Speaking of cocktails, I went to the grand opening of Bartini’s last night. Seems like a nice bar– very well appointed, and the outdoor section is awesome– but it feels like a bigger Mynt. The drinks I had weren’t bad (my Manhattan was pretty good, probably because their vermouth was less than two weeks old! Their top shelf bourbon is Maker’s Mark, which I like, but I don’t consider it top shelf. Michelle had a Bellini, which wasn’t bad (though the champagne wasn’t high quality), and there was one drink that involved neon-blue Curacao that was almost undrinkable, but it also came off of an ice luge, so I don’t expect expert mixology) but I’ll have to try again– probably for happy hour.
Afterward, I discovered the best table at Jean-Robert’s Table. It’s a little one in the corner near the bar, just a two-top, and from there you can people-watch on the street and in the restaurant. Oh, and the burger and fries I got were delicious– perfectly cooked, juicy, well-seasoned. I’ll definitely be back for a full meal, but I figured you folks would appreciate a preview. The burger was apparently quite good as leftovers (as I ate half and brought the rest home). The burger, for the record, if a bit blurry:
Kroeger and Sons is the featured Groupon for today. $10 for $20 worth of their awesome product. I bought one (there is definitely some chicken sausage in my future)– pick one up, too. It’s a great value.
Have you tried the dolmades available at Kroger’s olive bar/Murray’s Cheese Shop? They’re really delicious, made fresh several times daily, and pretty healthy. I’ve been obsessed with them and with olives all week. I love the olive bar– it was the basis of Terry’s birthday party on Sunday, between the dolmades and olives and a few other things. Plus, it’s the least expensive way to get sun-dried tomatoes at the grocery store (which are my favorite form of tomato).