Monday, August 10, 2009

Granville Moore's...don't go for the chicken sandwich!

OK, let's get this out of the way first - this may be the lamest Saturday Night Eats review EVER...how much credibility can a restaurant review have when none of the reviewers try the specialty of the house??!!

Yes, Mr Q, the Gardener, Holay and surprise guest AJ checked out Granville Moore's on H Street NE Saturday night and DID NOT have the mussels!! Wacky but true...

Mr Q wasn't sure if he enjoyed mussels enough to make them his main entree and Holay was just recovering from a recent stomach malady and didn't think selecting mussels as one of her first meals post-recovery was a good idea...as much as she loves them. The Gardener and AJ are definitely not mussel fans...so there you have it...no mussels...sad.

We did start our dinner with some excellent Belgian beers - AJ chose the Affligem ($6), I followed his lead (copy cat!) and the Gardener chose a Wittekerke ($6)...Holay went with ice water (see stomach malady above)...they also brought us a small basket of bread, but no butter or olive oil and truthfully the bread was dry without either of those things...

Service was excellent, ambience very nice in a rustic way and reminiscent of dimly lit establishments the Gardener and I visited many years ago in Belgium...we definitely enjoyed it although the two of us did need the candle on the table to read our menus...the younger and more vital duo of AJ and Holay needed no extra luminescence to read their menus...

Along with our beers we ordered the antipasto ($7)...AJ raved over the cheese and the bread...we all enjoyed the salami (with the exception of Holay who did not partake), and I even enjoyed the pickled veggies which is very unlike me...the olives were all for the Gardener...

AJ enjoyed the Bison Steak and Cheese which includes Braised Brisket, Onion, Cheddar, Horseradish Crème and Frites ($13.50)...he gave the dish the highest compliment Mr Q believes anyone can give...he would definitely order it again!!

Mr Q had the special fish of the day...a whole Trout with more Frites ($16)...the fish was tender and well-cooked and seasoned perfectly...I'd definitely get it again if it shows up on the menu...

Which now leads us to the dreaded Chicken Sandwich ($13.50) incident of 2009...the Gardener AND Holay BOTH went for it...Holay requested no cheese and no bun (she's gluten-free now)...both the Gardener and Holay described the chicken as overdone, dry and not even very warm...did not go over well. The frites were good...and obviously plentiful but the chicken got a BIG thumbs down...

Even in this picture it appears the chicken is embarrassed by its lack of flavor and is hiding under the bun!!


We were actually too full for dessert although they did offer cheesecake and brownies...but we passed...

We went over to H Street Country Club to check that out...lucked into 4 seats at the downstairs bar...cute place...pulling in the masses like crazy on a Saturday night...the DC-themed putt-putt golf upstairs looks fun but crowded...skee ball for 50 cents a game was a good deal...and we were pleasantly surprised to find plenty of skee-ballin' eye candy everywhere!!

We then ventured into the H Street Martini Bar and had a Blueberry Muffin martini for dessert...it was quite delicious...AJ and Mr Q both give it a thumbs up...the Gardener enjoyed his South Beach martini...and Holay...well, she enjoyed another ice water!!
That gal is well-hydrated!!

All in all a fun Saturday night is to be found on H Street NE...Holay and Mr Q WILL go back to Granville Moore's one day and actually try their mussels...
When that day rolls around another review will show up here on QSN!!

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

First off- hydration, hydration, hydration-that is the key!

The skee ball eye candy was delightful, i didn't realize you got a pic. of those two. good one!

Being frustrated with our lack of mussels on Saturday, I had them last night! They were sooo good, and I can't wait to try them at G.M.

I am impressed with how well those pictures turned out despite the dark environs-nicely documented.

-Holay

Mr. Q said...

Saturday night eats are always a pleasure with you Holay...had a great time! Till next time...