Monday 17 August
The executive director of our faculty union, Debby, was leaving for yet farther reaches of the Midwest, so our chapter gave her a sendoff dinner at this sizeable restaurant and microbrewery in The Banks, the development among the various sports stadia along the Ohio River. We don't come down here much, but we were pleased to see all the walkways, fountains, and even multicolor-lighted swings that were now making the riverside more pleasant.
The Lager House has several private rooms, and though this one didn't have a river view, you could see a slice of the baseball stadium as you drank your choice of many local beers, and chatted with the rest of the Union crew.
The food was as hearty as you might guess from the venue. We started with BLT salads with good garlic peppercorn dressing. Then we had two mains to swap: an okay strip steak topped with a few sautéed mushrooms, good hashed brussels sprouts, and smoked cheddar mashed potatoes; and nicely moist "OTR Beer Can Chicken," with some asparagus and the same mash. Nothing to write a blog about, but perfectly good for what it was.
Afterwards, festive desserts came out on platters: blueberry cobbler with vanilla ice cream, and slabs of Black Forest cherry Graeter's ice cream cake. Of course, we had to have a little - okay, a lot - of both. Also, chocolate cake goes pretty well with a dark porter, we now find.
After wishing Debby a happy future and saying goodnight, we walked out, found a swing, and watched the lights flicker along the river for a while. Not a bad town, Cincinnati.