So, I drove through the apocalyptic rains last Tuesday night and met my better half for dinner at One Eared Stag. Hadn't been to OES in a few months, and to be honest, didn't love my last visit. However, with fond memories of the fried chicken dinner back in February, we geared up for this visit. We started with some tasty Rosalindas, refreshing margarita-inspired drink with grapefruit and rosemary syrup. A new bartender was the excuse for the Rosalindas taking a while to get to us, but it was worth the wait. The marrow bone above is tasty, with warm rustic bread, though the marrow needed to be hit with a little salt before it left the kitchen. Good, but the taste was just a bit flat.
My favorite dish of the night was our first course of delicate and juicy quail atop gooey grits, with a pickled quail egg and fermented garlic on the side. We also had the fried green tomato salad with chipotle cream that had a nice contrast of flavors, but the crust on the tomatoes was soggy and flaked off a bit. The Linz hanger steak, with crystal organics baby onions, pumpkin seeds, and aged cheddar was a rather strong dish, too. All in all, it was a pretty tasty meal and I do need to add OES to my regular rotation. I look forward to heading back soon.
Brought with me this very nice 2002 Louis Jadot Savigny Les Beaune La Dominode which was still young, but starting to drink.