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I'm bringing a group of friends to Poste tomorrow night. I haven't been for dinner there in over a year. Anyone been lately? Suggestions?
Location and Rates - Website - B&O American Brasserie I stayed at the Hotel Monaco a couple nights ago (and stopped into B&O) - it was $136, booked on the hotel's website using the AAA rate (AAA and AARP consistently give deep discounts). The hotel is very nice, with a second-floor lobby that's full of splendor, and a coffee station that's set up in the mornings. No complaints at all about the hotel, except that our room (1118) smelled of marijuana in a big way - whoever stayed there on Sunday or Monday night had a smoking fiesta. Note: Do not make the mistake (as I did last year) of staying in the Hotel Indigo, and thinking it's a Kimpton property; it isn't, and it's a clear step down from this. (It is, however, an IHG hotel, but that's not a guarantee of quality - these are independently operated hotels.) If you want to park on the street, it's $2.75 an hour beginning at 8 AM (park on E. Fayette St, immediately to the northeast of Hotel Monaco, about one block away). The problem is that they don't use ParkMobile, so you need to physically be at the meter at 8 AM to get a ticket to put on your dash - not sure how much valet parking costs, but the underground public lot in the area is $26 for overnight parking.
I went last night with friends to the beautiful Hotel Monaco downtown and ate a great dinner at the B & O American Brasserie, which opened in the past year. The executive chef, E. Michael Reidt, was named one of the "Best New Chefs" in 2001 by Food & Wine magazine (in that year included Frank Ruta, Wylie Dufresne & Anita Lo) We started with a trio of appetizers: chicken liver mousse with figs, the steak tartare & carpacchio, and the smoked pork belly on a banana-lentil salad with chile caramel. All three were excellent. I particularly enjoyed the banana-lentil salad with the pork belly- the combination of sweet & savory was good. We got another round of items: the Market flatbread -red bliss potato, ricotta, egg & baby arugula, the "Kentoocky Fried" sweetbreads with raisins,bacon & capers, and the ricotta gnocchi in an arugula pesto. The flatbread had a great tasting crust, and again there was a salty-sweet combo with the yummy sweetbreads. The gnocchi was ok- but their texture was so light and fluffy. Our table also had three terrific entrees: the duck two ways (sous vide and confit) with cassoulet style white beans, the adobo braised pork shank, and the rosemary skewered scallops with oxtail, parsnip puree and foie gras emulsion. The scallops were coated with couscous so they had a crispy outside. Then we had a couple desserts- Meyer lemon bars with blueberry marmalade and sorbet, and take on strawberry shortcake with scones, strawberry sorbet, and rhubarb soup.