Friday, August 10, 2007

Meatloaf From Heaven

We had dinner at Rue 57 this week.  It's in New York on the corner of 57th Street and 6th Avenue.  I can't even begin to tell you how amazing everything was.  The image above is from their website.  We were sitting to the right of the big flower arrangement (small tree?!).

I started with a warm mushroom salad, which sounded like it would either oog me out or be wonderful.  I was, by far, the most wonderful dish I'd ever eaten containing mushrooms.

The menu is almost half seafood, which we don't eat.  When Andrew picked the chicken meal I normally would have ordered, I decided to be adventurous again and order the French Meatloaf. IT WAS EFFING AWESOME.  The tomato-based sauce it came with was delicious.  Not to mention the mashed potatoes and baby carrots that were served with it.

The service was awesome and so was the crusty, warm French bread they bring to the table.  I loved the interior, too.  If you are ever in Manhattan and want a nice French dinner (they have sushi, too), I totally recommend Rue 57.
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Tuesday, July 24, 2007

Ludwig's Garten

I've been plesantly surprised at what a great city Philadelphia is for eating out.  We've found a lot of wonderful restaurants here. My new favorite is Ludwig's Garten, an awesome German restaurant.

The first time we went, I got Spinach and Portabella Mushroom Spatzle, which was absolute heaven.  The second time, I got the pulled pork sandwich - also heaven.  The fries and onion rings come with a trio of dipping sauces.  Andrew's ordered the wings (great) pan roasted chicken breast (which sounds boring, but actually was a lot like chicken caccitore - great), and Sliced Hot Roast Beef Sandwich au jus (yum yum yum).

They have a bazillion and one beers - it is the 28th best place to have a beer in the US.  We tried several new-to-us German beers, and both of us have decided that Warsteiner Dunkel Lager is our FAVORITE BEER EVER.  If you're ever in Philly and you hear someone just yell, "Varsteiner Dunkel!"  That's us.

[photo from Ludwig's Garten's website]
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