An evening out… February

I just spent last night with my oldest daughter and sister for a night on the town dining and seeing the broadway play, Anything Goes.

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Before the play we tried another new restaurants in Over The Rhine neighborhood of Cincinnati. We headed to The Mercer. The Mercer is an American/European style bistro. It is a swanky eatery with a sleek Euro vibe. The wine list was extensive and we each enjoyed a by-the-glass selection. I loved the cote du rhone selection. We decided to share our meal selections and began with the ricotta, onion compote with grilled bread. Yum! We then moved to the starters menu and enjoyed the pork belly with jalapeno cheddar grits, with cabbage and apples. The pork melted in my mouth and the jalapeno cheddar grits paired beautifully with the sweet apples and earthy cabbage. We then move to the salad selections where we choose the beets with goat cheese with arugula and apple mostarda and a wild bitter greens salad with pearl onions and lardon egg. The beet salad was the best. Beets were cooked perfectly and the dressing was a perfect balance with the sweet beets. The bitter greens were ok. They lack a bit of seasoning.

The entrees we selected were quite good. We enjoyed mezza rigatoni which included rapini, wild mushrooms and vegetable brodo as well as risotto, pork belly, green onions and truffle and blueberries. For desserts we enjoyed chocolate and strawberries along with the tiramisu. Both were to die for!

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If you would like to check out the menu for yourself, click on the link below.

www.themercerotr.com

We enjoyed the play and our evening out. Can’t wait until next month when we see the Lion King.

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