The menu offerings provide a diner freedom to either eat vegetarian or to indulge in meats. The fresh crusty rolls were piping hot. We opted to explore the intriguing first-course options as a total meal beginning with the Grilled Baby Iceberg Lettuce. Offered with this retro and classic dish was a delicious buttermilk blue cheese, smoky bacon pieces and a tomato vin, more of a thousand island dressing. We also sampled the Baby Arugula and Roasted Beet salad with local goat cheese. This salad was pedestrian, lacks punch, beets were cut too small served with a raspberry poppy seed vin. A revamping of this dish would include roasted beet slices with much needed honey. On that note, I'd add honey as well to a new dressing as the poppy seed vinaigrette failed to impress. The vegetable spring rolls were perfectly deep fried, crisped to perfection and delicious -- the sweet peanut dipping sauce required more heat and peanut flavor, think sweet and savory, however, it sufficed. The Buck Island crab cakes were perfectly sized and browned. My companion was quite pleased. He also enjoyed his Buffalo Shrimp however, they are expensive at $21.00 for three shrimp.
The dessert option selected was a flourless chocolate cake with raspberry coulis. What must be understood is that cold cakes need to be brought to room temperature before serving as ice cold chocolate has little flavor. The cake was quite dense and even more so due to its temperature. If allowed to soften perhaps a diner may be able to savor excellent quality chocolate, but in this case the chef could have used a generic supermarket brand for all we know. In conclusion, four appetizers and four glasses of wine with a 20% gratuity cost $170.00. The waitstaff were pleasant and although very, very busy, they were very attentive and we were quite comfortable.
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