SW Ohio - Alexander House, Oxford OH
I had dinner at the Alexander House last night to celebrate a milestone, and wow, was I genuinely impressed.
Alexander House is actually set inside an old house. The five of us who went ended up next to the fireplace in what seemed like the dining room when it was actually a house, and it was a nice bit of atmosphere.
Service was perfectly fine. The server (who remained nameless all night!) was friendly and willing to help, but overly so. Only mistakes made were when she brought a Caeser to the wrong person and forgot to bring bread right away, but she made up for it later on.
The food was quite good. I had the specials of the day, which were seared diver scallops with aged balsamic and an interesting celery/onion/potato compote in the middle. The scallops were cooked just right, and the dish just worked really well together, especially with that balsamic (It was aged for at LEAST 10 years, probably longer). For an entree, I had the 18 oz. Prime Dry-Aged Ribeye. WOW. What an incredible steak that was. I've had quite a bit of steak, and this was deeply beefy and had that wonderful mineral tang beef ought to have. Perfunctory sides of grilled asparagus and potato were fine, but that beef! I was genuinely surprised to find such quality! It measured up VERY well with some of the steakhouses back home.
After that, I was so full that I couldn't eat anymore, so we skipped dessert. Total (Tax & tip) was $58, which I thought was an absolute STEAL for what I recieved. Fantasticly good. Now it's back to dorm food for me, but I know where I'm going whenever I feel like I need a steak again!