Won lunch for me and 3 coworkers, courtesy of our Exec. Director and the Assoc. Exec. I chose Park Kitchen. (Hurley's doesn't do lunch and I was at clarklewis a few of weeks ago...)
Wow, it was wonderful. VJ and I each ordered one of the two soups and shared. One was a sweet pepper and hazelnut soup with anchovy oil, the other a bean/duck/pesto soup (almost like a stew!) the major ingredients/flavors of cassoulet but in a soup. Both were very tasty. I think VJ liked the cassoulet soup better and I liked the pepper/hazelnut a bit better. Great flavors in both - some melded, some played off each other - just great...and yet, I am not a fan of soup, in general.
For my main dish I had small pasta shells with duck and hazelnut pesto which was rich and delicious. Three out of the 6 of us had it and we all liked it a lot. The other folks had fish and chips, sliced beef salad w/blue cheese, grilled pannini with radicchio, salami and something else (sorry).
The six of us ordered the 5 desserts on the menu plus a repeat. EVERYTHING was great. We had: plum/almond crostata with cinnamon ice cream and plum sauce, apple-cinnamon brown butter tart with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce, concord grape sorbet w/peanut buter cookies, double chocoloate pudding in an oatmeal tart shell with salted pecans, and a flavored creme brulee that had orange blossom and another flavor in it. Tried everything but the creme brulee and they were all fabulous. The caramel sauce was the best I've ever had as was the amazing chocolate pudding.
I need a nap at this point, but unfortunately, I still have to finish this day out at work...oy.