|Corner table on a quiet Saturday afternoon|
When you get to a certain stage of life, going to a bar on a Saturday night loses its charm. I can't say exactly what it is, but it might have to do with insanely loud music, long lines for drinks, and crowds of drunk people looking to hook up. (Married people can do that at home.)
Whatever the reason, Dr. Science and I often find ourselves going to bars on weekend afternoons. They're quiet and uncrowded, and we can play Scrabble. (Do not make fun of us.) Rèst-âü-Ránt, home of the superfluous diacritical mark, has proven to be a particularly nice place to do this.
Rèst-âü-Ránt is on a corner and has large windows along two walls, so the place is filled with light – and wood. Lots of wood. The bar, tables, chairs, floor, and ceiling are all made of wood, and even the curtains are made of wooden discs.
Dr. Science ordered a Sierra Nevada Pale Ale – one of eight or so beers on tap – and I had a lovely glass of Côtes du Rhône. For food, we opted for Cheese Plate 1: parmigiano reggiano, edam, and manchego, served with whole grain bread, tiny olives, and a small tub of zesty tapenade. The edam was delicious and creamy; the manchego was a bit too redolent of sheep for my taste. Parmigiano, in my opinion, is best served shaved onto pasta, but I started to enjoy eating it by the slice.
|Cheese Plate 1|
Veggie sliders, which come three to an order, were disappointing. Nearby 5 Napkin Burger has set the bar high in this area, and Rèst-âü-Ránt's didn't even come close. The flavor was good, and the mini brioche buns were buttery and fluffy, but the texture was way too mushy.
The kitchen redeemed itself with one of the daily specials: a roasted mushroom and pumpkin-chipotle polenta. Chewy porcini mushrooms contrasted nicely with the soft polenta, and the chipotle gave it just a hint of heat. It was also a lovely shade of orange (my favorite color). Rèst-âü-Ránt needs to add this to the regular menu immediately.
|Roasted mushroom and pumpkin-chipotle polenta|