February 10th, 2010

lowly horrors

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So yesterday it was my birthday, and my parents took us out for dinner at the new restaurant run by our grocery store, of all places. Now, they used to operate a place called Tastings, which was a high-end restaurant with an open kitchen on par with NYC. Some of the best meals I've ever had in my LIFE were there, including celebrity chef prix-fixe menus. Crazy stuff. Even for an everyday lunch there the truffled mac 'n' cheese was a revelation.

So anyway, I was pretty bummed out that they closed Tastings and decided to 'go casual' across the street with a new restaurant that sounded like an upscale pub - we have like, a million of those here, people! But the menu sounded interesting, and we had to give it a try. It was so much better than expected!

It helps that my parents know how to go all out: limited-production ridiculous wine, oysters and moules frites and complimentary foie gras (because it 'matched so well with the wine you have to try it'). I had the sushi; best hamachi I've ever had. Not only did Larkin eat her organic spaghetti dinner and cheddar bunnies I brought, she also devoured anything else I put in front of her: sea bass! pommes frites with garlic aioli! avocado maki! foie gras! She will eat anything. She gets mad if she can't try everything. Sorry, baby, no $150 Sea Smoke Chardonnay for you. Boo hoo!

Anyway, it was insane. We've been watching our pennies lately, so this was an especially huge treat.