We even made a few new friends. This couple was from Charlotte, was staying in our condo complex, had visited our church, and her dad was from Monticello, Fla.!
Leigh Ann had the Piedmontese (not sure what this means? I assume "from the Piedmont" or perhaps it is the name of a farm?) strip loin with smoked bacon and bleu cheese pudding, white bean and asparagus hash, and arugula salad. It was excellent. I proclaimed it a unique combination of "sweet, savory and smoky notes," and of course Leigh Ann and Mom just laughed at me. But it was!
I ordered the braised short ribs, at the recommendation of our waiter, Andrew, who told me they were slowly cooked for nine hours. They were served with lentil and truffle cake, roasted green tomato, pan-fried plantains and "natural jus." (I think they call that pot likker where I'm from?)