The minute we pulled up to valet, we could smell the wonderful aroma of the kitchen. The spot is located in the old Cretia's space and the layout is very similar. The decor is updated and the restaurant floor is very open. We made a reservation for 8:30 and we were happy that we did; every table was full and we had a prime seat in the center of the dining room.
We were greeted with two tall glasses of water, warm bread and butter and an explanation of how their menu worked. We ordered two glasses of Cava and mulled over the appetizer choices. This was hard. We went with the braised beef topped potato wedges and were pleased. The flavor was great and they didn't feel too heavy for a starter (even though they were topped with a decadent creme fraiche dollop).
Next, we ordered a bottle of Sancerre. The wine menu has great options for either by the glass or bottle with a good price range.
I ordered the chicken and dumplings which came recommended by the waiter. This chicken was served bone in on top of gnocchi and rainbow chard. The chicken was juicy, well seasoned and had a fantastic home cooked flavor. The dumplings ( gnocchi) were plated underneath the chicken and absorbed all of the flavorings of the chicken. Together this made a near perfect plate.
We also went with the braised rabbit and risotto and were blown away. The meat was tender and very lean, yet it had a rich flavor. The risotto was deliciously cheesy and creamy and was strong enough that it could even stand alone as an entree dish.
We couldn't stop there. We chose the blueberry and peach cobbler served with frozen custard for dessert. This was served pipping hot and it took some self control to wait a few minutes while it cooled down. The cobbler was a great ending to an awesome June dinner.
Acme F and B- Welcome to the neighborhood!