Midwest Living Review
Daveed's is one of those places that local foodies know about -- it's been rated by Zagat since 2001 -- but feels like a find to tourists because it's not downtown or near a big attraction. Carefully tended rowhouses line the streets of sharply hilly Mount Adams (northeast of downtown), and most of the businesses in the neighborhood are bars drawing a young, energetic crowd. Daveed's stands as a quiet oasis. The colorful dining rooms uses red, green and blue chairs to complement white tablecloths (rooms because Daveed's feels like a house that's morphed into a restaurant, complete with foyer, bar area and little nooks for tables). Well-trained servers know how to navigate dinnertime conversation with guests, whether patrons are foodies familiar with local farms or are looking to learn more about the local food scene. The menu suggests wine pairings for each dish. Our springtime visit yielded some farm-fresh flavors, including an Ohio golden beet salad ($9) and a cream of asparagus soup ($8). The kitchen also treats diners to an amuse-bouche, and the cheese flight represents dairies from around the world ($16). Entrees run $22-$28, and the house specialty, pan-seared duck breast, comes served over a bed of pasta soaked in a white cheddar sauce ($27). Duck isn't a personal favorite, but we tried it nonetheless and found ourselves trimming a fair share of fat from it, something that might not bother duck fans. The white sauce over the pasta was rich, buttery and addictive. Our one complaint: price. Our tab came to $125 without wine or dessert, which seemed pricey for a cheese flight, soup, salad and entrees for two. Other patrons in the room that evening -- a group of doctors from a nearby hospital and a young professional couple -- clearly had been there before and knew the servers, so price wasn't an issue for them. But it's worth keeping in mind.