Yesterday was The Boy’s birthday. He had the day off and when I got home from work we made our way downtown (on foot) to the Christian Moerlein Lager House for dinner.
The lager house opened earlier this year and was much awaited by most residents of the city. It is one of the ways that Cincinnati is bringing back its prominent beer-brewing culture. The lager house is at the Banks – all new construction on the riverfront – and is a big part of the revitalization of downtown Cincinnati.
One of our favorite parts of the lager house is, of course, the beer! They have a large variety of their own brews as well as local and international craft beers on tap, in bottles, and in cans. The Boy and I both decided to sample some of the Moerlein beers on tap, with The Boy trying their Exposition brew while I tried their seasonal beers.
Of course, Moerlein also has a great variety of delicious food. Their menu runs the gamut from cheese and meat boards to planked salmon and roasted prime rib, and includes delicious burgers, salads, soups, and an amazing variety of appetizers. They include many local options in their food menu, and after discussing our options with the waiter, The Boy and I placed our orders for what ended up being a very delicious meal for both of us. We got prime rib with smoked cheddar mashed potatoes and smoked pork belly with spaetzel, creamy brussels sprouts, and marinated mushrooms.
When our meal arrived we were ready and dug right in. The prime rib was tender, cooked perfectly, and filled with flavor and the side of mashed potatoes was rich, with the smokey cheddar nicely complementing the flavorful beef. The pork belly was amazing and fall-apart tender, and contrasted nicely with the tangy marinated mushrooms. The spaetzel was cooked to perfection and tossed with a rich and smoky sauce, while the creamy brussels sprouts very nearly stole the show, being perfectly cooked with a good bite to them, and tossed in a flavorful and rich cream sauce.
We savored every bite of our meals, and after boxing up the leftovers and talking with our waiter about how amazing everything was began our walk home. We ended up foregoing dessert at the restaurant in favor because we were so full of so much tasty food.
I already cannot wait to go back for more.