This week marks the launch of a campaign that’s been in the making for over a year. In that year I’ve become quite familiar with Cincinnati. There’s a lot of Tasty that’s popping up all over town but my first trip still marks one of my favorite spots and killer dishes. Actually in this case it’s a single component of a dish. The above smoked grapes seem a simple garnish amongst the goliath, bone-in pork chop and caramelized, “burnt” carrots that shared plate space. Pulling these these fruity miniatures off the plate and giving them their own porcelain stage is the smartest move you can make. I first had one by itself. I let the smokey, grape juice run about my mouth making sure it extended the length and sides of my tongue. It’s a flavor like none other and a genius preparation. A few grapes in with some of the smoked meat never hurt the smoker and the benefit to my dish is 100 fold. It complimented the pork better than anything else on the plate, in fact, it could be reigning champ of pork accoutrements. Mighty Quinn, get on on this action. Most every other bite you can get at Metropole is fantastic. It comes out of the kitchen with much care and love and that always makes things taste even better.
BURNT CARROT SALAD
avocado, pickled onion, feta, cilantro & pumpkin seeds
609 Walnut St
Cincinnati, OH 45202