Cincinnati Spotlight: Terry’s Turf Club

by snackface on April 25, 2012 · 20 comments

Last Saturday, after working for six hours at the office, the crew and I decided we deserved a break. A delicious, satiating break.

Most of my coworkers live in an entirely different, slightly younger area of Cincinnati. Because they experience entirely different restaurants on their side of town, I said, “I’ll go wherever!” Twenty minutes later, I found myself outside the most fluorescent restaurant I’ve ever seen. We’d arrived at Terry’s Turf Club.

We were greeted by an 18-year-old dude with serious sales swagger. He showed us to the bar, where we waited for a table. I ordered a black currant elixir, which was simply black currant juice mixed with vodka. As I told the bartender my name for my tab, he said, “Are you foreign? You must be. I knew from those beady eyes.” Um, OK. There’s a first for everything…

It was only after we were seated that I figured out Terry’s Turf Club was featured on Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives. I always feel kind of dweeby eating at a restaurant that’s been on a t.v. show, but I did see Guy Fieri at the Super Bowl. And I geeked out.

I took a glance at the menu and was completely overwhelmed. Our waitress was kind enough to walk me through it. I decided to go the non-burger route, and ordered a mahi sandwich with gouda and mango tequila jalapeno sauce.

We then waited, sipped drinks, gabbed about relationships. (Fact: Spending all your time at work will cause a kerfuffle or two.)Soon enough, happiness arrived. When food is this good, it doesn’t matter that it’s served on a paper plate.

The mahi was fat, perfectly juicy and tender. Topped with a thick slice of always-good gouda and sweet-spicy mango jalapeno sauce, this was nothing short of succulent. I’m sorry if that word creeps you out, but it’s the only word to describe this. Also, heaven. And the FRIES. Crispy on the outside, puffy on the inside.

After a week of sleeping five hours per night, writing and editing in every hour other than those five and subsisting on caffeine snacks, this was the soul-satisfying meal I needed. It was as though my whole entire body sighed with relief.

And then we got in trouble for talking about R-rated things in a family establishment. That was our cue to head to a bar.

Ciao for now,


Question: Are there any restaurants in your area that have been on t.v. or are highly publicized (NYC readers…I know)? Does it live up to the hype? My answer is a resounding yes when it comes to Terry’s.