My wife and I enjoy going out to eat and discovering new and unique dining experiences. This restaurant not only has a unique style that gets away from the restaurants below in the city, the two who rate all the wines and work with the chef with the menu have certain vision.
Not only with my own conversations with them but overhearing conversations with others in one of the dining areas, these two care about what they serve and how it is served.
Staring with wine, cocktails, and beer. Their wine list is extensive with unique wineries which bottling is 'seldom' found in a major store; if found there the wine is removed from their list served. This is not snobby, this is how they keep the dining experience unique. The wines served are not garden variety 'B' list wines. As my wife agreed to have a label paired with her meal selection, it was a fine mature quality wine. I could go through the many details but I will let the reader reserve judgement with their own experience. Our waiter was not just giving his favorite wine, his selection for my wife was based on a few select questions that drove the decision. He is in fact one of the two that go out and makes the tastings. Although the labels offered do not say the words 'organic' based on a FDA opinion and fee to use the word, our waiter assured us that one of the prerequisites for their wine selections is if they practice organic. This is not to say that if they did not practice organic it would not be selected but it is a good question to ask; wouldn't you think?
The beer. As a home brewer myself I enjoy getting into the mechanics of beer and the analysis of them. Their beer selection , amazingly, had descriptions on what to expect if you cannot figure out the quippy name in relationship to the flavor and body. Believe me, if offered a pint of Moose Drool ( for example ) would you accept it based on the name alone, probably not. I settled down with a nice glass of Scotch Ale. And once again, our bartender too, has tried all the beer they have ( maybe at one sitting too ) available and the ones presented obviously made the cut.
Ahhhh, the duck. I have had good duck and I have experienced BAD duck. I enjoy other menus too but when duck is offered on a menu, it has to be cooked in a way that leaves it tender, moist, flavorful, and not gamy. Judging on how the owner/managing staff is on site and controls what is offered and how it is offered, I suspected that they too must have a say and knowledge in how things are prepared. The duck was in fact tender, moist, and full of flavor with the consistency of a rare steak, seared on the outside and pink in the middle. Here is where is gets tricky, I have a dairy allergy. This is not just a lactose intolerance that would leave one with a tummy ache and torture others left in a confined space with them, this a an allergy, like anaphylactic shock. When I revealed this small matter to my water , he did not limit me to by beer and ice water, he assured me that he and the chef would work together to ensure my safety and allow me my pleasant dining experience. They modified how my beet salad would be prepared, as well as offering a different side for my duck ( I am sure my duck didn't care at this point ). On a different note too, much of their menu can be gluten free for those who need that.
An honorable mention too, McClendon's is their produce supplier; organic produce and locally grown, how nice.
In closing, all my words having been said, if the owners spend this much time analyzing and pairing their drinks with their menu items, you can be assured that they will pair you with any recommendations to assure your return; and for me, my safe return.
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.