Chalk Food and Wine was a favorite restaurant of mine from the day we moved to Cincinnati in 2008. On our many visits, it always delivered excellent quality food, great presentation, good service, and a fun atmosphere. And while on the expensive side, I always felt it delivered great value with a product comparable to Cincinnati's more expensive restaurants like Boca in Oakley.
We took a hiatus from the place over the past year as we tried other restaurants. During this time we heard a number of complaints that the menu had changed, the portions were tiny, and people felt ripped off. This coincided with the change in management as Jean Robert left the restaurant group, and I figured it might be headed downhill like Lavomatic in the same situation. So we went back last weekend to see for ourselves and hoped for the best.
We both ordered the "Farmers Table" menu which is a mystery menu of 3 courses for about $32. Sounded like pretty good value. This was unique and I have never blindly ordered a 3 course meal without knowing the dishes. I went on a limb, really hoping to be impressed by the Chef's creativity. I ordered it straight up, and my wife asked for a vegetarian version of the Farmer's Table menu.
Basically, we were totally impressed. The food was amazing. We had yellowtail tuna, pan seared haddock, lamb, and amazing vegetarian dishes that totally satisfied. To top it off, we each had an amazing desert. I love this place and can confidently say I am still a major advocate. The meals we had were worth double what we paid for them, and I will be back. If you had a bad visit over the past year, give it another shot and go out on a limb with the Farmer's table menu. You won't be disappointed.
Here are some pics:
Yellowtail first course (as delicious as it is beautiful):
Lamb second course:
Pan seared haddock third course:
Vegetarian courses 2 and 3:
Butterscotch desert and chocolate torte: