I hate trends, but resolutions at the commencement of a new year seemed manageable. I resolved to meet with my monthly dinner group come rain or shine, whether there’s a party of 2 or 20, and hell or high water.That decided, the real challenge was which restaurants to pick for the official meetings. I will, no doubt, document many other local eateries… but only twelve will make it into my dinner group selection. I decided to base the list off of variety so that the attendees don’t feel as if we are visiting the same menu with a different flair. The (second) inaugural meeting was held at Zy Restuarant on 2nd South and State.
The evening was enjoyable for several reasons. The first reason; the convenient valet. I was running late, didn’t want to spend more time searching for a parking spot, and had $4 on me… so valet service it is. Secondly, I love cheese, I hope you don’t find me a snob because of this, but there is such a variety of tastes and textures, and there is a cheese that can pair with any meal. Zy has a small cheese menu, but it is composed of many local cheeses, and seed to table is equally as important as options, don’t you think? You may order plates of three cheeses or five, since our group was on the small side we went with three. The cheese was quite appetizing as any first course should be and was served along with delicious house sourdough and sweet flavored olive oil.
We decided that the cheeses were not appetizer enough however, and settled on the scallops served with an almond paste. Quite an interesting combination, loved by some and not so much by others. I ordered the roasted butternut squash soup which was divine, so nutty and filling.
The staff was very friendly and accommodating, and the restaurant ambiance was delightful; big open widows, close set intimate tables, a wonderful contrast of dark wood and light. It is rather expensive though, a better location for a special occasion than a regular Friday evening spot. And they just announced that they will be serving Sunday brunch, so find some time to go check them out.
eat food, die full. xx.