Anyway, we decided to give Meat & Potatoes another chance. Our first and only visit was at the end of 2011 and it was not a great experience. Since this post is about the 'second chance' visit, I won't recap our previous visit.
This time, we made a reservation for 5:15 pm. The shows had been ending a bit before 5 pm, but for BMG, the show ended around 4 pm. So we had an hour to kill. It made us wish that M&P opened a bit earlier, or stayed open between lunch and dinner, because we would have loved to go over, have a cocktail and relax for an hour, then have dinner. Instead we sat on an eyeball bench in the eyeball park.
We finally walked the short distance to M&P. We waited in front of the hostess desk for longer than we should have, waiting for someone to ask if they could help us. Two girls walked away instead of asking if they could help us. They clearly saw us because they looked right at us, but apparently, they deemed us not worthy of their attention. The third was on the phone. A few moments after hanging up, she asked if she could help us. She was very pleasant and seated us right away. Final verdict: we both still find the front hostess service lacking though it was markedly better than the front hostess service last December. That was our main issue with M&P last time.
I've already written about the decor as have many other bloggers, local newspapers, and local magazines. So I'll get right to the drinks and food.
|Special Daily Appetizer: Chicherones. Homemade pork rinds. Crispy. I tried one crispy bite, no sauce. SP said the sauce was pickled tasting, a bit of a vinegar tang instead of a sweet sauce and very good.|
|Snack: Grilled Bread with Goat Butter and Strawberry Jam. So good. Crispy, grilled bread. Homemade strawberry jam with a bit of a honey taste, I think. Soft, silky, flavorful, decadent tasting butter.|
|The lamb bone.|
|Dessert: Strawberry Shortcake. A lemony, moist pound cake, mascarpone, more of the delicious strawberries from the jam. The jar is a cute presentation, but it makes it a bit difficult to get a bite of each component in the same spoonful.|
I really like M&P, from the interior decor to the menu to the service inside, both at the bar and at the tables. I can see why it made the 25 Best Restaurants List. I'm sure we'll be back, just always with a reservation!