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“Yikes, Another TERRIFIC New Cinti Restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
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Red Feather Kitchen
3200 Madison Rd, Cincinnati, OH 45209
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Ranked #91 of 1,782 Restaurants in Cincinnati
Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Reservations
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“Yikes, Another TERRIFIC New Cinti Restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

We never went to the predecessor in this location, irritated from its former incarnation. So it was all new to us when we entered this new, TERRIFIC restaurant, new ownership and chef. We liked it from moment 1. A friendly, non-cloying welcome. We located our party, already seated, so even in a jammed, new, humming, vital, throbbing 'hot spot' reservations are honored.

Being new, service is a bit slow; but the enthusiasm and sincerity tell you the attitude is real. The manager came to the table once only, the oyster order had not been entered correctly. No offer of a comp, and NONE expected, just letting us know management was paying attention. Overall, it was a longish evening, coming in at a little less than 3 hours. Like a Scorcese film! Who cares, we were having such a good time. A good pour from the bar; our sensational waitperson, the effervescent Katheryn; a loaf of fresh baked bread .... yikes, stop everything else, we could have just eaten that bread for three hours: crunchy, brown, crackled crust; pourous inside; softly-chewy/stretchy, with the crispy crusty contrast. Wow, I'm a poet. It WAS that good, and EofW feels nothing so wrecks a good restaurant as bad bread.

We were off to a good start. Our companions had been to Red Feather a week earlier, so they pointed us to the oysters (Wellfleet). Simply the best I have had in ages, we each had two orders ($$$), but worth it. The mignonette was excellent; we compared it to the mignonette we had (not) enjoyed at a certain restaurant in Paris (France), that one was more like battery acid and did not elevate the oyster experience, whereas this one was yummily and did!

The goat-cheese/greens/dried berries/carmelized pears/nuts salad ... now there's a mouthful, and a plateful, and like the bread, why not just stop there, sooooooo good. Two of the four had the entire thing, and two split it. Everyone felt theirs was just perfect.

One of our ladies ordered the gnocchi with 'shrooms as a side appetizer: a socks knocker-offer. Not the greatest dish we've ever sampled, not even close, but, again, sooooo good. Yeah, it took forever to arrive, as had the oysters, the salads, but, AGAIN, ... SO WHAT. This is a place to GO WITH THE FLOW. Heck, the couple sitting next to us, she a hot-bodied knockout, he a dweeb (lookswise), they were holding hands all romantic-like, and it hadn't been like that when they sat down. So Red Feather is a good-timey place. Relax. Proceed.

And on came the entrees, a sweet potato angoloti, he liked it, a crispy salmon, she liked it, and the other lady and EofW split the Tomahawk Steak with Onion Straws and Bourbon Butter, OMG, so tender and scrumptuous, perfectly cooked, served sliced, @ $$$$ definitely to be split 2 ways, but sharing the 'gnawing-o'-da-bone' not really possible, so we will have to return with these two in tow 'cause EofW did NOT get a chew, she inhaled that thing. But, aw sucks and gee whiz, she's so cute, we were all having such a good time, .... who cared?

But wait: there's more! Desserts. They split a bread pudding ... looked really good, if that's your thing, they'd had it the week before, I didn't see any leftovers. We split the apple crumble. Whoa! Just order that! Like the bread; or the salad; another perfect dish. Great apples, great cinnamon sauce, great vanilla ice cream, great CRUMBLES, probably the best version of this traditional found-on-every-restaurant-menu dish EofW has ever had. Really! EofW had hoped his better 1/3 ('cause after dining here, he's not a 1/2 anymore, NOW, he's a 2/3's!) would select the chocolate hazelnut torte, but she did not. So, gosh darn it all, we HAVE to go back. Aw shucks.

Extensive wine list, but after the drinks we just ordered a glass each, two whites, two reds, all different, all just fine.

So, tell me EofW, did you like Red Feather? Would you go back? Would you order the same meal? Would you order other things? Do you think you could ever find a better waitperson than Katheryn? Do you have confidence in the menu? The chef? Your next visit?

Clue to the answers: all yeses except for one 'no!' Even the restrooms were high grade, not fancy or fun, but way way way above average.

One change I'd make and one only: the service is just a tad 'fussy,' not intrusive or bad or wrong or anything, but they are always bussin' away the knives and forks and butter plates and bringin' in new. Which is certainly nice, but EofW found it unnecessary. Not pretentious, just overdone and not contributin' to the overall good vibe of the place. But not a negative.

OK, I've overstayed my welcome, AS USUAL. But if you've made it this far you know what to expect at Red Feather Kitchen. EofW always wants YOU to have an excellent time, so he fervently hopes the management, chef, and staff at Red Feather continue to play their top-of-form "A" game for you, an outcome which EofW unfortunately cannot guarantee. But EofW is very optimistic they will do this for you and for him on his next, definite-to-occur visit. So, ..... GO. ENJOY. See you at Red Feather Kitchen !!!!!!!!!

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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