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Park Kitchen

Ok, so it was mom and dad’s anniversary and we didn’t make any plans and then last minute decided we wanted to go out.  We took the dudes to one of our favorite dinner spots, Park Kitchen.  Aidan got the “House Squirt” and Lolo got a custom made limeaid from the bar.  We all decided we would do the Chef’s Tasting menu so we could be surprised.  First out were smoked prawns – two thumbs up from the dudes.  Second was the cod fritters, Lolo gave them two thumbs up, but Aidan said they tasted too much like potatoes and not enough like cod.  Then pork terrine sliders.  Big hit with the dudes.  Of course.  Lolo pointed out that they were better than mom’s pulled pork sliders.  Then the snap pea soup which was outstanding but apparently too green for the boys.  Did their one obligatory taste and that was it.  Beet salad with blood orange, pistachios and goat cheese – good, but not a hit with the dudes.  Then duck sausage with grits and broccolini.  Best dish EVER (according to Aidan and Lowell).  Finally, some beautiful cod and pork, but frankly, even though the two dishes were awesome we were all getting stuffed and so the excitement was fading.   Then desert.  Lolo loved the chocolate cake salted caramel hazelnut ice cream desert, and the rhubarb donuts were a hit with Aidan.  The sorrel panna cotta, well, it was very nice, but mom was the only one that ate it.  Really reasonable for 2.5 hours of amazing food and great service for $65/head!  Kid friendly?  Yes, but not in the kids menu run amuck kind of way.  You have to have kids that love food and can stay in their seats and keep the volume down, but if you do, this is the place!  They were so nice to the boys and treated them like little adults!  Oh, and if you like Moscow Mules they make a killer non-ginger beer version.  It’s all about the fresh ginger!

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The Hairy Lobster

Well, despite the “silly name” according to the dudes (and we had our reservations too), the dudes were impressed with the food at the most recent restaurant to make its home in the building by Jamison Square where restaurants seem to come to die.  Started with the lobster Cubano. Who would’ve thought that lobster and pork with the spicy a aioli  would work but it was one of the boys favorites.  So much going on but it was outstanding.  It was Lowell’s favorite, along with the clam flatbread (meh, but this is about them right?). Aidan’s favorite was the manchego schnitzel – of course it was –  a block of deep fried cheese topped with tomatoes.  Who doesn’t like fried cheese???.  But of course being the health conscious one, Lolo said that there was “too much cheese” (as if there is such a thing!) The fried shrimp was just fried shrimp.  The lamb was loved by all.  But the hit by far was the Strawberry Financier.  That dessert almost caused a brawl.  I’m not even sure what was all in it. There was a little caramelized topping like you would have went to crème brûlée, with various strawberry sorbets or ice creams and butter sugar ice cream but it was truly amazing!  Great location, the boys want to go back and play at Jamison Square and then have dessert.  Hopefully it survives.  Two thumbs up from Aidan and Lowell. (and the wind up chicken you that comes with the bill was an added bonus)

Troutini

This is the first review where mom and dad did not help in the review.

Lowell says it was great and he would go back there.  “i’m telling you, it’s way far out”. (From Aidan) The corn chowder and french fries were really good.  The crab melt was really good but without the cheese or the tomato. Just the crab and bread.  Lowell:  their lemonade is better than dad’s because the lady said it was made with fresh lemons.

From mom and dad:  Not cheap, great Martinis and service, and you can safely eat in Troutdale.  It was dead on a Thursday at lunch which allowed the dudes to goof off more than we would normally allow.   And who knew that fries dipped in corn chowder would be such a big hit!

    
    
 

Gruner

We have to admit, we have been here before without the dudes and thought it was time they try it. What we weren’t expecting was just how much they were into it! The beet pickled deviled eggs were a no brainer – we were lucky we got any ourselves! But they devoured the Maulteschen (hope I spelled that right) and the sausage. They weren’t into my lamb, and I can’t blame them. If you come here getimage the sausage. My lamb was fine, but I could have just eaten the deviled eggs and sausage for dinner and been in heaven. Then came the Berliners, they used to be jelly-filled but they changed it to a cookie ganache. The boys were in a zone after one bite. Then there was the pretzel bread… For some reason, the dudes were intrigued by the architecture, and were also closely watching the filming of a Grimm outside. So they were enjoying the food and distracted. Win! As far as kid friendly goes, I wouldn’t take kids that aren’t used to waiting for their food any later than 5:30. They were courteous and treated the dudes well, but I got the impression that they don’t get a lot of 6 year olds in there.

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The Rib Room

The atmosphere was wonderful. The service was outstanding. Aidan had the coil appetizer and Lowell had the seafood Gratin. Lola wasn’t tremendously big on seafood Gratin, but Aidan scarfed the quail up like nobody’s business. For their entrées the dudes both had the eggs Benedict with crawfish, crab, and andouille sausage and mom and dad tasted it, it was to die for. The dudes also loved it. It was by far the most popular dish amongst the whole table. Aidan had the egg nog crème brûlée with a gingerbread way for, and Loel had the chocolate chip P con pie. Both were a hit. And as so often happens, mom and dad ordered right for the boys – we ordered the prime rib which amazingly, was not medium rare and was a little bit overdone. It was by far the best meal of the boys have had so far here!

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Arnaud’s

Aidan ordered the fresh fish, and Lowell ordered the duck with blueberry sauce. They ended up trading but they loved it. The bacon wrapped deep-fried oysters were to die for along with the deviled eggs and pretty much everything else we ate. By far the best meal that we’ve had so far. The dudes wore their first suits to this family dinner, and only got a little bit of food all over them!!

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Brennan’s

Aidan will be starting with the sweet breads and having the seared tuna for his entre. Lolo is going to have his first frog legs followed by some crispy chicken. I can’t wait to see how this plays out!!! Ok, so the sweet breads were a hit, the frog legs not so much, and both dudes weren’t that impressed with their entres, although Aidan somewhat liked the duck. We tried. The dudes were much more impressed with Arnaud’s.

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