Thursday, May 10, 2007

A Trifecta at The Track

We celebrated our 21st wedding anniversary with a quiet dinner at The Track Restaurant in Carytown. And we picked a winner. Of course, the standout by a wide smile was our waitress, Sara. Sara is also the Cheese Goddess at River City Cellars. Her energy and low key effervescence made everyone feel welcome, including a group of high schoolers having dinner on prom night. But what really impressed me was her timing. Since the Kentucky Derby had run that afternoon, we ordered mint juleps. The bartender served them (which was a nice added touch). As we enjoyed the fine balance between whiskey, simple syrup, and fresh mint Sara also took our order for a bottle of wine and entrees. While Sara found the bottle she did not even begin approach us to open it and have us taste it until after we had finished our cocktails. Hallelujah for a waitress that knows when to open a bottle of wine!

One small bump along the rail was the wine list. We had wanted to splurge with a 2003 Chateauneuf du Pape. Alas, it was not available and we settled upon a 2004 Rutherford Ranch Cabernet Sauvignon from Napa Valley. The cab emitted spicy flavors and a chewy feel (is it my imagination or are 2004 California Cabs trending toward the spicy realm?).

We both ordered Filet Mignon, medium rare, with a tomato/asparagus medley, and a corn infused butter. Real roasted red-skinned potatoes rounded out the plate. What bliss. The medley and butter melded with the tenderness of the beef without anything overpowering the other. Once again, a fine balance.

To change things up a bit, we had skipped appetizers so we could order dessert. My husband’s dense chocolate torte with whipped cream was dreamy, but the mini crème brulees stole the show. Three tiny ovals of creamy goodness laced with Bailey’s Irish Cream, Kahlua, and Frangelica. We thoroughly enjoyed comparing each flavor against the other.

For a special occasion The Track did not dissapoint.

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