Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Restaurant Review- Bootsy's

Last week I helped out with some big meetings at work and as a thank you, work treated us to a delicious lunch at Bootsy's. I was thrilled because I've been wanting to try it out and haven't gotten around to it, and also I am cheap and refuse to spend more than about $7 on lunch (prefer around $5)...so it's always nice when work foots the bill.

Let's start off with the decor....it's crazy. Someone at the table asked, what exactly would you call this decor? I said, 25% spanish, 75% just eccentric.... it's very colorful and cool...the servers look swanky with their cute short ties on...and you don't really feel like you're in Cincinnati. I tried to take a couple of pictures, but I felt like a dork snapping pictures at a restaurant with my co-workers so didnt spend enough time to get the correct settings to make the pictures not be blurry...but this might give you an idea.....Huge pic of madonna over here....a random brightly colored fish mounted on the wall over there, colorful beads and pillows at the table.. you (kind of) get it... The thing I thought was really cool about it was the different seating areas.... a really nice outdoor area that overlooked the aronaff, a lounge area where you could pull the curtain closed for a little dining privacy, a big open area in the middle, etc...

When I looked at the menu I thought to myself... I dont know why everyone is always saying this place is expensive for lunch, it's not THAT bad.... but when people's appetizers started coming out, I started understanding why this place could get expensive....the appetizer pizza is basically a small piece of flatbread with pizza toppings....granted a pretty delicious piece of flatbread with pizza toppings....but not an appetizer that like a group of four could share or anything like that...

For lunch I decided on the shortribs...which were incredible.... I didnt order an appetizer because I figured the short ribs would come with a little pile of fresh greens on the side, or potato chips...or something...but instead the short ribs had a little pile of pulled pork on the side....interesting. They were both absolutely delicious...but I was really craving something fresh or different to compliment my short ribs, rather than just meat with meat on the side... But the flavor and tenderness of the ribs was really good. And I am not even usually a fan of pulled pork (mostly a texture thing) but this was a little bit spicy and super tender and not served on a bun (i HATe pulled pork on a bun) so it was delicious. That little cornbread thing on top of the pulled pork (I THINK that's what it was) was kind of flavorless...but maybe thats just because it was completely overpowered by all the other flavors going on on this plate.

Short Ribs - Grilled Arepa, Queso Fresco, Rioja Red Sauce

I also snapped a few photos of some co-workers plate. I didnt taste them (because they are my co-workers and Im not going to ask them if I can take a bite of their sandwich) but I did taste one of those potato chips and they were SO yummy. I'm not sure if they make them in house or anything but they were super crunchy and it made me sad that they were not on my plate.

The Boss - Jumbo Jeff Ruby Steakburger, Bleu Cheese, Peppers & Onions
on a Housemade Tomato-Olive Focaccia Roll

Seared Ahi Tuna - Ginger Wasabi Mayo, Sundried Tomatoes, Onion Sprouts on Toasted Focaccia

I also decided since it was a special occassion that I was going to talk everyone into ordering and sharing dessert. Since it was my idea I also decided I would pick the dessert which was a delicious rolled up chocolate cake with berries.

I plan to go back for dinner at some point because at dinner they have a tapas menu! ( I LOVE tapas because then you get to try a little of everything and never get food envy-which I suffer from often)....

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Andrea said...

Sounds like a place I definitely need to try the next time I'm in Cincinnati...whenever that may be! Though I have to agree with you - meat with meat on the side isn't usually at the top of my list for a delectable lunch.

FoodHussy said...

Tapas is the way to go there...I really enjoyed it.