After our original lunch plans ended in disappointment, we were hungry and in need of a great lunch to squash our residual grumpiness. We spotted some restaurants from the highway and made our way to this area full of picturesque old buildings near the river. As I perused the menu posted outside, I saw "duck nuggets" as an appetizer and said "I have to eat here!"
It was near 1:00pm on a Friday, so it was not crowded. Our request to eat outside was granted. We were quite pleased with our decision; we enjoyed the fresh air, a train going by, and people-watching. The hostess said that the outdoor seating had just opened, and they were still getting used to it. I hope it works out for them.
We immediately ordered the duck nuggets (4 for $8) and deviled eggs ($1.50 each) to go with our beer. Any residual disappointment we still had disappeared with the first sips of an unfiltered wheat and nibbles of the generously portioned nuggets. The outside crispy coating enclosed a luscious duck mixture. The rhubarb ketchup had an unexpected kick of horseradish. Our pickled deviled eggs with bacon were extraordinary. I used my finger to collect any maple gastrique remaining on the plate. I love bacon or sausage with just a bit of syrup on it, and this was even better.
By the time we finished these items, our Rabbit Salad ($10) and Salmon Crostinis (4 for $8) had arrived. I liked the playfulness of the salad-- people call salads "rabbit food" and this one had roasted baby carrots and fresh peas to accompany the shredded rabbit meat. It was very lightly dressed and had plenty of shredded cheese. The crostinis were also delicious, like an upscale tuna melt in texture.
All of the menu items that we ate were of high quality ingredients and presented with care. We enjoyed the variety of proteins that were offered.
Our server Amanda did an excellent job of being unobtrusive when appropriate, but willing to engage in conversation when we asked her questions. I know it can be cumbersome for the staff when diners don't order everything at once, but this was not a problem on our visit. It could be that it was the time of day we were there; I would not expect to order in shifts and linger as long as we did if it was a busy dinner service.
We left The Pullman with happy tummies and smiles on our faces.
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