Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Restaurant Review: The Eagle OTR

I finally got to dine at The Eagle OTR and it was worth the anticipation, the wait and every penny spent there.

The day started off with my friends and I going to see the Princess Diana exhibit at the Cincinnati Museum Center - it was very good and worth seeing.  The exhibit has jewelry from the Spencer family, mementos from her childhood, her wedding dress, designer dresses and more.  It was very touching and lovely to see her and her work remembered in such a beautiful way.  This is the last stop of the exhibit and the last day to go is August 17 so you have plenty of time to check it out, just make sure you do check it out!

Afterwards, we voyaged over to the Eagle.  We figured that if we got there at the tail end of lunch, early dinner the wait wouldn't be that long.  Ha, jokes on us!  At 3:00 there was an hour and a half wait.  So we put our name on the list and headed to The Lackman for some beers (the hostess at the Eagle gets your cell phone number and will call you when your party is coming up so you're free to wonder about the area).

Ninety minutes later we got our call that our table was coming up.  We headed back over and with the extra time ordered some boozy drinks at the bar.  The bar area is very big (compared to The Eagles sidekick Bakersfield) and has two sides with TVs that were playing a variety of sports games.  We ordered a pitcher of their OTR iced tea and split it amongst 5 of us.  And just like Bakersfield's drinks, it as incredibly tasty and packed a powerful punch.  Other drinks that were ordered were the Moscow Mule and a beer (not sure what it was) off of the very extensive beer list.

Once seated we ordered some appetizers.  And by some, I mean that we ordered every appetizer they have on the menu - the pickle jar, the brown sugared bacon, the hominy and the kale and artichoke dip.  All of it was delicious and I was most surprised by the deliciousness of the hominy.  I had never tried hominy before and wasn't quite sure what it was - it is like fried pieces of corn with a spicy seasoning (some girls said the flavor reminded them of a classier dorito); needless to say it was delicious.  I was not able to take any pictures of the appetizers because, well, we were hungry girls…

THE chicken sammich.  With the OTR Iced Tea pitcher in the back ground.

As for our entrees, most of us ordered the fried chicken sandwich.  The sammich was out of this world good.  I will not be able to eat another fried chicken sandwich without comparing it to this guy.  Other things that were ordered (and equally delicious and amazing as the chicken sandwich) was the pork sandwich (a bit spicy but totally okay in my book), the kale salad (very good) and the fried chicken which comes with an amazing spicy honey.  As for sides we picked the fries, mac n cheese (might be some of the best I've had in this city) and the sweet potatoes (this was Thanksgiving heaven in a bite).

Starting from the top: The Kale Salad, the chicken sammich (with slaw on side), the mac n cheese, fries and chicken sammich as on the menu.

I will go back. And I will wait.  As long as there is an OTR tea and chicken sammich waiting for me after the wait.

My only suggestion is to get a curtain/shade for the tables near the windows.  Once the sun started setting half of our table was completely blinded by the sun.

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