It is a rare, rare thing when a tough grader like me dines out and has a perfect cocktail, four perfect dishes (shared) a great bottle of wine from a very well designed list, and truly outstanding service. But that's what happened last night at our first meal at The Black Cypress. And I had it in Pullman?
Lucky lucky Pullman. The locals obviously have it figured out because the place was packed to the gills--every table occupied and parties waiting for the next available--on a dreary Monday night of all things. The decor is a deliberately and stylishly rustic in an old-european way with dark woods and oldfashioned bare light bulbs. The food is very Mediterranean in temperament but so comforting and open-mindedly modern that it escapes being categorized as ethnic.
So what did we have? Sazeracs, possibly the best ever, which we were delighted to find on the smart little cocktail menu that is an aggregation of popular cocktails someone collected from all over the globe. For dinner, a great and authentic Caesar salad with an added touch of smokey lardons (bacon), a Greek pasta dish called Zima, a roast chicken with bread salad, and for dessert a sage-toffee muffin with vanilla ice cream on a warm caramel sauce. Every dish was flawless.
If you only have one meal to eat in Pullman, you won't be sorry for choosing The Black Cypress.