Great meals I have enjoyed in the order they occurred. To be updated occasionally.
1. Blue Duck Tavern, Washington, D.C., brunch, Spring 2010
A small group of friends gathered here midmorning on a Saturday in early spring.
Memorable moment: Five different servers delivered our five dishes at exactly the same moment.
Best menu items: Fresh-baked croissants with jam and clotted cream. Hot apple pie with homemade butter pecan ice cream. (The server insisted we have ice cream — on the house — since we ordered the pie.)
2. The Olde Pink House, Savannah, GA, dinner, Fall 2011
Becky and I dined here on our quick “midnight train to georgia” weekend trip.
Memorable moments: On a winding, impromptu tour of the place, a restaurant host told us about ghost sightings. Candlight seating in the wine cellar included a piano player.
Best menu item: Crispy scored flounder with apricot shallot sauce, creamy grits & collards. (It was a enough to share and they were kind enough to serve the dish on two plates.)
3. Talula’s Garden, Philadelphia, PA, dinner, Winter 2012
Patrick and I dined here after seeing the Van Gogh Up Close exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
Memorable moment: Rustic farm atmosphere. High ceilings. Candlelight. A kind, knowledgeable server who was obviously a cook himself and delighted with the product he was serving.
Best menu item: Everything I ate. ”Bring on the Funk” cheese plate appetizer. Potato gnocchi with buffalo milk Taleggio and charred brussel sprouts. Pink Snapper with grapefruit (wow!), fennel, fingerlings, herbs and warm baby lettuces.