Highlights from This [Past] Week in Awesome include lunches at Servatii Cafe (seriously get anything served with bavarian sauce, a combination of mayonnaise/bavarian mustard), Hathaway’s Diner, Saigon Subs and Rolls*, Renegade Street Eats (try the wings with honey sriracha sauce), and Red Sesame at Jungle Jim’s; Trivia Night at The Growler House; beers from Listermann, MadTree 2.0, Rhinehaus, and Americano Burger Bar (awesome happy hour deals); tea with a friend at Coffee Emporium; and dinner at Bamboo Kitchen, BRU Burger Bar, and Gomez Salsa Walnut Hills; plus a quick jaunt to Koch’s Sporting Goods.
One of my favorite appetizers around, Veggie Egg Rolls, from Bamboo Kitchen
Trip to Gomez (clockwise from top left): exterior fearing BK, chips and pineapple salsa to start, Fire Margarita, Turtle (Gomez style)
Burrito with chicken, served spicy, from Red Sesame at Jungle Jim’s Eastgate
I’m not going to review MadTree 2.0, seeing as about half of Cincinnati was at its grand opening celebration on Saturday and what I have to say probably won’t be much different. But I will say this (and share a few pictures): we decided to avoid the crowd and went on Thursday instead. The place was awesome — beautiful, spacious (50,000 square feet!), more beers on tap (I tried Hinges, a solid, new-to-me saison), a huge Catch-A-Fire Pizza counter, plus garage door windows and a sizable beer garden that will be great when it gets warm — but, as with MadTree 1.0, it was packed and parking was slim (though there is a much larger lot that is worth noting). MadTree 2.0 is a welcome addition to Oakley, and I’m thrilled for the company (and our city) for its great beer scene. The only negative change is that 2.0 is dog-friendly on the patio only.
MadTree exterior, obviously
Showing off all their soccer scarves
Left: Hinges, a saison; right: SPRYE, a rye pale ale
A small part of Catch-A-Fire’s large counter space
Now, for This [Coming] Week in Awesome. Here are great things going on around the city in the week to come:
Monday, February 13
FC Cincinnati presents: “Rise Together” at Joseph-Beth, 5–6:30pm
Valentine’s Day Pop-Up Shop hosted by Perfectly Posh Events (and February 14)
CCM Brass Showcase: Star Quality2 at CCM Corbett Auditorium, 8–10pm (tickets required)
Wednesday, February 15
Smurfs: The Lost Village Character Meet & Greet at Scene75 Entertainment Center, 6–8pm
Puppy Love Trivia at Listermann Brewing Company, 7pm (featuring treats from Pet Wants)
Lucky Duck Pub (Taylor Mill) Pints & Paints, 7–9pm (tickets required)
Thursday, February 16
1st Annual Paw-ty Paw-looza at Interfaith Hospitality Network of Greater Cincinnati, 5:30–8:30pm
March Madness Wine and Wreaths at Flipdaddy’s in Union, KY, 6:30–8:30pm (tickets required)
Young Heirlooms at Hotel Covington, 8–11pm
Friday, February 17
Cincy Winter Beerfest at Duke Energy Convention Center, 6:30–11pm (also February 18, tickets required)
Free Family Movie Night Featuring Zootopia at Gamble-Nippert YMCA, 7:30–10pm
The Tillers at Northside Yacht Club, 9pm
Saturday, February 18
Macy’s Arts Sampler 2017 at ArtsWave, 10am–6pm (also February 19)
TruFiyah Poetry Presents … The Love Jones Experience: Soul Suite at The Greenwich, 6pm
Krystal Peterson & the Queen City Band with Jess Lamb at MOTR, 9pm
Sunday, February 19
Brunch, Beers, and Breweries at Christian Moerlein Brewing Co., 10:30am–2pm (tickets required)
BarkHappy Cincinnati Puppy Love Pawty at American Bark Park, 1–3pm
Die Innenstadt Watch Party: FCC v. OKC Energy at Rhinehaus, 4–7pm
And, in case you missed it, here’s a great list of things to do on Valentine’s Day and always.
Featured image: Garlic Chicken (spice level 2, 86 veggies because veggies aren’t for me), front, and Pineapple Curry Fried Rice (spice level 2), rear, from Bamboo Kitchen.
*More on this to come.