“Can't stop thinking about this place...it's soooo good and I'm not even vegetarian.”
I have been to quite a few vegetarian/vegan restaurants, and I am somewhat ashamed to admit that sometimes I leave the restaurant feeling like I have only had appetizers primarily because I have not abused my tastebuds with the flavor of meats. Not Fiction Kitchen. I have heen there twice in 2 weeks and on both occasions I left feeling completely satiated...satiated being a gross understatement. Dishes I have tried include:
I'm not a big fan of cornbread but my wife ordered it and I really like this cornbread. Very flavorful, soft and crumbly. The black strap molasses spread goes really well with the cornbread but the cornbread on its own is already very good.
I had apple fritters and oh my...it was love at first bite. The fritters were tender but chewy with chunks of apples. There was a hint of fried onions and peppers in the fritter which I felt added complexity to the taste of the fritters. Once in a while I will soak up some of the bourbon-agave syrup with the fritters which rounded up the flavors very nicely.
Braised Tempeh with Pesto Grits:
The grits was smooth and even and I thought the pesto added an interesting flowery taste to the grits. The grits is served with seasonal vegetables and when I was there kale was in season so I had roasted kale in my grits which complemented the interesting taste of the grits. The tempeh...oh, the tempeh, tender and spiced like an italian sausage--what a treat for the tastebuds. Though a little on the salty side when taken alone, but mixed in with the grits and kale...the flavors balance beautifully.
Coffee Crème brûlée: I was lucky enough to get to try this since dessert does not seem to be on the permanent menu. I may not be an expert on this dessert but this has got to be one of the best Crème brûlée I have ever had. The hard caramel was the perfect thickness for me--cracks with one drop of the dessert spoon and does not jar my teeth when I bite down on them. The custard was silky smooth and light, not too sweet and the coffee flavor lingers deliciously in the mouth pulling the edges of my mouth up to form a dreamy smile. I almost ordered another one but...I should have ordered another. Darn it!
I ordered their house made ginger ale soda which I thought was excellent, not too sweet, not too sharp and all natural. So good!
The atmosphere: I like the furniture. Most, if not all, are recycled and somewhat retro. This restaurant is not very big, and both time when I was there it was packed so it was quite noisy which is good if you have a baby with you. However, they do not have high chairs so if you bring a baby, you might have to hold the baby quite a bit.
Service: Friendly and quick. Food and drinks were served quickly and accurately and we received just the right amount of attention. The second time we went there, we had to wait an hour for a seat and when I got the bill I found that I was not charged for the warm cornbread. I brought that to the attention of our waitress and she told us that it was on the house because we had to wait so long. That was a really nice gesture that will keep me coming back.
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