We’ve had some seriously good eats of late. I have no photos, but last week, we finally visited Brixx. Their house salad is INCREDIBLE, especially in the little (unadvertised) “side” portion. I’ve informed the Knight that when he’s working in the area, I require one. Just bring it… no need to call and ask. Their pizza was also outstanding, and their tiramisu was fine-dining quality, even in the take-home box, several hours (and in three portions over the next few nights) later.
Saturday night, I went back to the BBQ Exchange with some friends from out of town. They were good sports and tried the bacon brownie with me. It was worth the experience – I mean, how many of you have had a bacon brownie?! – but it couldn’t eclipse the pumpkin muffin or the cornbread as my “don’t leave Gordonsville without it” item. In case you’re wondering, you don’t taste the bacon per se. It’s almost like a stale bit of nut… you taste the salt (and who doesn’t love salt and sweet?!) and there’s a not-quite-crunchy chew for the bit of bacon, and that’s it.
Sunday night, we took advantage of restaurant week and hit (the original) Bavarian Chef with still more friends. They had a blueberry soup on the prix fix menu, but they didn’t disappoint… I didn’t want any of the entrees or desserts on the special menu, but I got the soup anyway.
I wish I had photos. It wasn’t a really creamy-based, chilled soup. It was just pureed blueberries, something with a slow burn (we’re thinking white pepper and lots of it?) and some thinning agent, but I really don’t think it was the heavy cream Barbara’s recipe sports. (Karen! Look at Barbara’s photo… the soup was … bluer than that, wasn’t it? Could it just have had more white wine and less cream, or not a heavy cream?)
The rest of the meal consisted of our group’s favorites, minus a chicken entree that won’t be ordered again. Fabulous food and even better company in all three instances, although each place had a very different atmosphere and menu.
What makes a great meal for you?