First off, thanks to calapurr and justincheetah for organizing a gathering where we got to a bunch of different wines and cheeses. Even Rruff and IndyPup traveled up to join some of the local furs. If anyone is curious about the wine I brought, it was a 2005 Franciscan Magnificat (and no, I didn't get it because of the "cat" in the name).
But back to the restaurants.... 2 new ones, an old favorite, and one re-introduced place. I was hoping to introduce the out-of-towners to some local favorites.
The Bristol - A small one room restaurant that serves Mediterranean-influenced food. It has a fairly decent beer list (1/2 the size of the Publican). We got to try duck fat fries with homemade ketchup and artichoke stew with pickled tongue. It does not take reservations though. So its a nice place to try for some nouveau cuisine with a side of beer. They have two bars for those that want a quick drink only.
Jane's Restaurant - Another small neighborhood place that I just recently tried for brunch. It has a homemade-type atmosphere (the freshly baked scones were great!) compliments the generous portion. The menu is on the small side but the entrees are interesting variations of classics.
The Publican - This is an old favorite. It's always good even when 3 of us went there at 10:45pm! It was still packed them. The highlights were a distilled German beer (tasted like vodka, served in a shot glass, and was 80 proof), a very tender pork tenderloin, and Belgium-style pommes frites with a fried egg.
Margie's Candies - An old time classic that I introduced to Rrruff and IndyPup. They wanted some dessert on late Sunday night and Margie's was still open (until midnight). So we quickly walked to it and ordered big 2-3 scoop sundaes with thick fudge sauce and a banana split. The dishes were about 5-6 bux each. How can you not love a place that has been around for 80 years and had The Beatles as customers?
Up next? Still trying to get into The Revolution which is a new brewery run by one of the guys from Three Floyds Brewery. But 4 hour wait when calling at 10pm is still too much.