I have a confession to make… I have never been to Home Wine Kitchen. GASP!!! It has been on my radar since I first sampled their food at last year’s Art of Food event. I did however, make a trip to check out their new sister restaurant, Table.
One quick look at their menu, and I knew I was going to make a trip there soon. I love trying unique foods and they clearly had plenty to offer.
After a long day’s work as well as fighting traffic, a cocktail was in order. I started with the Basil Sidecar. This was a perfect cocktail for a warm day. It was light and refreshing.
Remember the “Porkapalooza” blog posts from the fall of 2012? This dinner started as a throwback to those days with orders of the braised pork belly and fried pig ears.
The pork belly had some sweetness from the maple syrup and a little tang from the orange juice. It did not have the crispy rind you find at some places. The texture was mainly creamy from the fat with just a bit of chew. It was a satisfactory dish. After the steamed pork buns I tried at Booker and Dax the bar for pork belly has been raised a bit.
The fried pig ears were a surprise. The dish was simple: fried pig ears with crispy arugula topped with a fried egg. This is a salt lovers dream dish. The first time I had it I wished the egg was served sunny side up. And on my 2nd visit I had my wish. i love to use “liquid chicken” as a sauce. The crunch of the pig ears was perfect.
As I often do, I will ask for a recommendation when trying a place for the first time. The waitress said that the “fish and chips” was very popular. The fish is actually grouper cheek. When it arrived I first thought the batter looked very heavy. It was much flakier and lighter than you would think. This was key since the grouper is very mild. It pairs well with their house-made tartar sauce.
Growing up I always loved my mom’s corn fritters. I still ask her to make them for my birthday or any other special occasion. Table has a version of their own, a little more dense than the version my mom makes. It’s a sweet corn fritter served with maple syrup… and it is surprisingly good! This will definitely satisfy those cravings for corn fritters when I cannot make the trip to see my mom.
Lastly, let me introduce you to a new favorite cocktail of mine — the Benton Park Bourbon. It’s Buffalo Trace bourbon, lemon juice, ginger beer, Angostura bitters, and caramelized local honey. It’s well-balanced but let’s you know that you are still drinking bourbon. It was the last drink I tried the first time I visited and the only drink I have ordered each time I have returned.
Table is an exciting restaurant located on Cherokee Street. In the past month I have already visited it 4 times! The two items that keep me coming back: Benton Park Bourbon and Fried Pig Ears. There is something here for everyone, not everything has to be on the adventurous side.
Dive 2 Five Scale: 3. The decor reminds me of early Restoration Hardware. The space is very open. The seating is at long communal tables so it gives you a chance to make new friends. They had a complimentary valet the first night I went but I have not seen it since. I would suggest 3 dishes per person as they are on the small size. I have not tried anything from the “Feast” section of the menu; it’s supposed to be larger portions.