Margaritaville in Cincinnati
Who doesn’t wish for the warm sand, a cold drink, and great friends to share a meal with? Especially when you’ve had a rough day or it’s the middle of the week, and vacations seem so far away. Well, then you should go check out Margaritaville in Cincinnati, at the Horseshoe Casino.
Recently, I was invited to share in meals and drinks with fellow bloggers and our “dates” at the local Margaritaville. In the sense of full disclosure, I’ve eaten there once before, so it wasn’t completely new to me. But I looked forward to the evening just the same!
We arrived a little late but I called our contact to just give her a heads up so they weren’t thinking we bailed. No problem! When we got there, we were seated right away and given our special menu details. Our server explained that we would be able to try all of the new appetizers as well as any of their drinks to get us started. Yum!
My party of 4 doesn’t normally drink, but we figured since we were out with no children, we would each try at least one drink. Here’s a quick description of each yummy and colorful cocktail, from left to right!
Watermelon Margarita: Margaritaville Silver Tequila, triple sec, watermelon purée and our house-made agave margarita mix
Tranquil Waters: Cruzan Mango Rum, blue curacao, pineapple juice and mango
Bahama Mama: Margaritaville Spiced and Coconut Rums, Cruzan Aged Dark Rum, crème de banana, pineapple and orange juices. Shaken and served over ice with a splash of grenadine
Planters Punch: Appleton Rum VX, Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum, our house-made sweet & sour, pineapple juice, pomegranate and a dash of bitters
Not only pretty to look at on our table, but delicious. Since the four of us are close, we all tried the other drinks at the table and rated them. Out of these four drinks, the Tranquil Waters was the favorite, but none of them were disliked in the least!
Next came the appetizers. We were given five different kinds to try; and I’m not kidding, we were like little kids vying for our favorites LOL
Where to start? Here are the menu’s descriptions of each dish from the top down:
Grilled Shrimp Skewers: Jerk-glazed shrimp dusted with sugared coconut served with pineapple; these were grilled perfectly and the seasoning had a little kick but the coconut balanced it out
Carne Asada Steak Quesadillas: Griddled flour tortilla, Oaxaca and Monterey Jack cheese served with lime crema, guacamole and pico de gallo; soft tortilla filled with goodness!
“Drunken” Shrimp Skillet: Sautéed with tequila key lime butter, roasted garlic, onions and peppers, with a mini baguette for dipping; we loved the veggies as much as the shrimp, plus the bread pieces for dipping the leftover sauce
Asiago Crab Dip: Lump crabmeat in a sharp asiago and artichoke cream served with crostini bread; definitely one of my favorites, hot and creamy, made just for scooping out with the crostini
White Cheddar Cheese Curds: Served with LandShark Lager BBQ and marinara; piping hot when they came to the table with two sauces to choose from, yum!
So the drinks and appetizers just got the party started. The hard part came when we had to decide which entrees we wanted for our meal (although at that point we could have already asked for to go boxes after all the food we had on the table!). Here’s what my date and I ended up choosing.
I had the Seafood Mac and Cheese: Shrimp and lump crabmeat with cavatappi pasta in a Boursin cream sauce; all this boils down to is heaven on my plate. I’m not kidding, this was the best mac and cheese I’ve had, even without the seafood, but you add in crab and shrimp? Oh baby, I can’t wait to go back for more.
My date ordered the Beach Tacos: Choice of marinated Carne Asada steak or simmered Chicken Tinga topped with queso fresco. Served with black beans, rice, key lime crema, guacamole and pico de gallo; he liked the chicken tinga kind better, but they were both excellent and he’d order them again next time.
And the best was definitely saved for last. I have to laugh as I look back on our night at Margaritaville as we watched several other tables sitting around us. One table had this “monster” of a dessert come out and was actually topped off once it was on the table. We watched in amazement and wondered just what they were celebrating that warranted such a treat!
Well…we found out what they had received because we were getting one too! Once our appetizers and entrees were boxed up and put into bags for us, our server said dessert was on it’s way. Something called a Chocolate Hurricane and a piece of Key Lime Pie. I love a good key lime pie since I grew up in Florida and it tends to be too sweet up here where I live now so I was eager to try it especially.
Words…cannot describe…the dish known as the Chocolate Hurricane. I think this video may only do a little justice. Be warned, you may not believe your eyes, for I surely didn’t!
Mind blown. Folks, the dessert spins as they pour chocolate and caramel sauces over top of the bowl which sits on a lazy susan! Here is the official description:
Everything the name implies. Vanilla bean ice cream served with brownies, Kit Kat and Heath bars, pirouette and mini shortbread cookies, sliced banana, whipped cream and chopped macadamia nuts. Swirled tableside with chocolate and caramel sauces. Made for sharing.
We were also treated to an outstanding piece of Key Lime Pie. It was served like they do in Key West, with no food coloring and very tart.
As cool and refreshing as an ocean breeze. Graham cracker crust with sweet and tart key lime filling.
So if you couldn’t tell from my lengthy description of our evening at Margaritaville in Cincinnati, we enjoyed ourselves very much! From the drinks to dinner and desserts that blew our minds, we would definitely make plans to go back and take our friends with us!
You should check them out yourselves and let me know what you order and how much fun you had!