Tuesday, May 26, 2009

the boathouse

i literally have no idea why the montgomery inn at the boathouse is so popular. we were there friday before our final playhouse performance of the season, and it was a veritable who's who in cincinnati - oscar robertson, the hamilton county coroner (don't ask, brian recognized him), the real housewives of indian hill, and us.

everytime i go to the boathouse i expect to have a gastronomical epiphany, and i will suddenly understand the spellbinding capabilities of the montgomery inn barbeque sauce. but alas, this most recent excursion did not lead to enlightenment.

we arrived promptly for our 6pm reservations, but unfortunately jenny and john had babysitter issues and were running late. at the boathouse, no one is seated until the entire party arrives. this left brian and i hanging out at the bar, people watching. the boathouse does provide an excellent opportunity for sociological study while sipping a $3 happy hour martini (the lemon one. not very good. reminiscent of pledge.).
we were finally settled at an awesome table right by the window, which john commented would be a great view if it wasn't the ohio river we were seeing. our server was really wonderful and very personable. the crostini appetizer arrived promptly at our table.this was actually my favorite part of the meal. the bread was crisp, the bleu cheese a nice blend with the other cheeses. a nice, light start to the meal.

i decided to jump in and order the smokehouse trio of sandwiches. while not montgomery inn's famous ribs, the tiny sandwiches could give me an idea of the inn's flavors without requiring a bib. mac and cheese on the side, of course.i ate the pulled pork. it was ok. the sauce was a little sweet, but what i expected. the brisket i ate half of; it just wasn't as tender as i would like and if it had any smokey flavor, it was totally obscured by the sauce.finally, the chicken. i only had one bite of it and that was enough. while the sauce on the pork was tolerable, on the chicken it was unbearably sweet. that sandwich was quicly transferred to brian's plate, as was the rest of the mac and cheese. the mac and cheese was just ok and i couldn't see any reason to continue eating it.

brian thought he had died and gone to heaven when he saw this dessert on the menu. he was still talking about it the next day.the strawberry shortcake was decent. the shortcake was a little hard, but the strawberries were fresh.

overall, i felt the same as i always have after a meal at montgomery inn, the champions of mediocrity. so, can anyone please explain to me the attraction of the boathouse? i feel like i'm missing something.
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7 comments:

Eric said...

Montgomery Inn BBQ Sauce tastes like ketchup with lots of brown sugar added to it. Yuck.

KrystalBall said...

I've lived in Cincinnati all of my 25 years and have never understood what people's fascinations with the place is. Texas Roadhouse has way better ribs. Hell, me taking a bottle of Bullseye and smothering it over ribs is better than Montgomery Inn.

Allison Jean said...

Ick Ick Ick....I have no other words for that place. Seriously...I may actually choose a McRib over Montgomery Inn Ribs...

Heather said...

Yeah - I'm not a fan either...

CincyCapell said...

I abhor Montgomery Inn, and hate hate hate the Boathouse with a deep abiding passion. That place is a culinary Chernobyl. It's everything that's bad about Cincinnati (especially Cincinnati's food scene) boiled down into one incredibly sub-mediocre restaurant that's filled with every major league cheesedick in the Greater Cincinnati area.

I have been forced to eat at this place for business dinners and functions on numerous occasions. Their namesake ribs are overcooked, limp and lack both taste and texture. Their sauce is cloyingly sweet and one dimensional. Their other foods are unimaginative and usually overcooked. Their desserts are frozen and taken straight out a box. In short, the place is complete bullshit.

Anytime that I'm talking to someone that I don't know very well and that person mentions that he or she LOVES the Montgomery Inn, at that moment I know all that I need to know about that person, and I quickly excuse myself and get as far away from that person as possible.

WestEnder said...

@CincyCapell: Nomination for best food-related comment of 2009.

k said...

i'm glad it's not just me. and cincycapell, you are hilarious. culinary chernobyl? that's possibly my favorite statement about a restaurant ever.