Hidden off Interstate 71 in a Blue Ash strip mall, there is a howling good eatery called The Brown Dog Café. Named after the original owners’ chocolate Labrador, Shawn and Saundra McCoy kept the name when they bought the eclectic restaurant 11 years ago.

“We have our own identity and are kind of a destination restaurant,” says owner and chef Shawn McCoy.

The menu features fish, wild game and homemade desserts that are plated to impress. McCoy’s team takes special care in the presentation of their dishes. Restaurant goers won’t find chicken tenders on the menu, but the Duck, Buck entrée is a popular choice. Take a dip into Hawaiian waters with their Quinoa-Pumpkin Crunch Tuna, get wild with the Haute Chocolate Wild Boar Tenderloin, or hunt down the Venison Arapas appetizer served with fresh salsa and avocado.

“It’s our unique game menu and service that brings us business,” says McCoy.

While the restaurant’s exterior blends in with other storefronts, the food stands out following the Brown Dog Café’s motto, “Sit, Stay, Savor.” The restaurant also provides Cincinnati’s own Blue Oven Bakery’s fresh bread to pair with its delicious dishes.

“We have a reputation for quality,” says McCoy. “It’s not your chain restaurant.”

All the dishes are made-to-order, so have a glass of wine and enjoy the company while you wait. For those that don’t have time to stop in for a bite, check out The Brown Dog Café’s catering menu, which offers more tasty items.

5893 Pfeiffer Rd., Blue Ash. 513-794-1610. browndogcafe.com. Lunch Monday-Friday from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dinner Monday-Thursday from 5-9 p.m. and Friday-Saturday from 5-10 p.m.