Cincinnati · Food · Over-the-Rhine

Not your average hotdog

Hubby and I finally went to Senate for dinner. It’s somewhere he’s been wanting to try, but I was never really excited to go to.

After eating there, I should have been.

The food was excellent—I had the Senate burger and truffle fries. Yum! Both come with this fantastic mayonnaise-based sauce (not really sure what the seasonings were…). I also had a Kitten Fizz to drink, which was one of the best cocktails I’ve ever had. It’s made with muddled raspberries and Senate’s homemade vodka, plus St. Germain, simple syrup and soda.

Truffle fries & Senate burger
Truffle fries & Senate burger

Hubby had the Korean—a hotdog with short ribs, kimchi and pickled cucumbers in a homemade brioche bun—and duck fat fries (we don’t want to know how many calories were in them).

And Senate’s chef, Daniel Wright, just won Best New Chef Great Lakes 2012 from Food & Wine.

The restaurant is small and intimate with brick walls and repurposed wood paneling. There are little tables for two all along the wall opposite the bar (there are also a few tables for four). The bar and the tables are so close together that only one person can walk between them at a time. You might think it sounds cramped, but it doesn’t feel like it at all.

If you’re in town and we don’t mention Senate for dinner, call us out. It’s a must.

*Note: It’s Senate’s third birthday—fries are half off and the Bacon Fries are available everyday (usually they’re a Friday special). I don’t know how long the fry special will run, so make a date to go soon!

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