I made it a point to arrive here early, for dinner. A lovely view as I walked to the entrance. The outside seating was in the front yard, most of which was paved with Chicago (used) bricks, adding character to the premises. Large, leafy trees in the yard dining area with decorative lamps dangling from metal chains. Tufts of fancy grasses and patches of flowers ringing the bricked area. A low, white picket fence enclosing that space. Wooden tables and tables of metal with stone tops surrounded by wooden chairs with black, filigree metal set around the copious foliage. The front porch with sofa seating. Very charming, I thought, and with character. Most inviting.
I strolled indoors to check out that ambiance before deciding where I would sit. More neat tables with stone tops. The bar fronted by barstools with high backs of black, wrought-iron in various designs. Attractive artwork on the walls. Warm and inviting, but I opted for a table in a corner on the front porch so I could have a commanding view of the porch, yard, and diners filing in. Music, which a waiter characterized as indie rock, from Pandora pumped from speakers inside and out.
I started with an appetizer, the Short Rib Flatbread: "braised short rib, scallions, water chestnut, blue cheese, guava & sweet soy drizzle." It was delicious.
Then came my entrée, the Butternut Squash Ravioli: "thyme cream, asparagus, vine ripe tomatoes & artichoke hearts." It had a wonderful plate appearance. And it was absolutely delicious. I only wish there had been more of it. It was of appetizer proportions but at entrée prices.
My rating is actually a 4 1/2.
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