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New restaurant in Cincinnati

sudiepav | Jul 10, 200311:48 AM

Last Monday, my husband and I tried Brinkley's in the Quality Court Motel in Norwood. Now before all you purists wrinkle your noses ( either at the QC or at Norwood) this is a non-chain place run by the folks that had Dockside 6 (truly awful in our opinion) and Prime & Wine (one of our favorites). When Prime & Wine burned down, we and lots of our friends mourned. Its attempted reincarnation near the old spot a few years ago was terrible. But Brinkley's offers lots of what we liked about Prime & Wine with a few improvements - much better decor. Apparently, several old Frisch's folks who were veterans of the non-hamburger restaurants are running this place. Their signature item seems to be an "amuse bouche", a tiny appetizer offering served with drinks. That night, we had a tasty cold stuffed ravioli on a small bed of really good spinach and corn salad. The drink specials the night we were there were $3 martinis and cosmos, both served up. We're martini drinkers, and while this wasn't the premium gin we were used to, the gin was decent (I need to ask next time what it was), well-chilled and very dry, served with 2 large blue chs stuffed olives. We didn't have a cosmo, but they looked pretty. We ordered the prime rib, which was served medium rare as we'd ordered it and very tasty, accompanied by a good horseradish sauce on the side. The best part is a trip to the Chef's Garden (read salad bar - again, restaurant purists, don't go all over me). The Chef's garden was manned by an actual chef, who oversaw the serving. They had Prime and Wine's wonderful chix liver pate and Caesar salad (with unlimited anchovies!) They also had a great beef barley soup, nicely marinated and huge artichoke hearts, seasoned bites of chix breast, beef strips, great tabbouleh, and other stuff which I knew would spoil my dinner if I tried. The service was competent, the manager in the dining room, and the few less than perfectserving errors I saw were minimal, and by apologetic new employees. For instance, the server bringing our up martinis said, "It's my first day, and I'm trying hard not to spill." She didn't, and my husband gave her the old serving trick of looking anywhere, except at what you're trying not to spill. All in all, it was a great meal for $48 for 2 (with 2 drinks each). Anyone else tried it yet? The rest of the menu looked interesting too.

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