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The Farm And Fisherman

The Farm and Fisherman is an adorable BYOB in Washington Square West. When you walk in, you really feel like it’s someone’s living room, except it’s full of little dining tables, and a sofa is nowhere to be found. It’s small and intimate and warm. One thing we noticed on the Sunday night that we visited was how young we felt. I’m not sure if maybe it was just that it was Sunday night, but I definitely felt like a young’n. They have a very small menu and I’m a fan of places that do not give me too many things to choose from. It makes my indecisive self feel better.
A roll and homemade butter. The bread was warm, the butter was beyond fresh. It was delicious. We were off to a great start.We ordered one of the beet steak appetizers to share. Instead of one, they actually brought out two individual dishes. They said they found a few big pieces and just split it into two portions. Whoa. These beets must have been humongous, as our individual portions were ginormous! These bloody beet steaks were served with yogurt, shallots, pan drippings, aged balsamic vinegar, and pea leaves. Wow, this thing was like an entree! And it was beyond rich and delicious. I am a big fan of beets anyway, so for anyone that is not, try this to become a convert!
E got the pastured chicken baked in hay. It was served with blue corn grits and mushrooms. She couldn’t stop going on about how awesome it was.
I had the rhode island fluke served with a stew of fall vegetables, curry, almonds, and currants. I was so surprised by how big the portion sizes were! These were two large pieces of fluke, perfectly grilled and placed atop a nice mix of rooty veggies.
For dessert we got the apple strudel with freshly whipped cream. This was perfect. It wasn’t overly sweet and the dough was crispy and flaky. Service was absolutely top notch. The clientele also rocked. There was a big group there celebrating a birthday, and when they saw we didn’t b any of our own b, they offered us some of their wine. How sweet is that? We both thoroughly enjoyed every minute of our experience here. We’ll definitely be back! Note to people out there – this would be a lovely date spot!
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The Twisted Tail

On one of our many recent rainy weekend days, we stopped by the Twisted Tail for a late brunch. They just opened in Headhouse Square and in addition to food and drink, offer live blues music and open blues jams, for those of you inclined. They’re also a bourbon house so they’ve got quite the array of liquors! They also feature a charcoal grill in their kitchen and cook most of their food over open heat, whenever possible.
Of course, they also have beer. The restaurant is really quite big, especially the downstairs. I did not get to check out the upstairs, where the music happens. It’s decorately quite tastefully, even with all of the curly tail motif everywhere. It’s warm and masculine, with a slightly rustic touch.
Here’s some complimentary bread, one which was a corn bread, and one which was a bourbon based bread, I think. See the curly q of butter? Yes, very cute. The corn bread wasn’t particularly corn tasting at all. I like the bourbon bread, it had a little sweetness.
This is the watermelon gazpacho. Delicious and refreshing! It’s made with watermalon, pear tomatoes, jicama, and opal basil. It was a lovely mix of sweet and savory, with nice hunks of the fruit and veggies. It was so surprising and great.
This is the grilled Jersey Blue Fish, with confetti rice, and grilled loco corn. The fish was cooked on the grill, skin on, and was moist and delicious. It had a great flavor, all on its own. The corn had some kind of bbq type of sauce on it, and while already super sweet already, had the added sweetness from the sauce. It was amazing!
I had my eye on the bison meatloaf, and after our server told us it was one of his favorites, I had to go with it. It’s made out of bison! And it comes with a portobello mushroom gravy and green pea whipped mash potatoes. It was all delicious! The meatloaf has a bit of a kick from the glaze that’s on the outside. I’m in love with this green pea whipped mash potato stuff. It’s chunky and has tons of potato skin in it and pea bits. I just loved it.
For dessert, our server recommended the Chocolate Symphony. Why the hell not? It’s a layer of white chocolate pound cake, layers of chocolate mascarpone, a layer of German chocolate cake, and topped with Godiva sauce. They put the sauce on at the table, so you can get as much as you want. So go all out people, go crazy! This thing is nuts! It’s incredibly dense, sweet, chocolatey, and way too much for a weakling like me. I was done after a few bites. But it’s everything you’d think it would be. This was a great meal. Neither of us had any kind of idea what this place would be like. It’s brand spankin’ new and in a location that seems to be fraught with closings. Well, we hope this place stays around for a long time. The food was great and so was the service. Especially the service!

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Little Fish

I’d never gotten to try little fish at their old location, but have been wanting to go to the new one for awhile. So finally, I went! Oh, this was right after my camera met a wet death, so unfortunately, all these photos are going to be a terribly lit and grainy cell phone camera mess. Trust me, all the food looks tremendous in person. But the place does have incredibly low “romantic” style lighting, so it’s not all the cell phone’s fault! As you can guess by the name, it’s all about fish and seafood here. The menu is small and changing.
The place is teeny tiny. You must make a reservation. Those of you who’ve been to salt & pepper in their original location know how tiny it is. It was also ungodly hot out, and they don’t exactly have what I’d call ideal climate control. And we were sat at the table furthest back and closest to the kitchen. It all made for a warm evening. The old couple next to us, they had one of those fake ice gel packs that you put in coolers and lunch boxes and what not, and they were using it to cool their laps and handing it back and forth to each other during their meal. What a brilliant freakin idea! I wasn’t being super nosy or anything, it’s just that the tables are close, I couldn’t help but notice! Ok, onto the food. I was pretty starving so I was so happy when they brought the bread around. The bread itself is delicious, nice and crusty, but I absolutely fell for their herby pesto vinaigrette type thing they give you for dipping. It was super zesty and perfect for soaking up with the bread.
Here’s the beet salad! It had both red and golden beets plus fennel, sliced radish, creme fraiche, and pistachio. This thing was excellent! Especially because I love me some beets. And even if you don’t like beets, you should try it anyway! The most surprising bit of this was that the crushed pistachio nuts were in the creme fraiche, so that it was smooth and crunchy at the same time. I was facing the kitchen, so I had some extra fun watching the chefs prepare the food. As I’ve said in the past, I love open kitchens because it’s like dinner and a show!

Here is the skate. It’s a pretty enormous helping of pan fried skate with polenta cakes, corn, chanterelles, pancetta, cherry tomatoes, and what I think is some cucumber thing at the top. This was definitely a winner. Now listen up. If you don’t like a fish that is actually fishy, then don’t get this skate. It definitely has a “I’m from the ocean” taste and smell to it, and that’s not a bad thing. It’s crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, and it’s cooked perfectly. And everything else on the plate was also delicious.
Here is my striped bass dish. There are two honkin pieces of perfectly cooked striped bass, topped onto potato zucchini hash, all sitting in a giant bowl of coconut curry broth swimming with mussels. It was also topped with some kind of tomato based relish stuff on top, which was amazing. Everything was so good! And may I repeat, the fish was perfectly cooked. There’s certainly no undoneness at all, but there’s absolutely nothing overcooked here either. It’s just right. I loved the hash, which was a mix of extremely thinly sliced potato and zucchini. It looked like that fancy ratatouille from that Ratatouille movie. And I don’t even like stuff made with coconut milk most of the time, but I loved this thick broth, which was rich and creamy. These entree portions were nothing to scoff at, there was plenty! This place totally lived up to my expectations, and then some. Service was quite good. I can’t wait to go back, especially for their sunday prix fixe!

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