We came in search of the elusive Cortez bottarga--a dried mullet roe that's a delicacy in Italy. Derek grates it on a delicious dish of cappellini, gulf shrimp and peas. The food is billed as rustic coastal country and that's a great description. The menu is eclectic and interesting--mussels, fresh fish (sometimes with bottarga), shrimp and grits, kale salad, ribs, chicken and pork chops. Inventive preparations. The house-made chicken liver pate was excellent and enough for 2. Desserts looked great--we shared the house triple of strawberry sorbet, green apple granita and chocolate coconut ice cream. Perfect ending. The setting is sophisticated without being off putting. There was a private party room set off by sliding barn doors. Lots of beers and a good, reasonably priced selection of wine, including by the glass. The servers were friendly and knowledgeable--lots of kissing of regulars and nice to newcomers too. This restaurant is definitely worth seeking out.
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