On Feb 11th, O randomly announced that he wanted to eat out at a steakhouse. I understand that all guys like steaks, but steakhouses are so boring. If that’s not the item you want to eat, there are either salads drenched with some type of house dressing or some boring market fish of the day doused in butter. No thanks.
After some perusing on www.opentable.com, I came across First Course. I’ve never heard of this place (as I’ve been trying to eat in lately for health reasons) so I decided to go through my usual research process. Google the restaurant for reviews, then go onto www.yelp.com if my search results didn’t yield information to my liking.
As with all reviews, there were mixed messages. I decided to take the risk anyway because others described this place as a small intimate neighborhood restaurant. As we pulled up, I liked how we couldn’t see into the restaurant window because the lights were so dim inside.
We got seated by the window, which would have been nice if it was warmer and lighter outside. The cold air from the outside somehow seeped into where we were because of poor insulation.
I ordered the bison burger with truffle fries and a glass of the Bodegas Carrau Tennat from Spain. O, with his meat mission in mind since earlier in the day, ordered the 16 ounce steak. He was almost tempted away from his M.O. by the fish special, which did sound pretty good, but at the end the red meat still took first place. My fries were too salty, but other than that, everything was up to par.
Great place for a date night or a space to catch up with friends you haven’t seen in a long time. The tables are pretty small so you don’t feel like you’re too far away from your dinner companions. Good street parking and Kowalski’s is next door so you can go grocery shopping to walk off some calories after your luscious meal.
My favorite part? Warm bread before the meal. It seems not that many restaurants serve warm bread anymore…why is that? The butter always tastes so much better when it slightly melts on the higher temperature of the bread.
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