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Milestone 229 Reveals New Fall Menu & New Executive Chef

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Milestone 229 is more than just a destination restaurant. Sure, it sits on the Scioto Mile and offers one of the most breathtaking, and romantic, views in the city, but there’s more to Milestone 229 than just the panorama. It’s a restaurant making almost everything from scratch, and exposing visitors to the best of what Ohio has to offer on a plate.

Chef Cody Rutherford is a local boy, hailing from Chillicothe. He started at Milestone 229 back in September 2012, but only took over the reins as Executive Chef little over a month ago. His new menu for the Fall is technique-driven, incorporates the best local produce that can be found, and is designed for Ohio appetites.

Most of the dairy products, maple syrup, meats, apples, brussels sprouts, and beets are sourced from local farms. The hot sauces they use are made by hometown favorites, CaJohn’s, and even the pasta they cook is from local artisans. Chef Cody is very much inspired by the season as he creates dishes, expecting, as well, to create long-lasting memories on the palate.

Like with the Double Bone Pork Chop, a juicy, apple cider-brined double chop lightly finished with maple bourbon jus, and served atop a not-too-sweet butternut squash purée and perfectly-roasted brussels sprouts. It’s the kind of dish that long before the final bite, you mentally start calculating when you come back to have it again.

Same with the Sea Scallops, which are light, sweet hunks of buttery mollusk served with an irresistible cauliflower purée. Even the starters are impressive. The Four Snacks – gorgonzola-stuffed, bacon-wrapped dates, goat cheese mousse with blueberry jam and heavenly little beet chips, house-made pickled cucumbers, and roasted walnuts – display the best of seasonal appetizers. Each component is thoughtful and flavorful, with a slight dallop of whimsy.

Milestone 229 has long been thought of as a Summer restaurant, but they’re working to change that perception by creating a menu that diners want to come in for, regardless of the weather. The dishes are reasonably priced, plentiful on the plate, and utterly satisfying.

“We’re more than just that ‘place by the fountain’; we’re a food-centric restaurant that also happens to have the best view in the city,” shares Chef Cody. “People in the city are spending more on going out, and we want to be that place that has something for everybody. For better or worse, we cater to everyone, from the beer and snacks guy, to the one ordering a filet.”

The Fall menu will run through April 2014, when Chef Cody will one again turn his attention to seasonal ingredients and lighter fare for the Spring. Until then, why not indulge in a slice of Bananas Foster Cheesecake, with fresh whipped cream, caramelized banana slices, and pecans? You won’t regret you did.

For a longer look at Chef Cody’s Fall menu, or to make your holiday reservation, visit www.milestone229.com. Milestone 229 is located at 229 Civic Center Drive.

Photos by Craig Ferance.


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