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Green Dog Cafe, Cincinnati


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Green Dog Cafe, Cincinnati

jmckee | Jan 14, 2011 08:33 AM


Happened into this pleasant Columbia-Tusculum place at the suggestion of a friend, and went back less than a month later -- something of a record for us, since we choose our dining locations carefully.

The watchword here is sustainability -- sustainability in ingredients and in the restaurant's decor, flatware, and serving pieces, all of which consist largely of recycled materials. Lots of organic, sustainable, local suppliers of ingredients.

A light, airy location with spacious booths and tables, an unobtrusive TV, and a selection of periodicals, The Green Dog Cafe is a pleasant, low-key location with high culinary standards.

We've had a seafood chowder that was quite good. Baba Ghanouj is brightly colored and perfectly cooked and seasoned. The "Hey Perro" wrap is a symphony of beans, rice, cheese and vegetables, too big for one person. The BLT is augmented by a slab of fresh roasted turkey breast. And the Mom & Pop Dog proves that "sustainable" doesn't mean "crunchy health food" -- it's a madcap bacon-wrapped deep-fried dog augmented by dijon, pineapple salad, and a tomato jam all on a homemade bun. Our 17-year-old was in heaven. the GD Fries are wonderful skin-on fries accompanied by a tomato-banana ketchup and a honey curry mayo.

Fine wine and beer selection, very reasonably priced.

Service is walk-in, order, and it's brought to your table. All prices include tip, and no entree is more than $14.

We will definitely be back.

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