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CM | Jun 6, 2006 03:40 PM

I went last night for a celebratory-ish dinner with my husband and mother, and overall had a great experience.
Quick drink detail- I'm a sucker for a good cosmo, and most places are making them too sweet lately- but this one was perfect.
After ordering, they brought out an amuse which had 3 parts- a cucumber soup, a bean dip with crostini, and a cheese-filled cream puff. The soup was really refreshing, and the others were great as well. It is worth noting that my mother has celiac disease and can't eat most grains, and they fixed her a special plate of 3 small items that she could eat. This was one of the highlights of the night- she often gets left out, food-wise, so it was really great that they were not only accomodating but went above and beyond what we normally expect.
My husband and I got the 4-course prix fixe. I started with the softshell crab "poppers" with a green chile sauce, which were, as the name may indicate, a fun dish- the sauce was spicy, and it had 3 substantial pieces of crab, breaded and fried. My husband had the yellowtail tabbouleh, which was a very fresh and subtle dish. I really enjoyed mine, but it might have been smarter to go with a lighter selection- the amount of food with the 4-course is pretty intense.
For mid-courses, I had the hearts of palm and artichokes and the husband got the coddled eggs with scrapple. I had looked forward to the carbonara, but it wasn't on the menu that night. The hearts of palm were also breaded and fried, served with artichokes and beans- another relatively heavy dish. The combination of flavors was really nice, though perhaps a touch bland (it needed a bit of salt), and the breading didn't want to stay on the hearts of palm. I didn't like the coddled egg dish- not to say it wasn't good, just not my taste.
Again, a small detail worth noting- my husband ordered a 2nd beer and requested the one on tap that he hadn't tried yet. The waitress said that she finds the first one much better, then brought him a sample of the 2nd so he could try it before ordering. He agreed, and went with another of the same. It was a nice touch.
For entrees, I had the pork 4 ways, which consisted of one piece that seemed to split the difference between ham and regular tenderloin- really, really tasty, one piece that was more smoky and had a sweet barbeque-ish sauce (also, really good), a piece of pork sausage (tasty, but as a recently-converted vegetarian, a bit weird), and a meaty rib. The first 2 preparations were excellent, then latter 2 were still very good. It was about twice as much meat as I would normally eat in one meal- I shared a lot. It came with mashed peas and a side of something kind of like a mix between creamed corn and grits- tasty, nice consistency- a great counterpart to the pork. Mom had the monkfish with lobster rhubarb sauce and spring vegetables. It was a very generous helping of fish- I would guess at least 50% more than a typical serving of fish. The fish was really mild, and the lobster flavor shined through in the sauce. My husband got the soft shell crab entree... I don't really remember any details. He enjoyed it.
At this point, I could hardly believe that I still had dessert coming. Despite being incredibly full, I ordered the steamed chocolate cake with salted caramel ice cream. The cake was good- a ubiquitous dessert, definitely above average but not mind blowing, and incredibly fresh. The accompanying ice cream was very good. Hubby split his dessert with my mother, who chose the meyer lemon sorbet- she can't eat most desserts. Again, a huge serving- 3 big scoops, very tart and hardly sweet- very refreshing. They brought out individually wrapped macroons to take home afterwords.
All in all, we had a great evening and a great meal. I look forward to returning.

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