Monday, March 28, 2016

Restaurant Review: Dilly Cafe - Mariemont

A few weeks back I got takeout from Dilly Cafe in Mariemont and it was so good I wanted to try the whole experience and dine at the cafe.

My friend Kelly and I met up for dinner on a Friday night. It's a cute spot in the square of Mariemont. There are a few spots in the front near the store (they sell wine & beer) but there's a big lot in the back. 

I would highly recommend reservations on busy nights like Friday/Saturday - there wasn't a wait when we got there but about 10 minutes later it was packed! They also have live music that isn't too distracting on weekends. The menu is shown here - they've got a good variety of apps, sandwiches and entrees.

I have decided I'm done with beer so I asked for a cider - the first one they brought had ginger (yuck) so I swapped out for an apple cider. Pretty good stuff.

Kelly got a Seared Ahi Sandwich ($12) - sesame crusted tuna on a ciabatta with herbed cheese, marinated cucumber, arugula and cilantro vinaigrette with a side of sweet potato fries.

She really enjoyed the sandwich and I thought it looked great - I wouldn't think to have a seared tuna sandwich.

I got the Grilled 15 oz Ribeye ($26) which is a huge hunk of Ohio raised cow served with whipped potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts with house-made maple bacon and tangy steak sauce. The ribeye was pretty good. I think I need to branch out - steak always sounds so good but I make a mean steak at home - I need to go for things I don't usually make at home. But if you like steak - it was a good one. 

Larry was getting home from work late and asked me to bring him something and on their lunch menu - they had a BLT ($8) so I asked for that to go. I forgot to mention the egg-allergy so the first one came with mayo. I grabbed someone (not our waiter - he had disappeared) who I think was a manager - I profusely apologized and admitted it was completely my fault but could I get another sandwich. The manager not only obliged but was so pleasant and sweet and did it in record time. It was a very positive customer service experience - especially knowing it was my own fault. 

Then the sandwich - it smelled soooooo good. It took every fiber of my being not to beg him to go back and bring me the one slathered with mayo! Then I had to drive home with this beautifully smelling sandwich of gold. Finally Larry got home and ate it - and he's STILL talking about it. So - if you want a great BLT - you now know where to go. 

Why Should You Go? It's a fun place and that BLT is worth its weight in gold! 


Dilly Café Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
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