I’m glad that you all seemed to enjoy reading yesterday’s post as much as I did writing it! Hopefully you will enjoy checking out these amazing foods as much as I enjoyed eating them 😀 ALLTHEFOODS TIME
Two excellent restaurants, one where Alex and I went to town and left so full we could barely walk home, and the other where we couldn’t gluttonize, but trust me, we didn’t leave anything on those plates. One date night, the other a Social outing, in every sense of the word!
Chicago q (Previous visit with my family here!)
Starter House-Made Pickles and BBQ Spiced Chips Literally #crackonaplate
I know I have have been talking about these things, but seriously, these pickles are the be-all-end-all of pickles. To the point that we demolished that bowl, got another bowl, and took those home. Slightly spicy, slightly sweet, crunchy but pliable. The Garlic bulbs and onions that are int brine come in and with, and I’m not ashamed to say that we ate them (yes, the garlic,too) as well. The chips have that perfect sugar/salt/smoke/mesquite seasoning that literally makes you lick your finger and scrape the bowl. They are just stupid.
Sauces: Clockwise from bottom: Original Mild, Eastern North Carolina Vinegar, Spicy, South Carolina Mustard #morecrackonaplate
We loved each of them (as we knew we would) but for different reasons. I used the vinegar one as a dressing! The mustard one might ultimately be my favorite. We asked them to pack them up, and they said absolutely, but I think that I was misunderstood because we only got the spicy and the mild, wahhhnnnnnnnnnn (crocodile tears). The 2 sauces were used on Monday night and, let’s be real, we dip just about everything in them.
BBQ Cobb Salad Smoked Pulled Chicken, Blue Cheese, Cherry Tomatoes, Hardboiled egg, House Bacon, Avocado, Romaine
This salad is HUGE and I was already basically full (from eating my body weight in pickles and chips, haha), but you know that there was nothing left. This is, simply, the best smoked chicken I have ever had. And the bacon is perfection, if a little fatty, but even those parts blow your mind.
BBQ Flight American Kobe Brisket, Pulled Pork, Pulled Chicken, House Cornbread, Pickled Red Onions
This was actually the dish that I got the very first time we ever went. Alex pushed through and finished the meats, but we brought 2 of the slices of cornbread home (not that we are complaining). Oh, and that is honey butter. PREACH. This was perhaps the best rendition of the brisket that we have yet had. It paired perfectly with any of the sauces, but it hardly needed any. The pork was masterful in the vinegar based sauce, and you know how I feel about the chicken.
Bowman (Not Pictured) Knob Creek Maple, Spiced Rum, Sweet Vermouth, Peach Bitters
Sadly, I forgot to take a picture of this, but it was similar to a Manhattan in its whiskey-forward flavor, but it smelled of maple. So well balanced.
Revive Bulleit Bourbon, Plymouth Gin, Ginger Liqueur, Orange bitters
This was fantastic. I think I helped Alex a bit too much with it! Not sweet, but light and refreshing. “Revive” is the perfect name for it! Like a shandy mixed with a ginger beer with a Manhattan. Dynamite.
I was so happy to get the chance to go to Roy’s, which as been on my list for a while, and not only to go to Roy’s, but to take Alex (who was awesome and forfeited working out to go with me–might be trivial, but when you only have so many chances to do so, it means a lot), and to share dinner with some new friends, specifically Leah and the Social crew!
And, natch, to celebrate the fact that Roy’s will soon be carrying Social! So, of course, it had to be the drink of the evening. I got Leah to try the Social Ginger, and she loved it! We also tried it in other iterations: Social and Hendricks; Social and Maestro Dobel Tequila with house-infused orange simple syrup; and even Social and Disarono (too sweet, needed to be cut with something). Sadly, I was a very bad blogger and so the pictures are abysmal and mostly missing. I”M SOOOOOO SORRRRYYYYYYY. And, some of the descriptions are even missing, because we had some things off the chef’s menu, so descriptions aren’t online! failfailfailfail
Edamame (Not pictured) tossed with salt and something both sweet and spicy, definitely some chili threads. Done to perfection and we were very very thankful!
Big Island Ahi Tuna Poke–Avocado, seaweed, cucumber, tempura flake
This was my request, and I loved it. I wouldn’t say that it blew my mind, but it was exactly what I wanted, and the seaweed with it perked it right up.
Coconut Shrimp, cucumber namasu, Pineapple sweet chile sauce
ERMIGERD so good. perfect coating, HUGE shrimp, and the chile sauce was sweet and sour and spicy. Cucumbers provided just the right cleansing moment.
Maine Lobster Dim Sum–white truffle emulsion, lobster cream sauce
This was fanfreakingtastic. The lobster right on, and the truffle there but still subtle. The best part? The bisque-like cream sauce. We were spooning it with forks. Yah, that’s right.
Auntie Leis Aloha roll (Not Pictured) Spicy tuna, cucumber, yellowtail, salmon, avocado, garlic ponzu
Sushi course! Great, but not outrageous. Perfectly done, but I would rather just have had large pieces of all the ingredients 😀
Prosciutto Salt Crusted Ono, Black rice, enoki mushrooms, edamame, dried cherries
This was off of the chef’s menu, and so no description, but this was my absolute favorite moment of the entire night. The ono itself was incredible, and the gentle but firm prosciutto crust scented the bites. OH just exquisite. And loved the mushrooms in there too.
I honestly don’t know what the one in the center was, but I think that it was the Misoyaki Butterfish (Alaskan Black Cod), and it was my second favorite main of the night. And I don’t even like cod. Fell apart (in a good way), with a perfectly complimentary sauce, carrots, Peruvian potatoes and frisee just made it a fun and lighter take on what could otherwise be rather heavy.
Tempura California White Sea Bass, Cilantro Citrus Sauce, Black Rice, Quinoa, Cucumber, Baby Bok Choy
I didn’t get much of this, but also delicious. I remember thinking so, but the others were the stars, in my mind.
Szechuan Style Green Beans: Pork Lup Cheong, Chili, Lime
So tasty, and how could they not be??
Spicy Korean Chili Fried Rice, Scallion, Cilantro, Sesame, Egg
I really only took some of the veggies from this–but the sauce was great.
Desserts: side note, we DEMOLISHED these, and Alex and I may have taken the fall for the team and scraped the plates. It’s a tough life.
White Chocolate Cheesecake with Graham Crust and Raspberry Sauce I only got a sliver of it, but it was delightful, even for this non-cheesecake person.
Chocolate Souffle (House specialty)-everything you could hope for. And maybe more 😀
Ginger Molasses Cake I thought that this was exceptional. Moist, and surprising in the later summer to be having flavors that are so iconic of the fall. But that said, it was amazing, especially alongside the pineapple pieces that were in a light reduction.
Pineapple Upside-down Cake Another house specialty, and hot damn it was good. Sweet, but not too much, and a good contrast of light and fluffy in the cake and a little crunchy/crusty at the exterior.
Vanilla and Coconut ice creams Me plus homemade ice cream in the midst of all of this? GEDOUDAHEYAH
So yeah, I think that you can say that we ate pretty well, and the company wasn’t too bad either. For those of you who have been asking about Social, see posts here and here. In short, it is a hibiscus and cucumber flavored, very lightly sweetened sake beverage that is gluten free, completely natural, no added sugar or artificial anything, and non GMO. Alex even likes it–and he will tell me straight up if something is not his thing. It is reminiscent of a light wine spritzer, but not overly sweet, with very light carbonation, and 4% alcohol, and it was created by my friend Leah.
Leah conceived of the idea on 2 years ago (girlfriend does things) after recovering from Thyroid cancer. She was looking for something that would let her drink, and be social, as it were, but keep her wits about her and also be something she could feel good about. I have become a huge supporter of this product (obviously), but I am simply doing so because I believe in it and her, and I think that she is really fulfilling a need that is as yet unmet–ready to drink beverages that are alcoholic, but not crap. Right now, Social is only in Chicago, but hopefully in California at the start of the new year, and I have already told her that the DC/PA market would be a good one to look into 😉
So what do you think? Q or Roy’s? Bourbon or Social?
What was the last thing you ate that just made you want to curl up in a ball and cuddle with it?
Maki or sashimi?