Monday, June 20, 2011

Eating at Staunton Grocery

Staunton Grocery is one of my favorite restaurants I've ever visited ever, period. It was the first place where I ever really pushed myself to try foods out of my comfort zone or things I had never heard of, like salsify, and the first place I ever tried a fixed-price menu. It's committed to serving farm-to-table food using local sources and the food is fresh, flavorful and simple. Let's just say it's a must-stop whenever I'm in the area.

Since I moved away, they've added lunch, which is WONDERFUL news because it's not only easier to get a walk-in table, but a little more wallet- and palate-friendly. Here's what I had ...

Herb hush puppies. I'm sorry to say they were a bit dry, but still good!

Sean got the burger, our friend Holly got mussels and I had the Fried Green Tomato BLT with fries. It was SO SO SO good. Like, I don't know if I can ever have another BLT. I ate every last bite.

The BLT had a thick bacon, arugula, fried green tomato and smoked paprika aioli. If I can just figure out how to replicate that bread, I'm going to be trying to make this from home for the entire summer.

For dessert, we split a very fudgy brownie with milk stout ice cream. You could taste the beer in the ice cream and it was a perfect pairing. We also ate every last bite of that!

You might think this is a picture of Sean, but it's actually a picture of the kitchen, which has a big open window so you can watch the staff work. While we were there, they made fresh pasta.

If you go for dinner, you can enjoy wine pairings, hand-picked by the staff sommelier. The best part of the restaurant, however, is its casual vibe. No gimmicks, just good food.


Laura R. said...
did you catch my humiliating staunton grocery experience?

Amber said...

i just laughed out loud at that! It happens to the best of us. I spilled an entire chocolate soda on myself in New York; the waiter literally tried to clean around me, including my sweater.