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Dec 28, 2012 12:00 PM

The Emerson - anyone been?

I've been a fan of Scott Pennock way back from his days at Pastis and then Biff's. I just learned that left Gio's to open his own place called The Emerson and wondering if anyone has been?

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  1. I've been twice, it's close to my house.

    They do a daily pie (meat, shepherds, lamb, etc), prices for mains are $15 and under. Affordable solid comfort food. Worth checking out if you're in the area.

    Beer selection could use some work, that's my nitpick.

    1. I live in the area and am going this Friday - will report back.

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      1. re: ms. cornbread

        Very happy to have this place in the neighbourhood.

        Really delicious and good value comfort food in a comfortable atmosphere. Had two sides as a starter - a butternut squash gratin and a shaved cauliflower slaw. Would eat both again in a second. At $5 each I was expecting a small side, but both were quite substantial. You can all get all sides (5) for $20 - these alone would make a great meal.

        Mains were also larger than I was expecting which made me happy (I'm a small girl but I can eat a lot). I had the daily pot pie which was lobster. Very satisfying. Lots of lobster meat, which was perfectly done. Would like to go back to try the burger.

        Dessert was an icebox cake at $5. Oh wow. So simple but so good. Could've had another.

        Agree with aser though, beer selection was disappointing. Would like to a more interesting selection. I also was disappointed by my cocktail.

        Will be returning!

      2. Does anyone know how it compares to its neighbour, The Whippoorwill?

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        1. re: Googs

          Haven't been to the Whipporwill yet, but hope to go soon - will report back and offer my comparison.

        2. I know that this is an older thread but the restaurant deserves every success it gets.

          My friends and I have a yearly dinner (16 of us) and we always ask the restaurant we choose to create a prix fixe family style trukey dinner for around $40 pp.

          This is the first time we chose Emerson and we will never go anywhere else. We felt like we were at home only we didn't have to clean :)

          The food was so incredible... it's been 3 days and my friends are still raving about the meal and the service. We were happily surprised with every choice that they gave us (including oysters for an app). So, if you're looking for a place to have a large crowd, they will more than accomodate, and you will be very happy you chose them.

          I think this is the first time I have ever called a restaurant days later to thank them.

          Happy holidays, and if anyone from the Emerson is reading this THANKS for an amazing meal!

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          1. re: Anita Nap

            Can you talk more about what they served?

            1. re: ms. cornbread

              apps were:
              - oysters with two Mignonette (one had horseradish but I don't know the other because I don't eat oysters)
              - mushroom and gorgonzola crustini
              - butternut squash ravioli
              - a deconstructed caprese salad for the gluten free girl
              - bread with warm olives
              *my favourite was the ravioli

              Dinner was:
              -squash casserole
              -roasted cauliflower
              - brussel sprout
              .... and then they brought out the fries!!
              -gravy (and jus for the gluten free girl)
              -cranberry sauce with orange
              *can't pick a favourite, however the cranberry sauce will live on in my dreams it was spectacular.

              Dessert was:
              -mini sundaes
              -smashed cupcakes with sprinkles
              -ginger snaps
              -shortbread cookies
              *my favourite was putting the coffee ice cream sundae on the ginger snap.

              Everything was served family style so that we could pass the plates around and eat as much or little as we wanted. The wine kept flowing and the service was fantastic.

              1. re: Anita Nap

                Thanks for the details. Sounds pretty fabulous! Didn't love the food my last visit but I think it's time to try them out again.