1. Flavors Eatery in Centerville, Ohio.
2. Pacchia in Dayton, Ohio (Oregon District)
This isn't a *true* first, per se, as I'd been in their cafe and to their bar for cocktails - but I'd never eaten there.
This was one of the MVRA joints participating in the extension of Restaurant Week. During this event, local restaurants boast a special menu of three course meals for $20.09.
First impression of service was very good. The hostess took us to a small table near the window, and was happy to oblige when I asked if we could sit further from a cold window and
the only child in the restaurant. She gave us our pick of any open table, so we picked a quieter one near the inside wall.
Water, along with bread & oil were quickly brought to our table and we were given just enough time to peruse the menu before our server came back. We both got the same thing - 5th street salad, NY strip w/ smashed potatoes and garlic green beans, red velvet cake, adding a wine flight with dinner (this was $12 extra).
Salads came quickly, but didn't actually meet the menu's description. It was supposed to have cherry tomatoes (one), goat cheese (a tiny crumble), crispy pancetta (absent), pine nuts (absent) and pommes frites (plentiful). But, it was still edible - though it was mostly just mixed greens tossed in a vinaigrette.
Entrees came quickly, steaks were cooked just as we'd ordered them, but were much smaller than I was expecting. The food was a bit banquet fair for that type of restaurant - but I get the feeling dishes are dumbed down and churned out during restaurant week. So, maybe it's not the best representation. But, I'm glad I wasn't paying regular menu price for the stuff if that's how it always comes out.
My only real complaint is the length of time that lapsed between when our dinner plated were cleared and our dessert and port arriving, about 10-15 minutes.
3 out of 5 sporks.