So on a blustery cold snowy night when the plan all along was to head to the cozy Delux, grab a few beers & have some comfort food, my friends changed their minds (because the thought of walking more than a few minutes was unbearable) and we headed to The Dish instead.
I've never been a huge fan of this place. Though I haven't ever necessarily had a bad meal, I've certainly never had a very good one..and I always leave feeling it was just ok but wishing I'd gone somewhere else. I will say that on a summer night it's nice to hang out on the patio (esp if you've got a pooch) with friends, have a few drinks and some food but really, no high expectations and certainly not a destination spot by any means. So...when all I was in the mood for was some sort of hearty meal and a couple of Newcastles, I had to settle for the somewhat mediocre beer selection and uninspiring menu choices at The Dish.
All that being said, I was actually pleasantly surprised with our meals last night. Two in our group got a tenderloin of beef, with some sort of cognac reduction accompanied with ricotta mashed potatoes. A really fine piece of meat, cooked to perfection. Delicious, tender, and that cognac sauce added the perfect creamy sweetness to the dish. I ordered a standard margarita pizza, chunks of tomatoes, mozzerella, basil. Thin crispy crust and perfectly acceptable, but I couldn't help but want to keep taking bites of my friend's meal. At $19, fairly reasonable. Another friend had a special of the night -- sesame crusted salmon, which, though I did not try, she seemed to enjoy. We also got a special salad of the night-- the trendy iceburg wedge that everyone's got on their menus these days..but this was prepared a little more creatively with roasted walnuts and beets and a nice vinaigrette. Pretty good.
Service was casual yet friendly and very accomodating. The poor waiter was hit with about 4 tables all sitting down at once, and he did an exceptional job of making sure we knew he knew about us, and would be there as soon as he could. And he was. Once he sort got "out of the weeds" (waiter-speak) he was extremely attentive,helpful and friendly.
So...all in all, a good experience, and a great way to change my mindset and definitely think about giving this place another try sometime soon. I'm still not entirely excited about the somewhat boring menu, but I have to say, I think they do a pretty good job with what they offer - - and there's definitely something to be said for that...
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