AUTHENTIC SOUTHERN COMFORT:
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($24.95). When I say settle, I’m being a bit ironic, given the fact that fresh-caught Atlantic and Alaskan fish, that is refreshingly not farm-raised, is hardly settling.
Served gratinee style and baked to a golden brown with crabmeat, artichoke hearts and parmesan, the Halibut was thick but not dense and light and buttery — a meltin-your-mouth fish.
By the end of our meal, we almost felt as if we’d consumed more than Southern food and hospitality; we’d experienced part of a historical era, devouring the sweet and bitter history and earthiness of Southern cuisine. Despite some mistakes — the crispy green bean casserole was cold when it arrived, and the mashed potatoes were at room temperature — both the meal and the service were ideal.
And when we shared our issues with our server — who swore it was her first night though we never believed her — she responded by giving us a free dessert: a chocolate mousse that was soft, sweet, and airy. It was the perfect finish to an exceptional September evening. ©