My smoldering disappointment at the closing of Cafe Alpine (my favorite Breckstaurant) was replaced by a spark of new love when we ate at Ember, the new place operating in the old CA building. I'm told the owner/chef was the sous chef at CA. It was a terrific meal from the get-go, with friendly and attentive service. Price point is high-end Breck but not highest. Good wine by the glass selection. Started with grilled stuffed calamari with chorizo. Served with roasted red peppers over rice, it was tasty and for once I got calamari that was not breaded and fried. Family gave two different fancy-pants salads high grades. Went on to the lamb osso bucco with a bacon/avocado side and a mole sauce. Daughter's beef shoulder was delicious and well-cooked. Desserts sounded good enough to violate our normal skip-dessert policy, so I went for "sticky pudding cake" with killer house-made macadamia nut ice cream. Nice.
Also happy to try Modis for the first time. Another winner, but with a much louder urban vibe. Food + service great - will be back soon.
Always enjoy the somewhat wacky Pettit Paris bistro experience. This time I thought the food was somehow better executed than previously, a nice bonus for a place to which we have staunch loyalty. The colorful characters who run the place make us feel like family, in a good way. Don't change a thing, other than the wine selection please!
Boycotted Relish on this year's trip, which has disappointed us more than once before. Hearthstone was reliably good without being memorable or exciting - just how I remembered it from last winter.
Plus, it snowed every day for a week.