Thanks to beetlebug, Rubee, and yumyum, we had an awesome dinner at North Street Grill last night. Tuna tartar with seaweed salad and home made potato chips was excellent. It reminded me of the spicy tuna roll at Fugakyu -- a combination of creamy and crunchy. Mac 'n cheese was a fun dish with bacon, apples, fennel, and sage (sage particularly was a nice accent), but something was off for me. It's hard to put your finger on it. Maybe a tad underseasoned? Still good, but not really worth the calories.
After this good start, and chowhounds' raves about their fries, we had high expectations, but nothing could prepare us for what was to come. Their rib eye with fries is the most heavenly meat and potato dish I've had in a very long time. The rib eye was marinaded with rosemary and garlic, done perfectly medium-rare, and oh so tender and juicy. And the fries! Oh, how can I give them justice in words? They were not as thin as sel de la terre's, but not as thick as the ubiquitous pre-frozen fries you get in restaurants. Perfectly browned, but not over fried. Perfectly seasoned. It was like eating the essence of potatoes and rosemary. A little green bean and fennel salad wrapped in proscuitto was a nice accompaniment. To top it all off, this dish was only $20. At most places, you can't find this quality of steak and fries for $30.
The other entree was seared striped bass with farro, fava beans and asparagus. Striped bass was crisp and moist and unfortunately it was a thin tail end, which didn't do the dish justice. The sides were lovely though. Farro was cooked like risotto and topped with nicely grilled asparagus. At $19 -- really quite excellent. But next time, I am getting the steak :)
We finished with a duo of creme brullees -- two little esspreso cups with vanilla and chocolate creme brulees. Great texture and flavor. Maybe a tad over torched.
For most of the meal, we were the only people there. Eventually, another couple came in. We got there as soon as they opened at 5:30 and left by 6:30, but still. As we were walking back, it almost hurt to see all those mediocre places fill up just because they have cheesy murals of Rome and cute flower baskets. I hope North Street Grill doesn't stay empty for long.