The Winds Cafe and Bakery in Yellow Springs. (Staff photo by Connie Post)

Winds Cafe sets new carryout hours and updates menu with crave-worthy dishes

The Winds Cafe in Yellow Springs has announced new hours and updated its menu. 
The popular restaurant will be open for carryout orders from 3-8 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The Winds Wine Cellar next door will be open from 3-6:30 p.m. 
In addition to dinner, the restaurant has been selling a medley of fresh desserts, hand-packed pints of Palazzolo’s artisan ice creams and assorted loaves of bread and a selection of focaccia. 

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The new menu from Chef Beth Cloutier and Chef Roland Eliason, posted on April 15, can be found at  Here are some highlights that stood out to us, along with descriptions of each dish, as they appear on the Winds’ menu:

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Grilled Lamb Chops with Gras Pista ($15) 
Juicy lamb chops are marinated in garlic, olive oil and black pepper. Sauced with gras pista, an Italian sauce similar to pesto with walnuts, basil, parsley, mint and garlic, and served on a bed of lemony farro with garbanzo bean crumbs.

Carrots Three Ways with Burnt Lemon Vinaigrette ($9)
Pureed, roasted and fried, this carrot dish was a hit at Garlic dinner this past year. Drizzled with a garlicky, tangy burnt lemon vinaigrette. Sprinkled with assorted seeds and crispy grains for that adorable crunch.

Ohio Aloo Gobi ($9) 
I just love the warm Indian spices of Aloo Gobi. Here, I put my Yellow Springy twist on it, with a pool of red lentil dal, roasted cauliflower, spice dusted potatoes and slightly spicy, warm saffron, ginger ghee.

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Fried Fish with Feta Tzatziki and Almonds ($15)
Wild caught fish is deep fried and served with a feta flavored tzatziki, fresh cucumber relish and crunchy brown butter almonds.

Smoked Trout Cake ($14)
This is a Winds classic with many incarnations and variations over the years. This winter version pairs a bright vinaigrette with crispy, smoky trout cakes. Garnished with a little pear salad and a drizzle of chive oil.

Fried Brussels Sprouts ($10)
Yes, fried Brussels sprouts. Deep fried and fancified with crispy applewood smoked bacon, crushed almonds and a piquant mustard caper vinaigrette. I defy you to dislike this under appreciated vegetable.

Peach Mountain Spinach Salad ($9) 
This will last only as long as we have Peach Mountain spinach. The spinach is tossed with blood orange vinaigrette, roasted beets, blood orange supremes and shaved ricotta salata.

Kyoto on the Little Miami ($12) 
Mixed greens with smoked trout, daikon radish, cucumber, crunchy seaweed salad and pickled ginger vinaigrette.

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Screen shot of the menu from The Winds Cafe.

Pork Shank Redemption Version II ($22) 
An heirloom Berkshire pork shank is braised with Spanish spices, Peifer cider,and Cognac. Add our house made apple chutney spiked with a little more Cognac and pair with hard cider. Total redemption.

Seared Thai Duck Leg ($28) 
This is Magret duck leg from Labelle Farms in Sullivan, New York and it is delicious.The duck is cooked medium rare and brushed with a tamarind glaze. Plated with a coconut milk, lemongrass and lime juice sauce and served with rice noodles.

Swordfish Puttanesca ($28) 
Wild caught swordfish is grilled and served with Puttanesca, the iconic Neapolitan tomato sauce, turmeric aioli sauce and risotto.

Jamie Oliver’s Vegetable Curry ($15) 
Jamie Oliver is a British chef whose bright curries are perfect for every season. Spinach leaves, a handful of lentils and a changing array of seasonal vegetables cooked to order with a vibrant sauce made of coconut milk, fresh ginger, chiles and toasted spices. Served with rice and yogurt.

Henry is a Teenager Burger* ($15)
This is a very special burger for a very special someone.My youngest son, Henry, is turning fifteen (High School, Yikes!). He loves the Winds’ burgers, so in honor of this amazing young man, here’s a custom burger for his birthday. Locally raised ground beef from Sunset View Farmfresh is cooked on a hot griddle placed on a brioche bun and topped with bacon marmalade, cheddar spread and cucumbers. Served with extra fries showered with grated Parmesan… absolutely Henry style!

Visit or call 937-767-1144 for more information. The Winds is located at 215 Xenia Ave., Yellow Springs. 

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