The Three Lunch Hounds tried Chef Mark Hibbs’ new place in Ballantyne, Blackthorne Restaurant, recently for lunch. The interior space is dark but warm with some beautiful tile work. Service was professional with very small misses – but the restaurant was nearly full so the crowd may have not been anticipated so early after the opening.
The lunch menu has small and large plates with a lot of interesting choices from short rib lettuce wraps to venison meatloaf to soups, salads and sandwiches.
I ordered the speck, brie, and arugula panini with balsamic glaze. The sandwich came on a good rustic baguette with a heaping portion of crispy thin fries. The quality of the speck was good but it was piled too high. A meat as strong as speck needs only a thin layer, especially going up against delicate brie.
Overall, I liked the place and would definitely go back. Lunch Hounds: your thoughts?