I know that Recess is a very coveted spot to go, and I could see from the posts on the ChowDown page on facebook, that this is a place tons of people were wanting to try out during the event. It's also very popular with the food bloggers, so needless to say, I have been dying to mange, mange a la Recess. I thought what better time to do so than during the ChowDown event. It was pretty crazy getting a reservation here too! I called the first night of ChowDown to make one, and my options were 5 PM or after 9:15 PM on almost all the night....BUT they did have one reservation for last night at 8:15. That's still kind of late for a random Wednesday, but we usually eat that late anyway. We like to pretend we're 22 :) I've been thinking about it all week, and I didn't even care about having to make the reservation without knowing what would be on the menu!
For those of you who don't know about Recess, if there are any of you still out there, it's located on the up and coming corner of 49th Street and College Ave. in SoBro. It's quite a trendy little joint, but not stuffy, pretty much just how I like it. They have these cool cafeteria style chairs and roughed up concrete floors. Some cool art on the walls and very interesting light fixtures fancy up the place. The thing about Recess is they make it easy for you. Easy to like the place, easy to order and very, very easy to eat their amazing food. So let's get on to it, shall we?
The menu changes every night, you can check online for Chef Hardesty's nightly creations. Typically, they serve four courses, but the menu was slightly altered for the event and only includes 3 courses for the $30. If you want to get a feel of how it normally works, they give you the option of adding the extra course in the middle for an additional price.
We had the option of wine pairings with our meal (2 for the ChowDown and 3 for a regular meal). We decided that sounded awesome, and I not only was trusting their pairings, but was excited to see what they chose for us.
The salad course was served with a bubbly rose, the Chateau Moncontour Cremant de brut rose to be exact. I would not usually choose a rose, which is why the idea of a pairing was great. If it were up to me, I would have missed this! It was really good...and totally awesome with the salads. I even scored a picture of Hubs through my bubbly.
After taking a bit of time with the salads and our rose, we were ready to move on to the entree. We couldn't come to an agreement to both choose something different, so we both got the salmon. It was a choice between Maine cod accompanied by fingerling potatoes, bacon and swiss chard OR Kodiak red salmon with crushed new potatoes and sugar snap peas served over a brown butter mustard jus. Ummm...yum. Yeah, so we got the salmon.
Another nice thing about our first experience at Recess was the timing. They game us ample time to enjoy our course. The didn't rush us and let us drink and chat a little before bringing out the dessert. And bring it, they did.
Places like Recess make me wonder why I spend my money eating out at any other establishments. Hell, it makes me wonder about the food I eat, in general. Sure, it's pricey, but instead of eating out every Friday, I could skip one, eat out twice a month at Recess and I'd be content. I could eat here for the rest of my days. I expected it to be great food, but I really enjoyed the whole experience. This is what dining out is all about!! Hooray for Chef Hardesty for his refreshing take on the food experience and thank you Recess. Can't wait to go back...totally going to be my birthday dinner, yeah, yeah!