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littleredfred Apr 30, 2009 10:09 AM

Any ideas for a cozy chill spot with fab food that'll take a res for my anniversary dinner tomorrow night? Something like Freemans or Little Owl but where we won't have to wait an hour for a table? Was thinking of Five Points or Mas (farmhouse) . . . ?

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    yippee1999 Apr 30, 2009 12:21 PM

    I too was going to mention Wallse. Charming little place, and everything there is "just so"....

    1. LeahBaila Apr 30, 2009 10:27 AM

      Bellavitae
      Malatesta
      August
      Wallse
      Perilla (you could try)
      Marc Forgione

      www.thelunchbelle.com

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        littleredfred Apr 30, 2009 11:14 AM

        August looks purrrfect. Thanks so much!!

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          LeahBaila Apr 30, 2009 11:21 AM

          You're welcome! Enjoy and do report back!

          www.thelunchbelle.com

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            littleredfred May 5, 2009 03:52 PM

            August was fantastic - one of the most memorable meals I've had in quite a while. We sat in the greenhouse garden with the sound of rain pounding on the glass roof & the scent of wood burning oven filling the air: tre' romantic.  An interestingly earthy, well balanced German Pinot Noir stood up to the rich, decadent flavors with finesse & the Alsatian onion & bacon tart with creme fraiche was a lush comfort food base from which to ease into the more complex flavors to come: A special of guinea fowl w/ chickpeas, cherries & yellow chives had the perfect combination of bitter spring snap & jammy sweetness, and the slow roasted suckling pig with smoked olive polenta, dandelion greens & cardamom was at once an ode to winter in it's roasted perfection & a hello to spring in it's tangle of sweet bitter greens. A side of poached duck egg over grilled ramps was a great example of how perfect, simple execution can highlight great ingredients and make it all look so effortless. I'm dying to to go back for dessert!

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              LeahBaila May 6, 2009 05:24 AM

              Glad to hear it, Fred! Your review of the meal is outstanding, BTW. Great writing and detail!

              www.thelunchbelle.com

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