HAPPY MOUTH — March 2006

This evening was another monthly outing of the HAPPY MOUTH SUPPER CLUB, and it was Tracy’s month to pick. Tracy indicated that she was feeling bold after her two most recent picks, so she selected THE CELESTIAL in Mount Adams. The Celestial has an absolutely amazing view of the Cincinnati skyline — perhaps the most beautiful setting in Cincinnati, and the clubby atmosphere with carved wood and elegant service is welcoming and warm.

Our large group (13 of us — Chuck, Kristy, Robin, Dave, Ron, Ted, Tracy, Angel, Jay, Holly, Ed, Wendy V, and Drew) was seated in a private dining area. Our server, David, did an excellent job making sure our needs were well cared-for.

We ordered appetizers — everything from Lobster Bisque to Goat Cheese-stuffed Vine Leaves to Baked Oysters to Raw Oysters. Everything was served at appropriate temperatures and flavors were good. The raw Oysters were fresh, plump, and briny.

Our entrees were very good as well, everything from American Kobe Beef with Gnocchi to Braised Red Snapper to Seafood Pasta dishes to steaks. All were very tasty, and even with our large group, dishes were served at the same time. Judging from the dramatic drop in the volume of our conversation when the food was delivered, all the diners enjoyed their meals.

The wine list was large and wide-ranging across all price ranges. The wines we selected (with some assistance from David) were all top-notch with our meals. Desserts were very good as well.

We thoroughly enjoyed The Celestial and will take out-of-town visitors there for the dramatic view and great food.

Another successful Happy Mouth! Good pick, Tracy!

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