Keeping with my promise to try at least one new place a month, hubbers and I went to CB yesterday. With it being cold and rainy, seemed the perfect day for onion soup.
Interior was nice, understated and absolutely had the vibe of a french bistro. The big picture windows offering a great view of the rain outside.
Fresh from the oven bread was served with some of the freshest tasting butter I've had away from my aunt's farm.
I ordered the french onion soup and a small traditional ceasar. Hubbers ordered the croque monsieur with pommes frites.
There were two baby hiccups - my soup was brought out way before the other two. I had wanted to eat the soup/salad together when hubbers got his meal. I also was not given a soup spoon and had to use my coffee spoon for about five minutes before the waiter showed up again.
That aside, the soup was outstanding - rich and deep with flavor. Hubbers said it was a little heavy on the vermouth, but I didn't think so. Finally! there's a resaurant that does a really wonderful anchovy-y (pardon the grammer) ceasar. Bright, green, crisp lettuce. Freshly graded parm with just enough done-right dressing with just enough to coat each leaf. My meal was just right for a rainy cold day. Hubbers even sopped up the last of my soup with the fresh out of the oven bread our waiter brought about mid-meal.
Hubbers croque didn't look like much, but it was so incredibly rich he barely ate three-quarters of it. Thinly sliced grilled ham on a toasted dark rye with rich gooey cheese melted on top served with crisp on the outside, tender in potatoes with plenty of herbs on the crust served with a zesty-tangy dipping sauce.
Lunch at CB was wonderful. I never felt rushed, service for the most part was attentive and we couldn't have had a better rainy-day meal.
We'll definatley be back to try the Sunday brunch.
p.s. - the steak salad the table next to us looked amazing.