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Nov 22, 2008 06:02 AM

Rodger Sherman Inn "Excellent"????

NY Times reviewer Praticia Brooks gave the "new" Rodger Sherman Inn and "Excellent" in her review today.

Someone please put her and us out of our misery......................

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  1. jp62,
    Before you pass judgement, have you been since the new chef and pastry chef came in?
    Might want to try it as we have. We've been to the new place twice now - once for Sunday lunch and again last night before the review came out.
    The food was amazing - classic food isn't easy to do and it's got lots of little modern twists.
    We began with cocktails - no one rushed us into ordering - how refreshing is that?
    I started with foie gras counter balanced by a sea scallop with a cranberry chutney. My husband started with the lobster ravioli and it was as PB described in today's review - terrific. Our friends started with oysters in a mignonette dressing and an order of the foie gras also.
    All entrees were super - I had a Berkshire pork chop, husband had prawns and scallops in a balsamic hoisin reduction, friends had bass w/risotto (OMG) and her honey had the duck. Out of the four entrees, all were winners and that rarely happens
    Desserts were fantastic and we passed them around the table. The Harlequin souffle was brilliant as was the frozen chocolate mousse cake and caramel salted ice cream.
    Service was impeccable.
    Gotta agree with PB (who herself is getting up there) that the crowd was much older - made us feel quite young in fact, but with a few more foodies zoning in on this place, it should get to be a nicely balanced crowd.
    This is definitely a place for a special occasion where they make you feel special - this was a birthday dinner for husband and friend and every one was thrilled with my pick of restaurants.
    Definitely go.
    And by the by, it's unfortunate but so many reviewers can make or break a place. Sad but true..on the other hand, PB was right on with this place.

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    1. re: Nonny

      Glad to hear the firsthand report. My reaction to the review was the same as jp62 until I read the part about the new owners being from Le Chateau, where we got married (although 20 years ago), but the food was always good. The menu choices sounded good in the review...I tried to go to the website but was having trouble getting any actual information there...would have liked to see the whole menu. In any case, we'll definitely give it a try one of these days!

      1. re: Nonny

        Hi Nonny-

        Yes I've been there since the new ownership took over.

        I guess my main complaint is that the CT section of the NY Times (P.Brooks) and the Weds section (F.Bruni) should be a little more in tune with each other. She throws around "Excellent" and "Extrodinary" ratings like there is no tomorrow.

        A few years back she gave Relish in SoNo and extrodinary rating...that was a sad joke.

        I know we are not Manhattan up here in CT but there should be some consistency. The truth is, if you took Rodger Sherman and plopped it in New York, it would not be in business very long.

        P.Brooks needs to be replaced. Her review reads like a high school term paper and not a restaurant review. I hear Gail Greene needs a job now....

        When Grandma is in town, drive to Rodger Sherman. When you want to do some serious eating, get in the car and drive to Manhattan.

        1. re: Nonny

          Does anyone know where to see a copy on the menu? I tried the website, but there aren't any links. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.

          1. re: sibeats

            at the lower left portion of the website is a cryptic link:

            Please Click Here to View Our Press Kit and Menu (PDF)

            click that misleading link to open the menu pdf.

            1. re: steve h.

              Okay, maybe I'm crazy, but it is not there. I am at this link and I do not see anything at the bottom left! Is there a newer website?

              1. re: sibeats

                the mistake is mine. i thought i was posting to a different thread. sorry for the error.

                1. re: steve h.

                  Yeah, I realized that were talking about Tarry Lodge, right? I recalled the wording from their website. So if anyone knows how to get see the Roger Sherman menu on-line, let me know!

            2. re: sibeats

              Here you go

              SOUPS AND SALADS
              Consomme of Duck with Scallions and Smoked Duck 12
              Soup Du Jour 11
              Organic Field Greens with Champagne Vinaigrette 11
              Roger Sherman Caesar Salad 12
              Chickory-Endive Melange with Gorgonzola and Applewood Smoked
              Bacon Dressing 13
              Slow Roasted Tomato Tart with Herbed Goat Cheese and Fresh Basil Oil 15
              New England Crab and Avocado Salad Served with Micro-Cress
              and a Lime-Cilantro Vinaigrette 17
              Sauteed Foie Gras and Seared Diver Sea Scallop with Cranberry Chutney
              and White Balsamic Glaze 23
              Duo of Atlantic Sesame Salmon and Yellowfin Tuna Mango Tartares
              served with a Wasabi Crème Fraiche 17
              Maine Lobster Ravioli Served on a Leek Fondant in a Saffron Broth 18
              Arugula and Shaved Parmesan Salad with House Cured Salmon and
              Dill-Cucumber Coulis 17
              Pan-Seared Artic Char with White Bean Ragout in Tomato Lemon
              Thyme Infusion 29
              Toasted Almond Crusted Wild Striped Bass with Champagne Sauce and Shiitake-Herb Risotto 32
              Grilled Prawns and Diver Sea Scallops with Balsamic Hoisin Reduction
              with Baby Bok Choy and Green Curry Basmati 34
              Roasted Fresh Vegetable Variation with Soft Polenta and
              Mushroom Fricasse 24
              Pan Roasted Berkshire Pork Chop Served with Fresh Garden
              Vegetable Sautees and Whipped Potato, Housatonic Apple Brandy Sauce 31
              Roasted Colorado Rack of Lamb with Thyme-Rosemary Jus,
              Potato Scallion Tower and Haricot Verts 42
              Grilled All Natural Rib-Eye Steak with Twice Baked Yukon Gold
              Potato, Broccoli-Rabe and Roasted Garlic Bordelaise 39
              One-Half Roasted Amish Free Range Chicken au Jus with Red Bliss
              Potatoes and Caramelized Root Vegetables 29
              Pan-Seared Breast of Duck and Braised Leg with Forbidden Rice
              and Baby Bok Choy in a Port Wine Ginger Sauce 34
              Grilled Dover Sole served with Napa Cabbage and Julienned Peppers
              with a Champagne Beurre Blanc 48

              Souffles must be ordered with Entree

                1. re: jfood

                  Thanks jfood. Did you get it off the website? Am I missing a link there?
                  In any case, after seeing the menu choices, I don't think I'll be rushing over there!

                  1. re: sibeats

                    nope, sent an email to resto and they were very nice and sent jfood one. Just not willing to spend that price point based on PB reco. She said Savvy around the corner was Excellent as well and it was horrible. She lives in town and is very biased to the locals.

                    Jfood hopes she is right on this one because one of her other Excellents is just that.

                    1. re: jfood

                      Gotta say I agree with jp62 and jfood on the above comments concerning PB. Savvy is/was VERY disapointing.

            3. the jfoods heading there next weekend. hopefully it is another addition to the NC food scene.

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              1. re: jfood

                I hope you'll post your review.

                I'm kinda stoked about having another destination for fine dining around here - and would love it if this stodgy old inn became chic.

              2. The prices at Roger Sherman are out of site high. The salads are $11-13, appetizers are 15-23, the entrees are $29-48 (heck the half roasted chicken is $29) and desserts are double digits.

                Jfood will take a pass at these prices.

                The last Excellent she gave in NC was Savvy.

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                1. re: jfood

                  Yes, pricing is up there but as I said, it's a great place for a special occasion.
                  Food it top shelf, service also.
                  I agree that PB is known for loving white table cloth restaurants and I believe she lives in NC so....who knows.
                  I've disagreed with many of her reviews - just saying that I happened to agree with her on this one.
                  If you're looking for a less expensive route there, head to the bar - they have a bar menu and it's a beautiful bar - romantic, chic and dark.

                  1. re: Nonny

                    At that price point jfood travels a wee bit down the road for the best in FFD county.

                    1. re: jfood

                      Where??? I await the answer breathlessly.

                      1. re: CTburgerlover

                        If southlake knows jfood like southlake thinks he knows jfood.........he's gonna say bistro bonne nuit

                        1. re: southlake

                          bistro bonne nuit is excellent. very consistent, good service, good food.

                2. i'll give the place a shot. the building is gorgeous, the grounds, in season, are very attractive.
                  deb and i first ate there the day before we were married. nostalgia can fog the memory. we'll see.