Everyone knows that VOLT gets all the buzz around town, but let's not forget all about one of my longtime favorites, The Tasting Room.
Of course you haven't forgotten TR -- it's packed all - the - time. The food is always great and the staff is welcoming and friendly. It's a comfortable place to eat without being too casual or too fancy. I luuuurrrve it!
I eat at TR mostly for lunches because of cost (it's still fairly pricey for dinner) and timing. I'm a huge salmon cake fan (the green sauce is so super garlicky and you will have bad breath for a week, but it is sooooo worth it), but recently branched out into new territory -- the pork cutlets Milanese. Holy cow!
A friend and I went out a few weeks ago and she ordered the pork cutlets, not something I would normally go with, despite my PA love of pork upbringing. But let me tell you, when her order was placed in front of her, I knew that I had to order this dish asap. Picture this: saffron risotto on the bottom, crispy, delicious pork medallions in the middle, then a little arugula salad (just a little tart -- perfect!) on top with a bit of sauce drizzled around. Gorgeous!
My friend Erica and hit TR again on Monday, and those darn pork cutlets were mine. I didn't leave a bit of anything on the plate -- shameful and un-ladylike, but man, with such an excellent dish, there was no way I was leaving even a tiny bit to waste. In fact, I'm ready to go back. Now. No, really.
Though I'm not a cocktail-at-lunch kind of gal, they really do make some pretty amazing martinis (their French martini is a fave) if you're going in the evening or at cocktail hour. I've hit the bar for a few drinks and a few apps before (the foie & bruschetta are fantastic!), skipping the entrees, but that seems to be my m.o. anymore. Ah well.
Hit the Tasting Room for lunch, dinner, cocktails, whatever. You can't go wrong.