Wednesday, September 5, 2012
Back to Sweet Shenandoah
Byers Street Bistro, where I enjoyed a vegetable napoleon: fried green tomatoes layered with sauteed spinach, red onions, cherry tomatoes, goat cheese, balsamic reduction and creamy Monterey Jack grits. SO GOOD. I paired it with Goose Island's 312 beer, which ranked pretty high among my favorite beers ever.
The Split Banana first opened its doors, and it quickly became tradition to take a 10-minute work break to walk down the block for a scoop of chocolate + a scoop of Cointreau gelato.
Little Grill Collective to open for breakfast at 9. I wrote many stories about Little Grill when I worked in Harrisonburg; it's a big-hearted worker-owned restaurant determined to bring the community together. People line up for the Blue Monkey pancakes, with blueberries and bananas, but hot tip: order a plate to share. We had enough pancakes to feed three more people than we had!
It was a great little break...it's amazing how restorative 24 hours away can be, especially when spent with long-distance friends.