Friday, December 23, 2016

State Fare Kitchen and Bar

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We heading in town to meet friends for dinner at the State Fare Kitchen and Bar. They had been several times before and raved about this place, and I had also read some good reviews on the place.

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The inside is trendy and modern with a nice clean feel to it.

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We ordered some appetizers for the table to share. Crabmeat and Creamed Corn Hushpuppies (5) with Creole Remoulade $9. These little bites where amazing good with lots of good flavor packed in. The sauce was nicely balanced and complimented the balls. I just wish you got more with the order. Queso Balnco with Green chilies and Warm Tortilla Chips $9. Ehh this was ok. The queso was a little loose and the salsa they also served with it wasn’t that great. Onion Rings with Lee’s Burger Sauce $7. No complaints with this one. The onions where cooked nicely through and the sauce was tasty.

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Hubby ordered the Mac Daddy $20 (short ribs & roasted shallots. The meat is really tender and the mac and cheese is creamy, BUT there is NO FLAVOR! I had asked the waiter to bring some sort of seasoning and they brought be Sriracha. The dish has major potential, but I’ve never had a whole dish taste so bland in my life! 

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I ordered the Ahi Tuna Steak with crab fried rice, stir fried broccolini and jalapeno ponzu $32. Little overpriced to me, but a solid dish that tasted really good. Hubby said it’s a little on the salty side which I agree. I think they used a coarse salt on the brocollini which they didn’t use sparingly.

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I had to take some pics of my friends Oaxancan Tortilla Soup with smoked chicken, rich broth, avocado, tortilla strips & cheese crema $8. I got to taste a bite and the flavor packed in the chicken is so good. The whole soup was amazing!

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I think I would come back one more time to give it another try, but I’m really not itching to go. Their beer selection is fantastic and they also have a good variety on their menu so maybe we just got the wrong things.It seems they still have some balancing out to do when it comes to their dishes.

Sunday, December 18, 2016

Restless Palate

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I’ve been hearing a lot of good things food wise at Restless Palate. I honestly can’t wait to go back and try some of their other dishes after our wonderful lunch today. I will say the prices are a little high, but understandably so due to the rent in the location they are at.

The inside was not what I expected. I visioned a rustic country feel, but to my surprise it was bright and modern. 

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We started out with an order of White Cheddar Cheese Curds $10.99 (oregano marinated, spinach garden sauce). Very tasty starter which I recommend trying. The sauce was really good rather than having a marinara or ranch.

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For my son we ordered a pizza from their kids menu which comes with a drink.

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D ordered The RP Burger $13.99 (8oz choice short rib & ground chuck patty, blue cheese, caramelized onions, toasted kaiser roll). This burger is messy, but good. He said it’s not the best burger he’s ever had. Although it’s not like he wouldn’t order it again.

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I went with the Asiago Baked Chicken $17.99 (chicken breast stuffed with asiago cheese and spinach, bread crumbs, mushroom cream lemon butter, vegetable medley). This dish came out piping hot, but once it cooled it was so yummy! The veggies where also cooked nicely instead of being like most restaurants and barely cooked at all. The sauce was out of this world good and I’m so glad they chose to plate this in a bowl instead of a plate. The flavors all paired well together.

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I look forward to coming back and trying some of their other dishes.