I borrowed the above photo from the JSOnline review
. It was dark and snowy when we arrived at the Red Circle Inn
, so a picture was not going to happen. I said in October
that we'd make Red Circle Inn a holiday date night and this is it.
We started with a drink each and were promptly served a basket of fresh baked dinner rolls. The rolls were wonderful, slightly crisp on the outside with a very soft interior. Our waiter offered a second basket and we accepted.
Our meals included the choice of soup or salad. Pie Diva
was not thrilled with her fish soup, but my salad with strawberry vinaigrette, walnuts and dried cranberries was among the best side salads I've ever been offered.
We each ordered the dishes we picked from the menu back in October. I had the grilled pork chop with pear sauce. My plate was not this pretty, but I think I had more potatoes and cabbage on my plate. The pork was remarkably tender. I suspect that they brine it before grilling.Pie Diva
ordered the whitefish, which is a favorite fish of hers. She remarked on how fresh the fish tasted and loved the meal. The potato pancakes were perfect, too, crispy with a creamy interior (Sorry about that funky photo).
Our waiter, Omar, insisted that it was our anniversary and brought us a complimentary dessert to go with the Grand Marnier Souffle that we ordered. It actually was the 35th anniversary of our first date, so Omar was not far off. It snowed that night too, so in keeping with tradition, Pie Diva
will push my car out of the snow to get me started on my drive home.
The souffle was wonderfully light and tasty (still nothing can compare to the Grand Marnier Souffle at Cafe Europa in 1984).
I thought their maple version of creme brulee was a nice change from the usual.
We hadn't dined at Red Circle Inn in almost 20 years. It seemed expensive to us at that time and we had an off night with one of the entrees on our second visit. Tonight's meal (2 drinks, 2 entrees & 2 desserts) was just $73 before gratuity which seems like a bargain to me today. We think our next visit will be to their bistro (the bar) which offers some different appetizers and entrees from the main dining room.
Duncan Hines got the Red Circle Inn correct and it has stood the test of time extremely well.
post edited by JRPfeff - 2016/12/23 21:48:43