Sonoma American & Mediterranean Grill
3012 Madison Road, Oakley, OH, USA
www.SonomaCincinnati.com - (513) 386-7450
Sonoma American & Mediterranean Grill Oakley Reviews
Middle Eastern to me... Dec 17, 2010
A necessary review, because this addition to the Cincinnati eating scene is partially financed and managed by a friend. Johnny told me about his new venture to offer Middle Eastern cuisine along with standard American fare some time ago, which surprised me because he is a network genius, not a cook. However, he also hails from Palestine and was raised in Bethlehem, so obviously intimate with the food being offered. Further, he is not actively involved with food preparation, deferring that to other relatives in the affair.
If you are familiar with Cincinnati, the location is basically Hyde Park. Located in an upscale neighborhood, Sonoma presents a casual ambiance to enjoy dinner. Liquor rules are bizarre in Ohio, and even though there is a bar serving liquor they have yet to be licensed for beer and wine (which makes little sense to me). They do offer up a great menu of kebabs and I can vouch for the flavor and presentation of these offerings. But you can also can score a hamburger here, as Johnny wanted to provide options for those in your dinner party who may not be inclined to sample ethnic fare.
I disagree. For myself, I prefer enjoying traditional food in an authentic environment and feel the American selections will detract from repeat business. However, nobody has ever accused me of being a marketing genius and Johnny has a knack for striking a chord. So you get two thumbs up from me for sampling great Middle Eastern food at Sonoma (though I think they brand it as Mediterranean, probably due to current political tensions) even though you abdicate being submersed in the appropriate atmosphere.
I’m very curious whether this is the profitable route to delivering tasty kebabs --- please drop in for a delicious meal and let me know what you think!
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