I was with a group of friends going to see a show at the Old Town School of Folk Music, and we were going to a 7pm show. When browsing the restaurants nearby, we were hard-pressed to find a restaurant that was open for dinner before 6pm. But lo and behold, we discovered the Fiddlehead cafe, which was open for dinner quite early. So, we set up our reservation on Opentable (Fiddlehead has a fabulous website, by the way). What was nice was that the restaurant was very close to the venue AND to the pay lot across the street.
The restaurant was warm and cozy, in dark, rich colors. When we arrived at 5, the place was VERY quiet, but when we left at 6:30, it was almost filled. The staff were friendly and very attentive. What struck us most about the staff was that each person who took care of us seemed to genuinely enjoy the food: when we asked their opinion, they'd offer it and say why they felt that way.
Fiddlehead is unique in that they offer several flight options for both wine AND beer. THe wine list was very well done: it even had a "key" which identified what notes were ascribed to each wine (Which would make a flight a far less intimidating venture for those not terribly wine-savvy). I'm not a beer-drinker myself, but my husband was very impressed with the list. The rest of our party enjoyed a wide variety of flights, and I ordered their sangria, which was the most interesting sangria I've had in a long time-it almost had a mulled wine taste to it that was lovely in the winter weather. The staff were very knowledgeable about the wine and beer list, and came through for us when we asked for suggestions.
The food was impressive. We enjoyed a cheese plate and some onion straws with homemade ketchup to start, and for our entrees we were delighted with a variety from "fancy" mac 'n' cheese, to a lamb shank with a root veggie puree, to a smoked duck club sandwich with pecans, goat cheese and a cherry jam. For dessert, there was a range from banana cream pie to chocolate ganache cake. A particular favorite of ours was the vanilla creme brulee' which was made perfectly.
The prices were fair for a place of this caliber. We never felt rushed, and we would come back here in a heartbeat.
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