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'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.
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 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.
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 =)