The month of March (and into April as well) is ideal for trying the at-home convenience meals being offered by Kinneret Grill, according to Karen Chriqui, head of the up-scale eatery. For what remains of March and into April, Chriqui said this: “We’re going to be doing our brisket specials, and people can buy it in bulk—by the pound—and buy chicken soup by the quart, matzah ball soup, and so on. We will be making a lot of the favorites for the month of March, for for convenience meals (Jewish families may be having).”
Special carryout menu items will be prepared in trays for family-style serving at the home table. Some of the main entrée items being offered in addition to braised brisket of beef are apricot-glazed chicken, grilled chicken breasts, chicken schnitzel, and grilled salmon filets. Favorite sides for will be available in trays as well, such as carrots tzimmes with raisins, and roasted red potatoes with rosemary.
“The bulk trays are great for a family of four or larger gatherings, and they provide generous portions. Plus, we can custom make some (entrée and side) items if you want them,” she said. Along with the meal items, there will be gluten-free desserts from which to choose, with specific items in the planning stage at press time, Chriqui stated. She encouraged Jewish families to order convenience trays of entrée and side items early so that every order, large or small, may be accommodated.
While the end of March may be an ideal time to try the carryout trays for at-home meals, the end of February and beginning of March have been good for in-house dining at Kinneret Grill. “Last week, we had the busiest week we’ve had since corona hit, including the summer (which was marginally better than most of 2020). People are eating in again—a mix, really, of older and younger people, families, couples. That’s a good thing, and people are starting to come out (and dine at our restaurant) again,” she said.
The upswing Chriqui noted is evident across the Greater Cincinnati restaurant scene, according to feedback generally received by Dining Out. The increasingly positive numbers at eateries likely is the combined force of more public mask-wearing and willing observance of CDC guidelines, along with a surge in vaccinations and vaccine availability. All of which puts diners-out in a more positive frame of mind. “We still have to be careful and take all the precautions for our diners, but dining in is becoming safer every day, and people are sensing that,” Chriqui said.
If you are among those venturing out to Kinneret Grill, you may want to ask about the new items on and off the menu, Chriqui encouraged. “We started to do some new things on our menu, like the chicken poppers. Poppers are like popcorn (in shape, but larger in size), different from chicken tenders, and more for adults than kids. They are more…spicy, made from scratch. We make our own spice blend, and dip them in parve buttermilk, which we make here, then roll them in panko (Japanese) breadcrumbs and fry them. So moist and delicious! and we serve them with a spicy mayo—it’s finger food, an appetizer and an order (weighs) about half a pound. We did a little special on them a while ago and got some really great feedback on the poppers, so we are putting them on the menu,” she said.
Also in the works at Kinneret Grill is a dish that is said to be nearly impossible to find in the kosher marketplace—fried chicken! “For kosher (diners), really, there is nowhere to buy fried chicken, so it’s kind of nice that we’re doing it,” Chriqui said. “Our fried chicken is breaded differently (than the poppers), and it is deep-fried and then finished in the oven. Doing it that way, finishing it in the oven, keeps the chicken moist and does not dry it out. It’s got a crispy breading, nice and crunchy, so it’s very good. Really, our fried chicken is unique to the kosher market (in this neck of the woods, at least),” Chriqui claimed.
When Jewish diners go to Kinneret Grill, they will find week-long specials running along with regular menu items. These will feature fish, chicken, and other entrée items, which your server will be able to detail. “Really, we are looking forward to more people coming here to dine at the restaurant. With the better weather and the improved conditions with the virus and people coming out more, we are ready for all of that,” she said, and looking forward to more Jewish diners enjoying what Kinneret Grill has to offer.
See you at Kinneret Grill, seated at a table, or picking up carryout trays for special dining occasions!
4068 E Galbraith Road
Cincinnati, OH 45236