First stop was a late dinner at Garces Trading Co., Iron Chef Jose Garces' newest venture. The concept of the restaurant is pretty cool--very EATaly-esque. There's a bread counter, cheese counter, meat counter, products for sale and a wine shop next door. The food was not as impressive as I thought it would be. The highlight of the meal was definitely the BYOB aspect and some amazing truffle lavender honey which I got a jar of togo!
|lyonnaise duck salad with duck confit, pached egg, bacon lardons, mustard vinaigrette|
|cheese platter with various accompaniments|
|roasted red peppers, confit cherry tomatoes, modena aged balsamic|
|funghi pizza with maitakes, royal trumpets, taleggio, black truffles|
|tuscan fusilli alla carbonara|
|red velvet cake|
I also made it to Village Whiskey, another Garces restaurant. I have been dying to try this place for some time! Even though I arrive relatively early and it was raining out, the hostess told me it would be a 4 hour wait! I couldn't believe it. However, 30 minutes later, before I even finished my beer, a table was available. I'm very glad I stuck around because the food was delicious and worth the wait.
|amazing cheesy cheese puffs. they were so light and airy, which to me means low calorie|
|the infamous burger with caramelized onions, a fried egg and cheddar|
|duck fat fries with cheese sauce|
|pork belly pate special. that dark liquid is all the congealed fat. yum.|