August 2006

Roux logoRoux had a surprising amount of empty but waiting tables when we arrived for our reservation at 7:00, but seemed nearly full when our dinner concluded about 8:45. Must be one of those late happening kind of fine dining establishments. Nice airy open feeling in main Killingsworth side dining room, with attractive dark wood booths in westside dining area. Service was very friendly and knowledgable on both food items and drinks, steering us away from several of the colorfully named but more severe tasting cocktails. Two of us had a gin and anise concoction called an Obituary, which frankly made many details of the rest of the evening hard to remember. Featured food selections at our table included Salmon cooked somehow or other (sorry, blame it on the Obituary,) served with lots of nice looking sauted carrots, Crawfish Pie, which I was told was excellent, and rabbit tenderloins stuffed with Andouille sausage which I was told was delicious, but rather a small portion. (Perhaps the rabbit outran the chef?) A more generous portion was the delicious grilled flat iron steak topped with gorgonzola and shallots (??,) a delicate little frize salad with tiny tomatoes, and two delicious little stuffed potato halves very spicy from cayenne but flavorful from pancetta and cheese. The side dishes of Blue Lake green beans were perfectly prepared, but the collard greens were lacking zip, as they often do. The desserts included peach cobbler, an excellent marionberry triffle, and some cute little beignents with caramel sauce that someone lost their tooth over (only a temporary one luckily.) In my opinion, a very successful experience, but that’s not surprising, as Roux has quickly become one of my top five restaurants.

(Incidently, if you were at Roux and I mangled your dinner selection too badly, you can tell me what it was you really had. Like I said earlier, that Obituary kind of wiped-out certain precise details of my memory.)

Olea logoA good time was hopefully had by all at the interesting Olea, where the most commonly ordered happy hour item was the Lobster Corndog (we kid you not,) served with designer mustard sauce and a shot of beer. Other choices included the generous-sized pizza’s (vegetarian and not,) chickpea coated fried shrimp, procuitto wrapped dates, and hummus with homemade pita. A couple people had prior engagements, but those who remained enjoyed an after happy hour nightcap around the corner at the always sweet and cozy Holden’s Bistro, always a nice place to go for a small plate or an interesting drink.