In the past week I’ve had the opportunity to dine at Avenue 805 twice. Avenue 805 is located on
The first night we went it was Cheap Date Night. Here’s the scoop: For $35 a couple you can get salad, pasta with your choice of sauces, a dessert of the night to share, plus a bottle of wine. The salad and pasta are served family-style. Wow! Unfortunately, our cheap date night did not turn out so cheap, but it’s mainly because my husband had to have meat with his sauce, and the both of us can be a little wine snobbish, at times. For our Cheap Date Night, the red wine was a Beaujolais Nouveau. We had not been thrilled with this year’s production back in November, thus, this wine was not an option. But never fear, Avenue 805 had an alternative. We could pick out any other wine on their list and receive $10 off. We went for it and chose an Oberon Merlot from
The regular menu contained the pasta and sauce combinations for $10 a person and chicken ($14) or veal ($17) scaloppini with a choice of preparations (Milanese, Parmesan, Piccata, or Saltimbacco). The rest of the menu changed on a daily basis. We continued to be intrigued by the menu, and the wine prices seemed reasonable with quite a few from which to select. Thus, on Saturday night we decided to return – with one slight twist – we decided to walk (the weather was so delightful, we could not resist). It took us about 45 minutes to arrive (at a gentle walking pace). We arrived about 6:30 PM and can not tell you how glad we were that tables were still available. We sat all the way in the back (intimate, away from the door). This time we ordered a Marietta California Petite Syrah for $26. What a powerful and chewy wine. Great color and mouth feel. We had not run across this wine at the places we normally shop in
On both occasions we had very good experiences. We were lucky to have the same waitress both nights. She was attentive without being intrusive. And for a busy, small place, she had the time to come back and top off our wine glasses on both nights. On Cheap Date Night there was hardly anyone at the bar (which is the only place to smoke), thus, we were not bothered by cigarette smoke. On Saturday, we were very glad that we sat in the very back as far away from the bar as possible. If we had been seated in the front, we would have had a very unpleasant experience from a smoky fume perspective. I hope in the future Avenue 805 considers going completely smoke free.