Unlike most of my visits to Hali'imaile General Store, I was in the company of several friends of friends. Usually it's a girlfriend or a date that lures me out to one of my favorite restaurants. Although, I must confess that I have sat at the bar "o solo mio" before and there is never a lack of nice folks to converse with. This last Friday was a really fun time!
Bev and Joe Gannon were there to nurture their fabulous restaurant through the busiest time of a Friday night. Joe is such a cordial host and spends his time saying hello and making everyone feel at home. Chef Bev takes time out from time to time to join Joe in his social meanderings on the floor.
All of the culinary delights that were being served on my left and right already had me itching to come back soon! In the meantime, my first business of the evening is to order a Lemon Drop Martini. I know Dana, the awesome bartendress, has some magic ingredient that she sneaks in there when I am not looking. They are SOOO delicious! I have enjoyed many other razzling concoctions "by Dana" but I keep coming back to Lemon Drops!
Sad to say (or good to say if you like losing weight & getting healthier), I've been on a wheat free/low carb diet for health reasons. Don't get me wrong, I really don't miss wheat that much but it really DOES limit what you can order at nice restaurants! My first course was the Fresh Fish Ceviche (left side of the menu). It was made with Mahi Mahi and avocado and it was some of the best I have ever enjoyed. Honestly, I'm a mono-eater and I would have been happy to have 2-3 orders of just this one delicacy. My next foray was Goat Cheese and Beet Salad. The flavors were so well defined and delicious that they just about jumped off the dish! One of my friends had the Pan Seared Scallops. I plan on having those next week. Holy Macaroni! Don't they look out of this world??!! (see picture I posted here)
They always seem to have a very good array of wines by the glass which I appreciate quite a bit. I like robust reds so I had a Justin cabernet the other night.
We had such a great time and wonderful food that we are all going back again next week.
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