Duh! Sorry I reversed the name and subject in the earlier post. Here's my report again:
An earlier post on this board encouraged me to finally head over the hill to Alcove for lunch on Friday. Cute place! It was around 1:30 and the place had a modest line out the door and 3/5s of tables occupied. The line moved pretty fast although the whole logistics of ordering, paying, picking up drinks and desserts is a mess. There were 2 registers working and it wasn't altogether clear who's helping who while everyone's standing practically shoulder to shoulder. But I survived and fortunately had help from one of the members of my party.
The cakes were up first, of course. The recommended See's candy cake was okay, but just way too sweet for my tastes. I'm not altogether convinced it's made out of high-quality ingredients. It reminded me of something I'd be forced to confront with company at Claimjumper or Cheesecake Factory - HUGE and sweet. The coconut cake was a bit better, not too sweet and balanced with a nice touch of lemon. If I return to Alcove, I'm relieved that they appear to have my most favorite apple pie which appears to be the same apple pie they serve at Stanley's in the Valley. (It's really a deep tart with really thinly sliced apples, crumble topping and drizzly glaze on top. Oooohhhh. I miss that apple pie. I'll have to return to Stanley's some time soon.)
Lunch at our table included the turkey pesto panini, ham/brie/pear panini, and chopped salad. The turkey pesto was the best with the ham/brie/pear next. Both were moist with very generous portions. Unfortunately, neither panini was press-grilled in the traditional panini-sense, just warmed (the ingredients were for the most part still chilled or room temp). And the bread was lacking . . . . . rather tasteless with little texture. But the fillings were yummy! The real stinker was the "chopped salad." It must be a joke. It's not chopped! That is really frustrating when you're craving a very specific entree. It's a bowl of mesclun greens topped with beets, and I can't remember what else, with a side of balsamic vinaigrette. Once it's all tossed, it's just a normal mesclun salad. It still tasted good but not as good as I had hoped my chopped salad would taste. BIG disappointment! I barely made a dent in it since it was so generic.
All-in-all, a fun stop on a Friday afternoon but I was rather underwhelmed with the food. But I do dig the atmosphere. I would still like to try Alcove for breakfast.
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