Mini-Reviews: The Precinct, Blackfinn and Cue
Friday night, instead of going downtown, Terry and I toured the East side. Though he’s lived here for a few years, he’s still learning his way around, and he discovered how close he lived to both Mt. Lookout (“I live that close to Zip’s?”) and Columbia Tusculum, which lead us to The Precinct. Yeah, it’s the same Jeff Ruby’s food, so I’m not going to go too much into it, but I do have a funny story:
I have never, ever been congratulated for finishing a meal. I ordered Steak Colinsworth (there weren’t any appealing seafood choices on the menu), which is a petite filet. I hadn’t eaten anything since noon, so I was hungry. Terry ordered the Jewel, which he was about halfway through when the Maître d’ stopped by to check on our meal. “You’re finished? Wow! Give me five!” I high fived him. That was a first. Now, given, the Precinct is pretty much a boy’s club (not a lot of women there, a very locker room feeling, with an air of familiarity you might not find at his other locations), known for its clients being Cincinnati movers-and-shakers (noticed Joe Deters while I was there, for example) and sports stars, this didn’t surprise me. I think he must’ve been surprised that a girl… ate. On the way out, he congratulated me again, giving me a firm handshake and saying, “I LOVE you! I love this girl!” I wonder if I go back if I’ll be known as “the woman who beat her boyfriend at eating steak”. It wasn’t even a big steak, guys! Jeez.
I’d go back just for the environment, over the flagship location. I liked the familiarity and the feeling I was intruding on a boys’ club. And I’m all about that.
I went there with some friends for a bachelorette party. I think Blackfinn is really concentrating on being a bar/club, and less on the food– no one was eating except for us and another bachelorette party. The food was mediocre– very TGI Friday’s. I might go back there for drinks again, but the food was really unimpressive.
I am too old for Cue. I am 27. I am still too old for Cue. It’s a 21-and-up bar in the old Have a Nice Day space. 99% of the people there were 21 and not a minute older. Give me Twist any day.
Hopefully, I’ll have more exciting reviews in the coming week.