Columbia Room Pop Up at PX (Old Town)

The lady and I had plans to go to The Columbia Room for her birthday last year. Shortly before her birthday, we found out we had to move and decided to save that trip for a time when income was a wee bit more disposable. Then, they closed at the end of the year with a promise to be back soon!

Well, several weeks ago we caught wind of the fact that they were popping up at PX in Alexandria. We hopped onto some reservations and waited patiently.

The host recognized us, as we had just been there a month before for our anniversary. Good thing? I think so. We asked to sit at the bar, because why would I pass up a chance to watch JP and Derek work their magic? They’re also both super nice guys, and why would I pass up the chance to chat with them? I wouldn’t. I’ll also admit, it never ceases to tickle me pink that they both recognize me. I’m kind of a big deal (I’m really not).

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IDK just my BFF DB

We both decided to experience the whole menu rather than going a la carte. I wouldn’t have been able to decide which drinks to choose anyway, they all looked incredible.

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So we started with the Cheerwine Fizz. I see what you did there: you’re popping up in a bar in VA and you’re going with the southern theme. Love it.

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The coffee was an incredible balance to the sweetness of the Cheerwine. And if you’ve read my blog at all, you know I’m a fan of the egg white bev. Creativity and unexpected ingredient combinations is my favorite thing about DB bars.

Next was the Cold Apple Toddy. Simple but delicious. And it came with it’s own snack: a roasted apple.

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Simple. Light. The apple was delicious. There’s a story behind the cold toddy- it’s a very historically DC drink. I should have written this post weeks ago and I would have remembered it.

Next up, the Old Virginia Accent. Chocked full of Virginia-distilled Catoctin Creek booze. With this drink came a story about the apple brandy.

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Just perfect. That’s all.

Lastly, was dessert in a glass. The name was toss to Todd Thrasher, the mastermind behind the drink program at PX. We did notice when we were at PX that his drinks had funny, interesting names. This one was perfect: Sincerity is the Most Imitated Form of Flattery.

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Apologies for the dark photo- PX isn’t exactly lit to be food-blogged. This drink was bright yellow, had a delicious scoop of cream, and was garnished with a pineapple leaf and chunk of pineapple. I legit almost ordered a second. So creamy and fruity.

Toward the end of the night, I decided to tell DB that I had plans to do the DB3 in celebration of my birthday the following week. He asked me to email him so he could make sure that they took care of me in his absence. I also wanted his recommendations for which order to visit the bars and suggestions about what to order at each. This man knows how to take care of his regulars.

It was awesome to see our friends on our side of the river, experience the Columbia Room while it’s shuttered, and have an excuse to visit PX again so soon. Add to that Virginia-themed drinks and you’ve won me over. Not that that was necessary at all. Keeping my eyes peeled for another Columbia Room Pop-up…

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Vermilion (Old Town)

It seems fitting that my 100th post is both a Restaurant Week review and also a Neighborhood Restaurant Group spot. I can’t believe I’ve written that many posts! Hope you’ve enjoyed reading them as much as I’ve enjoyed writing them. Annnd, on to the post.

In an effort to get the best bang for our buck for Restaurant Week (RW), we decided that our parameter was that it had to be a place that we wouldn’t usually go because it was so expensive otherwise. After combing through participating restaurants, we landed on Vermilion in Old Town. The Obamas have been there, it’s a Neighborhood Restaurant Group spot, and the RW menu looked like a good value. Sold!

Our first impression of the space was that it was pretty excellent. We were early (because of course we were) but they seated us anyway. We were seated upstairs. I appreciated that so we got a little tour of both floors.

We started with beverages. The lady had the Final Ward (rye, chartreuse, maraschino & lemon) and I had the Plum Fizz (green hat gin, aperol, roasted plum & rosemary).

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Both drinks were excellent. I’m starting to finally develop a taste for whiskey, so I very much enjoyed her drink. I mean, I liked mine too! You can’t go wrong with Green Hat or stone fruit. Those are two of my favorite things.

 

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As an added, very nice touch- they brought out canapés with tomato, bacon, and micro greens. The tomato was perfectly ripe and it was a delightful couple of bites. That’s how you know you’re at a fancy place…

I started with the Chilled Corn Soup and she had the Sweet Gem Salad. My soup was presented beautifully. The bowl came empty with the corn and lime crema, and they poured the soup into the bowl at the table. Also a nice touch.

 

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The soup was great! I really enjoyed the lime crema a lot. I think I need to try my hand at making some chilled soups before the summer is over.

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Her salad was absolutely incredible for how simple it was. I mean I guess you can’t go wrong with goat cheese and avocado. I want to go back and order that again.

My salmon was cooked perfectly and I really loved the sauce on the side. I think it was a tomato/butter sauce. Um, brilliant. The roasted veggies/potatoes under the fish were tasty little morsels. The skin on the fish was nice and crispy, but I peeled it off and enjoyed without. It wasn’t really my jam.

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Her sirloin was great. She ordered it medium well, and it probably would have been better just medium/med rare, but it was still good. The kale was excellent and I enjoyed the barrel-aged soy sauce on the side.

 

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For dessert, the lady and I just split the two options and I went with the Fritters and she had the PBJ Terrine.

My fritters could have stood to be hotter. They tasted like maybe they sat for about 30 mins before they made it onto my plate. I suppose that’s to be expected during restaurant week. They still tasted great! I just wish they had been hot and ultra fresh. The selling point on this dessert was the key lime curd anyway. The cream cheese ice cream also tasty. I couldn’t really tell it was cream-cheese-flavored though.

 

The PBJ Terrine was REALLY rich and creamy and very yummy. The sorbet cut the sweetness perfectly. And the brittle on top was fantastic. I loved it.

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Overall, I’m extremely pleased that we chose Vermilion as our Restaurant Week spot. It’s definitely somewhere I’d go back and pay full price for a special occasion. NRG, you haven’t let me down yet!

  • Favorite thing I had: I think my very favorite thing was the sauce on on my plate for my fish.
  • Favorite thing she had: The gem salad. I can agree, it was fantastic!
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: I want to go back for brunch. And the prices on lunch look pretty affordable too.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): Well, it’s expensive. There’s no two ways about that. It’s definitely a special occasion spot. However, the bar was pretty crowded during happy hour, so we might have to check those specials out and see what all the buzz was about.
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): Killer ESP is just a block or two away.  You can get after dinner coffee. Or sorbetto or pie if you didn’t already have dessert.

Vaso’s Kitchen (North Old Town)

We discovered Vaso’s Kitchen very shortly after we moved to Alexandria 4 years ago. It’s only about 5 blocks from our apartment.   Like I mentioned in Monday’s post, Vaso’s reminds me so much of the restaurant that I worked at in college. It seemed sort of meant to be that this place was so close to our home.

When we decided to stay close to home on Friday, I wanted to find somewhere that we hadn’t been to in a while. Vaso’s was perfect. It’s probably been a year or so since our last visit. I’m not sure why we stayed away so long!

Upon first glance, you might think that you’re about to walk into a BBQ restaurant.  It’s located in the historic Dixie Pig building. I assume that the word “historic” means that they can’t tear down the sign, but I haven’t actually heard the story. I mean, why would you want to? It is attention grabbing! I’m pretty sure my first thought when we moved to the ‘hood was “Oh hey look, BBQ!” and then were just pleasantly surprised when it was actually Greek.

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But instead, you’re getting delightful Greek food! It was just a tad too warm to sit out on their patio, so we took a seat at a booth inside. We were there embarrassingly early, but it just meant we had our choice of seats!

We decide to skip starters, alcoholic bevs, etc and just went straight for the dinner. I had the Greek Platter w/ Gyro. I’m not sure I’ve ever actually ordered anything else there because why would I when this is so perfect? Gyro, tzatziki, pita, and feta (plus fries and tomatoes as a bonus). The gyro is obviously sliced from a spit and the tzatziki is great. When I’m having cravings for Greek food, this always hits the spot.

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The lady had the less Greek, but still tasty Chicken Parmesan. She wasn’t feeling well last week, so this was some perfect comfort food. The chicken was nice and juicy and the marinara sauce was great.

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Always delicious, friendly service, and cute space. Definitely worth a try if you find yourself in the neighborhood.

  • Favorite thing I had: The gyro, pita, and tzatziki were all tied in first place.
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: I still have yet to try their pizza, which is ridiculous. I need to get on that.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): Next time I’m craving Greek and want to stay walking distance from home!
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): Buzz and Rustico are just around the corner. We’ve stopped at Buzz after dinner many a time to get some pie, or Rustico if we just want a beer.

Asheville, NC Vacation Round Up Pt. 2

Find Part 1 of my Asheville Round up here!

Wednesday

On day 3, we made plans for brunch at Sunny Point with old friend and her person. We got to the neighborhood a few minutes early, so we made a quick stop by Waking Life Cafe. I’m not a coffee snob… I like plenty of cream and sweetener in my coffee, but it was pretty great coffee! And the cafe was in a house. I wish I had been able to just hang out with the laptop there.

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I knew I wanted to get to Sunny Point, but also knew it was a popular place with the potential for having to wait. Old friend recommended we go just a little after lunch time on the week day and that it would be fine. And it was. We didn’t wait at all for our table outside on their patio. I had the huevos rancheros and the lady had the breakfast sandwich. The food was excellent- a perfect recovery to the late night. After brunch, we wandered around Sunny Point’s garden. It was huge and made me wish so badly that I had garden space.

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Since we were already on that side of town, we decided that Wednesday was the day to explore West Asheville. Most of the places to visit in WAVL are other food places (and we were WAY too stuffed to eat anything else), but we found a couple of gems.

Our first stop was at Harvest Records. Their vinyl selection was absolutely incredible. We could have spent hundreds of dollars on records there. I resisted the urge, but did find a couple I had never seen anywhere else. SO good.

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We drove Haywood St and wandered in and out of a couple of little shops. We stumbled upon Urban Orchard Cider Company. Despite still being uncomfortably full from brunch, we decided to stop and hang out for a while. We split a flight of 6 different ciders. They had a few unique ones that we really enjoyed. There was one called Ginger Champagne that the lady really like. They also had a couple that were hopped, which was really interesting. I like the Wit one. There was also a passionfruit one. Pretty great! The space was really cool and modern but also cozy. And the bartender was super friendly and chatty. It was a great surprise find.

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After we finished our cider, we walked across the street to check out Wood and Spoon. It was a fun little store with some vintage home goods along with some made by local artists. I found a really cool vintage bottle opener for my dad as a birthday present.

Since it seemed like most of the rest of the things to do were food-related, we decided to revisit West Asheville later in the week and headed downtown to Malaprops. I think Malaprops is the kind of place that is loved by tourists and locals alike. It’s a really fantastic bookstore. I decided to pick up a book they had published, written piece by piece by several different local writers, Naked Came the Leaf Peeper. I haven’t read it yet, but the name caught my eye and it seemed like an interesting souvenir to have.

Before dinner, we retired back to the goats to relax before dinner. Gratuitous Goat Picture in 3, 2, 1…

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In order to knock out a brewery and a meal at the same time, we had dinner at Wicked Weed. They were super crazy busy, but luckily we were able to get a seat immediately. We started with an order of boiled peanuts, which neither of us have ever had before. Interesting! As for beer I had the Coolcumber and the lady had the Reticent Saison. Mine was served with a slice of cucumber on it, and it was really excellent. Totally different and refreshing. You could definitely taste the cucumber. For food, I had a trout, pickled shallots, caper aioli, and arugula sandwich and the lady the turkey, grilled peaches, brie, and dijon sandwich. I also decided on a side of curry cauliflower rather than fries. And it was all amazing. I wasn’t expecting a brewpub to have such amazing food, but damn. I’m glad we decided to get food there.

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After dinner, we spent some time wandering around downtown and saw some sites. Such as a mini Washington Monument.

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We also dipped into Lexington Ave Brewery to grab a beer. We propped ourselves at the bar and I had a honey peach wheat and the lady had a saison. We didn’t stick around long, but I’m glad we did stop in. More delicious beer, still under $5.

Our next stop was when we discovered our most favorite spot on the whole trip, Top of the Monk. It’s a fancy cocktail bar above the beer bar, Thirsty Monk.

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Top of the Monk had been recommended to us by 2 locals, so we knew it had to happen. The selling point: with every drink you order, you’re given a key to get a snack out of an old timey post office box.

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The reason they do it has something to do with NC’s liquor laws/ serving food, but it was such a neat idea. You also have to be a member to get in. Which basically means you pay a dollar and sign up on the spot. My member card is one of my favorite souvenirs from the trip. Oh yeah, and most importantly: the drinks were fucking amazing. Between the two nights we visited, we put a good dent in the drink list/ specials board. And the lady bartender, Nikki, was incredible and friendly and charming (she mentioned that her father lives in Alexandria and she visits, I told her about some of my DC faves, so I hope to one day run into her here!). We spent a lot of time there that evening, and made a point to return on our last night.

 

Thursday

On Thursday, we decided to head east to check out the tiny town of Black Mountain. It was only about a 20 minute drive from where we were staying, so we decided, why not?  We decided to get food at Veranda Cafe on recommendation of old friend. We were the youngest people there by at least 30 years, and we had to wait about 10 minutes to be seated, but the food was simple and delicious. After lunch, we wandered in and out of little shops, overheard some conversations that the lady said sounded like a Monty Python skit, and generally soaked up the cuteness and tiny-ness of Black Mountain. We neglected to take any pictures at all.

After lunch, we decided it was time to see some serious scenery, so we hopped onto the Blue Ridge Parkway and just drove. We stopped at every scenic overlook and took one zillion mountain photos. I can never get enough of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Mountains were a huge part of why we decided to vacation in Asheville to begin with.

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We drove until we got to Craggy Gardens, which is where we decided to hike the next day. It’s about 18 miles outside of AVL, but it was such a beautiful drive. Ugh, perfection.

On our way back to town, we decided to kill some time before breweries opened by taking a quick swing by Omni Grove Park Inn. I wanted to see the view on the Sunset Terrace.

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I would have loved to have sat there all afternoon and sipped on cocktails, but those cocktails were steep even for DC prices and there were some pretty serious storm clouds rollin’ in behind us. Quick trip, now we can say we’ve seen it.

It was more than half way through our trip and we had only been to 3 of the approximately 1 zillion breweries in town, so we went hoppin’. Our first stop was at Greenman Brewing. I had a Jack Gold and the lady had I think, the ESB. We enjoyed them in the covered outdoor patio area.

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Just as we were about to leave, it started POURING down rain. The storm clouds from Grove Park Inn found us. It was a quick summer storm and ended just as quick as it started. We stayed relatively dry on the basically one-block walk to Burial Brew Co.

This was another one of our favorite spots. The space was fairly austere and sparse, but there’s something about the vibe there. The lady and I both also loved the design of the logo. I can’t even explain it, there was just an overall feeling we got there that gave us positive vibes. This one also came more highly recommended than most others, and for good reason. The beer was excellent.

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The lady had the Coconut Brown and I had something delicious as well, that I can’t for the life of me remember the name of. Whatever, Burial is worth a visit.

After our tiny tour de beer, we headed over for dinner at Tupelo Honey Cafe. I know it’s an Asheville staple, but at this point it just feels so touristy. It came very highly recommended, but I wasn’t 100% sold on actually eating there. Every time we walked by it was just so packed.

Well, I’m certainly glad we did because it was probably the best food we had while we were in AVL. I see why it’s so highly recommended. I had fried catfish with grits and the lady had a veggie melt with cauliflower mash. We split an order of banana pudding for dessert. Sweet baby Jesus was it all delicious. Especially that banana pudding. Just like grandma would make from scratch.

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After that amazing dinner, we went back to the few blocks o breweries and met up with another old friend at Twin Leaf Brewery.

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This space was rather spacious and airy with huge windows. I had the White Noise. Yet more great beer, under $5. While we were there, I noticed a couple of ladies come in, one of them having a DC Flag tattoo on her arm. I sort of forgot about it until I went up to the bar to cash out and they complemented my shirt. I struck up a conversation with them and discovered that one of them is actually a manager at the Pizzeria Paradiso in Georgetown. Of course I’d meet someone who works BLOCKS from me while I was 500 miles from home. I’m pretty sure I’ve seen her in there before too. Gotta get there soon to say hello!

ANYWAYS, other old friend gave us some more recommendations for places in West AVL. I’m certainly glad she did, because the two other places we went there during the trip were winners. More about that in Part 3!

Rustico (North Old Town)

I should have written about Rustico on Slaters Lane a long, long time ago. It’s only 4 blocks from our apartment, so we often default to there on our lazy days. We walk there when we need to get out of the house on snow days, and it’s usually where we end up when we want to go out, but we’re too hungover to travel too far. It’s also somewhere that we often end up right after we get back from being out of town. It feels a little bit like home.

We didn’t have real concrete plans for a midday meal last Sunday, so the idea wheel started turning. I offered the lady Nando’s, but she was not enthused. I thought maybe the new We, The Pizza in Crystal City would be great, but it’s not open on Sunday. She mentioned that she wanted Mac N Cheese, but I wasn’t in the mood for Noodles and Co. That did spark an idea though! Sometimes Rustico has mac n cheese-like things on the menu. They did not, but the lady took one look at the brunch menu and was sold by their many hangover-busting options. We changed out of our jammies and were on our way to a second NRG spot in one weekend.

We normally sit in the bar area, so we took a spot at one of the long, skinny tables. I contemplated ordering a mimosa for a minute, but they don’t emphasize brunch cocktails on their menu, so I refrained. We were pretty hungry, so we started with a couple of “snacks.” We ordered one Buttermilk Biscuit Slider and one Sweet Potato Skin.

 

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The biscuit was a wee bit dry, but it was really nice to get a little bite of biscuit. The sausage was very dense but also very flavorful. The sweet potato skin was a whole other level. The goat cheese fondue was a perfect balance to the potato. We both wished we had just ordered a whole bunch of those and called it a meal. Luckily, our entrees were just as good.

I landed on the French Toast and she went with the most hangover-busting thing she could find on the menu, the Breakfast Panini.

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The french toast was amazing. The lemon curd and macerated strawberries, whipped cream, and walnuts were all a perfect combination. When they brought it out, I was afraid it was burned, but it was cooked just perfectly. It was crispy enough to stand up to all its toppings. I’m not sure where the brown color came from, but damn was that delicious.

 

 

She felt the exact same way about her breakfast panini. The crust was soft (it was made out of pizza dough, how awesome is that?!) and it was all the breakfast foods you could want, combined. It wasn’t too many eggs, which is important to her. She and eggs are acquaintances but not bffles.

Out of the dozens of times we’ve eaten there in the past 4 years, this was definitely the best meal we’ve ever had there. Sometimes things are not always as perfect as we could hope but that’s ok, because it’s still always good. This meal definitely stood out to us. It was the perfect Sunday brunch before groceries and afternoon nap. We’ll definitely try to get back before they transition into the fall brunch menu. IF even just for some of those potato skins…

  • Favorite thing I had: The sweet potato skin was SO GOOD. My french toast was also pretty perfect. The lemon curd was awesome and it was just crispy enough.  
  • Favorite thing she had:  The breakfast panini was excellent. She was a little bit hungover, and it hit the spot. She also really enjoyed the sweet potato skin. I’m going to try to replicate those at home.
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: The shrimp and grits or the Cubano. I’ve already had a lot of the other things.
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): It’s so close to home, we rarely go more than a month without a visit.
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): Buzz, another NRG gem, is just across the street. We often go there to grab dessert to take home. Or just to hang out and read/blog.

Columbia Firehouse (Old Town)

When my college BFF, J, told me she was coming to town, I knew I wanted to take her to brunch. My first choice was honestly Evening Star Cafe, but I couldn’t get a reservation for the 3 of us. We could have gone without reservations, but I don’t like taking chances when I don’t have to. So, I explored other NRG options in Old Town. My next thought was Rustico, but one look over their menu revealed that they did not have the Eggs Benedict that J had already told me she wanted. My next thought was Columbia Firehouse. They had 3 different options for Eggs Benny, so I made the reservation.

We got up on Saturday and walked into Old Town from my apartment so I could show J this adorable tiny city that I live in. Like I wrote about in Monday’s post, we hit the Old Town farmer’s market and Waterfront Market to kill time before our reservations.

We walked into a mostly empty restaurant a few minutes to 11, but I’d much always rather be safe than sorry with reservations. Especially when hosting an out-of-town guest. You can’t look like you didn’t plan well!

They seated us in the dining room to the left of the barroom. This was the first time I had been there during the day, so this was the first time I noticed that this dining room was mostly windows on the ceiling! It was nice and bright. I’m glad I wasn’t hungover or anything, I may have needed sunglasses during my meal!

For drinks, J and I started with a bloody marys and, the lady had a mimosa. Both were equally delightful.

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We had worked up quite the appetite after all the walking, so we started with the Rosemary Garlic Fries with 3 dipping sauces: Smoked garlic mayo, buttermilk goat cheese, and ketchup.

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Holy cats were these some delicious damn french fries. We shoveled them in. I think everyone decided that the buttermilk goat cheese dip was the best. Yum.

For entrees, J decided on the Southern Eggs Benny. Fried green tomatoes, poached eggs, hollandaise, on a muffin. It said it came with jalapeños, but J requested it without. It was also served with fried potatoes. She said it was really tasty. I will need to go back and try it for myself. I love some fried green tomatoes!

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The lady had the Croque Monsieur.

 

She said it was pretty good, but about 4x the size it needed to be and was a wee bit dry. After eating the fries, she was only able to eat about half of it.

After much deliberation, I decided on the chicken and waffles.

 

It wasn’t much to look at, but it sure was delicious. It did come with a bird jus drizzled over the waffle, and that made it a little soggy. I don’t think it was totally necessary with the side honey served as a drizzle for the chicken, and butter and syrup for the waffle. All’s well that ends well, it was still delicious. I liked the honey for the chicken.

J and I also decided to go for a second round of drinks. I was sold on the Pineapple Mint Mojito, which had sparkling wine instead of club soda and chunks of pineapple.

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I was expecting it to be more pineappley than it was, but it’s just a good excuse for me to replicate it at home, but maybe with spiced rum and a splash of actual pineapple juice. Sort of a Mai Tai/Mojito hybrid.

J went with the Cucumber Fix Martini. Gin, Cucumber, Jalapeño, St. Germain. It was good, you could definitely taste the cucumber, with a little kick from the jalapeño, and lots of gin taste. It was definitely a slow-sipping drink, and despite being a martini lady, I don’t think she finished it.

 

Overall, I was really happy with my decision for introducing J to all that is Neighborhood Restaurant Group and having a really great brunch. We left feeling satisfied and a little bit tipsy. Now I just have to convince her to come back before the moves to Finland so I can show her a few more of my faves!

  • Favorite thing I had: The fries were really, really damn good for french fries. The buttermilk goat cheese dipping sauce was yummy. The chicken and waffle was also really good, minus the bird jus that soggified the waffle a bit.
  • Favorite thing she had:  She liked her mimosa and the fries as well.
  • Most interesting thing I want to try next time: The mussels, the oyster po’boy, the whole dinner cocktail menu
  • How soon I’d go back (tomorrow/next week/next month/special occasions): We’ll probably try to get down there for drinks sometime soon. We’ve been there for drinks, for dinner, and brunch over the period of about 3 years. Time to start the rotation again!
  • Places to go afterward (what’s nearby): Old Town is your oyster here. You can go shopping or go down to the water and hang out. We did the Farmer’s Market and Waterfront Market before brunch.

Society Fair Date Night Bag (Old Town)

As much as I love to cook, I also love eating food that I didn’t have to cook, in the comfort of my own home. I love the food at Society Fair, but a Date Night Bag gives you a chance to try a wider range of food than they serve in the wine bar or the cafe but the same quality. Of course you can order carry out, but for some reason this is different. It seems higher quality. So for a Date Night Bag, you place your order and pay online basically any time before Friday, pick up the bag up sometime Friday, and take it home and enjoy.

This bag included Curry chicken, basmati rice, Indian Chickpea salad, naan, different chutneys/spreads, coconut chai rice pudding, and a bottle of riesling.

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All we had to do was heat up the chicken, rice, and naan, plate it up, pour the wine, and enjoy. It took all of  5 minutes to get from the front door to sitting down eating a fantastic meal. Well, maybe a little longer, I had to take pictures!

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The naan was some of the fluffiest and softest I’ve ever had and the wine pairing was perfect for the flavor profile of the meal. The curry was just spicy enough. The chickpea salad was great and I’d love to make it myself. I’m thinking it would be a good dish to take a to cookout. The rice pudding was good too, but the chai spices were just a touch strong. There was an anise flavor that was a bit much. But don’t get me wrong, we still ate every bite of it. The whole meal was plenty for both of us and we had one serving of everything but the naan left over.

 

  • How often I order a bag: Every couple of months. It’s perfect when we need a quiet night in but still want really tasty restaurant-quality food.
  • My favorite thing about it: The fact that I just have to pick it up, wine and all. At $49, it’s cheaper than going to any restaurant and ordering two entrees, dessert, and a bottle of wine.
  • Bags I want to try: Like ScratchDC, I like trying things I wouldn’t cook for myself. A little bit more adventurous meals.
  • Why you should try it: Because it’s delicious. And all you have to do is go pick it up. They even do the wine pairing for you. You can also pass it off like you cooked a fancy meal, if you need/want to.