Murphin Ridge Inn (750 Murphin Ridge Rd, West Union 45693) in Adams County, and when I heard Joanne Drilling was the new chef there, I was especially interested in visiting. So this week while I was attending a seminar in Piketon (about 30 miles beyond Murphin Ridge; both are just off Rt 32) rather than camping out at the Comfort Inn Piketon I decided to take my husband along and check out Murphin Ridge.
We don't do dining reviews here on Cincinnati Locavore, but I have to say the meal was impressive. Highlights were the onion bisque soup -- one of the best things I've eaten in a while -- and the crab mashed potatoes that accompanied my husband's steak. I'd go back just for either. The dining rooms are in the 1810 brick farmhouse, and it is charming.
They source out of their own garden for a nightly special they call "Will's Harvest" (Will's the gardener -- we saw the ruins of last year's garden beside the guest house) and they source a lot from local farmers, including the large Mennonite and Amish populations nearby. Their wine list includes selections from local wineries Kinkead Ridge and Harmony Hill, which was refreshing to see as often restaurants sourcing locally don't extend the practice to their wine list.
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