A fine restaurant on one side and a lively neighborhood bar on the other.
On a dark and rainy Sunday evening we arrived at this restaurant only to discover all the street parking was filled so we opted to valet park. The restaurant was fairly busy early in the evening and the adjoining pub must have been filled with patrons celebrating someone's birthday because it was quite loud early on. We were met at the door and seated at a large table next to the window where throughout the evening we watched a steady stream of people carrying pizza boxes from Modern Pizza through our stay. The restaurant is very casual with dark woodwork throughout that could use a little touch up.
I tendered our expiring Groupon that included an appetizer to share, 2 entrees and 2 glasses of house wine to our waiter. He suggested we start off with the pan seared scallop appetizer which would have been our first choice had I not prepared the same dish for dinner the evening prior. Instead we chose the fried calamari with spicy Sicilian sauce. We then were served a very generous, almost a loaf, of warm crusty bread along with EVO. Our appetizer was soon served and it proved to be a winner as the squid were tender, delicious and spicy. Entree prices initially seemed to high, but a fresh mesclun salad gently dressed in a balsamic vinaigrette is included.
We each chose rack of lamb as our entrees which included mashed potatoes and a medley of fresh vegetables with summer squashes predominating. I was expecting a 1/2 of rack, but we received a full rack of lamb served medium rare as requested. There was a delicious crust that complement the tender lamb. Neither of us came close to finishing our entrees so lamb redux is on our agenda. Service throughout was excellent.
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