I’ve been traveling to Cincinnati for work for about a year and a half now. When I heard Cincinnati, I couldn’t think of a single thing it was known for. Not one thing, apart from the Bengals of course but that was it! I was a little worried. After a couple of months of living in the city for four days a week in a hotel room I now called it my temporary home. My colleagues and I decided to start searching for places to go – primarily restaurants!
I would like to start with Boca, a restaurant that boasts of Modern American, French and Italian cuisine. Located on 6th street in downtown Cincinnati, this gorgeous restaurant is truly a sight for sore eyes. From the gorgeous decor to the low lights, you immediately know that this place is meant for a special night out.
We have gone to this restaurant a couple of times now. Their cocktails are delicious. The new fall cocktail with ginger and bourbon is my new favorite at the moment.
They do change a couple of items on the menu from season to season. However so far, most of their starters have stayed pretty constant. Which is good with how much I love all of them! The Beet salad is absolutely divine. It’s delightfully light and refreshing. I can’t say enough about the Tuna Crudo, it’s a flavor party in your mouth, sweet, spicy, tangy and oh so delicious! The Scallops and Brussel Sprouts is a small portion, it’s like nothing I’ve had before and trust me you will want two of it! The Beef Tartare is probably one of the best I’ve ever had, if you like Tartare, this one is for you! While I don’t have a picture, the Oysters Rockefellar and Grilled Romaine was absolutely stellar. I would suggest doing two appetizers and then you have a reason to go back for the rest 🙂
The mains range from pastas to risottos, meat and fish. The Gnocchi con Fonduta is one of the best dishes. Everyone of us loved it so much we got more and then a little more! It’s rich, flavorful and a real sinfully tasty dish. It’s a must! The Salmon was another fav among us. The herb cream, with the veggies, roe and fish was just divine. One of my personal favorites was the Beef Wellington. The meet was cooked to perfection. I really couldn’t ask for anything more. The Pot Roast, though a bit dry was flavorful. Then there was the Amish Chicken. The risotto with this chicken was the winner in the dish, now don’t get me wrong, the chicken was tender and tasty, but the risotto was out of this world!
For the dessert the Affogato and the Pistachio Gelati is a must. Both are luxurious in their flavors and richness.