I think I'm definitely not allowed to pick the restaurant for a while. We lingered outside Vigne for a bit, reading the menu and admiring the exterior, but for reasons I'm not sure of any longer, we decided to try Corner Kitchen for the first time. We had reviewed
CK's menu once before, and I decided brunch and dinner looked interesting, lunch not so much, so I had been waiting for an evening to try it.
The house is charming, the room is pleasant, and in fine weather the outside would be very pleasant. The staff were very friendly. The wine list had TONS of wine by the glass, each at $6...things were looking good! Our waitress was not shy about suggesting I pick a different Sauvingnon Blanc from my first choice, and it was very nice, and served in a decent glass.
Things went downhill after that. First, no bread was forthcoming. Ever. Do they never have bread?
We had 3 apps and 1 entree...here you go...
app1 Fried calamari with a heavy, and partially uncooked batter. It went like this...crunchy exterior...layer of uncooked batter...calamari. This was only true for the bigger pieces of tentacle, btw.
app2 Unremarkable shrimp wrapped in almost raw bacon on a skewer, seved with completely flavorless hoppin john. Very disappointing.
app3 Scallop ceviche...we couldn't even finish this. I'm not sure what was up with the scallops, they seemed fresh enough, but it was like they were soaked in lime-y mayonaise. The rest of martini glass was full of shredded basil soaked in white stuff..mayo? creme fraiche? I was not happy. The plantain chips served alongside were not bad.
entree - The deviled crab cakes were not bad. Very heavy (mayo again), but not bad, and the sweet potato and green pepper salad they came with was the highlight of the meal.
So...there was nothing to absolutely *hate* here, but I found no reason to go back.