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Little Owl review


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Little Owl review

adam | | Oct 5, 2006 02:37 PM

I had a great meal at The Little Owl last night. It's a fantastic place in just about all aspects.

We arrived at 9:30 for a 9:30 reservation, and were seated after just a minute or so at the corner table (right next to the kitchen), which was great. An excellent vantage point of the whole restaurant (including everyone else's food!).

Service was professional without being uptight at all - very friendly, very helpful, very fun waitstaff.

We started off with the meatball sliders. As everyone else has said, these were great - really delicious meatballs, the pork/beef/veal mix is just right, the gravy was flavorful and made it all nice and juicy without being a mess, and the buns were soft and light. I should note that we ordered the sliders, were brought 2 each on 2 different plates, and then later charged for an extra one. I have no qualms with this, but someone should have said something (maybe even just "the usual order has three, would you like us to add a 4th?"). But, still, no biggie at all.

For our entrees, we had the pork chop (Or should I say The Pork Chop) and the chicken. Pork chop: huge, perfectly cooked, lightly seasoned (just salt and pepper), packed with flavor. The butter beans were just right - not too firm, not mushy, and great when eaten with the juices from the pork chop. Chicken: crispy on the outside, moist on the inside, accompanied by a serviceable potato and bacon tart (good, but nothing remarkable) and some very good swiss chard that complemented the chicken perfectly.

We also had a side of brussel sprouts and pecans, which was the one entirely forgettable part of the meal. Next time, the greens, or mashed potatoes, or beans.

For dessert, chocolate brownie cake with espresso gelato. The gelato was phenomenal; the cake was dry and leaden. I mentioned this to the waitress - not to complain, really, just because she asked what we thought of the dessert - and she took it off the bill. I assured her it was no problem, and she insisted, and then offered to bring us another dessert. I felt bad, too, as I said, "the gelato was excellent," and she said, "oh . . . we don't make the gelato."

Really, though, I'd go back here in a second, it's a real gem, and there should be more like it.