We have now eaten at F&D four times since they opened and I'm very happy they are really getting it right. Previous meals have had some issues such as slow/inattentive service and a lack of salt. Our meal this week was excellent from start to finish. It seems they spent the last three months tweaking various things and it has really improved the restaurant.
They now have their version of happy hour with a cheap beer special and a couple appetizers. We had the fried okra/shishito peppers off this new menu. I'm a big fan of fried okra and this was the tastiest version I've had. The batter was light and salted well. The peppers were a new thing for us and they basically taste like small banana peppers. A nice tangy bite.
The black olive popovers definitely have more gruyere flavor, but I still wish there was a bit more olive in them.
For entrees, we tried the ditali & cheddar dish. Great version of mac & cheese with a soft boiled egg added. The addition of celery leaves and I believe some celery salt was nice. Since we don't eat meat, they left the oxtail off without a problem. We ordered the tofu/summer pea/carrot butter entree again and found it to be even better this time. The tofu was better seasoned and crispier on the outside. In addition, the carrot butter/puree tasted brighter and more flavorful. I hope they are using it on some other dishes because people deserve to taste it, even if scared off by a tofu dish.
Our dessert was the pistachio ice cream/fried blueberry pie. Definitely a much better pie than the Ms. Baird's artificial flavor.
As a side note, don't get too fixated on a menu item from the online menu since there have always been additions/deletions on the nightly menu. A good thing in my opinion.
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