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Date Week 2013 Lancaster/Harrisburg

centralpadiner | Aug 7, 201302:13 PM

Rather than start a new thread for each of the places we are dining this week, I figured I'd just do them all in one thread and add to it as I go through the week.

We had a big meal at home with the kids on Sunday afternoon before their drop-off, so we chose to go to a movie instead of out to eat. Mr. CentralPA had been dying to see Pacific Rim, but this isn't a movie website so let me just say this one did not improve his already dismal stats in movie picking and we didn't get any snacks at the theater. :)

On Monday night we dined at Char's at Tracy Mansion in Harrisburg.

Back in November I did a little review as part of another Harrisburg dining thread and basically flamed them for service mis-steps, but acknowledged that the food was all fantastic and I had no doubt we'd give them more chances.

The food is still fantastic. We shared a lamb tongue gyro that contained basically the most tender meat I have ever had in my life. It was a "small plate" but would have easily been a filling lunch for one. It was a lot of food even for 2, and difficult to split. But I will say it was worth it because it was just that tasty - and something I've never had before, which is always fun. We also split the special salad of the evening which was grilled peaches on balls of cottage cheese and a bed of arugula. There was other stuff, too, but I can't recall right now. Whatever it all was, it melded beautifully and just felt like a perfect summer salad. For some people there may have been a little too much dressing. Personally, I could have used a little less, but Mr.CPD was happily sopping up all the extra on the plate. The salad was large in size. I never would have wanted on for just myself. It was perfect to split.

For my entree I got the smoked pork tenderloin with gorgonzola gnocchi and pork belly. The gnocchi and pork belly "nuggets" were swimming in a mustard pork jus with cipollini onions. There was also some braised cabbage? But I don't recall any on my plate. I didn't care, it was delicious. My husband had the special fish of the night which was a wasabi halibut. He loved it and was going on and on about how perfectly cooked it was. I didn't try his, I had to finish my own for lunch the next day as it was, but he tried mine and swooned. We got the bread pudding to share for dessert. It was good. Exceptional? No, but still really good.

I feel like since it was a quiet Monday evening there is no way to say if the service issues we encountered on a Saturday night last Fall have been fixed. But it was still a great night. I wish we had been seated on the porch because the weather was perfect, but we didn't think to ask about that and the option wasn't offered to us at arrival. But really, I can't make any complaints at all regarding the entire experience. Service was great and food was great.

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