Last Saturday, Cary and I had our first date night since the Bug came along. We put on our “good” clothes (the ones with no spit up…. we are fancy) and got reservations for Mack and Kate’s.* We arrived a little early and decided to wait on our table at the bar.
We had an excellent bartender. Since it was a night out on the town, we asked him if he had any recommendations. He suggested a drink called the Alpine. When he described the drink, Cary and I snarled up our noses at the addition of gin. Personally, I think gin tastes like a pine tree. He convinced us just to try it, and we were hooked. Not only did he make a delicious drink, he showed us how to make it at home (muddled lemon, equal parts Hendrick’s Gin and St. Germaine, a splash of soda water and a cucumber garnish) . That, folks, is true service.
We tried the crab cakes and cauliflower tater tot appetizers. We’ve talked about the crab cakes before. My biggest surprise was how good the cauliflower tater tots were. I didn’t quite know what to expect, but these were delightful crispy tots held together with some sort of cheese (white cheddar, maybe?). They were very lightly seasoned resulting in a very aromatic and slightly nutty taste. They went very well with the tangy mustard sauce and the Parmesan shavings on the plate.
The one complaint I have about Mack and Kate’s is that the menu isn’t detailed enough. After debating for quite a while, I decided upon the scallops with butternut squash risotto. I was pleasantly surprised that the risotto contained red and green peppers, red onions and some sort of light, creamy cheese along with the butternut squash. The scallops were seared beautifully and went perfectly with the risotto. If I had a little more detail (the addition of the peppers and onions), I would not have hesitated about ordering this dish.
Normally when I’m at a restaurant, I don’t get a chocolate dessert because they taste like they came from a box. With some trepidation, I ordered the chocolate strawberry cake. I was pleasantly surprised at the airy chocolate cake, with fresh strawberry layers and a somewhat heavy milk chocolate icing. It was a perfect finish to a perfect evening.
*This is a post that wasn’t going to happen. We had been to Mack and Kate’s on a previous occasion for brunch. It was delicious, which is why we decided to go for dinner. We had such a fantastic experience, I couldn’t help but blog about it. Sorry for the lack of pictures.