Perchance checked out West Street Grill when visiting Litchfield. Actually the restaurant had not yet opened but the staff pulled us in from the chill to at least be sheltered from the recent cold front. As a man spoke in small talk that real estate expense goes up in altitude, I could not help to ponder if this was another overprice establishment...
That man, James, is actually the owner and one of the most social and active restaurateur I have met. Not often does a patron get to interact with the restaurant owner, and James was not shy to either inquire about our experience thus far or to regal us with a story about anything and everything.
We soon got the pleasurable impression that James is a very particular curator of his establishment. Everything is with a purpose and does not simply cut corners. Same goes for the staff whom I'm sure are finely pruned by James to his tight standards.
The food was great: light, tasteful and well portioned. I'm sure James' vegetarian background touches every part of the menu, but this is not a place for one to gorge or overfill with heartburn. The warm flavorful banana muffin was... "tender" even with gems of nuts within. The chicken pot pie did not make me consider the typical possible sudden 2500 Calorie intake, but instead was airy and fulfilling (you won't find a thick cream but instead an oil-less broth, think miso soup but again without the oil or fat). The desert of sorbet and ice cream was lip licking but not overly decadent.
Overall, I understand James' claim of the best restaurant in the area. West Street Grill truly is something different from the various other eateries. Perhaps more suited in NYC or Boston, but I'm glad of where it is which allowed me the pleasure of the experience.
Don't let the limited outside decor deter you, as James will ensure a rewarding experience on the inside.
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