Key Cincinnati Magazine

No visit to Greater Cincinnati is complete without a sampling of the great ethnic dining spots sprinkled around our metro area. One of the best is Andy’s Mediterranean Grille, located at 906 Nassau St. just three minutes from downtown’s Fountain Square.

Andy’s is serious East Mediterranean cuisine. You can tell that by the pita bread they serve. It’s made from scratch, fresh daily. The Key Taste Tester panel has had Andy’s pita hot from the oven, and there is nothing like it in this town!

When you visit Andy’s, the Key panel recommends starting with the Mediterranean sampler. The sampler features hummus, baba ghannouj, labnah, tabouli and baby brown and green olives. It is served with the fresh, hot, homemade pita bread. It’d be a surprise if your sampler plate is not wiped clean by the last scrap of pita bread. It’s that good!

Appetizers range from $5 to $12, with most items at $7. You’ll find spinach & feta pie, Lebanese pizza, veggie grape leaves and more, including the a forementioned Mediterranean sampler on the list.

Those who know Mediterranean and Mid-east dining will appreciate the clean, fresh, vibrant flavors of the foods at Andy’s. Many of the dishes gain their fresh, flavorful taste from the real lemon juice and EV olive oil used in preparations. Andy’s marinates and salad dressings have become so popular with locals that the eatery now bottles them and sells them in house and commercially. Salads all are large, with eight types from which to choose, ranging from $6 to $14. Almost all have been tried and enjoyed by Key Testers, with favorites being the Greek ($10), and the ultimate tabouli ($14), which easily could be shared.

In the entree category, you’ll find many choices, ranging in price from $14 to $33 (several in the higher range serve two), with most entrees being $16/$17. All of the choices are classically East Mediterranean, with the rich, full flavors of that cultural area. An example: the shish kabob, featuring two skewers of charbroiled beef tenderloin, teamed with green pepper, onion and tomato, served over rice, for $20. A half order (one skewer) is $13.

The jumbo combo serves two, and features one shish kabob, one shish kafta (chopped steak) and four shish tawook (chicken) skewers, served over rice and with house salads, for $33. The jumbo is a lot of food for the money. Call 513-281-9791 for information. Enjoy!

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