As you may or may not know, last night was the 4-year anniversary of our first "official" date. We had not really had a chance to plan anything super-special, because work has been so busy lately for both of us ( I think my next day off is in mid-February). We decided that the perfect evening would be just having a good dinner, something a little special, and just relaxing at home together for the rest of the night. (With this in mind, Claire came home with a nice bottle of champagne.)
For dinner, we settled on Revival. We had been there once before with Claire's family, and had been thinking and talking about it a lot recently. It has a really cozy and somewhat romantic feel to it. Plus Claire's favorite mac-n-cheese in town.(Somehow, our dating history is deeply connected to macaroni and cheese.)
See, cozy and romantic.
Another great thing about this place is that the menu is set up in such a way that it's really easy to get several things to share (or split, as we like to say). In fact, or waiter informed us that the chef encourages that type of behavior. We split several things :
1)Mixed salad greens with Missouri goat cheese, green apples & spiced peanuts
2) A rioja that I can't remember the name of. Claire is supposed to post our "review" of it, the first such post since she started this thing by saying that we would do one once a week. Oops.
MMmmm...wine. Not sure what's going on with my eyes here.
Plate on wall...nice to look at.
Plates on table, nicer to look at. Let's eat!
3) Tilapia with sweet potatoes, plain and simple
(So good. The fish is perfectly cooked. A little seasoned and crispy on the outside, but not greasy at all. Firm and tender on the inside. The sweet potatoes kill and are not too sweet like the dreadful concoctions I have spent a lifetime avoiding at Thanksgiving. And just a little bit of greens to balance that. Yum.)
4)Wood roasted cauliflower and tart apple
(I can't get enough of roasted cauliflower, and this might be the best. It tastes like sitting by a campfire, if that makes sense. A delicious, rustic comfort.)
5)Baked "Mac & Cheese"
(This is Claire's favorite and she could probably make a meal out of just this. It would be easy to do because there's enough here to fill you, but you're still gonna want more. Her only complaint is that the plate underneath should be bigger to catch all the delicious breadcrumbs that fall off of the top when you dig in to it.)
Clean Plate Club.