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vermont, the revisit (longish)

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vermont, the revisit (longish)

carter | Nov 11, 2004 10:51 AM

Been a long time since last visit to vermont, it of lower case fame on Vermont just north of Hollywood Blvd. in Los Feliz. A friend had a birthday coupon for a free entree, so we decided to use it last night.
We seldom order apps and did not last night, and went right to the entree list. The usual suspects, with some unusual preparations including a pork chop stuffed with two different kinds of cheese which sounded strange and was not ordered.
I got a special duck entree($26)that was to be added to the menu in the next day or so in place of the one currently on it. Was a perfectly cooked medium rare breast sliced and placed atop a carrot/cumin puree which sounded odd when described by the waiter, Eric, but when Manuel, one of the owners came by, he said I would really like it and so I went for it. Was I glad I did, as it was one of the better duck entrees in recent memory, especially being one sans the usual gloppy sweetness of some fruit reduction. Perfectly accompanied by spinach and broccoli.
Friend had the filet mignon($36), perfectly cooked medium rare, which was accompanied by what looked like scalloped potatoes, and I do not remember the menu description, but they were mixed with roquefort cheese I believe. Talk about rich! Also had an eggplant side as well as another veg which escapes the memory.
Dessert - split a date/almond tart($7)that was truly decadent in a not overly sweet kind of way.
Brought a new 2001 Bandol wine gotten at Silverlake Wine that they opened for me. Great choice for this food, and at the end Manuel came over and showed us another bottle of the same wine that they were adding to the menu effective Thursday, today. Definitely high quality complex wine at an affordable price, from either source.
Place was about half full, service was quite good after a bit of a slow start. Definitely would go back, and fairly soon.

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