My first blog...

I've been exploring all the restaurants in this wonderful city of ours for quite some time - I mean - there's so much more to this world than the one I grew up with in Cedar Rapids, Iowa!

I've been contributing my reviews to for some time now but I just don't feel appreciated enough - so I've decided to record my thoughts and expound upon restaurant life in Cincinnati in a greater venue - that's right - a blog that nobody will read!

Actually I hope some people do...

So where do we start? How about with Lavomatic?

I went Tuesday night for the Cincinnati E.A.T.S. gathering - the first of it's kind! If you don't know about E.A.T.S. - check them out. The gathering was fun - there was a great crowd - overwhelmingly women and I think the few men that were there were attached/married. Where are all the single men in Cincinnati? Let me tell you guys - you should be at the next E.A.T.S. event!

But - the food - Lavomatic - oh how I want to like you! But too bad - I don't!

I think we got bread first - it was fine - nothing special. And oh - the butter. Okay - you're a fancy place - do two things for me:

1. soft butter - i mean - come on - i can't spread hard butter on luke warm bread!
2. flavored butter - everybody does it - it's not like jumping off a bridge - it's okay!

Back to the real dinner...

First course - we start with the cold cucumber dill soup. I'm sorry - but this is like a cross between curdled milk and something my cat throws up. I just don't like cold soup. But also - the texture was wanky and I took a few bites and stopped. It grossed me out.

Entree - oooh I had the Amish Chicken. It was really good. Prepared perfectly - very juicy - flavorful sauce - mmm mmm good! The supporting cast was great also - zucchini and veges along with a great chickpea pancake (not the official name - but think of a small potato pancake made with chickpeas instead) - it was bland and yet TASTY! Now my friend had the vegetarian entree of Farro and let me say - it looked like 1/3 of the food that I got. Again - he was very pleased with the dish but I think the bang for the buck award definitely went to the chicken. The patron sharing the table with us got a chicken serving even bigger than mine!

Dessert - Pistachio Pavlova with a citrus curd as well as rhubarb and strawberries. This was just wierd. The bottom (assumedly the "pavlova") was a sticky hunk that couldn't be cut with a spoon. Then this wierd glop of crunchy stuff like a merengue cookie on top that was very bland and then this wonderful citrus curd with chunks of rhubarb in it. I forgot how awesome rhubarb was! Really the curd and rhubarb was the only good thing about this dish. The sticky hard thing wasn't edible and the crunchy merengue part was tasteless. Overall - BLECH!

So - this is my 2nd dining experience with Lavomatic and I wasn't really impressed with either. The food is just hit and miss. I mean - I like wierd food - and I like Jean Robert (Chalk & Pigalls) - I just don't like Lavomatic!

Plus - have you noticed the boxes mounted on the wall behind the bar with broken wine glasses in them? You'd think they just dropped in broken glasses - right? WRONG! They paid someone lots of money to place each individual piece of glass in the box. That's not hip and trendy - that's pretentious and annoying! (An employee relayed this to me while I was there for my first visit.)

So overall - Lavomatic gets a Food Hussy "Eh - I'll go back if you're buying!"

Stay tuned for more rants and raves from me - The Food Hussy!

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  1. Heather,
    My level of expectation at events like that are not high, plus it is a bad kitchen to try and pull off that many people at once, not enough workspace. I admire Joanne for even trying, I would not want to. The dill soup was fine by me, the chicken was OK but did not knock me out and mine was a little cold. I am not a sugar person but I ate half of it, more than I usually would, and found it interesting. I like Lavo, not crazy about it but I like that they are trying new things, I would give it 3 on your scale. I suggest you give it another try, go with at least 3 other people, everyone get something different and share so you get to try more things. The story you got on the weird boxes behind the bar is wrong, when they first opened they only had a few glasses in them. I don't like them either. Gook luck with your new blog!

  2. The bartender is the one that told us about the glasses. They put a few in to begin with and then the person just recently came back and added more. Seriously! The bartender was cracking up over it with us and agreeing that she could have done it for free!

    This was my 2nd trip to Lavo - the first time was with a couple of friends - sort of the same feeling after that time...just not that excited by it.

    Thanks for the comments!

  3. I love the pavlova-- last week was probably the last week you could make them; with the humidity, pavolvas don't turn out so well. The chicken was dry, and the dill soup was great. As far as the boxes go-- I think they're cool. If they want to spend their money on art then so be it-- it's interesting, visually.

  4. That's a perfect reason as to why Lavomatic isn't great. My chicken was not dry at all - it was juicy and so moist and delicious! And yours was the opposite!

    Oh well - glad you came to the event - it was a fun night...


  5. Actually, Heather, it's more indicative of not being experienced in feeding 100 people at the same time: my piece of chicken was probably cooked before yours was. It's not indicative of everyday operation. Like Vudutu said, you can't judge a restaurant by its performance at an event like this.

  6. Oh I hear you...this wasn't my first trip. I think they have moments that are nice but just isn't my favorite of his places...

    Thanks again for reading!

  7. our experience was like bat out of hell. Few friends and I signed up for the event and got the worst of everything.

    Funny part of all this is, Buy Cincy's raved about the event, probably because they're co sponsoring it. Fine by me. I posted a comment about that event twice and both times they've removed it. hmmm, not so big on honest comments?

    I am blogging about it tonight. Late but better late than never. and including a rant about buy cincinnati being biased like it's their job.

  8. I'd love to hear about your experience more - i"ll have to check the blog...

    i don't understand why they haven't had another event - i mean that one was very successful in terms of turn out and then they just fell off the planet?!

    they should have followed it up with something right away!

    i thought about trying to do something like it...