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Re: “Uncommon Ground

My first time at Uncommon Ground and I was a little surprised. I expected it to be more of a coffee shop. However, I turned out to be in for a pleasant trip. With the guidance of a very helpful, attentive and friendly waiter I had a delicious and relaxed meal. I had the Mac n' Cheese, the dairy products of which come from a local organic farm. I was expecting the sauce to be so soupy, but it was quite good although I still think I prefer The Handlebar's smoked Gouda Mac n' Cheese. I also rather liked the mustardy slaw with apples and grapes that came on the side. The real standouts however were the service and the dessert. The server was friendly, knowledgeable, helpful and kept my coffee cup full, which I always appreciate. The dessert, which was the evening's special, was a flourless chocolate cake with a bananna-rum (I think) sauce, topped by a scoop of bananna gelato and surrounded by slice banannas. Although it came on a ridiculously large plate, the size of the dessert was perfect for its richness. It was absolutely divine. I think I like my flourless chocolate cake a little creamier generally, but together with the bananna sauce and the gelato I couldn't ask for a better end to the meal. The combo was absolutely delicious. The general ambience of the place was also very cozy. I definitely plan to go back and try some other menu items such as the asiago stuffed gnocchi. The menu apparently changes seasonally and they use mostly local and organic produce which explains the prices being on the higher end. Altogether a place I would definitely recommend.

Posted by Rachael Thompson on 02/18/2007 at 1:36 AM

Re: “Bongo Room

I'd heard about the Bongo Room's long waits so I mad sure to get there just half an hour after it opened. Even at 9:30 on a sunday morning there was a forty minute wait, but fortunately there's a bar you can huddle by (it was a cold morning) while waiting for your table. The service was excellent. The waitress was very attentive, but not overly so and my coffee mug was always full when I wanted it to be. My dining companion and I shared the sweet potato black bean breakfast burrito and the S'more bananna pancakes. The pancakes were delightful. I'd been afraid they would be overly sweet, but they weren't.
They were simply delicious. Banana pancakes drizzled with both a vanilla anglaise and a chocolate anglaise and then sprinkled with graham cracker crumbs-- although I didn't particularly notice those. The breakfast burrito, served with sour cream and a tomatillo salsa on the side was also very good, but I thought it could have been better. I think I wanted it to be spicier and/or for there to be more sweet potato, I'm not sure. Overall a delicious brunch and worth the wait.

Posted by Rachael Thompson on 02/06/2007 at 11:42 PM

Re: “Tre Kronor

This was my second time at Tre Kronor, but my first time having an omelette. I had the Danish blue cheese and Spinach omelette which was quite good as long as you like blue cheese. The omelette was nice and fluffy and there was no skimping on the ingredients. The chunky breakfast potatoes were nicely crispy on the outside. We followed breakfast up with an absolutely delicious vanilla and hazelnut danish. It really is worth it to go to Tre Kronor just for the danishes. They are small in size so make a nice side to go along with somethign more filling like an omelette and they are supremely buttery, fresh and delicious.

Posted by Rachael Thompson on 07/04/2006 at 11:57 AM

Re: “Frontera Grill

I've finally been converted. I must admit I had reserved some skepticism about Rick Bayless, largely due to his popularity and the recent proliferation of salsas and other products with his name on them. My first trip to Frontera Grill has thoroughly convinced me however. Bayless knows what he's doing. There aren't many vegetarian selections but the Enchiladas de Huitlacoche were so excellent my dinner partner swore he would order them on his next visit. The guacamole was fresh, chunky and delicious with the right amount of lime and the addition of sundried tomatoes. Our margaritas were quite good and dessert had us both in ecstasy--primarily because of the homemade goat's milk caramel. !!! I don't think I can express the rich and exquisitely delicious taste of that caramel. It was an excellent topping for the homemade Mexican Chocolate ice cream, but I wished I had a whole bowl of just the caramel. Go to Frontera Grill! It's delicious!

Posted by Rachael Thompson on 06/29/2006 at 9:59 AM

Re: “The Handlebar

I'd heard good things about the Handlebar and was excited to finally try it. The menu selection was a dream come true for vegetarians used to having only two or three options. Everything looked intriguing and creative. With so many difficult decisions to make,my two dinner companions and I decided to share a few items family style. We had the smoked gouda mac n'cheese, the Handlebar salad, the wasabi baked tofu, and the West African groundnut stew. The mac n' cheese was awesome. I'm a big mac n' cheese fan and I never would have though of using smoked gouda, but the dish was delightfully creamy and the smokiness was an unusual, but delicious touch. The salad was good although I found the dressing to be a little salty--in all fairness I don't usually eat dressing on my salad though, so I'm probably prejudiced. Between the groundnut stew and the wasabi tofu it would be a tough call to decide on a favorite, both were fantastic. The tofu was some of the most flavorful I've ever had and the portabella mushrooms and snap peas enhanced the dish and picked up the flavor of the wasabi wonderfully. The coconut milk mixed nicely with the peanuts in the groundnut stew and I enjoyed the addition of sweet potatoes. My only thought was that it could have been even better if it were a little spicier. As it was, however, it was a delicious mixture of sweet and savory. We finished off the meal by sharing dessert. We picked the plantains foster which were really, really good. Add the fact that the drink special was $3 pints of Bell's Two-hearted Ale and we were three supremely contented individuals who couldn't help but linger maybe just a bit longer than we should have at our outdoor table.

Posted by Rachael Thompson on 06/22/2006 at 10:25 AM

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