The Farm on Adderley
This is our neighborhood local, so I've been there quite a few times - i've never been really disapointed, but we've had marginal service (although we know who our favorite servers are now) and some kitchen mishaps, but all in all still a great place highly recomended.
We really want to like this place, but we've been twice now and both times found it disappointing. We want to like it because the service is super-friendly, the place is cozy and neighborhoody, and its very convenient for us (we're in Windsor Terrace.) But the food is more miss, than hit, as far as I'm concerned. Some of the combinations are just weird, and we both times we've had a hard time finding something on the menu we wanted. We were there Friday night and I ordered the hanger steak...the steak itself was excellent, perfectly done and nicely charred...but it came with a chimichurri sauce that was really off--had a strangely sweet taste and no garlic and really didn't work. My husband couldn't find anything on the menu that enticed him, so ended up with a burger...which was good, but came out overdone. Fries were a bit overdone too. A decent burger but better to be had elsewhere.
For starters, we had the mushroom tempura which was too greasy, not really tempura batter, and was served with nothing else on the plate except for a sauce that was...odd...not even sure what it was supposed to be. And overpriced at $9 for three or four mushrooms.
The best part of the meal was the dessert...the chocolate-banana upsidedown cake with butterscotch sauce was lick-the-plate yummy.
Still, we want to like it! The super-nice host came over to ask us how the meal was and we were honest, more or less. And we really appreciated that he asked, and listened. He said we weren't the first to comment on the odd chimichurri sauce ;-) So, we may try again...but not too soon.
I agree that the food is hit or miss, but I love the atmosphere and the wine list, and since I'm local I'll continue to patronize.
Their burgers are VERY good and I love the chocolate mousse. Cheese plate is nice. I loved the sweet potato gnocchi with brussels sprouts but alas, it's not on the spring menu. Their salads are consistently good as well.
the waitstaff is good (mostly--though the last time I was there I really didn't like my server. He had some pretty strong opinions and wasn't afraid to voice them) and can steer you in the right direction. Go with your gut. I find some of the chef's food pairings to be a bit odd, but I chalk it up to personal taste/preferences.
I was there just last week. I had the broccoli soup which was rich and delicious without being filled with cream. I had the hangar steak which was good. Two of my friends ordered the special bass dish that looked great. In the past the gnocchi has been very good as has the pate appetizer. My friends also ordered a green bean appetizer that was wonderful and huge - served with vinaigrette, nuts and pear slices. Their salads are often inventive and inviting and always fresh.
The wait-staff is very knowledgeable about the wine and has often steered me well. I do beware their gimlets since they only have fresh lime juice and it is often too intense for me.
Desserts are ok. I haven't had a real rave yet except for the butterscotch ice cream. Eye opening. I wish they had espresso - they only have regular coffee but they serve tea in a pot which is very civilized.
I like the owners and the people who work there and the place very much. I'm looking forward to the nicer weather so I can sit in the garden. It looks so inviting.
I go there for a nice comfortable meal...a thoughtful meal. Great beer selection and better-than-average food. Last time I was there I had the pork roast (maybe it was loin?) with escarole and large white beans. Lovely.
By the way, I heard - since it's in the area - that Picket Fence was either going to close or would have a new owner/chef.
i think the hangar steak with broccoli rabe is a safe and delicious bet. the vegetables were excellent.
the cheese plate is rather massive for an appetizer...definitely good for two people.
and the chocolate mousse with salted cream was the best mousse besides my mother's...though, very rich.