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Vermilion in Alexandria

Marra | Nov 10, 2003 03:15 PM

Went to Vermilion (1120 King Street) last night with two friends after watching the third Matrix film (not as bad as the reviews say -- much better than the second installment).

Enjoyed our dinner there very much. Not the same old-same old wines by the glass. Had a nice Viognier with oodles of peach/apricot flavors. Menu is all over the map with influences from almost any cuisine you can imagine -- and I don't think this is necessarily a bad thing. Started my meal with the smoked duck quesadilla with white corn salsa fresca. The "salsa fresca" was really corn with jalapeno peppers, not much of a salsa, just a garnish. The duck/cheese was fine, if not particularly memorable.

For my main I had the roast pork loin stuffed with figs and goat cheese served with rapini and spaghetti squash. (One huge factor in their favor is the emphasis on vegetable accompaniments -- each entree has two, I think, and they are interesting -- not just steamed carrots and some kind of potato.) The pork was really good, prepared as a roll around the filling. I had way more than enough for my lunch today -- two meals that leave me full for the price of one!

I will definitely go back -- it's in the space formerly inhabited by Crescent City Diner and then Dancing Pepper. Lots of exposed brick, nice "vermilion" cloth draping the walls. Service was competant and friendly. Bartender (I had to wait for my friends to arrive) was very friendly.

Dinner for the three of us including tax and tip was $84 -- only one appetizer and only one glass of wine in that tab, so it was basically 3 entrees, all seem to be in the upper teens if I recall correctly.

I recommend it for something different in Old Town. It fills the niche of "interesting American food served in a bit of an upscale environment without being snooty in the least."

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