You might have seen my post a few months ago listing some current favorite restaurants. Well, since I’m always up for trying something new…here are a few more local places that are going to be added to our normal restaurant rotation. And just like last time, this is a quick overview. If you are curious about any of them…you are going to have to visit Google to find out more.
Kona Grill – Liberty Center
We met some friends at Kona Grill for a double date on a busy holiday weekend. Although we had a reservation, our table wasn’t ready until 45 minutes after the reserved time. Be warned. However, the service, cocktails and food did make up for the wait.
James’ Third Base Sports Bar and Grill – Mason
I had driven by this bar located in a strip mall hundreds (if not thousands) of times before I went in and checked it out. It is the perfect place to spend a Friday night with your kids and other families. We’ve visited many times after school events and to watch an away XU game. There is a large game room with pool tables, darts, a couple of arcade games, etc. Friday night is Music Trivia Night. A 6th grader might just be the best contributor to your team for pop rock. Their food is typical bar food. Fried pickles, nachos, sandwiches, salads, pizza, coconut shrimp, etc. The kids menu is vast and provides for all picky eaters.
Taft Ale House – OTR
We were looking for a restaurant in OTR to eat with the kids. If your wait is long (75 minutes for us) and you are lucky enough to find a table in the downstairs bar, kids can be downstairs until 7:00 PM. Although the Taft Ale House only has chicken fingers, chicken sandwich and steak sandwich on the kids menu…at least it had a kids menu! The accompanying tater tots (again, the only choice) were apparently the BEST ones my kids have ever eaten. Or so they exclaimed. The onion straws were pretty darn good as well.
The Brickhouse – Sharonville
Another surprise in a strip mall area. Despite the fact that it sits behind a White Castle and next to a kinky neighbor, The Brickhouse is not what you expect inside. The interior has a nice large bar, plenty of seating and really cool exposed brick walls. It’s another family-friendly place with good bar food. The TVs are great for watching sports and pretending to play Keno keeps the kids busy. The buffalo chicken eggrolls, baked pretzel sticks and potato spurs are all worth a try.
Prime 47 – Downtown
I know I already mentioned Prime 47 in my last post. I took my own advice and we returned for cocktails and appetizers after a show at the Aronoff with another couple. This time we sat at the bar. We ordered 4 appetizers to share. It was a perfect way to end an afternoon downtown.
Tela bar + kitchen – Wyoming
Yum. After seeing 2-3 Facebook friends post about recent trips to Tela, I just had to try it. And I am so glad I did. The restaurant has only been open a few months and this hidden gem was not crowded for lunch. There is also a spacious parking lot right behind the building. I tried the Oxtail Ragu per the waiter’s recommendation and it was heavenly and surprisingly not too heavy. My lunch mate had the Royale w/ Cheese and by the looks of his empty plate afterwards…was satisfied as well. Get to Tela before everyone hears about it and it’s super crowded.
Skyline – Kids Eat Free Night
Ha! I had to include this just to bring it back to reality. Although we enjoy going out and trying new things, there are still our normal family favorites that we do indeed visit often. Like Skyline. We always find ourselves feeling good and hungry. Especially on Kids Eat Free night!
Where do you like to go out to eat?