos, burritos, fresh salsas and flan.
Outside the market house near Silverglades and Churchill’s Tea Shop is Queen City Cookies. Their specialties are shortbreads, cookies and schnecken, made with all natural, preservative free ingredients. According to owner Peggy Shannon, she’ll use “organic and locally sourced products, whenever possible, plus European butter, farm fresh eggs and whole cane sugar to create delicately iced and delicious creations.” I can assure you that her cookies are works of art. Seriously, I’d consider wearing them for jewelry except for the whole “Ooops, ate my brooch” issue. They’re pricey, but say you recently irritated your beloved and want to ease your way back into her/his good graces? Just one cookie and you’re there. A bargain. Open Saturdays and Sundays.
Market Wines is another Findlay shop that always has a lot going on. They’re open late on Tuesdays for tastings, and with dinner options like Pho Lang Thang right there, it’s perfect. I’m headed down there ASAP to try some Southern Tier Pumking Imperial Ale, which has gotten rave reviews. Check Facebook to learn about their frequent wine tastings or call 513-744-9888
I can’t miss a last opportunity to pimp the wonderful food and great guys at Eli’s Barbecue. Eli offers his excellent pulled pork and mac and cheese at Findlay Market on weekends, right by the beer garden, and on weekdays at Fountain Square until the end of October. Ask for a White Trash Plate and tell him Annie sent ya.
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