Passing through Montgomery for a day, my wife and I debated for some time whether to look for a southern barbecue restaurant or simply one of the better reviewed restaurants regardless of cuisine. The latter idea won out and we were able to book an early (7:00) table at Michael's Table. It was our good fortune.
We had as absolutely wonderful experience. The wait staff was friendly and knowledgeable. Our waiter in particular (whose name I failed to get) was fabulous. There's nothing pretentious or overblown here - dress was generally casual, the tables set properly but using paper instead of cloth coverings and we were made to feel very welcome very quickly. It was too chilly for outdoor dining but the dining room was comfortable and well laid out.
It's often said of the best kitchens that the menus are short and focused. This menu was surprisingly short but varied in choices of protein and style. The portion of the menu that appears online is shorter still as so much of it is different daily. My corn crab soup was delicious, my wife's soup (whose name we forget) was also very good. For our entree she ordered the spaghetti, I had beef dish that incorporated the teres major cut of beef served with potato fried in duck fat with a rich beef gravy. I don't ordinarily tend to order beef but you don't see this very special cut on many menus so I wanted to try it. The meat was tender, cooked perfectly and very tasty. My wife's spaghetti was also excellent and the basil tomato sauce was light and very rich at the same time.
Our waiter did an excellent job pairing our wine selections with our main dish. The wines weren't particularly expensive but both well suited to our selections. Neither one of us needed desert but both of us ordered it. My wife ordered a selection of specialty gelatos both of which were absolutely outstanding. One was a cucumber, dill and mint confection . . . now, when did you actually ever taste cucumber in anything? It was really beyond expectations. I ordered the cornflake crusted coconut creme pie. Absolutely to die for.
We really can't say enough about this restaurant except that we're sorry that we live so far away and can't become 'regulars.' It was interesting to watch as regular patrons and the wait staff greeted each other like long lost friends and how many people knew people at other tables.
As we learned this evening, there's good reason why this restaurant is rated so highly.
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