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"Virgil's Cafe" in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky! Try it!


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"Virgil's Cafe" in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky! Try it!

dumas | Sep 5, 2009 05:48 AM

My husband and I discovered a delightful neighborhood place for dinner last night and I just wanted to share! (It's not very often that we both come away from a dining experience here and both share positive thoughts about it!)

So, here's a recommendation for delicious 'cafe style' food at reasonable prices in a unique location ( we took a little bit of an 'adventure' just over the bridge in to 'Bellevue', a Northern Kentucky neighborhood that we ordinarily wouldn't have visited).

Virgil's Cafe has been open for about 7 months and is located along a quaint shopping street in an attractive redesigned Edwardian house. It is the creation of the chef who used to cook at Jack Quinn's Pub which was known for its good food. The menu features a cafe/bistro menu~~ frog legs and duck spring rolls for starters, and Steak au Poivre, Baby Back Ribs in a brown sugar BBQ sauce, and grilled Mahi Mahi, etc., for entrees (and I think they have hamburgers on the dinner menu too). The chef also features delightful fresh vegetables and salad greens, many of these grown in the garden just behind the restaurant. My husband raved about his Strip Steak served with roasted potatoes in a blue cheese sauce, and my Baby Back Ribs were very good, too. (OK, I admit what I really liked on my plate was the absolutely delicious corn on the cob which must have been picked just minutes before it was served!)

My husband ordered a glass of Salmon Creek Pinot to drink with the Spring Rolls and decided he liked it well enough and ordered a bottle to drink with the rest of the meal. I chose a Knob Creek bourbon to go with my ribs. (The bartender is knowledgeable and fun and has created a number of 'cocktails' to entertain you while you wait for a table.) The place was really busy last night, but the Maitre d' was friendly (although harried) and our waiter was attentive.

We skipped dessert and coffee so I can't comment on that, but we will definitely return to this place. While at the bar we met several 'regulars' who really liked it, too. And the bartender mentioned that they are open on Sundays for Brunch and laterin the afternoon, with a regular menu, which is good to know about. Be sure to make reservations, although we called the same night and were too late for those, so we just went and waited for a table at the bar which is possible for a couple, but I wouldn't try that with a bigger group. .

This is a fun place if you are looking for a unique cafe for friends to gather, or a nice dinner for two,, with good food and a lively atmoshphere, and it's pretty affordable, too.

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