Blue Duck Tavern
Went last nite -- preferred to graze so ordered a range of appetizers and such --
marrow bones were very good, nice presentation, generous portion, especially like the roasted garlic that came with it.
pate -- way too rich for just two people -- one or two tastes were more than enough
salmon/pea dish -- nothing special
raclette -- not to my taste
french fries -- well they are french fries so I don't know what the fuss is about. Crispy, yes, but so what
roasted eggplant special -- I guess if you don't grow or roast your own this was ok, but nothing special
grits -- really, really, good
Perhaps if the bartender knew how to make a proper Manhattan I might have enjoyed it more,
I respectfully disagree w/ the BDT lovers out there...While I LOVED the bone marrow appetizer & duck fat fries, I think the entrees(especially), creamed spinach (way too creamy) and desserts were lacking.
I ordered a steak and it was nothing great. I also find the atmosphere too sterile and institutional for my tastes. I am glad you all enjoyed your meals so much =)
I love this restaurant. We had appetizers out on the patio and dinner and dessert inside. We had the flaming chocolate cake and I had the best hot chocolate on the planet. I thought the fries were great. That's the reason I went to begin with, to find out about the famous fries made with duck fat. They were delish.
Their grits are really superb. I agree this is a place that entrees really shine. I really think that their roast meats are what you go for, if you don't like veal, sweetbreads, duck or etc, then I don't know if you would enjoy it as much because that is what really shines for me.
I've had two really, really great meals at Blue Duck, but one of them was slightly marred when the bartender charged us $19 for a Manhattan. $19! For vermouth and whiskey!
Blue Duck is one of the few places that I find the main courses to be as good or better than the appetizers.