11th Anniversary Dinner with the Wife!
Lot 2 has a quaint, exposed brick atmosphere, in a charming building with character, right in the Heart of Benson on Maple Street. Parking was hard to come by, it's directly on the street, so parking is tight and the area is quite busy. We wound up parking a block away in the residential area, but the evening was mild, so no problem.
This was my first and her third time here so she knew to make a reservation, (as seating is limited) and our table was available moments after we arrived. The mood was Vibrant and there were people of all ages dining, while some were sitting/standing at the large wooden bar socializing, while waiting for tables. Be sure to ask for ice, if you want your table water cold.
Our Server was effervescent, most attentive and knowledgeable of food/wine/beer pairings and happily answered our questions on the Menu items, as well as suggesting various house specialties, such as the Kale Salad, which was much better than I was expecting.
We started with an Appetizer Board; a thick slab of wood covered with individual stacked slices of various cured meats, wonderful smoked or aged cow and goat cheeses, curry dusted mixed nuts, house ground mustard, a sweet tomato jam, roasted garlic and more, all accompanied with thick char-grilled crusty slices of italian bread for slathering.
Next came the Kale Salad; chopped ends of Kale greens complemented with crunchy bits and a generous amount of shredded Parmesan cheese. Not sure what the dressing was (Italian?), but I should have asked for a bit more on the side.
I had the Pan Seared Scallops (3) which came as I ordered, seared crisp one side, translucent from the middle down (basically Medium rare, as any Fresh Seafood should be), nestled in a lovely puddle of Pureed Popcorn (weird yet wonderfully delicious) and sprinkled with what appeared to be minced cucumber/celery and smoky/salty batons of bacon!!
The wife had the L2 Cheeseburger and raved about it's full burst of juicy flavor upon her first bite. She asked for a touch of house mustard and slathered it on the bun, without tasting it first, then we determined a strong flavor of Horseradish within it. Always taste/sample an unfamiliar condiment before using! Lesson learned, ha!
We finished off with dessert, she had the Caramel drizzled Pudding and I had the Chocolate Bourbon Malt, a delightful Ice Cream Cocktail served with chunks of brownie on top.
All together, this restaurant was awesome! The staff were friendly, the atmosphere was warm, and the food was spectacular!
We Will Be Returning!
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