I have driven past this restaurant hundreds of time, yet never had the urge to try because I thought it only served sandwiches. I couldn't fathom why I felt that way until the manager told us this place was originally opened to serve fresh bagel and breads. At some point they revamp the theme into a full blown restaurant, but kept the name. The first thing I can tell you about this restaurant is that their baguette shares the "best in town" title in our eyes, together with Temptations. With such a great start, I was looking forward to trying the rest of their menu. The baguette foretold a great evening - I was more impressed with each dish and each passing minutes spent at that restaurant. First, the team work demonstrated by the staff would be the envy of many restaurant. The bartender, who happened to walk by, noticed bread but no drinks at our table and asked if we were waiting for beverages. We had been waiting for wine which he brought back promptly: the ordering machine had forwarded the order to the bar, but the attentive staff caught the issue before we noticed anything. Now for the food. Given that a salad came with the main dish, we decided to share one appetizer (artichokes). The artichokes were lightly battered and fried. I had ever seen that combination, nor do I usually like my vegetable fried, but it worked well with the aioli (points for creativity!!). Next, I ordered the hazelnut chicken on risotto and my husband had the pork chop with berry sauce. I knew I was in for a treat when I plunge my fork into the risotto and it came out stretching some cheese. Too often I ate risotto where the broth used to cook the rice is tasteless or too salty; or there is not enough of the expensive parmesan cheese, making it more like a regular, grain-separating rice. This one was a perfect creamy blend with bacon flavor. Matched with a chicken encrusted in chopped hazelnut, it was a memorable risotto! My husband loved his pork chop, the meat being very tender and flavorful (we later learned that they source all meat and cheese locally). The chocolate torta was a surprise - I had expected some chocolate layered cake. It was in fact a delicious small round cake served hot. We are planning our next outing there with the kids - they apparently have a great mac and cheese made of 5 cheeses.
They also have entertainment a few times a month. We were lucky to come upon such a day where the entertainer provided great background music. There is a recessed lounge area which seemed like a good place to hang out for a drink. The booths can comfortably accommodate groups of 6 people. There is also outside seating with BBQ side cooking!
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