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Red Feather (Brunch)

Red Feather, an American farm-to-table restaurant located in Oakley, is one of those restaurants that exceeded my expectations.  It’s clean and beautiful inside! I love the exposed red brick, the perfectly set table with white linens, and the open kitchen.

Our visit to Red Feather was brunch with friends; we enjoyed the entire experience. We started with the biscuits and a trio of jams: pineapple pepper, rhubarb compote, and peach. These biscuits. I know I’ve said this before, but I don’t get geeked out about biscuits; however, when I find delicious, slightly sweet, crunchy on the outside and melt-in-your-mouth on the inside biscuits that also remind me a little bit of cake, I’m all in! Add to that a beautiful jam and the appreciation just increases.  There was lots of nodding in agreement and “mmmm” happening while we ate.

Just before we finished our biscuits, complimentary beneignts arrived.   I see what you’re doing there Red Feather with that stellar service. Speaking of stellar service, our waitress pretty much anticipated all our needs.  My friend even called the restaurant later to let them know how much we enjoyed our experience. 

The four of us ordered different dishes and no one was disappointed. Let me highlight the standouts:

Croque Monsieur (ham, bechamel, gruyere, brioche). I’m simply going to quote my friend Sean for this one: “this dish is like if a fat ham sandwich had sex with mac & cheese and then they had a sexy, tasty, French baby!” Get the idea? 🙂

BBLTE (Bacon, more Bacon, lettuce, tomato, and an over medium egg).  OK- I made up the name.  And yes, bacon is always good, but this bacon is thick and crisp and packed with flavor. I also don’t think I can ever eat a BLT without the E (slightly runny egg) again. It’s a BLT game changer.  Messy? Yes! But often the best things in life are.

Hash Mess (pork belly, avocado, bell pepper, breakfast potatoes, spinach, ranch, cheddar cheese, sunny side up egg, pico de gallo).  When I saw this come to the table, I was jealous it went to my husband and not me.  Thankfully, he shares.  This is one fine tasting skillet breakfast with the perfect arrangement of ingredients (and plenty of cheese to hold it all together)!

I cannot wait to return to Red Feather for dinner. My first order will be pork chops! I’ve heard more than one person raving about those pork chops and I know when to take a hint! Hopefully my dinner date will order oysters because I’ve been told those are delish here as well. Red Feather will be a repeat restaurant for sure.  

P.S: There was a build-your-own Bloody Mary bar at brunch! Fun.

Tip: Make a reservation. (Am I the only one that appreciates restaurants that still take reservations?)

GO THERE (Red Feather)! TRY THAT (biscuits, Hash Mess, Croque Monsieur)! 

EAT (out)/ EXPERIENCE

Summer at Fountain Square!

There are events happening almost every single day and night at Fountain Square and almost all events are FREE!  Last year, while walking around downtown after dinner, we heard some pretty sweet Reggae tunes and decided to follow the beat.  Turns out, there was a free Reggae concert going on and the crowd was jammin’!  My husband got us a couple drinks and we stayed until the concert ended.  It was such a great time.  Then last week, my friend invited us to Salsa on the Square.  Again, free.  Let’s just say that it was HOTTTTT out there in more ways than one.  The temp was soaring, the hips were rotating, and the music was dancing (yes, the music itself seemed to dance).  Luckily a group of professional dancers took the stage twice to offer up salsa lessons so novices like me could at least get the basic steps. When we got home that night, I decided to look up the schedule for Fountain Square; I was blown away by all the activities offered during the summer.  In addition to grooving to Reggae and shaking to Salsa, I’ve also played Trivia and Fountain Feud.  Now . . . I won’t say how well I played, but I had a great time nonetheless.

I’ve included a list of events below with some details:

Monday TRIVIA: 7-9pm 

  • Smaller crowd; people of all ages
  • Food truck and drinks available or bring your own food
  • Bring friends to form a team
  • Gift cards up for grabs for winners

Tuesday FOUNTAIN FEUD: 7-9pm

  • Fountain Square version of the TV game show
  • Don’t have to know the “right answers”, just the popular answers
  • Teams compete for prizes
  • Relaxing and pretty funny (some of the top surveyed answers are crazy town)

Wednesday REGGAE: 7-10pm

  • The combination of rhythm, calypso, and blues bring an energy that is palpable
  • Found this by dining downtown and heard the music from blocks away
  • Bringing the islands to Cincinnati
  • Live bands (see schedule)

Thursday SALSA: 7-10pm 

  • Such a fun, diverse crowd
  • It’s alive- truly
  • Mini lessons included (anyone can do this)
  • Live music– incredible lineup of performers

Friday and Saturday FIFTH AND VINE LIVE: 7-11pm

  • Free outdoor concerts
  • Eclectic lineup of acts- some national and some local
  • Big crowd

I haven’t explored all the lunch events yet, but the weekday is strong.  These all run from 11am- 2pm.  Check it out:

  • TUES- Strauss Troy Market: Heavy on ready-to-eat foods, some produce, jewelry, etc.
  • WED-  World Fair: New event, ready-to-eat foods from different countries; world cuisine
  • THURS- FSQ Eats: All food trucks, checkout the facebook page for the lineup
  • SUN- Rotating events: This Sunday is a brunch and a Bloody Mary bar!

Most events run Memorial Day to Labor Day! Check out their website, myfountainsquare.com, for further info.  Remember, at Fountain Square you can get delicious food, live music, and games.  There is really something for everyone.  I suggest arriving a little early and parking in the garage underneath the square.  At each event, concessions are open with drinks, food is close by for purchase, and events themselves are free! And, you never know who you will see or meet.  At Trivia night, I got beat by a group of former students (insert face of shame) and on Fountain Feud night we met a new friend who ended up joining our team (hey, Guarav)! Plus, there is SO much to do around the square if you want to explore before the events begin.

GO THERE (Fountain Square)!  TRY THAT (Trivia night, Salsa, Reggae)!