Neil and Eric have gotten together with Lisa a couple of times in the last two months and I was a little antsy. The first time I didn’t return home because I was still patrolling. Alexa let me in for dinner. The second time I decided I needed to check around for the squawky, flapping things that need to be taken down from time to time. I ran out, came back later, and Neil and Eric weren’t too happy with me. Lisa had, however, brought me a treat, which I saved until the next morning. It was very nice, though I haven’t had a chance to thank her.
Orchids at Palm Court
|The Dining Room of Orchids at Palm Court|
the lobby of the Hilton Netherland Hotel is
the top restaurant in
the region and Lisa generously took us
there for our birthdays. Orchids’ location is prime downtown real estate as it’s on the second floor
of Carew Tower, the historic early 1930s landmark and a contemporary of the Empire State Building. The setting, simultaneously grandiose yet elegant, reflects sleek Art Deco architectural lines combined with large mural-type paintings around the second storey of the space that conjure up French pastoral scenes of the 18th century. This masculine-feminine dichotomy is evident in the huge mahogany columns and the spectacular bar area set against the furnishings and carpets that are in a palette of rose, pink, and lilac.
|The Mâche Salad|
The à la carte menu features up to four courses and there are two five course tasting menus. We shared an order of the Blue Cheese Beignets, which are savory, feathery donut holes. Neil and Lisa ordered the Mâche Salad and I had the Crispy Pork Belly. There were smoky notes on the seared piece of pork that played off well against the sweet fat.
|Red Snapper En Papillote|
cart is pretty much
|Caramel Frozen Soufflé|
This is a special occasion restaurant, though a diner can get out at about $60 with three courses, tax and tip, and no wine. For a place of this magnitude, it’s actually a good deal.
Gordos Pub & Grill
Everyone has a burger joint that he’s discovered and it’s absolutely the best! Ours is Gordo’s (4328 Montgomery Road) in Norwood, owned by Chef Raymond Gordo, which has been open a couple of years. It’s a warm, wood paneled sports bar and restaurant that has a sizable regular crowd and a number of Xavier students.
|The Jean-Robert and Pub Burgers|