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Redwood hitting on all cylinders (Jan. 2014)

Just Visiting | Jan 4, 201405:18 AM

Redwood has had its ups and downs but if last night's meal is any indication, it is really in great form these days. After an early movie, four of us didn't want to go too far in the cold so we tried Mon Ami Gabi. An hour's wait for a table. We walked down to Redwood and were seated immediately. Every single thing we ordered was fantastic and the service was great. They've always had a great drink menu and talented bartenders and last night was best I've had there. Two of us had chai cider - a hot cider drink made with chai liqueur (who knew?). Absolutely great, making the two of us with Woodford Reserve jealous. Not an easy trick. The drink menu is great, with several single-malt scotches and small-batch bourbons. Husband and I are great believers in sharing as we can try more things that way. We had the duck salad - super-fresh greens, nice portion of duck, embellished with grapefruit (perfect mix with the duck), and watermelon radish - beautiful and added a touch of crunch. We also had the cornmeal-crusted oysters. So, so good - nicely crisp on the outside, excellent fresh, sweet oysters inside, on a bed of wilted mustard greens and beets. For an entree, we shared the rosemary-roasted chicken. So delicious I may have to go back tonight! Accompanied by very light pumpkin gnocchi and a sour cherry chutney that was probably the best chutney I've ever had. We shared a cheese selection for dessert. Our friends had the pork loin and a lamb special. The wife is a superb cook and she asked several questions before ordering and the waiter really knew the menu and the food. Very impressive. She was concerned about the lamb being rare and it arrived cooked to perfection. There was a whole lot of eye-rolling and happy sighing at the table, but even more so when the desserts arrived - she had an apple cobbler that everyone agreed was bliss and he had the panna cotta accompanied with a killer sorbet. Have to admire a restaurant with house-made desserts and a restrained touch of creativity. Each item has just a little something special. The service was perfect - friendly but not obtrusive. James could see we were enjoying ourselves and let us be, even letting us hang out a bit (there were a couple of empty tables so we weren't making anyone wait). He would make a superb FOH manager - he really "reads" his customers and helps to enhance their meal. Total before tip for four drinks, four apps, three entrees, three desserts - $180 and worth every penny.

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