How to make the perfect order and spend less than $267 on a date at McNinch House

How to make the perfect order and spend less than $267 on a date at McNinch House
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Although this dinner-only restaurant is just a few hundred yards from the heart of Uptown, McNinch House makes you feel like you’ve be transported to an episode of Downton Abbey.

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The Victorian house was built in 1892 and owner Ellen Davis (who personally greeted each table) lives upstairs. There are 10 fireplaces and even though I’m not a china, silver and linens guy — I couldn’t help but marvel at the details of dining in the old house.

McNinch House is a one-of-a-kind option for a romantic anniversary or birthday dinner.

Side note: The ornate and massive men’s restroom was incredible. 8-foot red carpet runway to the toilet, scented candles, cloth washrags and decorative books.

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I could have spent an hour in here with a cocktail, but that’s weird, so I didn’t.

How does ordering work?

The McNinch House features dishes with French influence and a Southern twist. You choose between three different options:

  • Premier Menu – 5 courses ($89): Choice of two appetizers, sorbet, entree and dessert.
  • Grand Menu – 7 courses ($109): Choice of three appetizers, sorbet, entree, cheese and dessert.
  • Chef’s Tasting – 6 courses ($185): Six Chef’s choice courses and wine pairings.

I recommend the Premier Menu (plenty of food) unless you’re super rich or a big cheese and wine person.

A pleasant surprise in the McNinch House dining experience was meeting their wine guy, Anthony “Wes” Wesley. Wes had great chatter and perfect timing. My wife is pregnant (baby girl in 6 weeks!) and I didn’t want to get hammered, so she ordered a glass of wine ($16) and I ordered a dirtmartiniti on the rocks ($14).

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I’ve been high maintenance with my martinis recently (I sound like an old grump), but this is honestly the best I’ve had in the past 6 months – even though McNinch house is not known for their cocktails.

Here’s a walkthrough of the perfect order at the McNinch House (full menu):

Order the Jumbo Lump Crab Cake. Crunchy on the outside and tender crab meat on the inside, made complete with Louisiana-Style Remoulade.

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Order the Tuna Tartar. Cute and tasty quail egg on top, and the Sriracha Mayo mixed in perfectly.

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Clean the palate with McNinch House’s homemade sorbet served with a little piece of mint.

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Fancy spoon.

Order the Red Wine Braised Beef Shank. Comes with a tasty serving of Smoked Gouda Macaroni and Cheese.

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Order the Carrot Cake. The candied walnuts and cream cheese ice cream will force you to clean your plate.

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I thought I was full, but then I ate it all.

Romantic, good looking, intelligent Agenda readers ask for the front window table, save $30 bucks on a Groupon and cuddle on the porch with a view of Uptown after the meal.

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