In the course of planning a couple of celebratory dinners at local "upscale" restaurants, I've pulled up various online menus. Yet I'm having trouble finding the kind of hearty seasonal fare that appeals to me once the days get shorter: potatoes au gratin, roasted root vegetables, sweetbreads, veal cheeks, short ribs, savory roasted-apple-and-bacon pudding, etc. While I really like Backstage Steakhouse, I don't remember anything like this on their menu; since their website has ceased to exist, I have no information on any recent changes. Jeffrey's seems to have the exact same tasting-menu that they've been using for the past couple of years, although with a different kind of tart accompanying the lamb dish. Wink's menu looks relatively unchanged as well (with the possible exception of the grilled venison); however, they do still seem to be serving grilled sweetbreads. I've been wanting to check out Trio, but the online menu is not seasonal. I'm not really craving a tomato-watermelon salad at this time of year. Finally, though I like Vespaio's risotto (but not their pastas), I'm not keen on retrying this restaurant given Enoteca's downhill slide on everything other than pizza and supplì.
Some places I found that might fit the bill: Cibo's featured specials (potato gnocchi with braised pork belly; roasted duck breast with figs, prosciutto-taleggio supplì, and Swiss chard; sweetbreads with mushrooms, shallots and thyme) and perhaps the fall tasting menu at Hudson's on the Bend.
Has anyone tried the specials at Cibo or the fall menu at Hudson's on the Bend? Or do you know of other (non-chain) places in town serving unique, delicious seasonal specials—that maybe aren't on the regular menu? No Castle Hill, Cafe Josie, Aquarelle, or Driskill Grill, please. If I end up having a mediocre meal, I want it to at least occur at a place that has not seriously disappointed me before. ;-)