Lisa recommends: Carillon Brewing Co. in Dayton, The Caroline in Troy, and ele Cake Co and Bistro at Austin Landing for 2019 Winter Restaurant Week.
The Miami Valley Restaurant Association's sold out Sneak Peek to Winter Restaurant Week at the Steam Plant welcomed hundreds of guests to sample dishes from thirteen local restaurants. Even if you eat out 3 meals a day all 8 days of restaurant week, you can't get to the more than 40 participating restaurants.
Tonight’s' offerings included soups, sandwiches, salad, short ribs, pork, shrimp, and more. After tasting my way through the event, my top 3 picks were:
1. Carillon Brewing Co.'s Pork Loin Confit (pictured) with Craft Beer Sauce served with Roasted Brussels Sprouts and Potatoes. The pork was moist and tender and brussels sprouts were roasted to perfection. The craft beer sauce complimented the dish perfectly. This is Carillon Brewing Co.'s first time participating in both Sneak Peek and Restaurant Week. It will be interesting to try this dish with one of their craft brews.
2. The Caroline's Hickory and Molasses Beef Short Ribs with Mashed Potatoes were amazing. The tender short ribs with sauce served over mashed potatoes were the definition of comfort food. During restaurant week this dish will be garnished with asparagus.
3. ele Cake Co and Wine Bistro's Duck Confit Salad (pictured) with Goat Cheese, Cherry Vinaigrette, and Crispy Fried Leeks was a change of pace for this gravy lovin' girl. The duck was lean and tender, the cherry vinaigrette hinted that spring is on the way, and I haven't had crispy leeks since Olive an Urban Dive closed.
For participating restaurants and menus, head over to our Guide to Winter Restaurant Week 2019.
Also read: Amy's Top 3 Tastes for Winter Restaurant Week.