In one word – Suburgatory
Location – 215 N. Clinton (Clinton and Lake)
Food – I use a condescending term inspired by ABC’s definitely-soon-to-be-cancelled show “Suburgatory.” The thing about it though was that food was actually okay. I started with the honey glazed pumpkin, which was enjoyable AND seasonal. Then I went for the Mint Creek Farms Lamb Sausage served with polenta and autumnal vegetables. They make the sausage in-house, so I was intrigued. I was pleased with the dish, though not overly impressed. My eating partner started with the braised lamb, cucumber and mint – served in sort of an egg roll-type concoction. She was into it. Then she had parmesan crusted tilapia served over creamy spinach. I think she had a similar feeling as my reaction to my entree. Just a note – Halibut was on special, but I really couldn’t justify the price point ($40!), so I passed on it. No dessert, we were far too full.
Drink – We each had the Beckman Syrah, which was definitely a winner.
Service – I think our server was out of it. I had to ask for a knife on multiple occasions and overall he just seemed a little behind the ball. I hope there wasn’t trouble at home or something.
Scene – So this is where I got thrown off. I get that the restaurant is next to Ogilvy Station and as a result, many of our friends from the Northern suburbs might be visiting our fair city, BUT why were there children (and like lots of them) at this restaurant at 8:30 pm on a Saturday night? It was so unexpected, and not in a fun way. Don’t get me wrong, my life is very child-appropriate. But, those kids were loud.
Occasion – I’m not sure when I’d come back. Maybe when I feel homesick for my own Western suburban roots?
Price – Far too much for the experience. $66 for food, drink and tax and tip. Not into it.
If you like, try…Wildfire, Weber Grill