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Honey rocks! (Cincinnati report)

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Honey rocks! (Cincinnati report)

tapas | Jul 15, 2006 02:02 PM

I am new to Chowhound – a co-worker recommended the site to me as I prepped for a trip to San Francisco and wine country, and now I’m hooked. I’m inspired to try new places in Cincinnati and participate in the Midwest boards.

Which brings me to my first review: Honey in Northside. I’ve eaten dinner there twice in the past two months, and both experiences were absolutely delicious. The menu caters to both carnivores and vegetarians (and some dishes are probably vegan, or could easily be made vegan), the portions are reasonable so that you can eat an appetizer, entrée and dessert and feel pleasantly full, and both the food presentation and the atmosphere are stylish but not pretentious – it’s a very comfortable place.

The first time I had the roasted vegetable napoleon with gouda and vegetarian goetta entrée. I’ve never tasted real goetta, so I have no idea how it compares, but the veggie version was delicious. The second time I opted for two appetizers: roasted asparagus with risotto, and polenta crisps with carmelized onions, roasted tomatoes and mozzarella. Both times I ended with a chocolate torte in raspberry sauce. Appetizers range from $4-11, and entrees are $14-25.

There are always appetizer and entrée specials – about four each. Both times some of the specials and some of the menu items were sold out. And both times we waited nearly an hour to be seated ... it was just as crowded on a Saturday night as it was on a Wednesday night. Reservations are not taken, so either go early or plan on having a drink or two at the bar before dinner.

Two things you may want to consider before you go:
-This small restaurant is amazingly loud. My husband and I aren’t same-side-of-the-table sitters, but we broke tradition in order to avoid yelling at each other. This would not be a comfortable place for those with slight hearing loss or for anyone who was hoping for quiet conversation.
-Tables seat two or four people, so larger parties will likely wait longer than usual for two tables to open up and be pushed together. It’s possible that the patio seats larger groups, but I didn’t see how it was set up.

I can’t wait to go back ... for the value and quality of food, Honey seems to be one of the best upscale restaurants in Cincinnati right now.

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