I was in Cincinnati for work this week and I always try to go out when I’m in a new city. We stayed at the 21c Museum Hotel which is really cool and you should check it out if you’re ever near one of their locations. They have these plastic penguins they move throughout the day in the hotel and the hotel shows different works of art throughout. The one in Cincinnati is about a 10 minute walk from Over the Rhine which kind of reminded me of Fishtown or New Kensington in Philly. There are a ton of restaurants and bars with in a few blocks so there were many options. I did some research, walked around looking for the I’m-by-myself-and-reading-a=book-vibe and ended up trying Abigail Street. I started with a bright Pinot Gris from Oregon by Joe Dobbs. Find me on Delectable !
The bartender described the dishes as American tapas sized so I only ordered one. I started with the Tuna Crudo which looked perfect when it came out. The first few bites were delicious, the tuna was good quality, and avocados ripe. I had two issue with the dish though: the potato chips were way too salty and unbalanced the dish, and the sauce was too sweet. The delicate tuna was drowning in this sweet sauce. I think switching to sesame crackers or something more mellow may be a better fit for the dish and toning down the sweetness and amount of the sauce. I was still a little hungry and read good reviews about the Fattoush plus I haven’t eaten it before. It was basically a bowl of pita chips with tomatoes, cucumbers, and peppers with a very acidic lemon dressing. I don’t know if that was what it was supposed to taste like but if it was I don’t like Fattoush. The lemon was completely overpowering but without it the dish was dry. I tried to eat most of the veggies but was not able to finish it. The atmosphere is relaxed and vibrant with tables turning quickly and cool modern decor. The staff was very nice but I don’t think I would return.
Next I went to Graeter’s Ice cream and tasted the peach and black raspberry chocolate chip before deciding on the peach. This custard based ice cream is like comfort food, its a delicious sweet treat, but isn’t rocking my world like Jeni’s carefully crafted flavors, another Ohio based ice cream company.