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Plates Neighborhood Kitchen

When Zely and Ritz left, I was a little sad.  What a great location, beautiful outdoor seating and amazing interior.  So warm and inviting.  But, their prices were high, especially for the portion size and the fact that you had to order sides separately.  What replaced them is a little gem called Plates Neighborhood Kitchen.  It’s equally as lovely, same outdoor seating,  and eclectically decorated.  I’m glad to say that this spot outshines many other restaurants on Glenwood.  I will be a frequent visitor.

http://www.plateskitchen.com

Overall:  4.6  out of 5

Food/Beverage:  4.5 out of 5

Ambiance:  4.5 out of 5

Value:  4.5 out of 5

Service: 5 out of 5

We had the good fortune of not just being waited on by our wonderful server, but also by a trainee (his name was Max, and he was a delight).  They were enthusiastic about the menu items, gave good feedback and suggestions on what to eat and what wine would pair with each dish.

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We started with the truffle stuffed brie ($10).  It was a larger portion than I expected and was served with delicious bread, toasted to perfection.  It was very good.  The brie was smooth and creamy, and the truffle flavor wasn’t too overwhelming.

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The waiters insisted that we order the soup of the day.  It was a sweet potato curry puree soup ($3.50).  Again, I was impressed with the portion size.  The soup was thick, the consistency of apple sauce, and had a great curry flavor.  I don’t like soup, but this was a good soup.

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For dinner, I picked the pan roasted duck served with roasted root veggies and asparagus, topped with duck au jus.  It was seasoned well, but the duck itself was a little undercooked and the skin wasn’t as crispy as I would have liked it.  The middle pieces were cold in the center.  I still ate the entire thing, and enjoyed each bite.

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My meal time companion ordered the pink grouper served with octopus and roasted garlic risotto and topped with a bouillabaisse.  The top was nice and crispy and the sauce went well with the whole thing.  The risotto was the most amazing risotto I have ever had.  And the octopus was cooked very well, not too chewy, good texture and great flavor.

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This amazing treat is called Kat’s Ice Cream Sandwich ($6.50).  It was two layers of chocolate cake, house made vanilla ice cream in the middle, topped with coffee infused Chantilly cream, passion fruit curd and pistachio croquant.  We ate it so quickly…it was so much better than we ever imagined it would be.  Honestly, it was an experience in and of itself.  I’ve had a few of the desserts at Plates, each one delicious, but this one…holy moly…it was outstanding.

 

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