I was invited to check out the new Local farm Fridays special at the Dayton Street Grille. For $25 (a bargain), you get a five-course prix fixe meal with items from an area farm.
When I went, Carr Valley was featured, so each course creatively used cheese. My favorite dish was the egg in a basket with a slice of gran canaria–I could’ve eaten several plates of that. The cheese, with its crystals, reminded me in taste and texture of Hook’s 15-year cheddar.
But really, everything was delicious, from the tempura cheese curds (creative) to the soft pretzel with cheddar and Spotted Cow Beer dip (very Wisconsin) to the beef tenderloin with mobay (nice combo). In fact, I anxiously awaited the arrival of each course–a pleasant surprise each time.
The only dish I simply tolerated was the chocolate-cheese fondue for dessert. I didn’t think the sweet and saltly mixture worked well together, but fortunately the items that were supposed to be dipped (oatmeal cookie, candied pecans, etc.) were tasty by themselves.
Here’s a full list of what I ate.
To view each week’s menu, visit: http://www.concoursehotel.com/dining/dayton-street-grille/