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Josie's (somewhat long)

Ray | Sep 27, 2002 12:52 AM

After reading many discussions about Josie's restaurant, my son's 22nd birthday finally got me there. GREAT!!!!! We arrived at 6 and they were not quite ready to open so we were invited back to the bar to relax. The bartender wasn't there yet so Frank Delzio was a perfect host and took care of us. The evening was off to an excellent start. We were later seated at a booth that was very comfortable for the three of us and were informed about the specials. (note: I always like to be told about the price of specials (which our very cordial waiter did not), but it turned out that they well within the range of normal menu items there).

The food was excellent! The mushroom quiche (amuse bouche) was brought out first and was a very nice start to the evening. My wife and I choose the scallop special and my son had the tomato tart to start. All very nicely done, presented beautifully, and very enjoyable taste. Service was as expected for a top notch restaurant - proper attitude, place settings, stemware, and attention. Josie came out to visit for a few minutes and we really enjoyed the discussion (including talking about chowhounds). After our appetizers, Josie was kind enough to send out a dish of lovely mushrooms with puff pastry and a very delicious cream sauce. It was great, and interestingly, my wife who normally likes the flavor of mushrooms in some recipes, but not the mushrooms themselves, really enjoyed the dish.

For entrees, my wife had the bone-in filet, my son had the duck special, and although I normally order fish at most restaurants, I had to try her version of boar. All were very well presented and were excellent.

The wine we enjoyed was a very good burgundy (Bourhard Volnay - recommended by our waiter) which was a very satisfying accompaniment. The desserts that followed were also excellent.

Very enjoyable restaurant, very good time. If you have not been yet - stop hesitating, find an excuse, and go!

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