What a great find! Thank you, TripAdvisor! My husband and I ended up in Rutland for a night and made a beeline for this place because of the reviews, and, boy, are we ever glad we did.
The menu is vast (almost too vast!)and eclectic (there are American, continental, Thai, and Mexican choices). I started with the Red Red Shrimp, five plump, butterflied shrimp in a hot hot Thai sauce. (Warning to the heat-sensitive: When they say "hot" on this menu, they mean hot!) My husband had the corn bisque, which also featured plump and tasty shrimp. For an entree, I had the duck breast, which was perfectly medium rare as per my request. It came atop a bed of rice, with a side of beets and some lovely peach chutney. My husband had the ravioli, topped with a fiery red sauce. Our only problem was that we'd overordered--couldn't finish our entrees and didn't have room for dessert!
Revelation of the night: the amazing house salads, so often done wrong at so many places that I barely ever eat more than a couple of bites. But these house salads were fresh, crisp and cold, with just the right mix of lettuce, carrots, and alfalfa sprouts, lightly tossed with Lemon Parmesean dressing. I could eat this salad every night of my life and never get tired of it, it was that good. When I complimented the waitress on the salad, she told me she'd made it from scratch herself. No pouring tired mesclun out of a bag at Little Harry's!
Speaking of the wait staff, service was fast, unobtrusive, impeccable. Decor is warm and cheerful, with local art on the walls (we were seated in front of a vivid hand-made quilt that we kept turning around to admire).
The only thing that, in my opinion, could be improved was the wine-by-the-glass choices. Nothing was bad or undrinkable--just sort of OK--but given the high quality of the food, I expected a little more creativity here. (There are so many great Oregon and Washington Pinot Noirs for under $20 a bottle; why pick a middle-of-the-road wine like BV Coastal?) But this is a minor problem, easily fixed by ordering your wine by the bottle, which we'll do the next time we visit. Will look for an excuse to come back to Rutland, just so I can eat here again...
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