On Sunday, my roommate and I were complaining about how, while we like the idea of eating locally and seasonally, sometimes we just want strawberries in January. We then proceeded to make a bean salad with mango, corn, and avocado for dinner. Last night, I decided to give the whole farm-to-table philosophy another try and met my friend for dinner at Goat Town.
Nothing like a fifteen minute walk from the subway in 28 degree-weather to get you psyched about winter produce! But Goat Town’s menu definitely doesn’t suck. And the décor (tiled booths, wooden bar, tin ceiling) is warm and cozy. It was all enough to convince me that locavorism is fun and easy!
To start, I ordered the kale salad with shaved butternut squash, sunflower seeds, and Edward’s of Surry ham. The salad might have been better with roasted squash (the shaved butternut tasted a little like raw carrots, which I’m not in love with) but the combination of the bitter kale and salty ham was amazing. And the seeds lent a nice, nutty accent. Kara ate too many pita chips at work so she skipped an appetizer. Silly Kara.
Next, I got the roasted chicken with brussels sprouts, polenta, and herbed pan drippings. Wow. Chicken dishes typically fall under the category of “meals I can cook at home” so I tend to go for pasta or fish entrées; this chicken forced me to reconsider my predilection. The skin was super crispy, but not greasy, and had the most intense, salty flavor. The polenta was also really salty, but super creamy, and the mild brussels sprouts kind of balanced everything out. The best part: enormous portion = leftovers! Kara got the arctic char with caramelized cauliflower, golden raisins, olives, and pistachios. Halfway through, she said she was full but was going to finish anyway. I didn’t try her fish but I assume that means she liked it.
To conclude, I would always eat locally and seasonally if I could eat at Goat Town every night. A.k.a., I adored this restaurant. I can’t wait to try it again once the garden, which will provide produce to be pickled and preserved, is up and running. I’d also love to try some of the raw bar selections; the table next to us ordered oysters and they looked awesome. Oh, and maybe a cocktail. I was freezing last night so I just went with the house red (by the way, I love that they have house wine; it reminds me of Italy) but the cocktail list looked good, too.
Besides the fact that Goat Town has an awesome name (“Gotham” in Anglo-Saxon), the prices are right. A drink, appetizer, and entrée cost me around $40 with tip. A great place for a casual date or a low-key dinner with friends. Who like to eat locally and seasonally, obviously.
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