We went last night and sat a table apart from Tyson Cole. Fun space on the elegant side. The excitement from the Eater writeup was tempered a bit by some lukewarm reviews elsewhere, but not by much. We knew we needed to try the biscuits.
The biscuits (pic 2) are not on the menu and if you ask, they will tell you how much time and effort, much of it down to within a degree Celsius of cold butter and flour scientific precision, they involve. Three biscuits, good size, nine bucks. Perfectly wonderful and flaky - served with honey butter. Divine and damn pricey biscuits.
Next, we got the Salad of white button mushrooms (pic 1). These large slices of mushrooms were entrenched in this creamy / foamy white country ham vinaigrette. A cold / room temp sort of gravy textured bite of deliciousness, a dollop of house made catsup (deeply wine colored, smokey, sweet). The smooth stuff contrasted well with the snappy, plump character of the mushrooms. This is one of the best things I've eaten in a long time. My wife, that typically doesn't do mushrooms, scarfed it.
Salad of MD Blue Crab - this was also a standout. Very fresh crabmeat was highlighted simply as it should be.
Sweet Tea Smoked Pork Chop - perfectly cooked local sourced three 1/3 inch slices of boneless chop with about 3/4 inch of fat on the end of each. Tasty and moist and medium rare to medium (thanks). I liked it enough, but didn't feel like it was 25 bucks good. It came with sliced charred apples, arugula, and was laid atop a dark almost BBQ type sauce that resembled the "catsup" in the mushroom dish. They nail sauces here as well as any place in town. so interesting. Smokey, winey, slightly sweet, charred tomatoey, etc. maybe some allspice.
She had the Bavette Steak - perfectly cooked three small medium rare slices of steak. green bean casserole was inventive and delicious but still had that classic familiar flavors. Fried shallots. Good dish. Not mind blowing.
I had a rye whiskey on the rocks, and they charged me an extra dollar for rocks. excuse me? She had two titos / cranberry.
The bill was 131 dollars and I left a 30 dollar tip.
I will come back - probably just to get more of the small plate stuff that's sub 20 bucks and just split the "not so big" big plates.
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