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Date Night - A different restaurant each week!

Sunday, July 01, 2012

My husband and I work crazy schedules and rarely see each other. We've declared our day off together each week (when we have one) as "Date Night". We've been scouring Cincinnati, looking for restaurants neither of us have ever eaten at, and checking out the value, ambiance and nutrition inside. Here's our take so far and I'll blog here each week to update on our experience.

City BBQ - The food was excellent with very large portions. The value was there because we each took home half of our food for lunch the next day. Best green beans ever! Rustic atmosphere. Dinner for two and a bucket of light beer - $32.00

Montgomery Inn - Undoubtably the best BBQ sauce anywhere. David had the Ribs and Duck, of course as Montgomery Inn is called the "Rib King". I had a Salmon dish with mushrooms, Zucchini and Summer Squash. Plenty left to take home. Beautiful river view, fresh linens, very pricey, $85.00 for dinner and drinks (before the tip and valet)

Olive Garden - Around $50.00 for the two of us, well appointed, attentive service, would have been perfect because I opted for the crusted fish dish, which was well within my calorie bounderies (despite the carafe of white wine), our downfall was ordering the appetizer sampler, the stuffed mushrooms are crazy high in calories, as we found out later.

Marley's in Loveland (formerly, the "Sleepy Hollow Inn") Very open floor plan, very pricey entrees! So much so that David ordered the fish and chips and I had a blackened telapia sandwich. The food WAS good, service O.K. but, we were there at a very busy time. "Dinner" and drinks - $35.00

Smokey Bones Another BBQ place. Loved the decor, rustic and grand, with the Reds game on every one of the many TV's available. I had the Salmon, which was superb and grilled to perfection and their own microbrew beer on tap, "Bones Brew". David had the Pulled pork and Brisket and Crown Royal and diet. The entrees were reasonably priced , but David's drinks were nearly $8.00 each! He had sticker shock from that! LOL! His verdict...sauce not as good as Montgomery Inn, portions not as large as City BBQ. Been there, done that, won't be back as the bar is way too pricey without a river view and linens! 55.00 for two.

Bonefish Grill- This weeks choice and a good one! Nicely appointed, excellent service and reasonably priced. The Tilapia Imperial (stuffed with seafood) and fish tacos were well within our caloric range and super yummy. Would recommend and can't wait to go again!

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