Our first meal was very good. We had arrived in town late and I got on the Internet to find a restaurant near where we were staying. We dined at 68 degrees and had a very good meal. I started with beets and burrata. It was really also a green salad- yummy! I had a special of pork posole stew and it was great. My hubby had the pasta with homemade lamb sausage. Again this was a very successful dish. The service was a bit sporadic, but I think they were shorthanded.
Our second dinner was at Tillery Kitchen and Bar. What is all the hype about!! The best things about this evening was the location on the river, the design of the restaurant and the drinks! It was downhill after that. Our greeting was curt and not welcoming. The wait staff, however was pleasant. The food was just mediocre. We had pasta with clams and tomatoes, Texas mushrooms, blackened beets, sautéed chicken livers, halibut as the market fish, and lamb fritters. I did not eat the clams as I am allergic. The mushrooms were nothing special- button mushrooms which were overwrought with herbs and overcooked. The halibut was overcooked and dry and the cannelli beans served with the halibut were undercooked. The beets, lamb fritters and chicken livers were good. The worst part of the meal was the ice cream- a trio of three- salted caramel, chocolate peanut and creme fraiche. I was a pastry chef (and have been lauded for my ice cream) and the caramel ice cream was absolutely the worst ice cream I have ever had. It was way to sweet and gummy like it had corn syrup in it. The Chocolate and creme fraiche was just passable. They had just two desserts though the menu mentioned seasonal pie that they did not have.
The best meal we had was at Emmer and Rye. It is a concept similar to State Bird Provisions in San Francisco. The have savory dishes that you choose and then fill in with dishes off a cart. All the dishes were fresh, and delicious. We had short rib carnitas, smoked carrot, Cacio e Pepe- the best!, squash blossoms, field peas with ricotta salata, corn with queso fresco, blue corn Johnny cakes. We had the ice cream sandwich for dessert. The service was efficient, kind and the staff very well trained as they knew the menu and wine list well.
We managed to fit a lunch in at Odd duck. We had smoked chicken steamed bun, and the pork torta. The beer list was very good and local. The food was simple, but imaginative and good.