The Edge of Tastiness – Rittenhouse Tavern
Last Tuesday we went to Rittenhouse Tavern. We went because Mom and George wanted to eat there. I felt very excited. Why? I knew I was going to enjoy it. I got to meet Chef Nick Elmi. He was like the best chef ever (except for George of course). The restaurant looked really really cool. I liked it because it had a bird over the word “tavern” and I loved the sunflower on the table. It was very pretty.
I was so hungry and ready for the food to come out! First to come out was a terrine board. It had a pork pistachio terrine with carrots and was good. My favorite was the rabbit and foie gras rillettes with stone fruit. It was yummy except the stone fruit which was really really sour. I only like things that are a little bit sour.
Next to come were pork scrapple deviled eggs. I thought they were delicious because they tasted like a sausage. Also to come out was something I thought were chicken wings, except they weren’t. Then, when I tried them, they tasted NOTHING like chicken wings. My mom told me they were actually frog legs. EWWWW!!!
Then came the bread. It was just too good for me. I asked my mom if we could buy some at the store. She told me that they only have this bread here. I wanted to know what it was made of because I loved it so much. Chef Nick told me it was made in house and had dill and cottage cheese. Next I got the beet salad. It had red, golden and candy cane beets with breakfast radish, yogurt sauce and pistachios. The coolest part was the sweet, thick beet juice that was smeared across the bowl. I really liked it because I love beets. I also had the cold sweet corn soup. I didn’t like it because I like hot soups, not cold ones.
My main course had two dishes. First was a cauliflower steak. It was really hot and kept slipping off my fork. I liked it but George helped me eat it all. Next was truffle crusted veal with sweat breads and had hearts of palm, strawberries, fava beans and fava bean puree. I loved all of it.
Finally…dessert! I had chocolate ganache with milk crumble and caramelized milk ice cream. It was amazing. My favorite part was the ice cream. What does caramelize even mean? I’m going to ask George.
At the end of dinner, Chef Nick sat at our table and talked for a long time with my mom and George. I asked him a lot of questions about the food. I told him how much I loved the bread and he gave us some to take home. Our dinner was so yummy I almost exploded with joy. Thank you so much for the dinner.
I give it 38 sausages.
Next time… I am going to take a week or two off and decide where I want to go next.