2nd Best Words - Tableside Hot Toddy
Of course, you know the first thing I do when I get home to TN is look up the best farm to table food happening 'round the way. A little gem called Terra Mae pulled up and I was off like lightening. Dont'cha know I learned 2 really great things over lunch.
#1 - I love, love, love hot toddy type drinks, especially when they are made tableside. Good lord, what a contraption. Took about 5 minutes for it to infuse and boil up into the top vessel, then it spit itself back into the bottom jug and our waiter reappeared outta nowhere to pour us a couple of warm delights into Moscow Mule style mugs. YUMMMMM.
#2 - Pimento cheese is a force to be reckoned with. I've been a mega fan since it was on tap at my grandparents house as a kid, but then my bud Lis started making it out in LA and it was like a drug...the very best cheesy, mayo coated kind. Now, I can add to my life list - BEST PIMENTO CHEESE EVER FOUND. This was a buttermilk blue pimento that was solid snow white and tasted nothing like blue cheese. Instead it tasted like the best thing you will ever eat. I bought a giant vat to haul home to my parents and they too were stunned. This is a recipe from the heavens...I'm def gonna have to play with it til it comes up winning.
This little restaurant downtown was adorable and a few pals met up with us. We kept picking the cheese of Mark's burger (I'm back on no meat) and it too was some kind of freaky good. Now, ya'll know I chow on great food, but man...this was some kinda southern twist I wasn't expecting. Pickled shrimp; some redic corn risotto; a duck reuben of sorts that Lis loved; sweet potato/rosemary biscuits with apple compote; candied bacon (oh - I guess I do taste test the meat now and again when it comes to treasures like that); perfect deviled eggs. It was all just spot on. And, I had forgotten how damn good Amaretto Sours were. Make that 2!
I just love the South.