After going to a friend's party last night that dragged on longer than expected, my boyfriend and I found ourselves at midnight with empty stomachs. Blue Ribbon has been on my list for a while and I decided to give it a try since I know that the kitchen stays open late. We found the food to be a mixed bag.
The excellent: had to try the beef marrow appetizer, and it was everything that it was supposed to be--tender, rich, and delicious. It came in a red wine reduction that wonderfully complemented the dish.
The very good: all of the bread (both that brought out at the start of the meal and that accompanying the beef marrow) was very good as it is baked on premises.
The good: also had to try the famous chocolate chip bread pudding, which at $12.50 was quite pricey but came in a portion that was large enough to share. I enjoyed the texture of the dish: it was crispy on the outside and different from the generally mushy bread pudding I've had in the past. Downsides were the overly fudgey sauce and the scoop of ice cream on top. I think I would've preferred some homemade whipped cream, but this is a matter of personal preference.
The mediocre: since it was 12:30 by the time we ordered and we were starving, we both gravitated towards the comfort food side of the menu, and both of us were somewhat disappointed with our entrees. Boyfriend had the fried chicken. The shell was too thick and the meat inside was slightly slimey. Usually a big eater, he only ate 2 of the smaller pieces of meat and left the rest on the plate. The chicken came with some lackluster mashed potatoes and gravy and some greens. I had the catfish, which was somewhat chewy and had a flavor that had to be tempered with the tartar sauce served with the dish in order to be tasty. Disclaimer: I don't generally like catfish but have enjoyed fried catfish on a few occasions when it is done right. The dish at Blue Ribbon, in my opinion, was not done right. The mashed sweet potatoes served with the catfish were too sweet, but I enjoyed the greens.
I will definitely give Blue Ribbon another try, if for the Beef Marrow alone, but I will definitely do my homework and order differently next time. Still, I am somewhat disappointed that Blue Ribbon is another restaurant where, if you order wrong, you end up paying too much for an underwhelming meal and feeling gipped.
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