Our good friends Sarah and Jackson joined us for our À Côté review. When we started this project, Sarah said she wanted to go with us when we got to À Côté because it's one of her favorite restaurants. She's had to wait a long time, but it was all worth it in the end. We started off with some drinks. From left to right: Sarah with a Guyana Star, Jackson with a boozy eggnog, Briana with a hot toddy, and Steve with Guyana Star. All drinks get an A+.
You may notice that there is a crazy curtain behind us. À Côté is waaaaaay bigger than it looks from the outside. When they brought us to our table, they led us through a crazy labyrinth of hallways (it might have just been one hallway) for an eternity until we finally arrived in this strange land you see above. They've insulated their outdoor patio so you can still sit there on cold winter nights. It's totally warm and comfortable. We could even hear raindrops falling on the roof of the tent, which made it extra cozy.
Now, on to the food:
Butternut Squash Ravioli with Pistachios, Brown Butter and Sage. Way more delicious than they look. Order these.
Smoked & grilled pork loin chop with Savoy Cabbage, Bacon, Apples, Fingerling Potatoes and Mustard Sauce. Not quite as delicious as it looks. This was the one dish that didn't quite live up to our expectations. It wasn't bad by any means, but we've definitely had better pork chops elsewhere (like Wood Tavern or T-Rex).
Sarah was right to look forward to À Côté, it's a fantastic restaurant. Even the dishes that weren't our favorites were pretty great. The secret back patio was a nice surprise, and the atmosphere and service were both lovely. Be sure to make a reservation. We went on a Friday, and overheard someone being told they would have to wait an hour for a table.
We give À Côté 4.5 Sabuys. This was one of out favorite places so far.
Next stop: Rockridge Cafe!