Saturday, July 14, 2012

From clams to crème

From your humble hostess: dubious notes from a meal at the The Greenhouse Tavern, which is helmed by the venerable chef Jonathan Sawyer.

no. i'm getting the foie gras steamed clams. you get the "devils on horseback."

holy shit. i mean holy shit! michael ruhlman was right in that one article i wrote. this is about the best damn thing i ever ate.

i know it sounds weird, but i'm trying the tomato sandwich.

taste this tomato sandwich. i don't care. just taste it.

can you believe that? if this tomato sandwich was the last thing i put in my mouth before i croaked, i would be okay with that. now give me a bite of that salad with the licorice drizzle and fancy ass bleu cheese.

no way can i have a whole entree after all that. let's just split the dry aged steak, okay? okay.

no don't worry about it, i will eat the marrow bone. i'm old school like that. and how down is it that they give you a marrow bone with your steak to begin with? you eat marrow every day and you'll never ever ever get sick.

you see those salt flakes all over this plate? that is what salt flakes are supposed to be--a little bit crunchy. i know. i love it too. pour me another glass while you're at it.

aw hell. i'm wrapping up the rest of this steak for later because i ain't leaving here without getting dessert. didn't their pastry chef just get some big award?

i'm getting the pot de crème. valerie mayen told me she loved the pot de crème here in that other article i wrote and i've wanted to try it ever since, so i'm getting the pot de crème. you get that s'more torte. you taste mine and i'll taste yours.

oh. my. god.

no wonder this place is packed to the rafters.

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Bill said...

Looks like a great place. But, ceritfied by the Green Restaurant Association? There is money in Green I guess. What a rip off. It does nothing for the environment but to paraphrase the association, "people want to feel like they're doing something good, not just going out to eat." God help us. "No honey. Let's not go to Bill's Steak house. Let's find a green restaurant where they use biodegradeable dish soap and have waterless urinals".

Anonymous said...


"Let's go to Bill's Steakhouse, where the owner doesn't give a rat's patoot
about any of the consequences of what he does....

PS the smoked unicorn is terrific...


DogsDontPurr said...

You know you are a true foodie when you can swing between Velveeta ( a couple of post ago) fine dining at it's best (this post), with a jar of rendered bacon fat in the middle.

I hope someday we get to dine together and share some serious eye rolling and irony over the good, the bad, the ugly, and the truly amazing!


DogsDontPurr said...

Also, Unicorn Horn Marrow!!!

Anonymous said...


"Hey, Noah, do you know where the Unicorns are? Nobody's seen them since the lions held their cookout"


LoafingOaf said...

"people want to feel like they're doing something good, not just going out to eat."

Doing something good by purchasing foie gras?!

Someone should shove foie gras down Chef Jonathan Sawyer's throat till his liver bursts. See how he likes it then.

Erin O'Brien said...

To be honest with you, Loaf, I don't know all that much about the foie gras controversy, but I do know of it. I knew that there would be people who might be offended by its inclusion in this silly post. I've never had it before and normally wouldn't have ordered it, but after my interview with Michael Ruhlman (linked in the post), I opted to try it just the same.

Thanks for your comment. I do appreciate your sentiments.

John Venlet said...

erin, was this post also supposed to be a tribute to e.e. cummunigs?

Erin O'Brien said...

Oh how only I wish it were so!

Afraid not, John, just me trying to entertain the troops (and judging by most of the comments herein, apparently not succeeding too well).

John Venlet said...

Hmm. I was entertained, and the foie gras sounded good to me.

Bill said...

I was entertained, Erin. Also learned that there is a Green Restaurant Association. Who knew? (I wonder what they recommend to kill the cock roaches?) I don't have a problem with the goose liver. Or, veal.